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July 31, 2018

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Auto Industry

Ford recalls 550,000 Fusions, Escapes for potential rollaway risk

DETROIT — Ford Motor Co. recalled nearly 550,000 2013-16 Fusion sedans and 2013-14 Escape crossovers for a potential rollaway risk because of faulty shifter cable bushings.

Dealing with the changing world of online tire sales

AKRON --- The proliferation of online tire sales has impacted almost every tire dealer. So how do you react to this disruption in the marketplace? In this week's episode of Tire Talk, auto service experts Pam Oakes and Peter Sudek offer some suggestions about using the new world order to your advantage.

Automotive Service

AAMCO eyes 'aggressive' growth in N.Y., N.J.

HORSHAM, Pa. — AAMCO Transmissions Inc. is planning "aggressive development efforts" over the coming years in select cities in New Jersey and New York with plans for at least a dozen new locations.

Automotive Service

AAPEX session will explore tech recruitment, training

LAS VEGAS — The organizers of this year's Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo are dedicating a session Nov. 1 to exploring the options the industry has to help recruit and prepare the next generation of automotive technicians.

Automotive Service

Monro earnings off slightly on 6.2% higher sales

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Monro Inc.'s operating income for the quarter ended June 30 slipped 3 percent on 6.2-percent higher sales, which the company attributed to new business from acquired stores.

Automotive Service

Congress reauthorizes $1.2B in grants for vocational training

WASHINGTON — Congress has passed a bipartisan bill that allocates $1.2 billion in state grants to fund vocational training at most levels of schooling.

Automotive Service

AAPEX launches blog to update attendees on vehicle technology

LAS VEGAS — The organizers of the annual Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo have launched a blog to offer insights from industry experts on how the latest vehicle technologies, trends and issues are impacting the global automotive aftermarket.

UPDATE: ATD reorganizes, eliminates 100 positions, adds 40 others

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. — American Tire Distributors Inc. (ATD), North America's largest tire distributor, has restructured its operations as part of a new strategic plan that it said is designed to make "customers become even more successful."

Factory Fixes

Faulty a/c amplifier may cause Mazda's HVAC woes

Owners of some 2001 Mazda Millenia models may comment that there's very little or no heat coming out the HVAC vents, even when the climate control head is set to max heat.

Dan Marinucci

Scan tool complements, not replaces common voltmeter

A scan tool complements rather than replaces a traditional voltmeter in a successful automotive service department. The voltmeter always has been and will continue to be the most-essential electrical measurement tool for professional technicians.

New Products

Hunter launches mid-range center-clamp tire changers

JohnDow launches auto service cabinet unit

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