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January 8, 2019
    

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Automotive Service

Sears to close 34 more auto centers

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. — Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close 80 more Sears and Kmart retail stores by late March, including 34 Sears Auto Centers, as part of its restructuring plan.

Automotive Service

Valvoline oil change franchisee buys 31 stores in California

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Valvoline Instant Oil Change franchisee Henley Pacific LA L.L.C. has acquired 31 quick-lube locations in southern California and converted them to the VIOC brand.

Automotive Service

Accuride hires Jason Luo as interim CEO

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Accuride Corp. has hired Jason Luo as interim president and CEO of the board of directors, filling spots vacated by Rick Dauch, who accepted a position as CEO of Delphi Technologies.

Commercial Tire Industry

Government shutdown closes ITC, postpones steel wheel hearing

WASHINGTON — The partial federal government shutdown that began Dec. 22 has forced the U.S. International Trade Administration to suspend operations until further notice — including a Jan. 8 hearing on potential antidumping and countervailing duties against steel truck wheels imported from China.

Automotive Service

Fla. Valvoline franchisee raising funds for childhood cancer initiative

FT. MEYERS, Fla. — Eight Valvoline Instant Oil Change service centers in southern Florida will be matching every donation made in their stores through Jan. 10 to benefit Barbara's Friends for Golisano Children's Hospital Cancer Fund.

Automotive Service

Tire Industry Association sets seven certified ATS instructor training classes for 2019

BOWIE, Md. — The Tire Industry Association plans to hold Automotive Tire Service Advanced Instructor Training courses at seven locations across the U.S. during 2019, starting Feb. 5-8 in Charlotte, N.C.

Factory Fixes

Brake hoses may be reason for Chevy Corvette's warning light

General Motors reports that some 1997-2013 Chevy Corvettes may illuminate the ABS and traction control lights and log trouble codes C0035/C1225 and/or C0040/C1226 in computer memory.

Dan Marinucci

Careless maneuver damages car's door-lock assembly

A careless step during a routine lubrication could damage a customer's door-lock assembly. Here's how to avoid this potentially costly mistake.

New Products

Hunter Engineering rolls out new wheel balancer

Bartec USA updates TPMS tool software

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