ASA has self-study guides for ASE certification
BEDFORD, Texas-The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has created a special section on its Web site to help automotive service professionals achieve ASE certification.
In conjunction with the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), the training includes 22 self-study guides for almost all areas of certification, ASA said. The guides-written and published by Motor Age Training-are available in these areas: automotive/light truck/ collision repair/refinish; engine machinist; parts specialist; and advanced level (L1).
Motor Age Training also offers the following study guides and refrence material: OBD II (DVD or videotapes); electrical/electronic systems; exhaust systems; automotive service consultant; and automotive service glossary.
ASA said that anyone purchasing the guides through its Web site, www.asashop.org, will receive a 15-percent discount. To access the information, visit the Web site and click on the ASE Study Guides button in the right column.
For more information contact the Bedford-based association at (800) 272-7467, ext. 295.
MEMA legislative summit scheduled for June 8-9
WASHINGTON-The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) has slated its second annual Legislative Summit June 8-9 in Washington.
The summit will include educational sessions for automotive suppliers on effectively communicating the industry's concerns to government officials, MEMA said. The highlight will be the summit's Supplier Fair June 9, which will give senators, congressmen and regulatory officials a chance to see the aftermarket's latest products for high-tech, environmentally friendly and safety applications.
For more details, contact MEMA's Ann Mcculloch at (202) 312-9242 or via e-mail at [email protected]
Wash. state eyes Calif. vehicle emission standards
WASHINGTON-Legislation has been introduced in Washington state that, if passed, would implement California vehicle emission standards.
The state Senate Water, Energy and Environment Committee has held an informational hearing on Washington Senate Bill 5397, introduced by Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Silverdale, and House Bill 1397, introduced by Rep. Ed Murray, D-Seattle. No action occurred on the legislation.
Both bills would change Washington's vehicle emission standards and implement California's vehicle emission standards, which include a 15-year/150,000-mile warranty.
The House Transportation Committee had scheduled a hearing on Feb. 17 for House Bill 1397.
``The Automotive Service Association (ASA) opposes these bills, and we ask members to contact their Washington state representatives and ask that they oppose this legislation,'' said Bob Redding, ASA's Washington, D.C., representative. He suggested logging onto the association's special Web site, www.TakingTheHill.com, for legislative updates and details on how to contact Washington state representatives and senators.
To access the Legislative Alert Center on www.TakingTheHill.com, click on the ``Current Alerts'' link in the upper right corner of the home page, Bedford, Texas-based ASA said.
Castrol forms partnership with hip-hop DJ/TV host
WAYNE, N.J.-Castrol Syntec, a brand marketed by BP Lubricants USA Inc., has forged a partnership with radio DJ and TV show host ``Funkmaster Flex'' to promote its motor oil to his fan base.
Describing Funkmaster Flex as a car club founder, racing series organizer, business entrepreneur and trendsetter, Castrol said as part of a two-year sponsorship its brand will be the exclusive motor oil for all properties operated by Team Baurtwell, Funkmaster Flex's business entity. Through the partnership, Castrol will receive TV, radio, print, Internet and photographic rights for a variety of advertising and promotional initiatives, as well as a ``significant presence'' on the DJ's Web sites.
Initial marketing plans include placements of Castrol's product and logo on ``Ride with Funkmaster Flex'' and the ``Funkmaster Flex Super Series,'' both shows that air on Spike TV. The company plans to run 30-second spots on new episodes this season.
Castrol Syntec Brand Manager Mike DeBiasi said Funkmaster Flex ``is committed to spreading enthusiasm and passion for automotive power, performance and style by introducing aspects of car culture to new audiences of young people across the country.'' The company, he added, is ``thrilled to forge this partnership with him'' and put its premium motor oil brand ``alongside his highly acclaimed shows, events and fans.''
Rotary Lift offers planning service for bay productivity
NEW ORLEANS-Lift systems manufacturer Rotary Lift is offering a host of services and products it says are aimed at boosting service bay productivity.
The Madison, Ind.-based firm, a subsidiary of Dover Corp., recently introduced the next phase of its Facility Planning Services with three new types of products: a low-profile scissor lift; an adjustable lift pad; and several arm configurations.
The centerpiece of Rotary's dedicated menu of facility planning services is geared around its newest generation of SmartLifts-environmentally friendly in-ground lifts. According to John Rylee, Rotary's director of marketing, company research determined the industry trend was to use in-ground lifts.
The firm's new low-profile scissor lift-for use inside smaller shops where space is at a premium-offers no under-vehicle obstructions. Its new lift pad and three-stage arm configurations provide improved access to recommended vehicle pick-up points by having greater arm reach and more retraction, Rotary noted.
For more information, contact Rotary at (800) 640-5438 or visit its Web site at www.rotarylift.com.