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  • R-1234yf already in use; use the ‘warranty window’ to gear up

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday January 22, 2014
    Attendees at the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Training Event and Trade Show got a good update on the new R-1234yf refrigerant which is being introduced to vehicles in North America. The automotive aftermarket has a “warranty window” of at...
  • What is that behind the wheel?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 20, 2014
    There are those that say alien life forms have visited our planet throughout history. Others believe that aliens live among us. However, such assertions are difficult to prove. Most UFO and alien sightings can be easily dismissed as hoaxes or...
  • Diagnostic software challenges us on two levels

    By Elliot Maras - Thursday January 16, 2014
    For longtime repair shop owners and technicians, the biggest single change in recent years has been the growing importance of diagnostic software. This subject came up in a recent conversation with a 30-year veteran, Rodolfo Miskatovic, the shop foreman...
  • Heard about the Stretch Brake for heavy duty trucks?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 13, 2014
    For trucks with trailers, slippery winter roads and downhill grades represent a tough challenge for even the most skilled of drivers. There is always the risk of the rig becoming unstable and, in the worst-case scenario, starting to jack-knife...
  • Arctic chill sharpens need for MACS training in New Orleans

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday January 8, 2014
    If you needed a reminder to go to the MACS training event and trade show in New Orleans next week, this week’s frigid weather has probably put your shop’s heating and air conditioning knowledge to the test. Record breaking temperatures have gripped...
  • Drink, steal, swear and lie

    By David A. Kolman - Monday January 6, 2014
    Occasionally you come across some sage piece of advice or wisdom. I recently did and I thought it was well worth sharing: Drink from the fountain of knowledge. Never stop learning. Steal a little time each day to do something for someone...
  • The end already?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 30, 2013
    I, for one, do not care for New Year’s. I’m not in a hurry for another year to end and a new one to begin, and this seems to happen faster and faster as I grow older. To help ready myself for the inevitable New Year, around this time every year...
  • What’s all that racket outside the shop?

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 23, 2013
    Here is my twist on the poem, The Night Before Christmas , by Clement Clarke Moore: T’was the night before Christmas and all through the maintenance facility,       Not a creature was stirring, and there was no technician-manager...
  • Driverless cars and telematics: challenge brings forth opportunity

    By Elliot Maras - Thursday December 19, 2013
    Every day, more research emerges about future prospects for autonomous vehicles, also known as connected cars and driverless cars. The prospect of a world where vehicles automatically move based on what’s happening around them and requiring minimal...
  • The odds of bad things befalling you while on the road

    By David A. Kolman - Monday December 16, 2013
    Ever given any thought to what are your chances of being pulled over by law enforcement in a given year? If you do get pulled over by an officer, have you wondered what the odds are you’ll be issued a citation? Esurance , an online auto insurance...