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  • What's the next generation of the heavy duty aftermarket industry saying?

    By Erica Schulz-Schueller - Friday February 7, 2014
    When I was a sophomore in high school, some 15 years ago, I had met with a guidance counselor to discuss my career options after graduating. I wasn't asked what I wanted to be when I "grew up." I was asked: "Do you want to attend a college?"  I was...
  • U.S. will follow Europe in banning R-134a refrigerant

    By Peter Coll - Friday January 31, 2014
    Last week, Europe took yet another step toward the elimination of the R-134a refrigerant from the A/C systems of future vehicles by formally accusing Germany of skirting the European Union (EU) environmental laws. The EU claims that Germany set aside...
  • An aftermarket haunting

    By Wayne Charbonneau - Tuesday October 29, 2013
    Halloween has always revolved around ghost stories and urban legends. After working as automotive technicians ourselves and working around technicians every day, at Mitchell 1 we’ve heard many shop-centered urban legends and “ghost” stories. Most...
  • Thousands of heads are better than one

    By Wayne Charbonneau - Monday October 7, 2013
    The clock is ticking and your customer is coming to pick up the car soon. You've spent way too much time troubleshooting the vehicle and nothing is working. You're stumped. Before you get to this point, wouldn't it be nice to have a community of...
  • It's not a misfire, not the transmission -- what else could it be?

    By Wayne Charbonneau - Tuesday August 27, 2013
    Here's a nice curveball that was thrown at a tech recently:  What could cause a vibration on acceleration if not a misfire or an issue with the transmission? Would you suspect the throttle position signal? The "Real Fix" below from Mitchell 1's...
  • My Nissan Can't Breathe!

    By Wayne Charbonneau - Thursday August 1, 2013
    Here is a fun technical fact: the size of an engine in liters is usually equivalent to how many grams of air per second it can intake at idle. The "Real Fix" below from Mitchell 1 's SureTrack  expert information resource covers a 3.3L Nissan...
  • Going to paint school

    By Erica Schulz-Schueller - Monday May 6, 2013
    I had the opportunity to sit in on a Sherwin Williams Automotive Refinishing training course. Sherwin Williams specializes in manufacturing and distributing a complete line of advanced technology paint and coating systems for automotive and fleet...
  • Getting the most from your fleet's performance

    By John Walters - Thursday February 28, 2013
    If you manage a fleet of trucks, you know how important everyday performance is to your bottom line. How you treat your vehicles has a direct impact on how efficiently they function, how often they require repairs and, ultimately, how long they last. Be...
  • Fuel handling: A safer business is a better business

    By John Walters - Thursday February 28, 2013
    Safety is paramount to the health of your business. This is especially true when it comes to fuel handling. Compliance with all regulatory standards and safety protocols in the transportation, delivery and storage of fuel is critical to the wellbeing of...
  • Does your operation need GPS fleet tracking software?

    By Erica Bell, on behalf of business.com - Thursday November 8, 2012
    For companies that are expanding or looking for a way to keep better track of their vehicles on a day-to-day basis, GPS fleet tracking software can help. But, before you decide to make the investment, it is wise to look at the pros and cons that come from...