• 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...
  • Handling a compact

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 28, 2013
    With all commercial vehicle rig test driving I've been doing of late, I was looking forward to trying out a Mini Cooper. My wife convinced me we should rent one on our recent vacation. We got a red, two-door hardtop with sunroof - a nice touch for...
  • Catching Vegas fever?

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday October 23, 2013
    Are you catching AAPEX/SEMA fever? Be careful, it’s spreading rapidly. It’s a nationwide adrenaline flow gaining momentum. Every year, in the two weeks prior to the Las Vegas trade shows, shop owners and technicians get harried trying to get work...
  • More than 15 million violations by motorists in 180 days

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 21, 2013
    It is well understood that when driving next to or behind a school bus, drivers need to be extremely cautious and anticipate signs and stops. Sadly, that is not what many of us do. The third annual national school bus stop-arm running survey found...
  • ‘The Fonz’ may have lost his cool, but you shouldn’t!

    By Elliot Maras - Wednesday October 16, 2013
    Do you remember when being “cool” meant having your own car and souping up the engine in the garage? When teenagers spent Saturdays rebuilding Pontiac GTOs and Plymouth Barracudas? How cool was “The Fonz”? All right, for those of you who either...
  • Zippy and quiet

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 14, 2013
    I recently got a chance to drive Cummins' new ISV5.0 5.0L V8 diesel engine for medium duty commercial vehicles through Class 5. The global engine, set for production in the last quarter of 2014, will be offered in four horsepower ratings - 200 to...
  • The old fashioned oil change is going "bye-bye"

    By Craig Truglia - Friday October 11, 2013
    When I first owned a repair shop, way back in October 2009, the automotive business was totally different. For one thing, we still fixed cars made in the 1990s, which is something I see almost never in New York now. Another thing was that the standard...
  • GM’s ‘Shop-Click-Drive’: the bar keeps rising with new technology

    By Elliot Maras - Thursday October 10, 2013
    The bar keeps rising for automotive OEMs and service providers as all segments of the industry find new ways to make it easier to serve customers. This week, General Motors announced it will expand its “Shop-Click-Drive” web application to dealers...
  • 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...
  • The future is being delayed

    By David A. Kolman - Monday October 7, 2013
      Among the many study groups within the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) is one on future truck propulsion systems. This group was investigating what these systems might look like by 2025. I say “was” because the Future Truck...