PTEN launches Torque Factor, a vehicle service-centric podcast

Feb. 18, 2020
Torque Factor aims to help service professionals increase their expertise and success rate in dealing with today’s increasingly sophisticated vehicles.

Fort Atkinson, Wis., Feb. 18, 2020 – Professional Tool and Equipment News (PTEN) and launched a podcast, titled Torque Factor. Torque Factor is hosted by PTEN contributing technical editor, Scott Brown. The show brings to the surface technical challenges and solutions in the automotive service industry through interviews with subject matter experts.

Torque Factor aims to help service professionals increase their expertise and success rate in dealing with today’s increasingly sophisticated vehicles. The podcast addresses the latest automotive service technologies while focusing on expanding knowledge and awareness around tools, equipment, education, and industry trends.

Torque Factor will be releasing a new episode each month. The first two episodes, “Episode 1: Peter Coll, Neutronics, on R-1234yf,” and “Episode 2: Paul Baltusis on OBD-II Mode $06,” are available now.

In the first episode, featured guest Peter Coll, vice president of Neutronics, discusses all things R-1234yf refrigerant. Highlights of the episode include discussions on recalls, a vehicle service case study, Donny Seyfer, manager at NASTF, providing an industry update, Steve Ford, the “Car Guy,” discussing automotive education issues, and more.

Torque Factor features a mailbag segment, in which industry questions, topics, and concerns raised by listeners are addressed. Submissions for the mailbag segment can be sent to [email protected].

“With the vehicle technology stack advancing at remarkable rates, I’m excited to be able to bring to the surface additional insight for those engaged in diagnostics,” said Scott Brown, host of Torque Factor. “Podcasts are a great way to consume interesting content and I’m excited to be able to bring technical content to the Torque Factor podcast.”

Scott Brown is an ASE Master Certified L1 Technician and has over 37 years of professional service industry experience. He is an independent shop owner in Southern California and is engaged at various levels within the industry. He has a deep understanding of the challenges technicians experience at the service level and is continuously striving to move the industry forward through education and networking. Brown founded Diagnostic Network after 22 years of service at the International Automotive Technicians' Network (iATN), where he retired as company president in 2018.

“We’re seeing more technological advances in the automotive industry than we ever have before,” said Kylie Hirko, publisher of PTEN and Professional Distributor magazines at Endeavor Business Media. “In our mission to provide shops and technicians with the best content and information about the latest tools and technology, PTEN and are proud to announce that our new podcast, Torque Factor, will do just that. Each episode, host Scott Brown will talk to a lineup of subject matter experts about the latest technologies, tools, recalls, case studies, and industry news, all with a focus on vehicle service. We are extremely excited to offer this new format for our readers, who can listen to Torque Factor while they’re wrenching, driving, or even relaxing in their off-time.”

Torque Factor is available on, YouTube, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer, Blubrry, and more.

About Endeavor Business Media

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Endeavor Business Media, LLC was formed in late 2017 to acquire and operate trade publications, websites, and events. The company targets B2B audiences in the accounting, aviation, dental, facilities maintenance, fire and public safety, industrial, technology, medical, oil and gas, public services, security, construction, vehicle repair, vending, and water and wastewater markets. The company has offices in Nashville, Tennessee; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nashua, New Hampshire; Birmingham, Alabama; Sarasota, Florida; Skokie, Illinois; Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin; Akron, Ohio, and Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit

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