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OTC — Technicians Corner . . . When to Reset a Charging System?


Reset a Vehicle’s Charging System Anytime a Battery is Disconnected or Replaced.

Think how complicated and sophisticated a vehicle’s charging system is, and what it needs to accommodate versus just ten years ago. We weren’t charging two or more cell phones while driving down the road, nor was a GPS or laptop computer plugged in, and we certainly weren’t using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi in our vehicles. Now we are, and the charging system has to account for that.

Any variances or current spikes can shorten battery life and damage sensitive electronic equipment, and our vehicles today are filled with just that – electronic equipment. It’s why more OEMs are recommending or even requiring a reprogramming after a battery replacement, to ensure everything is functioning to factory spec.

As a battery ages, it’s charged differently. The vehicle and charging system knows that, and without being reset, it will charge a new battery as it charged the old one, which could shorten overall battery life on your customer’s new investment.

You can actually fry a new battery within a year or less by charging it improperly. Think of the return repairs and unhappy customers waiting in line, being told they need another new battery because the system wasn’t reset during the last installation.

It seems the old R&R – remove & replace - will soon be a new R&R – replace and reflash – as the adage of getting a customer’s vehicle back on the road.

Written By Pat Pierce

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Duplex 5 hp Advantage Air Compressor

Duplex air compressors are for extra air delivery when you need it without wasted space. Duplex air compressor systems allow your application the flexibility of single operation, alternating between compressors, or duplex operation to meet high air demand.

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JohnDow Fluid Evacuation — Saves Time and Mess!


20 Gallon Fluid Evacuator

Designed to remove used oil and other fluids from any vehicle when conventional draining methods are not practical.

Remove used oil and other “non-flammable” fluids from almost any vehicle using compressed air and an on-board venturi vacuum system.


Veterans Day

Veterans Day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. For one day, we stand united in respect for you, our veterans.


SmartWasher — Environmentally Safe Parts Washer!


SW-425 Signature Series SmartWasher

  • No waste hauling or toxic solvents involved!
  • No environmental damage!
  • No health and safety hazards!
  • No liquid hazardous wastes and low or no VOCs!


  • Heavy-Duty HDPE Construction.
  • Electric operated pump (300 gph).
  • Adjustable thermostat (105°-115°F).
  • Toggle switch controls and Onboard diagnostics.
  • Flow control timer.
  • One brush station.
  • ETL (UL/CSA), CE, and NSF Certified.

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Vote Today!


Today, Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 is Election Day. Vote and make your voice heard!

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Daylight Saving Time Ends … Turn Your Clocks Back!


Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 A.M.  “Fall Back” by setting your clocks back one hour.

Did You Know?

   The earliest known reference to the idea of daylight saving time comes from a purely whimsical 1784 essay by Benjamin Franklin, called “Turkey versus Eagle, McCauley is my Beagle.” It was first seriously advocated by William Willet, a British Builder, in his pamphlet “Waste of Daylight” in 1907.

   Daylight saving time did indeed begin in the United States during World War I, primarily to save fuel by reducing the need to use artificial lighting. Although some states and communities observed daylight saving time between the wars, it was not observed nationally again until World War II.


Happy Halloween!


Did You Know?

  • Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn’t know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.
  • The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
  • Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
  • Fifty percent of kids prefer to receive chocolate candy for Halloween, compared with 24% who prefer non-chocolate candy and 10% who preferred gum.
  • The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.
  • Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.


Shure Stationary Workbench!


Shureshop Stationary Workbench

Shureshop Workbenches combine heavy-duty steel construction with all-welded legs to increase strength and rigidity. All Shureshop benches include a full-length stringer and are available with backstops, end stops and a lower shelf.

  • Three top materials are available: painted steel, hardwood maple and stainless steel.
  • Two bench depths and three lengths are available.
  • Accessories include: Mats, Drawers, Tool Boards and Bench Risers.
  • Shipped unassembled.
  • Legs are adjustable from 29 to 41 inches.
  • Bench only with Steel Top.

World Pasta Day!


World Pasta Day is celebrated annually on October 25th.

This is a day for carb lovers to rejoice and celebrate their love for pasta. A versatile food as it comes in many shapes and sizes and can be served hot or cold, as a main dish, side dish or salad. References to pasta can be found as far back as 1154 in Sicily. Pasta is a universal food that is served nearly worldwide.

Did You Know?

  • Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the United States. It seems that he fell in love with a certain dish he sampled in Naples, while serving as the U.S. Ambassador to France. In fact, he promptly ordered crates of “macaroni,” along with a pasta-making machine, sent back to the States.
  • The Spanish explorer Cortez brought tomatoes back to Europe from Mexico in 1519. Even then, almost 200 years passed before spaghetti with tomato sauce made its way into Italian kitchens.
  • The first American pasta factory was opened in Brooklyn, New York, in 1848, by a Frenchman named Antoine Zerega. Mr. Zerega managed the entire operation with just one horse in his basement to power the machinery. To dry his spaghetti, he placed strands of the pasta on the roof to dry in the sunshine.
  • The Italian word pasta means actually dough in English. In Italy all kinds and shapes of pasta are staples, no matter if it’s tortellini, lasagna, fusilli, macaroni or spaghetti. Usually pasta is made of potatoes, corn, rice or semolina and water.


25 Perfectly Polished Vehicles — No Streaks, Swirls or Burn Mark!

Auto Butler Automatic Car Polisher

The best customer retention program on the market. This automatic car polisher produces a consistent high-quality polish on each vehicle. With the Automatic Car Polisher and implementation of the Auto Butler customer-retention program, your Retailer can generate extra revenue and build long-term, satisfying customer relationships.

Graco Pulse™ - Simplify Bulk Fluid Management



Pulse™ Fluid Management


Pulse™ Fluid Management is the latest technology breakthrough from Graco – the industry leader in fluid management. It offers advanced wireless technologies to accurately track bulk fluids, capture critical analytics and automate customisable reports so you can share information and improve decision-making, making Pulse the most comprehensive, convenient and easy-to-use fluid management system on the market.


Technicians dispense immense amounts of bulk fluids, including petroleum and synthetic-based oils, coolants, gear lube, screen wash and more. It’s one of the most frequent tasks your technicians perform. That’s why it’s important to keep it in check. After all, every drop matters – and every penny too.  

Use Pulse™ Fluid Management to take full control of your bulk fluids. By knowing what type and how much fluid is used, where it goes, when it’s dispensed, and ultimately, who’s performing the work, general managers, service managers, parts managers and others can make more informed decisions to simplify operations, capture previously lost or unassigned costs and uncover hidden profits. 


Happy Sweetest Day!


Sweetest Day is celebrated on the Third Saturday in October.

The first Sweetest Day was on October 10, 1921 in Cleveland and is mainly celebrated in the Midwestern and parts of the Northeastern United States. Sweetest Day is very similar to Valentine’s Day, with the giving of candy or small gifts to loved ones.

Did You Know?
Hallmark first made Sweetest Day cards in the mid-1960s. 80 percent of Hallmark’s Sweetest Day cards have a “love” or “romance” theme. –

Change Your Car Wash from a COST CENTER to a PROFIT CENTER!


LaserWash AutoXpress

The PDQ LaserWash AutoXpress features high-pressure touch-free wash technology that provides quick, exceptional cleaning unsurpassed by any other touch-free wash in the auto dealer industry.

  • Easy loading process - No attendant required.
  • Fast wash speeds with up to 23 vehicles per hour.
  • Low fresh water consumption with as little as 21 gallons / wash.
  • Touch-free washing eliminates brush contact with vehicles, minimizing damages.
  • Cleans all production vehicles even the largest SUVs and trucks, including duallys.
  • No hydraulic systems which are prone to leaks.

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Rhino-Mat All In One Mat Wash & Dry System

Perfect mats every time! It will have your customers coming back for more!

  • Rhino-Mat can help employees with multitasking.
  • Rhino-Mat can Reduce your labor and create hidden revenues!
  • Rhino-Mat can Increase your C.S.I rating by offering a new mat cleaning service in your Service Lane.

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Don’t Get Burned Changing Oil!


Cam Spray  – Pressure Washers that Stand the Test of Time!


Deluxe Wall-Mount Electric Powered 2 gpm, 1,000 psi Cold Water Pressure Washer

  • One of the most popular designs in the Cam Spray line since its introduction 25 years ago.
  • The industrial painted frame stands-up to use in the toughest of environments!