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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Valentine’s Day Facts:

  • Every year, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes of chocolates are sold across the country.
  • Sorry men, it looks like you’ll be spending twice as much as women this year on gifts. The average man spends $130 on Valentine’s Day, while women spend about $70.
  • Don’t forget about your pets! Every year, around 9 million people buy their pets a Valentine’s Day gift.
  • February 14th is the second largest card giving day of the year, just after Christmas. This year, it’s expected that 1 billion cards will be exchanged around the world.
  • Teachers receive the most Valentine’s Day cards, followed by kids, mothers, wives and girlfriends.
  • Hallmark was one of the first to mass produce a Valentine’s Day card, all the way back in 1913.
  • More than one-third of men are comfortable not receiving anything from a lover on Valentine’s Day.

Source: 1800flowers.com

Rotary 2-Post Lift Daily Inspection Video

Winter Car Care Tips #5

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TPMS Customer Education

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The expected lifespan of tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors is between 7 and 10 years, meaning many vehicles coming into your shop are already in need or going to be in need of replacement sensors. Use this opportunity to educate your customers on the importance of the TPMS sensors – safety, vehicle awareness and peace of mind.

Since 2008, the U.S. government has mandated that all cars have tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) sensors under the Transportation Recall Enhancement, Accountability and Documentation (or TREAD) Act. TPMS systems ensure tire pressure is monitored and communicated to the driver to help increase vehicle safety. Sensors must be reprogrammed every time a tire is replaced or moved to a different position on the vehicle.

When you replace or recalibrate the sensors, some vehicles have dog-and-pony steps to walk through: Turn the ignition on, then off, then on and depress the brake pedal 3 times. Then let air out of each tire until the horn sounds. They work, but they’re often time-consuming and different for every vehicle, requiring you to read a service manual or look up the procedures online.

To save time, think of investing in a standalone or paired TPMS tool that can reset and relearn the sensors quickly.

Tire failures cause approximately 11,000 crashes a year in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If your customers are riding on worn or under inflated tires they can experience reduced braking effectiveness and increase the likelihood and severity of an accident.

So educate your customers on proper tire maintenance and the importance of not ignoring in-dash warning lights. Keeping their safety top of mind and getting their car fixed faster will only continue to strengthen your relationship as well as ensuring the safety of others on the road.

Written By Debo Sadare, OTC

Are you missing battery service opportunities?

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Don’t leave your customers with a dead battery.

As auto manufacturers continue to work toward meeting more stringent fuel requirements mandated by the government, your customer’s batteries are paying part of the price. OEM’s are taking every possible load they can off the engine in order to maximize fuel economy. Unlike two to five years ago, alternators are no longer continually charging batteries like they used to. Today’s ECM’s monitor the battery and only use the alternator to charge when needed, allowing the battery to drain and then recharge — adding strain. Another piece of technology that is placing additional stress on vehicle batteries these days are the start/stop systems found in a growing number of vehicles. 

Due to the battery workload realities, it is more important than ever for shops and technicians to check and inform their customers on battery health.

A recent examination of one shop found that 30% of the batteries that came through its service bays were not performing optimally. Proper battery testing is a powerful tool that can help you generate shop revenue while driving customer satisfaction, retention and conversion. 

Source: otctools.com

Seven Favorite Battery Tools!

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16-4639
Battery Terminal Service Kit

This kit includes seven favorite battery tools, housed in a rugged, vinyl-coated fabric pouch.

Includes:

  • heavy-duty battery terminal puller.
  • 3-way battery post cleaner and reamer.
  • Angled battery nut pliers.
  • 5/16" battery terminal ratchet wrench.
  • Extra long 5/16" terminal ratchet wrench.
  • 10 mm battery terminal ratchet wrench.
  • Side terminal battery brush.
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Winter Car Care Tips #4

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See You at NADA?

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Act Now . . . Best Pricing of the Year!

One Machine Safely Services Both Conventional and High Voltage A/C Systems!

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42-34788NI-H
R-134A Recover, Recycle, Evacuate, Leak Test and Recharge for Hybrid & Non-Hybrid Vehicles

  • One machine to safely service both conventional and high voltage electric compressor A/C systems.
  • Unmatched 98.5% recovery efficiency!
  • Fully-Automatic function: Program to recover, vacuum, leak test and charge without operating panel valves.
  • Visual & Audible Alarm: Notifies the user when service is complete, or if a problem occurred.
  • SAE J2788 Certified!
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Winter Car Care Tips #3

Going to NADA? Visit us at Booth # 4442N

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Using Pullers Safely!

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A puller can speed up most jobs significantly and save you a ton of time during vehicle service. Because of the extreme force exerted, manually up to 20 tons, it’s important to use the puller safely to avoid vehicle damage or injury.

When you’re using an OTC puller, always follow the below steps and you’ll quickly be removing vehicle components and getting your customers back on their way.

  • Mount the puller tightly to the vehicle. If it’s a jaw-type puller, tighten the adjusting strap bolts and square the puller legs and jaws. Where possible, use a 3-jaw puller.
  • Make sure you have the right size puller. If you’re applying maximum force and nothing is moving, use a larger capacity puller.
  • Expect a gradual, controlled pull. Do not use an impact wrench on the forcing screw unless the puller is specifically designed for it. 
  • Only use legs designed for the puller for maximum force. Swapping legs from one puller to the other reduces its effectiveness and can potentially damage the tools. Also use the shortest legs possible when selecting a puller. This will help deliver the force where it’s needed.
  • Install threaded puller legs evenly to avoid putting too much stress on one side of a component. If you’re pulling cockeyed, parts can be broken.
  • If using sliding plates, they must be on the opposite side of the cross block from the forcing screw nut or hydraulic cylinder. 
  • Pulling attachments may not withstand the full force of your puller. Because of this, we recommend using the largest attachments that fit the component. This will help prevent vehicle damage and breakage of your puller.

As with any tool, proper maintenance and care can help them last a lifetime and more. Keep your pullers clean, lubricate the forcing screw and inspect your tool for dents, cracks or excessive wear. 

Written By Dirk Skogerboe

NSX Turbo Safety Glasses Only $2.00!

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319-SAS5333
NSX Turbo Safety Glasses with Light Blue Lens.

  • High Impact Polycarbonate lens.
  • 99.9% UV Protection.
  • Single lens design.
  • Scratch resistant coating.
  • Lightweight wrap-around lens.
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Happy Holidays!

Winter Solstice

December 21st is the Winter Solstice, marking the longest night and fewest hours of daylight of the year. It is the moment at which the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest from the sun.

It also marks the point on the calendar when days will start getting longer as we start moving towards the Summer Solstice; a day for those of us that prefer warm weather.

Need an Electric Vehicle Charging Station?

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6-EL-51866-3018
Power Max 2 Charging Station with 30 amp 18’ cord

Increased power, plug-in installation with thermal monitoring, optional connectivity and generous cord lengths create an enhanced second-generation charging station from Bosch.

  • Compact and sleek design.
  • Standard safety features include a cord breakaway system and non-live current wire.
  • Weather-resistant NEMA 3R enclosure for both indoor and outdoor installation.
  • On/off switch allows for zero energy consumption.
  • Multi-function LEDs indicate charging and power status.
  • Thermal monitoring input plug protects the driver, vehicle and station.
  • Hardwired or plug-in installation with front access to station electronics.
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Going to NADA? Visit us at Booth # 4442N

Choosing the Right Puller

You’re working on a customer’s vehicle and once all the nuts and bolts are off, the part’s still stuck. It could be a ball joint, wheel bearing or even a brake drum or rotor. What are your options? You can grab a pry bar, a hammer or whatever else is in the shop. Or you can grab a puller, break the parts loose and get the job done faster.

To find the right puller:

  1. What are you trying to pull? Are you trying to pull a shaft out of something, pull something out of a hole or pull something off a shaft? This will help you determine if you need a push-puller, jaw-type puller, slide hammer or one with internal or external-internal adapters.
  2. Determine the reach and spread you need. This will make sure your puller is long enough and the jaws, if applicable, open wide enough to exert enough force to pull the object.
  3. Estimate the force required. When in doubt, always use the next larger size to account for frozen or rusted parts.

Now that you’ve determined what you’re trying to pull, find a corresponding puller to finish the job.

  • This includes removing a gear, bearing, wheel or pulley
  • This option helps remove internal bearing cups, retainers or oil seals that are press-fitted
  • Typically you need these pullers when removing a transmission shaft or pinion shaft from a bore or housing.

Regardless of puller selected, always keep the tool clean and frequently lubricate the forcing screw fully to extend the tool’s life. With tons of force, we can’t stress safety enough when using pullers.

Written By Dirk Skogerboe

Happy National Cocoa Day!

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Today is one of the sweetest days in the entire year. Dec. 13 is National Cocoa Day, an annual holiday that celebrates, well, cocoa.

Just in case you need a little incentive to indulge, besides tasting great, cocoa is good for you, too. The antioxidant concentration in hot cocoa is nearly twice as strong as it is in red wine, according to a study conducted at Cornell University. It not only helps reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, cocoa makes you feel good all over! It enhances the levels of the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin.

Winter is the perfect time to celebrate our love for hot cocoa as there is nothing better than drinking a warm mug of hot chocolate to warm up your body and spirit!

Source : holidailys.com