Valentine’s Day Facts:
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
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.
Battery Terminal Service Kit
This kit includes seven favorite battery tools, housed in a rugged, vinyl-coated fabric pouch.
- 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.
R-134A Recover, Recycle, Evacuate, Leak Test and Recharge for Hybrid & Non-Hybrid Vehicles
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.
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
Written By Dirk Skogerboe
NSX Turbo Safety Glasses with Light Blue Lens.
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.
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.
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:
Now that you’ve determined what you’re trying to pull, find a corresponding puller to finish the job.
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
Written By Dirk Skogerboe
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