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Directions: Giving Some ‘Extra Credit’ to Deserving Schools

Now entering its third year, Tomorrow’s Technician magazine, along with co-sponsors Chicago Pneumatic and WIX Filters, have joined forces to recognize the top schools in the nation.

Jeep Fuel Problems Needn’t Be an Uphill Battle

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has been a dependable vehicle for many vehicle owners over the years. However, the SUV has had a few fuel system problem that has put Jeeps in repair shops. In this article, we’ll address some fuel system complaints that have plagued these vehicles.

Is the Economy Heading in the Right Direction?

Recent indicators signal good news for the aftermarket.

Directions: Diagnosing Automotive Technician Concerns

In order to help you better understand the makeup of today’s technicians, Underhood Service conducted a survey that focused just on the technician.

Second Generation Repairs: Servicing the GM 3800 Series II Engine

The GM 3800 Series II engine, introduced in 1995, is quite a different engine from its predecessor, the Series I engine. While the stroke for the 3.8L engine remained at 3.4″ (86 mm), and the bore remained at 3.8″ (97 mm), the engine architecture changed dramatically.

Directions: Put the Aftermarket First

A plan to help the economy, the industry and the motoring public.

A/C Update: The Future of Cool

Editor Ed Sunkin returns from the Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide trade show and convention in February, 2009, with details on the possible future of the U.S. refrigerant segment of the industry — HFO-1234yf. This refrigerant provides a very low global warming potential and many new service and sales opportunities.

Directions: Continuing Our Look into the Health of the Automotive Repair Market

Last month, we opened the discussion on the nation’s economic conditions and how it relates to the automotive service and repair industry. The following are more comments from shop owners on their take on the state of the repair industry. Don Seyfer, owner of Seyfer Automotive, Inc., in Wheat Ridge, CO, is one who seems

Directions: Which Customer is Coming into Your Shop?

Different mindsets in a tough economy produce different service options. In this nationwide economic slump, we are hearing that technicians and counter people are seeing increases in traffic and parts sales as cost-conscious consumers keep aging cars on the road. And, in these tough economic times, many shops are finding that the age-old mantra aimed

Test Drive: Automotive Art: More Artists See and Feel the Beauty of Chrome and Metal

Chicago — Online art marketplace DiscoveredArtists.com reports a growing number of artists who are caught up in capturing cars on canvas. Although these artists can choose from a world of subjects ranging from naked ladies to breathtaking landscapes and crashing waves, they are fascinated by the lovely curves and flashing metal of car bodies. Automotive

Directions: Dealerships in Decline?

A new report released in October from a business advisory organization forecasts as many as 3,800 U.S. car dealerships could fail this fall and into 2009. Paul Melville, a partner with Grant Thornton LLP, which issued the report, suggests that nearly one in five dealerships will close because of weak sales, increased operational costs and

Directions: The Tin Lizzy

Still Looking Great After 100 Years When Henry Ford debuted his groundbreaking Model T on Sept. 27, 1908, he probably never imagined that the spindly little car would remain in production for 19 years. Nor could Ford have foreseen that his company would eventually build more than 15 million Tin Lizzies, making him a billionaire