Why And How Shops Should Keep Trained
Brake & Front End
by Doug Kaufman
13h ago
The professional automotive service industry is one where constant learning and training are indispensable. Doug Kaufman from ShopOwner recently spoke with Drew Jablonowski from Garage Gurus, a seasoned expert in the field, about the importance of training for service advisors, technicians, and shop owners. Drew Jablonowski, who has been with Garage Gurus for about ten years, shares his journey from turning wrenches at 16 to becoming the content and curriculum manager. His story underscores the need for continuous learning. “I started turning wrenches when I was about 16… parents weren’t reall ..read more
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Aftermarket vs. OE Steering/Suspension Parts for Tesla S
Brake & Front End
by Brake and Front End Staff
13h ago
Many consumers still believe that an aftermarket auto part is inferior to an OE manufacturer replacement part, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many aftermarket auto part manufacturers are actually improving and correcting known failure points on parts, in many cases making them better than the same OE counterpart. This is because aftermarket manufacturers reverse engineer OEM parts, allowing these manufacturers to identify their strengths and weaknesses. That’s especially good news for Tesla S owners, as many of these drivers have reported numerous issues with the front s ..read more
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Gabriel Announces Launch of New Website
Brake & Front End
by Jeff White
1d ago
Gabriel announced the launch of its all-new website on Gabriel.com., which the company said, “offers a modern user-friendly experience with fresh SEO-enriched content, vivid product images, a vast video library, online & retail dealer locators, mobile friendly interface and easy to navigate structure.” In a news release, Gabriel also announced the launch of its new centralized Part Finder. In addition to traditional search capabilities by vehicle year/make/ model, Gabriel’s new website part finder also offers extensive search capabilities based on OEM, competitors or Gabriel part numbers ..read more
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Sustainability And Automotive Batteries
Brake & Front End
by Doug Kaufman
2d ago
Let’s talk about a topic that’s gaining a lot of traction in the automotive world these days: sustainability. It’s true – this industry is shifting gears towards a greener future. Vehicle manufacturers have created a bridge of powertrain technologies to move from today’s traditional internal combustion engine to full electric vehicles. Whether it’s a gas engine with start/stop technology or a fully electric vehicle, it’s likely that your shop has already worked on some of these, with more likely to roll in over the months or years to come. Service opportunities abound, because the full EV is t ..read more
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Ball Joints – How To Avoid Memory Steer
Brake & Front End
by Andrew Markel
2d ago
If your shop works on trucks like the Ford F 250 or Dodge Ram 2500, you know that these have a solid front axle. During their lifetime, chances are the ball joints will need to be replaced. Trucks like these have ball joints because they’re four wheel drive and the axle goes between where the kingpin used to be. When you’re installing the two ball joints it’s critical that they’re installed on-axis. If they’re installed off axis – in other words, one ball joint doesn’t line up with the other – you could have issues with memory steer. When memory steer happens, the driver will notice that, as t ..read more
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Cultivating Leadership Within Your Organization
Brake & Front End
by Vic Tarasik
2d ago
Leadership is essential for success and succession. Having a plan to secure team members who are strong leaders starts the day you hire them or the day you recognize that doing things the way they’ve always been done won’t be enough for you to successfully hang up your keys to the shop. History books are rife with references to strong leaders. Ghandi, President Reagan, President Obama, General Patton were all strong leaders. Unfortunately, there have also been leaders who simply wielded power, doing damage to the world and to generations that followed: Genghis Khan, Ivan The Terrible and other ..read more
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Do Severe Duty Brake Pads Trade Power For Longevity?
Brake & Front End
by Brake and Front End Staff
2d ago
Akebono says a new friction formula increase life and lower noise, while maintaining stopping power. Here’s what that can mean for your fleet. Accepting reduced component life for better braking power in severe-duty applications may be a thing of the past, according to Akebono. The company said its new severe-duty line offers aftermarket brake pads for fleets that—through the use of new friction formulas compounds—allow the friction materials to maintain stopping power, while reducing wear and noise. Akebono highlighted several benefits of their new severe duty brake pad line, which include st ..read more
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HELLA PAGID Launches Semi-Metallic Brake Pad Line
Brake & Front End
by Andrew Markel
3d ago
Global automotive brake systems supplier HELLA PAGID announced the launch of its latest product line — HELLA PAGID Semi-Metallic Silver brake pads. The pads utilize a metal content greater than 50% and are formulated using a precise combination of metallic fibers, organic materials (including rubber, resin, and friction modifiers), and approved fillers, according to HELLA PAGID. “This unique formulation ensures these brake pads deliver exceptional performance while maintaining the highest standards of safety and reliability,” the company added. According to HELLA PAGID, oth ..read more
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Reading The Brake Pads For Safety And Profit
Brake & Front End
by Andrew Markel
4d ago
Before you throw out the old brake pads or order a new set, take a good look at them. Worn brake pads can tell you a lot about the entire brake system and prevent the new pads from suffering the same fate. It can also help you to recommend a brake repair that returns the vehicle to like-new condition. Rules of Inspection • Never judge the condition of the brake pads using just one pad. Both pads and their thicknesses need to be inspected and documented. • Never take rust or corrosion lightly. Corrosion on the caliper and pads is an indication the coating, plating or paint has failed and needs ..read more
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ASE Launches EV Safety Testing and Certification Program
Brake & Front End
by Andrew Markel
4d ago
Although hybrids have been around for more than 20 years, many shops are not familiar with the risks of high-voltage vehicles or are not comfortable working on or around them. To address this concern, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) said it is offering a testing and certification program for electrified propulsion vehicle (xEV) high-voltage safety, including light-duty and medium-/heavy-duty hybrid and electric vehicles. This industry-developed program provides two options to certify shop personnel based on their involvement with xEVs. Industry standards accompan ..read more
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