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News Update

Raybestos ‘Spring Sizzle’ Sweepstakes Rewards Winners
with Toolboxes and More

James “Fritz” Steile of Maple Grove Tire and Service in Maple Grove, MN, was named the Raybestos brand brakes “Spring Sizzle” promotion winner. Steile received a Snap-on Classic Series 19-Drawer Triple Bank Roll Cabinet and a complete Snap-on tool set.

Installers received a sweepstakes entry form when they purchased a Raybestos brand brakes promotional kit. The kit included a portable toolbox, grill and a certificate to receive five to seven sets of Raybestos brand brake pads.

In addition to the grand prize valued at nearly $9,000, two second-prize winners — Taus Gasior (Blue Moon Auto Inc. of Roseville, CA) and Dean Cremean (2 Techs Auto Repair of Englewood, CO) — received Snap-on Triple Bank Roll Cabinets.

Beck/Arnley Recognized As Outstanding Technology Partner
Beck/Arnley received the 2007 Supplier Award in recognition of being an Outstanding Technology Partner from Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. (Alliance) during its annual winter shareholders meeting in Boca Raton, FL.

“We would like to thank Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance for this honor,” said Max Dull, Beck/Arnley president and CEO. “They have been a valued partner since our relationship began in the 1980s, and we look forward to continuing to serve their import needs for many years to come.”

The 2007 Outstanding Technology Partner plaque was presented by Richard Morgan, Alliance president and CEO, to Dull, Vince McMahon, vice president and general manager, and Anne Coffin, vice president, IT & marketing, chief information officer, who accepted the award on behalf of Beck/Arnley.

ContiTech Offers Diagnostic Posters
Once a vehicle starts making squealing noises, it’s time for the maintenance expert to take a look at the drive belt. Is it damaged? Is it taut enough? Has it been correctly installed? Whether a drive belt runs as it should depends on a number of factors — installation itself can be a source of error.

ContiTech Power Transmission Group has brought out two new posters for distribution to auto repair shops to assist with belt damage diagnosis and correction. The posters explain the problems that may occur with fan belts, multiple V-ribbed belts and timing belts, as well as their causes and ways of solving those problems.

The “Timing belts” and “Multiple V-ribbed belts/fan belts” posters can be ordered free of charge at [email protected]

MAHLE Clevite Canada Acquires Engine Parts One
MAHLE Clevite Canada ULC has completed the purchase of Canadian Engine Parts 1 Inc., which currently serves the Canadian engine parts market with five strategically located warehouses across the country. This acquisition transfers ownership to MAHLE Clevite Canada.

This transaction enables MAHLE Clevite to position itself to better service the needs of the Canadian engine parts market. It also supports the implementation of the MAHLE Clevite value-added initiatives, allowing them to focus directly on servicing the engine parts aftermarket in concert with their customer base.

In other company news, Kenny Burns, machine shop manager for Harry’s Machine Works, Inc., won the 2007 MAHLE Clevite “Machinist of the Year Award.” Harry’s Machine Works is located in Dodge City, KS. Burns will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for two to the Performance Racing Industry Show in Orlando, FL, including $500 in spending money; and an all-expenses-paid trip for one to Charlotte, NC, including a VIP tour of NASCAR Technical Institute.

Airtex Products Realigns Engineering Services and Support
Airtex Products, LP appointed Gerard “Jerry” Betz II as director of engineering, leading the Airtex Engineering Services and Support (ESS) division for fuel delivery systems. In this role, Betz is responsible for a wide variety of initiatives designed to support continued global growth in the fuel delivery systems market. With more than 18 years of service with such companies as General Motors and Harley Davidson, Betz brings experience in fuel delivery systems design and product knowledge.

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Several States Declare April As ‘Car Care Month’

Several governors across the country have declared April as Car Care Month in their respective states, urging their residents to be car care aware and perform the service necessary to ensure their vehicles are operating in a safe, efficient and clean manner.

Several governors across the country have declared April as Car Care Month in their respective states, urging their residents to be car care aware and perform the service necessary to ensure their vehicles are operating in a safe, efficient and clean manner.
The following governors have issued official state proclamations that April is Car Care Month: Gov. Robert Bentley of Alabama, Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado, Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois, Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan, Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico, Gov. John A. Kitzhaber, M.D. of Oregon, Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee, Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia.
“We want to thank these governors for officially proclaiming April as Car Care Month,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Car Care Month provides a unique opportunity for the auto care industry and the government to educate car owners on the importance of proper vehicle care. Motor vehicle safety continues to be a major focus for state legislatures and regulatory agencies across the country, so we commend each of the governors for making these important proclamations.”
Spring is the perfect time for motorists to make sure their vehicles are running reliably after a rough winter and before the summer driving season begins. Many independent repair shops and community organizations throughout the country will conduct car care events during April. These events have revealed that three out of four vehicles inspected are in need of some type of maintenance or repair.
The non-profit Car Care Council offers many free tools on its website to help consumers drive smart, save money and be more environmentally friendly, including the popular 60-page Car Care Guide and a custom service schedule and email reminder service.
“By following a service schedule and performing preventative vehicle maintenance, motorists can ensure that their vehicles are safe and dependable. Plus, auto care can help save money in many ways, including reducing fuel consumption and extending vehicle life,” continued White. “We encourage all car owners across the country to get their vehicles inspected this April.”

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Monroe “Quick Rewards” Program Offers Incentives For Sales Of Monroe Quick-Strut Assemblies

Tenneco’s Monroe brand will offer an incentive to counterpeople for the sale of popular, ready-to-install Monroe Quick-Strut premium replacement assemblies. The Monroe “Quick Rewards” scorecard promotion – available for sales between April 1 and May 31, 2014 – will reward participants with a $10 prepaid card for each pair of qualifying Monroe Quick-Strut units sold.

Three AGM, Gel Cell Battery Myths

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10 Toughest Cabin Air Filter Jobs

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MOOG Coverage Expanded With Dozens Of New Parts For Foreign Nameplate And Domestic Models

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