Archives : 2012 : April
Shops that service trucks have used many various different methods over the years to dismount and mount tires to these big, heavy rims. But most options are still either difficult and cumbersome or very expensive.
Enter the Easy-Way truck tire demount tool. It was made specifically for dismounting these difficult tires. It has a truly innovative tool design that allows for a quick, painless, and as the name describes, easy way of dismounting these wheels.
Sure, you could purchase a big, expensive automatic truck tire changer. Heck, we carry several of those, and if you want to purchase one, we would be glad to sell one to you. But if you want to save a boat load of money, and still get the job done, you cannot go wrong with this handy little piece of equipment.
The best part is that it really work. Check out the video link below and see for yourself why it’s a no-brainer to get this tool.
Remember the days when it was assumed that every 3000 miles, you had to change your car’s motor oil? It was the mantra from everybody. It was automatic. Well not anymore.
Sure, many car manufacturers still designate 3000 miles as the mandatory oil change mileage, but many more vehicles are mandating longer time frames. Some folks used to even change their oil more frequently than 3000 miles. Some as early as every 2000 miles. The feeling was that if 3000 was good, I’ll treat my motor even better, allowing to operate at peak performance.
Modern vehicles have a service indicator light that tells them when to change their oil now, so it makes it much easier for the driver to determine when to get the service, eliminating the need for the local oil change shop’s reminder sticker on the upper left of the windshield.
Twenty percent of 2012 survey respondents change their oil between 3,001 and 4,000 miles, 22 percent between 4,001 and 5,000 miles and 11 percent over 5,000. Obviously this makes it much easier for the consumer.
Why have the mileage requirements changed in recent years? This can be attributed to advancements in both the modern automobile engine, as well as the oil itself. Some synthetic oils on the market today last significantly longer than traditional oil. Some engines actually don’t need their oil changed for up to 50,000 miles! This is obviously a great feature for peace of mind. Although most are still in the 3000 to 5000 mile range.
So the next time your car is due to go up on a car lift for a service, pay attention to the mileage. You will be surprised at how infrequent the need is.
Hey folks, check out our new ad in Southern Wheels Magazine. You can catch a copy of their latest April issue in the link below. You may have seen us in many other trade publications over the course of the past 16 years we’ve been in business. We’ve appeared in such prominent auto repair industry publications as Professional Tool & Equipment News, Parts Finder, Parts Locator, Tech Shop Magazine, and Motor Magazine. We’ve also been in many home / hobbyist magazines such as Hemmings Motor News, Deals On Wheels, Old Cars Weekly and Hagerty’s. You may also have seen us on popular TV shows, like Two Guys Garage.
This little magazine may not be the biggest name in the magazine business, but we found it to be very informative and worthwhile. That’s why we decided to advertise in it. Check this publication out at your local news stand or go to their web site. You can also view our listing in their on-line directory. It’s full of great links.
Repeat problems can be a big hassle for many auto shop owners. All shops see them. But how do you deal with them? How you deal with them is the most important factor in retaining your loyal customers. After all, you risk your customers seeing you as unwilling to repair a problem, or worse yet, incompetant. If you don’t resolve the issue fast, you will not only lose that customer, you will likely lose many other potential customers due to word of mouth.
Always treat a comeback as a priority. Never tell the customer that they’ll have to wait until another job gets done first. remember, they were there before the current customer.
Follow up with the customer the very next day after you have resolved the problem. Don’t wait later than that or you’ll forget. You’ll be amazed at how much goodwill it builds with the customer. It shows that you really care about them.
Take care to document all actions taken. This can aid you in continued troubleshooting of this problem as well as other problems. Not only that, but it can help you isolate a potential common problem. Perhaps you received a bad batch of auto parts from a supplier. Perhaps you have a technician who is performing a task improperly, and needs re-training. Good record keeping will help you determine it more quickly, saving you time and money.
And ultimately, isn’t that the bottom line?
Occasionally we post upcoming events related to the automotive enthusiast crowd. We try to keep you informed of things that might be of interest to folks who are also interested in our Car Lift Blog and our web site – www.asedeals.com . These events could include auto auctions and swap meets, as well as trade shows, cruise nights and car shows. So, without further adieu, here is a list of some of the more prominent upcoming events. And if you would like us to add your event, just let us know.
Alabama – 2nd Annual West Jasper Tiger Pride Car & Bike Show – April 14 at the old airport – call 205-275-0216
Arkansas – 14th Annual All Corvette CACC Weekend Show – April 19 – 22 at Hot Springs Mall – Call 501-922-3898
Florida – 10th annual Building to a Cure Classic Car Show to benefit Children’s Hospital at the Ronald McDonald House Tampa Bay. April 1st – Call 941-483-3667
Georgia – NMRA, NMCA All Star Nationals – Commerce, GA April 13 – 15th Call 949-784-9061
Illinois – 40th Annual Peotone Swap Meet & Car Show – June 10th Call 815-939-0117
Kentucky – Somernites Cruise – BOP (Buick, Olds, Pontiac) Somerset, KY – April 27 – 28 Call 606-872-2277
Louisiana – 15th Annual Camellia City Rod Run at John Slidell Park – Slidell, LA – April 21 – Call 985-639-9919
Maryland – NMRA All Ford Nationals – Mechanicsville, MD May 4th – 6 – call 714-444-2426
Mississippi – 25th Annual Aberdeen Antique & Classic Car Show – Aberdeen, MS – April 7 – Call 662-429-7265
Missouri – 26th Annual Magic Dragon Street Meet Nationals Car Show – May 4 – 6th – Call 800-451-4117
New York – 2nd Annual Two Nations 1000 Islands Extravaganza – May 18 – 20th – Clayton, NY – Call 601-310-9805
North Carolina – 2012 Spring Charlotte Auto Fair – Charlotte, NC April 19 -22 – Call 704-841-1990
Pennsylvania – Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet – April 25 – 29th – Carlisle, PA – Call 717-243-7855
South Carolina – 3rd Annual Lakewood Camp Ground Car Show at the Lakewood Conference Center April 7th – Myrtle Beach, SC – Call 843-503-8245
Tennessee – ATHS Southeast Regional Truck Show at Chilhowee Park – April 13-14th Knoxville, TN – Call 865-789-7771