Category Archives: aftermarket

First Ford Performance Off-Road Leveling Kits

Most Ranger and F-150 trucks are purchased with four-wheel drive, and it’s said the leveling kits will enable off-road drivers to risk more challenging terrain. Beyond adding additional ground clearance, off-road performance is improved with Ford truck-optimized FOX  shocks. Continue reading

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GM Opens $65 Million Parts Processing Center Near Flint

GM now employs only 9,500 people in Genesee County, including the Grand Blanc headquarters of the company’s Customer Care and Aftersales business and the Flint manufacturing complex. All of the positions in Burton support GM’s CCA* business that is responsible for supporting the service and repair needs of millions of GM vehicle owners. Continue reading

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Subaru Recall – Ignition Switch May Turn Off

The ball spring inside the ignition switch may break, reducing the strength of the ignition switch. If this occurs, the weight on the key ring and certain road conditions could cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine. Continue reading

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Mopar Debuts Six Concepts for Moab Easter Jeep Safari

“Customization is one of the highest priorities for Jeep brand enthusiasts. This is why we have proactively developed a portfolio of more than 200 exclusive parts and accessories for the all-new Jeep Gladiator,” said Steve Beahm. Continue reading

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BMW Baggage

BMW is continuing its merchandising with Montblanc via a five-piece luggage set that’s made-to-measure for the trunk (AKA boot) of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. Manufacturer’s recommended retail price is €14,900. Continue reading

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Battery Handlers or Sorters Untrained, at Risk from Lithium

Battery Council International says the lead battery recycling process was uniquely designed for lead batteries. Lead batteries have almost a 100% recycling rate. However, when lithium batteries enter the lead battery recycling stream, they pose a serious threat to lead battery recyclers’ employees and equipment. This is because lithium batteries can explode if they are crushed during the lead battery recycling process. Continue reading

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California Cars and Global Warming: CRC, Kraft-Heinz and Mothers Pay $1.4 Million For Violating Air Quality Rules

“Many common household products, such as cleaners and metal polishes, contain compounds that contribute to unhealthy smog. It’s important that retailers only stock and sell products that adhere to CARB regulations limiting the amount of these compounds,” CARB Enforcement Division Chief Todd Sax said. Continue reading

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Icahn Buys RPM Automotive

The undisclosed deal expands its presence in the Southeastern U.S., by 10 locations and more than 100 service bays. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., RPM Automotive claims a reputation for “its exceptional customer service and quality work on all makes and models, including luxury vehicles and large fleets.” Continue reading

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NADA Workforce Initiative Fights Technician Shortage

The NADA Foundation just revealed the next phase of its Workforce Initiative, which includes the launch of a new consumer-facing website – www.nadafoundation.org – to promote the value of service technician jobs and provide the first and only centralized source of all Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and industry training programs and scholarship opportunities for aspiring technicians. Continue reading

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First Look – New or Revised 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Off-road prowess comes from Command-Trac and Rock-Trac 4×4 systems, third-generation Dana 44 axles, Tru-Lock electric front- and rear-axles, Trac-Lok limited-slip differential, a segment-exclusive sway-bar disconnect and, gulp, 33-inch off-road tires. Continue reading

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Chevy Performance Releases Colorado ZR2 Race Parts

“These parts can be purchased individually to suit each customer’s needs, or as a complete package,” said Dickens. “This gives customers the flexibility to build their truck up over time, purchase only the parts they need for their particular interest, or buy the complete set to build their own ‘Hall Racing’ ZR2.” Continue reading

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GM Collision Repair Network Growing

“Collision repair professionals are telling us they see how the Network can help make their business more efficient, speed up the repair process and give confidence that vehicles are repaired accurately and safely,” said John Eck, collision manager, GM Customer Care and Aftersales. Continue reading

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Mopar at SEMA – 1000 Horsepower 426 Crate Hemi, Supercharger Concept

The press briefing in the Mopar exhibit at SEMA also included the unveiling of the 1968 Dodge “Super Charger” Concept, the perfect package for highlighting the “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI engine assembly and kit. Continue reading

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Walmart and Advance Auto Parts to Launch Specialty Store

The new specialty store will complement Walmart’s automotive offering of common parts and accessories online and in stores, including an extensive assortment of tire, lube and battery services in more than 2,500 Walmart Auto Care Centers across the country. Launching in phases over the coming year, the specialty store will also feature a variety of Advance’s “value-added content and product information.” Continue reading

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2019 COPO Camaro Marks 50 Years of Performance

With a special Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color that pays homage to the original Laguna Blue offered in 1969, the SEMA show car’s available engine lineup includes a revised version of the supercharged, LSX-based 350 engine, now with a 2.65-liter Magnuson supercharger as well as a 302-cubic-inch engine. Continue reading

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