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Issue Topics Important Dates
A Look Ahead to 2018
January
  • Top companies to look for in 2018
  • Leading the way into a new year
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
December 15, 2017
Materials Due:
December 22, 2017
Effective Dealership Marketing
February
  • Every customer is different — ways to attract the right buyers
  • Marketing tips to bring your customers in
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
January 16, 2018
Materials Due:
January 23, 2018
Tools to Reach the Top
March
  • NADA Best of the Best Companies
  • Tracking data to keep you No. 1
  • Know what you are spending in your marketing efforts
  • The breakdown of equity data mining
  • Taking the lead in your service department
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
February 16, 2018
Materials Due:
February 23, 2018
Cultivating Customer Relationships
April
  • Driving sales by building relationships
  • Connecting with customers through your CRM
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
Utilizing Live Chat
May
  • Mastering online chat
  • Communicating to your dealership
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2018
Materials Due:
April 24, 2018
Long-Term Planning
June
  • Engaging with your customer for a lifetime
  • Driving your revenue to the top
  • Serving your customers in the service department
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
May 16, 2018
Materials Due:
May 23, 2018
Dealership Department Integration
July
  • Integrated sales, service and marketing solutions
  • Utilizing your service department to grow your dealership
  • Using the knowledge you receive from your CRM
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
June 18, 2018
Materials Due:
June 25, 2018
Marketing and Technology
August
  • Using artificial intelligence to find customers
  • How automated sales assistants can help you sell more cars
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2018
Materials Due:
July 24, 2018
Connecting with Customers
September
  • Using online chat in your service department
  • Finding technology to help move your dealership forward
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
August 17, 2018
Materials Due:
August 24, 2018
Planning Smarter
October
  • Using tools to know your customer
  • Achieving your business goals and overcoming challenges
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
September 18, 2018
Materials Due:
September 25, 2018
Prospecting and Lead Generation
November
  • Marketing tips to catch the consumers attention
  • Finding the right tools to make your dealership a success
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
October 16, 2018
Materials Due:
October 23, 2018
Building for a New Year
December
  • How to take your dealership from the bottom to the top
  • Watch sales and service work together
  • Out with the old, in with the new
  • Dealer Panel
  • Success Story
  • In every issue:
    • Leadership Solutions
    • Sales & Training Solutions
    • Marketing Solutions
Ad Closing:
November 16, 2018
Materials Due:
November 21, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Dave Davis
Editor
[email protected]
502.694.3186
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Cover Feature
    • The Politics of Being a Body Shop Owner – How legislation impacts the collision repair industry
  • Technical
    • Glass Replacement and ADAS – Glass replacement and its impact on a vehicle’s safety systems
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Infrared Heaters – We profile a shop owner who is looking to add to his curing systems
  • MSO
    • Competing Against Independents – Strategies to win customer loyalty over mom-and-pop shops
  • Refinish
    • Paint Problems and Remedies – Fisheye. Dieback. Orange peel. We ID paint problems and their fixes
  • SUPPLEMENT: ALUMINUM GUIDE
Ad Closing:
December 14, 2017
Materials Due:
December 18, 2017
February
  • Cover Feature
    • Filling the Technician Shortage – What top shops are doing to find young technicians
  • Technical
    • Corrosion Protection – The importance of restoring corrosion protection on panels
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Frame Machines – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his frame machine
  • MSO
    • Managing Employees – Strategies for getting the most out of a shop’s people
  • SUPPLEMENT: EQUIPMENT EDUCATION GUIDE
    • We educate repairers on every kind of equipment in the body shop
Ad Closing:
January 15, 2018
Materials Due:
January 18, 2018
March
  • Cover Feature
    • Drugs in the Workplace – How to implement and enforce a drug policy for employees
  • Technical
    • Scanning Equipment – A look at the latest scan and re-calibration tools
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Custom Refinishes – We profile a body shop owner who wants to know what new custom refinishes are on the market
  • MSO
    • Equipment & Training –How one MSO keeps up with ever-changing equipment and training
  • Refinish
    • Getting a Clean Paint Job – Tips on how to keep dirt out of your paint jobs
Ad Closing:
February 15, 2018
Materials Due:
February 19, 2018
READER’S CHOICE ISSUE
April
  • Cover Feature
    • Reader’s Choice: We answer reader-submitted questions on a variety of topics
  • Technical
    • Measuring – Why measuring has taken on greater importance in today’s vehicles
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Abrasives – We profile a shop owner who is looking to get more out of his abrasives
  • MSO
    • Maintaining Consistency –The key to consistent operational performance across your network
  • SUPPLEMENT: VEHICLE MATERIALS GUIDE
    • We look at new car models and the materials they’re made of
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2018
Materials Due:
March 19, 2018
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
May
  • Cover Feature
    • Theft in the Workplace – We address an all-too-common problem in shops
  • Technical
    • Structural vs. Non-Structural Parts – It’s just a non-structural part...is it not important?
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Scan Tools – We profile a shop owner who is looking to buy a scan tool
  • MSO
    • Recruiting – Strategies for filling your labor needs now and in the future
  • Refinish
    • Paint Department Profitability – How to make sure you’re making money on paint and materials
Ad Closing:
April 16, 2018
Materials Due:
April 19, 2018
BUYER’S GUIDE ISSUE
June
  • Cover Feature
    • What Does Your Dream Shop Look Like? – If you could redo your shop, what would it look like?
  • Technical
    • Paint Prep Products – Abrasives, sanders, tape...we look at the latest products in this market
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Spraybooths – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to replace his spraybooth
  • MSO
    • Selling & Estimating – The key to successful selling & estimating
  • SUPPLEMENT: HEAVY-DUTY REPAIR GUIDE
    • We examine the equipment a shop needs to get into heavy-duty truck repair
Ad Closing:
May 15, 2018
Materials Due:
May 18, 2018
July
  • Cover Feature
    • Secrets of the Best Shops – We uncover what the best shops are doing to be considered the best
  • Technical
    • Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding – What is STRSW and why is it becoming a popular joining method?
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Measuring Systems – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his measuring system
  • MSO
    • Customer Service – Strategies for achieving market-leading CSI
  • Refinish
    • Training a Helper – A well-trained painter’s helper can make the difference
Ad Closing:
June 15, 2018
Materials Due:
June 18, 2018
August
  • Cover Feature
    • The Art of Selling – How to increase your close ratio and improve your sales
  • Technical
    • New Refinish Technology – Advances in refinish technology that are making paint even better
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Spray Guns – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his spray guns
  • MSO
    • Buying a Shop – What makes a shop an attractive acquisition?
  • SUPPLEMENT: OE CERTIFICATION GUIDE
    • We examine OE certification and its equipment requirements
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2018
Materials Due:
July 19, 2018
September
  • Cover Feature
    • Independents vs. MSOs – How these two rivals are battling it out for market share
  • Technical
    • MIG Brazing – Why more OEMs are recommending this type of welding
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Air Compressors – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to replace his air compressor
  • MSO
    • When to Sell – Factors to consider before selling your business
  • Refinish
    • Personal Protective Equipment – The importance of PPE and compliance measures
Ad Closing:
August 15, 2018
Materials Due:
August 20, 2018
SEMA SHOW ISSUE
October
  • Cover Feature
    • Traits of a Successful Body Shop Owner – We analyze the ingredients that make up a successful shop owner
  • Technical
    • Adhesive Bonding – A look at welding plus adhesives as a joining method
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Clean Air Equipment – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his clean air equipment
  • MSO
    • OSHA Compliance – How one MSO keeps compliant with OSHA
  • SUPPLEMENT: SCANNING GUIDE
    • We look at the training and tools a shop needs to do scanning in-house
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2018
Materials Due:
September 20, 2018
November
  • Cover Feature
    • Improving Your CSI – Tips on improving that all-important KPI: CSI
  • Technical
    • Diagnostics – The demand for body shops to do more diagnosis relating to crashes
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Clearcoats – We profile a body shop owner who is looking for a faster-drying clearcoat that is economical in price
  • MSO
    • Crunching the Numbers – How one MSO masters the financial side of his business
Ad Closing:
October 15, 2018
Materials Due:
October 18, 2018
December
  • Cover Feature
    • Health & Wellness – Strategies to improve employee health & wellness
  • Technical
    • Aluminum Repair – A discussion on how aluminum repair differs from steel
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Lifts – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his lift
  • MSO
    • Marketing – An MSO discusses his branding and marketing strategies
  • SUPPLEMENT: CRASH SURVEY
    • Our annual survey of body shop owners’ purchasing habits
Ad Closing:
November 15, 2018
Materials Due:
November 19, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jason Stahl
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 226
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters Waiting Room Edition
January
  • Brake Job: Bleeding Tools
  • Alignment Specs: Buick Regal
  • TPMS Tech: Key Fob Diagnostics
  • Brake Pad Noise Solutions
  • Ride Control and Tire Wear
  • Parking Brake Adjustments & Hardware
  • Dealing With Clicking Wheel Bearings
  • Ball Joint Replacement
  • Air Ride Inspection
  • Driveshaft Diagnostics
  • Curing Wiring Harness Problems
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2017
Materials Due:
December 23, 2017
February
  • Brake Job: Nissan Juke
  • Alignment Specs: Hyundai Genesis
  • TPMS Tech: Test Drive Protocols
  • Brake Rotor Wear
  • Curing Suspension Bushing Noises
  • Active Wheel Speed Sensors
  • Detecting Rear Suspension Bushing Problems
  • Transmission Fluid Grades and Specifications
  • Dual Mass Flywheel Service
  • Electronic Parking Brake Inspection
  • Motor Mount Replacement
Ad Closing:
January 1, 2018
Materials Due:
January 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • Brake Job: Ford Transit
  • Alignment Specs: Dodge Sprinter
  • TPMS Tech: Fleet Vehicles
  • Brake Pad Hardware Guide
  • Ride Control Diagnostics
  • Wheel Bearing Essential Tools
  • Cost-Effective Control Arms
  • Replacing Air Ride Fittings and Lines
  • Torque Converter Clutch Diagnostics
  • Replacing Driveshaft U-Joints
  • Calibrating Lane Departure Systems
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 8, 2018
April
  • Brake Job: Buick Encore
  • Alignment Specs: Hyundai Elantra
  • TPMS Tech: Tools
  • Brake Rotor Vanes
  • Scrub Radius and Suspension Knuckles
  • Brake Line Replacement
  • Wheel Bearings for AWD CUVs
  • Electric Power Steering Diagnostics
  • Rear Suspension Air Ride Problems
  • Understanding Limited Slip Differentials
  • High-Performance Brake Service
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
May
  • Brake Job: Toyota 4Runner
  • Alignment Specs: Ford Explorer
  • TPMS Tech: Nissan
  • Brake Pad Failures
  • Yaw and Accelerometers for Ride Control
  • Inspecting Suspension
  • Components on Complex Front Suspensions
  • Electric Power Steering Rack Replacement
  • Parking Brake Cable Replacement
  • TPMS Tune-Up: Rotate and Relearn
  • Finding Exhaust Leaks
  • Wheel Bearings and Indirect TPMS Systems
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2018
Materials Due:
April 8, 2018
June
  • Brake Job: Honda Pilot
  • Alignment Specs: Hyundai
  • TPMS Tech: TPMS Modules and Antennas
  • Checking For Brake Rotor Cracks
  • Inspecting Ride Control
  • Measuring Steering Tie-Rod Play
  • New Wheel Bearing Designs
  • Steering Angle Sensor Replacement
  • Selling TPMS at the Front Counter
  • GM Electronic Parking Brakes
  • Misfires and Motor Mounts
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • Brake Job: Nissan Maxima
  • Alignment Specs: Chrysler 200
  • TPMS Tech: Ford
  • Brake Friction TSBs
  • Brake Rotor Indexing To Minimize Runout
  • Using Cross Caster and Camber Measurements to Find Bent Components
  • Wheel Bearing and Scopes 101
  • Air Ride Failures and Solutions
  • Exhaust Side Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 8, 2018
August
  • Brake Job: Dodge Charger
  • Alignment Specs: VW Golf
  • TPMS Tech: Korean Systems
  • Brake Rotor Heat Diagnostics
  • Measuring Spring Fatigue
  • Automatic Transmission Sensors and Solenoids
  • Wheel Bearing Add-Ons
  • Steering Column Diagnostics
  • Diagnosing Magnetic Differential and Transfer Case Actuators
  • Wide Band Oxygen Sensors
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
September
  • Brake Job: Honda CR-V
  • Alignment Specs: Chevy Colorado
  • TPMS Tech: BMW/Mini
  • Matching the New Brake Pad with the Rotor
  • Brake Pad Shims
  • Camber Issues and Control Arms
  • Driveshaft Center Support Bearing Replacement
  • Suspension Cradle Diagnostics
  • Lexus Air Ride Service
  • ASE A2: Transmission Diagnostics
  • Diesel Exhaust System Regulations and Service
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 8, 2018
October
  • Brake Job: Ford F-250
  • Alignment Specs: Toyota Highlander
  • TPMS Tech: Test Before You Touch
  • Ceramic Brake Pad Technology
  • Brake Rotor Safety Inspection
  • Selling Struts and Shocks With Tires
  • Brake Hose Inspections
  • Understanding Electric Power Steering Modes
  • Brake System Hill Hold Operation
  • Dealing With Emissions Inspections
  • Wheel Bearing Pre-Load Procedures
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Brake Job: Nissan Pathfinder
  • Alignment Specs: Chevy Traverse
  • TPMS Tech: Toughest Systems To Service
  • Brake Friction and ABS Problems
  • Installing Hydraulic Suspension Bushings
  • Wheel Bearing and Speed Sensors and Scan Tools
  • Suspension: When is Bent or Broken?
  • Case Study: GM Air Ride
  • Bleeding Steering Systems
  • Transmission Seal and Bearing Service
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 8, 2018
December
  • Brake Job: Jeep Wrangler
  • Alignment Specs: VW Passat
  • TPMS Tech: Exotic Vehicles
  • Brake Pads and Brake Fade
  • Caliper Replacement Checklist
  • Brake Rotor Buyer’s Guide
  • Tips For Inspecting Ball Joint Boots
  • Finding Air Ride Leaks
  • Electric Power Steering Pumps
  • Measuring Driveshaft Vibrations
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Andrew Markel
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 296
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Crystal Ball:
    • What's in store for 2018?
    • The heads of the program distribution groups will tell us what they see on the horizon for the coming year
  • Tech features by Larry Carley:
    • Air suspension: Providing a smooth, luxury ride
    • Brakes: Understanding friction and formulations
    • Wipers: How to sell wipers
    • Chassis parts: Worn chassis parts can ruin the ride
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
  • MAF Sensors
    • The importance of air intake maintenance and regular air filter changes when selling/diagnosing MAF sensors
  • Fuel Additives
    • Fuel system chemicals as part of a regular preventative maintenance program
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2018
Materials Due:
January 6, 2018
February
  • Tech features by Larry Carley:
    • TPMS replacement: Making due with fewer SKUs.
    • OAD: The Overrunning Alternator Decoupler (OAD) pulley has added a new wrinkle to accessory drive belt and alternator service.
    • Ride control: Shocks and struts don’t last forever.
    • Brakes: A discussion of master cylinders, calipers and wheel cylinders
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Steering column service, as it applies to multifunction switches, clocksprings, and ignition lock cylinder service.
    • DEF (diesel exhaust fl uid) system and SCR (selective catalyst reduction): These systems are found in modern light-duty diesels.
    • Safety and Security: Key considerations when selling steering column electrical components.
  • Professional Selling Tip: Brake Hardware
Ad Closing:
January 26, 2018
Materials Due:
February 2, 2018
March
  • Tech features by Larry Carley National Car Care Month Car Care Maintenance Seminars
    • Potential topics: Brake friction, fuel pumps, gaskets, starters/ alternators, wheel bearings, O2 sensors, spark plugs, shocks/struts, AC compressors, performance exhaust, brake rotors, antifreeze, belts & hoses, chemicals, fi lters, batteries, TPMS and much more
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • HVAC systems: As weather moves from winter into spring, highlighting both heater cores and evaporator cores.
    • Visibility: Wiper and washer system components
  • Professional Selling Tips: Lighting
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
February 22, 2018
Materials Due:
March 1, 2018
April
  • The Big Data Issue: Moving parts and products through the distribution channel and how data plays a part in all of it. Categories are: 1) Delivery systems 2) Cataloging 3) Inventory Management 4) Payroll and accounting.
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Filters: The replacement intervals of various fi lters.
    • Gaskets: Replacement opportunities for a range of applications. Includes discussion of ancillary products.
    • Lighting: The latest advancements in taillights, turn signals, daytime running lights, interior lights, headlamps.
    • Coolant sealer: A quick way to fi x a hot engine.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Automatic transmissions: We will cover electronic components like solenoids, switches and sensors — all commonly available items, and are easily confused or misidentifi ed.
    • Drive Lines: selling CV axle assemblies and components
  • Professional Selling Tips: Wipers
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
March 23, 2018
Materials Due:
March 30, 2018
May
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • FWD Halfshafts: CV Joints on a roll.
    • Brake Friction: How to sell it.
    • Antifreeze: Coolant has become a “forgotten fluid” thanks to long life additives.
    • Air & Oil Filters
    • Power window regulators: Not appreciated until they no longer work.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • EVAP: We highlight the function of the purge and vent functions of the evaporative emissions system. These parts are often difficult to identify, due to the OEMs various names for similar components.
    • Timing Belts: Belt-in-oil timing systems: the surprising technology you haven’t heard of (yet!).
  • Professional Selling Tips: Batteries
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2018
Materials Due:
April 24, 2018
June
  • Program Group Distribution Overview Program Group Distribution Leaders discuss trends in the aftermarket. Includes Annual Program Group Recap.
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Motor Oil: Not your grandfather’s motor oil – new oils and OEM requirements.
    • Cabin Air Filters provide healthier driving.
    • Crankshaft Position Sensors: Cranky sensors can cause no-starts.
    • Electric Cooling fans and Relays: Keeping the cool.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Refinish/bodywork: Paint, primers, clearcoats, hardeners and reducers.
    • TPMS: A focus on the relationship between indirect tire pressure monitoring systems, ABS and stability control systems
  • Professional Selling Tips: Tools
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
May 30, 2018
Materials Due:
June 6, 2018
July
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • TTY (Torque-to-Yield) Fasteners: Where they are used and why they need to be replaced.
    • Specialty chemicals: A chemical for every job.
    • Brakes: A review of ABS components and replacement opportunities.
    • Oxygen Sensors: What happens when O2 sensors age or die?
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • A/C: Switches, sensors and relays used in the HVAC system
    • Shocks: The effects of worn shocks on springs and other suspension components.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Cabin Air Filters
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
June 22, 2018
Materials Due:
June 29, 2018
August
  • Tech features by Larry Carley Annual Tech Forum Potential topics: alternators, fi lters, friction, fuel & engine additives, fuel pumps, gaskets, ignition parts, pistons, shocks, wheel bearings, wipers, TPMS and much more
  • 2nd Annual Counterman Sales Manual: Readers learn the best way to sell a variety of parts and other products in this special supplement to Counterman magazine.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Valve timing parts: Valve train components (rocker arms, tappets/ followers, and pushrods)
    • Fuel pumps: Relays, switches, security systems and wiring (the REAL reasons that pump “failed”)
  • Professional Selling Tips: Brake Friction
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2018
Materials Due:
July 24, 2018
September
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Manual Clutch Kits: Replacement upgrade options.
    • Brake Hardware: Often overlooked but oh so important to replace.
    • Power Steering Pumps: Hydraulic and electric — how power assist is changing.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Engine lubrication: Modern motor oils and extended oil change intervals.
    • Starting/Charging: The role of highoutput alternators in today’s powerhungry electrical systems.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Spark plugs
  • P.A.R.T.S. Professional Automotive Repair Technician Survey: Our annual special supplement that provides both invaluable research and data to readers as well as sponsors.
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
August 17, 2018
Materials Due:
August 24, 2018
October
  • The AAPEX Show Issue
  • Tech features by Larry Carley ASE P2 Test Prep Guide Potential topics: automatic transmission, brake system, cooling system, drivetrain, electrical system, emission system, engine parts, gaskets, exhaust system, fuel system and much more
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Engine replacement parts: Piston and ring selection and design.
    • Wheel bearing hubs: Cartridge-style wheel bearings and DIY customers — a pressing issue!
  • Manufacturer Spotlights 1/2-Page AAPEX Previews
  • Professional Selling Tips: Air Suspension
  • Bonus AAPEX Show Distribution
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
September 28, 2018
Materials Due:
October 5, 2018
November
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Oil: Conventional oils versus synthetics; how oils are changing.
    • Brake Pads: When to replace and how to upgrade.
    • Fuel Injection: Differences between port injection and direct Injection.
    • Spark Plugs: Why long-life plugs may not go 100,000 miles.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Drive axle bearings: Exploring the transfer case and axle actuating components. Aso includes the electric and vacuum motors/switches used to shift between 2WD and 4WD. Also covers lubricants.
    • Suspension parts: A look at a multi-link rear suspension components, and their effect on alignment.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Antifreeze
Ad Closing:
October 19, 2018
Materials Due:
October 26, 2018
December
  • 2018 Counter Professional of the Year feature story
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Starters & Alternators: What goes around may come back around: the issue of returns.
    • Water Pumps: Keeping the cool mechanically and electrically.
    • Brake feature: A look at power boosters.
    • Fuel: Fuel injector failures and fixes.
  • AAPEX Product Award Winner Spotlights
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Belts: Belt sizing and selection (serpentine, V-belt, and fractional horsepower). Industry numbering and measurement.
    • Maintenance aerosols: Penetrants vs. lubricants, when, where and why.
  • Professional Selling Tips: TPMS
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2018
Materials Due:
November 27, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mark Phillips
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 299
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Market Profile
    • Sprints and Stock Cars
  • Parts/Products
    • Performance Pistons
    • Engine Oil
    • 2018 Hot Products
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/ Differentials – 9˝ Fords
    • Dyno Designs – What Are the Critical Requirements?
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Sprint Car Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 5, 2018
February
  • Market Profile
    • Rat Rods
  • Parts/Products
    • Timing Components
    • Injectors - Gas/Diesel
    • Engine Bearings
  • Tech/Training
    • Outlaw V-Twin Motorcycle Build
    • Cryogenics
  • SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • Engine Math Supplement – Why Calculations matter, explanations of different calculations for street and race applications
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Marine Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
January 25, 2018
Materials Due:
February 3, 2018
ENGINE BUILDER DOUBLE BUYERS GUIDE ISSUE
March
  • High Performance Section
    • Market Profile - Offroad Engines – PWC and Side by Side
  • Parts/Products
    • Camshafts
    • Performance Oiling Systems
    • EFI Components
  • Tech/Training
    • Assembly Tools - Measuring and Gauging
    • High Performance Product Categories and Supplier Directory
  • Stock Gas/Diesel Section
    • Market Profile - Small Diesels – 2.8L Duramax, 2.8L Cummins, 3.0L Power Stroke
  • Parts/Products
    • Valves and Valve Seats
    • Piston Rings
    • Welding Cast Iron/Aluminum
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/Differentials – 12-Bolt GM
    • Stock Gas/Diesel Product Categories and Supplier Directory
  • Builder Spotlights: Import Engine Builder/Diesel Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
February 26, 2018
Materials Due:
March 7, 2018
April
  • Market Profile
    • Lawn & Landscape Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Intake Manifolds
    • Balancing Parts and Components
    • Pushrods, Valve Springs, Valve Lifters
  • Tech/Training
    • Making Sense of Emissions Regs
    • Safe Cleaning Methods
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Ag Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
March 30, 2018
Materials Due:
April 7, 2018
May
  • Market Profile
    • International Engine Market
  • Parts/Products
    • Gaskets and Sealants
    • Rocker Arms
    • Diesel Oils
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study – Engine TBD
    • Military-Grade Coatings
  • Builder Spotlight
    • International Engine Builder: Metric, South Africa
  • SPECIAL ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITY
    • INTERNATIONAL BONUS DISTRIBUTION AT REMATEC, AMSTERDAM, JUNE 2018
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
August 31, 2018
June
  • Market Profile
    • Performance Diesel Market
  • Parts/Products
    • Four and 6-cylinder Performance Engine Parts
    • Power Adders
    • Oil Pumps
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/Differentials – Dana/Spicer Model 60
    • Annual Machine Shop Market Profile
  • Builder Profile
    • Celebrity Engine Builders
Ad Closing:
May 29, 2018
Materials Due:
June 5, 2018
July
  • Market Profile
    • Marine Market and Government Regulations
    • Military Vehicles
  • Parts/Products
    • Performance Rotating Assemblies – Cranks/Rods
    • Cylinder Heads
    • Surfacing Equipment
  • Tech/Training
    • LS Stroker Engine Build
    • Stroker Resource Guide
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Drag Race Engine Builder
  • SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • Equipment Buyers Guide – How to shop for, test, install, finance and train/use different machines
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 6, 2018
August
  • Market Profile
    • Muscle Car Market
  • Parts/Products
    • Intake and Exhaust Valves
    • Shop Tools and Supplies
    • Carburetors
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study – Engine TBD
    • PERA Presidents
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Buick Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
August 3, 2018
September
  • Market Profile
    • Commercial/Industrial Diesel Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Sleeves/Liners
    • CNC Machines
    • Diesel Engine Parts
  • Tech/Training
    • Performance Engines & Alternative Fuels
    • Rear Ends/Differentials 8.8˝ Mustangs
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Motorcycle Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2018
Materials Due:
August 31, 2018
October
  • Market Profile
    • Reclaiming Unwanted Race Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Engine Bearings
    • Break-In/Assembly Fluids and Tools
    • Honing Stones
  • Tech/Training
    • Software for Engine Builders
    • Cleaning Equipment and Procedures
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Diesel Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
September 20, 2018
Materials Due:
September 29, 2018
November
  • Market Profile
    • Nostalgia/Resto-Mod
  • Parts/Products
    • Racing Oil & Systems
    • Engine Blocks
    • Marine Engine Parts
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study - Engine TBD
    • Race Engine Challenge Recap
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Ford Engine Builder
  • SPECIAL TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • EQUIPMENT/PRODUCTS SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
October 30, 2018
Materials Due:
November 3, 2018
December
  • Engine Builders of the Year
    • Profiles of Performance, Vintage and Diesel Program Winners
  • Special issue: Parts and Equipment Shopping List
    • Full-page advertisers get equivalent space for their product sales message
  • Year In Review - Industry Forecast
    • Company CEOs look back or forward, offering perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing this industry.
Ad Closing:
November 19, 2018
Materials Due:
November 28, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Doug Kaufman
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 262
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Electrical and lighting
    • Related topics: Batteries, ultracapacitors, headlights, tail lights, trailer lights, cab lights, inverters, electrical harnesses
  • Managing Assets: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
  • Equipment Technology: Engines
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • DRIVER RETENTION SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
December 30, 2017
Materials Due:
January 6, 2018
February
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Equipment Technology: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
  • Managing Assets: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • MEDIUM-DUTY SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
January 27, 2018
Materials Due:
February 3, 2018
March
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Cabs and Chassis
    • Related topics: Tractor/trailer connections, fifth wheels, king pins, lubes, greases, paints, finishes, corrosion protection
  • Equipment Technology: Brakes and Safety Systems
    • Related topics: Drum brakes, disc brakes, slack adjusters, collision mitigation systems, replacement friction, trailer rollover protection
  • Managing Assets: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
  • AFTERMARKET SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
February 24, 2018
Materials Due:
March 2, 2018
April
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Engine Components
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • Equipment Technology: Suspensions
    • Related topics: Trailer suspensions: mechanical spring suspensions, air ride suspensions, vocational suspensions, sliding suspensions
  • Managing Assets: Maintenance programs: in-house/outsourced
    • Related topics: Engine maintenance, tire maintenance programs, supplier relationships, technician training, analytic solutions
Ad Closing:
April 3, 2018
Materials Due:
April 7, 2018
May
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Transmissions
    • Related topics: Manual, automated, and automatic transmissions, remanufacturing, service issues, clutches, ECU programming
  • Equipment Technology: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Managing Assets: Wheel End Solutions
    • Related topics: Wheels, seals, bearings, brakes, replacement friction, warranty coverages, aluminum wheels, steel wheels, Trailer TPMS solutions
Ad Closing:
April 25, 2018
Materials Due:
May 2, 2018
June
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Brakes and Safety Systems
    • Related topics: Drum brakes, disc brakes, slack adjusters, collision mitigation systems, replacement friction, trailer rollover protection
  • Equipment Technology: Filtration
    • Related topics: Fuel filtration, air filtration, oil filtration, coolant filtration, diesel particulate filters
  • Managing Assets: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
  • TRAILER EQUIPMENT SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
May 24, 2018
Materials Due:
May 31, 2018
July
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
  • Equipment Technology: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
  • Managing Assets: Engines
    • Realted topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
Ad Closing:
June 26, 2018
Materials Due:
July 6, 2018
August
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Equipment Technology: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • Managing Assets: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
July 31, 2018
September
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Wheel End Solutions
    • Related topics: Wheels, seals, bearings, brakes, replacement friction, warranty coverages, aluminum wheels, steel wheels, Trailer TPMS solutions
  • Equipment Technology: Cabs and Chassis
    • Related topics: Tractor/trailer connections, fifth wheels, king pins, lubes, greases, paints, finishes, corrosion protection
  • Managing Assets: Electrical and Lighting Issues
    • Related topics: Batteries, ultracapacitors, headlights, tail lights, trailer lights, cab lights, inverters, electrical harnesses
Ad Closing:
August 22, 2018
Materials Due:
August 29, 2018
October
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Suspensions
    • Related topics: Trailer suspensions: mechanical spring suspensions, air ride suspensions, vocational suspensions, sliding suspensions
  • Equipment Technology: Transmissions
    • Related topics: Manual, automated, and automatic transmissions, remanufacturing, service issues, clutches, ECU programming
  • Managing Assets: Maintenance programs: in-house/outsourced
    • Related topics: Engine maintenance, tire maintenance programs, supplier relationships, technician training, analytic solutions
  • TELEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
September 25, 2018
Materials Due:
October 2, 2018
November
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Engine Components
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • Equipment Technology: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
  • Managing Assets: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
Ad Closing:
October 30, 2018
Materials Due:
November 6, 2018
December
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • Equipment Technology: Truck Equipment Trend of the Year
  • Managing Assets: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2018
Materials Due:
November 27, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jason Morgan
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 279
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SUPPLEMENT: MAINTENANCE MATTERS WAITING ROOM EDITION
January
  • MERCEDES-BENZ
    • ABC and Airmatic Suspension Solutions
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Modern Engine Technology
  • MINI Brake Service and Resets
  • Brake Pads and Brake Fade
  • Alignment Specs
    • Hyundai Genesis
  • Toyota F86 and Subaru BRZ Chassis Repair & Alignment
  • Import Direct Injection & Turbocharger Carbon Solutions
  • VW HVAC Sensors and Motors
  • ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • New Replacement Gasket Technology
  • TPMS Tech
    • Nissan
  • Wheel Bearing Checklist: Gen 1 Wheel Bearings
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 4, 2018
February
  • TOYOTA
    • Tips and Trucks (Tundra & Tacoma)
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • GDI and Pulse-Modulated Fuel Pumps and Fuel System Diagnostics
  • BMW X3 & X5
    • Transfer Case and Driveshaft Service
  • Kia
    • Brake Pad Noise Solutions
  • Electronic Parking Brake Resets for BMW, VW/Audi and Mercedes-Benz
  • Caliper Replacement Checklist
  • Land Rover
    • Air Ride Inspection
  • ACEA Oil Specifications
  • R-1234yf Update
  • Replacing Plastic Fuel Lines
  • TPMS Tech
    • Audi
  • Dealing With Clicking Wheel Bearings
Ad Closing:
January 23, 2018
Materials Due:
January 30, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • BMW
    • Vanos Variable Valve System Diagnostics
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Engine Sensor Failures and DTCs
  • Servicing and Maintaining Audi Haldex Differentials
  • Brake Job
    • Acura MDX
  • Replacing Air Ride Fittings and Lines
  • Inspecting Suspension Components on Multi-Arm Front Suspensions
  • Active Wheel Speed Sensors
  • Infiniti G37
    • ABS and Stability Control Systems
  • Oil Update: GF-6
  • Detecting Timing Chain Wear
  • TPMS Tech
    • Mazda
  • Internal Active Wheel Speed Sensors for Hub Units
Ad Closing:
February 21, 2018
Materials Due:
February 28, 2018
April
  • ACURA
    • Turbocharger Repair and Maintenance (RDX)
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Brake Friction, Selling the Whole Package
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • Bi-Turbo & Direct Injection
  • Volkswagen
    • Dual Clutch Transmission Diagnostics
  • Brake Job
    • Nissan Juke
  • Ride Control Diagnostics for Active Suspensions
  • Import Extended Interval Coolant Guidelines
  • Direct Injection Injector Replacement
  • MINI
    • Common Cooling System Problems
  • Spark Plug Carbon Problems for Platinum and Iridium Plugs
  • TPMS Tech
    • Jaguar/Land Rover
Ad Closing:
March 21, 2018
Materials Due:
March 28, 2018
May
  • VOLKSWAGEN
    • Servicing Direct Injected TSI and FSI Engines
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Cooling System Technology; It’s Not About Temperature
  • ZF 6HP Tranny Service and Maintenance Guide
  • Brake Rotor Indexing To Minimize Runout
  • Brake Job
    • Lexus LS 460
  • Curing Hydraulic Suspension Bushing Noises
  • Infiniti
    • Electric Power Steering Diagnostics
  • Using Fuel Pressure to Diagnose Fuel Pumps
  • Aftermarket Telematics Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Honda
  • Wheel Bearing Essential Tools
Ad Closing:
April 18, 2018
Materials Due:
April 25, 2018
June
  • HYUNDAI/KIA:
    • New Undercar and Underhood Service Essentials
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • PCM Computer-Control Issues
  • How To Replace BMW Suspension Bushings
  • Brake Job
    • Honda CRV
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • Pre-Braking Service Guidelines
  • Jaguar
    • Chassis Service
  • Finding Air Ride Leaks
  • A/C Compressor Replacement Best Practices
  • CAN Bus Diagnostics
    • Wake and Sleep Protocols
  • Misfires and Motor Mounts
  • TPMS Tech
    • BMW/MINI
Ad Closing:
May 23, 2018
Materials Due:
May 30, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • INFINITI
    • Common Problems and Solutions for the VR Turbocharged V6
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • How Electric and Plug-in Hybrids Are Changing the Service Market
  • The Ultimate Alignment For European Vehicles
  • Checking For Brake Rotors Cracks
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW Passat
  • BMW Active Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power Steering Rack Replacement
  • Keyless No-Start Diagnostics
  • Turbocharger Lubrication Systems
  • Throttle-by-Wire Diagnostics
  • TPMS Tech
    • Subaru
  • Wheel Bearings and Mazda and Honda Indirect TPMS Systems
Ad Closing:
June 22, 2018
Materials Due:
June 29, 2018
August
  • AUDI
    • Case Study V8 Timing Belt Replacement
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Modern Suspension Problems
  • Jaguar
    • 5.0 Direct Injection Diagnostics
  • Brake Job
    • Kia
  • Electronic Brake Pad Wear Sensors For BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi
  • Lexus
    • Air Ride Review
  • Steering Column and Security Diagnostics
  • Measuring Fuel System Fuel Consumption
  • Wide Band Oxygen Sensors
  • Kia
    • Timing Belt Best Practices
  • TPMS Tech
    • Mercedes-Benz
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
July 31, 2018
September
  • LEXUS
    • RX 350 Transmission Troubles
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Ignition System Diagnostics; It’s All About the Spark
  • BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz Flex Ray Bus Repair
  • Brake Friction TSBs
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW Golf
  • Porsche Cayenne/VW Touareg Drivetrain/Chassis Service
  • Brake Pads for Vehicles with Active Safety Systems
  • GDI System Maintenance
  • Electric Water Pumps Modes
  • Servicing Mercedes-Benz Lane Departure Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Acura
  • New Wheel Bearing Designs
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2018
Materials Due:
August 28, 2018
October
  • NISSAN
    • CVT Transmission Service
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Diagnosing, Servicing and Replacing Batteries
  • Servicing Mercedes-Benz 4Matic Systems
  • Matching the New Brake Pad with the Rotor
  • Alignment Specs
    • Hyundai Elantra
  • Brake Job
    • Mazda
  • Understanding Electric Power Steering Modes
  • BMW
    • Water-Cooled Alternators
  • The Connection Between Oil and Carbon Deposits
  • Direct Injection Injector Spray Patterns
  • Starters for Stop/Start Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Porsche
Ad Closing:
September 20, 2018
Materials Due:
September 27, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Using the “Systems” Approach to Starting Problems
  • LAND ROVER
    • Air Ride Diagnostics
  • Lexus
    • AWD Drivetrain and Driveshaft Service
  • Carbon Ceramic Brake Pad Technology
  • Brake Job
    • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Wheel Bearing and Speed Sensors and Scan Tools
  • Brake Hose Inspections
  • Case Study
    • Toyota 4-Cyl. Vibration Diagnostics
  • Servicing AWD BMW Vehicles
  • TPMS Tech
    • Volkswagen
  • Wheel Bearing and Speed Sensors and Scan Tools
Ad Closing:
October 16, 2018
Materials Due:
October 23, 2018
December
  • HONDA
    • Servicing VTEC Systems
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • How Electric Steering Assist Systems Are Changing Undercar Service
  • Hyundai
    • Turbocharger Diagnostics
  • Brake Friction and ABS Problems
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW GTI R32
  • Suspension: When is Bent Broken?
  • Electric Power Steering Pumps
  • Case Study
    • Hyundai Genesis Air Ride
  • P0456: Diagnosing Small EVAP Leaks
  • Toyota/Lexus
    • Power Distribution and Alternator/Starter Management
  • TPMS Tech
    • Kia
Ad Closing:
November 22, 2018
Materials Due:
November 29, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mary DellaValle
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 221
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V-Twin Issue
January
  • V-Twin Market Update
  • P&A
    • V-Twin Engine Hard Parts, Suspension Kits
  • Apparel
    • Leather Jackets, Half Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Cleaners & Waxes, V-Twin Oil
  • Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
December 23, 2017
Materials Due:
December 30, 2017
Selling Off-Road
February
  • Dirt Bike Market
  • P&A
    • Suspension, Seats
  • Apparel
    • MX Jerseys, Off-Road Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Off-Road Lubricants, Knobby Tires
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
January 20, 2018
Materials Due:
January 27, 2018
Powersports Industry Profile
March
  • Powersports Industry Profile
  • Shop Equipment Round-Up
  • Apparel
    • Rain Gear, Open-Face Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Antifreeze, Chemicals
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
February 17, 2018
Materials Due:
February 24, 2018
2018 Helmet Guide
April
  • Fitting, Stocking, Selling
  • Apparel
    • Full-Face Helmets
  • P&A
    • Sportbike Gear
  • Consumables
    • Engine Oils
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
March 21, 2018
Materials Due:
March 28, 2018
Succeeding in the Adventure Segment
May
  • PG&A
    • Adventure Gear, Lighting
  • Consumables
    • ADV Tires
  • Auctions and Pre-Owned Update
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
April 19, 2018
Materials Due:
April 26, 2018
Vintage MX, Cafe Racer Market
June
  • Vintage MX, Cafe Racer Market
  • Vintage Days Preview
  • New Riders/Customers
  • Apparel
    • Retro Gear, Riding Jeans
  • P&A
    • Windshields, Fairings
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
May 23, 2018
Materials Due:
May 30, 2018
Crossing Over: OPE/Lawn & Garden Markets
July
  • Crossing Over: OPE/Lawn & Garden Markets
  • Top Dealer Events
  • Legislative Update (MIC Fly-In)
  • P&A
    • Sprockets, Chains, Wheels
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
June 23, 2018
Materials Due:
June 30, 2018
International Issue (Polybagged)
August
  • Intermot Preview
  • Software, Dealer Management
  • Systems Guide
  • Apparel
    • Textile Jackets
  • P&A
    • Communication Systems
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
July 21, 2018
Materials Due:
July 28, 2018
AIMExpo Preview (Booth Previews, Exhibitor Profiles and more)
September
  • Apparel
    • Touring Gear (including modular helmets)
  • Consumables
    • Batteries
  • P&A
    • Handlebars, Grips, Mirrors
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
August 28, 2018
Materials Due:
September 4, 2018
UTV/SxS Market Overview
October
  • SEMA Preview
  • PG&A
    • UTV Accessories, Sportsman Gear
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
September 26, 2018
Materials Due:
September 29, 2018
Women Riders Market
November
  • GIE+Expo Coverage
  • Apparel
    • Women’s Gear
  • P&A
    • Exhaust Systems and Tuners
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
October 23, 2018
Materials Due:
October 27, 2018
2019 Buyer’s Guide Directory and Product Listings
December
  • Best of the Year (Polybagged)
  • 2018 Highlights
  • 2019 Forecast
  • New Products
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
November 23, 2018
Materials Due:
November 30, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Brendan Baker
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 228
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Issue Topics Important Dates
February
  • Top TPMS Tips
  • Understanding Alignment Angles
  • Direct Injection Diagnostics
  • Volkswagen VR6 Head Gasket Replacement
  • Brake Jobs That Keep Customers Coming Back
  • Live Axle Bearing Replacement
Ad Closing:
January 10, 2018
Materials Due:
January 16, 2018
April
  • Air Ride Repair vs. Replacement
  • 5 Tricks to Solving Belt Noise
  • Oil & Direct Fuel Injection
  • Building Brake Lathe Labor Sales
  • Auxiliary Water Pumps: Cooling System Diagnostics
  • Causes of AC Odor
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
June
  • Understanding Domestic TPMS Procedures
  • Steering Angle FAQs
  • Misfire Monitoring
  • Diagnosing Brake Pad Smells to Prevent Comebacks
  • Sealing Modern Water Pumps
  • Preventive Cooling System Services
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
August
  • Servicing TPMS Sensors
  • 10 Ride Control Tips to Do the Job Right
  • Diagnosing Belt Slippage
  • Alternators: Why and How They Fail
  • Dealing With New Brake Rotors
  • Why Bearings Fail
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
October
  • All About Active Shocks and Struts
  • Automatic Belt Tensioner Service
  • Intermittent Engine Misfire
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Carrier Gaskets
  • Common Brake Myths
  • Replacing Wheel Bearing Hubs With Wheel Speed Sensors
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
December
  • Understanding TPMS Signals
  • Timing Belt Replacement: How to Sell the Job
  • Steering Diagnostics: Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Modern Spark Plug Diagnostics
  • Gasket Guide: Pairing Gaskets With Sealants with Surface
  • Controlling Brake Noise Out of the Box
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Kristen Criswell
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 273
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January/February
  • Leadership
    • Overcoming Day-to-Day Business Challenges
  • Management
    • Increasing Competitiveness in Today’s Marketplace
  • Shop Operations
    • Streamlining Scheduling
  • Sales/Marketing
    • Increasing Your Car Counts
  • Human Resources
    • Improving Employee Performance
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
December 1, 2017
Materials Due:
December 15, 2017
March/April
  • Customer Service
    • Honesty is the Best Policy
  • Shop Operations
    • Forecasting & Setting Business Goals
  • Training
    • Staying Ahead of the Curve
  • Websites & Technology
    • Customer Outreach & Retention
  • Insurance
    • Dealing With Costly Health Insurance
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 15, 2018
May/June
  • Leadership
    • Creating A Positive Work Environment
  • Management
    • Time Management Tips
  • Shop Operations
    • Eliminating Workflow Bottlenecks To Boost Productivity
  • Sales/Marketing
    • The Keys to Building New Business
  • Human Resources
    • Finding Employees With Solid Experience
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
April 1, 1970
Materials Due:
April 16, 2018
July/August
  • Customer Service
    • Educating Customers About Vehicle Complexity and Maintenance
  • Websites & Technology
    • Mobile Communications
  • Insurance
    • Protecting Your Shop’s Assets
  • Equipment
    • Finding Affordable Diagnostic Equipment
  • Finance
    • Common Budgeting Errors
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 15, 2018
September/October
  • Leadership
    • Motivating Employees to Stay on Task and Follow Shop Procedures
  • Management
    • Controlling Shop Expenses
  • Shop Operations
    • Working “On” Your Business
  • Sales/Marketing
    • Defining Your Shop’s Value Proposition
  • Legal
    • Collecting on Unpaid Bills
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 15, 2018
November/December
  • Customer Service
    • Earning Customers’ Trust
  • Management
    • Cultivating Dedicated Employees & Retaining Them
  • Finance
    • Year-End Tax Planning
  • Websites & Technology
    • Differentiating Your Shop
  • Equipment
    • Proper Upkeep Eliminates Downtime
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 15, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mary DellaValle
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 221
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2018 Equipment & Tool Buyer’s Guide and Directory
January
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Cordless Tools
    • Lubrication Service Equipment & Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at Tool Shows
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 4, 2018
February/March
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 1
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • A/C Service Equipment & Tools
    • Liquid Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at Tool Shows and ETI’s Tool Tech
  • **March supplement – Diagnostic Digest**
    • Scan Tools
    • Top Codes
    • Reprogramming (J2534)
    • Labscopes & Pressure Transducers
    • Spotlights
    • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
    • Product Preview Section: Diagnostic Tools
Ad Closing:
January 22, 2018
Materials Due:
January 29, 2018
April
  • Leak Detection Equipment & Tools
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 2
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Clean, Green & Organized
    • Tire & Wheel Service Equipment & Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
Ad Closing:
March 19, 2018
Materials Due:
March 26, 2018
Post-Tool Show Issue
May
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
  • Bonus Distribution at ISN Tool Dealer Expo
Ad Closing:
April 13, 2017
Materials Due:
April 20, 2017
June/July
  • Power Tools
    • Cordless and Pneumatic Tool Innovations
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 3
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Shop Climate Equipment
    • PPE (Hand, Ear, Eye Safety, including uniforms and boots)
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at ISN Tool Dealer Expo
  • **Supplement: Collision Course**
    • Dent Repair
    • Paint Tips
    • ... and More
    • Product Preview Section: Collision Repair Equipment & Tools
Ad Closing:
May 21, 2018
Materials Due:
May 28, 2018
August/September
  • Advanced Storage Solutions
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 4
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Lifts & Jacks
    • Specialty Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2018
Materials Due:
July 23, 2018
October/November
  • Compressors
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Shop Lighting
    • Oscilloscopes
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
  • Bonus Distribution at AAPEX & SEMA
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2018
Materials Due:
September 24, 2018
December
  • Welding Equipment & Tools
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • New equipment and tools from the AAPEX and SEMA shows
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
Ad Closing:
November 13, 2018
Materials Due:
November 20, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jennifer Clements
Editor
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330.670.1234 ext. 265
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • COVER STORY
    • Guns In The Workplace – How tire dealers are managing gun ownership and carry policies
  • Service Insights
    • Brakes
  • Tire Focus
    • All Season (LT & Passenger)
  • Truck Tires
    • Extending Tread Life
  • Tire Service 101
    • Alignments
  • TPMS
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • In the Shop
  • Power Training
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
December 14, 2017
Materials Due:
December 19, 2017
February
  • COVER STORY
    • Chained to the Business - Ways to break free from “business bondage.
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • “The Month of ON (Not In)” - 30 days of working on your business in a guided community-based initiative
  • Service Insights
    • Belts
  • Tire Focus
    • Winter Tires
  • Proud to be a tire dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • Rotation
  • Selling Smart
  • Ensanity
  • Business Toolbox
  • You & the Law
  • TPMS
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Commercial Truck Guide
    • Finding the right tire for the fleet – tire life and testing before switching
    • Retread vs. new update
    • Inflation systems
    • Product round-up
Ad Closing:
January 1, 2018
Materials Due:
January 8, 2018
March
  • COVER STORY
    • The Great SPIFF Myth
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • Best Tire Dealership Mascots
  • Service
    • Shocks/Struts
  • Service
  • Tire Focus
    • Run Flats
  • Tire Tech
    • Tire Vibration
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • Inflation Options
  • OTR Tires
  • In the Shop
  • Power Training
    • How to Practice Selling
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • TPMS
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Simplifying Service
    • Procrastination Disasters
    • Beyond an Oil Change
    • What your car dealer isn’t telling you (Warranty Reality Check)
    • Wounded Tires: Repair vs. Replace Advice
    • Good Better Best: Tire Quality Primer
    • Vehicle Maintenance Checklists
    • The Connected Car
    • How TPMS Works
    • Shocks and Struts - What they are, how they work, why they matter
    • Summer Road Trip Car Prep
  • Market Pricing
  • In Perspective
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 8, 2018
April
  • COVER STORY
    • The Death of Independents - A look at the concept of
  • Tire Focus
    • RV Tires
  • Service Insights
    • New electronic thermostats
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • TPMS Options
  • Ag Tires
  • Selling Smart
  • Ensanity
  • Business Toolbox
  • You & the Law
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Off-Road Guide
    • Tire Focus: Mud Terrain Tires
    • Tire Tech: Rock crawling by design
    • Customization Services to offer off-road customers
    • Products and accessories
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
May
  • Cover Story
    • Tire Technology
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • Commercial Mobile Service Trucks/Units
  • Tire Focus: Tires for Sprinter Vans
  • Service Insights: Wheel Speed Sensors
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101: Patches and Plugs
  • In the Shop
  • Power Training
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Vehicle Service Guidebook
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2018
Materials Due:
April 8, 2018
June
  • COVER STORY
    • The Science of Retail
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • Fixed Ops Lessons
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • Shop of the Future
  • Truck Tires: Waste Haul Tires
  • Tire Tech
    • Winter Tire Innovations
  • Service Focus
    • Sensors and Alignments
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • In Perspective
  • Tire Service 101
    • Avoiding Wheel Damage
  • Ag Tires
  • Selling Smart
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • You & the Law
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
July
  • COVER STORY
    • Clube 3633
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • Boom Time: What Baby Boomers Need to Do Now to Increase Your Business Value later
  • Service Insights
    • Cooling Systems
  • Tire Tech
    • The Sound of Silence - Engineering for a Quiet Ride
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • Wheel Weights
  • OTR
  • Power Training
  • In the Shop
  • Business Toolbox
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 8, 2018
August
  • Sourcebook 2018
    • Tire Market Profile
    • Dealer Profile
    • Tire Brand Study
    • TIRES Study Results
    • Consumer Tire Buying Study
    • Buyer's Guide & Index
    • Industry Association List
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • State of the Industry
    • North American Consumer Vehicle Outlook
    • U.S. Trucking Industry Update
    • U.S. Tire Market Segment Updates
    • Canada Tire Market Segment Updates
    • U.S. and Canada Vehicle Service Outlook
    • Current Status of Chinese Tire Imports
    • Global Tire Markets Update
    • Capitol Hill and the Tire Industry
    • Wholesale and Retail Dealer Outlook
    • Tire Review’s Industry Rundown
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
September
  • COVER STORY
    • Growing Small: Finding Riches in Niches
  • Service Insights
    • Wheel Bearings
  • Tire Focus
    • Lawn Mower Tires
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
  • OTR Tires
  • Selling Smart
  • Ensanity
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • You & the Law
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Special Supplement: Simplifying Service
    • Tire Replacement FAQ
    • What's in your Oil?
    • What to do if You Get Stranded: Safety Tips for Roadside Emergency Stops
    • Smarter Cars - TPMS and sensor overview
    • Good Better Best: Tire Quality Primer
    • Vehicle Maintenance Checklists
    • What's that Noise and When Should I Worry?
    • Winter Weather Car Prep
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 8, 2018
October
  • COVER STORY
    • 2018 Top Shop Issue
  • Tire Focus
    • Track-to-Street Tires
  • Tire Tech
    • Mud Terrain Tires Design
  • Service Insights
    • Suspensions
  • Truck Tires
    • Benefits of Participating in a Service Network Maintenance Program
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • Tread Wear
  • Ag Tires
  • You & the Law
  • Marketing Matters
  • Power Training
  • In the Shop
  • Business Toolbox
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
November
  • COVER STORY
    • 2018 Business Planner and Guide
  • Bonus Coverage: SEMA/GTE Shows
  • Tire Focus
    • School Bus Tires
  • Service Insights
    • O2 Sensors
  • In Perspective
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Tire Service 101
    • Recall Resources
  • Selling Smart
  • Marketing Matters
  • Ensanity
  • Business Toolbox
  • Market Pricing
  • TPMS
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 8, 2018
December
  • COVER STORY
    • Lessons from Darth Vader and Other Movie Characters
  • Service Insights
    • Drivetrain
  • Tire Tech
    • Sidewall Innovations
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Service 101
    • Retreads
  • Ag Tires
  • Power Training
  • In the Shop
  • Business Toolbox
  • TPMS
  • You & the Law
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Patti Renner
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 247
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Issue Topics Important Dates
Toolbox Essentials - A look at the latest hand tools, accessories and gear the young auto tech needs in their toolbox.
February
  • Underhood
    • EVAP Leak Diagnostics
  • Engine Series
    • Stock Eliminator LS7
  • Undercover
    • Drum Brake Service
  • Body Works
    • MIG Welders
  • Component Connection
    • Transmission Line Replacement
  • Service Advisor
    • Diagnosing Intake Manifold Failures
  • T2 Top 10
    • Checking Fluids
  • Pop Quiz
    • Engine Sensors
  • Tech Tips
    • Turbo Service
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Torque Specifications
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
February 6, 2018
Materials Due:
February 13, 2018
March
  • Underhood
    • Combustion Conundrum
  • Engine Series
    • Installing Pushrods, Rockers and Valve Springs
  • Undercover
    • Aluminum Suspensions
  • Body Works
    • Infrared Curing Lamps
  • Component Connection
    • Why Fuel Injectors Clog
  • Service Advisor
    • Fuel Trims & AFR Sensors
  • TPMS Update
    • TPMS & Custom Wheels
  • T2 Top 10
    • Alignment Bay Productivity
  • Pop Quiz
    • Brakes
  • Tech Tips
    • Honda Oil Pressure Switch Fails
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Duel Sport Maintenance
  • The Anatomy Of
    • Spark Plugs
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
February 28, 2018
Materials Due:
March 7, 2018
April
  • Underhood
    • Gasket Guide
  • Engine Series
    • Turbo IQ
  • Undercover
    • Wheel Bearing Technology
  • Body Works
    • Matte & Metallic Finishes
  • Component Connection
    • Electric Brake Troubleshooting
  • Service Advisor
    • Chassis Repair & Maintenance Opportunities
  • T2 Top 10
    • Belt Inspections
  • Pop Quiz
    • Cooling Systems
  • Tech Tips
    • Subaru Belt Replacement
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Harley-Davidson Spring Plate
  • T2 Toolbox
    • Product Spotlight
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
March 30, 2018
Materials Due:
April 6, 2018
Get the Job - Successful auto techs and shop owners talk about their auto careers and how they got there.
May
  • Underhood
    • Auxiliary Water Pumps
  • Engine Series
    • Aftermarket Diesel Innovations
  • Undercover
    • Driveshaft Service
  • Body Works
    • Know your Adhesives
  • Component Connection
    • Spark Plug Replacement
  • Service Advisor
    • Diagnosing Flood-Damaged Vehicles
  • T2 Top 10
    • Alternator Testing
  • Pop Quiz
    • Filters
  • Tech Tips
    • BMW K-CAN Wiring
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Mechanical & Hydraulic Linked Brakes
  • The Anatomy Of
    • V8 Engine
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Students News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
April 27, 2018
Materials Due:
May 2, 2018
August
  • Underhood
    • Variable Valve Timing
  • Engine Series
    • Rebuilding the Ford Triton V10
  • Undercover
    • Brake Service
  • Body Works
    • Carbon Fiber
  • Component Connection
    • Pattern Failures of MAF & MAP Sensors
  • Service Advisor
    • Fuel System & Emissions Diagnostics
  • T2 Top 10
    • Pistons & Rings
  • Pop Quiz
    • Turbos & Superchargers
  • Tech Tips
    • Solving Belt Noise
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Yamaha Dry Sump Maintenance
  • T2 Toolbox
    • Product Spotlight
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
July 31, 2018
Materials Due:
August 7, 2018
September
  • Underhood
    • Automative Transmission Fluid
  • Engine Series
    • Intermittent Engine Misfire
  • Undercover
    • NVH Diagnostics
  • Body Works
    • Undercoats
  • Component Connection
    • Wiring Harness Diagnostics
  • Service Advisor
    • Honda Ignition Service Tips
  • TPMS Update
    • Universal TPMS Cloning
  • T2 Top 10
    • Check Engine Light
  • Pop Quiz
    • Control Arms & Bushings
  • Tech Tips
    • Unresponsive Tachometer on Chevy Tahoe
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Troubleshooting Electrical Problems
  • The Anatomy Of
    • Manual Transmission
  • Other
    • Report Card - School & Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
August 28, 2018
Materials Due:
September 5, 2018
October
  • Underhood
    • Variable Displacement Oil Pumps
  • Engine Series
    • Idler Pulley Failure
  • Undercover
    • Power Steering Pumps
  • Body Works
    • Rivet Bonding
  • Component Connecton
    • Scans & Recalibrations
  • Service Advisor
    • Pulse-Width Modulated Fuel Pump Diagnostics
  • T2 Top 10
    • Bearing Replacement
  • Pop Quiz
    • Spark Plugs
  • Tech Tips
    • Installing Aluminum Brake Calipers; Rear Brake Squeak
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Valve Clearance Adjustment
  • T2 Toolbox
    • Product Spotlight
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
September 26, 2018
Materials Due:
October 2, 2018
2018 School of the Year
November
  • Underhood
    • Engine Control Modules
  • Engine Series
    • Ford Eco Boost
  • Undercover
    • Tire Scrub Diagnostics
  • Body Works
    • STRSW: Preventing Corrosion
  • Component Connection
    • PCM/CAN Bus Communication Problems
  • Service Advisor
    • VQ V6 Leak Diagnostics
  • T2 Top 10
    • TPMS
  • Pop Quiz
    • Batteries
  • Tech Tips
    • GM SUV Front End Noise; Chrysler Rattle and Clunks
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Hydraulic Tappets
  • The Anatomy Of
    • Cooling System
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
Ad Closing:
November 2, 2018
Materials Due:
November 9, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Carley Hull
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 270
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Issue Topics Important Dates
Special Supplement: Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters Waiting Room Edition
January
  • Engine Oil and Pre-Ignition
  • Inspecting Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Wear
  • New Replacement Gasket Technology
  • EGR Valve Smog Strategies
  • Throttle-by-Wire Inputs and Outputs
  • Dual Mass Flywheels and Misfires
  • Understanding Secondary Ignition Waveforms
  • GM LT Stretch Belts
  • DEF System TSB
  • TPMS Tech: Key Fob Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2017
Materials Due:
December 23, 2017
February
  • Camshaft Actuators and Engine Oil
  • Detecting Timing Chain Wear
  • Oil Pan Gasket Replacement
  • Lean Codes: MAF Sensor Problems
  • Diagnosing Internal Fuel Injector Leaks
  • Tools for Drive Belts
  • Symptoms of a Bad Variable Valve Timing Actuator
  • R-1234yf Update
  • CAN Bus Diagnostics: Wake and Sleep Protocols
  • TPMS Tech: Test Drive Procedures for Self Learn Systems
Ad Closing:
January 1, 2018
Materials Due:
January 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • Resetting OBD II Monitors
  • Servicing Honda VTEC systems
  • Head Gasket Replacement
  • Problem Intake Manifolds and Problem-Solving Gaskets
  • Synchronizing Camshaft and Crankshaft Sensors
  • Spark Plug Carbon Problems
  • A/C Compressor Replacement Best Practices
  • ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • Turbocharger Lubrication Systems
  • TPMS Tech: Module and Antenna Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 8, 2018
April
  • New OE Oil Requirements
  • Direct Fuel Injection Pressure Management
  • Decoupler Pulley Replacement
  • Replacing Plastic Fuel Lines
  • Measuring Belt Tension
  • Keyless No-Start Diagnostics
  • A/C Recovery and Recycling Machine Requirements
  • Aftermarket Telematics Systems
  • TPMS Tech: Toyota
  • Motor Mounts and Misfires
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
May
  • Electronic Oil Pressure Control Systems
  • Pressure Testing Gasket Repairs
  • Throttle-by-Wire Diagnostics
  • Fuel Tank Vacuum and Pressure Diagnostics
  • How Does Pre-Ignition and Detonation Kills Plugs
  • Timing Belt Best Practices
  • Inspecting Engine Position Sensors
  • Filling Cooling Systems Faster
  • EGR Valves and Stepper Motors
  • Electronic Turbocharger Waste Gates
  • TPMS Tech: Sensor Signal Strength Measurement
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2018
Materials Due:
April 8, 2018
June
  • Carbon Connection Between Oil and Engine Carbon
  • MAP Sensor Diagnostics
  • Electronic Cooling Controls
  • Measuring Fuel System Fuel Consumption
  • Curing Direct Injection Extended Crank Times
  • Diagnosing Drive Belt Slippage
  • Diagnosing Slugged A/C Compressors
  • Electric Water Pumps Modes
  • Recommending Four TPMS Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Mazda
  • Diagnosing and Servicing Ford Dual Clutch Transmission
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • Fuel Trim Diagnostics: Understanding How the Short-Term Drives the Long-Term Fuel Trims
  • Stop-Start System Diagnostics
  • R-1234yf Service Tips
  • Current Testing for Fuel Pumps
  • GM 3.6 Timing Chain Case Study
  • Testing Chassis and Signal Grounds
  • Ecoboost Turbo Replacement
  • Crankcase Vapor Management on Late-Model Vehicles
  • TPMS Tech: Tools
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 8, 2018
August
  • Oil Requirements for Shorter Cold-Start Cycles
  • Direct Injection Injector Spray Patterns
  • Scoping Out Pulse-Width Modulated Signals for Fuel Pumps and Other Components
  • Locking Down Engines Before Belt Replacement
  • Stretch Belt Installation Tricks
  • Scan Tools and Electric Water Pumps and Thermostats
  • Understanding Security Systems and Starter Control Circuits
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Korean Systems
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
September
  • Oil Life Indicator Reset Guide
  • Solving Idle Quality Problems
  • P0456: Diagnosing Small EVAP Leaks
  • Ignition Coil Driver Tests
  • Automatic Transmission Filter and Fluid Service
  • Inspecting and Repairing Belt Alignment
  • Telematics Systems Codes
  • Secondary Air Injection Systems
  • Why Engine and Transmission Mounts Fail
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 8, 2018
October
  • Oil 101: Understanding Oil Additive Packages
  • Curing Ford Intake Manifold Leaks
  • Fuel Injector Wave Pattern Diagnostics
  • Using Freeze-Frame Data for Diagnostics
  • Knock Sensor Testing
  • Replacing Blend Door Motors
  • Using Telematics In The Aftermarket
  • Diesel DEF System Sensors
  • Turbocharger Oil System Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • EVAP System Testing Procedures
  • What Does Calculated Load Mean to Diagnostics
  • Case Study: Toyota Four Cylinder Vibration Diagnostics
  • Throttle Position Sensor Testing and Calibration
  • Diagnosing HVAC Sensors
  • Alternator Quick Diagnostics Checklist
  • Finding Turbocharger Leaks
  • TPMS Tech: Ford
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 8, 2018
December
  • Borderline Catalyst Efficiency Diagnostics
  • Direct Fuel Injection Supply Pump Problems
  • GM 5.3 Spark Plug Problems
  • Timing Belt Inspection Checklist
  • Timing Chain Replacement and Variable Valve Actuators
  • Belt Solutions With High-Mileage Vehicles
  • Extended Interval Coolant Replacement
  • DEF Fluid Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Mercedes-Benz
  • Transmission Scan Tool Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Andrew Markel
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 296
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