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Issue Topics Important Dates
A Look Ahead to 2019
January
  • Top Companies to look for in 2019
  • Dealership management systems
  • Trends that will impact new-car dealerships
  • NADA Best of the Best Companies
Ad Closing:
December 14, 2018
Materials Due:
December 21, 2018
Effective Dealership Marketing
February
  • Predictive analytics and marketing automation technology
  • Marketing tips to attract more customers to your showroom
  • Driving brand awareness
  • Social media in 2019
  • Highlights from the NADA show
Ad Closing:
January 15, 2019
Materials Due:
January 22, 2019
Tools to Reach the Top
March
  • Tracking data to keep you No. 1
  • What’s your marketing ROI?
  • Trade-ins and appraisals
  • Attracting high-value users with data
  • F&I menus
  • Dealer Service Supplement
Ad Closing:
February 14, 2019
Materials Due:
February 21, 2019
Cultivating Customer Relationships
April
  • Driving sales by building relationships
  • Connecting with customers through your dealership’s CRM
  • Recalls: Reconnect with customers through safety notices
  • Human resources, workforce and payroll
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2019
Materials Due:
March 22, 2019
Utilizing Live Chat and Automated Communications
May
  • Mastering online chat
  • Simplifying communication with your dealership
  • Fix the Phones supplement
  • Utilizing auction services
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2019
Materials Due:
April 24, 2019
Long-Term Planning
June
  • Engaging with your customer for a lifetime
  • Driving your revenue to the top
  • Marketing tips to catch the consumer’s attention
  • AI and the digital auction experience
  • Dealer Service Supplement
Ad Closing:
May 16, 2019
Materials Due:
May 23, 2019
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
  • Dealership management systems
  • Lead providers
Ad Closing:
June 14, 2019
Materials Due:
June 21, 2019
Marketing and Technology
August
  • Marketing with artificial intelligence
  • How automated sales assistants can help you sell more cars
  • How wholesale auctions are leveraging consumer data
  • Office/front end applications
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2019
Materials Due:
July 24, 2019
Connecting with Customers
September
  • How online chat can boost sales
  • Using technology to help move your dealership forward
  • Digital and traditional advertising
  • F&I menus
  • Vehicle control and inventory
  • Dealer Service Supplement
Ad Closing:
August 16, 2019
Materials Due:
August 23, 2019
Planning Smarter
October
  • Using tools to know your customer
  • Achieving your business goals and overcome challenges
  • Vehicle inventory management
  • New technology in auction services
  • Data management
Ad Closing:
September 18, 2019
Materials Due:
September 25, 2019
Prospecting and Lead Generation
November
  • Marketing products to generate automotive sales leads
  • Finding the right prospecting tools for your dealership
  • Office/front end applications
  • Equity/data mining
Ad Closing:
October 16, 2019
Materials Due:
October 23, 2019
Building for a New Year
December
  • How to take your dealership from the bottom to the top
  • Watch sales and service work together
  • A look ahead to 2020
  • Dealer Service Supplement
Ad Closing:
November 14, 2019
Materials Due:
November 21, 2019
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Month 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
  • F&I Solutions Section
  • 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
  • F&I Solutions Section
  • 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
  • F&I Solutions Section
  • 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 Story: WIN Profile
    • We profile a female collision repair professional who stands head and shoulders above her peers.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Scan Tools
    • We profile a body shop owner who wants to scan and recalibrate in-house and is looking for the equipment that will allow him to do this.
  • Technical: Equipment Training
    • We talk about the importance of not only updating your equipment but providing the necessary training for it.
  • Diagnostics: Performing Proper Scans
    • We discuss how to perform a proper scan and how scanning is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ADAS systems.
  • SUPPLEMENT: Advanced Materials Guide
    • We discuss the ongoing trend of vehicles being constructed with exotic materials and the equipment and training necessary to perform proper repairs.
Ad Closing:
December 23, 2019
Materials Due:
December 30, 2019
February
  • Cover Story: Surviving the Certification Craze
    • OE certification is something many shops are considering and may be the wave of the future.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Welders
    • We discuss a body shop owner who wants replace his old welders with new ones with smart technology.
  • Technical: Measuring – Are We Ignoring the Obvious?
    • Measuring vehicles has taken on more importance with the increasing sophistication of vehicles.
  • Diagnostics: Who's Performing Your Electronics Repairs?
  • SUPPLEMENT: Why I Love My [BLANK] Equipment
    • We talk to collision repairers about specific tools or equipment they're in love with and why.
Ad Closing:
January 21, 2020
Materials Due:
January 28, 2020
March
  • Cover Story: Clearing Up Confusion in the Parts World
    • OE parts, aftermarket parts, opt-OE parts, alt-OE parts...help!
  • BodyShop Essentials: Frame Machines/Benches
    • We discuss a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his straightening equipment.
  • Technical: Glass Repair – Should You Do It?
  • Diagnostics: Skipping Pre- and Post-Repair Scans
  • SUPPLEMENT: HD Repair Guide
    • Our annual special section covering the collision repair of semi trucks.
Ad Closing:
February 19, 2020
Materials Due:
February 26, 2020
READER\'S CHOICE ISSUE
April
  • Cover Story: Reader's Choice
    • We pick a select number of lucky readers and answer their questions in the magazine.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Refinish
    • We discuss a body shop owner who is looking to get better performance out of his paint.
  • Technical: Maintaining Your Equipment
    • We discuss the critical importance of maintaining your equipment, particularly welders.
  • Diagnostics: Test Drives – Protecting Your Reputation
  • SUPPLEMENT: Environmental Guide
    • A special section covering body shops that are doing their best to protect the environment by implementing processes, procedures and equipment geared toward minimizing their eco footprint.
Ad Closing:
March 23, 2020
Materials Due:
March 30, 2020
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY ISSUE
May
  • Cover Story: The Customer is King...or Are They?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Plastic Repair
    • Save those bumpers! A shop owner's market search for plastic repair equipment.
  • Technical: Lighting Your Shop – Who Has the Brightest Ideas?
  • Diagnostics: Blueprinting for Electronics
  • SUPPLEMENT: Military Appreciation
    • We profile shops who are owned by veterans or employ veterans and discuss programs geared at employing veterans in the auto body industry.
Ad Closing:
April 20, 2020
Materials Due:
April 27, 2020
BUYER'S GUIDE ISSUE
June
  • Cover Story: Labor Rate Debate
  • BodyShop Essentials: Vacuum Systems
    • This shop owner knows he needs to clean up his shop to attract the younger generation.
  • Technical: MIG Brazing
  • Diagnostics: Mobile Solutions
  • SUPPLEMENT: Stay Cool Fan and Shop Air Guide
    • Editorial in this section will focus on how a comfortable, cool employee is a more productive employee. Also, how making your shop comfortable can be a key to solving the technician shortage and attracting the next generation.
Ad Closing:
May 20, 2020
Materials Due:
May 27, 2020
July
  • Cover Story: Finding Techs – Who's Doing the Best Job?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Sanders
  • Technical: Plastic Repair
  • Diagnostics: Mechanical Concerns for ADAS
  • SUPPLEMENT: Shop Accessories Guide
    • Hazardous material handling products, safety products, desks, chairs, fans...we discuss accessories body shops need besides the "big stuff."
Ad Closing:
June 18, 2020
Materials Due:
June 25, 2020
August
  • Cover Story: Mastering Your Financials
  • BodyShop Essentials: Infrared Curing
  • Technical: STRSW Welding
  • Diagnostics: Aftermarket Accessories
  • SUPPLEMENT: OE Certification Guide
Ad Closing:
July 20, 2020
Materials Due:
July 27, 2020
PRE-SEMA SHOW ISSUE
September
  • Cover Story: Shop Profiles – Profiles of Success
  • BodyShop Essentials: Air Compressors
  • Technical: Complex Refinishes
  • Diagnostics: Space Requirements for ADAS
Ad Closing:
August 18, 2020
Materials Due:
August 25, 2020
SEMA SHOW ISSUE
October
  • Cover: OEM Repair Procedures
  • BodyShop Essentials: Aluminum Repair
  • Technical: Proper Use of Filler
  • Diagnostics: What's Next? More Electronics
  • SUPPLEMENT: Scanning Guide
Ad Closing:
September 21, 2020
Materials Due:
September 28, 2020
November
  • Cover Story: A Letter to a Shop Owner's Younger Self
  • BodyShop Essentials: Measuring Systems
  • Technical: Paint Problem Troubleshooting
  • Diagnostics: Interesting Observations on ADAS
Ad Closing:
October 23, 2020
Materials Due:
October 30, 2020
December
  • Cover Story: Executives of the Year
  • BodyShop Essentials: Spraybooths
  • Technical: Paint Shop Profitability
  • Diagnostics: Time is Money, Quit Throwing it Away
  • SUPPLEMENT: Crash Report
Ad Closing:
November 23, 2020
Materials Due:
November 30, 2020
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
  • Cover Story: Process Improvement
    • Lean, the “Toyota Way” and process improvement have long been talked about in the collision repair industry. Where are shops today in their journey on the lean path?
  • Technical: Welding Wire
    • Some OEMs require specific welding wire with specific welding procedures. Are you using the right wire?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Spraybooths
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade their spraybooth.
  • The MSO: Lean and Mean
    • A multi-shop operator discusses his strategy for making his shops lean and efficient.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Advanced Materials Guide
    • Vehicles today are an amalgam of different substrates: aluminum, highstrength steel, magnesium, plastic, etc. We discuss these materials from a repairability standpoint and also what equipment is needed for proper repairs.
Ad Closing:
December 17, 2018
Materials Due:
December 21, 2018
February
  • Cover Story: OE Certification
    • Is OE certification a fad or here to stay? Shops are taking a fresh look at becoming certified as it may be the new referral system of the future.
  • Technical: New Electronics
    • New electronic systems are making vehicles highly sophisticated and changing repair plans. What do repairers need to know before touching the vehicle?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Abrasives
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who wants to know more about the most economical and effective abrasives on the market.
  • The MSO: Load Leveling
    • One of the advantages a multi-shop operator has is load leveling. When does it make sense to do, and how do you effectively manage it?
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Vehicle Technology Guide
    • How are advanced driver-assistance systems changing vehicle repair? What do repairers need to know? This special section offers OEMs a chance to educate repairers on the new technology in their vehicles and their position statements and repair recommendations for these systems.
Ad Closing:
January 18, 2019
Materials Due:
January 22, 2019
March
  • Cover Story: Violence in the Workplace
    • The term “active shooter” has unfortunately become commonplace in today’s world. What policies and plans should a business have in place to deter and/or manage such a situation if one were to occur at the workplace?
  • Technical: STRSW Pulse Welding
    • Many manufacturers today are recommending squeeze-type resistance spot welding as a repair method. What is STRSW and why are OEMs recommending it?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Waterborne/Low-VOC Coatings
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to transition to waterborne/low-VOC coatings.
  • The MSO: Crunching the Numbers
    • A multi-shop operator discusses how he stays on top of his business’s financials.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Heavy-Duty Repair Guide
    • What does it take for a shop to start repairing semi-tractor trailers? What equipment and training do they need? What are the obstacles for entry? The similarities and differences between heavy-duty and light-duty passenger vehicle repair? We answer these questions and more.
Ad Closing:
February 18, 2019
Materials Due:
February 22, 2019
April
  • Cover Story: 20th Annual Reader's Choice Issue
    • It’s our 20th annual Reader’s Choice issue where we let the readers of BodyShop Business take over our magazine! They submit questions on topics of their choice, and we select the best ones, find experts to provide answers and publish those answers in the magazine.
  • Technical: Alignment and ADAS
    • What do repairers need to know when it comes to suspension and advanced driverassistance systems? We go over the essentials for a proper and safe repair.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Scan Tools
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who wants to start scanning in-house and what scan tool they need.
  • The MSO: Finding Techs
    • A multi-shop operator discusses how his organization finds new talent.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Ergonomics Guide
    • The technicians are the lifeblood of a body shop, so they need to be taken care of. We look at the universe of equipment and products designed to reduce strain and fatigue on workers for more happy and productive techs.
Ad Closing:
March 18, 2019
Materials Due:
March 22, 2019
May
  • Cover Story: Industry Profile
    • BodyShop Business brings the collision repair industry a statistical analysis of the shop owner, the market, operations, insurer-repairer relations, personnel, purchasing and more.
  • Technical: Maintaining Equipment
    • You can have all the skill in the world, but your repair will only be as good as your equipment. Are you maintaining it on a regular basis?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Measuring Systems
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is seeing the need to measure more vehicles and needs an efficient and accurate system.
  • The MSO: Insurance Relations
    • A multi-shop operator discusses how his organization manages performance in current DRPs and obtains new insurance business.
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2019
Materials Due:
April 8, 2019
June
  • Buyer's Guide Issue!
  • Cover Story: Scanning – Where Are You?
    • Scanning has taken the industry by storm. We look at where shops are at as far as capability, equipment and repair planning.
  • Technical: Weldable Seam Sealers
    • We examine the weldable seam sealers on the market and why technicians need to be aware of these.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Custom Refinishes
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to obtain the hottest custom refinishes on the market.
  • The MSO: Employee Retention
    • Keeping good employees is just as important as finding new ones. A multi-shop operator discusses how his organization keeps his most valuable commodity happy.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Welding Guide
    • Welding skill, equipment and training are critical to a proper and safe repair. We review OEM recommendations, training, equipment, and maintenance of that equipment in a special section focused 100 percent on one of the most important repairs to the safety of the consumer.
Ad Closing:
May 17, 2019
Materials Due:
May 22, 2019
July
  • Cover Story: Avoiding Liability
    • The collision industry was rocked in 2017 by a lawsuit that changed it forever. How do you safeguard your shop from a potentially debilitating legal case?
  • Technical: New Welders
    • There are some very sophisticated welders on the market now. We take a look at some of them and delve into their capabilities and what they can do for your technicians and your shop’s repair quality.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Frame Machines
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade their frame machine.
  • The MSO: Acquiring a Shop
    • A multi-shop operator discusses the pros and cons of buying an existing facility vs. building a new one.
Ad Closing:
June 17, 2019
Materials Due:
June 22, 2019
August
  • Cover Story: Collision World Market Analysis
    • We examine different collision repair markets from around the world to perhaps learn something about our own.
  • Technical: Corrosion Protection
    • Corrosion protection is not always done when performing repairs for various reasons. Here’s why it is a critical step today for a shop’s reputation.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Air Compressors
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade their air compressor.
  • The MSO: Managing Paint & Materials
    • A multi-shop operator discusses the system his organization has for managing paint & materials inventory.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: OE Certification Guide
    • Many shops believe OE certification may be the referral system of the future. We look at why this is, how the OEs are getting involved and what advantages certification offers a shop.
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2019
Materials Due:
July 19, 2019
September
  • Cover Story: The Best Marketing Ideas Ever
    • Marketing is critical to reinforcing a shop’s brand and getting more cars to their door. We look at some of the most effective and creative marketing tactics that shops have employed.
  • Technical: Time-Saving Tools
    • In the body shop world, time is money, and labor is the most expensive thing in the shop. We look at some cutting-edge tools that can save time and make a shop more profitable and efficient.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Aluminum Dent Tools
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking at purchasing high-quality aluminum dent repair tools.
  • The MSO: Getting on a DRP
    • A multi-shop operator discusses the tactics and strategies he uses to get more insurance business.
Ad Closing:
August 16, 2019
Materials Due:
August 20, 2019
October
  • SEMA Show Issue!
  • Cover Story: Consolidation
    • We assess the current state of consolidation in the collision repair industry and how independents are faring now that market penetration is complete.
  • Technical: Identifying Proper Welds/Dressing Welds
    • Just because a weld looks good means it is structurally sound? No. How do you know if a weld is good? And why is dressing important?
  • BodyShop Essentials: Personal Protective Equipment
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking at upgrading the PPE that protects his most valuable asset: his employees.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: Scanning & Recalibration Guide
    • Many shops are turning scanning into a robust profit center. Scanning is also critical to restoring the safety systems of modern vehicles after a collision. We look at scanning from the technical side and also the scan tool offerings in the market.
Ad Closing:
September 16, 2019
Materials Due:
September 20, 2019
November
  • Cover Story: The Customer is King
    • The most successful shops realize that the customer’s first point-of-contact is critical. Yet most shops ignore this. How do we change this philosophy?
  • Technical: Scanning vs. Recalibration
    • Scanning is not the same as recalibration. We look at the differences between these operations and why each is critical to a safe and proper repair.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Detailing Products
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who wants info on the best detailing products on the market to make his customers’ vehicles shine.
  • SPECIAL SECTION: All I Want for Christmas Guide
    • We ask body shop owners and managers what one piece of equipment is on ther wish list and why – and how it could change their world.
Ad Closing:
October 17, 2019
Materials Due:
October 21, 2019
December
  • Cover Story: The Labor Crisis
    • Does the collision repair industry have a labor crisis? Are employees hard to find, or just ones who are qualified? We examine these issues and more.
  • Technical: Plastic Repair
    • New technology has made plastic repair more popular and easy. We examine the methods and equipment available.
    • In problem/solution format, we profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade their aluminum welding capabilities.
  • BodyShop Essentials: Aluminum Welders
  • SPECIAL SECTION: CRASH (Collision Repair Automotive Survey of Purchasing Habits)
    • Our annual Collision Repair Automotive Survey of Purchasing Habits (CRASH) dissects repairers’ buying trends in all the major equipment and product categories.
Ad Closing:
November 18, 2019
Materials Due:
November 22, 2019
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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Issue Topics Important Dates
Supplement: Maintenance Matters Waiting Room Edition
January
  • Brake Job: Honda Ridgeline
  • Alignment Spec: Dodge Charger
  • ABS/ESC: Brake Solenoid and Pump Diagnostics
  • Hydraulic Suspension Bushing Replacement Options
  • What is the Best For Ball Joints – Greaseable or Sealed?
  • Explaining TPMS Service To Drivers
  • On-The-Car Brake Lathe Usage For Pulsation Complaints
  • Air Ride Conversion Kits: GM Full-Sized SUVs
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2018
Materials Due:
December 21, 2018
February
  • Brake Job: Cadillac ATX
  • Alignment Spec: Buick Regal
  • Brakes: Electric Parking Brake Service
  • Steering System Calibration and Suspension Checks For EPS Systems
  • Scoping Out Wheel Speed Sensors and Bearings
  • Selling Warranties With Brake Jobs to Increase Rotor and Hardware Sales
  • Clutch and Flywheel Replacement for Trucks and Vans
  • ABS Brake Reflash: Software Fixes
Ad Closing:
January 21, 2019
Materials Due:
January 25, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • Brake Job: Dodge Full-Sized Trucks
  • Alignment Spec: Specialty Alignment Kits and Parts
  • Curing Pulsation Complaints With NAO and Ceramic Brake Pads
  • How Are Synthetic Materials Changing Ball Joints and Bushings?
  • Measuring Brake Pedal Performance and Feel
  • What do you need to document when replacing a catalytic converter?
  • Charging For TPMS Diagnostics
  • CUV and SUV Ride Control Clinic
Ad Closing:
February 18, 2019
Materials Due:
February 22, 2019
April
  • Brake Job: Ford Edge
  • Alignment Spec: Honda Ridgeline
  • Brake Pad Noise Cures and Tools
  • Electric Power Steering Sensors and PIDs
  • Wheel Bearing Torque Procedures for All Bearings
  • Resetting Emissions Monitors After Catalytic Converter Replacement
  • GM TPMS Relearns and Service on High-Mileage Vehicles
  • Diagnosing Active Roll/Sway Bars
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2019
Materials Due:
March 21, 2019
May
  • Brake Job: BMW 1 Series
  • Alignment Spec: Subaru Impreza
  • Brake Pad Wear Chart to Detect Caliper, Hardware and Friction Problems
  • Road Testing Methods and Tools For Chassis Repairs (NVH)
  • Servicing Axle, Shaft and Transmission Bearings and Seals
  • Ride Height Myth: Using Ride Height To Diagnose More Than Springs
  • TPMS Training: Keeping Up With The Latest TPMS Systems
  • Ford Air Ride Conversion Kits
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2019
Materials Due:
April 24, 2019
June
  • Brake Job: Mazda3
  • Alignment Spec: Ford Transit
  • Brake Friction Selection for Performance Vehicles
  • Liquid Silence: What Is new With Brake Lubricants and Pastes
  • Wheel Bearings and Torque-To-Yield Fasteners
  • Calculating Catalytic Converter Efficiency
  • 2007-2017 Toyota TPMS Procedures
  • Transmission Fluid Specifications For Late-Model Cars and Trucks
Ad Closing:
May 17, 2019
Materials Due:
May 24, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • Brake Job: Chevy Trax
  • Alignment Spec: Post- Collision Alignments
  • Rotors: What is Pulsation and What is Judder?
  • Curing Brake Noise Complaints Before They Happen
  • How Can New Engine Oils Save Catalytic Converters?
  • Composite Brake Rotors For BMW Applications
  • Honda TPMS Relearns and Sensor Replacement
  • Air Ride: Mercedes-BENZ and BMW SUVs
Ad Closing:
June 14, 2019
Materials Due:
June 21, 2019
August
  • Brake Job: VW Tiguan
  • Alignment Spec: Nissan GTR
  • When the Customer Is Crazy About Brake Noise
  • Solving Camber and Caster With Chassis Parts
  • Finding the Best Wheel Bearing Hub Unit
  • Choosing Performance Coil-Over Shocks and Struts
  • TPMS: Solving TPMS Module Communication Problems
  • Curing SUV and CUV Stability Problems with Ride Control and Chassis Repairs
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2019
Materials Due:
July 24, 2019
September
  • Brake Job: Buick Enclave
  • Alignment Spec: Mazda CX-7
  • Specialty Brake Hardware to Cure Noise Issues
  • Electric Power Steering Replacement Guide
  • Turbocharger Exhaust System Service Guide
  • ABS Module Replacement on Older Vehicles
  • Curing Steering & Chassis Noise Problems With Information and Better Tools
  • Air Ride Diagnostics: Measuring Static Ride Height Decay
Ad Closing:
August 15, 2019
Materials Due:
August 23, 2019
October
  • Brake Job: Subaru Impreza
  • Alignment Spec: Ford Flex
  • Copper Brake Pad Update
  • Servicing Solid Trailing Arm Axles on KIA Vehicles
  • Servicing Vacuum and Electronic Locking Wheel Hubs and Bearings
  • Solving Transmission Shift Complaints
  • TPMS: Fiat Relearns
  • Understanding Velocity- Sensitive Dampening Shocks and Struts
Ad Closing:
September 13, 2019
Materials Due:
September 20, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Brake Job: Chevy/GMC 2500 Series Trucks
  • Alignment Spec: Frame and Unibody Measurement and Straightening
  • Undercar Overhaul: Why Replacing Control Arms and Bushings in Pairs is Necessary
  • Brake Line Replacement Options
  • Parking Brake Adjustments (Conventional and Electronic)
  • Diagnosing Nevomat Shocks for Domestic and Import Applications
  • TPMS: Diagnosing Low- Frequency Relearn Errors
Ad Closing:
October 18, 2019
Materials Due:
October 24, 2019
December
  • Brake Job: Dodge Sprinter
  • Alignment Spec: Ford Transit
  • Brake System Data Analysis From the ABS Module
  • SUV and CUV Suspension Service
  • Wheel Bearing Installation Add-On Parts
  • Test Drive Tech: How to Diagnose Customer Complaints About Erratic Suspension Behavior
  • Installing Hydraulic Clutch Components
  • Transmission Torque Converter Clutch Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
November 15, 2019
Materials Due:
November 20, 2019
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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
  • Tech Topics
    • Engine Oil – With more vehicles using direct-injection engines and turbochargers, choosing the right oil isn’t as easy as it once was.
    • Spark Plugs – These little engine parts play a herculean role in the internal combustion system, but they shouldn’t be taken for granted.
    • Suspension Components – Overview of the types of mechanical attachment methods for suspension-component fasteners, and related sales opportunities.
    • TPMS – Overview of how the tire-pressure monitoring system works, and what your customers should know about TPMS and proper tire inflation.
  • Counter View
    • Climbing the Ladder – Do you have what it takes to be a manager? Tips for making the transition.
    • Outside the Catalog – Supplement sources of information for Ford parts.
  • Product Showcase
    • Oil Additives
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2020
Materials Due:
January 8, 2020
February
  • Tech Topics
    • Belts 101 – A refresher course on the types of engine belts and their functions.
    • Brakes – Making the case for caliper rebuild kits.
    • Mufflers – What do DIY customers need to install a new muffler?
    • Thermal Management – How pumps, thermostats and sensors work together to maintain the proper engine temperature.
  • Counter View
    • New vs. Reman – What is remanufacturing, and when does it make sense to recommend reman parts?
    • Selling Shocks and Struts – For much of the country, winter is pothole season – a prime opportunity for selling suspension parts.
  • Product Showcase
    • Scan Tools
Ad Closing:
January 28, 2020
Materials Due:
February 4, 2020
National Car Care Month
March
  • National Car Care Month
    • Potential topics: Brake friction, fuel pumps, gaskets, starters/alternators, wheel bearings, O2 sensors, spark plugs, shocks/struts, A/C compressors, performance exhaust, brake rotors, antifreeze, belts & hoses, chemicals, filters, batteries, TPMS, water pumps, wipers and more.
  • Counter View
    • Stop/Start – An introduction to the function and benefits of stop/start systems, and how vehicles with stop/start technology are different.
    • Tools – Overview of the basic tools in a technician’s toolbox; implementing a loaner-tool program.
  • Product Showcase
    • Ride Control
Ad Closing:
February 26, 2020
Materials Due:
March 4, 2020
April
  • Tech Topics
    • Bearings – Making the case for OE-quality bearings and wheel-hub assemblies.
    • Diagnostics – As advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) become standard on more vehicles, precise ADAS calibration is becoming a necessity for even the most mundane repairs.
    • Transmission – Understanding continuously variable transmissions (CVTs) and how they differ from automatics.
    • Windshield Wipers – Most OEMs and wiper manufacturers recommend wiper-blade replacement every six to 12 months. Why it’s such a critical – and often-overlooked – maintenance item.
  • Counter View
    • Diesel – Overview of the differences between diesel and gasoline engines, and common parts needs for diesel vehicles.
    • Lights, Camera, Action – A rundown of some of our all-time favorite automotive-themed movies and TV shows.
  • Product Showcase
    • Brake Friction
Ad Closing:
March 27, 2020
Materials Due:
April 3, 2020
May
  • Tech Topics
    • Brakes – Are your customer’s brakes trying to tell them something? Warning signs of brakes that need to be inspected or replaced.
    • Drivetrain – Why it’s better to replace the entire CV axle and not just the CV boot.
    • EcoBoost – Getting to know Ford’s EcoBoost technology and similar systems from other OEMs.
    • Water Pumps – Symptoms and causes of water-pump failure; replacement considerations and related sales opportunities.
  • Counter View
    • Certified Pros – The value of ASE certification for counter pros, and why it’s important to maintain it.
    • Down on the Farm – Many parts stores in rural areas sell agricultural products. Overview of common ag parts and equipment.
  • Product Showcase
    • Ignition Parts
  • Counter Pro Guide for Selling Parts
Ad Closing:
April 29, 2020
Materials Due:
May 6, 2020
June
  • Tech Topics
    • Air Filters – When it comes to selecting a high-quality air filter, the media matters.
    • Bearings – The lubricant inside modern wheel bearings might be the most advanced and researched component inside the entire assembly.
    • Climate Control – Looking at the various parts that work together to keep motorists comfortable.
    • Ignition – Exploring the causes of engine misfires, and why replacing the ignition coil isn’t always the answer.
  • Counter View
    • Emissions – Replacing a catalytic converter isn’t the same as replacing a muffler or pipe. Overview of the differences between replacement requirements in CARB-compliant states vs. non-CARB states.
    • Road Trippin’ – Educating your customers on the essential elements of a pre-trip maintenance checklist.
  • Product Showcase
    • Motor Oil
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2020
Materials Due:
June 8, 2020
July
  • Tech Topics
    • Belts and Hoses – What to look for when inspecting belts and hoses – and knowing when it’s time to replace.
    • Brake Pads – A look at how brake pads are made, and why the manufacturing process and types of steel used should matter to your customers.
    • Spark Plugs – Looking at the different aspects of spark plug design, including when to use anti-seize and the purpose of the insulator.
    • Thermal Management – Understanding how map-controlled thermostats work.
  • Counter View
    • Carburetors – Gone but not forgotten, carburetors are alive and well in classic and performance vehicles. Tips for helping customers get their carbureted engines back to peak performance.
    • Diagnostics – Code readers and scanners for DIYers.
  • Product Showcase
    • Gaskets & Seals
Ad Closing:
June 29, 2020
Materials Due:
July 6, 2020
August
  • Tech Topics
    • Cabin Air Filters – Looking at antimicrobial technology and other advancements in cabin air filters.
    • Detailing – Products and accessories your DIY customers would need to pull off a pro-caliber detailing job on their vehicle.
    • Fuel Pumps – How fuel pumps have changed, and why it’s important to replace the entire module if the pump is failing.
    • Ride Control – Breaking down the function of the parts and components that work together to provide a comfortable ride, such as ball joints, control arms, strut mounts and sway-bar links.
  • Counter View
    • Trailer Parts – Common trailer parts and towing issues for customers trying to squeeze in that last-minute camping, boating or fishing trip.
    • Transmission – Understanding gear ratios and how they affect acceleration and fuel economy.
  • Product Showcase
    • Bearings
Ad Closing:
July 20, 2020
Materials Due:
July 27, 2020
September
  • Tech Topics
    • Brake Hardware – The importance of recommending brake hardware with every brake job.
    • Gaskets – We take a look at multi-layer steel (MLS) head gaskets and how the different layers seal the engine block and head.
    • Thermostats ¬– Parts and tools needed for a DIY thermostat replacement, and a few installation tips.
    • Timing Chains – Why timing-chain-driven water pumps always should be replaced at the same time as the timing chain; making the case for timing-chain water-pump kits.
  • Counter View
    • Consumer Education – A light-hearted look at the most common myths and misconceptions heard from DIY customers about vehicles and parts.
    • Turbochargers – What your customers should know about turbochargers and their impact on vehicle maintenance.
  • Product Showcase
    • Emissions Parts
  • P.A.R.T.S. Survey
Ad Closing:
August 25, 2020
Materials Due:
September 1, 2020
October
  • ASE P2 Test Guide
    • Potential Topics: Automatic transmission, brake system, cooling system, drivetrain, electrical system, emission system, engine parts, gaskets, exhaust system, fuel system and more.
  • Counter View
    • ADAS – A peek at some of the latest and greatest features enabled by advanced driver-assistance systems.
    • Diagnostics – Reviewing the four categories of diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs); understanding common DTCs.
  • Product Showcase
    • Filters
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2020
Materials Due:
October 8, 2020
November
  • Tech Topics
    • Engine Blocks – Why they fail, symptoms of failure, and repair/replacement options.
    • Fluids – Overview of a vehicle’s fluids and their functions; educating customers on the proper way to check fluid levels.
    • Lighting – Lighting service is one of the most underperformed aspects of vehicle maintenance – and one of the easiest ways to improve driver safety.
    • Rotating Electric – Understanding the functions of starters; tips for diagnosing starter problems.
  • Counter View
    • MAP and MAF Sensors – Understanding the roles of manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensors and mass airflow (MAF) sensors, and the signs that a sensor is failing.
    • Outside the Catalog – Supplement sources of information for Chrysler parts.
  • Product Showcase
    • Timing Kits
Ad Closing:
October 26, 2020
Materials Due:
November 2, 2020
December
  • Tech Topics
    • Additives – A look at fuel and oil additives commonly used to help vehicles run better during winter weather.
    • Batteries – Reviewing fundamental replacement considerations such as cold-cranking amps and reserve capacity.
    • Decoupler Pulleys – When selling alternators, make sure to ask the shop if the alternator has a decoupler pulley.
    • Oxygen Sensors – Understanding the oxygen sensor’s role in the emission system, the impact of a failed sensor and replacement considerations.
  • Counter View
    • Heavy-Duty – Snowplows need love – and parts – too. Common parts for heavy-duty trucks, including specialty lighting.
    • By the Numbers – Customers might not realize that finding the right parts and components often involves measuring fittings and fasteners, matching threads and identifying hose and tubing sizes.
  • Product Showcase
    • Sensors
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2020
Materials Due:
November 27, 2020
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
  • 2019 DISTRIBUTION PREVIEW
    • Aftermarket leaders tell us what they see on the horizon for the year ahead.
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Extreme-Weather Driving: How extreme temperatures put stress on vehicle engines, batteries and other components.
    • Oil Filters: Spin-on vs. cartridge-style oil filters.
    • Wipers: Selection criteria and installation advice.
    • TPMS: OE vs. aftermarket TPMS tools – what’s the difference?
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Ignition Coils: The high-voltage story of how ignition coils ensure reliable engine starts.
    • Transmissions: Overview of the various types of transmissions, with a focus on technology advancements and maintenance requirements.
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2019
Materials Due:
January 7, 2019
February
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Spark Knock: Possible causes; diagnostic tips and remedies.
    • Steering and Chassis Components: Why ball joints, tie rods and control arms wear out.
    • Additives: Breaking down the most common types of fuel-cleaner additives and their benefits and applications.
    • Scan Tools 101: Overview of/introduction to scan tools. Types of scan tools, differences between code readers and scan tools.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Selling Brakes: A counter pro’s view of the good/better/best sales model. Is there too much emphasis on price? Is there a fourth category (performance)?
    • Outside the Catalog: Introduction to a new series on the online information sources counter pros can use to supplement their own resources.
Ad Closing:
January 21, 2019
Materials Due:
January 28, 2019
March
  • FLUID FORUM
    • Technical information and selling tips for counter pros on oil, brake fluid, transmission fluid, coolant, power-steering fluid, additives and more.
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • National Car Care Month
    • Potential topics: Brake friction, fuel pumps, gaskets, starters/alternators, wheel bearings, O2 sensors, spark plugs, shocks/struts, A/C compressors, performance exhaust, brake rotors, antifreeze, belts & hoses, chemicals, filters, batteries, TPMS, water pumps, wipers and more.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Relays: Selection, interchange and reading the wiring diagram.
    • Batteries: Differences between AGM and wet-cell batteries; the importance of cold-cranking amps; selling tips.
Ad Closing:
February 14, 2019
Materials Due:
February 21, 2019
April
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Air Filters: Just how efficient are today’s air filters?
    • Computer Control: Overview of the computer systems that control today’s vehicles and a look at where technology is heading.
    • Motor Oil: The latest on API SN Plus and the aftermarket’s response to low-speed pre-ignition.
    • Ride Control: The symbiotic relationship between ride control and electronic stability control in modern vehicles.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Tires: How to read and interpret the codes on tire sidewalls.
    • Tales from the Other Side: Every counter pro has a story about the funny, wacky and (occasionally) wonderful things customers say and do. First in a series.
Ad Closing:
March 22, 2019
Materials Due:
March 29, 2019
May
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Brakes: Why it’s important to replace the brake hardware when changing the brake pads.
    • Cabin Air Filters: A deeper dive into the types of cabin air filters and their performance characteristics.
    • Water Pumps, Gaskets and Belts: The importance of replacing and aligning the drive belt and choosing a high-quality gasket when replacing water pumps on modern vehicles.
    • Mufflers: Overview of the basic muffler types and exhaust replacement parts; making the case for premium mufflers.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • In Plain Sight: Introduction to series on the identification and cataloguing opportunities hidden in plain sight on vehicles.
    • That New-Car Smell: Overview of products (air fresheners, cleaners, polishers, etc.) available to help vehicle owners get their cars looking and smelling like they just rolled off the assembly line.
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2019
Materials Due:
April 24, 2019
June
  • MIDYEAR PROGRAM GROUP UPDATE
    • Distribution leaders discuss first-half wins and look ahead to second-half opportunities.
    • Includes Annual Program Group Overview Chart.
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Coolant: Tips for diagnosing and repairing coolant leaks.
    • Gaskets: Overview of the various types of gaskets and their applications in modern vehicles.
    • Timing Belts: A look at the various components and hardware needed to replace a timing belt; making the case for replacement kits.
    • TPMS: Overview of the basic types of TPMS replacement sensors.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Air Springs and Shocks: A closer look at pneumatic suspension systems.
    • When They Come Back: Sometimes, customer bring things back – even when they shouldn’t. Tips for handling returns.
Ad Closing:
May 20, 2019
Materials Due:
May 27, 2019
July
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Batteries: Why battery sales sizzle in the summer; warning signs of a dying battery; upgrading to AGM batteries.
    • HVAC: The latest advancements in A/C technology, including new refrigerant types.
    • Preventive Maintenance: Tips for performing an engine tuneup before that summer road trip; parts and tools needed.
    • Wheel Bearings: Diagnostic tips and replacement considerations.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Part of the Job: The importance of maintaining strong relationships with your commercial customers.
    • Stop-Start: The emergence of stop-start systems in late-model vehicles has spurred new formulations in oil and transmission fluid and a shift to AGM batteries. What counter pros need to know.
Ad Closing:
June 21, 2019
Materials Due:
June 28, 2019
August
  • 3RD ANNUAL COUNTERMAN SALES MANUAL
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Engine Tech 101: How turbochargers improve engine performance.
    • Fuel Economy: What to say when customers ask if they should use regular or premium gasoline; benefits of fuel-treatment systems.
    • Mounts: The role of engine and transmission mounts in minimizing noise and vibration.
    • Radiators: How radiators have evolved; common problems; sales opportunities (hoses, radiator caps, sensors, etc.).
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • TPMS: Educating your customers about TMPS tools, sensors and service kits.
    • Power Steering: A look at the shift from hydraulic to electric power steering.
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2019
Materials Due:
July 24, 2019
September
  • PARTS
    • Professional Automotive Repair Technician Survey
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Transmission Tech 101: Understanding the differences between automatic and continuously variable transmissions.
    • Brakes: Anatomy of a master cylinder; diagnostic tests and replacement considerations.
    • Spark Plug Replacement: Choosing the right spark plug; ensuring the proper gap; tools needed for replacement.
    • Lighting: How “fog lights” work; replacement and retrofitting considerations.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Outside the Catalog: New series on the online information sources counter pros can use to supplement their own resources. Focus: General Motors
    • Motor Oil: What to say when a customer tells you, “All motor oil is the same.”
Ad Closing:
August 16, 2019
Materials Due:
August 23, 2019
October
  • AAPEX SHOW ISSUE
    • MANUFACTURER SPOTLIGHTS: 1/2-page AAPEX Previews
    • 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.
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • 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 more.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Tales from the Other Side: Weird and wacky stories about customers.
    • Collision Repair: Common parts, tools and hardware needed by body shops.
Ad Closing:
September 11, 2019
Materials Due:
September 18, 2019
November
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Alternative-Fuel Vehicles: How parts needs differ for hybrid, electric and other alternative-fuel cars.
    • Belt Tensioners: The importance of replacing the tensioner assembly and associated pulleys when installing a new serpentine belt.
    • Advanced Suspension Systems: Replacement options for vehicles with air-ride, active or Nivomat suspension systems.
    • Scan Tools 202: Exploring the capabilities of professional scan tools.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • TPMS: Application-specific vs. universal TPMS replacement sensors.
    • Consumer Education: A refresher course on the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and vehicle owners’ rights and responsibilities.
Ad Closing:
October 23, 2019
Materials Due:
October 28, 2019
December
  • 2019 COUNTER PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
    • The Counter Professional of the Year program celebrates the hardest-working parts professionals in the business.
  • AAPEX AWARD-WINNER SPOTLIGHTS
  • TECH FEATURES BY BRENDAN BAKER
    • Vehicle Tech 101: Common types of sensors found on modern vehicles.
    • Diesel Additives: Fuel-treatment products can be a godsend for fussy diesel engines in the winter.
    • Brake Friction: In the age of Uber and Lyft, premium brake linings are a must for some customers.
    • Thermostats: Why replacing the thermostat can be a fix for oil sludging in the valvetrain.
  • COUNTER VIEW WITH TOM DAYTON
    • Lighting: An illuminating overview of the latest LED lighting products.
    • More than Parts: Battery testing, wiper installation and other services that counter pros provide.
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2019
Materials Due:
November 27, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Josh Cable
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 254
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
LS Engine Issue
January
  • LS vs. LT Engines
    • Component Selection for LS Builds
    • LS Engine Builder Profile
    • LS Engine Products
  • Oil Options – Street vs. Race
  • Crucial Tools for Engine Builders
  • Performance Transmission Options
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
December 30, 2019
Materials Due:
January 7, 2020
Stock/Diesel and High Performance Issue
February
  • Monster Truck Engines
    • Monster Truck Transmissions
  • Motorcycle Engines
  • Engine Sealing
  • Pistons
  • Race & Rebuild – Are Carburetors Dead?
  • EFI Systems
  • Turbos, Superchargers & Nitrous
Ad Closing:
January 27, 2020
Materials Due:
February 3, 2020
Racing Issue / Buyer's Guide
March
  • Race & Rebuild
    • NASCAR
    • Formula 1
    • IndyCar
    • Grassroots Racing
    • Sprint Car Series
    • SPEC Engines
  • Race Engine Packages
    • Engine Refreshes
  • Beating Crate Engines at their Game
  • Future of Motorsports
  • Racing Transmissions
Ad Closing:
March 2, 2020
Materials Due:
March 9, 2020
Marine Issue
April
  • Common Marine Engine Issues
    • Jet Boat Engines
    • Offshore Racing Engines
    • Outboard Engines
    • Marine Engine Builder Profile
    • Marine Engine Installs
    • Marine Engine Products
    • Boat Transmissions
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2020
Materials Due:
April 8, 2020
Diesel Issue
May
  • Tractor Pulling Engines
  • Truck Pulling Engines
  • Dissecting a Diesel – Cummins
    • Diesel Transmissions
  • Diesel Engine Builder Profile
  • Diesel Engine Products
  • Engine Blocks
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
April 30, 2020
Materials Due:
May 7, 2020
International Issue
June
  • International Engine Builder Profile
  • Why Foreign Countries Choose the US
  • Internationally Made Engine Parts
    • Saenz Performance Profile
  • Valvetrain Selection
  • Oil Pumps & Pans
  • Continued Education
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2020
Materials Due:
June 8, 2020
Beyond the Engine Issue
July
  • Full Restorations
    • Engine Installations
    • Chassis Work
    • Engine Wiring and Connectors
  • Tuning / Dyno Sessions
  • Machining for Industries Outside Automotive
  • Upcycling Engine Parts – How Else Can Components be Used?
  • Transmission Shop Profile
  • Shop Employees
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
June 29, 2020
Materials Due:
July 6, 2020
Women in the Industry Issue
August
  • Profiles of Women in the Industry
  • Engine Product Development (Blocks, Heads, Intakes)
  • Engine Shop Customer Service
  • Social Media
  • Cylinder Head Selection
    • In-Cylinder Pressure Measurement Systems
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2020
Materials Due:
July 31, 2020
Import Issue
September
  • Sport Compact Market
    • Toyota 2JZ Build
    • Honda K-Series Build
    • Nissan GT-R Build
    • Subaru Build
    • Porsche Build
    • Import Engine Products
    • Import Engine Transmissions
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2020
Materials Due:
August 28, 2020
Cleaning / Green Issue
October
  • Keeping a Clean Shop
    • Soda Blasting
    • Ultrasonic Cleaning
    • Finishing Systems (Tumblers)
    • Green Initiatives
  • Electric / Hybrid Engines
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
September 21, 2020
Materials Due:
September 28, 2020
All About Machining Issue
November
  • Machine Maintenance
    • Buying and Selling Machinery
  • CNC Machines
    • Boring, Honing and Decking
  • Balancing
  • Cylinder Head Porting
  • Tooling
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
October 26, 2020
Materials Due:
November 2, 2020
America's Best Engine Shops / Top 10 Engines Issue
December
  • Engine Calendar 2021
  • America's Best Engine Shop Winners (Race, Vintage & Diesel)
  • Top 10 Engines / Winner
  • Top 10 Diesel Engines / Winner
  • Connecting Rods
  • Tradeshow Recaps
    • Hot Products from the Show Floor
  • Race & Rebuild Section
Ad Closing:
November 18, 2020
Materials Due:
November 25, 2020
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
Ad Closing:
December 1, 2018
Materials Due:
December 8, 2018
Engine Builder
February
  • Tech/Training
    • Pistons and Rings
    • Timing Components
    • Ignition Systems and Components Product Spotlights
  • Business Strategies
    • Social Media – Setting Up a Business Facebook Account
  • Market Coverage
    • Building 24-Hr Endurance Race Engines
  • Engine Builder Profiles
    • Inside Detroit Diesel's HD Reman Facility, Byesville, OH
    • Greg Brown, Hammerhead Racing Engines - 201 Race Engine Challenge winner
  • Engine Math Resource Supplement
  • SPECIAL REPORT- Labor Costing Study on the Chevy 262 V6 engine
Ad Closing:
January 25, 2019
Materials Due:
February 1, 2019
Engine Builder Buyers Guide and Supplier Directory
March
  • Engine Builder Buyers Guide and Supplier Directory
    • New this year! One consolidated resource for engine parts and equipment.
  • Tech/Training
    • Boost Applications for Sport Compact (Turbos/Superchargers)
    • Understanding Injectors (Gas/Diesel)
    • Engine Oil
    • Engine Sealing
  • Business Strategies
    • CNC Parts and Trademark Laws
    • Engine Installations - Additional Profit Opportunity or Unnecessary Headache?
  • Market Coverage
    • Professional Tractor Pulling
  • Engine Builder Profile
    • Larry Koester - Koester Racing (Mini Modified NTPA Professional Tractor Pulling)
    • Jack Barna, Valley Performance - Race Engine Challenge competitor
Ad Closing:
February 26, 2019
Materials Due:
March 5, 2019
LS Engine Focus
April
  • Tech/Training
    • Performance Engine Tuning
    • Ultrasonic Cleaning Methods and Machines
    • LS Engine Parts - Special Product Spotlight Issue
  • Business Strategies
    • Finding Good Employees & Building Trade School Relationships
    • (Not Just) Two-Wheeled Wonders - Motorcycles, Power Sports and UTVs
  • Market Coverage
    • Top Sportsman Drag Racing
  • Engine Builder Profiles
    • LS Engine Builder - Jammie Wells, WCH Engines, Midlothian, TX
Ad Closing:
March 29, 2019
Materials Due:
April 5, 2019
International Coverage
May
  • Tech/Training
    • Harmonic Balancers
    • Engine Bearings
    • Camshafts
  • Business Strategies
    • US vs. China/Asia Perception of Quality
    • Selling International Business (website, eBay, etc.)
  • Market Coverage
    • Rally Racing
  • Engine Builder Profile
    • Australian Engine Builder
    • Race Engine Challenge Dyno Build
Ad Closing:
April 26, 2019
Materials Due:
May 3, 2019
Engine Builder
June
  • Tech/Training
    • Oil pumps, Screens and Pans
    • Valves and Seats
    • Seat and Guide Machines
  • Business Strategies
    • Social Media - Making the Most of Your Business Facebook
  • Market Coverage
    • Trophy Truck Off-Road/Endurance Series
  • Engine Builder Profiles
    • Performance Diesel Builder
    • Race Engine Challenge Dyno Build
Ad Closing:
May 29, 2019
Materials Due:
June 4, 2019
Engine Builder
July
  • Tech/Training
    • Diesel Oil Pumps
    • Connecting Rods
    • Break-In Oil
  • Business Strategies
    • Women in the Industry (Jen Dickmeyer, Brandi Anderson, Cindy Nickerson)
  • Market Coverage
    • Sprint Cars/World of Outlaws Racing
  • Engine Builder Profiles
    • Stroker Engine Builds
    • Race Engine Challenge Dyno Build
  • Special Advertising Supplement
    • Equipment Resource Guide
Ad Closing:
June 28, 2019
Materials Due:
July 8, 2019
Engine Builder
August
  • Tech/Training
    • Engine Parts Coatings (Mitchell Wilson, Rob Decker)
    • Cooling Systems
    • Heavy-Duty Diesel Oil (Southwest Research Institute)
  • Business Strategies
    • Social Media - Setting Up Instagram
    • Rear Ends - Additional Profit Opportunities
  • Market Coverage
    • Demolition Derbies
  • Builder Profiles
    • Baldwin Racing Engines
    • Race Engine Challenge Dyno Build
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2019
Materials Due:
July 31, 2019
September
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2019
Materials Due:
August 28, 2019
October
Ad Closing:
September 20, 2019
Materials Due:
September 27, 2019
November
Ad Closing:
October 22, 2019
Materials Due:
October 29, 2019
December
Ad Closing:
November 19, 2019
Materials Due:
November 26, 2019
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
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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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Equipment and Tools
    • Diesel engine service issues — Related topics: Aftertreatment systems, coolant systems, lubrication systems, engine reman, fuel systems, ignition systems
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
    • Remote Diagnostics — Related topics: Fault code diagnosis and case management, fault code troubleshooting, fault code trend analysis
  • Shop Management
    • Streamlining service scheduling — Related topics: Estimating bay availability, technician scheduling, repair time estimates
  • IN EVERY ISSUE
    • Today and tomorrow: An on-the-road view of the heavy-duty service industry.
    • Tech training and management: Advice for keeping your crew of technicians working productively.
    • Parts and service solutions: Keeping up with the evolution of the heavy-duty aftermarket is a full time job. In fact, it’s this column’s job.
    • Being better at business: A monthly look at keeping your shop profitable.
    • Shop profile: A behind-the-bay-doors look at how the top service locations are keeping their customers happy.
Ad Closing:
December 31, 2018
Materials Due:
January 7, 2019
February
  • Equipment and Tools
    • Related topics: CNG, LNG, Propane, gasoline, ignition systems, fueling issues, NG and propane tank and delivery systems, electric drive systems
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
    • VMRS Codes — Related topics: Code troubleshooting, code databases and integration into other service datasets
  • Shop Management
    • Safety best practices — Related topics: Safety training, safety equipment, safety programs, safety program accountability
  • IN EVERY ISSUE
    • Today and tomorrow: An on-the-road view of the heavy-duty service industry.
    • Advice for keeping your crew of technicians working productively.
    • Parts and service solutions: Keeping up with the evolution of the heavy-duty aftermarket is a full time job. In fact, it’s this column’s job.
    • Being better at business: A monthly look at keeping your shop profitable.
    • Shop profile: A behind-the-bay-doors look at how the top service locations are keeping their customers happy.
Ad Closing:
January 28, 2019
Materials Due:
February 4, 2019
March
Ad Closing:
February 25, 2019
Materials Due:
March 4, 2019
April
Ad Closing:
April 3, 2019
Materials Due:
April 10, 2019
May
Ad Closing:
April 25, 2019
Materials Due:
May 2, 2019
June
Ad Closing:
May 24, 2019
Materials Due:
May 31, 2019
July
Ad Closing:
June 26, 2019
Materials Due:
July 5, 2019
August
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2019
Materials Due:
July 31, 2019
September
Ad Closing:
August 22, 2019
Materials Due:
August 29, 2019
October
Ad Closing:
September 25, 2019
Materials Due:
October 2, 2019
November
Ad Closing:
October 30, 2019
Materials Due:
November 6, 2019
December
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2019
Materials Due:
November 27, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Jason Morgan
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 279
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Issue Topics Important Dates
SUPPLEMENT: MAINTENANCE MATTERS WAITING ROOM EDITION
January
  • BMW & VW
    • Electronic Engine Thermal Management
  • AUDI
    • Brake Pad Wear Sensors and Resets
  • Steering System Calibration and Alignments
  • Driveline Vibration Caused By Driveshafts and Axles
  • DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS:
    • Electric Vehicle Update (BMW, Nissan, Honda)
  • Wheel Bearing Codes and Cures
  • HYUNDAI
    • Start-Stop Systems
  • Mercedes-Benz SUVs
    • Electronic Ride Control Sensors, Compressors and Struts
  • TECH TIPS:
    • Honda/Acura, Isuzu, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
  • The Truth About Air Filters, Engines and Power
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2018
Materials Due:
December 23, 2018
February
  • MERCEDES-BENZ
    • Active Body Control Suspension Service
  • Throttle-by-Wire and Variable Valve Timing Diagnostics
  • BMW
    • Fuel Pump Diagnostics For Gasoline Direct Injection Systems
  • A/C Compressor Oil Volume and Balancing
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Longer Spark Plug Intervals & Advanced Diagnostics
  • FIAT
    • Diagnosing Fiat Multi-Air Camshaft Actuators
  • Servicing High-Mileage TPMS Systems
  • Brake Job
    • Honda Ridgeline
  • Selling and Installing Performance Coilover Shock and Strut Kits
  • Tech Tips
    • Audi, Kia, Porsche, Saab, Toyota/Lexus
Ad Closing:
January 15, 2019
Materials Due:
January 22, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • KIA & HYUNDAI
    • Theta Engine Repairs and Maintenance
  • HVAC:
    • Installing the Correct Volume of Refrigerant and Oil for Dual-Zone Systems
  • TOYOTA
    • Gasoline Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Diagnostics
  • HONDA, NISSAN AND SUBARU:
    • Oil Specs for Turbocharged Engines
  • BMW X3, X5 AND X6
    • Wheel Bearings and Axles
  • Serpentine Belts:
    • 100,000-Mile Service and Beyond
  • Electronically Controlled Suspension Strut Signals
  • Measuring Fuel Filter and Pump Sock Restrictions
  • DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS:
    • Will Your Diagnostic Strategies Work on Modern Engines?
  • Tech Tips:
    • Jaguar, Mazda, Nissan/Infiniti, Subaru, Volkswagen
Ad Closing:
February 15, 2019
Materials Due:
February 22, 2019
April
  • HONDA
    • Emission Controls and How They Set Codes
  • Why Brake Rotor Finish Matters on High-Performance European Vehicles
  • Better Than New:
    • Loaded Control Arms for Problem Asian Applications
  • KIA
    • Transmission Cures and Maintenance
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Fuel System Diagnostics is All in the Fuel Trim Numbers
  • High-Mileage Hose Replacement for
    • Asian Vehicles
  • TOYOTA
    • TPMS Diagnostics
  • FIAT
    • Oil Specifications
  • Long-Life Air Filters and Aftermarket Options
  • TECH TIPS:
    • BMW/MINI, yundai, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2019
Materials Due:
March 21, 2019
May
  • AUDI
    • Turbocharger Electronic Blow Off Valve and Wastegate Diagnostics
  • Brake Rotor Pulsation Cures
  • KIA Forte
    • Alignment Spec:
  • VW, BMW AND MERCEDES-BENZ
    • EGR and Secondary Air Injection Systems
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Cooling Systems and Common Sense — It’s Not Rocket Science, or Is It?
  • LAND ROVER
    • Wheel Bearing and Drivetrain Solutions
  • GF-6 Oil Update
  • Finding Leaks in PCV Systems and Hoses
  • BMW AND LAND ROVER
    • Diagnosing Hydraulic Sway Bars and Air Struts
  • TPMS Key Fob and Information Center Diagnostics
  • Tech Tips:
    • Audi, Honda/Acura, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo
Ad Closing:
April 16, 2019
Materials Due:
April 23, 2019
June
  • NISSAN Altima/Maxima
    • Suspension Restoration
  • Selecting High-Performance Ceramic Brake Friction Materials
  • Hydraulic Control Arm Bushing Diagnostics
  • New Tech:
    • Serpentine Belts and Tensioners
  • Fuel Pump Replacement on Saddle-Style Fuel Tanks In European SUVs
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Cheap Isn’t the Way to Go With Active Braking Systems
  • Finding Cooling Hose Leaks in Cramped Engine Bays
  • Stop-Start System Batteries
  • VOLKSWAGEN
    • VW HVAC Humidity Sensors and Defroster Control
  • Selling TPMS at the Front Counter
  • Tech Tips:
    • Isuzu, Jaguar, Porsche, Saab, Toyota/Lexus
Ad Closing:
May 17, 2019
Materials Due:
May 24, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • VOLVO
  • Late-model Service & Maintenance Opportunities
  • Caliper Replacement for Opposed-Piston European Calipers
  • BMW 1 SERIES:
    • Undercar Opportunities
  • What Not To Reuse on a German Vehicle Wheel Bearing Installation Job
  • TOYOTA
    • Eight-Speed Transmission Electrical Diagnostics and Regular Service
  • LAND ROVER
    • Passive Shock and Strut Conversion Kits
  • Key Off Turbocharger Cooling: Oil Pumps, Oil and Battery Technology
  • Getting Rid of HVAC Smells With Cleaners & Coatings
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Electric Steering Assist — Why the Scan Tool is an Alignment Technician’s Best Friend
  • Tech Tips:
    • BMW/MINI, Hyundai, Nissan/Infiniti, Volkswagen
Ad Closing:
June 14, 2019
Materials Due:
June 21, 2019
August
  • Volkswagen
    • Curing Idle Quality Problems on Small Displacement Engines
  • When is a Brake Rotor Really Below Discard Specifications?
  • Aluminum Control Arm Inspection
  • NISSAN
    • Throttle-By-Wire Diagnostics
  • DIAGNOSTIC SOLUTIONS:
    • Charging System Diagnostics — the ECM Can Now Measure Parasitic Drain
  • VW & AUDI
    • Oil Specs and Alternatives
  • TPMS: MERCEDES-BENZ
    • Four-Antenna Relearns
  • Detecting Worn Chassis Subframe and Body Mounts
  • Fuel Filters and Why They Are Vanishing
  • Tech Tips:
    • Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Subaru
Ad Closing:
July 15, 2019
Materials Due:
July 22, 2019
September
  • TOYOTA:
    • Servicing Hybrids with Reconditioned Battery Packs
  • VOLKSWAGEN
    • Servicing and Adjusting Parking Brakes
  • Understanding Direct Fuel Injection Fuel Trims and Oxygen Sensor Readings
  • HONDA
    • Ignition Systems and Sensors
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Wobble, Wander, and Weave. How to Fix Common 4WD Alignment Complaints
  • TPMS
    • Diagnosing Low-Frequency Relearn Errors
  • Belt Drive Systems and Stop-Start Vehicles
  • High-Mileage Air Ride Repairs and Conversions
  • Tech Tips:
    • Audi, Honda/Acura, Mazda, Volkswagen, Volvo
Ad Closing:
August 15, 2019
Materials Due:
August 22, 2019
October
  • AUDI
    • V6 Engines: Spotting Bad Fuel Trims Before They Cause a CEL
  • NISSAN
    • Water Pump, Pulley and Belt Replacement
  • Selecting the Correct Brake Pad for the Driver and the Vehicle
  • BMW
    • Dual-Clutch Transmission Diagnostics
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Why Battery Condition Affects On-Board Diagnostics
  • Oil Specs For Exotic European Vehicles
  • Servicing Vacuum and Electric Locking Wheel Hubs and Bearings
  • TPMS:
    • Hyundai and Kia Relearns
  • Tech Tips:
    • BMW/MINI, Hyundai, Jaguar, Saab, Toyota/Lexus
Ad Closing:
September 13, 2019
Materials Due:
September 20, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Honda, Toyota and Subaru
    • Brake Pad Formulation and Shims
  • When Belts Make Noise: Simple Tools for Isolating Belt Noise
  • HONDA
    • Testing ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • Catalytic Converter Efficiency Codes and How to Keep the CEL Off
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Code Criteria: Why You Should Know How DTCs Are Set
  • Nissan SUVs and Trucks:
    • Wheel Bearing Sizing and Fitment Solutions
  • Porsche
    • IMS Engine Bearing Replacement
  • Jaguar:
    • XJ8 Air Ride Diagnostics
  • Cartridge Oil Filter Updates: New Media and Designs
  • Tech Tips:
    • Audi, Kia, Nissan/Infiniti, Porsche, Subaru
Ad Closing:
October 18, 2019
Materials Due:
October 24, 2019
December
  • TOYOTA & LEXUS
    • V6 Timing Chain Inspection and Service
  • Brake Job:
    • BMW 5 Series
  • SUBARU
    • Stretch Belt Installation
  • NISSAN
    • VQ Spark Plug Replacement and Valve Cover Gaskets
  • Diagnostic Solutions:
    • Throttle Body Diagnostics: It’s Not as Complicated as You Think
  • Ride Control:
    • Spring Inspection for Height, Control and Comfort TPMS: VW Indirect Relearns
  • TPMS:
    • Understanding and Perfecting Self-Learn Systems
  • Tech Tips:
    • Honda/Acura, Isuzu, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi
Ad Closing:
November 15, 2019
Materials Due:
November 20, 2019
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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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Issue Topics Important Dates
Software, Technology and Marketing
January
  • Apparel: Safety, Armor
  • Products: Consumables, Cleaning Products
Ad Closing:
December 30, 2019
Materials Due:
January 6, 2020
Maximizing Dealer Success at Auctions
February
  • Apparel: Eyewear, Open-Face Helmets
  • Products: Grips, Pegs
Ad Closing:
January 29, 2020
Materials Due:
February 5, 2020
Industry Profile, Pre-Season Outlook
March
  • Apparel: Boots
  • Products: Luggage, Seats, Mirrors
Ad Closing:
February 27, 2020
Materials Due:
March 5, 2020
UTVs
April
  • Apparel: Helmet Communication Systems
  • Products: ATV/UTV Parts and Accessories, UTV Tires
Ad Closing:
March 27, 2020
Materials Due:
April 3, 2020
V-Twin
May
  • Apparel: Half Helmets
  • Products: Street Tires, Aftermarket Parts and Accessories
Ad Closing:
April 27, 2020
Materials Due:
May 4, 2020
Off-Road, AMA Vintage Days Preview
June
  • Apparel: Racing Gear
  • Products: Off-Road Tires
Ad Closing:
May 29, 2020
Materials Due:
June 5, 2020
Scooters, Urban Commuting, AMA Vintage Days Recap
July
  • Apparel: Full-Face Helmets
  • Products: Windshields/Fairings, Lights
Ad Closing:
June 26, 2020
Materials Due:
July 3, 2020
Issue 1: International Issue (with additional distribution at Intermot). Issue 2: Electric, e-Bikes, Bicycles
August
  • HJC Grand Prix
  • Apparel: Jackets
  • Products: Batteries, Filters, Sportsman Equipment
Ad Closing:
July 23, 2020
Materials Due:
July 30, 2020
Market Update, End of Summer Recap, Trade Shows
September
  • Apparel: Pants
  • Products: Suspension, Aftermarket Parts and Accessories
Ad Closing:
August 24, 2020
Materials Due:
September 4, 2020
Tires and Wheels
October
  • Apparel: Modular Helmets
  • Products: Tires, Wheels
Ad Closing:
September 30, 2020
Materials Due:
October 7, 2020
Snowmobiling
November
  • Apparel: Snow Apparel
  • Products: Tracks, Dual-Sport Tires
Ad Closing:
October 29, 2020
Materials Due:
November 5, 2020
Issue 1: 2020 Buyer's Guide. Issue 2: Selling ATV/UTV Add-ons, Winter Service and Storage
December
  • Apparel: Gloves
  • Products: ATV/UTV Add-ons, Covers
Ad Closing:
November 27, 2020
Materials Due:
December 4, 2020
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January
  • Off Road
  • Selling to New Riders
  • Parts & Accessories: Suspension, Seats
  • Apparel: MX Jerseys, Off-Road Helmets
  • Consumables: Off-Road Lubricants, Knobby Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2018
Materials Due:
January 4, 2019
February
  • Coverage From The Progressive International Motorcycle Show
  • Parts & Accessories: Lighting
  • Apparel: Eyewear, Goggles, Sunglasses
  • Consumables: Cleaning Products
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
January 24, 2019
Materials Due:
January 31, 2019
March
  • Everything Auctions
    • What you need to know before you go
  • Parts & Accessories: Windshields
  • Apparel: Full-Face Helmets, Gloves
  • Consumables: ATV/UTV Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
February 21, 2019
Materials Due:
February 28, 2019
April
  • V-Twin/Custom
  • Parts & Accessories: Mirrors, Grips, Handlebars
  • Apparel: Leather, Half Helmets
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
  • Consumables: V-Twin Oil, Street Tires
  • Tech Tips: Gaskets
Ad Closing:
March 27, 2019
Materials Due:
April 3, 2019
May
  • ATV/UTV
  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness
    • Communication Systems
  • Parts & Accessories: Sprockets, Wheels, Chains; ATV/UTV Accessories
  • Apparel: Footwear
  • Consumables: Oil
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
April 23, 2019
Materials Due:
April 30, 2019
June
  • Vintage Motorcycle
  • Vintage Days Preview
  • Parts & Accessories: Exhaust
  • Apparel: Open-Face Helmets
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
  • Auction Previews and Wish Lists
Ad Closing:
May 29, 2019
Materials Due:
June 5, 2019
July
  • Adventure Riding
  • 2020 New Models
  • Parts & Accessories: Luggage
  • Apparel: Waterproof/Rain Gear
  • Consumables: Adventure Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
June 26, 2019
Materials Due:
July 3, 2019
August
  • Three Wheelers & PWC
  • Building Business Relationships
  • Parts & Accessories: Audio/Communication Systems, PWC Accessories
  • Apparel: Water Apparel
  • Consumables: Brake Fluid, Marine Oil
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
July 23, 2019
Materials Due:
July 30, 2019
September
  • Sportbikes
  • AIMExpo Preview
  • Parts & Accessories: Pegs
  • Apparel: Armored Clothing
  • Consumables: Dual-Sport Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
August 26, 2019
Materials Due:
September 4, 2019
October
  • SEMA Preview
  • Snowmobiles
  • Parts & Accessories: Powersports Lifts
  • Apparel: Snow Gear
  • Consumables: Oil
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
  • Online Auctions
Ad Closing:
September 30, 2019
Materials Due:
October 7, 2019
November
  • Scooters
  • Service and Storage
  • Parts & Accessories: Battery Chargers/Testers/Covers
  • Apparel: Youth Helmets, Braces, Chest Protectors
  • Consumables: Off-Road Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
October 29, 2019
Materials Due:
November 5, 2019
2020 Buyer’s Guide
December
  • Understanding and Selling Tires
  • Training for Customer Service
  • Parts & Accessories: Aftermarket Add-ons
  • Apparel: Jackets
  • 2020 Buyer's Guide
    • The most comprehensive guide to the powersports industry and its products.
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, PWC, Snowmobile, Changing Lanes, Inside the Industry, Pit Pass, Can Ya Dig It?, Destination Dealership, Apparel Pro
    • Products – Apparel, Business, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Parts, Accessories and Consumables, New Inventory Report, OEM Update
Ad Closing:
November 27, 2019
Materials Due:
December 4, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Eric Garbe
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 287
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Employee management
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Light shows
    • Marketing
    • Rust prevention services
    • Undercarriage treatments
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Water
  • VIDEO
    • Booms
  • EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
    • SCWA Convention & EXPO
Ad Closing:
December 12, 2019
Materials Due:
December 19, 2019
February
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Auto tech update
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Fleet accounts
    • Loyalty programs
    • Vending
    • Customer processing
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Brushes
  • VIDEO
    • LEDs
  • SUPPLEMENT
    • Additional Profit Centers
Ad Closing:
January 13, 2020
Materials Due:
January 20, 2020
March
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • The Car Wash Show
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Glass cleaning
    • Menus
    • Bug removal
    • Vacuums
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Chemicals
  • VIDEO
    • Dryers
  • EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
    • The Car Wash Show
Ad Closing:
February 10, 2020
Materials Due:
February 17, 2020
April
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Permits and zoning
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Mini tunnels
    • New equipment
    • Pet washes
    • Water reclaim
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Self-serve
  • VIDEO
    • Doors
Ad Closing:
March 16, 2020
Materials Due:
March 23, 2020
May
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Top 30 under 30
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Chemical applications
    • Industry training programs
    • Ice
    • Self-serve technology
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Rollers
  • VIDEO
    • Conveyors
Ad Closing:
April 13, 2020
Materials Due:
April 20, 2020
June
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Additional profit centers
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Surveillance
    • Building a brand
    • Convenience stores
    • Brushes
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Doors
  • VIDEO
    • Point-of-sale
  • SUPPLEMENT
    • Chemicals and Equipment
Ad Closing:
May 18, 2020
Materials Due:
May 25, 2020
July
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Women in carwashing
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Foam applications
    • Selecting suppliers
    • Detailing
    • Dryers
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Vacuum arches
  • VIDEO
    • Chemicals
Ad Closing:
June 17, 2020
Materials Due:
June 24, 2020
August
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Water and energy
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Tire care
    • Chemical storage and delivery
    • Carpet extraction
    • Preventive maintenance
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • In-bay automatics
  • VIDEO
    • Brushes
  • SUPPLEMENT
    • Welcome Guide for new investors
Ad Closing:
July 20, 2020
Materials Due:
July 27, 2020
September
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Winterizing your carwash
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Modernizing your site
    • Safety
    • Quick Lube
    • VFDs
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Replacement parts
  • VIDEO
    • Friction washing
  • EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
    • NRCC
Ad Closing:
September 18, 2020
Materials Due:
August 25, 2020
October
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Lending and financing update
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Gift cards/holiday marketing
    • Signage
    • Odor control
    • IBA update
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Belt conveyors
  • VIDEO
    • Touch-free
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2020
Materials Due:
September 24, 2020
November
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Top 50 List
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Interior cleaning
    • Buying a carwash
    • Gas
    • Noise suppression features
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Pay stations
  • VIDEO
    • Water
Ad Closing:
October 19, 2020
Materials Due:
October 29, 2020
December
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Site selection and design
  • OTHER FEATURES
    • Headlight restoration
    • Selling a carwash
    • Food and beverage
    • Water restoration
  • SPOTLIGHT ON
    • Point-of-sale equipment
  • VIDEO
    • Equipment
  • 2021 BUYERS GUIDE
Ad Closing:
November 17, 2020
Materials Due:
November 24, 2020
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Finding land
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Foam shows
    • Financing update
    • Auto dealerships
    • LEDs
Ad Closing:
December 5, 2018
Materials Due:
December 12, 2018
February
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Loyalty plans and programs
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Starting a carwash
    • Hiring and staffing
    • IBA technologies
    • Vacuums
  • SCWA CONVENTION & EXPO EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
Ad Closing:
January 11, 2019
Materials Due:
January 18, 2019
March
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Advances in POS
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Insurance
    • New build vs. existing site
    • Pet wash
    • Doors
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2019
Materials Due:
February 8, 2019
April
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Green carwashing
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Water reclaim
    • Industry events
    • Oil and gas
    • Dryers
Ad Closing:
March 5, 2019
Materials Due:
March 13, 2019
May
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • The Car Wash Show
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Glass cleaning
    • Updating a site
    • Headlight restoration
    • Chemicals
  • THE CAR WASH SHOW EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
Ad Closing:
March 29, 2019
Materials Due:
April 8, 2019
June
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Seasonal weather washing
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Towel care
    • Trends in wash formats
    • Detailing
    • Belt conveyors
  • CHEMICAL AND EQUIPMENT SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
May 2, 2019
Materials Due:
May 9, 2019
July
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Industry education
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Marketing
    • Training programs
    • Quick lube
    • RFID
Ad Closing:
May 21, 2019
Materials Due:
June 1, 2019
August
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Emerging auto technology
  • OTHER FEATURES AND THIS ISSUE
    • Tire cleaning
    • Branding
    • Auto dealerships
    • Signage
  • ANCILLARY MARKET SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
June 28, 2019
Materials Due:
July 10, 2019
September
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Emergency planning
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Menus
    • Real estate
    • Self-serve technologies
    • Brushes
  • NRCC EXHIBIT PRODUCT GUIDE
Ad Closing:
August 2, 2019
Materials Due:
August 16, 2019
October
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Holiday programs
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Fleet accounts
    • Starting loyalty programs
    • Tires and auto parts
    • Security
Ad Closing:
August 30, 2019
Materials Due:
September 11, 2019
November
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Site selection
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Memberships
    • Permits and zoning
    • Flex service
    • Water testing
Ad Closing:
October 4, 2019
Materials Due:
October 16, 2019
December
  • LEAD FEATURE
    • Site design
  • OTHER FEATURES IN THIS ISSUE
    • Equipment maintenance
    • Landscaping
    • Auto body repair
    • Arches
  • 2020 BUYERS GUIDE
Ad Closing:
October 31, 2019
Materials Due:
November 8, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Rich DiPaolo
Editorial Director
[email protected]
516-404-4532
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February
  • Eliminating Brake Noise
  • What is Oil Testing?
  • Transmission Diagnostics Using Aftermarket Scanners
  • Driveshaft FAQ
  • Top TPMS Tips
  • Air Ride Diagnostic Questions
Ad Closing:
January 10, 2019
Materials Due:
January 16, 2019
April
  • Pinpointing Oil Consumption Issues
  • Brake Rotor Wear and Measurement
  • Serpentine Belt Tools
  • Spark Plug Fouling Diagnostics
  • OBDII Emissions Monitors
  • TPMS Theory & Operation: Sensors
  • Top 10 Alignment Tips
Ad Closing:
March 8, 2019
Materials Due:
March 14, 2019
June
  • A/C Compressor Replacement
  • Diesel Exhaust Filters: How Do they Work, What Do They Do?
  • Headlift: A Look Beyond the Gasket
  • Servicing Decoupler Pulleys
  • ACEA Oil Specifications
  • Brinelling Damage and Bearings
  • Ride Control and Tires
  • Testing Active Wheel Speed Sensors
Ad Closing:
May 3, 2019
Materials Due:
May 10, 2019
August
  • The Dynamic Alignment Perspective
  • Curing Belt Slippage
  • Crank and Camshaft Signals
  • ASE A2 Prep: Transmission
  • The Importance of Testing Batteries with a Scope
  • A/C Oil Update
  • Suspension Busing Logic
  • Brake Fluid FAQs
Ad Closing:
July 5, 2019
Materials Due:
July 12, 2019
October
  • Computer Controlled ‘Smart’ Charging System Strategies
  • Stretch Belts
  • Head Gasket FAQs
  • Hubs/Bearings CV Shafts & U-Joints
  • How to Diagnose NVH in Drivetrain Components
  • TPMS Service Kits
  • Electric Power Steering Better Than Hydraulic?
  • Pulsation and Judder: Ask the Right Questions to Improve Your Sales and Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
September 4, 2019
Materials Due:
September 11, 2019
December
  • Demystifying Scopes: Camshaft and Crankshaft Wave Forms
  • Live Axle Bearing Replacement
  • Automatic Belt Tension: Don’t Take it For Granted
  • SUV and CUV Drivetrain Opportunities
  • The Oil and Carbon Deposit Connection
  • TPMS Service: Taking Temperature into Account
  • Why Springs Matter
Ad Closing:
November 6, 2019
Materials Due:
November 13, 2019
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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
  • HR
    • Working with local vo-tech schools and community colleges to recruit quality technicians; success stories
  • Sales
    • Empowering service writers to grow your business
  • Technology
    • What is telematics, and what’s in it for your shop?
  • Marketing
    • New Year’s resolution: Establish a dynamic marketing presence in your region.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing handheld power tools
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2020
Materials Due:
January 8, 2020
March/April
  • Customer Service
    • Waiting-room makeover: Shops share before/after photos and stories about how they made the transformation.
  • Marketing
    • The value of ASE certification and the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
  • Operations
    • Comparing key operational differences between single stores and MSOs
  • HR
    • Finding a technician pay plan that works for your shop; is it time to move on from flat rate?
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing business-management software
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
March 4, 2020
Materials Due:
March 11, 2020
May/June
  • Customer Service
    • Implementing a customer-loyalty/rewards program that works for your shop
  • HR
    • Service-advisor pay plays
  • Marketing
    • Should your shop be on Instagram?
  • Technology
    • ADAS: What equipment and training does your shop need to fix late-model vehicles?
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing shop lighting
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
May 4, 2020
Materials Due:
May 11, 2020
July/August
  • HR
    • Keeping workers cool – and engaged – in the dog days of summer
  • Sales
    • Why selling preventative maintenance is so important
  • Operations
    • Where to find exceptional service-advisor training
  • Marketing
    • How to handle negative feedback on social media
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing diagnostic tools
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2020
Materials Due:
July 8, 2020
September/October
  • HR
    • Best practices for crafting an apprenticeship program
  • Management
    • Technology’s increasingly prominent role in shop management
  • Customer Service
    • Upgrade your service by equipping your staff with tablets.
  • Operations
    • It pays to be safe: The business benefits of maintaining a safe and healthy workplace
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing point-of-sale software
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
September 2, 2020
Materials Due:
September 9, 2020
Program Group Issue
November/December
  • Business
    • What can program groups do for your shop? A guide to the major program groups and what they have to offer
  • Operations
    • Training your technicians to be able to talk to customers
  • Customer Service
    • Choosing a warranty program that’s right for your customers and your shop
  • HR
    • Stocking Stuffers – Ways to show your appreciation to your employees during the holidays
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing lifts
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
December 2, 2020
Materials Due:
December 9, 2020
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January/February
  • Shop Management
    • On-going business plans help owners work on the business rather than in it.
  • Human Resources
    • Developing an employee handbook.
  • Marketing
    • How to capitalize on geotargeting ads.
  • Operations
    • New Year’s resolutions: Developing better time management.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing alignment racks.
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
January 9, 2019
Materials Due:
December 16, 2018
March/April
  • Community
    • Working with your local chamber of commerce to drive business.
  • Shop Operations
    • How going green can help the environment and save shops money.
  • Sales
    • Understanding how to improve your car count.
  • Insurance
    • Slashing insurance costs.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing brake lathes.
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
March 7, 2019
Materials Due:
March 14, 2019
May/June
  • Marketing
    • Signing up for referral sites and understanding how they can drive business to shops.
  • Human Resources
    • Benefits and incentives to attract and retain talent.
  • Marketing/Sales
    • The benefit of sending out service reminders.
  • Shop Operations
    • Embracing technology in your shops. Understanding how to use AI at your business.
  • Management
    • Developing a succession plan for retirement or in case of an emergency.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for Purchasing Lifts
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
May 3, 2019
Materials Due:
May 10, 2019
July/August
  • Feature
    • Affiliate programs and their benefits to repair facilities.
  • Shop Operations/ Safety
    • Making sure your shop is OSHA compliant.
  • Customer Service
    • How offering courtesy vehicles can help seal the service.
  • Human Resources
    • Leading and managing technicians.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing tire changing equipment.
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
July 5, 2019
Materials Due:
July 12, 2019
September/October
  • Feature
    • Working within a family business. How to separate work and family.
  • Marketing
    • Choosing the best advertising platforms to get the most ROI.
  • Sales
    • Tips to increase the ticket price of each car in the bay.
  • Human Resources
    • How to hire good leaders.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing diagnostic tools.
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
September 4, 2019
Materials Due:
September 11, 2019
November/December
  • Feature
    • Preparing for the unexpected. How to survive a natural disaster.
  • Marketing
    • Relationship marketing, getting results.
  • Finance
    • End of the year tax planning.
  • Customer Service
    • How a CRM program can help your shop manage customer information.
  • Equipment
    • Tips for purchasing software/hardware.
  • Shop Profile
Ad Closing:
November 6, 2019
Materials Due:
November 13, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Josh Cable
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 254
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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2020 EQUIPMENT AND TOOL BUYER'S GUIDE AND DIRECTORY
January
  • Buyer's Guide and Directory
    • The industry’s most complete resource listing of equipment, tools and supplies for automotive and heavy-duty shop owners and technicians, featuring both an alphabetic and a categoric listing of manufacturers.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
December 27, 2019
Materials Due:
January 3, 2020
SAFETY FIRST
February/March
  • PPE & Safety Equipment
    • TechShop discusses personal and shop safety equipment and highlights varying features and benefits for technicians.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Leading field experts demonstrate the use of scan tools and oscilloscopes to diagnose difficult real-world driveability problems.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
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  • DIAGNOSTIC DIGEST SUPPLEMENT
  • Sight and Sound
    • TechShop discusses the different types of video and listening tools, their features and how they can improve diagnostic efficiency on a regular basis.
  • Making a Living with a Scope
    • How to unlock the potential of using an oscilloscope.
Ad Closing:
January 22, 2020
Materials Due:
January 29, 2020
TECHSHOP UNPLUGGED
April
  • Cordless Tools
    • TechShop reviews the latest advancements in cordless tools and battery power and goes beyond the shop to follow this technology into other industries.
  • Liquid Tools
    • TechShop discusses different types of lubricants and sprays and the benefits of using them in the proper locations.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
March 19, 2020
Materials Due:
March 26, 2020
SPRING TRADE SHOW ISSUE
May
  • The Trade Show Experience
    • TechShop shares the experience of the recent trade shows, featuring the hottest new equipment, tools and supplies from the recent Mac Tools, Matco Tools, ISN West and Cornwell trade shows.
  • Organized and Customized
    • TechShop outlines options for tool box organization inside and outside, and also looks at custom toolbox options.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
April 15, 2020
Materials Due:
April 22, 2020
CONNECTING WITH OHM'S LAW
June/July
  • Electrical Tools
    • TechShop looks into the world of electrical testing and highlights a selection of tools to make a technician’s job easier.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Leading field experts demonstrate the use of scan tools and oscilloscopes to diagnose difficult real-world driveability problems.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
May 22, 2020
Materials Due:
May 29, 2020
THE TWILIGHT ZONE
August/September
  • Unusual Tools
    • TechShop looks at tools for unique and unusual applications and highlights the benefits that make them a worthwhile investment.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2020
Materials Due:
July 23, 2020
LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE
October/November
  • Shop Lighting
    • TechShop flips the switch on shop lights and portable lighting to search out the newest technology, innovative features and useful functions that are most beneficial to technicians.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Leading field experts demonstrate the use of scan tools and oscilloscopes to diagnose difficult real-world driveability problems.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2020
Materials Due:
September 24, 2020
THE WHEEL DEAL
December
  • Tire and Wheel Service Equipment
    • TechShop talks to industry experts about the latest technology and features of tire and wheel service equipment.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Leading field experts demonstrate the use of scan tools and oscilloscopes to diagnose difficult real-world driveability problems.
  • Premier Editorial
    • Informative and interesting content from our current running columns: The Humble Mechanic, Turning Wrenches, The Code Reader and Tech Talk.
  • Product Preview Section
    • Highlights of the latest equipment, tools and supplies to keep technicians and shops up to date with the newest and most advanced technology.
  • Plus: Guess the Tool / TPMS Quick Tips / On The Road / Tool Reviews / On The Tool Truck / Assorted Bits
Ad Closing:
November 13, 2020
Materials Due:
November 20, 2020
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2019 EQUIPMENT AND TOOL BUYER’S GUIDE AND DIRECTORY
January
  • Toolboxes – The Technician’s Office
    • An in-depth discussion of toolbox features and layout options as well as tool organization to help technicians with purchasing the toolbox that fits their needs.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Power tools including pneumatic and cordless
    • Battery tools including pullers, terminal tools and testers
    • Hand protection including mechanic’s gloves, latex gloves, lotions and cleaners
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2018
Materials Due:
January 4, 2019
February/March
  • A/C Back to Basics
    • TechShop looks at the importance of year-round A/C operation, the most important tools for technicians and basic procedures for successful repairs.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Using diagnostic tools to identify and solve trouble codes and driveability problems.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Brake service tools including adjusters, spring tools, pressure bleeders and fluid extractors
    • A/C tools including gauge sets, recovery/recycling machines, electronic leak detectors and temperature measurement devices
    • Footwear
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
  • **DIAGNOSTIC DIGEST SUPPLEMENT**
    • A TechShop supplement focusing on diagnostic tools, equipment and procedures.
    • The Code Reader
    • Service Manuals and Flow Charts - TechShop discusses the benefits of utilizing factory service procedures and how to use them to your advantage.
    • Special Product Previews: Diagnostic tools including hand-held code readers, scanners, lab scopes, memory savers, breakout boxes and digital volt-ohm meters.
Ad Closing:
January 22, 2019
Materials Due:
January 29, 2019
April
  • Tools in a Bottle
    • TechShop looks at liquid additives and quick-fixes for fluid performance as well as leak prevention and repair.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Thread repair tools including tap and die sets, tap sockets, thread chasers, thread files, cutting oil and helicoil kits
    • Air supply including air compressors, water separators and air hoses
    • Head protection including eye and ear protection
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
March 19, 2019
Materials Due:
March 26, 2019
SPRING TRADE SHOW ISSUE
May
  • TechShop On The Road – The Trade Show Experience
    • TechShop shares the experience of the recent Mac Tools, Matco Tools, ISN West and Cornwell Trade Shows.
  • Product Previews
    • The hottest new equipment, tools and supplies from the recent trade shows.
Ad Closing:
April 12, 2019
Materials Due:
April 19, 2019
June/July
  • Torque Specifications
    • TechShop looks in depth at the importance of torque specifications, proper techniques for torquing and the different types and features of torque wrenches.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Using diagnostic tools to identify and solve trouble codes and driveability problems.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Vehicle lifting including portable and fixed lifts, jacks and jack stands
    • Alignment equipment including racks and machines
    • Torque wrenches
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
May 21, 2019
Materials Due:
May 28, 2019
August/September
  • Thread Repair
    • TechShop cuts through the red tape and talks about proper techniques for thread repair, the correct tools for the job and the facts about cutting oil.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Clean, Green and Organized (cleaning and organizational supplies)
    • Tire and wheel service including tire machines, wheel balancers and accessories
    • Floor equipment including creepers, seats and knee pads
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2019
Materials Due:
July 23, 2019
October/November
  • Cooling System Service
    • TechShop looks at the tools and procedures for proper cooling system service and repair.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Using diagnostic tools to identify and solve trouble codes and driveability problems.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • Cooling system tools including pressure testers, block testers, temperature measurement and coolant recovery/recycling machines
    • Lighting equipment including trouble lights, cordless lights and underhood lights
    • Tool organization including socket organizers, wrench racks and plier racks
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2019
Materials Due:
September 24, 2019
Holiday Gift Guide and Best of the Best
December
  • Getting Started
    • TechShop looks at the basic tools required for an entry-level technician to start a successful career.
  • Holiday Gift Guide
    • TechShop highlights inviting deals for the holidays and gift ideas for the entire family.
  • Best of the Best
    • TechShop features the top tools of 2019 and tells you why we rank them at the top.
  • Maximizing Tools
    • Using diagnostic tools to identify and solve trouble codes and driveability problems.
  • Special Product Preview Sections
    • New equipment and tools from the AAPEX and SEMA shows
    • Complete tool sets
  • Also: TPMS Quick Tips, The Code Reader, TechShop’s App Rap, New Product Previews, Ask the Tool Truck Driver, Guess the Tool Contest and TechShop Reports
Ad Closing:
November 13, 2019
Materials Due:
November 20, 2019
Direct editorial questions to
Jennifer Clements
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 265
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Cover Story
    • Redefining the Tiers: Exploring the Tier Levels of Today's Tiremakers
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • Construction Tires
  • Tire Tips
    • All Season
  • Tire Service 101
    • Extending Tread Life
  • TPMS Talk
    • Importance of OE quality
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Power Training
  • Ensanity Tire
    • Tire Marketing Advisory
  • In The Shop
    • Operations & Profitability
  • January supplement
    • Simplifying Service
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2019
Materials Due:
January 8, 2019
February
  • Cover Story
    • Sex in the Workplace - A Closer Look at the Romances, Relationships, Family Issues and Potential for Hostile Work Environment Inside Tire Dealerships
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Tech
    • Commercial Steer Tire Design
  • Tire Tips
    • Classic Whitewalls
  • Tire Service 101
    • Adhesive Wheel Weights
  • Service
    • Active Speed Sensor Wheel Diagnostics
  • TPMS Talk
    • Challenging Relearn Procedures
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Selling Smart
  • Marketing Matters
    • Digital Marketing
  • You & The Law
  • OTR Tires
  • Quarterly Corporate Overview
  • February Supplement
    • Commercial Truck Tire Guide
Ad Closing:
January 24, 2019
Materials Due:
January 31, 2019
March
  • Cover Story
    • The Real Cost of Marketing
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • Ag Tire Update
  • Tire Tips
    • Specialty Trailer Tires
  • Tire Service 101
    • Changing Out Wheels
  • Service
    • Climate Control Systems
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Power Training
  • Ensanity
  • In The Shop
    • Operations & Profitability
  • March Supplement
    • Ag Tire Guide
Ad Closing:
February 21, 2019
Materials Due:
February 28, 2019
April
  • Cover Story
    • Employee Healthcare
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Tech
    • Rolling Resistance
  • Tire Tips
    • Winter Tires
  • Tire Service 101
    • Filling Tires With... (air, nitrogen, TPMS considerations, etc.)
  • Service
    • Electric Power Steering Systems
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Selling Smart
  • Marketing Matters
  • In The Shop
  • Ag Tires
  • April Supplement
    • The Off-Road Enthusiast Guide
Ad Closing:
March 26, 2019
Materials Due:
April 2, 2019
May
  • Cover Story
    • Killing the Customer
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • UHP Tires - selling what's new
  • Tire Tips
    • Retreads
  • Tire Service 101
    • How Tires Age
  • Service
    • Testing Fuel Injection Systems
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Power Training
  • Ensanity
  • You & The Law
  • OTR Tires
  • Quarterly Corporate Overview
  • May Supplement
    • The Vehicle Service Guidebook
Ad Closing:
April 24, 2019
Materials Due:
May 1, 2019
June
  • Cover Story
    • Tattoos and Myth of Customer Preferences
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Tech
    • Commercial
  • Tire Tips
    • HP Tires for supercars
  • Tire Service 101
    • Tire Vibration Cures
  • Service
    • Dynamic Alignment
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Selling Smart
  • Marketing Matters
  • You & The Law
  • Ag Tires
  • June Supplement
    • Specialty Tires
Ad Closing:
May 27, 2019
Materials Due:
June 3, 2019
July
  • Cover Story
    • The Power of Mentors - Club 3633
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • Skid Steer Tires and Tracks
  • Tire Tips
    • Runflats
  • Tire Service 101
    • What Tires are Made Of
  • Service
    • Solving for Brake Noise
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Ensanity
  • In The Shop
    • Operations & Profitability
  • OTR Tires
  • July Supplement
    • Simplifying Service
Ad Closing:
June 28, 2019
Materials Due:
July 5, 2019
August
  • Cover Story - Sourcebook
    • Tire & Auto Industry Facts
    • U.S. Sales and Sizes
    • Top Manufacturers Globally
    • Consumer Study with research conducted on recent tire buyers
    • Tire Dealer Operational Data- what they do, how they sell and business data
    • Passenger Tire Brand Study - brand preferences based on distrinct criteria
    • Commercial Tire Dealers' brand preferences based on criteria
    • Profitability Data
    • Brand Preferences
    • Buyer's Guide Directory
    • Dealer Programs Directory
    • Industry Associations Directory
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • State of the Industry (supplement)
    • Global updates
    • Passenger Tire Trends
    • Commercial Tires Trends
    • Retread Trends
    • OTR Trends
    • Vehicle Technology Trends
    • Environmental Initiatives
    • The State of Natural Rubber
    • Tire Registration and Legislative Trends
    • Financial Outlook
    • Global Replacement Tire Industry Overview
Ad Closing:
July 19, 2019
Materials Due:
July 26, 2019
September
  • Cover Story
    • The Age of the Friend-emy
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Feature: The Rise of Regionals
  • September 2019 Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Tech
    • Retread Tech
  • Tire Tips
    • Golf Cart Tires
  • Tire Service 101
    • Winter vs. All Season Tires
  • Service
    • Stretch Belts
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Power Training
  • Marketing Matters
  • You & The Law
  • Ag Tires
  • Quarterly Corporate Overview
  • September Supplement
    • Materials Handling
Ad Closing:
August 26, 2019
Materials Due:
September 2, 2019
October
  • Cover Story
    • 2019 Top Shop Issue
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • All-Weather Tires
  • Tire Tips
    • Winter Tires for Commercial Fleets
  • Tire Service 101
    • Why Tires are Expensive
  • Service
    • Stability Systems (shocks and struts)
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Selling Smart
  • Ensanity
  • In The Shop
    • Operations & Profitability
  • OTR Tires
  • October Supplement
    • Tire Art - A look at the strength and beauty of tires captured in photographs
Ad Closing:
September 25, 2019
Materials Due:
October 2, 2019
November
  • Cover Story: Business Planning Guide
    • Affordability options and financing
    • Inventory management
    • Consumer credit and purchase financing
    • Preparing to sell - ways to add business value
    • Equipment upgrade schedules
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Dealer Anonymous
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Tech
    • Making Massive Mining Tires
  • Tire Tips
    • Spare Tires
  • Tire Service 101
    • Sidewalls
  • Service
    • Exhaust Systems
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Power Training
  • Marketing Matters
  • You & The Law
  • November Supplement
    • Customer Financing Guide
Ad Closing:
October 29, 2019
Materials Due:
November 5, 2019
December
  • Cover Story
    • Oral History of…
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • Tire and Service Products
  • Proud to be an Independent Tire Dealer
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Focus
    • Touring Tires
  • Tire Tips
    • Commercial Drive Tires
  • Tire Service 101
    • Selling 4 versus 2 when the customer only needs one
  • Service
    • Lubricant Advice
  • TPMS Talk
    • Selling & Educating on TPMS
  • TPMS Service
    • Service Insights and Advice
  • Selling Smart
  • Ensanity
  • In The Shop
    • Operations & Profitability
  • Ag Tires
  • Quarterly Corporate Overview
  • December Supplement
    • Then and Now - An Industry Retrospective
Ad Closing:
November 25, 2019
Materials Due:
December 2, 2019
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Month 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
    • All-season 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
  • 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: RV Tires
  • 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
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Vehicle Service Guidebook
  • TPMS Talk
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
  • You & the Law
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • TPMS Talk
  • Tire Technology
    • Overview of Uniformity, Eccentricity and Radial Forces to Impact Tire Balance
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
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Tire Focus: Tires for Sprinter Vans
  • Quarterly Financial Recap
  • TPMS Talk
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
  • 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
  • TPMS Talk
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
    • Lateral Force Variation and Ply Steer
  • 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
  • TPMS
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Quarterly Financial Recap
  • TPMS Talk
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
  • Market Pricing
  • TPMS
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • TPMS Talk
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
    • The Lost Art of Tire Mounting
  • Proud to Be a Tire Dealer
  • Service 101
    • Retreads
  • Ag Tires
  • Power Training
  • In the Shop
  • TPMS
  • You & the Law
  • Market Pricing
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • TPMS Talk
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mary DellaValle
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 221
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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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:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 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 26, 2018
Materials Due:
May 3, 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 4, 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 25, 2018
Materials Due:
October 2, 2018
2018 School of the Year
November
  • Underhood
    • Fuel Tank R&R
  • 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
Supplement: Maintenance Matters Waiting Room Edition
January
  • Solving HVAC No-Heat Complaints
  • Using Mode $06 Misfire Information to Track Down Failed Coils and Plugs
  • Testing Direct Fuel Injection High-Pressure Sensors
  • Alternator Voltage Ripple Testing
  • Serpentine Belt Post Mortem: Why Do Some Belts Fail?
  • Turbocharger Wastegate and Blow off Valve Actuators
  • Intake Valve Carbon Deposit Problems: Vehicles and Solutions
  • TPMS Key Fob and Information Center Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2018
Materials Due:
December 23, 2018
February
  • Fuel Pump Trouble Codes and Causes
  • Diagnosing Fiat Multi-Air Camshaft Actuators
  • HVAC: Installing the Correct Volume of Refrigerant and Oil for Dual-Zone Systems
  • Key Off Turbocharger Cooling: Oil Pumps, Oil and Battery Technology
  • Serpentine Belt Slippage: High-Tech Solutions
  • GF-6 Oil Update: The Cure For LSPI and Pre-Ignition Problems
  • Talkback: Dealing With Modules and Sensors That Won’t Communicate
  • Diagnostic Solutions: AGM Batteries > Conductance Testing vs. Load Testing
Ad Closing:
January 21, 2019
Materials Due:
January 25, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • Long-Life Air Filters and Aftermarket Options
  • Electric Fan Clutch Diagnostics
  • Upgrading Spark Plug Technology for Older Vehicles
  • Understanding Direct Fuel Injection Fuel Trims and Oxygen Senor Readings
  • Information Solutions: Finding Diagnostic Information Faster
  • Resolving EGR Flow and Clogging Problems
  • Measuring Fuel Filter and Pump Sock Restrictions
  • 2007-2017 Toyota TPMS Procedures
  • Turbocharger Intercoolers: Controlling Condensation and Oil
Ad Closing:
February 18, 2019
Materials Due:
February 22, 2019
April
  • A/C Compressor Oil Volume and Balancing
  • Gaskets: Headlift-Prone Engines and Gasket Cures
  • Gasoline Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Diagnostics
  • Sealing Crankshaft and Rear Main Leaks
  • TPMS Sensor Replacement For High-Mileage Vehicles
  • Curing Signal Ground Problems and What Happens When You Probe
  • Ford Timing Belt In Oil (BIO) Service Science
  • Secondary Air Injection Theory and Operation: What Sets Codes and What Will Not Set Codes
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2019
Materials Due:
March 21, 2019
May
  • New Technology: Serpentine Belt NVH Reduction Devices
  • Toyota V6 Water Pump Replacement
  • Throttle-by-Wire and Variable Valve Timing Diagnostics
  • Spotting Engine Conditions That Kill Ignition Coils and Spark Plugs
  • Kia Gasoline Direct Injection Diagnostics
  • Engine Oil Pumps: Variable Displacement Actuators
  • Troubleshooting Ambient Temperature Sensors for HVAC and Engine Performance
  • Selling TPMS at the Front Counter
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2019
Materials Due:
April 24, 2019
June
  • The Truth About Air Filters, Engines and Power
  • Fuel Pump Replacement on Saddle-Style Fuel Tanks
  • Information Solutions: Finding Engine Calibration and Relearn Procedures Faster
  • Throttle-By-Wire Scan Tool Diagnostics and Checks
  • Knock Sensor Testing Without Removal
  • Fuel Injector Grounds and What Happens When an Injector Shorts Out
  • Flywheel and Flex Plates: Finding Faults With Reluctor Rings and Crankshaft Position Sensors
  • Performance Spark Plug Guide
Ad Closing:
May 17, 2019
Materials Due:
May 24, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • HVAC Humidity Sensors and Defroster Control
  • Electrically Operated Water Pumps for Domestic and Import Applications
  • Wasted Spark Ignition Systems: Reading Waveforms and Scan Data
  • Fuel Pump 101: Basic Diagnostics Before the Pump Is Pulled
  • Closed Loop and Open Loop Modes: What Happens at Startup?
  • TPMS: Hyundai and Kia Relearns
  • Engine Oil For Turbocharged Direct- Injection Vehicles
  • Finding Cooling Hose Leaks in Cramped Engine Bays
Ad Closing:
June 14, 2019
Materials Due:
June 20, 2019
August
  • Fighting the Funk: Getting Rid of HVAC Smells With Cleaners and Coatings
  • Throttle-by-Wire Cleaning Procedures
  • Window Regulator and Sunroof Repairs and Parts Solutions
  • Cooling System Capacity and Heat Load Management
  • Calculating Catalytic Converter Efficiency
  • How Serpentine Belt Systems Age and What You Can Do To Restore Them
  • Diesel Injectors and Pumps: New Service Opportunities
  • Reflashing Engine and Body Control Modules
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2019
Materials Due:
July 24, 2019
September
  • Extended Oil Change Filters
  • Solving Coolant System Low-Flow Overheating Conditions
  • Inspecting Spark Plugs on Engines With Cylinder Deactivation
  • Direct Fuel Injection Driver Signals
  • Information Solutions: Finding ECM Calibration Information for Reflashing
  • Finding Boost Leaks on Turbocharged Vehicles
  • Probing the OBDII Connector for Serial Data Bus Information
  • TPMS: Diagnosing Low- Frequency Relearn Errors
Ad Closing:
August 15, 2019
Materials Due:
August 23, 2019
October
  • Fuel Pump Diagnostics For Gasoline Direct Injection Systems
  • Catalytic Converter Efficiency Codes and How to Keep the CEL Off
  • Turbocharger Oil Flow and Management
  • Accessory Drive Belt Replacement Methods: Preventing Damage and Measuring Wear
  • Combating Carbon Deposits on Direct-Injection Engines
  • Old-School and New-School Spark Plug Gapping Methods and Tools
  • Decoupler Belt Pulley Diagnostics
  • J2534: Reflashing For The Newbie
Ad Closing:
September 13, 2019
Materials Due:
September 20, 2019
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Fuel Filters and Why They Are Vanishing
  • Toyota Timing Chain Stretch Causes and Cures
  • Information Solutions: Navigating Wiring Diagrams
  • Diagnostic Solutions: Pulse-Modulated Fuel Systems & Fuel System Testing
  • Curing Idle and Low-Speed Roughness Problems
  • Testing ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • Why The Perfect Scan Tool Is a Myth
  • TPMS: Understanding and Perfecting Self-Learn Systems
Ad Closing:
October 18, 2019
Materials Due:
October 25, 2019
December
  • Cartridge Oil Filter Updates: New Media and Designs
  • Fuel-Related Misfire Diagnostics and Cylinder Testing
  • Stretch Belt Replacement Guidelines
  • Diagnostic Solutions: Ignition – The Do’s and Don’ts of Installing Spark Plugs
  • Diagnostic Solutions: Sensors and Fuel Trim Diagnostics & Oxygen Sensors
  • Diagnostic Solutions: Solving PCM CAN Bus Communication Problems
  • Diesel: Light-Duty Diesel Exhaust Fluid Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
November 15, 2019
Materials Due:
November 22, 2019
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Month Topics Important Dates
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
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