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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: 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
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
  • Cover Feature
    • The Politics of Being a Body Shop Owner – How legislation impacts the collision repair industry
  • Technical
    • Glass Replacement and ADAS – Glass replacement and its impact on a vehicle’s safety systems
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Infrared Heaters – We profile a shop owner who is looking to add to his curing systems
  • MSO
    • Competing Against Independents – Strategies to win customer loyalty over mom-and-pop shops
  • Refinish
    • Paint Problems and Remedies – Fisheye. Dieback. Orange peel. We ID paint problems and their fixes
  • SUPPLEMENT: ALUMINUM GUIDE
Ad Closing:
December 14, 2017
Materials Due:
December 18, 2017
February
  • Cover Feature
    • Filling the Technician Shortage – What top shops are doing to find young technicians
  • Technical
    • Corrosion Protection – The importance of restoring corrosion protection on panels
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Frame Machines – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his frame machine
  • MSO
    • Managing Employees – Strategies for getting the most out of a shop’s people
  • SUPPLEMENT: EQUIPMENT EDUCATION GUIDE
    • We educate repairers on every kind of equipment in the body shop
Ad Closing:
January 15, 2018
Materials Due:
January 18, 2018
March
  • Cover Feature
    • Drugs in the Workplace – How to implement and enforce a drug policy for employees
  • Technical
    • Scanning Equipment – A look at the latest scan and re-calibration tools
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Custom Refinishes – We profile a body shop owner who wants to know what new custom refinishes are on the market
  • MSO
    • Equipment & Training –How one MSO keeps up with ever-changing equipment and training
  • Refinish
    • Getting a Clean Paint Job – Tips on how to keep dirt out of your paint jobs
Ad Closing:
February 15, 2018
Materials Due:
February 19, 2018
READER’S CHOICE ISSUE
April
  • Cover Feature
    • Reader’s Choice: We answer reader-submitted questions on a variety of topics
  • Technical
    • Measuring – Why measuring has taken on greater importance in today’s vehicles
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Abrasives – We profile a shop owner who is looking to get more out of his abrasives
  • MSO
    • Maintaining Consistency –The key to consistent operational performance across your network
  • SUPPLEMENT: VEHICLE MATERIALS GUIDE
    • We look at new car models and the materials they’re made of
Ad Closing:
March 15, 2018
Materials Due:
March 19, 2018
STATE OF THE INDUSTRY
May
  • Cover Feature
    • Theft in the Workplace – We address an all-too-common problem in shops
  • Technical
    • Structural vs. Non-Structural Parts – It’s just a non-structural part...is it not important?
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Scan Tools – We profile a shop owner who is looking to buy a scan tool
  • MSO
    • Recruiting – Strategies for filling your labor needs now and in the future
  • Refinish
    • Paint Department Profitability – How to make sure you’re making money on paint and materials
Ad Closing:
April 16, 2018
Materials Due:
April 19, 2018
BUYER’S GUIDE ISSUE
June
  • Cover Feature
    • What Does Your Dream Shop Look Like? – If you could redo your shop, what would it look like?
  • Technical
    • Paint Prep Products – Abrasives, sanders, tape...we look at the latest products in this market
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Spraybooths – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to replace his spraybooth
  • MSO
    • Selling & Estimating – The key to successful selling & estimating
  • SUPPLEMENT: HEAVY-DUTY REPAIR GUIDE
    • We examine the equipment a shop needs to get into heavy-duty truck repair
Ad Closing:
May 15, 2018
Materials Due:
May 18, 2018
July
  • Cover Feature
    • Secrets of the Best Shops – We uncover what the best shops are doing to be considered the best
  • Technical
    • Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding – What is STRSW and why is it becoming a popular joining method?
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Measuring Systems – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his measuring system
  • MSO
    • Customer Service – Strategies for achieving market-leading CSI
  • Refinish
    • Training a Helper – A well-trained painter’s helper can make the difference
Ad Closing:
June 15, 2018
Materials Due:
June 18, 2018
August
  • Cover Feature
    • The Art of Selling – How to increase your close ratio and improve your sales
  • Technical
    • New Refinish Technology – Advances in refinish technology that are making paint even better
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Spray Guns – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his spray guns
  • MSO
    • Buying a Shop – What makes a shop an attractive acquisition?
  • SUPPLEMENT: OE CERTIFICATION GUIDE
    • We examine OE certification and its equipment requirements
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2018
Materials Due:
July 19, 2018
September
  • Cover Feature
    • Independents vs. MSOs – How these two rivals are battling it out for market share
  • Technical
    • MIG Brazing – Why more OEMs are recommending this type of welding
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Air Compressors – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to replace his air compressor
  • MSO
    • When to Sell – Factors to consider before selling your business
  • Refinish
    • Personal Protective Equipment – The importance of PPE and compliance measures
Ad Closing:
August 15, 2018
Materials Due:
August 20, 2018
SEMA SHOW ISSUE
October
  • Cover Feature
    • Traits of a Successful Body Shop Owner – We analyze the ingredients that make up a successful shop owner
  • Technical
    • Adhesive Bonding – A look at welding plus adhesives as a joining method
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Clean Air Equipment – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his clean air equipment
  • MSO
    • OSHA Compliance – How one MSO keeps compliant with OSHA
  • SUPPLEMENT: SCANNING GUIDE
    • We look at the training and tools a shop needs to do scanning in-house
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2018
Materials Due:
September 20, 2018
November
  • Cover Feature
    • Improving Your CSI – Tips on improving that all-important KPI: CSI
  • Technical
    • Diagnostics – The demand for body shops to do more diagnosis relating to crashes
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Clearcoats – We profile a body shop owner who is looking for a faster-drying clearcoat that is economical in price
  • MSO
    • Crunching the Numbers – How one MSO masters the financial side of his business
Ad Closing:
October 15, 2018
Materials Due:
October 18, 2018
December
  • Cover Feature
    • Health & Wellness – Strategies to improve employee health & wellness
  • Technical
    • Aluminum Repair – A discussion on how aluminum repair differs from steel
  • BodyShop Essentials
    • Lifts – We profile a body shop owner who is looking to upgrade his lift
  • MSO
    • Marketing – An MSO discusses his branding and marketing strategies
  • SUPPLEMENT: CRASH SURVEY
    • Our annual survey of body shop owners’ purchasing habits
Ad Closing:
November 15, 2018
Materials Due:
November 19, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jason Stahl
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 226
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
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
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue 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
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Month Topics Important Dates
January
  • Crystal Ball:
    • What's in store for 2018?
    • The heads of the program distribution groups will tell us what they see on the horizon for the coming year
  • Tech features by Larry Carley:
    • Air suspension: Providing a smooth, luxury ride
    • Brakes: Understanding friction and formulations
    • Wipers: How to sell wipers
    • Chassis parts: Worn chassis parts can ruin the ride
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
  • MAF Sensors
    • The importance of air intake maintenance and regular air filter changes when selling/diagnosing MAF sensors
  • Fuel Additives
    • Fuel system chemicals as part of a regular preventative maintenance program
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
January 2, 2018
Materials Due:
January 6, 2018
February
  • Tech features by Larry Carley:
    • TPMS replacement: Making due with fewer SKUs.
    • OAD: The Overrunning Alternator Decoupler (OAD) pulley has added a new wrinkle to accessory drive belt and alternator service.
    • Ride control: Shocks and struts don’t last forever.
    • Brakes: A discussion of master cylinders, calipers and wheel cylinders
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Steering column service, as it applies to multifunction switches, clocksprings, and ignition lock cylinder service.
    • DEF (diesel exhaust fl uid) system and SCR (selective catalyst reduction): These systems are found in modern light-duty diesels.
    • Safety and Security: Key considerations when selling steering column electrical components.
  • Professional Selling Tip: Brake Hardware
Ad Closing:
January 26, 2018
Materials Due:
February 2, 2018
March
  • Tech features by Larry Carley National Car Care Month Car Care Maintenance Seminars
    • Potential topics: Brake friction, fuel pumps, gaskets, starters/ alternators, wheel bearings, O2 sensors, spark plugs, shocks/struts, AC compressors, performance exhaust, brake rotors, antifreeze, belts & hoses, chemicals, fi lters, batteries, TPMS and much more
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • HVAC systems: As weather moves from winter into spring, highlighting both heater cores and evaporator cores.
    • Visibility: Wiper and washer system components
  • Professional Selling Tips: Lighting
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
February 22, 2018
Materials Due:
March 1, 2018
April
  • The Big Data Issue: Moving parts and products through the distribution channel and how data plays a part in all of it. Categories are: 1) Delivery systems 2) Cataloging 3) Inventory Management 4) Payroll and accounting.
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Filters: The replacement intervals of various fi lters.
    • Gaskets: Replacement opportunities for a range of applications. Includes discussion of ancillary products.
    • Lighting: The latest advancements in taillights, turn signals, daytime running lights, interior lights, headlamps.
    • Coolant sealer: A quick way to fi x a hot engine.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Automatic transmissions: We will cover electronic components like solenoids, switches and sensors — all commonly available items, and are easily confused or misidentifi ed.
    • Drive Lines: selling CV axle assemblies and components
  • Professional Selling Tips: Wipers
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
March 23, 2018
Materials Due:
March 30, 2018
May
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • FWD Halfshafts: CV Joints on a roll.
    • Brake Friction: How to sell it.
    • Antifreeze: Coolant has become a “forgotten fluid” thanks to long life additives.
    • Air & Oil Filters
    • Power window regulators: Not appreciated until they no longer work.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • EVAP: We highlight the function of the purge and vent functions of the evaporative emissions system. These parts are often difficult to identify, due to the OEMs various names for similar components.
    • Timing Belts: Belt-in-oil timing systems: the surprising technology you haven’t heard of (yet!).
  • Professional Selling Tips: Batteries
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
April 17, 2018
Materials Due:
April 24, 2018
June
  • Program Group Distribution Overview Program Group Distribution Leaders discuss trends in the aftermarket. Includes Annual Program Group Recap.
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Motor Oil: Not your grandfather’s motor oil – new oils and OEM requirements.
    • Cabin Air Filters provide healthier driving.
    • Crankshaft Position Sensors: Cranky sensors can cause no-starts.
    • Electric Cooling fans and Relays: Keeping the cool.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Refinish/bodywork: Paint, primers, clearcoats, hardeners and reducers.
    • TPMS: A focus on the relationship between indirect tire pressure monitoring systems, ABS and stability control systems
  • Professional Selling Tips: Tools
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
May 30, 2018
Materials Due:
June 6, 2018
July
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • TTY (Torque-to-Yield) Fasteners: Where they are used and why they need to be replaced.
    • Specialty chemicals: A chemical for every job.
    • Brakes: A review of ABS components and replacement opportunities.
    • Oxygen Sensors: What happens when O2 sensors age or die?
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • A/C: Switches, sensors and relays used in the HVAC system
    • Shocks: The effects of worn shocks on springs and other suspension components.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Cabin Air Filters
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
June 22, 2018
Materials Due:
June 29, 2018
August
  • Tech features by Larry Carley Annual Tech Forum Potential topics: alternators, fi lters, friction, fuel & engine additives, fuel pumps, gaskets, ignition parts, pistons, shocks, wheel bearings, wipers, TPMS and much more
  • 2nd Annual Counterman Sales Manual: Readers learn the best way to sell a variety of parts and other products in this special supplement to Counterman magazine.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Valve timing parts: Valve train components (rocker arms, tappets/ followers, and pushrods)
    • Fuel pumps: Relays, switches, security systems and wiring (the REAL reasons that pump “failed”)
  • Professional Selling Tips: Brake Friction
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
July 17, 2018
Materials Due:
July 24, 2018
September
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Manual Clutch Kits: Replacement upgrade options.
    • Brake Hardware: Often overlooked but oh so important to replace.
    • Power Steering Pumps: Hydraulic and electric — how power assist is changing.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Engine lubrication: Modern motor oils and extended oil change intervals.
    • Starting/Charging: The role of highoutput alternators in today’s powerhungry electrical systems.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Spark plugs
  • P.A.R.T.S. Professional Automotive Repair Technician Survey: Our annual special supplement that provides both invaluable research and data to readers as well as sponsors.
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
August 17, 2018
Materials Due:
August 24, 2018
October
  • The AAPEX Show Issue
  • Tech features by Larry Carley ASE P2 Test Prep Guide Potential topics: automatic transmission, brake system, cooling system, drivetrain, electrical system, emission system, engine parts, gaskets, exhaust system, fuel system and much more
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Engine replacement parts: Piston and ring selection and design.
    • Wheel bearing hubs: Cartridge-style wheel bearings and DIY customers — a pressing issue!
  • Manufacturer Spotlights 1/2-Page AAPEX Previews
  • Professional Selling Tips: Air Suspension
  • Bonus AAPEX Show Distribution
  • New to Market: Display your product or service in a refreshing way that provides ultimate visibility. A full-page, horizontal product display with adjoining advertising page.
Ad Closing:
September 28, 2018
Materials Due:
October 5, 2018
November
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Oil: Conventional oils versus synthetics; how oils are changing.
    • Brake Pads: When to replace and how to upgrade.
    • Fuel Injection: Differences between port injection and direct Injection.
    • Spark Plugs: Why long-life plugs may not go 100,000 miles.
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Drive axle bearings: Exploring the transfer case and axle actuating components. Aso includes the electric and vacuum motors/switches used to shift between 2WD and 4WD. Also covers lubricants.
    • Suspension parts: A look at a multi-link rear suspension components, and their effect on alignment.
  • Professional Selling Tips: Antifreeze
Ad Closing:
October 19, 2018
Materials Due:
October 26, 2018
December
  • 2018 Counter Professional of the Year feature story
  • Tech features by Larry Carley
    • Starters & Alternators: What goes around may come back around: the issue of returns.
    • Water Pumps: Keeping the cool mechanically and electrically.
    • Brake feature: A look at power boosters.
    • Fuel: Fuel injector failures and fixes.
  • AAPEX Product Award Winner Spotlights
  • Counter View with Tom Dayton
    • Belts: Belt sizing and selection (serpentine, V-belt, and fractional horsepower). Industry numbering and measurement.
    • Maintenance aerosols: Penetrants vs. lubricants, when, where and why.
  • Professional Selling Tips: TPMS
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2018
Materials Due:
November 27, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
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
January
  • Market Profile
    • Sprints and Stock Cars
  • Parts/Products
    • Performance Pistons
    • Engine Oil
    • 2018 Hot Products
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/ Differentials – 9˝ Fords
    • Dyno Designs – What Are the Critical Requirements?
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Sprint Car Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 5, 2018
February
  • Market Profile
    • Rat Rods
  • Parts/Products
    • Timing Components
    • Injectors - Gas/Diesel
    • Engine Bearings
  • Tech/Training
    • Outlaw V-Twin Motorcycle Build
    • Cryogenics
  • SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • Engine Math Supplement – Why Calculations matter, explanations of different calculations for street and race applications
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Marine Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
January 25, 2018
Materials Due:
February 3, 2018
ENGINE BUILDER DOUBLE BUYERS GUIDE ISSUE
March
  • High Performance Section
    • Market Profile - Offroad Engines – PWC and Side by Side
  • Parts/Products
    • Camshafts
    • Performance Oiling Systems
    • EFI Components
  • Tech/Training
    • Assembly Tools - Measuring and Gauging
    • High Performance Product Categories and Supplier Directory
  • Stock Gas/Diesel Section
    • Market Profile - Small Diesels – 2.8L Duramax, 2.8L Cummins, 3.0L Power Stroke
  • Parts/Products
    • Valves and Valve Seats
    • Piston Rings
    • Welding Cast Iron/Aluminum
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/Differentials – 12-Bolt GM
    • Stock Gas/Diesel Product Categories and Supplier Directory
  • Builder Spotlights: Import Engine Builder/Diesel Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
February 26, 2018
Materials Due:
March 7, 2018
April
  • Market Profile
    • Lawn & Landscape Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Intake Manifolds
    • Balancing Parts and Components
    • Pushrods, Valve Springs, Valve Lifters
  • Tech/Training
    • Making Sense of Emissions Regs
    • Safe Cleaning Methods
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Dayton Race Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
March 30, 2018
Materials Due:
April 7, 2018
May
  • Market Profile
    • International Engine Market
  • Parts/Products
    • Gaskets and Sealants
    • Rocker Arms and Systems
    • Diesel Oils
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study – Ford 3.5L Ecoboost
    • Military-Grade Coatings
  • Builder Spotlight
    • International Engine Builder: Metric, South Africa
Ad Closing:
April 27, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
June
  • Market Profile
    • Performance Diesel Market
  • Parts/Products
    • Four and 6-cylinder Performance Engine Parts
    • Power Adders
    • Oil Pumps
  • Tech/Training
    • Rear Ends/Differentials – Dana/Spicer Model 60
    • Annual Machine Shop Market Profile
  • Builder Profile
    • Celebrity Engine Builders
Ad Closing:
May 29, 2018
Materials Due:
June 5, 2018
July
  • Market Profile
    • Marine Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Performance Rotating Assemblies – Cranks/Rods
    • Cylinder Heads
  • Tech/Training
    • LS Stroker Engine Build
    • Stroker Resource Guide
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Drag Race Engine Builder
  • SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • Equipment Buyers Guide – How to shop for, test, install, finance and train/use different machines
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 6, 2018
August
  • Market Profile
    • Muscle Car Market - Buick Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Intake and Exhaust Valves
    • Shop Tools and Supplies
    • Carburetors
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study – Subaru 2.5L Boxer
    • Interview with PERA Presidents
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Buick Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
August 3, 2018
September
  • Market Profile
    • Commercial/Industrial Diesel Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Sleeves/Liners
    • CNC Machines
    • Diesel Engine Parts
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study - Ford 3.5L Ecoboost Engine
    • Rebuilding the Ford 3.5L Ecoboost Engine
    • Rear Ends/Differentials - 8.8˝ Mustangs
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Motorcycle Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2018
Materials Due:
August 31, 2018
October
  • Market Profile
    • Reclaiming Unwanted Race Engines
  • Parts/Products
    • Engine Bearings
    • Break-In/Assembly Fluids and Tools
    • Honing Stones
  • Tech/Training
    • Software for Engine Builders
    • Cleaning Equipment and Procedures
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Diesel Engine Builder
Ad Closing:
September 20, 2018
Materials Due:
September 29, 2018
November
  • Market Profile
    • Nostalgia/Resto-Mod
  • Parts/Products
    • Racing Oil & Systems
    • Engine Blocks
    • Marine Engine Parts
  • Tech/Training
    • Labor Costing Study - GM 3.6L
    • Race Engine Challenge Recap
  • Builder Spotlight
    • Ford Engine Builder
  • SPECIAL TO ENGINE BUILDER
    • EQUIPMENT/PRODUCTS SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
October 30, 2018
Materials Due:
November 3, 2018
December
  • Engine Builders of the Year
    • Profiles of Performance, Vintage and Diesel Program Winners
  • Special issue: Parts and Equipment Shopping List
    • Full-page advertisers get equivalent space for their product sales message
  • Year In Review - Industry Forecast
    • Company CEOs look back or forward, offering perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing this industry.
Ad Closing:
November 19, 2018
Materials Due:
November 28, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Doug Kaufman
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 262
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Electrical and lighting
    • Related topics: Batteries, ultracapacitors, headlights, tail lights, trailer lights, cab lights, inverters, electrical harnesses
  • Managing Assets: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
  • Equipment Technology: Engines
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • DRIVER RETENTION SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
December 30, 2017
Materials Due:
January 6, 2018
February
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Equipment Technology: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
  • Managing Assets: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • MEDIUM-DUTY SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
January 27, 2018
Materials Due:
February 3, 2018
March
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Cabs and Chassis
    • Related topics: Tractor/trailer connections, fifth wheels, king pins, lubes, greases, paints, finishes, corrosion protection
  • Equipment Technology: Brakes and Safety Systems
    • Related topics: Drum brakes, disc brakes, slack adjusters, collision mitigation systems, replacement friction, trailer rollover protection
  • Managing Assets: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
  • AFTERMARKET SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
February 24, 2018
Materials Due:
March 2, 2018
April
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Engine Components
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • Equipment Technology: Suspensions
    • Related topics: Trailer suspensions: mechanical spring suspensions, air ride suspensions, vocational suspensions, sliding suspensions
  • Managing Assets: Maintenance programs: in-house/outsourced
    • Related topics: Engine maintenance, tire maintenance programs, supplier relationships, technician training, analytic solutions
Ad Closing:
April 3, 2018
Materials Due:
April 7, 2018
May
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Transmissions
    • Related topics: Manual, automated, and automatic transmissions, remanufacturing, service issues, clutches, ECU programming
  • Equipment Technology: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Managing Assets: Wheel End Solutions
    • Related topics: Wheels, seals, bearings, brakes, replacement friction, warranty coverages, aluminum wheels, steel wheels, Trailer TPMS solutions
Ad Closing:
April 25, 2018
Materials Due:
May 2, 2018
June
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Brakes and Safety Systems
    • Related topics: Drum brakes, disc brakes, slack adjusters, collision mitigation systems, replacement friction, trailer rollover protection
  • Equipment Technology: Filtration
    • Related topics: Fuel filtration, air filtration, oil filtration, coolant filtration, diesel particulate filters
  • Managing Assets: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
Ad Closing:
May 24, 2018
Materials Due:
May 31, 2018
July
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
  • Equipment Technology: Oils, Coolants and Lubrication
    • Related topics: Engine oil, extended life coolants, antifreeze, CK-4, FA-4, oil additives
  • Managing Assets: Engines
    • Realted topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
Ad Closing:
June 26, 2018
Materials Due:
July 6, 2018
August
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
  • Equipment Technology: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • Managing Assets: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
July 31, 2018
September
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Wheel End Solutions
    • Related topics: Wheels, seals, bearings, brakes, replacement friction, warranty coverages, aluminum wheels, steel wheels, Trailer TPMS solutions
  • Equipment Technology: Cabs and Chassis
    • Related topics: Tractor/trailer connections, fifth wheels, king pins, lubes, greases, paints, finishes, corrosion protection
  • Managing Assets: Electrical and Lighting Issues
    • Related topics: Batteries, ultracapacitors, headlights, tail lights, trailer lights, cab lights, inverters, electrical harnesses
Ad Closing:
August 22, 2018
Materials Due:
August 29, 2018
October
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Suspensions
    • Related topics: Trailer suspensions: mechanical spring suspensions, air ride suspensions, vocational suspensions, sliding suspensions
  • Equipment Technology: Transmissions
    • Related topics: Manual, automated, and automatic transmissions, remanufacturing, service issues, clutches, ECU programming
  • Managing Assets: Maintenance programs: in-house/outsourced
    • Related topics: Engine maintenance, tire maintenance programs, supplier relationships, technician training, analytic solutions
  • TELEMATICS AND TECHNOLOGY SUPPLEMENT
Ad Closing:
September 25, 2018
Materials Due:
October 2, 2018
November
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Engine Components
    • Related topics: Remanufacturing, analytic solutions, ECU reprogramming, starters, alternators, filtration
  • Equipment Technology: IT & Data-Driven Fleet Solutions
    • Related topics: ELDs, eDVIR, ECU reprogramming, fleet management software suites, repair diagnostics, geofencing, repair software systems
  • Managing Assets: Trailers
    • Related topics: Trailer management, trailer tracking, reefers, dry vans, flat beds, bulk haul, heavy haul, trailer flooring, aerodynamics
Ad Closing:
October 30, 2018
Materials Due:
November 6, 2018
December
  • Editor’s Column, Heavy-Duty Column, Fleet Efficiencies Column, Light- and Medium-duty Column, Oils and Lubes Column, Tire Column, IT for Asset Management, Timely Tips, Fleet Profile, Executive Interview
  • Component Coverage: Axles
    • Related topics: Axle ratio spec’ing, axle configurations, lift, steer, and slide axles
  • Equipment Technology: Truck Equipment Trend of the Year
  • Managing Assets: Tires
    • Related topics: Retreads, Smart-Way verification, steer, drive, trailer, management programs, scrap tire analysis, data-drive tire analytics, wide base tires, TPMS
Ad Closing:
November 20, 2018
Materials Due:
November 27, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jason Morgan
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 279
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SUPPLEMENT: MAINTENANCE MATTERS WAITING ROOM EDITION
January
  • MERCEDES-BENZ
    • ABC and Airmatic Suspension Solutions
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Modern Engine Technology
  • MINI Brake Service and Resets
  • Brake Pads and Brake Fade
  • Alignment Specs
    • Hyundai Genesis
  • Toyota F86 and Subaru BRZ Chassis Repair & Alignment
  • Import Direct Injection & Turbocharger Carbon Solutions
  • VW HVAC Sensors and Motors
  • ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • New Replacement Gasket Technology
  • TPMS Tech
    • Nissan
  • Wheel Bearing Checklist: Gen 1 Wheel Bearings
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 4, 2018
February
  • TOYOTA
    • Tips and Trucks (Tundra & Tacoma)
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • GDI and Pulse-Modulated Fuel Pumps and Fuel System Diagnostics
  • BMW X3 & X5
    • Transfer Case and Driveshaft Service
  • Kia
    • Brake Pad Noise Solutions
  • Electronic Parking Brake Resets for BMW, VW/Audi and Mercedes-Benz
  • Caliper Replacement Checklist
  • Land Rover
    • Air Ride Inspection
  • ACEA Oil Specifications
  • R-1234yf Update
  • Replacing Plastic Fuel Lines
  • TPMS Tech
    • Audi
  • Dealing With Clicking Wheel Bearings
Ad Closing:
January 23, 2018
Materials Due:
January 30, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • BMW
    • Vanos Variable Valve System Diagnostics
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Engine Sensor Failures and DTCs
  • Servicing and Maintaining Audi Haldex Differentials
  • Brake Job
    • Acura MDX
  • Replacing Air Ride Fittings and Lines
  • Inspecting Suspension Components on Multi-Arm Front Suspensions
  • Active Wheel Speed Sensors
  • Infiniti G37
    • ABS and Stability Control Systems
  • Oil Update: GF-6
  • Detecting Timing Chain Wear
  • TPMS Tech
    • Mazda
  • Internal Active Wheel Speed Sensors for Hub Units
Ad Closing:
February 21, 2018
Materials Due:
February 28, 2018
April
  • ACURA
    • Turbocharger Repair and Maintenance (RDX)
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Brake Friction, Selling the Whole Package
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • Bi-Turbo & Direct Injection
  • Volkswagen
    • Dual Clutch Transmission Diagnostics
  • Brake Job
    • Nissan Juke
  • Ride Control Diagnostics for Active Suspensions
  • Import Extended Interval Coolant Guidelines
  • Direct Injection Injector Replacement
  • MINI
    • Common Cooling System Problems
  • Spark Plug Carbon Problems for Platinum and Iridium Plugs
  • TPMS Tech
    • Jaguar/Land Rover
Ad Closing:
March 21, 2018
Materials Due:
March 28, 2018
May
  • VOLKSWAGEN
    • Servicing Direct Injected TSI and FSI Engines
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Cooling System Technology; It’s Not About Temperature
  • ZF 6HP Tranny Service and Maintenance Guide
  • Brake Rotor Indexing To Minimize Runout
  • Brake Job
    • Lexus LS 460
  • Curing Hydraulic Suspension Bushing Noises
  • Infiniti
    • Electric Power Steering Diagnostics
  • Using Fuel Pressure to Diagnose Fuel Pumps
  • Aftermarket Telematics Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Honda
  • Wheel Bearing Essential Tools
Ad Closing:
April 18, 2018
Materials Due:
April 25, 2018
June
  • HYUNDAI/KIA:
    • New Undercar and Underhood Service Essentials
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • PCM Computer-Control Issues
  • How To Replace BMW Suspension Bushings
  • Brake Job
    • Honda CRV
  • Mercedes-Benz
    • Pre-Braking Service Guidelines
  • Jaguar
    • Chassis Service
  • Finding Air Ride Leaks
  • A/C Compressor Replacement Best Practices
  • CAN Bus Diagnostics
    • Wake and Sleep Protocols
  • Misfires and Motor Mounts
  • TPMS Tech
    • BMW/MINI
Ad Closing:
May 23, 2018
Materials Due:
May 30, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • INFINITI
    • Common Problems and Solutions for the VR Turbocharged V6
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • How Electric and Plug-in Hybrids Are Changing the Service Market
  • The Ultimate Alignment For European Vehicles
  • Checking For Brake Rotors Cracks
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW Passat
  • BMW Active Anti-Roll Bars
  • Electric Power Steering Rack Replacement
  • Keyless No-Start Diagnostics
  • Turbocharger Lubrication Systems
  • Throttle-by-Wire Diagnostics
  • TPMS Tech
    • Subaru
  • Wheel Bearings and Mazda and Honda Indirect TPMS Systems
Ad Closing:
June 22, 2018
Materials Due:
June 29, 2018
August
  • AUDI
    • Case Study V8 Timing Belt Replacement
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Modern Suspension Problems
  • Jaguar
    • 5.0 Direct Injection Diagnostics
  • Brake Job
    • Kia
  • Electronic Brake Pad Wear Sensors For BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi
  • Lexus
    • Air Ride Review
  • Steering Column and Security Diagnostics
  • Measuring Fuel System Fuel Consumption
  • Wide Band Oxygen Sensors
  • Kia
    • Timing Belt Best Practices
  • TPMS Tech
    • Mercedes-Benz
Ad Closing:
July 24, 2018
Materials Due:
July 31, 2018
September
  • LEXUS
    • RX 350 Transmission Troubles
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Ignition System Diagnostics; It’s All About the Spark
  • BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz Flex Ray Bus Repair
  • Brake Friction TSBs
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW Golf
  • Porsche Cayenne/VW Touareg Drivetrain/Chassis Service
  • Brake Pads for Vehicles with Active Safety Systems
  • GDI System Maintenance
  • Electric Water Pumps Modes
  • Servicing Mercedes-Benz Lane Departure Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Acura
  • New Wheel Bearing Designs
Ad Closing:
August 21, 2018
Materials Due:
August 28, 2018
October
  • NISSAN
    • CVT Transmission Service
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Diagnosing, Servicing and Replacing Batteries
  • Servicing Mercedes-Benz 4Matic Systems
  • Matching the New Brake Pad with the Rotor
  • Alignment Specs
    • Hyundai Elantra
  • Brake Job
    • Mazda
  • Understanding Electric Power Steering Modes
  • BMW
    • Water-Cooled Alternators
  • The Connection Between Oil and Carbon Deposits
  • Direct Injection Injector Spray Patterns
  • Starters for Stop/Start Systems
  • TPMS Tech
    • Porsche
Ad Closing:
September 20, 2018
Materials Due:
September 27, 2018
Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • Using the “Systems” Approach to Starting Problems
  • LAND ROVER
    • Air Ride Diagnostics
  • Lexus
    • AWD Drivetrain and Driveshaft Service
  • Carbon Ceramic Brake Pad Technology
  • Brake Job
    • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Wheel Bearing and Speed Sensors and Scan Tools
  • Brake Hose Inspections
  • Case Study
    • Toyota 4-Cyl. Vibration Diagnostics
  • Servicing AWD BMW Vehicles
  • TPMS Tech
    • Volkswagen
  • Wheel Bearing and Speed Sensors and Scan Tools
Ad Closing:
October 16, 2018
Materials Due:
October 23, 2018
December
  • HONDA
    • Servicing VTEC Systems
  • Diagnostic Solutions
    • How Electric Steering Assist Systems Are Changing Undercar Service
  • Hyundai
    • Turbocharger Diagnostics
  • Brake Friction and ABS Problems
  • Alignment Specs
    • VW GTI R32
  • Suspension: When is Bent Broken?
  • Electric Power Steering Pumps
  • Case Study
    • Hyundai Genesis Air Ride
  • P0456: Diagnosing Small EVAP Leaks
  • Toyota/Lexus
    • Power Distribution and Alternator/Starter Management
  • TPMS Tech
    • Kia
Ad Closing:
November 22, 2018
Materials Due:
November 29, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mary DellaValle
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 221
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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, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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
  • Personal Watercraft
  • Customer Service Best Practices
  • Parts & Accessories: Mats, Trailers, Stands
  • Apparel: Water Apparel
  • Consumables: Marine Oils
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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
  • Motorcycle Safety Awareness
  • New Snowmobile Models
  • Parts & Accessories: Windshields
  • Apparel: Full-Face Helmets, Gloves
  • Consumables: ATV/UTV Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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
  • Everything Auctions
    • What you need to know before you go
Ad Closing:
February 21, 2019
Materials Due:
February 28, 2019
April
  • V-Twin/Custom
  • Parts & Accessories: Mirrors, Grips, Handlebars
  • Apparel: Leather, Half Helmets
  • Consumables: Cleaners
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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:
March 26, 2019
Materials Due:
April 2, 2019
May
  • ATV/UTV
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Parts & Accessories: Sprockets, Wheels, Chains
  • Apparel: Footwear
  • Consumables: Adventure Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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 19, 2019
Materials Due:
April 26, 2019
June
  • Vintage Motorcycle
  • Vintage Days Preview
  • Parts & Accessories: Exhaust
  • Apparel: Open-Face Helmets
  • Consumables: V-Twin Oil
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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 28, 2019
Materials Due:
June 4, 2019
July
  • Adventure Riding
  • 2020 New Models
  • Parts & Accessories: Luggage
  • Apparel: Waterproof/Rain Gear
  • Consumables: Street Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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 25, 2019
Materials Due:
July 2, 2019
August
  • Three Wheelers
  • Building Business Relationships
  • Parts & Accessories: Audio/Communication Systems
  • Apparel: Sunglasses/Goggles
  • Consumables: Brake Fluid
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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
  • New PWC Models
  • Parts & Accessories: Lighting
  • Apparel: Armored Clothing
  • Consumables: Dual-Sport Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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 28, 2019
Materials Due:
September 4, 2019
October
  • SEMA Preview
  • Snowmobiles
  • Parts & Accessories: Powersports Lifts
  • Apparel: Snow Gear
  • Consumables: Waxes and Polish
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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 27, 2019
Materials Due:
October 4, 2019
November
  • Scooters
  • Service and Storage
  • Parts & Accessories: Battery Chargers/Testers/Covers
  • Apparel: Youth Helmets
  • Consumables: Off-Road Tires
  • COLUMNS:
    • ATV/UTV, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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, Water Front, Snow Globe, 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
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V-Twin Issue
January
  • V-Twin Market Update
  • P&A
    • V-Twin Engine Hard Parts, Suspension Kits
  • Apparel
    • Leather Jackets, Half Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Cleaners & Waxes, V-Twin Oil
  • Reader’s Choice Awards
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
December 23, 2017
Materials Due:
December 30, 2017
Selling Off-Road
February
  • Dirt Bike Market
  • P&A
    • Suspension, Seats
  • Apparel
    • MX Jerseys, Off-Road Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Off-Road Lubricants, Knobby Tires
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
January 20, 2018
Materials Due:
January 27, 2018
Powersports Industry Profile
March
  • Powersports Industry Profile
  • Shop Equipment Round-Up
  • Apparel
    • Rain Gear, Open-Face Helmets
  • Consumables
    • Antifreeze, Chemicals
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
February 17, 2018
Materials Due:
February 24, 2018
2018 Helmet Guide
April
  • Fitting, Stocking, Selling
  • Apparel
    • Full-Face Helmets
  • P&A
    • Sportbike Gear
  • Consumables
    • Engine Oils
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
March 21, 2018
Materials Due:
March 28, 2018
Succeeding in the Adventure Segment
May
  • PG&A
    • Adventure Gear, Lighting
  • Consumables
    • ADV Tires
  • Auctions and Pre-Owned Update
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
April 19, 2018
Materials Due:
April 26, 2018
Vintage MX, Cafe Racer Market
June
  • Vintage MX, Cafe Racer Market
  • Vintage Days Preview
  • New Riders/Customers
  • Apparel
    • Retro Gear, Riding Jeans
  • P&A
    • Windshields, Fairings
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
May 23, 2018
Materials Due:
May 30, 2018
Crossing Over: OPE/Lawn & Garden Markets
July
  • Crossing Over: OPE/Lawn & Garden Markets
  • Top Dealer Events
  • Legislative Update (MIC Fly-In)
  • P&A
    • Sprockets, Chains, Wheels
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Dealer Anonymous, Confessions of a Customer, Shifting Gears, Road Ahead, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Manufacturer/ Distributor Profiles, Apparel Pro, Backfire, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
June 23, 2018
Materials Due:
June 30, 2018
International Issue (Polybagged)
August
  • Intermot Preview
  • Software, Dealer Management
  • Systems Guide
  • Apparel
    • Textile Jackets
  • P&A
    • Communication Systems
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Changing Lanes, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Editor's Notes, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Apparel Pro, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
July 21, 2018
Materials Due:
July 28, 2018
AIMExpo Preview (Booth Previews, Exhibitor Profiles and more)
September
  • Apparel
    • Touring Gear (including modular helmets)
  • Consumables
    • Batteries
  • P&A
    • Handlebars, Grips, Mirrors
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Changing Lanes, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Editor's Notes, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Apparel Pro, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
August 28, 2018
Materials Due:
September 4, 2018
UTV/SxS Market Overview
October
  • SEMA Preview
  • PG&A
    • UTV Accessories, Sportsman Gear
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Changing Lanes, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Editor's Notes, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Apparel Pro, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
September 26, 2018
Materials Due:
September 29, 2018
Untapped Markets
November
  • Apparel
    • Women’s Gear
  • P&A
    • Holiday Gift Guide
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Changing Lanes, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Editor's Notes, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Apparel Pro, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
October 23, 2018
Materials Due:
October 27, 2018
2019 Buyer’s Guide Directory and Product Listings
December
  • Best of the Year (Polybagged)
  • 2018 Highlights
  • 2019 Forecast
  • New Products
  • Columns In This Issue
    • F&I, Changing Lanes, Pit Pass, OEM Update, Editor's Notes, Industry News, Events, Rick Fairless: Can Ya Dig It, Destination Dealer, Apparel Pro, Pre-Owned Monthly Recap, Eye on AIMExpo, Tech Tips, Market Intelligence Report and New Inventory Recap
Ad Closing:
November 23, 2018
Materials Due:
November 30, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Eric Garbe
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 287
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue 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
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 10, 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
    • Oil and gas
    • 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
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Month Topics Important Dates
Marketing your wash
January
  • Modern menu
  • Upgrade lighting
  • Develop a business plan
  • Signage
  • Pay stations
Ad Closing:
December 12, 2017
Materials Due:
December 12, 2017
Increase car counts
February
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID)
  • Create loyalty with RFID and POS
  • Buying vs. building
  • Arches
  • Express exterior
  • Case Studies
Ad Closing:
January 12, 2018
Materials Due:
January 12, 2018
Equipment maintenance
March
  • Sonar technologies/ vehicle profiling
  • Design and arrange arches
  • SBA loans/lending
  • Wax, soaps and more
  • Replacement parts
  • Post-show: SCWA 2018
Ad Closing:
February 13, 2018
Materials Due:
February 13, 2018
The Car Wash Show™
April
  • New innovations
  • Make memorable experiences (LEDs, soap, signage, menu, etc.)
  • Site selection
  • Brushes
  • Wrap-around, top and side washers
  • Most Valuable Carwasher Award
Ad Closing:
March 13, 2018
Materials Due:
March 13, 2018
Cost control measures
May
  • Variable frequency drives (VFDs)
  • Manage utilities (water, energy, etc.)
  • Site design
  • Dryers
  • Insurance
  • Post-show: The Car Wash Show™ 2018
Ad Closing:
April 10, 2018
Materials Due:
April 10, 2018
Market update
June
  • Financing options
  • Doors
  • Equipment selection
  • Towels
  • Touch-free
  • Literature Showcase/Promote Your Catalogue
Ad Closing:
May 11, 2018
Materials Due:
May 11, 2018
Loyalty programs
July
  • Point-of-sale (POS)
  • Safeguard your carwash
  • Chemical procurement
  • Water
  • Friction
  • C-store
Ad Closing:
June 5, 2018
Materials Due:
June 5, 2018
Modernizing, updating and expanding
August
  • LEDs: evolving market
  • Permits and zoning
  • Build a winning team
  • Paint restoration and protection
  • Noise suppression
  • Oil and Gas
Ad Closing:
July 10, 2018
Materials Due:
July 10, 2018
Escalate average price per ticket
September
  • Chemical applications and delivery
  • Improve wash quality
  • Free vs. paid vacuums
  • Pet washing
  • IBA
  • Websites Worth Seeing
Ad Closing:
August 14, 2018
Materials Due:
August 14, 2018
Employee management and training
October
  • Security and surveillance
  • Winterize equipment
  • Water management
  • Lighting
  • Flex-serve
  • Post-show: NRCC 2018
Ad Closing:
September 11, 2018
Materials Due:
September 11, 2018
Capitalize on winter weather
November
  • Preventive equipment maintenance
  • Create a maintenance checklist
  • Setting prices
  • Winter door prep
  • Detailing
  • Top 50 U.S. Conveyor Carwash Chains
Ad Closing:
October 16, 2018
Materials Due:
October 16, 2018
Profit center winners
December
  • Vacuums
  • Determine a carwash’s value
  • Grand opening and special events
  • Tire cleaning
  • Self-serve
  • New Product Roundup
Ad Closing:
November 9, 2018
Materials Due:
November 9, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Rich DiPaolo
Editorial Director
[email protected]
516-404-4532
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
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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Month Topics Important Dates
February
  • Top TPMS Tips
  • Understanding Alignment Angles
  • Direct Injection Diagnostics
  • Volkswagen VR6 Head Gasket Replacement
  • Brake Jobs That Keep Customers Coming Back
  • Live Axle Bearing Replacement
Ad Closing:
January 10, 2018
Materials Due:
January 16, 2018
April
  • Air Ride Repair vs. Replacement
  • 5 Tricks to Solving Belt Noise
  • Oil & Direct Fuel Injection
  • Building Brake Lathe Labor Sales
  • Auxiliary Water Pumps: Cooling System Diagnostics
  • Causes of AC Odor
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
June
  • Understanding Domestic TPMS Procedures
  • Steering Angle FAQs
  • Misfire Monitoring
  • Diagnosing Brake Pad Smells to Prevent Comebacks
  • Sealing Modern Water Pumps
  • Preventive Cooling System Services
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
August
  • Servicing TPMS Sensors
  • 10 Ride Control Tips to Do the Job Right
  • Diagnosing Belt Slippage
  • Alternators: Why and How They Fail
  • Dealing With New Brake Rotors
  • Why Bearings Fail
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
October
  • All About Active Shocks and Struts
  • Automatic Belt Tensioner Service
  • Intermittent Engine Misfire
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Carrier Gaskets
  • Common Brake Myths
  • Replacing Wheel Bearing Hubs With Wheel Speed Sensors
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
December
  • Understanding TPMS Signals
  • Timing Belt Replacement: How to Sell the Job
  • Steering Diagnostics: Noise, Vibration and Harshness
  • Modern Spark Plug Diagnostics
  • Gasket Guide: Pairing Gaskets With Sealants with Surface
  • Controlling Brake Noise Out of the Box
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Kristen Criswell
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 273
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January/February
  • Leadership
    • Overcoming Day-to-Day Business Challenges
  • Management
    • Increasing Competitiveness in Today’s Marketplace
  • Shop Operations
    • Streamlining Scheduling
  • Sales/Marketing
    • Increasing Your Car Counts
  • Human Resources
    • Improving Employee Performance
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
December 1, 2017
Materials Due:
December 15, 2017
March/April
  • Customer Service
    • Honesty is the Best Policy
  • Shop Operations
    • Forecasting & Setting Business Goals
  • Training
    • Staying Ahead of the Curve
  • Websites & Technology
    • Customer Outreach & Retention
  • Insurance
    • Dealing With Costly Health Insurance
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 15, 2018
May/June
  • Leadership
    • Creating A Positive Work Environment
  • Management
    • Time Management Tips
  • Shop Operations
    • Eliminating Workflow Bottlenecks To Boost Productivity
  • Sales/Marketing
    • The Keys to Building New Business
  • Human Resources
    • Finding Employees With Solid Experience
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
April 1, 1970
Materials Due:
April 16, 2018
July/August
  • Customer Service
    • Educating Customers About Vehicle Complexity and Maintenance
  • Websites & Technology
    • Mobile Communications
  • Insurance
    • Protecting Your Shop’s Assets
  • Equipment
    • Finding Affordable Diagnostic Equipment
  • Finance
    • Common Budgeting Errors
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 15, 2018
September/October
  • Leadership
    • Motivating Employees to Stay on Task and Follow Shop Procedures
  • Management
    • Controlling Shop Expenses
  • Shop Operations
    • Working “On” Your Business
  • Sales/Marketing
    • Defining Your Shop’s Value Proposition
  • Legal
    • Collecting on Unpaid Bills
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 15, 2018
November/December
  • Customer Service
    • Earning Customers’ Trust
  • Management
    • Cultivating Dedicated Employees & Retaining Them
  • Finance
    • Year-End Tax Planning
  • Websites & Technology
    • Differentiating Your Shop
  • Equipment
    • Proper Upkeep Eliminates Downtime
  • Shop Profiles
    • Top Shops Share Best Practices
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 15, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Mary DellaValle
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 221
Click here to contact your Babcox sales representative
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Issue Topics Important Dates
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
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Month Topics Important Dates
2018 Equipment & Tool Buyer’s Guide and Directory
January
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Cordless Tools
    • Lubrication Service Equipment & Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at Tool Shows
Ad Closing:
December 28, 2017
Materials Due:
January 4, 2018
February/March
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 1
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • A/C Service Equipment & Tools
    • Liquid Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at Tool Shows and ETI’s Tool Tech
  • **March supplement – Diagnostic Digest**
    • Scan Tools
    • Top Codes
    • Reprogramming (J2534)
    • Labscopes & Pressure Transducers
    • Spotlights
    • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
    • Product Preview Section: Diagnostic Tools
Ad Closing:
January 22, 2018
Materials Due:
January 29, 2018
April
  • Leak Detection Equipment & Tools
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 2
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Clean, Green & Organized
    • Tire & Wheel Service Equipment & Tools
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Maximizing Tools
Ad Closing:
March 19, 2018
Materials Due:
March 26, 2018
Post-Tool Show Issue
May
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
  • Bonus Distribution at ISN Tool Dealer Expo
Ad Closing:
April 13, 2017
Materials Due:
April 20, 2017
June/July
  • Power Tools
    • Cordless and Pneumatic Tool Innovations
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 3
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Shop Climate Equipment
    • PPE (Hand, Ear, Eye Safety, including uniforms and boots)
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ...and More
  • Bonus Distribution at ISN Tool Dealer Expo
  • **Supplement: Collision Course**
    • Dent Repair
    • Paint Tips
    • ... and More
    • Product Preview Section: Collision Repair Equipment & Tools
Ad Closing:
May 21, 2018
Materials Due:
May 28, 2018
August/September
  • Advanced Storage Solutions
  • Electrical System Testing Series, Part 4
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Lifts & Jacks
    • Specialty Tools
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
Ad Closing:
July 16, 2018
Materials Due:
July 23, 2018
October/November
  • Compressors
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • Product Preview Sections
    • Shop Lighting
    • Oscilloscopes
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
  • Bonus Distribution at AAPEX & SEMA
Ad Closing:
September 17, 2018
Materials Due:
September 24, 2018
December
  • Welding Equipment & Tools
  • Maximizing Tools (Diagnostics)
  • The Humble Mechanic
  • TPMS Update
  • Product Preview Sections
    • New equipment and tools from the AAPEX and SEMA shows
  • Ask the Tool Truck Driver
    • Reader Questions Answered
  • Also
    • New Products
    • Guess the Tool Contest
    • Industry News
    • ... and More
Ad Closing:
November 13, 2018
Materials Due:
November 20, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Jennifer Clements
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 265
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Issue Topics Important Dates
January
  • COVER STORY
    • Guns In The Workplace – How tire dealers are managing gun ownership and carry policies
  • Service Insights
    • Brakes
  • Tire Focus
    • All Season (LT & Passenger)
  • Truck Tires
    • Extending Tread Life
  • Tire Service 101
    • Alignments
  • TPMS
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
  • Proud to be a Tire Dealer
  • In Perspective
  • Market Pricing
  • In the Shop
  • Power Training
  • Marketing Matters
  • Business Toolbox
  • Industry Intelligence
  • Tire Products
  • Service Products
Ad Closing:
December 14, 2017
Materials Due:
December 19, 2017
February
  • COVER STORY
    • Chained to the Business - Ways to break free from “business bondage.
  • SECONDARY FEATURE
    • “The Month of ON (Not In)” - 30 days of working on your business in a guided community-based initiative
  • Service Insights
    • Belts
  • Tire Focus
    • 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
Patti (Renner) Hoying
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 247
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Issue Topics Important Dates
Toolbox Essentials - A look at the latest hand tools, accessories and gear the young auto tech needs in their toolbox.
February
  • Underhood
    • EVAP Leak Diagnostics
  • Engine Series
    • Stock Eliminator LS7
  • Undercover
    • Drum Brake Service
  • Body Works
    • MIG Welders
  • Component Connection
    • Transmission Line Replacement
  • Service Advisor
    • Diagnosing Intake Manifold Failures
  • T2 Top 10
    • Checking Fluids
  • Pop Quiz
    • Engine Sensors
  • Tech Tips
    • Turbo Service
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Torque Specifications
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
February 6, 2018
Materials Due:
February 13, 2018
March
  • Underhood
    • Combustion Conundrum
  • Engine Series
    • Installing Pushrods, Rockers and Valve Springs
  • Undercover
    • Aluminum Suspensions
  • Body Works
    • Infrared Curing Lamps
  • Component Connection
    • Why Fuel Injectors Clog
  • Service Advisor
    • Fuel Trims & AFR Sensors
  • TPMS Update
    • TPMS & Custom Wheels
  • T2 Top 10
    • Alignment Bay Productivity
  • Pop Quiz
    • Brakes
  • Tech Tips
    • Honda Oil Pressure Switch Fails
  • Powersports Tech Tips
    • Duel Sport Maintenance
  • The Anatomy Of
    • Spark Plugs
  • Other
    • Report Card - School and Student News
    • Student Spotlight
Ad Closing:
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
Special Supplement: Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters Waiting Room Edition
January
  • Engine Oil and Pre-Ignition
  • Inspecting Direct Injection High-Pressure Fuel Pump Wear
  • New Replacement Gasket Technology
  • EGR Valve Smog Strategies
  • Throttle-by-Wire Inputs and Outputs
  • Dual Mass Flywheels and Misfires
  • Understanding Secondary Ignition Waveforms
  • GM LT Stretch Belts
  • DEF System TSB
  • TPMS Tech: Key Fob Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
December 19, 2017
Materials Due:
December 23, 2017
February
  • Camshaft Actuators and Engine Oil
  • Detecting Timing Chain Wear
  • Oil Pan Gasket Replacement
  • Lean Codes: MAF Sensor Problems
  • Diagnosing Internal Fuel Injector Leaks
  • Tools for Drive Belts
  • Symptoms of a Bad Variable Valve Timing Actuator
  • R-1234yf Update
  • CAN Bus Diagnostics: Wake and Sleep Protocols
  • TPMS Tech: Test Drive Procedures for Self Learn Systems
Ad Closing:
January 1, 2018
Materials Due:
January 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
March
  • Resetting OBD II Monitors
  • Servicing Honda VTEC systems
  • Head Gasket Replacement
  • Problem Intake Manifolds and Problem-Solving Gaskets
  • Synchronizing Camshaft and Crankshaft Sensors
  • Spark Plug Carbon Problems
  • A/C Compressor Replacement Best Practices
  • ECM-Controlled Alternators
  • Turbocharger Lubrication Systems
  • TPMS Tech: Module and Antenna Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
February 1, 2018
Materials Due:
February 8, 2018
April
  • New OE Oil Requirements
  • Direct Fuel Injection Pressure Management
  • Decoupler Pulley Replacement
  • Replacing Plastic Fuel Lines
  • Measuring Belt Tension
  • Keyless No-Start Diagnostics
  • A/C Recovery and Recycling Machine Requirements
  • Aftermarket Telematics Systems
  • TPMS Tech: Toyota
  • Motor Mounts and Misfires
Ad Closing:
March 1, 2018
Materials Due:
March 8, 2018
May
  • Electronic Oil Pressure Control Systems
  • Pressure Testing Gasket Repairs
  • Throttle-by-Wire Diagnostics
  • Fuel Tank Vacuum and Pressure Diagnostics
  • How Does Pre-Ignition and Detonation Kills Plugs
  • Timing Belt Best Practices
  • Inspecting Engine Position Sensors
  • Filling Cooling Systems Faster
  • EGR Valves and Stepper Motors
  • Electronic Turbocharger Waste Gates
  • TPMS Tech: Sensor Signal Strength Measurement
Ad Closing:
April 1, 2018
Materials Due:
April 8, 2018
June
  • Carbon Connection Between Oil and Engine Carbon
  • MAP Sensor Diagnostics
  • Electronic Cooling Controls
  • Measuring Fuel System Fuel Consumption
  • Curing Direct Injection Extended Crank Times
  • Diagnosing Drive Belt Slippage
  • Diagnosing Slugged A/C Compressors
  • Electric Water Pumps Modes
  • Recommending Four TPMS Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Mazda
  • Diagnosing and Servicing Ford Dual Clutch Transmission
Ad Closing:
May 1, 2018
Materials Due:
May 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
July
  • Fuel Trim Diagnostics: Understanding How the Short-Term Drives the Long-Term Fuel Trims
  • Stop-Start System Diagnostics
  • R-1234yf Service Tips
  • Current Testing for Fuel Pumps
  • GM 3.6 Timing Chain Case Study
  • Testing Chassis and Signal Grounds
  • Ecoboost Turbo Replacement
  • Crankcase Vapor Management on Late-Model Vehicles
  • TPMS Tech: Tools
Ad Closing:
June 1, 2018
Materials Due:
June 8, 2018
August
  • Oil Requirements for Shorter Cold-Start Cycles
  • Direct Injection Injector Spray Patterns
  • Scoping Out Pulse-Width Modulated Signals for Fuel Pumps and Other Components
  • Locking Down Engines Before Belt Replacement
  • Stretch Belt Installation Tricks
  • Scan Tools and Electric Water Pumps and Thermostats
  • Understanding Security Systems and Starter Control Circuits
  • Diesel Exhaust Fluid Quality Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Korean Systems
Ad Closing:
July 1, 2018
Materials Due:
July 8, 2018
September
  • Oil Life Indicator Reset Guide
  • Solving Idle Quality Problems
  • P0456: Diagnosing Small EVAP Leaks
  • Ignition Coil Driver Tests
  • Automatic Transmission Filter and Fluid Service
  • Inspecting and Repairing Belt Alignment
  • Telematics Systems Codes
  • Secondary Air Injection Systems
  • Why Engine and Transmission Mounts Fail
Ad Closing:
August 1, 2018
Materials Due:
August 8, 2018
October
  • Oil 101: Understanding Oil Additive Packages
  • Curing Ford Intake Manifold Leaks
  • Fuel Injector Wave Pattern Diagnostics
  • Using Freeze-Frame Data for Diagnostics
  • Knock Sensor Testing
  • Replacing Blend Door Motors
  • Using Telematics In The Aftermarket
  • Diesel DEF System Sensors
  • Turbocharger Oil System Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
September 1, 2018
Materials Due:
September 8, 2018
Special Supplement: Maintenance Matters
November
  • EVAP System Testing Procedures
  • What Does Calculated Load Mean to Diagnostics
  • Case Study: Toyota Four Cylinder Vibration Diagnostics
  • Throttle Position Sensor Testing and Calibration
  • Diagnosing HVAC Sensors
  • Alternator Quick Diagnostics Checklist
  • Finding Turbocharger Leaks
  • TPMS Tech: Ford
Ad Closing:
October 1, 2018
Materials Due:
October 8, 2018
December
  • Borderline Catalyst Efficiency Diagnostics
  • Direct Fuel Injection Supply Pump Problems
  • GM 5.3 Spark Plug Problems
  • Timing Belt Inspection Checklist
  • Timing Chain Replacement and Variable Valve Actuators
  • Belt Solutions With High-Mileage Vehicles
  • Extended Interval Coolant Replacement
  • DEF Fluid Sensors
  • TPMS Tech: Mercedes-Benz
  • Transmission Scan Tool Diagnostics
Ad Closing:
November 1, 2018
Materials Due:
November 8, 2018
Direct editorial questions to
Andrew Markel
Editor
[email protected]
330.670.1234 ext. 296
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