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Why A&M Auto Service Specializes in European Cars & SUVs

In this episode of Auto Pros On The Road, Joe Keene and Jacqui Van Ham visit Rob “Dutch” Silverstein, owner of A&M Auto Service. Family

Take a Deep Dive into Engine Building with Concord Engines

Auto Pros on the Road puts the Babcox Media team on location in shops across the USA. This episode is sponsored by Autolite.

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Auto Pros on the Road puts the Babcox Media team on location in shops across the USA. This episode is sponsored by Autolite. In Episode

Tires

The Pirelli Elect Range Grows

Pirelli Elect is now widely available for the aftermarket and

Yokohama Introduces New Triple-Steel-Belted Alliance 590

The new Alliance 590 flotation radial from Yokohama Off-Highway Tires

BKT Launches New Tire FL 695

BKT has launched its new FL 695 tire, an agro-industrial

Business & Commentary

Raising the Next CEO

As the co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto, I’ve had the great fortune of building on the legacy that my parents created when they started

Raising the Next CEO

As the co-CEO of Virginia Tire & Auto, I’ve had the great fortune of building on the legacy that my parents created when they started

Service

Launch Tech Releases The X-431 ADAS Pro Plus

Launch Tech USA has released its third-generation professional ADAS system calibration stand for passenger cars, the X-431 ADAS Pro Plus. The stand is made of an aluminum

Launch Tech Releases The X-431 ADAS Pro Plus

Launch Tech USA has released its third-generation professional ADAS system calibration stand for passenger cars, the X-431 ADAS Pro Plus. The stand is made of an aluminum

CV Joint Replacement Tips

When front-wheel drive first became popular around the 1980s, I wasn’t even alive or thought of. However, constant-velocity or (CV) joints were thought into existence in the industry then, and have been connecting your vehicle’s transmission to its wheels since. Sometimes though, CV joints can fail or wear, usually caused by a torn, cracked, or […]

Servicing 4x4 Locking Hubs

A 4×4 locking hub is an automatic hub used on many 4×4 trucks to disengage the front wheels when four-wheel drive is not needed. But like, how does it work, and how do you service them if they end up going bad? Let’s go over how a 4×4 locking hub works, what the main problems […]

Keeping Up With Increasing Tire Sizes

Everything seems like it is getting bigger nowadays, right? I mean, our phones barely fit in our pockets. Things are getting bigger in the auto industry, too. Take, for example, the trend of increasing tire rim diameters- namely in the 18- to 22-in. rim-diameter range in recent years, which has seen double-digit growth since 2015. […]

News & People

Hankook Tire America President to Step Down July 1

Curtis Brison is moving on from his role as president of Hankook Tire America Corp., effective July 1. According to a statement from Hankook Tire, Sooil Lee, CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology, will assume the role of interim president. Lee previously served as president of Hankook Tire America Corp....

TBC Announces Brian Maciak to Lead Big O Tires Team

After a 17-year career at Big O Tires, a subsidiary of TBC Corporation, Jim Bull, vice president and general manager of Big O Tires, will retire effective July 1. Big O says over the past three years, and under Jim’s leadership, the company has achieved record sales and record profitability, including becoming one...

Former Yokohama Tire Executive Jim MacMaster Passes Away

Jim MacMaster, Yokohama Tires’ former executive vice president and chief operating officer, passed away on June 14. He was 75. MacMaster, who spent 39 years in the tire industry, retired from Yokohama in 2010 after 30 years with the company. He also served as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturers Association...

TireHub Hires Grant Dismore as Vice President of Operations

TireHub has hired Grant Dismore to fill the role of vice president of operations.  Dismore has previously served in executive roles at Interstate Batteries, the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages. He has extensive experience in customer-facing delivery operations, distribution strategy implementation, large fleet operations and complex...

Winhere Brake Parts Hires New Director of Friction Category

Winhere Brake Parts has added Tony McKey as its new director of friction category. Prior to joining Winhere, McKey spent 26 years with NAPA Auto Parts and most recently was the director of category management for the NAPA Brakes offering. Winhere says McKey’s aftermarket experience spans a variety of leadership...

TIA Reorganizes Leadership Team

The Tire Industry Association has reorganized its leadership team in a move to create an organizational structure that will better serve TIA’s mission into the future, CEO Richard Gust has announced. The changes include new titles and responsibilities for long-time TIA executives Sandra Martinez, who becomes chief operating officer; Kevin...

Yokohama Rubber Begins Testing Tire Service for Taxi Companies

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has begun practical testing of its tire air pressure remote access System as a tire solution service for taxi companies. The testing began in May and is being conducted together with the company’s tire sales subsidiary Yokohama Tire Japan Co., Ltd., and with the cooperation...

What TIA Is Watching In Washington

TIA says it continues to monitor two big pieces of legislation that could see movement this summer from the privately owned and small business perspective.  The first of these items is a yet-to-be-negotiated new iteration of the “Build Back Better” legislation. The Build Back Better Act provides funding, establishes programs, and...

Pirelli Talks EV Tires for the Aftermarket, Investing in North America

You may not be seeing electric vehicles in your shop now, but, as market data predicts, they are coming, and tiremakers are preparing in a variety of ways to provide for this new vehicle segment. Thanks to its OE relationships and technology-driven development, one OE that is making significant strides...

Hankook Tire America President to Step Down July 1

Curtis Brison is moving on from his role as president of Hankook Tire America Corp., effective July 1. According to a statement from Hankook Tire, Sooil Lee, CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology, will assume the role of interim president. Lee previously served as president of Hankook Tire America Corp....

Avg. Vehicle Age in the US Up to 12.2 Years

The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. rose to 12.2 years this year, increasing by nearly two months over the prior year, according to new research from S&P Global Mobility (formerly the automotive team at IHS Markit). This is the fifth straight year the average...

How Indycar Tire Production is Leading the Sustainability Charge

Bridgestone is certainly no stranger to advancing sustainable tire manufacturing practices. Be it addressing end-of-life tire waste, investing in rubber alternatives like the Guayule plant or sourcing tire plant electricity from renewable energy sources like hydro, geothermal, solar and wind energy, Bridgestone has made sustainability-minded headlines in the past year...

Podcasts

The Trickle Down Effect of Tire Supply Chain Disruption [Audio]

For the last several years, the one word that constantly comes up in conversations about the tire business is supply–No. 1 getting the tires, and No. 2, getting the ones you need. Inflation has caused logistics and transportation costs to rise, and we’re still seeing port congestion and other ripple...

Why Scaling Up Helps Business with Tires Plus’ Jarid Lundeen [Audio]

Even when Jarid Lundeen worked in the restaurant and banking industries, one thing about the customer experience always stood out to him: Consistency. Early on, he learned consistency creates success, which is what he looks to instill in his four Tires Plus locations in Minott, North Dakota. But how do...

Transtar’s Neil Sethi Featured on AMN Drivetime Podcast

During his recent AMN Drivetime podcast interview with Babcox Media CEO Bill Babcox, Neil Sethi, president and CEO of Transtar Holding Company, shared his fascinating journey from studying biology and medicine as an undergrad to shifting gears and finishing with an MBA focused on finance. Throughout this journey, which continues...

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