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What Type of Air Compressor Should I Buy for a Tire Repair or Automotive Garage?

Posted by Jimmy Hill on

      How will you use it? When setting up a new tire repair shop (View) or seeking to replace a compressor in an existing shop, it becomes quickly apparent that there are a lot of types of compressors to choose from. You should first think about what your intended use for the compressor is. Do you plan to put in a garage setting where it will be used frequently for multiple applications, such as tire inflation and driving pneumatic equipment, or will it be used on a mobile service truck? If you plan to use a compressor in...

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How to make money by adding wheel alignment service to your tire store

Posted by Jimmy Hill on

The growing need for alignment services Driving style and road conditions often dictate the frequency of need, most sources recommend an alignment service every 10,000 miles, 1 to 3 years or with each new set of tires, however for most cars, there are no stated requirements from vehicle manufacturers. An article  from www.testingautoscom recommends  more frequent intervals if wider tires are used or if one drives a sports car. If the car hits something in the road such as a large pothole, the alignment will likely be off and require adjustment. With an estimated 255.8 million passenger vehicles on the...

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How to Properly Lift a Vehicle for Tire Service

Posted by Beth Blysard on

 

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Robinair - Four simple steps to take to avoid costly refrigerant contamination in your shop

Posted by Beth Blysard on

It’s not just DIY’ers and careless air-conditioning service providers that you need to watch out for when it comes to refrigerant contamination.  Now, even the new 134a refrigerant you buy may not be what you think it is.  Many reports have already surfaced in 2006 about brand new R134a refrigerant bottles containing very little, if any, R134a.  If your shop uses this “new” refrigerant on your recovery recycling/recharge machine, you’ll be contaminating every car you service with this refrigerant. Imagine that potential liability!Here are the four simple steps you can take to keep your shop 100% clean from refrigerant contamination:...

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Basic Information About Automotive Alignment

Posted by Jimmy Hill on

Alignment is one of the critical maintenance factors in getting the most wear and performance from your tires. Also, wheel alignment provides safe, predictable vehicle control as well as a smooth and comfortable ride—free of pulling or vibration. Today's modern suspensions require a precise four-wheel alignment that can only achieve through a modern alignment system. This applies to both front and rear wheel drive vehicles. Alignment Basics: Aligning a car or truck involves the adjustment of the vehicle's suspension—not the tires and wheels. The direction and the angles that the tires point in after the alignment is complete are critically...

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