Monthly Archives: July 2011

German firefighters “now convinced” R-1234yf is safe


A document released at the beginning of July by the Deutscher Feuerwehr Verband (DFV) or German Fireworkers´Association – the country’s national association of firefighters and first responders – has stated on behalf of its members that it is “now convinced … Continue reading

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UK EV data points: Part II


Marching right in the footsteps of our previous entry, more data has emerged from another of the UK’s ongoing studies of electric vehicle usage. This one is following a fleet of 20 plug-able EVs for three years. The cars are … Continue reading

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UK EV data points


Various agencies in the United Kingdom are running eight long-term studies on electric vehicle usage and owner behavior. One group, known as CABLED, has released some preliminary data for the Coventry and Birmingham area in the English Midlands. For background, … Continue reading

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Ford to close Blue Oval Certified program


Back in November, we noted General Motors’ plan to drop its “GM Goodwrench” advertising identity in February of this year. Now comes word that Ford is planning to eliminate the “Blue Oval Certified” dealer service program. The plan was announced … Continue reading

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Frank Allison


Frank (William Franklin) Allison, the long-time executive director of IMACA, died on July 11th at age 80 in Fort Worth, Texas. A memorial service was held on July 20th. He had a large early influence and effect on the international … Continue reading

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The Heat is on…or not


Heating systems and their related airflow components have been the subject of service bulletins from several manufacturers recently. Here are some quick examples in case one shows up in your shop. Each MAY be eligible for warranty or goodwill consideration … Continue reading

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They don’t know what they don’t know


By Elvis L. Hoffpauir, MACS president and COO No one likes to part with their hard-earned money, and that’s particularly true in tough economic times. It’s somewhat easier when a purchase can be planned, budgeted, even anticipated with some relish, … Continue reading

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Guess who came to dinner


By Paul DeGuiseppi, MACS manager of service training I’ll assume we’ve all heard the notion: no matter who they are, you have the opportunity to invite a dozen people to your home for dinner, and they will accept your invitation. … Continue reading

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How good were the good old days?


By Keith N. Leonard, Esquire Very few of us buy the car of our dreams as our first car. Instead, affordability is the principal concern. One of the many used cars that I have owned was a Ford Maverick. Air … Continue reading

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Tire shortages and buyer incentives


It may not affect your shop but sooner or later it will hit you in the wallet. As we lived through the reality or rumor of gasoline shortages, refrigerant shortages, coolant shortages and who knows what else, the latest shortage to roll down the road is…tires. Continue reading

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