Giving Back - Paul Baffico

Paul Baffico served as president of the Sears Automotive Group and CEO of Western Auto, retiring in 1999 at the age 53. He served in the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War and was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He wrote about his experiences in a new book titled, "“Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot,” which is set for release this summer. Since May of 2006, Baffico has been getting on an airplane once a month bound for Washington, D.C. to serve as a docent at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He's approaching 100 consecutive months of service. In this video clip he talks about why he goes to “The Wall” to serve. 

SkillsUSA Championships 2014

Over 130 of our country's finest students in collision repair and refinish technolody gathered in Kansas City last week for the SkillsUSA Championships.  Take a tour of the competition and skills task each student is required to complete.   

Helping Veterans - Paul Baffico

Paul Baffico retired in 1999 as president of Sears Automotive and CEO of Western Auto. He has written a new book called, “Last Mission for a Reluctant Patriot,” which is set for release this summer. The book talks about the things that happened to him during his war experience and later when he came to grips with its effect on his life. The book talks about his "mission" of serving as a volunteer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on a monthly basis since May of 2006. Baffico also donates time helping veterans in Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois as a licensed peer support specialist; training he undertook after being formally diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD). In this clip Baffico talks about a federal grant that he got involved with and the subsequent Lake County Veterans and Family Services Foundation (LCVFSF) that was later formed. He says the foundation is like a “portal” for veterans, guiding them to the right places where they can get help. He said military training creates veterans who often are the last to ask for help.

July 2014 ASE Question of the Month

Questions:1
Attempts allowed:Unlimited
Available:Always
Pass rate:75 %
Backwards navigation:Allowed

The July issue of Motor Age is built around domestic manufacturers. This month’s ASE Question of the Month is more of a trivia question than a technical one. We’d thought you’d enjoy a little switch!

The Engine Control Module (ECM) needs to receive feedback so it can determine how well an executed function has performed, if it has performed at all. Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems, for example, may use shifts in oxygen sensor voltage, changes in short term fuel trim corrections, or changes in manifold absolute pressure as a means to determine if the EGR is flowing correctly.

Start quiz

Collision Repair Education Foundation

Advanced high strength steel, alternative fuel systems, and other technological innovations are the future of vehicles. These advanced technologies will require a well-trained, skilled workforce to repair these vehicles safely and efficiently. How do you, as a student, school or supporter, fit into this future?Take your interest and talents to the next level by pursuing career training in the collision industry. We offer scholarships, grants, and other education opportunities so you can develop sought-after skills and earn a good living in a trade that rewards hard work and passion. Learn more about the opportunities available to you.Our school grants provide collision programs the new tools, equipment, and supplies to enhance the educational experience, giving students the necessary skills and understanding of new technology. Collision repair businesses are then able to hire them as well-trained, productive, and efficient employees from day one on the job. Find out what's available to your school.Thanks to the contributions of the entire collision industry, every member will benefit from higher levels of service and skilled labor, longer employee retention, and greater loyalty among industry business partners. Learn more on contributing to the cause and getting involved.

Grand Opening Celebration

Car West Auto Body proudly celebrated the opening of its new 26, 500 square foot Dublin location with 350 plus guests. Located directly across the street from their current location, Car West Auto Body will mark the entrance to the Dublin Auto Mall.  Family, friends, business partners gathered in support of Car West's grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Vice Mayor Don Biddle and City of Dublin's Hazel Wetherford were also present in support of Car West's celebration.  Guests enjoyed live jazz music, food, libations and many raffles prizes.

P0014 VVT Diagnostics

P0014: Variable Valve Timing function, common failure causes; checking for misfire causes with a lab scope  

3M says thank you to military spouses

As part of their ongoing support of the military, the 3M Hire Our Heroes Program took a road trip to Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, NC to perform free vehicle detailing for spouses of deployed and fallen soldiers – restoring some 25 vehicles with services valued at nearly $10,000.   The event was held at Tisdale Equipment Maintenance Facility of the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade (BfSB) Motorpool. The recipients included members from Survivor Outreach Services, 18th Airborne Corps and the Warrior Transition Battalion.  Many attended with their children to enjoy the festivities while their vehicles were detailed.   Amanda Rada, wife of a fallen service member said of her restored vehicle, “It hasn’t looked this good since I drove it off the lot!”   The team performing the vehicle detailing consisted of employees from 3M, NAPA and local auto body repair shops and volunteers from Fayetteville Technical College.  The services provided included interior and exterior cleaning; waxing; vinyl, trim and molding restoration; and headlight restoration, all of which used 3M Auto Care cleaning, waxing and restoration products.   “We all know that our military members make incredible sacrifices for us all, but we need to remember that the families for those military members are also making a tremendous sacrifice, so it felt really great to be able to see them drive off in a shiny clean car.  They were all so appreciative,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager for 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.  “I would also like to acknowledge our volunteer clean-up crew from NAPA, the local collision shops, and technical community college, who worked hard and did such a great job!”   The event was hosted by lead anchor and president of the Performance Racing Network, Doug Rice, who will broadcast the 2014 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  The No. 16 3M Ford Fusion race car and team members from the No. 16 team of NASCAR star Greg Biffle were on hand to help with the vehicle projects and participate in a special “thank you” celebration rally for the troops on base.   The No. 16 team performed pit stop demonstrations and let the troop members try their hand at changing tires.  The team also got into the clean-up action, helping wash and wax vehicles.   The 3M Hire Our Heroes program, which provides scholarships and grants to deserving military members and their families interested in a career in the collision industry, had a special tent to showcase the program.   About 3M  3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $31 billion in sales, 3M employs 89,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit www.3M.com or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

June 2014 ASE Question of the Month

Questions:1
Attempts allowed:Unlimited
Available:Always
Pass rate:75 %
Backwards navigation:Allowed

The theme of our June issue is diagnostics strategies, and includes a feature article by Bernie Thompson on the use of in-cylinder pressure testing. You won’t find a question like this one on any ASE test (yet), but the technique is so valuable that we wanted to pique your interest if the concept is still new to you. You can find all the info you need to answer this question in the AutoPro Workshop.

Start quiz

What is Elite EXTRA

This short two minute video will give you a brief overview of just how Elite EXTRA works.
Syndicate content