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 or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

June 2014 ASE Question of the Month

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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.

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What is Elite EXTRA

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

Automotive Collision Front End Damage Estimate Exercise | Repair University

In today's autobody center the most common estimated damage is a front end collision. If you want to be an estimator, an insurance adjuster or an Independent your going to need to master the front impact.    It this episode, Larry Montanez P&L Consultants takes our CEO and former insurance DRP estimating trainer through a hands on exercise with a 2013 Mercedes after a low speed front end impact. We use the OEM repair guidelines and AudaExplore repair guide to estimating for specific requirements of repair.    Repair University is a free online education and training series for the collision repair industry brought to you by Collision Hub

AutoWatch | Customer Repair Status and Tracking Mobile Solution iPhone Android

AutoWatch® is a unique customer service and marketing tool.With this system, your customers will be able to literally "see" the progress of their vehicle repair through the Internet and your interactive web site. Each day, digital photos are uploaded and posted to your web site along with the latest vehicle repair status. Your customers will check on their vehicle at home, work and the wee hours of the night. Your shop is open 24 hours a day!

Chip Foose Takes Facebook Questions: Building Designer

You had questions for Chip Foose so 3M Collision and BASF Refinish sent us to CA to get Chip's answers.    We sat him down inside Foose Designs and asked the top submitted questions from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.    Got a question for Foose we didn't ask? Send it to us and it could make the next installments of Ask Foose.

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Appropriate Load When Testing.

Some instructors claim you should never use a test light for electrical troubleshooting, rather, you should only use a DVOM. Well, sometimes, even a low impedance test light isn't enough to give reliable results! If you're testing a circuit that pulls a load, you should test it with the same size load. Make sense?
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