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April 2022

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April is Car Care Month

As winter comes to an end, it is time to get your customer's cars ready for spring driving and summer road trips! It is important to check tires, brakes and windshield wipers and take care of any issues that may have occurred during winter. Help your customers be car care aware!

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TWO WEEKS LEFT: The 2022 Aftermarket Jackpot VIP Sweepstakes is ALMOST OVER!

10 lucky winners and their guests will win a VIP trip of a lifetime to the 2022 Aftermarket Jackpot Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper. Now through April 30, 2022 enter for a chance to win. Professional technicians receive automatic entries into the VIP High Roller Sweepstakes with each qualifying invoice made through MyPlace4Parts.


BONUS!! For the months of March, April and May, MAHLE will be giving away 3 additional VIP packages, 1 each month, as MAHLE sponsored VIP Trip packages. These winners will have exclusive opportunities like meeting Richard Petty or Vaughn Gittin Jr., or even taking a spin on the Drift course with Vaughn himself. Each $100 of MAHLE product purchased through MyPlace4Parts during the March 1 – May 31, 2022 promotional period earns an automatic entry.

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Virtual Diesel Expo Registration

May 17 - 19, 2022

This 3 Day Event is perfect for shop owners, repair technicians, or anyone interested in the diesel industry. There will be one day each for light-duty, medium & heavy-duty, and off-highway.

Best part: this event is 100% FREE!

Social Media Marketing

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Need Some Help with Spring Social Media Ideas?

Take a look at some of the social posting ideas we've published just in time for Spring Time promotions! Jumpstart or amplify your existing online presence with fun and engaging posts.



Fueling Change in the Auto Care Industry

Your avenue to advocacy! The Auto Care Political Action Commitee (ACPAC) is the only bipartisan fund that seeks to elect and re-elect officials who work to advance, promote and preserve a vibrant auto care industry.

Want to learn more? Click here for a quick video!

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PODCAST: The Lobbying Effort

Are you aware of The Right to Repair Act? Lobbying is a big part of the automotive aftermarket and YOU have a voice! Learn more from one of our shop owners, Andy Massoll, who recently met with his local representative to discuss Right to Repair.

Click here to write to your local rep! It takes less than 30 seconds.

Let's Get Technical

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April Maintenance IQ:

We've got a challenge for you. Find an owner's manual, either online or in a vehicle and look for the coolant service interval. If it's a late model, let's say 2017 or newer, it is going to be very difficult to find that interval. Learn more about coolant specs and universal coolants!

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April Tech IQ:

Picture this: a customer comes in, they have a complaint about a rough running engine, but only during certain conditions. Let's say pulling away from a light. They notice a little stumble between 2,000 and 3,000 RPM. You scan the vehicle, there are no codes. You look under the hood, nothing's wrong. You take it for a test drive. In this video, we'll explore testing ignition coils and multi-coil packs. Diagnosing these systems will help your team determine the right parts for the job!

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Training Resources: Gates Toolbox

Visit Gates' System Training Toolbox filled with training videos to help your team with installation tips, sales tips and system overviews. Click here!

Garage Gurus: Presented by Driv

Watch this quick video to see how using a Mueller suspension wear indicator can help find any looseness in suspension parts.

Driv's video library is full of quick tech tips like this one. Click here for more videos!

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POP QUIZ: The plug leading from the harness to an airbag sensor is MOST likely:

A) Yellow

B) Red

C) White

D) Black

View the answer. View explanation.

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