Tim Craig

Tim Craig

Tim Craig, a 40-year veteran of the automotive aftermarket, is a special consultant to Mighty and a partner in R/T Marketing. Tim can be reached at: timcraig@comcast.net

ARTICLES

Taking a Dim View of Out-Of-Stocks

In the case of headlights, the industry experiences a one in 10 failure rate, based on data from shops that perform safety inspections. When you discover a burned-out headlight, it becomes an immediate call to action to ensure safety, and having the right parts in stock becomes a necessity.
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Please…Don’t Ever Change

Evidently those words were never spoken to the mobile air conditioning industry, because once more we are in the midst of more changes. One of the changes we explained in a previous article — the new R-1234yf refrigerant. The other change in air conditioning revises the sealing design on small cans for all refrigerants, including R-134a.
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A Tale of Two Batteries

It’s cold — really cold — 14 F cold, and the freezing temps are compounded by the wind whipping past the self-storage buildings where I’ve been working for the past 20 minutes. I’m looking forward to hopping in my 2004 Tundra and cranking up the heat. Finally my work is done. As I turn the key, I hear “click, click, click.” I try again — “click, click, click” — dead battery. No warning; none of the slow starts that I’ve experienced in the past; it’s just immediately dead. Luckily, I have two tools to get me going again —
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Automotive Maintenance

For the first time in months, many consumers will turn on the A/C in their car and find the air is not as cool as it should be. Their first reaction is, “It needs a recharge,” and maybe it does. But when they bring the vehicle to you, the first thing you should do is insert an auto A/C thermometer in the dashboard vent to properly gauge the air temperature. Most manufacturers recommend air coming out of an A/C vent to be 38 to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Below that you can have a coil freezing condition. Above 46 degrees
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The New A/C. Not as Simple as 1,2,3,4

Now that you are comfortable with the R-134a refrigerant standard in automotive air conditioning, governmental regulators decided it is time for a change! It started with the European Union (EU) and the new directives they base on Global Warming Potential (GWP) standards established for mobile air conditioning refrigerants. To appreciate this change, you must understand the reasons for the change.GWP reflects the number of years a refrigerant exists in the atmosphere while it is affecting global warming before it breaks down into a constituent or harmless gas. During its life, the refrigerant has an adverse effect on global warming,
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Windshield Wipers' Biggest Secret

What’s the most popular windshield wiper blade found on new cars and light-duty vehicles today? We know the standard frame wiper has declined in popularity over recent years, so the answer must be the newer beam, flat or aero style, right? Wrong. The most popular style wiper blade on windshields of light duty vehicles since 2013 is the hybrid blade. This style wiper is currently found on more than 40 percent of new vehicles, totaling more than 70 million wiper blades installed to date.The hybrid wiper blade is our industry’s biggest secret even though it has been original equipment
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