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Counterman magazine is uniquely and distinctly positioned as the clear leader among publications serving the needs of the automotive parts distribution market. Our total qualified circulation of 38,198 reaches more automotive parts distribution professionals than any other publication. Counterman is read by professionals at every level of the automotive parts distribution channel, from retail chain, program group and corporate headquarters to independent WDs and company-owned distribution centers, to retail chain, company-owned and independent parts stores.

For more than 30 years, Counterman has covered the automotive aftermarket distribution channel from beginning to end – serving jobbers, retailers and warehouse distributors. To qualify for a free subscription to our monthly print publication or newsletter, visit http://www.counterman.com/subscribe/.

It’s been said that making oil is like baking a cake. Everyone uses the basic ingredients, but the spices and frosting...
06/25/2019
Conventional Oils vs. Synthetics: It's All About that Base

It’s been said that making oil is like baking a cake. Everyone uses the basic ingredients, but the spices and frosting give it a distinct taste. Without the spices, the cake would be very bland. With oil, it’s a similar story.
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The base oil is what determines if the oil is considered a synthetic or conventional oil.

FleetPride Acquires Goose’s Diesel Truck Parts & Service in New York
06/25/2019
FleetPride Acquires Goose’s Diesel Truck Parts & Service in New York

FleetPride Acquires Goose’s Diesel Truck Parts & Service in New York

Founded by Michael “Goose” Bucey in 1992, the company recently relocated to a larger facility and offers fleet maintenance, repair and parts for all makes and models of heavy-duty trucks and trailers.

TPMS Sensors Are Safety-Critical Components
06/25/2019
TPMS Sensors Are Safety-Critical Components

TPMS Sensors Are Safety-Critical Components

While TPMS sensors add extra work and expense to diagnose, ultimately it’s worth it to save a blown tire or to prevent an accident due to underinflation.

Over the years, engine oils have become thinner and pumped with additives to help boost fuel efficiency and lower emissi...
06/24/2019
New Motor Oils and OEM Requirements

Over the years, engine oils have become thinner and pumped with additives to help boost fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Your grandfather’s oil may have worked well for its time, but that same oil could destroy a modern engine.
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As the OEMs began adopting electronic fuel injection on most of their mass-produced vehicles, the role of engine oils also began to change.

Good communication is the key to reducing the frustration and frequency of returns.
06/24/2019
When Auto Parts Come Back: Minimizing the Hassle of Returns

Good communication is the key to reducing the frustration and frequency of returns.

While we can’t eliminate returns completely, there are a number of proactive ways to reduce the frustration and frequency of these transactions.

A basic code reader is a good tool for helping customers diagnose their DTCs and to figure out what action to take next....
06/22/2019
Scan Tools: There’s One for Every Job

A basic code reader is a good tool for helping customers diagnose their DTCs and to figure out what action to take next. These are simple but effective tools, and some even display live data streams from OBD II monitors.
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The number of electronically controlled sensors and systems on vehicles today is increasing, and therefore requires much more sophisticated tools to communicate with the computers on board.

American Honda Restores a Chevy Pickup
06/19/2019
American Honda Restores a Chevy Pickup

American Honda Restores a Chevy Pickup

Shortly after American Honda Motor Co. first opened for business in 1959, the company purchased a small fleet of Chevy pickups to deliver motorcycles to its fledgling dealers across Southern California.

"Several industry organizations will bring their training expertise to this year’s AAPEXedu, offering a mix of classro...
06/17/2019
AAPEXedu to Feature Mix of Classroom, Hands-on and Underhood Training

"Several industry organizations will bring their training expertise to this year’s AAPEXedu, offering a mix of classroom, hands-on and underhood sessions to keep auto parts retailers and warehouse distributors ahead of the curve."
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The AAPEXedu program will feature a forum on advanced driver-assistance systems; a Service Professionals Summit; sessions on trends, market outlook, technologies, tariffs and more; as well as “Mobility Garage: Products and Training for Tomorrow” and “Let’s Tech” presentations.

"Overheating is one of the most common causes of breakdowns, so there are abundant opportunities for maintenance and rep...
06/14/2019
Electric Cooling Fans and Relays: Don't Lose Your Cool

"Overheating is one of the most common causes of breakdowns, so there are abundant opportunities for maintenance and repairs of cooling system components."
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Overheating is one of the most common causes of breakdowns, so there are abundant opportunities for maintenance and repairs of cooling system components.

"An O2 sensor works in conjunction with the PCM and other components such as mass airflow sensors to calculate the preci...
06/12/2019
Oxygen Sensors: Critical Components of a Modern Engine

"An O2 sensor works in conjunction with the PCM and other components such as mass airflow sensors to calculate the precise amount of fuel the injector should pulse into the cylinder for combustion to occur."
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An O2 sensor works in conjunction with the PCM and other components such as mass airflow sensors to calculate the precise amount of fuel the injector should pulse into the cylinder for combustion to occur.

"Typically, clutch components are replaced at the same time to bring the system back to original condition, since it’s...
06/11/2019
Clutch Kits Make an Ideal Replacement Solution for Customers Who Prefer Manual Transmissions

"Typically, clutch components are replaced at the same time to bring the system back to original condition, since it’s easier to change parts with the transmission removed from the engine."
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Typically, clutch components are replaced at the same time to bring the system back to original condition, since it’s easier to change parts with the transmission removed from the engine.

"In severe-duty driving, brake pads wear out quickly, as the vehicle often is in stop-and-go traffic situations. Eventua...
06/10/2019
Brake Pads: When to Replace, When to Upgrade

"In severe-duty driving, brake pads wear out quickly, as the vehicle often is in stop-and-go traffic situations. Eventually, the pads wear out, but your customer may not always notice the telltale signs until metal touches metal."
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Brake pads come in many different shapes and sizes, as well as compounds.

The next Federated T-shirt giveaway starts tomorrow!
06/10/2019
Classic Muscle Cars Featured in Federated T-Shirt Giveaway

The next Federated T-shirt giveaway starts tomorrow!

Each Tuesday from June 11 through Aug. 13, Federated will announce five randomly selected winners of a free Federated XL T-shirt on its Federated Auto Parts and Federated Car Care pages.

"There are three common types of power brake boosters in use today. Hydro-boost is frequently found on diesel vehicles a...
06/08/2019
Power-Assisted Braking: How It Works, and What Can Go Wrong

"There are three common types of power brake boosters in use today. Hydro-boost is frequently found on diesel vehicles and uses the power-steering system to operate."
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A power booster gives the brake system superpowers – allowing a grandmother on the way to church to stop as quickly as Arnold Schwarzenegger on the way to his helicopter.

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Rallies Members to Political Action
06/07/2019
Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Rallies Members to Political Action

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance Rallies Members to Political Action

On June 4, Auto Care Association Director of State Affairs Tom Tucker addressed nearly 400 Alliance members and channel partners at the Sheraton New Orleans to discuss the industry’s political status.

"For whatever reason, windshield wipers are one of the most neglected parts on a vehicle. If the rubber blade hasn’t c...
06/06/2019
Windshield Wipers Need to Be Replaced at Least Once a Year

"For whatever reason, windshield wipers are one of the most neglected parts on a vehicle. If the rubber blade hasn’t completely disintegrated, chances are some of your customers will insist on keeping them."
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For whatever reason, windshield wipers are one of the most neglected parts on a vehicle.

Congrats to Brad Mehsling of Auto Value in Omaha, Nebraska!
06/06/2019
Meet the May ‘Guess the Car’ Champion: Brad Mehsling

Congrats to Brad Mehsling of Auto Value in Omaha, Nebraska!

The correct answer for the May contest is the Chevrolet Volt. The winner for May is Brad Mehsling, a counter professional at Auto Value in Omaha, Nebraska.

What about a meme for how it feels when you talk to a new mechanic?
06/05/2019

What about a meme for how it feels when you talk to a new mechanic?

06/04/2019

Spring is allergy season for many, but even though you're not a doctor, you're still able to help your customer...at least when they’re in their car, truck or SUV.
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AutoZone’s strategy of offering expanded parts assortments in certain stores – known as hubs or megahubs – is work...
06/04/2019
AutoZone Doubling Down on Megahub Strategy

AutoZone’s strategy of offering expanded parts assortments in certain stores – known as hubs or megahubs – is working so well that the company plans to double the number of megahubs in its network.

CEO Bill Rhodes said AutoZone’s long-term plan is to open 70 to 90 megahubs in the United States, up from its initial vision of 25 to 40 megahubs.

"Translating a belt’s length or markings into a usable part number can be challenging, especially given all the differ...
06/01/2019
Belt Sizing Is a Year-Round Issue for Auto Parts Professionals

"Translating a belt’s length or markings into a usable part number can be challenging, especially given all the different ways customers present their requests."
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Translating a belt’s length or markings into a usable part number can be challenging, especially given all the different ways customers present their requests.

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05/31/2019

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Counterman is accepting nominations for the 2019 Counter Professional of the Year. If you'd like to nominate a colleague...
05/31/2019

Counterman is accepting nominations for the 2019 Counter Professional of the Year. If you'd like to nominate a colleague – or yourself – click on the link below. The winner gets a free trip to Las Vegas for AAPEX 2019, a cover story in the December issue and all the glory that comes with being the Counter Pro of the Year!

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05/30/2019

There's going to be more turbochargers on the road in the future....so what does this mean for you and your customer?
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"Relays tend to cause some confusion for our customers, as well as for many counter pros. The wide variety of relay conf...
05/29/2019
Vehicle Electrical Systems: Understanding Relays

"Relays tend to cause some confusion for our customers, as well as for many counter pros. The wide variety of relay configurations, applications and uses can make selection difficult, especially when catalog information is unavailable or incomplete."
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Understanding how relays work can help counter pros select an appropriate replacement – even without a catalog.

Have you checked out this month's digital edition? We dive into brake hardware, muffler science, and much more!http://ow...
05/28/2019
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Have you checked out this month's digital edition? We dive into brake hardware, muffler science, and much more!
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05/25/2019

The map-controlled thermostat: Keeping engines at the newly recommended proper temp using an electric thermal resistor. Here's how they work and why they're being used!
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Not All Belts Require an Automatic Tensioner!Brought to you by Continental
05/24/2019
Not All Belts Require an Automatic Tensioner!

Not All Belts Require an Automatic Tensioner!
Brought to you by Continental

Since 2004, automakers have been designing drives using self-tensioning belts. These drives do not have a mechanical tensioner to maintain constant belt tension, and they do not have an adjustment...

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