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Improper tire pressure remains a hot topic in the cold weather
Modern Tire Dealer
Whether or not the National Football League finds the New England Patriots guilty of cheating in the "Deflategate," one truth came out of the debate. As the temperature drops, so does inflation pressure. According to Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., air pressure in a tire typically changes 1 to 2 psi for every 10 degrees of temperature change. Not surprisingly, a lot of tire pressure monitoring system dashboard lights are scaring drivers during cold weather.
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Tires slashed on over 40 cars in Humble, Texas, neighborhood
KHOU-TV
More than 40 car owners are dealing with an expensive hassle in the Walden on Lake Houston subdivision in Humble, Texas. Somebody slashed multiple tires on 46 cars there overnight. Silver Lure Drive looked and sounded like an auto repair shop Feb. 21 as Beasley Tire Service rolled through the neighborhood, fixing flat, after flat, after flat.
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TIA introduces certified ETS program
Tire Review
The Tire Industry Association introduced an all-new certified Earthmover Tire Service training program during its OTR Tire Conference in Tucson, Arizona. The program will follow the same "train the trainer" model that has been successfully used in its commercial tire service and automotive programs, according to Kevin Rohlwing, senior vice president of training at TIA.
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NHTSA hits Takata with $14,000 daily fine for air bags
USA Today
The U.S. government announced recently that it is fining Japan-based auto safety equipment company Takata $14,000 a day for refusing to cooperate with a probe of its faulty air bags by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Takata has refused to recall cars with the air bags, which can inflate explosively, tearing loose from their mountings and blowing shrapnel into occupants. And it has dragged its feet responding to government demands for information.
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Senator asks DOJ to investigate car insurance
CNN via WXII-TV
A U.S. senator is urging the Justice Department to investigate insurance companies and auto repairs done at their "preferred" repair shops across the country, because of safety concerns for consumers that were identified in a recent CNN exclusive investigation. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., recently called on the Department of Justice to begin an investigation into auto repairs being done nationwide, because the repairs may often be done by using recycled, remanufactured, re-used, or aftermarket parts, which he says could lead to unsafe vehicles.
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Vehicle service: How to test vacuum power assist and hydroboost braking systems
Tire Review
The ASE A5 Test has a large section (about 43 percent) dedicated to hydraulic, power assist and parking brake system diagnosis and repair. As it specifically pertains to power assist, you must know how to do the following things in this article.
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Mercedes recalls 147,000 cars in US for engine fire risk
Reuters
Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz is recalling more than 147,000 midsize sedans and station wagons from 2013-2015 to check for risk of engine fires, the U.S. safety regulator said Feb. 21. The cars have a rubber seal in the engine compartment that can fall onto the exhaust system, increasing the risk of an under-hood fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Texas bills target 'named driver' automobile policies; disclosure rules adopted
Autobody News
A pair of bills filed in the Texas Legislature would prohibit automobile insurers from issuing "named driver" policies in the state, but one would allow named driver exclusion under certain circumstances.
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