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Commitment to Training — Fox Valley event 10/15/16

Date posted: August 24, 2016

Author: CCAR

Categories: Uncategorized, Whats new

FREE TRAINING  Brought to you by Automechanika Chicago and their sponsors, this one-day event brings together some of the nation’s top trainers to help shop owners/managers and technicians improve their business and technical skills.  In partnership with Fox Valley Technical College, this event is a special opportunity for professionals to network and learn at NO COST thanks to the support of manufacturer sponsors. Click here for more information and to register.    


ASE Winter Tech News

Date posted: February 19, 2016

Author: CCAR

Categories: Whats new

Greetings! At CCAR, we recognize the value that the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) provides to our industry. That’s why we have partnered with our friends at ASE to bring you the latest issue of ASE’s Winter Tech News, their quarterly update on whats going on at ASE and the industry.   Please scroll down below and click on the links to receive your copy.   Remember, ASE’s Winter registration ends February 24th!     ASE TechNews Winter 2016  


Obama calls for improved chemical safety

Date posted: August 2, 2013

Author: CCAR

Categories: DOL, OSHA, Safety, Whats new

President Obama on Aug. 1 signed an executive order instructing key federal agencies, including the Labor Department, to work together to reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and communities. Incidents such as the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, in April are tragic reminders that the handling and storage of chemicals present serious risks that must be addressed. The order directs federal agencies to initiate innovative approaches for collaborating with stakeholders to improve chemical facility safety and security through agency programs and private-sector initiatives, federal guidance, standards and regulation. Included in the order is a


August is AMRA/MAP’s Brake Safety Awareness month

Date posted: August 1, 2013

Author: CCAR

Categories: Safety, Whats new

Throughout the month of August, the Automotive Maintenance and Repair Association (AMRA) and the Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) are promoting Brake Safety Awareness Month (BSAM). As in previous years, AMRA is providing Member companies with a poster for each of their MAP Participating Facilities, courtesy of Tenneco Automotive. Additionally, Inspection Connection is offering free access to their ProSpec Brake Inspection software during the BSAM promotion, and Phoenix Systems has offered a limited supply of its BrakeStrip brake fluid test strips to Member shops participating in BSAM 2013. Click here for more information on BSAM, or contact Tim Tierney at  


2014 Mercedes S-500 plug-in expected to get 78 mpg, yet goes zero-to-sixty in 6 seconds!

Date posted: July 13, 2013

Author: CCAR

Categories: The Green Link, Whats new


It makes total sense: A super-low-emission plug-in hybrid version of the new 2014 S-Class, to be on sale in the third quarter of next year. According to Autocar, the production version of this new green S500 Benz will be shown off at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, boasting of carbon dioxide emissions of just 70 grams per kilometer. Read more at


R-40 Refrigerant Has Been Found in Contaminated R-134a Cylinders in the U.S.!

Date posted: February 14, 2013

Author: ccar

Categories: The Green Link, The Green Link, Whats new

Refrigerants R40 The Green Sheet Blog

CCAR attended the Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) conference in early February and while we were there we met up with a friend and respected business colleague – Bob Miller of Train Them Now LLC. We asked Bob to be our guest blogger on the subject of refrigerant contamination, and here’s what he offered up; Here is a timeline of contaminated R-134a containing R-40: In August, 2011, Honeywell seized approximately 6,000 counterfeit cylinders of counterfeit R-134a labeled as Honeywell Genetron: On October 18, 2011, the Maersk shipping company informed the World Shipping Council’s Safe Transport of Containers Working Group



Date posted: January 28, 2013

Author: ccar

Categories: Safety, The Green Link, The Green Link, Whats new

Way back in the early 80s I was hired by Gould battery to be one of their mobile technicians, where I was dispatched across the Chicagoland area with a van stocked with a carousel of lead acid batteries and some basic charging system diagnostic equipment and tools. As a result, I still have a soft spot in my heart for the battery industry and in particular for the technicians who install them. Thankfully my employer was very safety-focused, and I was taught right from the very beginning the importance of wearing safety glasses, synthetic clothing (battery acid loves to eat


Toyota and BMW make it official, commit to green vehicle technology partnership

Date posted: January 24, 2013

Author: ccar

Categories: The Green Link, The Green Link, Whats new

Toyota and BMW Partnership

We’re well aware Toyota and BMW are pretty good pals, but details of their ongoing study sessions on green vehicle tech have been vague thus far. The trickle of information continues, and today the companies met to autograph more bits of paper and clasp hands for the camera. New binding agreements were signed to reaffirm deals inked in March and June last year, and their research into next-generation lithium-ion batteries has been expanded to cover the lithium-air kind (hopefully, they are less flammable). Work on making vehicles lighter continues, and they expect to complete development of an inclusive fuel cell


CCAR And ShipMate Inc. Offer New HazmatU Courses

Date posted: January 21, 2013

Author: ccar

Categories: Press Releases, The Green Link, The Green Link, Whats new

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Charles Ayers, president of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), has announced a suite of new HazmatU courses offered by CCAR and its business partner ShipMate Inc. “Of special interest to original equipment manufacturers, automotive dealers and groups is the fact that the courses have been pared down to the critically essential hazardous material information required for each particular job function,” said Ayers. “This maximizes efficiency and reduces the amount of time needed to learn the content.” HazmatU courses include a series of learning assessments following each module of instruction and includes a comprehensive exam.


NHTSA calls for black boxes in all cars

Date posted: December 8, 2012

Author: ccar

Categories: Newsletter, NHTSA, The Green Link, The Green Link, Whats new

Automotive Black Box Data Recovery Systems By Don Gilman Introduction For years, airplane crash investigators have had the benefit of retrieving data from the flight-data recorder, or “black box.” This data has proven invaluable for helping to determine what happened in the seconds before a crash. Now, in order to improve vehicle safety, General Motors is using similar technology in about 40% of its Model Year 1999 vehicles. Background- Evolving Toward the Current State of the Automotive Art In the 1970s, electronic sensors gained wide use in production automobiles. This proliferation was largely driven by the industry’s move toward electronically