News Briefs 4/30/19

Bridgestone Retail Operations has closed 13 Firestone Complete Auto Care shops in the Salt Lake City area due to the expiration of a master lease agreement, according to Fox13 Salt Lake City.

• Jiffy Lube International has recognized The Foster Group as its “Franchisee of the Year.” Owners Briggs Anderson and Niki Leffingwell joined the Jiffy Lube network in 2017. They operate seven locations in western Montana.

• In Fredricksburg, TX, VP Racing Fuels has opened its first VP Fastlube quick lube center, joining the company’s offering of branded gas stations and convenience stores. Management envisions Fastlube as a coast-to-coast platform.

• The Car Care Council has released a video on how drivers can reap long-term benefits from spending a portion of their tax refunds on preventative vehicle maintenance.

• The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has released a YouTube video on the value of periodic motor vehicle inspection programs. It features ASA Mechanical Division Director Tom Piippo, the owner of Tri-County Motors in Rudyard, MI, as well as Tony Molla, ASA’s vice president of industry relations.

ASE’s Advanced Engine Performance Specialist (L1) test is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019. By the end of the year, ASE estimates that 100,000 service professionals will have earned the L1 credential since its inception. L1 is the highest ASE credential a driveability and emissions technician can achieve.

Haynes North America is now a partner in the TechForce Foundation’s “FutureTech Success” campaign, an industry-wide initiative designed to inspire the next generation of mobility technicians.

• A bill has been introduced in the Louisiana House of Representatives (HB 546) that would eliminate the state’s vehicle safety inspection program for all vehicles, except commercial vehicles and student transportation vehicles. The proposed legislation also would require vehicles registered in parishes governed by the U.S. Clean Air Act to obtain emissions inspections, as required under federal law.

• Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has signed into law House Bill 2514, which increases the maximum charge for a motor vehicle safety inspection from $16 to $20.

• Mazda has selected Redline Detection to manufacture a dual-purpose diagnostic leak detector for servicing vehicles across North America. The equipment is designed to test the integrity of the complete engine system in a single, 15-minute procedure.

• US Motor Works (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has released the first installment of its Success in Cooling information series, the engine water pump, which can be found in the Pro Tech Center and at under “downloads.” Printed versions of the booklet also are available.

• Dana Inc. has expanded its “Driveline Forensics” training series to include videos covering key safety and maintenance tips for electrified vehicles. Dana plans to expand the series throughout 2019. The videos are available at under the “Tools & Training” tabs.

• Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems reports that its online training portal, (now in its sixth year), has surpassed 80,000 registered users.

• CRP Automotive has completed the 100th episode of its informational Inside The Brands” video series for professional automotive technicians. The program launched in 2015.