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 Arch Auto Parts, an auto parts supplier in Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, New York, has reported strong sales of OE-quality parts resulting from explosive growth in rideshare services Uber, Lyft, Juno and Via, and on-demand delivery services. In the past four years, NYC ride-hail app pickups have grown from zero to 15 million trips per month, according to NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) data, via toddwschneider.com. About half of NYC ride-hail pickups are in the outer boroughs, where taxis have historically been less prevalent. Ride-hail app services now make approximately 10 times more pick-ups than green and yellow taxis combined in the outer boroughs.

The surge in Uber, Lyft and other commercial drivers is good news for Arch Auto Parts, which reports a spike in demand for competitively priced, OE-quality parts. To maintain their TLC license, vehicles used for Uber and Lyft must pass inspections at least every four months, so drivers stay on top of service and repairs and closely track expenses. Arch Auto Parts says it provides these independent contractors in-stock availability of OE-quality parts, at deep discount prices typically only available to commercial fleets.

“Many Uber and Lyft drivers log more than 50,000 miles per year, so they quickly reach their vehicle manufacturer’s warranty limit. They still want OE-quality parts, but without the high dealer prices,” said Lucy Henner, Arch Auto Parts vice president of marketing. “These high-mileage drivers are opting for high-quality parts not only for better performance, but also to reduce their total service expenses. Labor charges are the biggest component of most repair bills. They don’t want to pay labor charges to service the car twice, when an OE-quality part will often last twice as long.”
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It’s in every American’s blood to achieve more, do better, strive. (Well, most Americans. Everyone has that one cousin who doesn’t do a whole lot.)

But in this hyper-aware, hyper-competitive world in which we live, I’d like everyone to do one, huge thing: less. Of everything.

What? Yes, that’s right, less.

You know that phrase you often hear when meeting new people and exchanging business cards, “I’m a jack of all trades, master of none?” That’s not a good thing. And I’m not sure why we hear it so much. I think it’s meant as a badge of honor. Or maybe it’s meant to be a sign of humility. But that person needs to listen to his or her own words and act on them.

I don’t care how big your business is. Everyone is trying to do too much, be too much to too many other people and businesses.


The signs are everywhere: Too few employees trying to do more and more complex tasks; companies offering myriad services, many of which seem impossible to accomplish them all well; half-completed projects; people chasing their tails, going after the shiny new ball of aluminum foil.

What’s the result? Are your sales down? Do you feel like you’ve thrown everything you can at the wall and nothing is sticking? If so, I’m pretty sure it’s not the market: It’s you.

Stop it. Stop trying to be everything, and watch your sales improve.

Let’s get back to our customers and give them what they want and need. What’s the best way to do that? Listen to them. It isn’t any harder than that.

The future is not in a web page, an app or an algorithm. Success is rooted in connecting with people, discovering their needs and providing them the products and services they need to do their business.

It’s as simple as that.

Source: http://www.counterman.com/stop-trying-to-do-too-much-and-watch-your-sales-improve/
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Auto parts maker Tenneco is buying Federal-Mogul from Carl Icahn's Icahn Enterprises in a deal worth $5.4 billion in cash and stock.

Tenneco will then separate the combined companies into two separate stocks in a tax-free spinoff, one focusing on "aftermarket and ride performance," the other on "powertrain technology."

"We expect to be meaningful stockholders of Tenneco going forward and are excited about the prospects for additional value creation," Icahn said in a statement. "This transaction is an excellent example of our general modus operandi at Icahn Enterprises, by which we seek to acquire undervalued assets, nurture, guide and improve their condition and operations, and ultimately develop them into more valuable businesses, which greatly enhances value for all shareholders."

Icahn acquired control of Federal Mogul, a maker of wiper blades and spark plugs, in 2008. The activist investor then took it private in January 2017.

Tenneco shares jumped more than 6 percent in premarket trading Tuesday.

The sale to Icahn, made up of $800 million in cash and 29.5 million shares of Tenneco stock, is expected to close in the second half of the year.

Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/10/icahn-selling-federal-mogul-to-tenneco-for-5-point-4-billion.html
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Air filters, cabin air filters, oil filters and (sometimes) fuel and transmission filters are important maintenance parts that typically are replaced according to a time and/or mileage schedule. A vehicle’s service schedule recommendations can be found in the owner’s manual or in a separate brochure. Unfortunately, many motorists never read – or totally ignore – the recommendations.

Factory service schedules are designed to prolong the life of the engine, transmission and cooling system, to reduce premature wear and breakdowns, but also to minimize maintenance costs while the vehicle is still under warranty. That’s why factory oil change recommendations have been stretched to 7,500 to 10,000 miles or more on many late-model vehicles. Most late-model cars and light trucks no longer have recommended change intervals for transmission fluid and filters, or for fuel filters. These so-called “lifetime” fluids and filters are supposed to last a long time – but they won’t last forever. Experience has shown that “lifetime” filters and fluids don’t live up to the hype.

Fuel filters always should be replaced when a fuel pump is replaced (unless the filter is part of the fuel pump module assembly). Likewise, transmission filters should be replaced if a customer is changing the fluid in their transmission.

Last Line of Defense Against Contaminants

Filters are the first line of defense against contaminants. Air filters keep dirt and abrasive particles out of the engine. A good-quality air filter will trap about 98 percent or more of the particles that can cause trouble inside an engine. As the filter media becomes saturated with dirt, it’s efficiency actually increases. But, as the filter becomes clogged with more and more dirt, it also becomes more restrictive to airflow. The greater the pressure drop across the filter, the more it hurts performance and fuel economy.
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One of the best money-saving products that’s ever been invented is cooling system sealer. Most products will successfully seal minor coolant leaks to stop the loss of coolant that leads to engine overheating. Specially formulated “head gasket” sealers also can stop many head gasket leaks and save your customer thousands of dollars in expensive engine repairs. What’s more, coolant sealers also can be added to the coolant as a preventive measure to plug small leaks before they turn into big ones.

Coolant leaks can occur anywhere in the cooling system, including the water pump, hoses, radiator, heater core, thermostat housing, expansion plugs, head gasket, combustion chamber or cylinder block. Regardless of where a leak occurs, the end result is always the same: coolant loss that sooner or later allows the engine to overheat.

Overheating is bad news because excessive heat causes metal to expand beyond normal limits and clearances. The result can be piston scuffing, cylinder scoring, valve sticking, damaged valve guides and even warped cylinder heads. Overheating also can crush an otherwise good head gasket, causing the gasket to leak when the radiator is refilled with coolant.

Most cooling system sealers can seal small pinhole leaks in radiators and heater cores as well as hairline cracks where the core and end tanks are joined, and porosity leaks in aluminum cylinder heads and blocks. Products designed to seal more serious leaks also can delay or even eliminate the need to replace a head gasket or heater core (both of which are expensive labor-intensive repair jobs). Stopping a water pump shaft seal leak, however, or a large leak in a hose is beyond the capabilities of most products.
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Do you buy online? Or do you like to have the part in your hand before you buy it?
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FORMULATED EXCLUSIVELY FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE TRACK USE

In 1957, Raybestos® started partnering with drivers in the Indy 500 and sponsoring the Safety in Speed award. This started a long tradition of excellence and recognition in the racing world. 

Over the years, many drivers have taken the checkered flag using Raybestos® brakes. Today, drivers still rely on Raybestos' quality and innovation for first-lap-to-last-lap championship performance.

Race proven by champions globally, Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads are engineered to provide reliable, consistent braking in all track conditions. Extensive high-temperature, fade-resistance testing on our friction guarantees championship results. 

Formulated for high-performance track use, our Racing friction is not designed for street use. It is intended for track use only. 

When using Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads you can expect:

Superior friction formulations


Dependable, aggressive and fade-resistant braking


Superior shear strength


Low wear rate


Extreme stopping power and unparalleled safety



For safe, long-wearing disc brake pads, why would you look anywhere else? Get into pole position with Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads.

Materials: 

Raybestos® Professional Racing Brake Pads offer semi-metallic formulations designed for high-heat racing conditions. 

Design: 

These brake pads are designed and engineered for the demands and extreme usage needed on a race track. They are not meant for street use. 

The racing program has a strong selection of popular stocking part numbers featuring a number of:

Application-specific compounds, including high-speed oval, road course, short track, dirt and rally.


Pad shapes to fit the world's leading racing caliper manufacturers.


A variety of pad thickness options. 



Custom pads are available through the "Build to Order" part of the program. Just select the pad shape, formulation and thickness you need. We will press it right here in the United States.

Mechanical Retention System:

Our Mechanical Retention System securely attaches the friction material to the backing plate with integrated steel hooks, providing unmatched shear strength. 

The Mechanical Retention System system is a proven winner on the most severe racing applications in the world, from Watkins Glen to Martinsville Speedway. 

   

https://www.brakepartsinc.com/raybestos/en-us/products/brake-pads/racing
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Interstate Batteries, North America’s No. 1 Automotive Battery Brand, Launches Exclusive Partnership with Advance Auto Parts

ROANOKE, Va. & DALLAS, Tex.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 12, 2017-- Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP) and Interstate Batteries announce a strategic partnership to better serve the changing needs of the automotive aftermarket with premium quality products, expanded availability and enhanced customer service. Interstate Batteries®, the leading replacement battery brand with the largest independent battery distribution system in North America, will become the exclusive automotive and specialty battery brand to Advance Auto Parts® stores and customers in the spring of 2018.

Advance Auto Parts, a leading parts provider serving both professional installers and do-it-yourself customers, will debut a comprehensive battery program featuring Interstate products at its more than 4,900 U.S. and international locations, and will offer free battery testing and installation in stores. Interstate products will be available initially at Advance’s company-owned stores and at independently owned Carquest stores. In the future, wholly owned Advance Auto Partssubsidiaries Worldpac, Autopart International and Carquest Canada will also offer Interstate products.

“We are thrilled that Advance Auto Parts will be the only national auto parts retailer offering our customers the market leading battery brand,” said Tom Greco, president and CEO of Advance Auto Parts. “The trusted Interstate brand, coupled with Advance’s best-in-class customer service, is a winning combination. Offering Interstate products in store, online, and through delivery within our network demonstrates our commitment to serving our customers through differentiated, innovative solutions. Together with Interstate, we are positioned to increase market share in batteries and achieve growth. Long term strategic partnerships with our suppliers are important and this is a great example.”
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AC Delco parts catalog is located at this link: http://parts-catalog.acdelco.com/catalog/catalog_search.php 

Their catalog will give you only AC Delco part numbers which you can then search for at retailers and online suppliers.

Make sure you spot check AMAZON AC Delco Parts as there are many sellers that use the marketplace to sell AC Delco auto parts.


 

 
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Jegs has AC-Delco Full-Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30 (dexos1) at $3.99 a quart. I ordered a bunch but its on back order. Great price though.

http://www.jegs.com/i/Chevrolet-Performance/809/88865635/10002/-1

Chevrolet Performance 88865635

AC-Delco Full-Synthetic Motor Oil 5W-30 (dexos1)
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Here's a question,  so on my Chevy Equinox, do I go with WeatherTech floor mats that are higher priced @ $170 on Amazon 

or go Maxliner on Amazon for @ $144?
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Some of the most well known auto parts manufacturers submit their parts catalog data to a third party platform called ShowMeTheParts. It's a great resource to find the right auto parts for cars, trucks, light duty and heavy duty. the catalog features fitment data as well.


http://www.showmetheparts.com/catalog.html
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