Breaking Down Transmissions: A Deep Dive with Wayne Colonna [RR 963]

Wayne Colonna discusses the critical need for specialized transmission training, the increasing demand for remanufactured transmissions, and the technical intricacies of modern transmission diagnostics and repairs. The conversation also highlights the challenges of attracting young talent to the field and the importance of awareness about new technologies and industry changes. 
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The Impact of ‘Why’ in Learning and Diagnostics [RR 960]

Tanner Brandt covers critical topics such as the importance of curiosity, the ‘what, why, and how’ of learning, and the necessity of continuous education in the automotive industry. Tanner offers insights into diagnosing vehicles, solving complex problems, and the value of understanding the reasons behind every step in the repair process. This engaging discussion serves as a vital resource for technicians, shop owners, and trainers committed to staying ahead in the industry.
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The Electric Revolution: Insights From Dave Giles [RR 959]

EV expert Dave Giles discusses the rise of electric vehicles, the practicality of PHEVs for consumers, the cost implications, the maintenance requirements of EVs, and the vital need for updated training and curriculum for automotive technicians. They also touch on the market trends, challenges, and opportunities for repair shops to embrace the EV revolution. Discover key insights that will help your business stay ahead in the rapidly evolving automotive landscape.
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Are You Really Checking Batteries and Tires? AAA Knows You’re Not! [RR 956]

Jim Sennett from AAA focuses on the significance of maintenance in reducing roadside events, the impact of battery and tire issues, and the importance of regular vehicle inspections. He dives into AAA’s role in roadside assistance, battery sales, the importance of education in the industry, and the need to shift perception to attract more talent to the skilled trades. 
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Today’s Auto Parts Quality and Supply Chain Complexities [THA 379]

Industry leaders John Hanighen, CEO of Cloyes, Matt Buchholz, CEO of Motorrad, and Andy Fiffick, CEO of a 10 store franchise chain in Cleveland, dive into the current state of the supply chain within the automotive aftermarket, addressing issues of product availability, quality concerns, and the impact of unpredictable demand. Insights into data-driven forecasting, manufacturer-distributor collaboration, and the importance of communication between suppliers and auto repair shops are also explored to give a holistic view of managing challenges in the aftermarket industry.
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Stay Out of the Rabbit Hole [RR 951]

Recorded at the 21st annual TST Big Event, Sherwood Cooke shares his journey of running his business for 28 years, his success with social media, especially TikTok, under the moniker ‘The Professor,’ and the impact of digital content on attracting a wide customer base even from hours away. Discover the evolution of Cooke’s business practices, the significance of ethical service, community engagement and how to build a team culture through understanding and investment in people’s lives.
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How To: Identify, Accept, and Overcome Dyslexia in Your Workplace [THA 378]

A profound discussion on dyslexia in the automotive industry. Learn the definition of dyslexia, its impact on learning and training, and strategies to support those with dyslexia. The episode emphasizes the value of recognizing the unique strengths and challenges of individuals with dyslexia, offering practical advice for employers, trainers, and individuals to enhance learning and professional development in the automotive industry.
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What We Can Learn From The Falco Family Business [RR 947]

Rich Falco and his twin sons, Zack and Tyler, discuss the intricacies of family business succession in the automotive industry. The Falco’s share their personal experiences, emphasizing the value of learning through challenges and the significance of understanding both the technical and business aspects of the industry. They explore the dynamics of customer interaction, continuous professional development, and the evolving nature of automotive technology. 
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The Courage to Train: From Hawaii to Kansas City [RR 943]

23-year-old Evan Hansen, a young automotive professional from Hawaii, shares his enthusiasm for attending (by himself) Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo and the invaluable in-person training he received. Find out what classes Evan attended and how he met shop owner Jim Fleischman, who took Evan under his wing for the remainder of the conference. The episode is a testament to the industry’s commitment to fostering professional development, training, mentoring, and camaraderie among its members.
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Mentorship, Training and the Rise of Specialists [E941]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Rich Falco, and bilingual trainer Oscar Gomez, dive into the critical role of mentorship and training in the automotive industry. They discuss the rise of mechanical and technology specialists and the necessity for continuous education to keep pace with evolving technology. The conversation underscores the importance of experienced mentors guiding newcomers, advocating for a culture shift from traditional challenges to supportive mentorship. 
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Business Growth and Personal Development: Education, Delegation and Elevation [RR 939]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Greg Bunch discusses the critical role of education, delegation, and elevation in the automotive industry. Greg shares insights on the challenges of transitioning from technician to shop owner and the necessity of adopting a mindset conducive to business growth. He emphasizes the importance of professional development and the dangers of becoming addicted to problem-solving and the impact on business growth.
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The Evolution of Automotive Technology Training [THA 372]

The role of mechanical and technology specialists is changing faster than a pit stop at the Indy 500. My guests, including expert NAPA trainers Curt Eigenberger, Bill Weaver, and Randy Cowan, Always know that training is a key pillar to your strategic success. We’re not just talking about keeping up with the latest tech but about staying ahead of the curve. Do you know how?

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Are You Addicted to Social Media? [RR 938]

Recorded Live at Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo, Carm Capriotto, alongside shop owner Kim Auernheimer and industry professional Tracy Capriotto, dive into a myriad of topics relevant to the industry. They reflect on the evolution of the industry and the significance of the Women in Auto Care conference. Kim discusses her journey managing multiple shop locations and the nuances of catering to different communities, while Tracy offers insights on the benefits of personality tests like DISC for workplace harmony. The trio also examines the double-edged sword of social media’s role in both personal and professional realms, advocating for a more intentional and productive use of the platforms. This episode is a trove of wisdom, emphasizing continuous personal growth and adaptation in a digitally-driven world.
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Everything You Wanted to Know About Thermal Management Fluids But Were Afraid to Ask [RR 937]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Adam Kimmel discusses the refrigerant and thermal management industry. He highlights the significance of air conditioning technology in vehicles, the essential use of fluorine in refrigerants, and the evolution of refrigerants for environmental safety. 
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Daily Dose of Top Tier Training: Today’s Class [THA 371]

Research has shown that people will generally forget 90% of what they “learn” within 30 days unless it is reinforced.

Recorded Live at Vision 2024, David Boyes, President of Today’s Class, outlines the mobile app’s features, including gamification and personalized training paths. AJ Nealey and Patrick Roberts share how they’ve implemented the platform in their businesses, highlighting its impact on engagement, adaptability to individual needs and its role in fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth.

“It’s microdosing of training. It’s a set of daily questions on a daily basis. And what I love about it, it’s the question after the question. “How confident are you in your answer?” It’s low, medium, or high. You’re understanding their confidence level.” AJ Nealey
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From Shop Owner to Trainer [RR 934]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Pam Oakes discusses life after selling her shop and the transition into training. She also focuses on the role of 609 certification, EPA regulations and the importance of continuous learning and education. As professionals, we must adapt, learn, and embrace changes to ensure we’re not left behind.
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So You Think You Understand Coolants? [RR 931]

Recorded Live at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Joe Long at discusses the evolution and importance of coolants. Joe shares his expertise on the impact of coolants on engine systems, the specifics of coolants for electric vehicles, and the challenges posed by new technologies. He also explores the transition from conventional to organic acid coolants and the importance of proper coolant testing and maintenance. The conversation also covers diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), its testing procedures, and maintenance tips to ensure fluid quality in automotive and heavy-duty applications. Joe emphasizes the need for education and proper maintenance to prevent system failures and maintain vehicle efficiency.
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Al Dente Excellence: The PASTA Method [RR 930]

Jennifer Filzen explores the “PASTA Method,” a business management approach focusing on company culture and employee engagement. Praise your employees, Ask them for input, Share information, Trust them to do the right thing, and Allow them to act upon their instincts.

A personal story from Jennifer’s Rome, Italy visit illustrates the method’s principles in action, emphasizing exceptional customer service and the importance of standard operating procedures. The episode highlights the importance of a positive work environment for business.
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Preventing Water Pump Comebacks [RR 929]

Recorded at MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Frank Woodson from Gates discusses the importance of proper vehicle maintenance, focusing on water pump failures and electrolysis in cooling systems. Frank explains that 70-72% of water pump failures are due to weep leaks from seal failure, often caused by neglected coolant. The episode highlights the significance of thorough diagnostics and maintenance to avoid unnecessary repairs and ensure vehicle reliability.
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Engineering School Taught Me How To Think [RR 928]

Recorded Live from MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems Association) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, shop owner and MACS board member Tim Iezzi discusses his family’s legacy in the business and his passion for air conditioning and being a perpetual student. Tim also shares his experiences in working alongside other local shops, particularly when specialized services are required. This spirit of mutual support and knowledge exchange is what propels the industry forward, ensuring that we all benefit from shared wisdom. 
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“Not Your Grandfather’s Air Conditioning Anymore!” [RR 927]

Live from MACS (Mobile Air Climate Systems) 2024 Training Event & Trade Show, Michael Ingvardsen discusses the evolution of thermal heat management, the importance of training, and the challenges of new refrigerants. Michael emphasizes the need for compatibility between components and refrigerants, and the role of distributors in ensuring product reliability. The episode highlights the complexity of modern air conditioning systems and the value of specialized knowledge in the field.
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