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Denise Rondini 
Commentary: Replacement Brake Friction Can Affect Stopping Distance
By Denise Rondini
There is no requirement that aftermarket linings meet reduced-stopping-distance requirements.
Will an increasing number of cheap imported tires cause a rise in the amount of roadside tire debris? Photo by Jim Park.
SmartWay List Swells with Cheap Chinese Tires
By Jim Park
A massive influx of Chinese tires, some costing $100 or less, has flooded the U.S. EPA's list of SmartWay verified tire in the past year. What does this mean for tire retailers and retreaders, fleets and even the enforcement community?
Denise Rondini
Commentary: New Life For Old Parts
By Denise Rondini
For fleets that are trying to extend the life of their vehicles, recycled or reconditioned parts might be the answer.
Denise Rondini, Aftermarket Editor.
Confusion in the Aftermarket
By Denise Rondini
Counterfeit. White box. Gray market. Genuine. Aftermarket. Will fit. Private label. Knock-off. All those terms are used to describe truck parts. That explains why there is confusion and uncertainty in the market.
Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.
How Counterfeiting Affects the Aftermarket
By Denise Rondini
Counterfeiting, gray market parts and intellectual property violations can make it hard to know what part is actually in the box you just bought.

Aftermarket News

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Stemco Changes Brake Drum Color to Counter Fakes
Stemco has switched its Genuine CentriFuse brake drum product line to a new blue color to distinguish the products from fake overseas copies.
Mexican Distributor Joins Vipar Heavy Duty Network
Mexican company Distribuidora Aresco has joined the Vipar Heavy Duty network of distributors as a stockholder, Vipar announced.
Technician Clinic to Focus on Axle Maintenance
The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists will focus on axle maintenance during its 23rd Technician Training Clinic.
Stemco Appoints Director of Aftermarket Sales
Stemco has announced the promotion of Michael Keller to director of aftermarket sales.
VHD Equipment Network to Merge With Power Heavy Duty
Vipar Heavy Duty has announced that its VHD Equipment Network of distributors will transition into the Power Heavy Duty network on Jan. 1, 2016.
TitanX to Enter the North American Aftermarket
Global OEM engine cooling manufacturer TitanX announced plans to enter the North American market under the name TitanXend.
Haruhiko Kato Photo: Denso
Denso Names New President for Products and Services Division
Denso has named Haruhiko Kato president of Denso Products and Services Americas, the aftermarket sales, manufacturing and distribution arm of the supplier.
Independent shops have seen limits in what they can do when it comes to today's heavily computerized vehicles. Photo courtesy Wheeltime Network
Landmark Agreement Addresses 'Right to Repair' for Commercial Vehicles
By Deborah Lockridge
The aftermarket repair industry and truck and engine makers have reached an agreement on the sharing of heavy-duty vehicle service information, which will give truck owners more options for diagnosing and repairing today's heavily computerized commercial vehicles.
Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada Added to HDAW Committee
The organizers of Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week have added Heavy Duty Aftermarket Canada to the HDAW Joint Operating Committee.
Bergstrom Appoints Industry Veterans to Key Roles
Bill Gordon has been appointed to the role of division president of Bergstrom Parts and David Stoos was named director of new business at Bergstrom Inc.


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Timken Adds Wheel End Parts Line Timken's new line of commercial vehicle wheel end components is designed to complement the company’s vehicle seals.
Eaton Expands Flex Reman Transmission Lineup Eaton has made improvements to its line of Flex Reman transmissions including adding new parts and implementing a new delivery policy.
TrailerCam Helps Drivers Back Into Loading Docks The TrailerCam wireless video monitoring system is a ruggedized, portable wireless camera and transmitter designed to help large truck and trailer combinations back up into a loading dock or other difficult situations.
Road Choice Expands Product Lineup Road Choice Truck Parts has added several replacement product categories to its line of heavy-duty truck and trailer parts.
Bose Ride System II Delivers New Features, More Functionality Adjustable seat settings will help drivers who are accustomed to the firmer feel of an air ride seat will find the Bose II seats easier to get used to.
Reman Parts Gaining More Favor with Truck Operators
Remanufactured components are a smart price-point alternative for fleets of all sizes and vehicles of all ages given the current market economic conditions. Meritor examines this trend in a whitepaper.


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