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This TSB applies to 2008-2010 Dodge Charger and Magnum police cars. Police package WIG-WAG lighting, along with other Police inputs (horn mute, radio mute, panic alarm mute) may become inoperative. This condition will most likely occur when the vehicle is in transition from ignition OFF to ignition ON and battery voltage drops below 9 volts.

Ford Focus ignition profile

Some 2006-2007 Ford Focus vehicles (and 2007 Escape) equipped with the 2.3L engine and MTX-75 manual transaxle may exhibit an intermittent MIL-on or flashing with multiple misfire DTCs P0316, P0300, P0301, P0302, P0303 or P0304 present in the PCM with or without drivability problems. This concern may be due to the PCM ignition profile being set incorrectly.

Midtronics launches informational microsite

Midtronics Inc. has launched an informational microsite – or mini website – to provide customers with detailed information about the company’s newest diagnostic platform -- the DSS-7000 Battery Service Diagnostic System. The microsite URL is

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Can’t shut off Jeep ESP

Owners of 2008-2009 Jeep Compass or Patriot vehicles may complain that they are unable to use the ESP Off feature (electronic stability control off). After pressing and holding the ESP button for five seconds, the customer will not see the “ESP OFF" display.

<p>Left to right: Trish Serratore, president, NATEF / AYES; Carl Hader, Grafton High School, Grafton, Wis.; Marlo Miranda, Forsyth High School, Cumming, Ga.; Thomas Evans, Caddo Career &amp; Technology Center, Shreveport, La.; Jasper Adams, Niagara Career &amp; Technology Center, Sanborn, N.Y.; Curtis Silver, Atlantic County Institute of Technology, Mays Landing, N.J.; Bill Robin, Tri-County Regional Vocational Center, Franklin, Mass.; Gary Weese, Caddo Career &amp; Technology Center, Shreveport, La.; Randy Baker, East Valley Institute of Technology, Mesa, Ariz.; Robert Leone, Ozarks Tech Community College Career Center, Springfield, Mo.;&nbsp; Mark Hendricks, R.D. Anderson Applied Technology Center, Moore, S.C; Gary Wilfong, Frederick Coun ASE Industry Education Alliance honors automotive instructors

The ASE Industry Education Alliance has recognized 34 members of its inaugural class of automotive instructors at the ASE Industry Education Alliance Instructor Training Conference at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. Eleven of the recipients received their awards at the conference.

Multiple Honda jump starts

This TSB applies to 2012 Honda Civic and CR-V vehicles. The battery may be dead and needs multiple jump starts in order to start the engine. Aside from the obvious concerns regarding battery age, vehicle storage period, faulty alternator, sulfated battery, parasitic draw or loose battery cables, a probable cause is the PCM not selecting the correct charge mode. The vehicle’s battery sensor monitors battery condition and the PCM determines charging mode. Based on customer driving habits and sulfation, the PCM may not be able to select the correct charge mode.

SMP begins 'Are you TechSmart' $5,000 scholarship search

Standard Motor Products Inc. (SMP) is offering a $5,000 educational scholarship for a future technician. The “Are you TechSmart” automotive scholarship search runs now through Oct. 31, 2014.

<p>Over-voltage can damage the glow plug heating element.</p> VW glow plug issue

This TSB applies to 2011-2012 VW Golf, Jetta, Jetta Sportwagon and Golf Wagon, and 2012 Passat vehicles, all equipped with the 2.0L diesel engine. DTCs P0671, P0672, P0673 and/or P0674 (Cyl 1-4 glow plug circuits) may be stored in ECM fault memory. An internal hardware issue of the glow plug relay may cause an over-voltage supply to the glow plugs, damaging the heating element.

ZAK Products named one of fastest-growing companies by Inc. magazine

For the second consecutive year, ZAK Products Inc. has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual “Inc. 500/5000,” a ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Mahle announces sponsorship of Service Professionals Program at AAPEX

The Mahle Service Solutions division of Mahle Aftermarket Inc. will sponsor the Service Professionals Program at the 2014 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX). AAPEX is scheduled for Nov. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

WD-40 includes interactive search in new mobile-responsive website

WD-40 Co. has launched mobile-responsive website that allows users to search by use category and product function and upload multimedia showing how they use the company’s products.

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