Monthly Archives: May 2013

GM to reprogram some oil-life monitors

General Motors is warning owners of almost 800,000 2010-12 vehicles that they may need oil changes more frequently than the onboard oil monitoring systems are telling them.

After high warranty claims on several models with four-cylinder engines, GM will reprogram software to make oil change warning lights go on sooner.

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Boat Cruise on Beard the Empress of Canada

Enjoy an evening of dinner and dancing with APC customers, staff, suppliers and management for 4 hour boat cruise aboard the Empress of Canada. The cruise will take  you through Toronto harbour and through the lagoons around Centre Islands with a  spectacular view of the City Skyline. Enjoy a gourmet buffet on 2 interior decks and a Club like atmosphere on the upper Dance Deck. Boarding 6:30 PM at the Harbour Square Park.

Contact your local sales representative for more information.

Date: Saturday August 17, 2013Empress Exterior
Boarding: 6:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: Harbour Square Park 100 Queens Quay West
Cruising: 7:00 – 11:00 pm
Disembarking: 11:00-11:30 pm
Dress Code: Business Casual
Cost: $125.00 per person
Promotion Period: 060113-073113

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Schrader eLearning Site

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The first, industry-based TPMS short story is now available!

Everyone knows that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so how much cure is a half-pint worth?

This short film shows consumers how to properly respond to the TPMS dashboard warning symbol, and illustrates standard operating procedures and TPMS awareness elements by the Service & Repair community to assist when connecting with customers and getting them back out on the road safely.
You will need to register an e-mail and password participate.

Federal Mogul TEC

Professional Technician’s Webinar
O2 and Air:Fuel Sensor Testing

The Federal-Mogul Technical Education Center is pleased to announce our next week of on-line Live Webinar training opportunities.
This Webinar is designed for the experienced technician, as well as those new to the automotive repair industry. Technicians understand that a failure code on your scan tool is only a guide to begin repairs. To properly identify the failed component you need to understand their function and purpose in the system. Knowing how to test these components will help make you the “go-to” person when a vehicle rolls into the shop with a check engine light on the dash.

Download the Schedule here.

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Jamie Cox Goes Back-to-Back to Open Season

may27-raceJamie Cox Goes Back-to-Back to Open Delaware Speedway Season

(Dorchester, ON) – After a breakout win, his first as a FT Garage Late Model driver, Jamie Cox and his RCR Racing Team were looking to follow it up on May 24th as the team unloaded their London City Chrysler / APC / Total Lubricants Dodge Charger at Delaware Speedway.

With a frost warning in effect overnight the mercury had dipped as practice started, but Cox’s Charger was fast right out of the box.  He sat out the first practice session, but in the second set of hot laps it only took him seven laps to turn the fastest lap of the entire practice with a time of 19.137 seconds, almost 1/10th of a second better than anyone else.  “We didn’t change the car one bit from last weekend,” explained Cox.  “It was so good last Friday night, so we only did 10 laps, made sure everything was fine and figured we could adjust it after the heat race.”


Coming off a win on opening night, Jamie drew the assignment of starting from the back in his 10-lap qualifier, but it didn’t take long for him to work his way through traffic.  By lap two he was showing fourth on the scoreboard, and on lap four he was able to get Cole Powell for third, but he was unable to put a move on Stephen Richmond, or eventual winner Matt Pritiko, finishing third.  He was still pleased with the finish, as he turned the fastest lap of the race, faster than his quickest lap in practice.


Cox rolled off ninth for the feature and cracked the top-five by the time there were four laps on the scoreboard.  The next lap he passed Doug Stewart for fourth, and three laps later he picked off Tyler Hendricks to move to third, while Jay Christie and Pritiko showed the way.  Pritiko took the lead on lap eight, with Cox diving to the bottom as well, shuffling Christie back as Jamie claimed second position.  “I got a great start.  I guess I was in the right line, and I just went towards the front quickly.”


From second position, Cox started to hound the leader, before a restart just before halfway started the pair even at the drop of the green.  Cox was unable to get to the point and fell into second, but a few more yellows gave him additional chances at it, and he finally was able to pull off the pass.  “Matt seemed faster than me on the long run, as well as coming off turn four.  Once I got to second, he started to get away from me, so I knew my best chance was on a restart.  I tried him a couple of times, but I also didn’t want to lose second either, and I thought we were going to just have to settle for second.  On the restart when I got the lead I just stuck it in there as hard as I could on the outside.  The car had enough grip, and I was able to grab the lead.”


Cox would turn the fastest lap of the feature, and held off Pritiko on a couple of late restarts to take his second consecutive feature win, with Matt second and Cole Powell third.


1. Jamie Cox, 2. Pritiko, 3. Powell, 4. Richmond, 5. Shawn Thompson.


Points (after 2 of 12 events) – 1. Jamie Cox (176 points) 2. Pritiko (171), 3. Thompson (160), Richmond (160), 5. Powell (156).


The RCR Team will get a well deserved Friday night off next week before getting back into action on Friday June seventh, as Cox looks for a hat-trick of wins to start the season.  “If you had told me at the start of the season that two weeks in we would have won both races, I wouldn’t have believed you, but wins like this are what helps win a championship and that’s our goal.  As nice as it would be to race again this Friday, we’ll take a week off, do some maintenance on the car and get ready to go for June seventh.”

Jamie Cox Picks up First Win at Delaware Speedway

may22-raceJamie Cox Picks up First Late Model Feature Win at Delaware Speedway

(Dorchester, ON) – Jamie Cox and his RCR Racing Team opened the season at Delaware Speedway on Friday May 17th, as they plan to chase the trace FT Garage Late Model championship with their Total Lubricants / London City Chrysler / Stubbs Communications / APC Dodge Charger.

The night started with practice, and Cox was quick right out of the box, turning a fast lap of 19.193 seconds, with the second fastest driver being over 19.3 seconds.  “Our car was really good from the time we unloaded it.  We made a few adjustments through the first half of the night, but it was all minor items like the track bar, and some tire pressures.  Our setup was very good, and the car was comfortable to drive.”


Cox started last in his 10-lap qualifying event, and passed Cole Powell for position on lap three.  He continued to pedal forward, climbing to fifth on lap four, before picking up one more position a lap later to claim a fourth-place showing.  Cox was reeling in Tyler Hendricks as the race closed out but ran out of time.  Jamie did turn the fastest lap of the heat by over a tenth of a second.


The while #22 car rolled from third on the initial green, trailing only the front row of Powell and Mat Box and after settling into line in third started to work on Box.  By lap five he was able to find a way past and took off in search of the leader.  He pulled to Powell`s bumper and went to work, pressuring the leader.  “I was faster than Cole in the heat race and knew that I would be able to get him, but I wanted to wait until he made a mistake, because there was lots of time left in the race.”


For the next six laps, Cox shadowed Powell before striking on lap 12 while heading into turn three.  “He left the door open and I was ready to get by him when I got the opportunity.”

After gaining the top position, Cox proceeded to distance himself from Powell.  On lap 22 a new challenger appeared, as Matt Pritiko had found his way to the runner-up position.  Pritiko made an attempt at the lead on lap 33, but spun to the inside of the track, putting Powell back into second.  ”Matt got below me, and I was trying to keep him down there, and I think he just spun it trying to stay on the bottom.”


Cox held off the field on the last restart, and cruised to his first career Late Model feature win, and for the nine-time Delaware Open Wheel Modified champion it didn`t come a moment too soon.  He explained, “This has been a long time coming.  We`ve been in positions to win before, but haven`t been able to close the deal.  Our car was great tonight and we were quick all evening.  My biggest obstacles were the yellow flags, because it took me a couple of laps to get going after a restart.  After a couple of laps I was able to open up a few car lengths, but almost every time a yellow came out.”


In victory lane, Jamie dedicated the race win to a couple people close to him that had passed away over the offseason, including fellow Delaware competitor Jamie Ramsay and his step-father Al Patterson.


  1. 1.      Jamie Cox, 2. Jay Doerr, 3. Shawn Thompson, 4. Box, 5. Powell


The next event for the RCR Team will be this Friday night at Delaware Speedway for event number two of the championship season.  In addition to a return to full-season competition, Cox and the team will also be competing in the Beat The Heat 150 at Sauble Speedway, the Gold Rush at Flamborough Speedway, and possibly Autumn Colours at Peterborough Speedway.

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New Breed of Spark Plugs

bosch_iridiumSpark plugs have always been a core product for Bosch. In fact, Bosch has been producing spark plugs for over 111 years! As one of the top OE spark plug producers, and with a growing North American market share with Asian, Domestic and European manufacturers, Bosch is at the forefront of new spark plug technology. Gasoline direct injection (GDI), turbo-charging/super-charging and higher voltage requirements are rapidly becoming standard on today’s vehicles. By 2015, 48% of all new cars sold will be equipped with GDI technology. One of the things this means for spark plugs is that the higher voltage requirements demand the use of advanced ceramics. Weak spark plug ceramics can result in failures like “dielectric punchthrough,” when the spark fires through the side of the insulator instead of firing at the tip of the center electrode. The use of advanced ceramics is just one of the features of the new Bosch line of OE Fine Wire Spark Plugs.

GDI requires the correct spark position (the location of the center electrode in the combustion chamber). Incorrect placement can lead to spark blowout, full or partial misfires, poor fuel economy and performance, as well as higher emissions which could cause an emissions test failure. For the New OE Fine Wire Spark Plug family, Bosch has gone to great lengths to insure that these plugs meet the OE spark position and do it better than other full line spark plug manufacturers.

All of these technological advancements require OE technology in aftermarket replacement components and that’s exactly what Bosch delivers with the new OE Fine Wire Spark Plug family. In addition to this OE technology, Bosch plugs come pre-gapped for ease of installation making them the simple solution for all makes/models. Bosch OE Fine Wire Spark Plugs insure a reliable spark, improved throttle response and acceleration, and protection against full or partial misfires.


Jays v. Rangers Event

Earn your way and come see the Jays.


Join APC for an afternoon at Rogers Centre in the Executive Billiards Lounge to see the Toronto Blue Jays vs. the Texas Rangers. Enjoy the game from the Luxury Suite or private stadium seating. Order part number APCJAYS to reserve your ticket.

Sunday June 9, 2013
Jays vs. Texas Rangers
First pitch 1:07 PM

Private Luxury Suite
Hot Lunch and “Ball Park” snacks
2 Drink Tickets
Cash Bar
Pool table