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No park assist

Certain GM models equipped with parking assist may exhibit a non-operative system. Affected vehicles include 2006-2008 Buick Lucerne, 2008-2009 Buick Enclave, 2006-2008 Cadillac DTS, 2007-2009 Cadillac Escalade and SRX, 2008-2010 Cadillac CTS, 2007-2009 Chevy Avalanche, Silverado, Suburban and Tahoe, 2009 Chevy Traverse, 2007-2009 GMC Sierra, Acadia, Yukon and Yukon XL, and 2007-2009 Saturn Outlook. DTC B1E3A may be stored.

Lackluster Audi

This TSB applies to the 2008 Audi TT Quattro, equipped with the 3.2L V6 engine. The customer may note that the engine returns to idle speed (approximately 1400 RPM) although the accelerator is depressed, and the vehicle lacks power/hesitates on take-off.

Acura throttle update

This TSB applies to 2009-2010 Acura TL models. The MIL may illuminate with DTC P2118 stored (throttle actuator current range/performance problem).

Chevy refuses to shift

This TSB applies to 2009 Chevy Traverse vehicles (but may also apply to a number of other GM models). The MIL is on and the transmission does not shift through all of the gears. A DTC P182E is set in the transmission control module.

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Grons named Raybestos marketing manager

Kristin Grons has joined Brake Parts Inc. (BPI) as marketing manager.

Mark Polke is elected to ASE board

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has elected Mark Polke to its board of governors. Polke is director of service workshop concepts and technical support services for the aftermarket division of Robert Bosch LLC.

AAPEX announces new voting process for New Product Showcase

The Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) has a new voting process to determine the winning entries in the 2014 New Product Showcase. AAPEX is scheduled for Nov. 4-6, in Las Vegas.

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