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Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?

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.

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.

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.


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Enerpulse donates spark plugs to Delancey Street Foundation

Enerpulse Technologies Inc., makers of Pulstar with PlasmaCore spark plugs, has donated nearly $3,000 worth of spark plugs to the Delancey Street Foundation for their fleet of vehicles in Los Angeles.

Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance holds annual Sales & Marketing forum

The Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance held its annual Sales & Marketing Forum at the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, recently. Over 70 marketing leaders representing more than 40 Alliance shareholders were on hand for the event.

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.

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