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Chrysler won’t start? It's a failure to communicate

This bulletin applies to 2012 Chrysler 300 vehicles. A no-start condition may be experienced with an active RFH code B1A80 (electronic steering lock communication performance). Initial ignition key cycles starts the engine, then SKIMs out (engine powers off). After several attempts the starter will no longer engage.

Nissan ECM power

This bulletin applies to 2006-2009 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles. If you have a MIL on with DTC P0603 (ECM power supply) stored in the ECM, this DTC may have been stored due to a series of previous low battery voltage, dead battery or battery terminal disconnections.

Luxury whine

Some 2007-2011 Lexus GS 350 vehicles equipped with 4WD may exhibit a whine noise around 60 mph on deceleration or when cruising, due to misadjusted rear propeller shaft center support bearing. This TSB applies to vehicles produced before VIN JTHCE1KS#B0028997.

Gee, it doesn’t look like a Buick

Owners of 2006-2011 Buick Lucerne vehicles may complain that the battery goes dead when the vehicle is parked. Battery electrical drain/parasitic load testing may reveal an abnormally high current draw that is traced to the F12 BCM LOGIC fuse (2006-2007 models), BCN fuse 19 (2008 models) and BCM fuse 32 (2009-2011) located in the rear fuse block. The problem may seem intermittent.

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Gabriel's new Answerman Advantage program rewards technicians

Gabriel (Ride Control LLC) has launched a loyalty program for light vehicle shops and technicians in the U.S. The Gabriel Answerman Advantage rewards program includes point-of-sale materials, promotions, rewards and business tools.

Continental continues its rebranding after Veyance purchase

Continental A.G.’s ContiTech division is celebrating another milestone stemming from the company’s January 2015 acquisition of Veyance Technologies Inc.

CRP Automotive launches 'Choose Rein and Cash In Big' promotion

CRP Automotive, part of CRP Industries Inc., has launched a rewards promotion targeting professional service technicians. The promotion, called “Choose Rein and Cash In Big,” rewards technicians who collect and redeem UPC codes from the purchase of Rein Automotive replacement parts.

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