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Entering the friction zone — aging vehicle parc ripe for brake sales
Tire Business
Automotive brake companies are expecting upbeat sales this year as the average age of passenger vehicles in the U.S. reaches unprecedented levels — and that means an additional round of brake pad and components replacements. Several friction materials makers have introduced products recently and are working on new ones to meet evolving aftermarket trends, such as including hardware with the brake pads. Another continuing development: Meeting regulatory requirements that mandate environmentally friendly brake pad materials.
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Combining UHP and winter tires is not all it is cracked up to be
Modern Tire Dealer
General Motors Corp. has published a technical bulletin that advises against driving vehicles shod with ultra-high performance summer tires when the temperature drops below 20-degrees Fahrenheit. On its surface, the bulletin does not seem incendiary. We in the industry know that non-winter tire compounds, especially UHP summer-only compounds, get harder when the temperature drops below 44-degrees F. That is why winter tires are recommended in areas that remain cold from November through March. It's the use of the word "cracking” that is bothersome.
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4 proven tricks to get Facebook likes on your business posts
By Emma Fitzpatrick
Getting likes on your business's Facebook posts may seem like throwing spaghetti against the wall. You know some sticks and performs really well, while others just flop. As far as the why, it's a mystery. Thanks to a recent study, part of the mystery has been cracked. Trust us, using these scientifically supported tips and tricks will help you get more bang for the same amount of time spent. Learn the top four data-proven tricks to help your posts on your business's Facebook page get more likes, comments and impressions below.
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Volkswagen to triple battery capacity with lithium-air technology?
Green Car Reports
Scientists have struggled to find batteries for electric cars that match the huge amounts of energy stored in a gallon of gasoline or diesel. Volkswagen thinks it may have found a way to triple that storage capacity though, with the latest generation of lithium-air battery technology.

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America's big pothole problem
Fox News Radio
If you've been navigating the bumpy roads of life lately, you're not alone. Potholes are popping up across the country thanks to the winter that just won't quit. Some cities have added pothole crews — called them up earlier than usual, or only patch the worst holes.

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Businesses brace for new credit card technology
Tech Page One
Small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. will soon have to replace their credit-card payment terminals in order to process microchip-based cards rather than those with magnetic strips. The switch means that all so-called point-of-sale devices will no longer accept cards with magnetic strips, which most Americans currently use.

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New Goodyear airship looking for a name
Tire Review
It doesn't have a name and it's not yet certified for flight, but Goodyear's new Zeppelin-designed airship is indeed "larger, faster and more maneuverable" than the blimp it will be replacing. Over the next four years, two more semi-rigid airships will join the fleet, taking the place of Goodyear's other U.S.-based blimps. Most importantly, though, the airship needs a name. The tire maker has launched a nationwide contest to do just that, and the winner will get a day out with the new blimp. Nine runners-up will receive a set of Goodyear tires.
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Texas files suit vs. tire recycling firm
Tire Business
The State of Texas has filed a lawsuit against a Harlingen-based Tire Recycling & Processing L.L.C., seeking a temporary injunction against the firm for alleged storage, fire safety and unauthorized pyrolysis operations. The state attorney general's office filed the complaint Feb. 21 on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, which found TRP in violation of several Texas codes during several successive inspections.
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Growth in mass-transit usage outpaces increase in miles driven in US
Green Car Reports
A straightforward way to save fuel is to ditch a car for mass transit, and that's what many U.S. drivers are doing. According to recently-published data from the American Public Transportation Association, in 2013 U.S. public transit use was at its highest in 57 years. U.S. riders took 10.7 billion trips on public transit last year, the eighth year in a row that the total has surpassed 10 billion. It also represents growth of 37.2 percent since 1995, which means transit use is outpacing vehicle miles driven — which grew by 22.7 percent in the same period — and population, which expanded by 20.3 percent. This is the latest indication that Americans are driving less.
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RMA offers comments to agency on tire quality grading
Rubber News
Tire makers don't oppose an extension of information collection for Uniform Tire Quality Grading, the Rubber Manufacturers Association has told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, NHTSA should consider carefully whether the current information collection for UTQG will remain relevant after the consumer information portions of the tire fuel efficiency standard is finally issued, the RMA said in Jan. 28 comments to the agency.
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