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Thanks to our Partners, AAPEX, NAPA TRACS, and Automotive Management Network Recorded Live at the TST Big Event, Michael Ingvardsen, Global Technical Training Manager from Nissens Automotive, discusses the evolving challenges and advancements in automotive air conditioning systems, including the potential warranty issues arising from using alternative refrigerants. This episode is a roadmap for staying informed, proactive, and environmentally conscious as we navigate the transition to new refrigerants. Michael Ingvardsen, Global Technical Training Manager, Nissens Automotive

Show Notes

  • Impacts of new refrigerants (00:03:07) Discussion on the impact of new refrigerants on the automotive aftermarket industry.
  • Testing and approval of new refrigerants (00:04:44) Testing and approval process for new refrigerants, including warranty implications.
  • Industry response and concerns (00:08:07) Concerns and responses from the industry regarding the use of replacement refrigerants.
  • Challenges and best practices (00:09:23) Challenges and best practices for shops in dealing with new refrigerants and components.
  • Warranty implications (00:09:49) Discussion on warranty implications related to the use of new refrigerants and components.
  • Industry communication and training (00:10:37) Importance of industry-wide communication and training on the use of new refrigerants.
  • System maintenance and practices (00:11:34) Impact of new refrigerants on system maintenance and best practices.
  • Industry readiness and response (00:13:15) Discussion on industry readiness and response to the introduction of new refrigerants.
  • Cost and environmental considerations (00:18:04) Considerations for choosing replacement refrigerants based on cost and environmental impact.
  • The concern about heat pump systems (00:19:22) Discussion about the technical concerns and impact of heat pump systems on warranty situations.
  • European focus on heat pump cars (00:20:15) Insights into heat pumps by European vehicle manufacturers.
  • Training for diagnosing heat pump systems (00:21:21) The necessity of understanding heat transfer and the flow of refrigerant in a heat pump system for effective diagnosis.
  • Life lessons and analogies with heat pumps (00:22:47) Humorous analogies and life lessons related to heat pump systems and relationships.
  • Challenges and changes in refrigerants (00:26:15) Discussion about the re-evaluation of refrigerants in Europe and the challenges in adapting to new environmental regulations.
  • Importance of staying updated and educated (00:27:09) Encouragement for professionals to stay updated, attend classes, and be experts in air conditioning systems.

Thanks to our Partners, AAPEX, NAPA TRACS, and Automotive Management Network Set your sights on Las Vegas in 2024. Mark your calendar now … November 5th-7th, 2024. AAPEX - Now more than ever. And don’t miss the next free AAPEX webinar. Register now at http://AAPEXSHOW.COM/WEBINAR NAPA TRACS will move your shop into the SMS fast lane with onsite training and six days a week of support and local representation. Find NAPA TRACS on the Web at http://napatracs.com/ Get ready to grow your business with the Automotive Management Network: Find on the Web at http://AftermarketManagementNetwork.com for information that can help you move your business ahead and for the free and informative http://LaborRateTracker.com Connect with the Podcast: -Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RemarkableResultsRadioPodcast/ -Join Our Private Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1734687266778976 -Subscribe on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/carmcapriotto -Follow on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmcapriotto/ -Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/remarkableresultsradiopodcast/ -Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/RResultsBiz -Visit the Website: https://remarkableresults.biz/ -Join our Insider List: https://remarkableresults.biz/insider -All books mentioned on our podcasts: https://remarkableresults.biz/books -Our Classroom page for personal or team learning: https://remarkableresults.biz/classroom -Buy Me a Coffee: https://www.buymeacoffee.com/carm -The Aftermarket Radio Network: https://aftermarketradionetwork.com -Special episode collections: https://remarkableresults.biz/collections NAPA-TRACS-Call-To-Action-Graphic-1.png             AMN-Call-To-Action-Graphic-Website-Overl       Brakes-for-Breasts-Call-To-Action-Graphi   ARN-Website-Banner-July-2022-1200x400-1.png

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
      While money and benefits tend to attract people to a company, it won’t keep them there. When a technician begins to look over the fence for greener grass, that is usually a sign that something is wrong within the workplace. It also means that his or her heart is probably already gone. If the issue is not resolved, no amount of money will keep that technician for the long term. The heart is always the first to leave. The last thing that leaves is the technician’s toolbox.
      Shop owners: Focus more on employee retention than acquisition. This is not to say that you should not be constantly recruiting. You should. What it does means is that once you hire someone, your job isn’t over, that’s when it begins. Get to know your technicians. Build strong relationships. Have frequent one-on-ones. Engage in meaningful conversation. Find what truly motivates your technicians. You may be surprised that while money is a motivator, it’s usually not the prime motivator.
      One last thing; the cost of technician turnover can be financially devastating. It also affects shop morale. Do all you can to create a workplace where technicians feel they are respected, recognized, and know that their work contributes to the overall success of the company. This will lead to improved morale and team spirit. Remember, when you see a technician’s toolbox rolling out of the bay on its way to another shop, the heart was most likely gone long before that.
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