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New ASE testing standards for light auto repair

Reputable automotive service centers have their teams filled with professionals sporting ASE certification attached to their resumes as well as their shirt sleeves.

However, vehicle service technicians now have a prime opportunity to advance their knowledge to handle the most common issues of motorists on the road today: light repair services.

ASE president and CEO Tim Zilke reported that 70 percent of repairs end up requiring maintenance-based auto care as reported by AftermarketNews.

Beginning in July or August, ASE will offer an added section to the test in an effort to address the need for specific training in auto maintenance. Tire Business online reported the new test will cover "scheduled maintenance and common bumper-to-bumper repairs of engine systems, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical, and heating and air conditioning."

Beyond an extensive paper-based test, technicians will also devote an additional year for vocational training to ensure that they are fit to perform any of the common issues previously cited.

With this knowledge in mind, take to the roads with full security that any light repair will be handled by expert hands.