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New 0W-16

ExxonMobil recently launched Mobil 1 Advanced Fuel Economy 0W-16 in North America. This low-viscosity, full synthetic motor oil was developed to help increase engine efficiency and fuel economy, specifically for select modern Honda and Toyota engines. This new Mobil 1 full synthetic oil formulation is meticulously engineered to demonstrate technological advances in accommodating today’s select gasoline and hybrid engines.

Mobil 1 AFE 0W-16 is the latest addition to the Advanced Fuel Economy line. New automotive technology requires new lubricants to help engines perform at their absolute best, and Mobil 1 AFE 0W-16 addresses this opportunity. Although 0W-16 motor oils have been used in Japan for several years, U.S. auto manufacturers recently began introducing vehicles and engines into the U.S. that recommend the use of 0W-16.

For more information, visit: mobiloil.com


Universal Pan Seal Cutter

OTC recently introduced the new 6788 pan seal cutter. The cutter is designed to separate oil pan seals without causing damage to the pan and/or sealing surfaces.

The seal cutter separates oil pan seals by pressing the blade into the sealant and striking it with a hammer to completely cut through. The wide striking head allows for the force to be directly transferred and cut through thicker seals. The 90-degree cutting blade and extended-reach handle allows for easy positioning of the cutter and the ability to fit in tight spaces.

The universal design of the tool will separate the oil pan seal on most vehicles and allows for easy completion of the job. The tool is similar to J-37228.

For more information, visit: www.otctools.com


New Online Catalog

Mahle Aftermarket Inc. recently launched a new online catalog that provides quick access to the entire Mahle Aftermarket product offering including Asian, European and domestic applications in North America for both light and heavy-duty parts in the Mahle Original and Clevite brands.

The Mahle Aftermarket online catalog allows for searching by vehicle, engine or product by entering a part number, competitor interchange, year/make/model etc. in the search box. The design is responsive, so the contents automatically adjust to fit the screen of a laptop, phone or tablet.

The new product and coverage data are updated monthly. Users can save their vehicle or engine searches in their “favorites.” The online catalog provides coverage for millions of vehicle applications, reaching back to the 1930s.

The online catalog can be accessed at: https://catalog.mahle-aftermarket.com/na/


Oil for GDI and TGDI

RelaDyne recently launched its most advanced synthetic oil — DuraMax Full Synthetic XLT.

This new premium motor oil boasts Extreme Lubrication Technology, formulated to meet the performance requirements of gasoline direct injection (GDI) and turbocharged gasoline direct injection (TGDI) engines. With extreme engine temperature performance and unsurpassed wear protection, DuraMax Full Synthetic XLT Motor Oils are specially designed to surpass today’s engine requirements and formulated to provide additional protection for engines when the OEM drain interval is exceeded.

DuraMax Full Synthetic XLT Motor Oils are licensed ILSAC GF-5 and API SN and carry GM dexos1 Gen 2 approvals (0W-20 and 5W-30). RelaDyne continues to transform the automotive industry with its DuraMax brand, formulating premium and affordable products for wholesale distribution and the automotive installer marketplace.

For more information, visit: www.reladyne.com


Group 49 and 94R Batteries

EnerSys recently announced the availability of its Odyssey Performance Series Group 49 and 94R batteries.

The Odyssey Performance Series 49-950 battery provides engine-cranking pulses up to 1,700 amps and 950 cold cranking amps (CCA). It is designed for popular Jeep, Dodge and some BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles introduced over the last 10 years. The Odyssey Performance Series 94R-850 battery provides engine-cranking pulses up to 1,500 amps and 850 CCA. It is specifically designed for popular Chevrolet and some Jeep and Dodge vehicles introduced over the last 10 years. Both batteries feature the thin plate pure lead (TPPL) technology, as well as absorbed glass mat separators that hold acid in place to prevent spills, even when installed on their sides.

TPPL technology is applied to the manufacturing of flat plates made of 99.99 percent pure lead, not lead alloy. These pure lead plates are made thinner, enabling more to fit in the battery for increased plate surface area. The additional surface area enables TPPL batteries to generate more power as well as provide longer service life, greater reliability and deep-cycle capabilities.

Odyssey batteries feature a three- to 10-year service life and two-year storage life at 77 F (25 C). They are vibration resistant, classified as “non-spillable” by the U.S. Department of Transportation and include a limited three-year full replacement warranty.

For more information, visit: www.enersys.com


Innovative Fluid Management System

Graco Inc. recently announced the launch of the Pulse Fluid Management system. Built upon Graco’s legacy fluid management technology, the Pulse system provides forward-thinking service operations with the insight, control and analytics needed to simplify decisions and drive profitability in the age of the seamlessly-connected shop.

Graco redesigned the Matrix Total Fluid Management System and transformed it into the Pulse Fluid Management system. The Pulse system was designed with the user in mind. The simple and versatile system allows managers and other key stakeholders to monitor the business and access reporting tools from any network-connected device including PCs, tablets or smartphones.

The Pulse system allows users to know what type of fluid was used, how much, where and when it was dispensed and who was performing the work. Users can capture previously lost or unassigned costs and uncover hidden profits with the Pulse system, easily tracking bulk fluid activities and monitoring inventory from the storage tanks to dispensers. The Pulse system provides transparency from the service bay to the back office, allowing decision makers to know what’s happening at any given moment.

For more information, visit: www.gracopulse.com


Quicker Change with Easy-Pack

Amsoil recently unveiled a new packaging system for hard-to-reach gear lube installations. The new Amsoil Severe Gear Easy-Pack eliminates the challenges presented when changing gear lube by providing less mess, reduced waste and easier access.

Amsoil Severe Gear Easy-Packs allow for quicker and easier changing of gear oil. The innovative flexible packaging allows for improved maneuverability and access to fill holes, even in confined spaces. This results in less mess and less wasted product than commonly seen when using traditional quart containers. The Easy Pack has undergone extensive testing and development to ensure a durable, all-in-one package that can withstand even the most aggressive handling.

Easy Packs are available with Amsoil Severe Gear 75W-90 and 75W-140 100-percent synthetic gear lube. The formulation has not changed — it still provides high film strength for high-load demands, reduced friction and wear and maximum fuel efficiency.

For more information, call 800.777.8491 or visit: www.amsoil.com


Loose Lug Nut Indicator

Ken-Tool recently announced the availability of the HexChex Multi-Size loose wheel nut indicators.

The Ken-Tool HexChex Multi-Size wheel nut indicators offer a wide application coverage in only four SKUs, dramatically cutting inventory costs. The four SKUs cover 31 lug nut sizes from .75-inch (19 mm) to 2-inch (50 mm) and fit six-, eight- and 10-sided lug nuts.

A HexChex quickly installs over a lug nut without tools — fastening securely with a ratcheting closure. Made from a durable, reusable bright yellow polymer, each HexChex has a clocking pointer to alert a driver when a lug nut is beginning to loosen. The Ken-Tool HexChex indicators will not melt under heavy braking. However, they will melt should a hub overheat, alerting the driver to hub problems. Should a HexChex melt, the materials is easily removed without damage to wheels or lug nuts.

For more information, visit: www.kentool.com


New Software Integration

Business Actualization recently announced their integration with the shop management system, Shop-Ware. This makes the eighth integration for Pilot by Business Actualization. Allowing business owners to seamlessly digitally remarket to previous customers and target people like their best customers. It also automates post service visit follow-up by email and text message. This results in higher customer service index scores and more online reviews. Other integrations include: Mitchell, PACE Software, Protractor, R.O. Writer, Shopboss and Winworks.

Pilot by Business Actuation interacts with point-of-sales systems to interact with customers throughout their life cycle stages. This doesn’t mean it will send postcards — these interactions will happen digitally in the form of Facebook Ads or Google AdWords. The process is automatic and is put into action post-service visit.

For more information, call 717.742.0782 or visit: www.businessactualization.com

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