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Robinair announces new refrigerant analyzers for R-134a or R-1234yf A/C systems

Robinair has released its new R-ID (#16990) and R-ID Plus (#16995) Refrigerant Analyzers, which allows technicians to quickly and accurately determine the refrigerant purity of a vehicle’s A/C system. The R-ID and R-ID Plus Refrigerant Analyzers are designed for use on vehicles with either R-134a or the newer R-1234yf refrigerant.

Powered by an internal lithium ion battery, the R-ID and R-ID Plus measures the percentage of R-1234yf, R-134a, R-12 refrigerants, as well as R-22 and Hydrocarbon contaminants. An optional R-12 hose is required for technicians to be able to test R-12 refrigerant. The analyzers also measure the percent air in pure R-1234yf and R-134a refrigerants.

The tools are certified to the SAE J2912 standard and can connect directly to any SAE J2843 or J3030 A/C service machine with an external USB port. Each device has a large, easy to read color display that shows analysis results and helps technicians to determine the next step of an A/C system service.

The R-ID Plus Refrigerant Analyzer is equipped with the same features and functionality as the R-ID Refrigerant Analyzer but adds an internal printer to print final test results.

 

Total Expands Engine Oil Product Line

Total Specialties USA, Inc. announced the addition of new engine oil, called Total Quartz 9000 Future XT 0W-16.

The new engine oil is positioned to meet the needs of a market that is trending towards lower viscosities, according to a press release. Total Lubriciants will now offer it to the U.S. market as it gets ready to service applicable 2018 vehicles that require 0W-16 formulations.

The new engine oil is crafted to protect smaller turbocharged engines and delivers high fuel efficiency during complete drain intervals. It is a full synthetic, high-performance engine oil that offers quick starts even in cold temperatures and protects against LSPI (low-speed pre-ignition) that is found in newer engines.

“Total prides itself on cutting edge innovation and creating a product in the 0W-16 viscosity is an essential and innovative approach to the market trending towards lower viscosities. Total Quartz 9000 Future XT 0W-16 also positions Total to be ready when the new ILSAC GF-6B licensing process begins,” commented Christophe Doussoux, SVP Lubricants, Additives and Special Fuels of Total Specialties USA, Inc.

Official certification for GF-6B starts on May 1.


 

Gearwrench Introduces New Chrome Hex Bit Sockets

Automotive and industrial mechanics don’t have time for tools that come up short. So, Gearwrench is introducing new additions to its Chrome Hex Bit Socket line that literally reach farther to provide greater access and ease compared to standard shorter hex keys. 

With the new mid-length and long-length hex bit options, reaching hex-cap fasteners is no longer a worry.

“Technicians often struggle to have tools that provide great access without compromising strength, so we designed our mid- and long-length hex bit sockets to offer both,” said Chris Coll, product manager at Gearwrench, in a press release. “From the materials we use to the nuances of our design, our new hex bits help auto mechanics and industrial maintenance professionals keep pace with their work.”

Product Features:

  • Mid-Length and Long-Length bits to provide additional access to hard-to-reach fasteners

  • S2 steel insert hex bits for maximum strength

  • Sockets meet insertion depth requirements to ensure correct engagement with the fastener

  • Chamfered hex bit ends are precision manufactured for a secure fit to prevent stripping and wear

  • Socket base full polish chrome finish is easy to clean and provides high visibility

  • Large hand-stamped identification and double line (SAE) and knurled line (metric) to easily distinguish between SAE and metric sockets

  • Socket base is heat treated

  • Exceed ASME proof torque requirements for durability

The new line of mid-length and long-length hex bits includes 61 total products (57 open stock options and four sets) for 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch drives in both SAE and metric. The full line of GEARWRENCH Hex Bit Sockets now has 140 options and 16 sets, including standard hex bits, ball-end hex bits, and long ball-end hex bits. 


 

Continental ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid Ideal for Electronic Brake Systems

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket offers its ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid as an ideal brake fluid replacement for DOT 4 fluid in ESP, ABS, and ASR systems. The low-viscosity texture of ATE SL.6 allows electronic brake systems to react more quickly for improved safety.

Continental’s Original ATE SL.6 Brake Fluid incorporates high-quality additives to help provide excellent protection against rust and corrosion, so the brakes are more durable and resistant. ATE SL.6 delivers excellent application coverage for the advanced braking systems used in all makes of high-end vehicles.

Dan Caciolo, Head of Product Management for Continental Independent Aftermarket Powertrain & Brake Systems, noted that in addition to ATE SL.6, Continental also offers ATE SL Brake Fluid for hydraulic brake and clutch systems and ATE TYP 200 Brake Fluid for racing applications.

 

Macnaught Retracta R3-RACR  Hose Reel

Macnaught USA has introduced its Retracta R3 Hose Reel with RACR (Retracta Adjustable Control Return). 

Featuring a 10-year warranty, the Retracta R3-RACR is the market’s first reel with fully adjustable return speed for increased safety. The patented RACR system utilizes an adjustable hydraulic clutch that allows the user to set the speed of return to meet individual requirements, protecting personnel and equipment.

Easy to adjust with only a screwdriver, the Retracta R3-RACR hose reel has a texture-rolled carbon spring for maximum service life and built-in spring overrun protection. The unit comes standard with a safe tensioning mechanism, protecting the operator from direct spring interaction. It offers increased hose capacity up to 65 feet, and its Air / Water RetractaFlex hybrid polymer hose eliminates kinking for superior performance. The polymer hose mouth design provides high wear resistance, and the reel has an integrated handle for convenience.

Its wide mounting bracket offers improved stability. The fully serviceable Retracta R3 reel is available in an array of case and hose colors for air, water, oil, grease and hot water applications. It is suitable for factory floors, shops, vehicle dealerships, truck and heavy equipment repair facilities and more.

 

C.A.T. Products Newest Addition to Premium Line of Cleaners

C.A.T. Products, Inc. (Run-Rite) is proud to introduce the Diesel Fuel Induction Kit to add to its proven detergents and additive packages. This 3-stage kit cleans up injectors both from traditional coking and internal deposits that cause sticking. The Diesel Fuel Induction Kit will also provide corrosion protection for fuel system components. The Diesel Treatment Kit enhances lubricity and dissolves waxy soap deposits to help dissolve asphaltenes.

“This kit has been formulated to rapidly dissolve and loosen tough deposits to restore the proper air flow and performance that diesel engines require. It helps to lower emissions, improve idle quality and acceleration and may help improve fuel economy.” said Bruce Dobbs, co-founder of C.A.T. Products Inc. (Run-Rite). “Run-Rite Diesel Induction System 3-step cleaner is specially formulated non combustible blend of cleaners and dispersants which will quickly, effectively and safely remove soot, carbon and fuel residue deposits from the induction system. It will also help clean the diesel particulate filter.”

The 2 stage Induction Service helps remove soot and carbon deposits from the intake system. This service helps reduce smoke and emissions, recover lost power and helps improve fuel efficiency and economy. The Diesel Fuel Induction Kit has been shown to decrease ignition delay, improve cold weather starts and reduce misfires and lower engine noise. It can also help protect injectors and fuel pumps from abnormal wear.

 

New Snap-on torque wrench delivers more muscle in less space

The new Snap-on ATECH2FR125B 3/8" Drive TechAngle Flex-Head Torque Wrench provides the same benefits as fellow ATECH series tools, but with more range, strength, and accuracy. 

With a 5-125 ft-lb working range, technicians are able to use this torque wrench for a wider array of applications including passenger tires, engines, and suspensions. The tool’s strong yoke is engineered for a higher torque load with added steel mass, as well as an extremely tight tolerance ratchet tang-to-yoke fit. Without compromising on the torsional strength, the heavy-duty yoke also provides technicians a smooth indexing movement of the ratchet head up to 15 degrees, and the smaller yoke-to-rachet gap reduces potential pinch points for increased safety. 

The ATECH2FR125B becomes even more precise while in a flexed position (from 0 to 15 degrees) due to the patent pending Snap-on® Multi Axis Gyro Compensation (MAG COMP) that allows the tool to automatically measure its position and compensate for the change of length. The 80-tooth ratchet offers a shorter, 4.5-degree arc making it easy for technicians to work on fasteners in confined spaces and meets or exceeds the ASME® B107.300-2010 (B107.28) standard. The wrench operates on AA batteries and comes with a two-year warranty.

Features of the intuitive ATECH2FR125B include:

  • Four alert modes (LED, LCD, vibratory, and audible)

  • Six scales for precise measurements in both metric/SI and imperial units, plus angle 

  • 10 presets for easily recalling commonly-used torque specifications

  • Cycle counter to help techs keep their tool calibrated

  • Torque then angle option for bolts that require specific applications of both measurements

  • Battery level indicator

  • Low profile buttons

  • Power interruption technology

  • Dual progressive LEDs and backlight LCD screen provide greater visibility in dark, cramped work spaces 

 

GUNK Introduces New Degreasing Wipes

GUNK, the brand that has brought the toughest cleaners and degreasers to market for over 60 years, has launched its new GUNK Degreasing Wipes. The industrial-strength, no-rinse degreasing wipes are designed to tackle grease and oil on everything from engine bays to vehicle trim and windows and are currently available for purchase nationwide.

GUNK Degreasing Wipes feature large, 8-inch by 12-inch sheets that provide maximum surface area for thorough and efficient cleaning. The sheets are double-sided, with a scrubbing side for stubborn grease and grime and a smooth side to finish the job. Developed with a low-VOC degreasing solution, the wipes deliver a professional-grade cleaning solution when rinsing isn’t possible. The degreasing wipes contain no isopropyl alcohol and are packaged in a moisture-sealed container to prevent drying and to maintain a long shelf-life. 

“Our customers need products that offer convenience, without sacrificing performance,” said Marshal Livingstone, Blumenthal Brands Integrated SVP/General Manager. “Our new GUNK Degreasing Wipes combine a larger size and double-sided surface with a no-rinse formula that allows them to clean tough oil and grease, without having to use water. We are proud to offer the latest addition to the GUNK line of engine degreasing products as we continue to evolve to serve our consumers.”

Additional product attributes include:

  • Citrus scent

  • Safe for skin

  • Safe on metal, glass, painted surfaces, plastic and rubber

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