Products and Services

Dec. 1, 2019

Feast your eyes on these products and services featured for December.

New Look, New Features: John Bean Wheel Aligners

The John Bean family of wheel aligners has a new look. In addition to a new sharp appearance, John Bean wheel aligners continue to provide productivity-enhancing features and innovative technology that set them apart in the marketplace.

John Bean wheel aligners, including the V3300, V2380 and V2280, provide shops with outstanding performance at an exceptional value, each offering distinct advantages for shops seeking to increase their wheel alignment business.

The John Bean V3300 is the fast and flexible way to rev up alignment revenue. Designed from the ground up to provide the fastest possible, error-free alignments, the V3300 features a next-generation user interface and provides intelligent predictive alignment flow for high-volume customers. In addition, video speed cameras constantly monitor the alignment and provide critical information to get the job done right the first time.

The John Bean V2380 is designed for volume workshops that need an independent beam and cabinet for mobility and more installation flexibility. It provides superior performance and does not require extensive training or experience to operate. With the latest XD target and camera system, the V2380 features advanced technology, combined with the simplest, most intuitive software ever offered, providing the essential tools for any alignment tech.

The John Bean V2280 offers shops complete performance at an affordable price. Easy to use, fast to setup and flexible installation, the V2280 supplies core alignment readings to service technicians quickly and efficiently.

New productivity enhancing features for these aligners include online connectivity that when connected to the internet, the aligners can quickly access vehicle specifications and OEM repair procedures for ADAS repairs as well as provide fast and easy software and vehicle specification updates. In addition, the new online report management feature allows shop aligner reports to be printed, emailed or texted from anywhere, improving shop efficiency and customer service.

Quaker State Launches Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic in Canada

Quaker State has developed a motor oil specifically designed for European engines, Quaker State Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic motor oil. Quaker State Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic motor oil helps to protect modern, turbocharged European engines against wear 1 , helps extend engine life 1 and provides more performance 2.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic motor oil provides protection against the formation of sludge and other harmful deposits in order to ensure high engine performance.

Additionally, heat-activated viscosity improvers help to maintain oil thickness, while anti-wear

additives help to extend engine life.

Quaker State recognized that increasingly sophisticated European and modern engines

require a motor oil that would guard against wear, while also enhancing the engine’s performance capabilities. To match the power of modern turbocharged engines, Quaker State Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic motor oil has improved resistance to both engine stress at high engine speeds and under heavy loads and thermal and viscosity breakdown that European vehicles, high performance vehicles and vehicles driven in extreme temperatures may experience.

Quaker State Ultimate Durability Euro Full Synthetic motor oil will be available for purchase at retailers across Canada in October 2019 in the following viscosity grades: SAE 5W-40, LX SAE 0W-30 and L SAE 5W-30.

Continental Debuts ClearContact Premium Beam Windshield Wiper Blades

Continental has just introduced its new line of ClearContact premium beam windshield wiper blades to the U.S. and Canadian markets. Designed for professional technicians, the new program features quick and easy OE fit and trouble free inventory. ClearContact wiper blades do not require any adapters and come fitted with the right connection needed for the vehicle. With the program’s 14 front windshield part numbers in stock, shops can cover over 94 percent of passenger cars and light trucks that come in for service. Overall VIO in the United States and Canada exceeds 258M.

ClearContact windshield wiper blades are available for both front and rear wiper applications. The front blades feature an all beam design and are available in 14 part numbers covering lengths from 15 to 28 inches. The rear wipers are offered with 19 part numbers in lengths from 10 to 16 inches.

Howard Laster, Executive Director, Automotive Aftermarket North America, Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket (CVAM) business unit, announced the new program and noted, “We are extremely excited about our new ClearContact wiper blades program because it readily complements our leading aftermarket programs and makes us more valuable to our distribution partners, import specialists, and service shops.”

Laster added, “In addition to the selling power and OEM heritage of the Continental brand, our ClearContact wiper blades are ready to use right out of the box, just like our renowned REDI-Sensor TPMS Sensors. There’s no need for adapters or fumbling with the fit. With ClearContact, wiper blade replacement is a fast and easy one-step operation. Plus, the maximum application coverage offered by our minimal inventory requirement makes ClearContact the ideal choice for service shops, tire dealers, and quick lubes.”

Featuring an advanced beam design, ClearContact windshield wipers maintain an even pressure on the wiper blade for consistent performance, from edge to edge. The state-of-the-art blade composition resists UV light and harsh environmental conditions to remain flexible and provide an exceptionally long service life.

Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket is a leading and trusted aftermarket supplier of OE-engineered aftermarket parts for HVAC and engine cooling, door systems, brake systems, tire pressure monitoring systems, engine management, fuel systems, instrumentation, and windshield wipers.

Snap-on releases new tools for more comfortable, efficient, effective work

Snap-on CTRQ717DB 14.4 V Hex Drive Long Neck Cordless Ratchet: This tool’s low tapered head and 13-3/4" length will provide technicians with even more reach and accessibility. The CTRQ717DB features a commanding 35 ft-lb of torque output, 46 ft-lb of manual torque load and a variable trigger speed to tackle even the toughest fasteners. Battery life can be monitored using the battery fuel gauge, and the LED headlight and the overmolded cushion grip ensures comfortable use even in the most challenging environments.

Snap-on ECARD062 Dual Sided Flex Light:This versatile light from Snap-on includes a 270° folding design with magnets on the bottom and back for maximum visibility in any space. The ECARD062 includes a 300 lumen spot light, 600 lumens on each side and 800 lumens when both are activated. The main light includes a dimmable memory function switch that takes only a press and hold to activate. The ECARD062 is IP65 resistant to water and dust infiltration and has an onboard battery fuel gauge.

Snap-on 94CF Talon GripTM 5" Plastisol Grip Needle Nose Pliers: When compared to straight, serrated-jaw pliers, these Talon GripTM Long Nose Pliers provide up to a 57 percent increase in pulling power with a relocated joint, optimized handle shape and diamond serrated jaws. Thanks to the rounded jaw edges, technicians can confid  ently make loops and bends without fear of cutting wires. The jaw tips are perfectly aligned and feature machined teeth for accurate gripping strength and positive control. The tool’s contoured handle offers a more comfortable grip and superior leverage. 

Snap-on CTFAN9050 18 V Heavy-Duty Fan: The heavy-duty CTFAN9050 fan can plug-in or go cordless. A three-speed BLDC motor is DC, 18–24 V and 22 W and is not only rugged but comes with a dual power source 18 V battery or 110 V AC charging port. The battery will last 12 hours on the low setting, five hours on medium and three hours on high with air speed ranging from 1,500 RPM on the low setting, 2,500 RPM on medium, and 3,000 RPM on high. The indexable fan includes three 6-1/2" propeller-style blades to create maximum air flow; two integrated 2.1 A USB ports; oversized carrying handle; and a large easy-to-read control panel. 

Snap-on JETWASHER Air Water Jet Washer: This tool combines both water and compressed air with an adjustable flow for safe and effective cleaning of cars, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and an even cleaner workspace at home or in the shop. Separate air and water controls allow for effective washing, rinsing and drying of surfaces. The tool has an integrated 3/4" threaded hose connection, a separate adaptor for quick-connect water hoses, and the wide nozzle prevents backsplash. The Snap-on JETWASHER body is made of long-lasting, lightweight, and durable Acetal plastic that won't scratch surfaces. The optional JETWASHNOZL flusher nozzle can also be used for flushing coolant systems and heater cores.

Milwaukee Refreshes FASTBACK Utility, Spring Assisted, and Pocket Knives

When Milwaukee Tool introduced its first FASTBACK Knife, it redefined cutting on the jobsite. Now, the company has expanded its leadership in cutting solutions once again by introducing the next generation of FASTBACK Knives. The new knives come fully equipped with features users know and trust from the previous lines and incorporate new improvements to provide users with a trusted, everyday carry.

The utility knives have been enhanced with improved, durable wire belt clips for reduced pocket-tearing and lanyard holes for easy tethering. The quick change function has been moved to the back and a metal extension has been added to prevent accidental blade removal. All FASTBACK™ utility knives come equipped with a blade holder designed for scoring.

Created to increase productivity and offer unmatched durability, the new FASTBACK Pocket Knives have numerous enhanced features. All FASTBACK knives will continue to have the popular press-and-flip design for fast, one-handed opening and stainless steel blades that stay sharp, and will now include an upgraded, more durable wire belt clip to reduce pocket-tearing and a lanyard hole for easy tethering.

The FASTBACK Spring Assisted Knives continue to deliver faster activation with the aid of durable springs for easy, one-handed opening. Their partially-serrated, stainless steel blades stay sharp and have been upgraded with a secure, easy-to-operate slide lock.

Three new engine oils from LIQUI MOLY

LIQUI MOLY launches three new engine oils: one for the latest BMW models, a special one for older BMWs and one with a particularly low viscosity for Japanese cars.

LIQUI MOLY's Top Tec 6600 0W-20 will carry the latest BMW approval Longlife-17 FE+. This type of oil is suitable for the latest gasoline engine BMWs with the exception of the M series. This oil has a viscosity of 0W-20, following the current trend in the automotive industry towards ever lower viscosity oils in an attempt to lower fuel consumption and emissions. It will also carry the latest Mercedes approval MB 229.71 and meet the requirements for Volvo approval VCC RBS0-2AE and API SN Plus + RC.

This new oil premiered at AAPEX and SEMA Show.

The new LIQUI MOLY Special Tec B FE 5W-30, on the other hand, has been developed for older BMW models rather than current ones. More specifically for gasoline engines without particle filters from model year 2002. It carries BMW approval Longlife-01 FE and meets the requirements for API SL.

The third new product is Special Tec AA 0W-16. 

"It is the lowest viscosity oil that we have launched to date," says Sebastian Zelger, director of LiquiMoly USA. 

It is mainly Japanese car manufacturers that stipulate a viscosity of 0W-16. It is very uncommon outside of Japan. However, this is changing slowly. Special Tec AA 0W-16 meets the requirements for API SN Plus + RC and ILSAC GF-5 and is suitable for selected models of Honda, Lexus, Suzuki and Toyota.

This will also be accompanied by a relaunch of the entire Special Tec AA range. This product line includes engine oils developed specifically for cars produced by American and Asian manufacturers. They all have improved, top-performing recipes and a new design.

AMSOIL Introduces New Upper Cylinder Lubricant Gasoline Additive

AMSOIL has added a new product to the gasoline additive lineup that outperforms the competition and preserves horsepower and performance. AMSOIL Upper Cylinder Lubricant Gasoline Additive delivers 18 percent more lubricity than Lucas and 20 percent more than Sea Foam for better retention of horsepower and fuel economy.

AMSOIL Upper Cylinder Lubricant fights ethanol-related issues with its potent corrosion inhibitors that coat metal surfaces, block out moisture and stop deterioration before it starts. It contains detergent additives designed to maintain injector cleanliness and retain fuel economy. AMSOIL Upper Cylinder Lubricant Gasoline Additive promotes long equipment life while delivering increased performance and protection for the engine’s top-end.

Innovative capless-compatible packaging is fully compatible with modern capless fuel systems. AMSOIL Upper Cylinder Lubricant is available in convenient 6-ounce bottles and recommended for use in passenger car and light truck applications. One bottle treats up to 25 gallons and is safe for use with catalytic converters and gasoline containing up to 15 percent ethanol.  

BG Launched New Services at AAPEX 2019

At the AAPEX show, BG Products, Inc., launched a new fuel service for gasoline direct injection engines, a simple maintenance solution for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), a dynamic engine cleaning service that takes sludged engines down to bare metal surfaces, and interactive training tools that will help your advisors be successful.

Topics included:

How the NEW BG Platinum Fuel System Service cleans evenly across all cylinders, delivers potent detergents to dissolve deposits on intake valves, and breaks down deposits on injectors, all with no teardown and no downtime.

The NEW BG Hybrid Performance Service, which includes products made to solve challenges in HEVs. 

How the NEW BG Dynamic Engine Restoration Service allows vehicles with up to 150,000 miles to have coverage up to $3,000 under the FREE Lifetime BG Protection Plan.

Ongoing and effective training that will teach you how to engage your customers in a relevant, meaningful way, which will create more loyal customers.

Trico Products Introduces Universal Rear Beam Wiper Blade Program with TRICO Rear

Trico Products Corporation, a global leader in wiper blade technology, has introduced the industry’s first complete line of universal rear wiper blades to fit both beam and integral wiper arms.

TRICO Rear wiper blades are available in 8- to 16-inch lengths. They are currently on shelves at Advance Auto Parts and CARQUEST locations throughout the United States and Canada, along with Meijer locations in the Midwestern region of the U.S. These wiper blades will be available at additional retail and installer locations by year end.

“As the industry’s only complete line of universal rear beam blades, TRICO Rear provides critical rear-glass visibility in all driving conditions,” said Kevin O’Dowd, senior vice president, global marketing at TRICO Group. “We have transferred our windshield beam blade technology to a rear blade program that delivers uniform pressure for a much improved and durable wipe.”

The TRICO Rear program also includes an advanced connection system that reduces SKU count from 27 to 11, while increasing coverage and consolidating space.