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OCTOBER 2012 Vol. 12, Issue 6

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8 // Specialty & Hand Tool Innovations New vehicles bring new types of vehicle repairs, as well as new tools to service them. Contributing writer Mike DuBois discusses how hand tools are being “re-invented” every day.

18 // Pulling Codes Carlton Banks visits the infamous code P1512 — Throttle Position Not Learned — on a poorly running 2002 GMC Envoy with a “reduced engine power” lamp illuminated.

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EDITOR’SNOTES A Few Days That Could Make a Big Impact All Year his month’s article on Specialty Tools (beginning on page 8) looks into how small tweaks to conventional tools can make a huge difference in saving you time on a repair. This made me think of the AAPEX (Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo) and AVI Training Conference events coming up at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas. These events are held over just a few days’ time, but the return on your investment can make a big difference in time savings the rest of the year (and beyond). The AVI Training Conference will be held Oct. 29 and 30, with all classes geared toward helping technicians and shop owners be more efficient with management and diagnostics. AAPEX, which runs Oct. 30 through Nov. 1, will host a huge number of Tool & Equipment vendors showcasing their latest product innovations, as well as first-rate seminars in the Learning Forum series. And that’s just a fraction of AAPEX’s benefits. Visit for details. While specifics for AVI’s conference can be found at avi, I wanted to highlight a few of the tool and


equipment seminars that might pique your interest. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of PCM Coding, Reflashing and Reprogramming in Your Bay! — Start flashing Ford or Toyota cars and trucks. This class will cover the practical ways to reprogram in the shop using both J2534 reprogramming and OE scan tools. Vehicle Stability Control — Electronic stability control goes by many names, but no matter what they call it, a stability control system uses an array of sensors to detect a loss of traction in the vehicle. This course will cover how the system works, what can go wrong and how to fix it. Quick Check Diagnostics — This class uses the Quick Things First testing procedures to check for proper system testing. Form a diagnostic foundational procedure using tools that most shops already have. Systems tested: battery/ charging/starting; compression/engine condition; fuel pump/fuel injectors; ignition; computer. Tools used: scan tool, compression gauge, vacuum gauge and lab scope.

TPMS Top Gun — This threehour class is a comprehensive review of the Bartec 400SD TPMS tool — from registering and updating to navigating and setting up your tool, to basic TPMS and how your tool is used for TPMS relearns and diagnostics. Diagnosing and Repairing EVAP Monitor Failures — Join Dave Hobbs, field trainer for Delphi Product and Service Solutions, for this three-hour comprehensive review of evaporative control systems and diagnostic techniques to aid in a timely diagnosis and repair. Continues on page 58

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SPECIALTYTOOLS PRODUCTPREVIEWS Replace Ball Joints without Damaging Wheel Bearings Cal-Van Tools offers the 90100 Hub Tool. This tool is designed for removing the hub assembly from Ford 4-wheel-drive pickup trucks when replacing ball joints, without causing damage to the wheel bearings. The 90100 Hub Tool enables the technician to drive wheel bearings out from the back of the hub assembly by threading the tool over the hub assembly stud. The tool has threads that match those of the four 1/2” hub assembly studs. Includes an adapter for Dodge applications. Patent pending. Cal-Van Tools Circle #105 for more information

Alignments Made Easy Martin Tool & Forge introduces a new adjustable spud-end wrench. The wrench has an adjustable 1-1/2” jaw capacity and a 12” alignment spud. The ground end spud allows for quick, easy alignment of holes and fasteners. One great feature of this tool is its large knurl with lead-in for better access while adjusting. The wrench’s black oxide finish provides corrosion resistance for an extended life. Martin has been manufacturing quality industrial hand tools since 1917. For more information, contact your local Martin Tool distributor or visit Martin Tool & Forge Circle #103 for more information

Clean Air Filters, Radiators and Condensers IPA’s Air Comb Filter and Radiator Cleaner is ideal for cleaning cylindrical-style air filters, radiators, condensers and other hardto-reach applications. An air filter, if properly cleaned, can be reused many times in its life cycle. Now, a technician can thoroughly clean cylinder-style air filters, radiators and condensers with the Air Comb’s focused high-pressure output and long reach 90°, multi-port air flow. It is available in 12”, 24”, 36” and 48” lengths (P/Ns 8050-8053). Innovative Products of America Circle #104 for more information

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Remove Rounded or Stripped Fasteners Lisle Corp. offers its four-piece Stripped Screw Extractor Set (P/N 62110). The four sizes of extractors fit Torx and Torx Plus sizes T-40 to T-55; internal hex sizes 1/4” to 1/2” and 6 mm to 13 mm. They will also work on other stripped or rounded internal drive screw heads. This set is made of heat-treated alloy steel for durability. Just choose the extractor that fits snugly in the fastener and turn counter-clockwise to remove the fastener. Lisle Corp. Circle #106 for more information




here is a theory called the Butterfly Effect.

The need for repair of this problem spawned the development of no less than an dozen different specialty tools. The supplier contracted with specialty tool manufacturers to develop and distribute these new tools to every dealer and authorized service provider worldwide. So, you might be asking yourself, what does the advent of the motor problems have to do with the socalled Butterfly Effect, and more importantly, why, as a technician, do I care? The reason you might and should care is this: The automotive aftermarket, and the tool industry in particular, is a self-correcting business. When a need presents itself in the form of a service problem, or as in the above example, a specific failure, the tool industry rushes in to fill the void. In this example, prior to the introduction of the specialty tools to repair the problem, the only recourse was either a motor replacement or, at the very least, the need to remove a cylinder head for machine work to be done in a traditional machine shop. Both of

This theory in part states that an action or condition in one place, however insignificant, can greatly change the outcome or conditions in another place. This theory, however fantastic, does remind me of the fact that the tool business is very much like this. Let me tell you what I am talking about. Not too many years ago, a very large vehicle manufacturer introduced a new engine. Like always, this engine was touted as being more powerful, more efficient, cleaner to operate, yada, yada, yada. Hundreds of millions of dollars were spent to design, build and implement the motor. It became a status symbol in certain segments of the automotive market. By all appearances it was a huge success. Critics and consumers alike blessed this new motor as the greatest thing to happen in quite a while. Just a few short months later, things began to change quickly, and not for the better. Reports started rolling in of this magical motor developing an unusual symptom. With little or no warning, this motor would arbitrarily spit out one of its spark plugs to the great dismay of the owner. The first few hundred times this happened, the manufacturer chalked it up as an anomaly. However, overwhelmMike DuBois ing evidence and the number of incidents validated Contributing Editor this as a real problem that wasn’t going away.

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SPECIALTYTOOLS Proper Torque Wrench Use and Maintenance A torque wrench is a precision instrument designed to apply a specific amount of force to a fastener. Whether tightening head bolts on an automobile engine, lugs for tire and rim installation or inspecting fastener tolerances on highperformance equipment, it is extremely important that proper care is used. Guidelines are typically provided noting acceptable torque ranges, the order in which specific fasteners are tightened and the number of times a fastener must be tightened and loosened to ensure uniform torque application. Failure to properly torque fasteners can lead to equipment damage, personal injury or worse. It is important to follow acceptable maintenance and use practices, such as: 1. Safety glasses or goggles should be worn at all times when using any hand tool. 2. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions

regarding torque direction, proper force, torque pattern/sequence, use or non-use of lubrication on fasteners and torque “tighten/release” cycles. 3. Do not exceed the recommended working range of the torque wrench. Reliable measurements are based on a percentage of the working range. In general, most mechanical wrenches have a useable range from 20% to 100% of full scale. Most electronic wrenches have a useable range from 10% to 100% of full scale. 4. Do not use accessories or handle extensions unless specifically allowed by the torque wrench manufacturer. 5. Take time to inspect the tool and check for worn or cracked sockets. Properly lubricate and replace worn parts.

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6. Avoid dropping or sliding a torque wrench. Dropping a torque wrench on a hard surface can cause the instrument to lose reliable calibration. If you suspect that a wrench has been dropped, have the tool inspected by the manufacturer or reputable calibration service. 7. Always store a torque wrench in a protective case and/or location when not in use. 8. Avoid exposure to temperature extremes, high humidity, fluid immersion and corrosive environments. 9. If using a click-type torque wrench, always store it at the lowest level on the scale. 10. Avoid marking, etching or placing labels on torque wrenches. 11. Use a

torque wrench to apply a specific torque value during the final assembly process. Do not use a torque wrench as the primary means of tightening or loosening fasteners. 12. As most torque wrenches are length specific, always grasp the torque wrench in the center of the handle. If two hands need to be used, place one hand on top of the other. 13. Apply torque in a slow, methodical manner and avoid sudden, “jerking” movements. 14. When the wrench signals (by clicking, beeping or lights) that a specific torque has been reached, stop pulling immediately. 15. After 5,000 cycles or up to one year of use, whichever comes first, have your torque wrench inspected and recalibrated by the manufacturer or a reputable calibration service. With proper care, a high-quality torque wrench should provide accurate measurements for many years. Courtesy of Snap-on Tools.




Specialty tools are the lifeblood of our business.

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those solutions were incredibly time-consuming, expensive and inefficient. Today, with the newly created specialty tools this same repair can be done on the vehicle for a few hundred dollars and the engine can be brought back to full operating condition. This is a great example of the cause and effect of our business. A manufacturer builds a vehicle with little or no concern for how technicians will be able to service or repair that vehicle. If the needs or problems associated with any given repair are great enough, it will cause suppliers of tools to invent and manufacturer tools to address the concerns. I have said before and will continue to say that specialty tools are the lifeblood of our business. For Circle #11 for Reader Service


SPECIALTY TOOLS many years, a vast majority of the tools in a tech’s box were generic. By this I mean tools that had no specific application; traditional tools such as screwdrivers, sockets, wrenches etc. Little by little over time, the need for vehicle- or applicationspecific tools has increased. Today, I would venture to say that as much as 25% of the tools in your box are either vehicle- or application-specific. This number could be higher if you are a dealer technician or a specialist by car or vehicle type. The name of the game in our business is speed. The faster you can get that vehicle out of your bay, the more money you are going to make. It’s just

that simple. Specialty tools are one of the keys to doing just that. The less time you spend scratching your head, making a tool, struggling with a repair, the better off you are going to be in the long run. Also, in many cases, the right specialty tool will reduce or eliminate the possibility of damage occurring durPhoto courtesy of IPA ing a repair. This is good for you, the shop and the vehicle owner. That in itself is a huge win for everyone! It is an exciting time in the tool business in terms of innovation, creative designs and new specialty tools. There are hundreds of new tools coming out every year. These range from tools that are for a

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single specific vehicle to tools that will do a certain job on a long list of different vehicles. One example of “generic” specialty tools that will do the same type of job on multiple vehicles is inspection tools. They have become an increasingly important part of your day-to-day life as a technician. With the advent of tighter and tighter engine compartments, smaller motors and generally just more “stuff” in your way, inspection tools can be a great addition to your toolbox. From the traditional mirror to the more complex video inspection devices, these are becoming almost a mandatory addition to the arsenal of tools you use to diagnose, inspect and repair vehicles on a daily basis. It would seem like hand tools and specialty tools are two completely different and unrelated things. Once upon a time I would have agreed with you. That is not the case today. For all the reasons listed above, hand tools are being “re-invented” every day. Sometimes the changes to a traditional tool are very subtle and other times the change can be so dramatic that you might not still consider it to be the same tool. One of the most common changes we see with hand tools has to do with comfort and ergonomics. Suppliers are now aware of the need to provide tools that not only work well, but also feel good in the hand and don’t contribute to fatigue or work-related long-term injuries.

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SPECIALTY TOOLS Hand tools are also becoming more specialized based on applications or functional needs. Some examples of these tools might include ratchets with incredibly fine teeth to reduce the swing arc for turning a fastener, to ratchets that have angles in the handle or flexible heads for accessing a blocked fastener. We are also seeing more and more super-long-handled ratchets coming into the market. These allow the technician to access fittings in places that previously were much more difficult or impossible to get to. I am a huge fan of specialty tools for several reasons. One is that they represent a solution to a spe-

cific problem. To me, that makes them kind of magical. They are the direct result of research, testing and design, by a person or company that “gets it.� These people understand what the problem is you face to fix a vehicle in the field. This makes specialty tools the royalty of the Photo courtesy of Steck Mfg. tool kingdom to me! As a technician, I would encourage you to set aside funds to acquire at least one specialty tool a month, if not more often, as your budget allows. The investment you make in specialty tools will pay you back in time saved, reduced fatigue and less frustration. TS

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SPECIALTYTOOLS PRODUCTPREVIEWS Tie Rod Pliers Steck’s Tie Rod Pliers (P/N 71465) allow tow truck drivers and technicians to temporarily steer, load and secure a vehicle with an outer tie rod ball and socket separation failure on their roll back wreckers as well as to lotsteer to the repair bay. The Tie Rod Pliers’ unique design with a socket end and pointed spindle end allow easy wheel pivoting for vehicle steering by temporarily reconnecting the ball and socket tie rod ends. Visit Steck Manufacturing Company Circle #107 for more information

Service European Vehicles with OAP Kit The Overrunning Alternator Pulley (OAP) Kit (AK411) from E-Z Red is a must for shops that want to stay ahead of technology. With this kit, you can remove and install OAPs, which are very popular in European vehicles, and are making their way into the U.S. market. Works with hand tools or an impact gun. The interchangeable components work on almost all vehicles that have changed to the OAP system. The tools feature 180° flexheads for hard-to-reach areas, and a chrome vandium polished surface with black phosphate finish. E-Z Red Company Circle #109 for more information

Tools To Speed Up Repairs and Service Thexton offers three specialty tools to save you time. The Brake Depressor Tool (P/N 594) attaches to the steering wheel and depresses the brake pedal to activate the brakes without the help of an assistant. The Terminal Release Tool Kit (P/N 595) is designed to service various types of electrical terminals and connectors. These tools are made to depress the locking tabs and remove the old wire and reinstall new wire without damaging the connector. The Heavy Duty Wheel Stud Pilot Pins (P/N 591) work like a sleeve to slip over a truck wheel stud and hold the wheel in position. Thexton Manufacturing Company Circle #108 for more information

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Go Ahead and Whack It! The Weld Wakker from Mayhew Tools features a strike-able handle end cap and side edge of the tool. P/N 60005 is a two-piece seam cutting chisel set that allows you to easily separate spot welds or bonded panels. The sharpened end allows for penetration between the panels and the sharpened edge allows for side impact to drive the panels apart without damage. The tools feature a patented two-composite soft grip handle and a blade that extends through to the end cap. Mayhew Tools Circle #110 for more information

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What Is Our Position On This? The Story of P1512 CIRCUIT DESCRIPTION The commanded throttle position is compared to the actual throttle position based on accelerator pedal position and possibly other limiting factors. Both values should be within a calibrated range of each other. The PCM continuously monitors the commanded and actual throttle positions. DTC P1512 sets if the values are greater than the calibrated range.

This article will document the infamous code P1512 – “Throttle Position Not Learned.”


1512 is a code that involves electronic throttle control (ETC), or throttle actuator control (TAC), and in many situations, a technician may be tempted to replace the throttle body assembly right away. This article will attempt to provide a better plan of attack. I have found through my research that all of the car manufacturers appear to have similar logic on how these systems may work, but keep in mind you must study each one of them in detail for proper diagnosis and repair. Our diagnostic journey will begin with a General Motors product. Our subject vehicle for this Pulling Codes case is a 2002 GMC Envoy. This vehicle has entered the shop with the “reduced engine power” lamp on. The


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engine was running very poorly and the vehicle could not be driven. After the ignition key was cycled off and then on again, and the vehicle was then restarted, it would run as if there was no issue with it whatsoever. The technician witnessed this event and replaced the throttle body assembly. The vehicle ran fine for a few days and returned to the repair facility with the same complaint later in the week. So now let’s review the trouble code chart as well as the enabling conditions for this code. The code is set when the commanded throttle position sensor (TPS) values do not agree with the actual TPS values. The throttle valve of the throttle body

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PULLING CODES Note: There is a great video from AVI on this subject and offers an engineering perspective into the operation of the GM ETC system. Go to and search for “GM Electronic Throttle Control” with AVI instructor Dave Hobbs (LBT-141). In this 90-minute course, Hobbs gives you an overview of the system, including theory of operation, design variations and ETC default codes for GM vehicles. Case studies and onvehicle tests are also included in this program. Hobbs explains how the system has changed and provides a detailed explanation of the five default modes and tells you how they work, why we need them and the strategies behind them. He also reveals cleaning tips for the throttle body that you need to know. — CB

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PULLING CODES is spring loaded to a slightly open position. The throttle valve should be open approximately 20%. This is referred to as the rest position. The throttle valve should not be completely closed nor should it be open more than the specified amount (20%). The throttle valve should move open and to the closed position without binding under the normal spring pressure. The throttle valve should not be free to move open or closed without spring pressure. If binding or free movement is noted, the throttle body should be replaced. The scan tool has the ability to operate the throttle valve throughout its entire range to verify if the system is operating properly. A review of the TPS values in the screenshot in Figure 1 shows a TP desired angle of 11%, while the actual angle is at 22%. This exceeds the 20% that was mentioned earlier. The ignition key is then cycled off and the values were displayed at 9% for both PIDs, see Figure 2. The ignition key is then cycled on again and the value changes to 9% for desired and 22% for actual, see Figure 3. The 22% would explain the reduced engine power lamp being illuminated. The following screenshots show the data as we witnessed it. It is also interesting to note that as the throttle was moved back and forth by foot, the values for the TP sensors would go within range and the vehicle would run fine. The technician working on the vehicle thought that it must be a bad throttle body assembly again and wanted to order another one from the dealer. I stopped him and asked him the first question I like to ask when electri-

Figure 1: TP data being viewed Key On, Engine Off.


Figure 2: TP data being viewed at Key Off.


Figure 3: TP data being viewed again at Key On, Engine Off.


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Figure 4: The relationship between the ETC fuse and the PCM.

Figure 5: PCM feeds and grounds that are provided directly to the ETC.

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PULLING CODES cal issues similar to this occur, “Did we check all power, reference voltages and grounds for this circuitry to work properly?� We began this process by re-

viewing the schematics that show the relationship between the ETC and the PCM, see Figure 4 on page 22. It always appears that there is more to the story, and a

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little homework revealed that an additional schematic was in need of review, see Figure 5 on page 22. The schematic for power and grounds showed that there is an ETC fuse that provides power directly to the PCM. We checked the ETC fuse (Figure 6) for voltage and we found that there was no voltage on this

PULLING CODES circuit. The circuit runs from the fuse box directly to the PCM. It appears it is a critical circuit that is needed in order for the ETC to work properly. The technician repaired the circuit and checked the system for integrity. A diagnostic system check was performed on the system and the following information is revealed in Figure 7. We now have an all-system pass. It is very interesting to note the possible reasons why this ETC fuse is so important to the PCM and its interpretation of throttle position, the PCM operates the throttle control motor to verify the integrity of the system prior to start-up. If this fuse is blown or we have an open circuit, the position of the throttle cannot be accurately determined per the PCM. A code indicating that the throttle position has not been learned is set. This Pulling Codes case is solved.

An Extension Cord Reel Worthy of Being Called a Power Tool Designed as an easy way to help keep an extension cord neat, safe and out of the way when not in use, the RoboReel is a portable, motor-driven power cord system that delivers 50’ of 12-gauge cord with a “smart” three outlet receptacle ball on the end. The RoboReel features a rugged circular casing that can be placed virtually anywhere, rotates 360° for easy access to anything within a 100’ diameter and with the touch of a button, turns on, off and retracts. For added safety, RoboReel features redundant thermostats to prevent overheating and fire hazard. Made of high-impact plastic, RoboReel is oil, gas, chemical and UV resistant. RoboReel Circle #70 for more information


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NEWS Snap-on Hosts Three-day Event Focusing on Franchisee Success More than 2,750 franchisees joined Snap-on associates and suppliers at the annual Snap-on Franchisee Conference (SFC) at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, August 10-12. According to Snap-on, more than 6,500 total attendees gathered for the event. “The event brings an extensive array of products and resources to one location, providing everything our franchisees need to support the profitable growth of their businesses,” said Tom Kassouf, president, Snap-on Tools Group. “Personal relationships are at the core of our enterprise, and the SFC gives Snap-on a further opportunity to directly interact with our franchisees in an environment that helps us better understand their requirements, as well as the needs of their customers.” The 2012 SFC featured a Product Exposition that

The 2012 SFC featured a Product Exposition that included the latest innovations in tool storage solutions, hand tools, power tools, diagnostic tools, and shop and tech equipment available from Snap-on.

included the latest innovations in hand tools, power tools, diagnostic tools, tool storage solutions, and shop and tech equipment available from Snap-on.

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NEWS Nearly 200 new products were among the more than 5,000 innovations on display throughout the show. Also featured were the Snap-on Masters of Metal Tour and the Rock n’ Roll Cab Express. The business seminars focused on improving franchisee profitability and productivity, as well as techniques for enhancing their customers’ experience. “Our overarching theme at these conferences is ‘Learn More, Earn More.’ Everything is geared toward ensuring that our franchisees are the most knowledgeable in the industry,” continued Kassouf.

Coxreels’ new location also features an updated lobby and reception area, and newly constructed, modernized office areas. An extensive product showroom has been designed and will be

used for training and to display the Coxreels product lines. Coxreels’ new facility has given the company the opportunity to expand its reach and continue moving forward well into the

Coxreels’ New Facilities Feature Expanded Manufacturing Space Coxreels has moved to a larger, more modernized facility in Tempe, AZ. All departments have been re-located and are fully functional and Coxreels is now taking advantage of the increased manufacturing space. With nearly 50% more square footage, Coxreels can now accommodate the massive growth the company built up since 2005 and plan for continued advancement in manufacturing its industryleading product lines. With Coxreels’ commitment to “USA made” and “USA quality,” the new facility’s benefits and features are being fully embraced. The expanded manufacturing space, along with improved processes, has already increased productivity. Circle #27 for Reader Service


NEWS years ahead. For further information, call 800-269-7335 or visit

Equipment and Tool Institute Announces New Directors The Equipment and Tool Institute (ETI) recently announced its new board members. ETI has appointed Robert Vogt and Zachary Parker to fill open board seats expiring in 2014. Vogt is CEO and chief engineer of IOSiX, LLC, an automotive engineering company based in Ann Arbor, MI. Parker, is CEO and owner of Redline Detection, a manufacturer of automotive diagnostic equipment. For more details, visit

New BigEasy Video Available on YouTube and Website Steck Manufacturing Company has announced an updated video for the company’s BigEasy lockout kits. The new video shows the latest techniques in opening locked vehicles, along with the BigEasy acces-

sories to assist in the process. This is a must-see video for those involved with professional lockouts and easily shows the advantage of the BigEasy over traditional lockout kits. Check out the BigEasy at or

Mac Tools Smartphone App Provides Solutions for Techs on the Go The new Mac Tools OBD II TaskMobile Lite smartphone application provides technicians with vocabulary definitions of DTCs that cause a vehicle’s check engine light to illuminate. The free app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. “It’s difficult to remember more than 5,000 diagnostic trouble codes,” said Paul Zarlengo, Mac Tools product manager for diagnostics. “The TaskMobile Lite will provide mechanics a dictionary of diagnostic trouble codes in the palm of their hands and enable pros to get the job done faster and more efficiently.” For more information or to download the application, visit iTunes or Google Play.

Bosch Program to Change the Way Shops Obtain Diagnostic Scan Tools Bosch has introduced “ESIAccess” (pronounced “Easy Access”), a scan tool subscription program that allows shops to obtain advanced diagnostics equipment, software and the latest vehicle coverage with no equipment purchase and just a modest monthly fee. Available Circle #28 for Reader Service


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NEWS exclusively through NAPA AUTO PARTS Stores, the program caters to shop owners looking for a timesaving, economical solution to diagnosing today’s complex vehicles. “The ESIAccess program, available for shops in the United States, was designed to eliminate unexpected costs, and avoid the need to invest in multiple scan tools while guarding against equipment obsolescence,” said Mike Hosch, director of diagnostics.

ty to show their support with promotional signage, limited edition gear and more. “Matco Tools has many personal ties to breast cancer at every level of the organization. We are proud that our company can give back

and donate profits to such an important organization,” said Tim Gilmore, president of Matco Tools. For more information on the campaign, visit TS

Matco Tools Supports Breast Cancer Awareness with Tools for the Cause Campaign The Matco Tools family is full of strong women — distributors, technicians, employees and wives — many of whom are battling or have survived breast cancer. In honor of these women, Matco Tools is launching its Tools for the Cause campaign to raise money and support for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Starting on Oct. 1, 2012, through Sept. 30, 2013, for each product purchased from a list of selected items, Matco will donate 15% of the sale, with a guaranteed minimum donation of $100,000 to Susan G. Komen. Matco will also show its support by turning the outside of its headquarters and marketing materials pink for the month. In addition, through the end of the year, Antron Brown, Matco’s top fuel pilot and crew, will join the fight with a specially designed pink Matco car, and distributors will have the opportuniCircle #29 for Reader Service


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PRODUCTPREVIEWS Company Hosts Contest where Professionals Can Win SUNEX Air Tools and a VIP Race Experience in Miami

Diagnostics Easier & Faster The Autel MaxiDAS DS708 is a user-friendly, state-of-the-art vehicle diagnostic system offering an extensive list of time-saving and profitoriented features including: data for more than 30 domestic, Asian and European vehicle makes; support for all five OBD II protocols and all nine test modes; WiFi Internet capability; intelligent memory of vehicles; capture, save and print screenshots; display live data in text, graph and analog for easy data review and analysis; record and playback live data; built-in overvoltage protection; no need for extra adaptors or “keys”; and CE and RoHS certified. Circle #80 for more information

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TOP5TOOLS The Top 5 Favorite Tools of Top Technicians Marcia Mitchell, Instruction Technician South Seattle Community College Seattle, WA OTC 5900A Torx Set — This tool gets checked out 10 times a day by students. It makes my job easy because it comes in a case, has every size and is lightweight. Snap-on GA3634 Dial Indicator — The case is sturdy and holds up to student use in the shop. The

vise grip holds a tight grip on any kind of surface. This tool is trouble free, handling is straight forward and it is effortless to keep clean. Astro-Pneumatic 7863 Axlenut Socket Set — We have had this set for 10 years and it Marcia Mitchell stands up day after day to student use in automotive and diesel shops, is lightweight, and a breeze to take care of. Proto J52220 3/8” Drive TORQUEPLUS Six-Point Metric Socket Set (Deep and Standard Sockets) — This tool set makes my working life easier. It gets used by the introduction class and can take a beating and is ready to go the next day. This set gets used daily. We have had it for seven years, and it comes in a durable metal case. I personally use it for assembly of equipment. Everything is at your fingertips and there is no lost time from running back and forth for the right tools to do the job at hand. Ampro T75871 Oil Filter Cup Type Wrench Set — Love it for check out because it covers most sizes; students don’t have to run back and forth to the tool room for the right size. It is four years old and gets used every day. Students tell me that this tool is very strong and breaks loose over-tightened oil filters. TS

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A Great Catch! Send in your list of your five favorite tools and equipment that help you most in the shop, and you could be chosen to win a $25 gift card for Bass Pro Shops. From scan tools to flashlights, impact wrenches to brake lathes or computer systems — tell us your Top 5 Tools, complete with descriptions on why the tools are your favorites, along with your photo. If you fulfill the above requirements and are chosen to be in a future issue of TechShop, we’ll send you a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Submitting your favorite tools is easy. Just visit for the entry form. Or call 330-670-1234, ext. 230 and leave a complete message. Then e-mail a photo of yourself at the shop to

PRODUCTPREVIEWS Two-Post Parking Lift The ECO8020 from JIGLIFT is a safe, reliable and easy-to-operate 5,000-lb. capacity two-post lift equipped with multiple safety protection devices, and is made of high-quality steel and advanced metal spraying anticorrosion treatment. The equipment can achieve anti-corrosion performance up to 35 years. It can make parking spaces doubled, is easy to operate, and is economical and without special requirements for the ground. It is 156” in length, 138” high, 101” wide, and has a drive-through width of 82.7” and rise of 84”. JIGLIFT Circle #79 for more information

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New Light Delivers Strong, Focused Beam

The HTLP-1 LED Lighted Pick-Up Tool from Ullman Devices Corp. features a Neodymium-Iron-Boron high flux magnet for maximum strength. The HTLP-1 illuminates dark areas and lifts up to 8 lbs. The Powercap slides over the magnet and increases its power and shields its sides from attaching to unwanted metal surfaces. The rotating head picks up metal objects in hard-to-reach areas. The stainlesssteel handle is long, strong and lightweight, and extends from 6-3/4" to 27-3/4". The handle is also cushioned and will not slip in wet or oily hands. Ullman Devices Corp. Circle #71 for more information

Streamlight Inc. introduces its ProTac HL, a high lumen light that delivers 600 lumens and 16,000 candela peak beam intensity. Designed for maximum illumination applications, the new light is Streamlight’s first programmable, handheld, lithium battery-powered flashlight. The ProTac HL enables users to select among three programs to suit their preference or operating needs: high/strobe/low (the factory default setting); high only; or low/high. The ProTac HL provides a run time of one hour and 15 minutes and a beam distance of 253 meters on the high setting. It measures 5.40” in length and weighs 5.6 oz. Streamlight, Inc. Circle #72 for more information

New Motion-Sensor Lighting Conserves Energy LaMar Lighting introduces the new DLIR series luminaire. This unique bi-level luminaire is controlled by an integral passive infrared sensor designed to provide safe, dependable illumination while conserving energy. Sensors are easily upgradable to create wireless control zones, virtually eliminating the need for re-circuiting. With a radial coverage range of up to 22’ / 360° and a tangential reach of up to 60’, the DLIR is ideally suited for applications such as corridors, stairwells, restrooms, maintenance rooms and storage facilities. This unit is offered as bi-level with a single F17T8 standby lamp and one or two 4’ T8 lamps controlled by the sensor and is also available with an emergency battery backup. Lamar Lighting Co., Inc. Circle #73 for more information

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LIGHTINGPRODUCTPREVIEWS Cordless LED Worklights Cliplight’s HEMIPRO series of high-intensity, cordless LED worklights feature hemispherical lenses that evenly illuminate wider areas without hotspots, dim areas or halo rings. The two-SKU series’ 13.5”-long HEMIPRO 2-LED and 15”-long HEMIPRO 3-LED provide a wide angle 70° light beam from 50,000-hour LED lamps that equal the lighting area intensity of a 60-watt and 75-watt conventional light bulb, but are cool to the touch. The HEMIPRO is made to last a lifetime because all vital parts — the durable polycarbonate LUMIGUARD lens shield, 2,500 milliamp-hour NiMH battery and 360° swivel hanging hook — are replaceable. It is sold with a 110-volt battery charger. Cliplight Manufacturing Inc. Circle #74 for more information

Cordless, Rubberized LED Worklight Mac Tools’ Cordless Rubberized LED Worklight (TL98268), with a polycarbonate casing with TPE textured coating finish, can take shop abuse and still produce a powerful output of 200 lumens of light. The magnetic base allows the TL98268 to be easily attached to the lift or hood of the car for hands-free operation. The on/off switch is 100% sealed, protecting the worklight from water, dirt and other shop contaminants. The water-resistant TL98268 features a high output flood worklight (1 watt x 3 LED; 200 lumens high/100 lumens low) that has approximately three hours of run time. Mac Tools Circle #75 for more information

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Adjustable, Magnetically Mounted LED Light Larson Electronics’ has announced the addition of a powerful and compact portable LED light equipped with a double ball joint mounting system. The LED10W-1S-MDB is equipped with a 100lb. grip magnetic base and a double ball joint mounting platform that provides users with a highly versatile and easily maneuvered source of portable illumination. Producing 900 lumens and available in spotlight or floodlight configurations, this LED light can be mounted on any metallic surface that will accept a magnet and operated with a variety of voltages ranging from 9 to 48VDC. Larson Electronics Circle #77 for more information

High-Intensity LEDs Last 100,000 Hours Alert Stamping offers its 28-LED Task Light (P/N KTL2815). This handsfree light features 28 high-intensity LED lamps, a push on/off switch in the handle, top and bottom bumpers, ergonomic finger grips and a 15’ cord. The dual hanging hooks rotate 360°. Alert Stamping Circle #76 for more information

Brighten Up with 7.2-Volt LED Worklight Powerful, versatile, longlasting and bright, the new Snap-on Rechargeable 7.2-Volt LED Worklight (CTL761) features a rotating head and four-hour run time. This extremely bright light will illuminate the entire engine compartment and is perfect for a mobile work station. Other features include: LED output of 200 lumens; low-battery red LED illuminates to inform when the battery needs to be recharged; fast battery recharge time in just 30 minutes; broad base allows light to stand upright; attachable hook to hang the light from above; and tempered glass lens resists breakage. Snap-on Tools Circle #78 for more information

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Oil-Injected Screw Compressor Technology Atlas Copco Compressors has expanded its GX 2-11 range with the new 10 hp GX 7 EP. Generating 29.2 CFM, the GX 7 EP combines a compact design with Atlas Copco’s oil-injected screw element and load/unload regulation, providing shops with economical and reliable performance. With a compact footprint and low noise emission, the GX 7 EP is designed for installation directly into the workplace. Additionally, the entire line of GX compressors discharges cooling air from the top, which permits placement in a corner or against a wall. Available in floor- or tankmounted variants, the GX 7 EP features an optional integrated dryer that saves additional space and installation costs. Atlas Copco Compressors LLC Circle #82 for more information

PRODUCTPREVIEWS Engineered for Nitrogen Dispensing Applications Coxreels is including the Nitro-Pro Series in its latest catalog. Nitro-Pro hose reels are specifically engineered, tested and approved for use with nitrogen tire inflation systems. Easily recognizable with a special Nitrogen green proprietary CPC powder-coat finish, Coxreels offers Nitro-Pro with a standard spring retraction option or equipped with EZ-Coil patented safety rewind system that retracts up to 80% slower than conventional reels for greater operator safety. These all-steel professionalgrade reels feature space-saving size and heavy-duty construction for flexible installation, maximum stability and longlasting performance. Coxreels Circle #83 for more information

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TOOLTIPS Driveline System Balance Adjustment Using an Electronic Vibration Analyzer 2005 Saturn Truck VUE AWD V6 3.5L VIN 4


his procedure is designed to fine-tune the balance of a propeller shaft while it is mounted in the vehicle. Small amounts of residual imbalance, which could be present in other related driveline system components, could be compensated for as a result of performing this procedure. The end result of properly fine-tuning a propeller shaft balance may be either a significant reduction or an elimina-

tion of a vibration disturbance that is related to the first-order rotation of a propeller shaft. Fine-tuning the balance of a propeller shaft can aid in achieving a more balanced total driveline system. Important: The runout of the propeller shaft to be balanced and the runout of the components that the propeller shaft mates to must be within tolerances before an attempt should be made to perform this procedure.

Tools Required • J 38792-A — Electronic Vibration Analyzer 2 (EVA) • J 38792-20 — 20’ Timing Light Power Cord Extension • J 38792-25 — Inductive Pickup Timing Light, or equivalent • J 38792-27 — 6’ EVA Power Cord Extension

Adjustment Procedure Notice: Do not depress the brake pedal with the brake rotors and/or the brake drums removed, or with the brake calipers repositioned away from the brake rotors, or damage to the brake system may result. 1. Raise and support the vehicle; ensure that the drive axle(s) are supported at ride height; vehicle body supported by suspension components. 2. With the tire and wheel assemblies, and the brake rotors and/or brake drums removed from the drive axle, or axles, start the engine and turn off all engine accessories. 3. Place the transmission in forward gear. 4. Run the vehicle at the speed that causes the Circle #40 for Reader Service


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TOOLTIPS most vibration in the propeller shaft; observe which end of the propeller shaft exhibits the greatest amount of vibration disturbance. 5. Turn off the engine to slow and stop the rotation of the propeller shaft. 6. Mark the circumference of the propeller shaft (Figure 1, 1) to be balanced at four points 90° apart (Figure 1, 2), nearest the end that exhibited the greatest amount of vibration. Number the marks 1 through 4. 7. Install the J 38792-A, the J 38792-27, the J 3879225 or equivalent, and the J 38792-20 to the vehicle. 8. Connect the clip of the timing light onto the trigger wire of the EVA. 9. Mount the EVA’s vibration sensor to the bottom of the driveline component nearest to the end of the propeller shaft that exhibited the greatest amount of vibration. Ensure that the side of the sensor marked “UP” faces upward and that the

sensor is positioned as close to horizontal as possible. 10. Plug the vibration sensor cord into Input A of the EVA. Input B is not used with the strobe function. Figure 1

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TOOLTIPS 11. Run the vehicle at the speed that causes the most vibration in the propeller shaft; observe the frequency readings displayed on the EVA. Important: Do not continue with fine-tuning the balance of a propeller shaft if the dominant frequency displayed is not related to the first-order rotational speed of the propeller shaft. 12. Verify that the dominant frequency displayed on the EVA matches the recorded frequency of the vibration concern. 13. Record the amplitude reading of the dominant frequency displayed. 14. Using the strobe function of the EVA, select the correct filter range to use for the balance adjustment so that the dominant frequency would be near the middle of the filter range. Use the full range filter only as a last resort if one of the specific range filters will not cover the frequency adequately. 15. The EVA display will show the dominant frequency, the amplitude and the selected filter range. 16. Aim the timing light at the marks placed on the propeller shaft. When activated, the strobe effect will appear to freeze the marks placed on the rotating propeller shaft. Record which of the numbered marks appears to be at the bottom of the propeller shaft, or the 6 o’clock position. This position identifies the light spot of the propeller shaft. 17. Turn off the engine to slow

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and stop the rotation of the propeller shaft. 18. Install a band-type hose clamp as a weight, with the head of the clamp directly on the light spot. 19. Run the vehicle at the speed that causes the most vibration in the propeller shaft. 20. Using the timing light, observe the positioning of the marks placed on the propeller shaft. 21. If the marks on the propeller shaft now appear to move erratically, compare the current amplitude of the vibration frequency to the original amplitude recorded previously. If the amplitude has decreased from the amplitude recorded, the balance achieved may be sufficient and the vehicle should be road tested to determine the effect on the vibration concern. 22. If the clamp head over the original light spot is now near the top of the propeller shaft, within 180° (near or below the 12 o’clock position) of the original position at the bottom of the propeller shaft (6 o’clock position) the position of the weight needs adjusting. Perform the following steps: a. Move the position of the clamp head toward the 6 o’clock position. b. Using the timing light, recheck the positioning of the propeller shaft marks. c. If necessary, continue to move the position of the clamp head toward the 6 o’clock position and recheck progress until an improvement in balance is achieved.


23. If the clamp head over the original light spot is still positioned at the bottom of the propeller shaft (6 o’clock position), additional weight is required. Perform the following steps (see Figure 2): a. Add a second clamp to the propeller shaft next to the first clamp and with the clamp heads aligned. b. Using the timing light, recheck the positioning of the propeller shaft marks. c. If the clamp heads over the original light spot are now 90 to 180° (at or above the 9 o’clock or the 3 o’clock positions) from the original position at the

bottom of the propeller shaft (6 o’clock position), less total weight is required. Proceed to step 23d. d. Move the position of the clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot between 1 and 120° apart from each other to reduce the total amount of weight in relation to the light spot. e. Using the timing light, recheck the positioning of the propeller shaft marks. f. If necessary, continue to move the position of the clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot to a maximum of 120° apart from each other, until the greatest improvement to balance is

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TOOLTIPS achieved. g. If improvement has been made to the balance of the propeller shaft, but the balance is still not satisfactory, more total weight may be required. Perform the following steps: 1. Add a third clamp to the propeller shaft next to the first and second clamps and with the clamp head directly on the light spot. 2. Move the position of the first and second clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot between 1 and 120° apart from each other to arrive at a total amount of weight greater than two weights, but less than

three weights in relation to the light spot. 3. Using the J 38792-25, or equivalent, recheck the positioning of the propeller shaft marks. 4. If necessary, continue to move the position of the first and second clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot to a maximum of 120° apart from each other until the greatest improvement to balance is achieved. h. If a third clamp was used on the propeller shaft and sufficient balance could still not be achieved, the propeller shaft requires replacement.

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24. If the clamp head over the original light spot is now 90 to 180° (at or above the 9 o’clock or the 3 o’clock positions) from the original position at the bottom of the propeller shaft (6 o’clock position), less total weight is required. Perform the following steps: a. Add a second clamp to the propeller shaft next to the first clamp and with the clamp heads aligned. b. Move the position of the clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot between 120 and 180° apart from each other to reduce the total amount of weight in relation to the light spot. c. Using the timing light, recheck the positioning of the propeller shaft marks. d. If necessary, continue to move the position of the clamp heads an equal distance on either side of the light spot to a maximum of 180° apart from each other, but not less than 120° apart, until the greatest improvement to balance is achieved. 25. If the marks on the propeller shaft now appear to move erratically, compare the current amplitude of the vibration frequency to the original amplitude recorded previously. If the amplitude has decreased from the amplitude recorded, the balance achieved may be sufficient and the vehicle should be road-tested to determine the effect on the vibration concern. Courtesy of Mitchell 1. TS

Drive-Under Configuration Previously offered in multi-bay and drive-through configurations, Hunter’s Quick Check system is now available in a ceiling-mounted drive-under configuration. The drive-under system contains no moving parts and hangs from a standard bracket 10’ above the floor, allowing it to be installed without floor area obstructions. The driveunder configuration comes with standard Quick Check accessories, including Quick Check console and rolling carts. Hunter Engineering Company Circle #84 for more information


Service at a Click of a Button As part of its Certified Service initiatives, BendPak Ranger recently announced an enhanced ClickServ web-based platform that allows its customers to locate a local BendPak or Ranger service center by navigating to the ClickServ website and entering their U.S. or Canadian zip code. The technology-based service platform utilizes location tracking to help deliver its customers an independent network of more than 650 service centers across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for details. BendPak Circle #85 for more information

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PRODUCTPREVIEWS A Revolution in Work Boot Technology Matco Tools announces the launch of a new line of work boots from Oakley, Inc. Oakley’s Railgun work boots have been designed and tested through years of research and development in the toughest environments, including military training, professional athletics and elite racing. Trenchcoat Technology is a proprietary formula that protects against the harshest chemicals, solvents or oils. Wet or dry slip resistance on smooth or rough surfaces with directional lug design on rubber outsole. Netshape Technology ensures that every component aligns perfectly to provide superior durability, comfort and fit through a full range of motion. They are available in slip-on or lace-up versions. Matco Tools Circle #86 for more information

Complete European Coverage The EuroPRO from Launch Tech USA provides OE coverage for all 12 European manufacturers. Read and clear codes, perform ABS brake bleeding, EPB and brake caliper retraction air suspension recalibration, service and maintenance resets, module coding and more. It features single 16-pin connector and keyless technology. Don’t waste any more time searching for missing keys. View, graph, record and print live data. Access ECM, PCM, BCM, ABS, SRS, A/T and more. Other features include a high-resolution LCD color touch screen and proprietary underhood connectors for BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Launch Tech USA Circle #87 for more information

Single Step Repair Technology ITW-Evercoat announces the addition of Quantum1 Super Fast (#491) 10:1 Single Step Repair Technology to its lineup of easy-to-use 825mL cartridges for the body repair and refinish professional. Each cartridge is packaged with four ratio-check tips, a cap and an instruction sheet. Quantum1 eliminates the need for finishing putty, and it is specially formulated to have a tight, non-porous surface that is ideal for direct primer application. Quantum1 also simplifies the sanding process, eliminating coarsegrit sanding. For an instructional video on this and other Evercoat products, go to and type in ITWEVERCOAT. ITW-Evercoat Circle #88 for more information Circle #46 for Reader Service

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CLEANSHOPTIPS Tips to Keep the Shop Clean from Top to Bottom


o help automotive shops improve cleanliness and productivity, Cintas Corporation offers 10 tips for maintaining a clean shop environment. 1. Plan daily floor maintenance. Shop floor cleanliness is increasingly important as many technicians take customers into the service area to discuss their vehicle’s condition. To keep floors in the service area clean, develop daily floor cleaning protocols to remove any debris accumulated throughout the day. Create cleaning schedules based on peak business times and train employees in proper

A shop’s appearance should be reflective of the quality of service. That attention to detail is apparent at Autowerkes Maine in Freeport, ME. Photo courtesy of Shop Owner magazine and owner Voit Ritch.

techniques. Maintain cleanliness by stocking important supplies such as oil containment products to handle unsightly and dangerous spills. 2. Provide effective cleaning tools. Chemical dispensing units guarantee that solutions are mixed correctly each time to boost effectiveness of cleaning programs and employee safety. These units also save time by eliminating manual mixing and providing quick access to properly diluted chemicals. Microfiber mops and dual chamber mopping buckets reduce the spread of contaminants from the service area to customer facilities. 3. Implement matting systems. Mats capture shop lubricants and fluids and prevent their spread into customer areas. Combine scraper and carpet mats at all entrances to prevent the spread of debris throughout the shop. Place anti-fatigue mats in high-productivity zones to catch any spills and reduce worker injury. In addition to placement, make sure that mats remain clean and functional by Circle #48 for Reader Service


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CLEANSHOPTIPS partnering with a professional mat laundering service. 4. Schedule deep cleanings. While daily cleanings remove dirt and debris, they aren’t always sufficient in the total removal of buildup from lubricants, antifreeze, brake and power-steering fluids. Schedule periodic deep cleanings through the entire shop to remove grime and ease daily cleaning duties. 5. Improve employee appearance. Ensure that personnel look and feel their best by implementing a uniform program. Partner with an apparel rental service to make sure that employees consistently greet customers with a freshly laundered uniform. Provide scratchless belts to ensure that customer vehicles stay in top condition while employees execute services. Promote the shop’s image with uniforms that display company logos and employee names to personalize the guest experience and boost employee morale. 6. Promote clean hands. Since technicians are constantly working with harsh oils and liquids, ensure they are greeting customers with clean hands. Provide hand-washing stations supplied with heavy-duty soaps to cut harsh grease and oil. Make sure that clean towels are readily available. Additionally, provide protective gloves for employees performing more intensive services. 7. Provide clean towels. Prevent the accumulation of unsightly soiled shop towels throughout the shop by partnering with a laundry service provider. Service providers

will deliver laundered shop towels based on individual shop needs. 8. Provide a safe parts washer. Refrain from using solvent-based parts cleaners as inhalation can cause nervous system damage, lung injury and death. To keep employees safe, make sure that the washer uses bio-based and pHneutral cleaning solutions to reduce hazards and improve indoor air quality throughout the shop. 9. Maintain waiting areas. As a customer’s first impression, this space should always remain in top condition. Develop daily cleaning schedules to disinfect and sanitize all hard surfaces including chairs, tables and floors.

10. Focus on restrooms. Whether the shop has customer-only restrooms or shared facilities, restrooms should always be pristine. Ensure that restrooms have a continuous supply of the essentials including soap, paper towels and toilet paper. At least once a day, all restroom surfaces should be sanitized and disinfected. “When customers walk into a clean auto shop, they can be confident their vehicles are being treated with the same care and attention as the rest of the facility,” said Dave Mesko, senior marketing manager, Cintas Corporation. Visit automotive.aspx. TS

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PRODUCTPREVIEWS Quickly Clean Hands of Dirt, Grease & Grime Introducing KRESTO Cherry extra-heavy-duty hand cleaner from STOKO Skin Care. Formulated to quickly clean heavy dirt, grease and grime, leaving hands fresh and clean. The cherry fragrance effectively neutralizes and rids the hands of heavy odors such as petroleum while skin conditioners keep hands in peak performance under tough conditions. Visit stokoskin or call 800334-0242. STOKO Skin Care Circle #89 for more information

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New, True UV LED Leak Detection Flashlight Tracer Products has unveiled the Tracerline OPTIMAX 400 — an economical, cordless, true UV LED leak detection flashlight. It emits less visible light so leaks are clearer and easier to spot, saving valuable inspection time for technicians. The OPTIMAX 400 features a high-output UV LED that causes dyes to fluoresce more brilliantly and with greater contrast than with conventional inspection lamps. The flashlight’s pre-focused beam optimizes fluorescent response without any adjustments. It works with all Fluoro-Lite universal/ester and PAG A/C dyes, as well as Dye-Lite TP-3400 and TP-3900 series fluid dyes. Tracer Products Circle #90 for more information

PRODUCTPREVIEWS EVAP Testing Made Easy Ford’s Easy-Fuel capless systems prevent traditional EVAP testing adapters to access fuel systems from the filler neck of the gas tank. Redline Detection’s EasyEVAP universal filler neck connector and capless gas tank adapter will give your Smoke Pro diagnostic leak detector the ability to leak test automobiles with this new OEM fuel technology. EasyEVAP capless gas tank adapter opens the filler neck of capless EVAP or fuel systems and the EasyEVAP universal filler neck connector creates an air-tight seal with any filler neck in seconds. Compatible with any smoke machine, EasyEVAP fits 100% of vehicles to ensure EVAP testing is quick and easy. Visit Redline Detection Circle #91 for more information

Ratchet Features 120 Positions and 3° Swing Arc GearWrench has just launched the 120XP Ratchet. The new hand tool is the only ratchet that features 120 positions for every full rotation, allowing it to turn fasteners with a swing arc of as little as 3°. The Double-Stacked Pawl technology provides an ultra-narrow swing arc, allowing users to reach fasteners in severely limited access applications. The 120XP ratchet has a 60-tooth gear that alternately engages the double-stacked pawls. Its long handle is ergonomically designed to provide comfort and a good grip for users. The 120XP ratchets are sold separately and come in select SAE/metric standard/deep socket sets. GearWrench Circle #92 for more information

Be Ready to Service R-1234yf RTI Technologies introduces the latest product innovation designed to competently, efficiently and safely service the new R-1234yf refrigerant worldwide. This new machine is compatible with R-1234yf refrigerant and meets stringent German OEM specifications. It features fully automatic servicing; removes over 95% of automobile A/C system refrigerant; provides exceptional charge accuracy: +/-15 grams. A refrigerant identifier is included in this machine to minimize cross-contamination risk. It will be certified to SAE J2843 once the standard is adopted. RTI Technologies Circle #93 for more information Circle #51 for Reader Service

PRODUCTPREVIEWS Cleaning Power of Grit Gently Removes Tough Soils Deb Group has launched a heavyduty industrial hand-cleansing foam with suspended bio-scrubbers. GrittyFOAM delivers the performance and effectiveness of traditional heavy-duty hand cleansers in a foam format to gently remove tough soils while making hands feel great. This unique product, delivered through Deb’s proprietary dispensing system, comes in response to market demand for a powerful cleaner that is gentler on hands to help address the challenge of reducing the potential for occupational dermatitis in the industrial sector. Visit Deb Group Circle #94 for more information

Mechanic’s Scratchless Belt Coastal Boot offers its mechanic’s full-grain leather scratchless belt. This durable, rugged and dependable belt is 5 mm thick. Small fits sizes 28 to 32, medium fits sizes 32 to 36 and large fits sizes 36 to 42. Coastal Boot also has a large selection of work and athletic boots. Visit Coastal Boot, Inc. Circle #95 for more information

Audio Feedback on Infrared Thermometer General Technologies’ exclusive ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer provides users with audio feedback allowing for quick and easy detection of both cold and hot spots, without the distraction of having to follow and interpret the digital readouts. The LTX12 includes: patented ergonomic design and styling for enhanced handling and use; wide temperature range: -20° to 1,200° F (-30° to 650° C); optimum 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio; Class II laser pointer; large LCD display with symbols and backlight; quick selection between °F and °C; continuous reading and data hold modes; and auto power off. General Technologies Corp. Circle #96 for more information Circle #52 for Reader Service

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PRODUCTPREVIEWS Turn the TPMS Warning Light Off

Comprehensive Information Service Now Online Autodata is launching its new product, “Quick-Reference PRO.” Sold on a one-year subscription basis, customers can immediately download a 14day free trial. Autodata Online information system covers more than 4,200 models, and monthly updates enable you to work on the latest models soon after they are released. Estimates can be created showing parts and prices, company details and additional work. Autodata Online modules include: timing belts, chains and gears; service and reset procedures; key programming; manufacturers’ service schedules and illustrations; repair times; DTCs; tire sizes and pressures; known fixes and bulletins; EMS component testing, pin data and troubleshooter; TPMS; battery replacement reset procedures; and wiring diagrams. The subscription includes free technical hotline service. Autodata Publications Inc. Circle #97 for more information

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For vehicles requiring an OBD II relearn, ATEQ’s VT55 OBD II TPMS Decoder/Activator kit includes a universal OBD connector, which interfaces with the vehicle’s ECU via a CAN bus or K-line. Technicians only have to select the make of the vehicle, trigger the tire sensors and transfer the IDs. In addition to all U.S.-manufactured vehicles, the VT55 reprograms Asian or European vehicles, which do not feature a TPMS “learn mode.” It’s that easy and fast to accurately activate and decode TPMS sensors, and display data or any sensor faults. Training is not needed as the entire step-by-step process is displayed on the large, easy-to-read screen. ATEQ Corporation Circle #98 for more information

PRODUCTPREVIEWS Gas Caddy Earns UL Listing JohnDow Industries has announced that its most popular product has been “UL Listed.” The UL certification comes from the Underwriter’s Laboratories-National Safety Testing Agency for the U.S. acting as a partner with manufacturers to provide safe products to consumers through testing, certification and follow-up audits. JDI’s new listed product is the Fuel Chief Pro 25-25 Gallon Steel Gas Caddy (FC-25GC) that has replaced the JDI-25GC and is a significant upgrade. The FC-25GC has been rigorously tested for leakage, rupture, stability and abuse, and as a result, is certified by UL that it meets OSHA guidelines. JohnDow Industries Circle #99 for more information

Repair or Replace Fuel Lines for Virtually All Vehicles The BQFL4500 Professional Fuel Line Kit from BrakeQuip includes 185 pieces plus 50’ of tubing, offering complete coverage creating fuel lines for virtually any vehicle. There is even a tool to help return damaged tubing to its original shape. And, no special insertion tools are needed. The components of the BrakeQuip Professional Fuel Line Repair Kit make it a modern and cost-effective solution for repairing and replacing OEM fuel lines. In fact, all the components utilize the same advanced technology used by OEMs. One example is the use of FuelFlex tubing that far exceeds the minimum requirements for safe fuel lines. BrakeQuip Circle #100 for more information

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Gasoline Direct Injection — This course provides the technician with an understanding of Bosch Motronic Direct Injection engine management systems. Technicians will diagnose, test and repair MED9.1 (Audi/VW) and MED9.6.1 (GM) engine management systems. Powertrain Networking — This course provides the technician with an understanding of vehicle

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isolate the root cause of a converter failure to avoid comebacks; test engine fueling, breathing and other variables that affect converter operation; quickly determine converter health using a variety of tools and tests; and understand both the usefulness and shortcomings of traditional converter test methods.

Trying to locate a 0.020” leak can be very difficult; Hobbs will cover the proper equipment, safety and procedures to do so. He will also demonstrate this by using industry case studies that prove monitor theories and diagnostic techniques. Hybrid Service: What You Could and Should Be Doing — Join Jim Bates, host of the “Technical Videos for the Automotive Professional” series featured by Advance Auto Parts, for this three-hour comprehensive overview of hybrid safety and service issues. He will be covering what you could — and should — be doing right now to enhance your shop’s image…and profits.

“These events are held over just a few days’ time, but the ROI can make a big difference in time savings the rest of the year.”

networking systems. Techs will diagnose, test and repair networking systems on newer model year vehicles. This class will cover powertrain, body and convenience CAN systems of various vehicles, how to interrogate the entire vehicle network system, and scan tool and lab scope usage for diagnostics. Emissions Control Diagnostics Workshop — This workshop will detail diagnostic procedures and strategies that will help your team make fast and accurate repair decisions related to the P0420 codes and other suspected emissions control issues. After completing this seminar, the student will be able to: follow a strategy to more quickly and accurately diagnose converter codes and emissions failures;

You must be registered for your AAPEX/SEMA badge before you can register for the AVI Conference. To register for both events, or if you have already registered for AAPEX and need to add the AVI Conference registration to your account, call Katie at 1-800718-724 or e-mail her at Take advantage of all the valuable industry events at the same time and place! A few days of training can make a big impact on your future. If you can’t make it out to Las Vegas, be sure to check out the December issue of TechShop. We’ll come back with all the scoop from the shows. TS

Invisible Heat — Faster and Safer The Inductor Mini-Ductor II from Induction Innovations is a powerful 1,000-watt hand-held induction power inverter. The Invisible Heat is faster and safer than a torch, yet instantly heats and removes seized nuts/bolts, bearings, and other metal or mechanical hardware without the danger of an open flame to nearby plastics or collateral damage. According to the company, the Mini-Ductor II is an affordable “must have” for all mechanics, mobile, body, tire and PDR techs. Induction Innovations, Inc. is a family-owned and operated, American manufacturer. Call toll-free 877-688-9633 or visit Induction Innovations Circle #101 for more information


Powerful Diagnostic Platform The new VERUS PRO from Snap-on combines an exclusive suite of tools to give professional technicians the ability to bring all of the answers to the bay wirelessly, in one tool, to manage the job from start to finish. VERUS PRO integrates everything that technicians need into one tool: scanner, scope, data manager, waveform library, schematics, TSBs, online technical forum, FastTrack Troubleshooter, guided test procedures and verified repair tips. The optional ShopKey Repair Information System gives technicians quick access to complete repair guidance for virtually any light vehicle on the road. It features a big 10.2” touchscreen with high-resolution for detailed graphing, precise results and easy-to-read information and schematics. Snap-on Diagnostics Circle #102 for more information


CLASSIFIEDS AD INDEX Advertiser Name . . . . . . . . .Page Number Alert Stamping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 APEX Tool Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Associated Equipment Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Atlas Copco Compressors LLC. . . . . . . . . . . .15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 Autodata Publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Automotive Service Equip . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Bartec USA, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 BendPak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5, 6, 55, 56, 58 Coastal Boot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cover 2, 42 Coxreels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Dill Air Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 DIRECTV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30, 31 E-Z Red Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Electronic Specialties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Equus Products, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Evonik Stockhausen, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Gates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 GTC - General Technologies Corp . . . . . . . .24 Hansen Global Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41, 48 Hunter Engineering Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 iATN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Induction Innovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 JIG LIFT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51 Kaeser Compressors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Launch Tech USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Lisle Corporation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Mayhew Tools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Mitchell 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Mohawk Lifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 NAPA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cover 4 Precision Instruments, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Ross-Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 RTI Technologies, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Snap-on . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1, 44 Steck Mfg. Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38


Summit Racing Equipment . . . . . . . . . .Cover 3 Sunex International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Tool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46 Total Automotive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .53 Tracer Products/Spectronics Corp. . . . . .28, 52


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