Starting with 2010 models, all diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. feature a DEF system (diesel exhaust fluid). The purpose of the DEF is to reduce NOx emissions utilizing a management-controlled mist injection of DEF into the exhaust stream. DEF is a mixture of purified urea and purified water (refer to the May/June 2013 issue of Auto Service Professional for details regarding DEF systems).
Instead of trying to mask objectionable odors from a vehicle interior, an attempt to actually eliminate the odor is obviously preferable.
Goodson Tools & Supplies’ universal cam bearing tool, P/N CBT-300, allows removal and installation of just about any size cam bearings that you’re likely to run into.
AC power is obviously an indispensable feature for any shop, to power an array of electric components. For on-demand power (for operation of various electric hand tools), all of us are accustomed to using extension cords and spring-retractable extension cord units.
OTC recently introduced a new family of Spectrum Series cordless work lights, powered by rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries. Three new work lights, including the Spectrum Solar (P/N 5550), Spectrum Trio (P/N 5551), and the Spectrum 30+4 (P/N 5552), each feature waterproof LED lighting, a hanger hook, a pivoting magnetic base, a main face light and a top light. The entire light body is rubberized for superior grip, and the construction is designed for impact resistance. Each work light includes both AC and DC chargers.
For this tool review, I chose a pair of pneumatic impact wrenches from Mountain Pneumatic Tools Co. Ltd., one with 3/8-inch drive and one with 1/2-inch drive (available exclusively from authorized Toolweb distributors). While the brand may not carry the fame of other well-known manufacturers, these two guns functioned well and survived my in-shop abuse with flying colors.
Innova’s CarScan model 31703 is compatible with OBD2 and OBD1 systems (also known as OBD-II and OBD-I), and also allows diagnostic operations for SRS and ABS.
Goodson Shop Supplies offers every tool and shop supply item required for engine builders/rebuilders.
As we all know, there are a number of ways to bleed air from a hydraulic system, none of which are any fun. However, the one-man Phoenix Injector makes the task less of a challenge. While they offer several versions (Power-Ject; Maxi-Ject Pro; V20; and V12, in both pro and DIY versions), the specific kit we reviewed was the V12 Professional model.
Smoke machines have quickly gained increased popularity among shop techs as ideal leak detection devices, applicable to vacuum systems, EVAP systems, cooling systems, oil systems, and even locating wind/water leaks at glass and body panels.