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Tool review: OTC DEF refractometer -- Checking a customer’s diesel exhaust fluid concentration

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).

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Tool review: Ozone generator -- say goodbye to vehicle interior odors

Instead of trying to mask objectionable odors from a vehicle interior, an attempt to actually eliminate the odor is obviously preferable.

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Tool review: Goodson cam bearing tool

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.

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Smart power: This isn’t your grandfather’s extension cord

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.

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OTC 5550 work light

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.

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Mountain impact wrenches: A shooting match with two air guns

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.

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Tool Review: Innova CarScan 31703

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.

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Engine prep and assembly aids

Goodson Shop Supplies offers every tool and shop supply item required for engine builders/rebuilders.

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Tool Review: the Phoenix Systems Injector

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.

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Tool Review: Smoke Wizard model GLD-50 -- Smoke ’em if ya got ’em

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.

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