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Launch Tech Releases X-431 Torque Link

Launch Tech USA has released it's X-431 Torque Link, designed to assist technicians and repair shops with productivity and accuracy. The Android 10.0 based scan tool has added more features like X-431 FIX repair database (Driven by Motor), SmartLink VCI, upgraded 4G/128GB storage, optional HD add-on subscription, J2534 pass through programming and FCA/SGW compliance, etc. 

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Dayco Adds Six Skus to Belt Kit Line

The newest heavy-duty kits will feature OE grade application-specific components needed for system maintenance, including Dayco’s original flat spring tensioner, two heavy-duty dual bearing pulleys and one or two diesel-grade serpentine belts in the appropriate length and width. 


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BendPak Releases New AP Series

BendPak Inc. has introduced its AP Series – the next generation of two-post lifts that makes lifting internal combustion and electric cars, trucks and vans safer and more efficient. 


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Dana Unleashes its Victor Reinz Reinzosil

Dana Inc. has introduced its Victor Reinz Reinzosil room-temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone to North American customers at the recent Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) and Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) shows in Las Vegas, Nev.  


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Round 12: Techs Helping Techs

Techs Helping Techs is turning 12 And it’s time for another roundup of useful tips and tricks courtesy of your fellow technician readers. While our writers share their expertise in every issue, it’s extra special when our readers share what they’ve learned from their days and nights working in the service bay. Thanks to all who shared their advice.


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The Benefits of Current Ramping

Current ramping is an easy art to learn and returns many good returns. Virtually every 12 volt output device that is controlled by the PCM can be current ramped by using the low inductive current probe non intrusively by simply clamping around the voltage feed wire or the ground side control wire.


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Analyzing Oxygen Sensor Failures

Keeping the internal combustion engine as close to the stoichiometric ratio as possible will result in optimum catalytic converter efficiency and fuel economy. The stoichiometric ratio simply means that all the air (14.7 parts) and fuel (1 part) going into the cylinders are being converted to water and carbon dioxide exiting the exhaust. This is the perfect combustion reaction, but this desired stoichiometric operation can’t happen without fuel control.


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The Ins and Outs of Fuel Contamination

What happens when a vehicle’s fuel tank is filled with “bad” fuel? Well, it varies depending on how bad the fuel is and if the engine is gasoline- or diesel-powered. Fixes can range from cleaning the system with a fuel additive (isopropyl alcohol), flushing the system and refilling with “good” fuel, to needing to repair damage to the fuel system and/or engine.


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Heat Pumps Extend EV Range

Our early fleet of electric vehicles all struggled with range in the wintertime. A used 2011 Leaf had a range of 85 miles in the summer, but only 50 miles in the winter. A Chevy Bolt EV in 2017 had a range of 230 miles in the summer, but again the winters took it down to 160 miles. What did they have in common? The cabin heat was created by the high voltage pack heating antifreeze for the heater core. How old school.


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ADVICS Adds 67 SKUs to Parts Catalog

This expansion provides approximately 28 million vehicles in operation (VIO) axle coverage for Hyundai, Kia and Genesis brands, and each new part number is certified high-carbon and fully coated, offering premium protection against rust and corrosion.


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Continental Offers OE Electronic Throttle Valves

Continental Commercial Vehicles and Aftermarket has offered a full range of Original Equipment (OE) Electronic Throttle Valves as direct replacements for a wide range of models from Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Jeep, Mini, Mercedes-Benz, Saturn and Volkswagen vehicles.


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The Do-Everything Chair

Reduce stress and strain while improving productivity with the patent-pending Ergochair ERGO-RS. Ergochair lets you move from comfortably performing exhaust work in creeper mode to arduous seated jobs where a work chair is a must. 


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