The National Tire Dealers & Retreaders Association has updated its Lug Nut Torque and Brake Specification service charts for 1994. The 22x34-inch Lug Nut Torque Chart covers 1976-94 domestic and import vehicles, offering the recommended torque specifications for original equipment wheels on more than 372 cars and light trucks.
The NTDRA's two 26x40-inch Brake Specification wall charts list minimum rotor thickness plus standard drum diameter and ``machine-to'' dimensions for more than 500 cars and light trucks from 1981-93.
Non-member cost of the Nut Torque Chart is $6.50 for the first copy and $2.50 for each additional copy.
The NTDRA Brake Specification charts sell for $12.95 per set to non-members.
Contact: Beckie Mathews in care of the NTDRA, Dept. TB, 1250 I St. N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005-3989; (800) 876-8372 or (202) 789-2300.
Bird Bath Inc. said its new brake washer is designed to overcome the technician's most common objection to using water-based brake cleaners-longer drying time.
The company's Turbo Brake Cleaner, model BB-2000, is equipped with a blow gun which is said to instantly dry the brakes after cleaning. The unit comes with two cleaning tools, a narrow, flexible nozzle which is inserted into the adjustment slot to flush the brakes before drum removal, and a flow-through brush to scrub both drums and brakes.
Bird Bath's water-based brake cleaning solution is said to be non-hazardous, non-toxic, biodegradable and non-flammable.
Contact: Bird Bath Inc., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 769, Bernardsville, N.J. 07924-0769; (201) 242-4470.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is now offering a new Parts Specialist identification package.
The package, consisting of a 24x32-inch, double-faced, hanging metal sign and five window decals bearing the ASE Parts Specialist logo, sells for $35.
Shops wishing to purchase the package must submit the name and social security number of a certified specialist they employ.
Contact: ASE, Dept. TB, 13505 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, Va. 22071; (703) 713-3800.
Willco Enterprises has increased the choices of available colors and sizes in its line of changeable message banners, including smaller versions which offer additional applications.
The ``Banner Shop'' kit contains a polyvinyl banner and plastic letters that attach with Velcro.
Each kit includes 230 characters available either in black or white, 4- or 8-inch sizes. Custom graphics are available.
Contact: Willco Enterprises, Dept. TB, 950 La Rueda Road, Box 164, Vista, Calif. 92085; (800) 468-8553 or (619) 727-7708.
Dacor Computer Systems Inc., publisher of the EnTIRE Computer System for Retail and Wholesale Tire Dealers, has enhanced its system to allow dealers to transfer data between it and Goodyear's Dealer Link II system.
According to Dacor, the new revisions to its software have undergone extensive testing with Goodyear's to assure the program's compatibility with revision 1.9 of the tire maker's Dealer Link II software.
Dacor said it also is working on similar changes to assure the program's future compatibility with revision 2.0 of Goodyear's Dealer Link II when the tire company releases it.
Contact: Dacor Inc., Dept. TB, 519 W. Wooster St., Suite 1, Bowling Green, Ohio 43402; (800) 447-5333.
American Racing Equipment Co. has released a front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive polished, two-piece alloy wheel.
The front AR-540, made in a 14-spoke design, comes in 15x7-, 16x7- and 16x8-inch sizes to fit most foreign and domestic cars.
The AR-559 is made in 15x7-, 15x8- and 15x10-inch sizes to fit most foreign and domestic light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles. Both wheel designs feature lifetime structural warranties.
Contact: American Racing Equipment Co., 19067 S. Reyes Ave., Rancho Dominguez, Calif. 90221; (310) 635-7806.
Vetronix Corp. designed its Tech 1/Tech 1A hand-held diagnostic computer to help technicians diagnose and repair the electronic systems on General Motors, Ford, Chrysler and imported vehicles.
The Tech 1/Tech 1A Tester uses interchangeable function cartridges enabling it to test for specific problem areas affecting vehicle performance.
These range from simple ``Scanner'' functions, such as reading vehicle trouble codes, to the more sophisticated ``Functional Test Director'' which performs a series of tests to identify faulty components.
One cartridge features a ``snapshot'' mode for diagnosing intermittent problems occurring in the service bay or during road tests.
A peripheral interface cartridge further expands the unit's capability by linking it to a computer printer or to a CRT for a display of test results.
Contact: Vetronix Corp., Dept. TB, 2030 Alameda Padre Serra, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93103; (800) 321-4889 or (805) 966-2000.
OTC Division's A-94 catalog offers product information on diagnostic instruments and special tools and shop equipment for car and heavy-duty vehicle service.
Highlighted in the free catalog are specific-purpose tools for anti-lock brakes, engines, suspension steering and alignment and other operations.
Also included are scan tools, timing lights, special purpose testers, 4-gas analyzer systems and the company's ``Universal Breakout Box.''
Contact: OTC Division of SPX Corp., Dept. TB, 655 Eisenhower Drive, Owatonna, Minn. 55060-1171; (507) 455-7000. Fax: (507) 455-7011.
ATP Division has released a number of drive impact socket sets guaranteed for life against breakage.
The new sets, available in 3/8-1.5-inch and 8- to 27-millimeter sizes, are designed to provide higher torque and better power transmission, the company said.
Contact: ATP Division of Hy-Tech Machine, Dept. TB, 25 Leonberg Road, Cranberry Township, Pa. 16066; (800) 245-1148. Fax: (412) 261-1171.
Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp. has added the full line of Repco brake pads to its current parts list for imported vehicles.
The Repco line includes the Metal Master semi-metallic pads designed for high-temperature situations associated with front-wheel- drive imports, and Repco Deluxe non-metallic organic pads.
All Repco pads are said to meet or exceed original equipment specifications of every high performance typeJapanese and European car.
Beck/Arnley also offers Silver Supreme and Super Deluxe pads.
Contact: Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp., Dept. TB, P.O. Box 110910, Nashville, Tenn., 3722-0910; (615) 834-8080.