Rotary Lift has introduced its next generation in-ground Smart-Lift. Among the new features is inbay, an onboard microprocessor-based technology, which the company said increases technician productivity, improves safety and brings more profitability to a shop.
Also featured on the NexGen Smart Lift are 3 inches of additional rise; a liquid detection system; increased guide systems for load stability; interchangeable platforms on 9,000- and 12,000-pound models for added versatility; and an integrated air chuck and 110-volt GFI electrical outlet.
Contact: Rotary Lift. Phone: (800) 640-5438. Fax: (800) 578-5438. Internet: www.rotarylift.com.
QBC Systems Inc. has introduced TireServ 5.02, an integrated software package created for the tire industry.
The software integrates with Tire Guides Pro database software, allowing users to quickly look up vehicles and corresponding tire sizes. It also enables scanning of tire inventory meeting the guide's size code for a vehicle's make, model year and option package.
TireServ also includes a wholesale/retail distribution system, the company said, including point of sale, inventory QicScan, item kitting, management reporting, automatic item replenishment and sales analysis.
The integration with Tire Guides Pro enables searches for tires for vehicles supplied to the North American market for model years 1985-2002, QBC said.
Contact: QBC Systems. Phone: (716) 691-5201. Internet: www.tireserv.com or www.qbc.com.
Tuffy Manufacturing Inc. has debuted the e-z torq 475-ft.-lb. torque wrench. Designed to apply proper wheel torque to hub and stud-piloted wheel applications requiring 450-500 pounds of torque, the e-z torq saves times by eliminating the need to properly set desired wheel torque setting, Tuffy said.
The wrench is 56 inches long, includes reflective tape for evening roadside calls and features rubberized foam grips. It comes with a canvas carry bag with zippered pockets for sockets and an optional 13-inch extension.
Contact: Tuffy Manufacturing. Phone: (800) 341-6667. Fax: (330) 784-5188.
Pegasus Products Co. has rolled out the Bone Rough Rider creeper. Designed for use outdoors and off pavement, the Bone Rough Rider will be particularly useful to farmers and off-road en-thusiasts, in addition to truckers, mechanics and RVers, the company said.
The Rough Rider features a distinct bone shape allowing 5-inch diameter wheels which the company said cradles the rider closer to the ground. The extra-wide tires won't sink in soft surfaces and roll easily on gravel, dirt or broken pavement, Pegasus said.
The Bone Rough Rider is 47 inches long, 25 1/2 inches wide, has 2 inches of ground clearance and weighs 25 pounds.
Contact: Pegasus Products. Phone: (800) 266-3321.
Thexton Manufacturing Co. has introduced Part No. 139, an electronic fuel injection pulse timer-a diagnostic tool to aid technicians in solving fuel injection problems.
The pulse timer operates injectors individually to identify defective, clogged or leaking injectors. The timer works with the engine off and may be used with any commercially available fuel pressure gauge, Thexton said. Its 400-millisecond design allows the technician to select a continuous pulse, one per 400 milliseconds, one per 10 milliseconds or one per 31/2 milliseconds.
Contact: Thexton Manufacturing. Phone: (952) 831-4171. Fax: (952) 831-5938. Internet: www.thextontools.com.
National-Spencer Inc. has introduced the Zee Line Hand Pump for use with 15- to 55-gallon drums common in automotive service settings.
The Zee Line Model 381 offers variable flow rates from 9.6 to 15 ounces per stroke, depending on linkage pin placement and fluid viscosity.
Costructed of steel, brass, plastic and carbon, the pump offers an economical way to dispense light oils, ATF and kerosene, National-Spencer said.
It features a curved discharge spout with garden hose threads that allow the pump to be used with most common hoses, the company said.
Contact: National-Spencer. Phone: (316) 265-5601. Fax: (316) 267-2722.
Firestone Industrial Products Co. has introduced a new Ride-Rite air-spring system for 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks.
An air helper spring suspension system designed to provide increased ride comfort and better handling, the Ride-Rite system mounts between the frame and suspension.
The heavy-duty convoluted air springs are designed to handle leveling needs between 3,200 and 5,000 pounds per set.
The Dodge Ram kit, which features a 3,400-pound capacity, uses factory hardware for easy, consistent alignment, Firestone said. It includes just 16 fasteners and requires no drilling. The Dodge kit works with any tire/rim combination.
Contact: Firestone Industrial Products. Phone: (800) 888-0650. Internet: www.ride-rite.com.
Denso Corp. has introduced its First Time Fit line of oxygen sensors.
The sensors are available for most import and domestic cars. The name ``First Time Fit'' signifies the products' precise build for exact replacement; they are not mass-produced for universal replacement, Denso said.
According to Denso, the oxygen sensors maximize engine performance and fuel efficiency; maintain proper unit temperature for better response times; have an aluminum-oxide trap layer to keep silicone and lead outside the ceramic element and prevent damage to the electrode; have a stainless-steel housing that resists corrosion and contamination; and have a porous Teflon filter to allow atmospheric oxygen to enter the sensor without permitting water or contaminants to seep in.
Contact: Denso Corp. Phone: (310) 952-7954. Internet: www.densoaftermarket.com.
SPX Corp's. OTC division has introduced the 6290 Front Hub Puller for wheel bearing or brake rotor service on four-wheel-drive vehicles.
The company also debuted the B240 LeakMaster Leak Detection System.
The hub puller provides a mechanical advantage and straight pull that is not possible with a slide hammer, SPX said.
The 6290 services 1988-2000 GM half-ton, three-quarter-ton and 1-ton trucks (Chevy Tahoe, Suburban and GMC Yukon); 1994-2000 Dodge half-ton, three-quarter-ton and 1-ton Ram trucks; 1997-2000 Ford half-ton trucks and Expeditions; 1998-2000 Ford three-quarter-ton and 1-ton trucks and Excursions; and 1985-2001 Jeep Cherokees.
The company's new leak detection system allows technicians to locate leaks in automotive systems without operating the vehicle's engine.
Vacuum, exhaust, crankcase oil and vapor, cooling system, wind and water leaks are detected by generating and observing non-toxic, non-corrosive smoke to locate the leak, the company said.
A smoke chamber generates a high volume of smoke and a built-in flowmeter permits users to verify flow into the system being tested.
More than 1,000 tests may be performed without refilling the smoke compound.
Contact: SPX Corp. Phone: (507) 455-7000. Fax: (507) 455-7106.