Auto Service World
Feature   June 22, 2019   by Allan Janssen

Category Focus: Tech Tools

Recently released products in the automotive service tool space include a new input shaft seal installer from OTC, an off-highway diagnostic package from Bosch, mid-torque impact wrench from Milwaukee Tools and a cordless impact wrench from Chicago Pneumatic.

Welcome to AutoService World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers and distributors.

Cordless Impact Wrench

Chicago Pneumatic’s new CP8849 ½” cordless impact wrench offers a wealth of features designed to put the operator in full control. The CP8849 delivers 850+ ft. lb (1150+ Nm) and boasts four settings in forward – two of which are shut-off options – and one in reverse.

The tool features a display at the back of the tool which illuminates the selected mode. So, with a single glance and without having to change position, the operator knows exactly which setting is selected and whether the impact wrench is in forward or reverse.

The operating modes are accompanied by a number of other features that make the CP8849 easy and comfortable to use. The Side2Side forward and reverse system enables the user to select different settings with a single hand, while a thermo plastic rubber (TPR) over-molded handle guarantees a firm grip and sure handling. In addition, the CP8849 is equipped with four front LED lights that enable the operator to see clearly in dark spaces.

To ensure the CP8849 can withstand the rigors of professional vehicle service environments, it has shock-absorbing bumpers on each side and on top. A brushless motor ensures that this cordless impact wrench is also extremely durable. The CP8849 ½” cordless, brushless impact wrench is available with either a 1” or 2” anvil. It comes equipped with two batteries and one charger, with 20V 4Ah or 20V 6Ah options.

M18 FUEL 3/8″ Mid-Torque Impact Wrench

Milwaukee Tool continues to deliver new levels of performance, run-time, and durability for the professional trades with the introduction of the M18 FUEL 3/8” Mid-Torque Impact Wrench. Building off their widely popular 1/2″ Mid-Torque Impact Wrenches, Milwaukee’s new 3/8” version delivers up to 450ft-lbs of fastening torque and 600ft-lb of nut-busting torque, completely outperforming all other 3/8” impact wrenches in the industry.

Off-highway diagnostics

Bosch has introduced a new off-highway diagnostic cable and introductory software package in North America for the 3824 and 3824BSC ESI[truck] HD diagnostic tools, enabling technicians to diagnose and repair many non-highway vehicles. Coverage included with the new kit can help diagnose construction equipment, street sweepers, agricultural vehicles, stationary engines and more. The new cable and introductory software kit are available now through tool dealers and distributors. The kit, 3824CBL-UPG, provides 3824 and 3824BSC owners with a set of cables and introductory software for off-highway vehicles. The kit includes 10 cables for use on: Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, Perkins, Volvo, Massey Ferguson, SISU, Deutz, Deutz-Fahr, MTU applications and more. Repair information and diagnostic capabilities cover vehicles and systems with a variety of information, specific to vehicle type and manufacturer, and include:

  • System coverage: Gearbox, HVAC, engine, steering, hydraulic systems, suspension, electronic modules, antipollution, central computer and more;
  • Diagnostic coverage: Manual processes, diagnosis info, measurable values, component actuations, ECU data, parameter IDs (PIDs), calibrations and resets, system technical data, wiring diagrams, vehicle technical data and vehicle maintenance info Prior to the expiration of introductory off-highway software, shop owners and techs can renew their off-highway coverage subscription through Bosch with part number 3824-08OHW, also available Q1 2019. System coverage and vehicle data available is unique to each vehicle and dependent on the availability of information from each manufacturer.

Input Shaft Seal Installer

The new input shaft seal installer is a two-function seal installer. One end installs the input shaft seal into the main housing to the proper depth while the opposing end of the installer inputs the side extension housing seal to the proper depth. The tool is similar to DT-50840 & J-8092and is applicable for 2013 and later Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.