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Feature   May 1, 2008   by Auto Service World

What’s New (May 01, 2008)

Paddle Shifter

Designed to work with any automatic 4-or 5-speed transmission controlled by the unique TCI Transmission Control Unit, this shifter features distinctive show car styling and shifting performance that’s perfect for track days or highway cruising. The TCI Paddle Shifter communicates to the Transmission Control Unit through a wireless CAN signal with no worries about signal interference, lag time, or disruption. This shifter fits all 5-and 6- bolt aftermarket steering wheels and ships complete with several spacers of varying widths, allowing the installer to set the steering wheel location for the user’s personal preference.


Gasket Dressing and Flange Sealant

Permatex Inc. has added Hylomar Universal Blue Racing Formula Gasket Dressing and Flange Sealant to its gasket line. This nonchlorinated, gel-based sealant is specially formulated to remain flexible and tacky after application, even when exposed to high engine temperatures. It is designed for use with all pre-cut gaskets and head gaskets, and can also be used as a sealant for machined flanges and threaded parts. Hylomar is also approved for marine engine applications. Permatex

Scratch Remover

3M Car Care has released its new Scratch Remover. Using fine minerals, Scratch Remover removes the scratch from the paint and slowly brings back the finish. The product is applied by hand and contains no wax, so scratches and blemishes are not filled in. 3M Canada

One-piece Spark Plug

The new Champion Double Platinum Power spark plug (p/n 7989) utilizes a one-piece design that replaces the two-piece high-thread original equipment plug utilized in millions of Ford 4.6L, 5.4L and 6.8L engines. Previously technicians were challenged when servicing these engines, as the OE plug could separate during removal, potentially leaving the base trapped within the engine block. The new onepiece design solves this problem. Federal-Mogul

Brake Pad Category Expansion

Beck/Arnley has announced it has added a category of foreign-branded brake pads to its brake and chassis product module. This category will complement the existing range of Beck/Arnley brand OE replacement pads and Axxis brand brake pads. The first product in this new brake category is from Sumitomo (SEI) Brake Systems Inc. Beck/Arnley

New Mustang Clutch

Fidanza has introduced its 1.0 clutch for Mustang owners, offering a complete clutch package for improved performance. The 1.0 clutch is available for the 1986-1995 5.0L, 1996- 1998 4.6L Cobra, and 1996-2000 4.6L GT, and has a holding capacity of up to 350 lbs.-ft. torque to the wheels. The clutch assembly’s pressure plate is a high clamp load unit that produces 2,400 lbs. of clamping force while engagement remains stock-like and is easy on the leg. The clutch disc is organic with a full Marcel and sprung hub. Also included in Fidanza’s 1.0 Mustang clutch package is a new throw-out bearing and pilot tool. Fidanza

Performance Truck Exhaust

Available in five new designs to fit a variety of cab and bed configurations, the new single DynoMax 2007-08 Silverado/Sierra exhaust system generates up to a 9-horsepower increase and a gain of 14 ft.-lbs. of torque. The new system includes a power-enhancing DynoMax Ultra Flo welded muffler, 3-in. aluminized mandrel-bent tubing, and a polished, logo-embossed stainless tip. Coverage includes 2007-08 Chevy Silverado/GM Sierra 1500 4.8L/5.3L, 2007-08 Chevy Silverado/GM Sierra 1500 V8, and 2001-07 Chevy Silverado/GM Sierra 1500 HD 6.0L trucks. TennecoCircle #156

Xenon High-performance Work Lamp

Hella Inc. has released its AS300 and AS400 Xenon High Performance Work Lamp. The new work lamps are smaller, more compact, and are compatible with both 12v and 24v electrical systems. The AS300 is designed to withstand tough conditions and has a vibration-resistant mounting bracket, while the AS400 is designed to withstand even tougher work conditions. According to Hella, the new mounting bracket on the AS400 is the strongest yet. Hella

Performance Exhaust 2008 Master Catalogue

The New Dyno Max Performance Exhaust Master Catalogue features lots of new applications, a bigger Thrush product line, and tools to help horsepower increases. The catalogue contains 30 brand, product, and technical pages, as well as a “DynoMax Muffler Horsepower Rating” chart that tells you horsepower output depending on muffler type and installation. TennecoCircle #158 Mercedes 2.7 Litre kits

Mahle Clevite has released both inframe rebuild kits and full overhaul engine kits for the popular Mercedes-Benz 2.7 Litre OM612DE engine used in Sprinter vans. The eight new kits address the specific requirements of tapered or straight connecting rods and reduced compression height that insure that the proper compression ratio is maintained when the engine requires oversized pistons. These kits include everything needed to do an inframe rebuild or full overhaul with pistons, rings, rod bearings, and main bearings. The inframe kit includes head gasket set and pan change gaskets and the overhaul kit includes a head gasket set and a complete lower gasket set. Mahle Clevite

Timing Kits

The new series of ContiTech timing belt kits come complete with OE-quality belts, tensioners, idlers and water pumps. The range of 67 kits cover more than 246 vehicle applications for both import and domestic makes. A Pro Series Kit offers all the necessary components for a complete timing belt replacement. ContiTech

Fuse Assortment Kits

K-Tool International (KTI) has added three automotive fuse assortment kits to its line of electrical and hardware components. Each kit contains the most popular automotive fuse types and sizes. The kits are ideal for the automotive technician who requires convenient access to a range of fuses. Assortments are packaged in a handy, multi-compartment plastic case with a close-fitting lid to prevent spillage. Each kit includes an assortment map for quick identification of components. All fuses are colour-coded. The kits include: 120-piece standard auto fuse assortment (sizes 5A-30A); 120-piece mini auto fuse assortment (sizes 2A-30A); and 56-piece maxi auto fuse assortment (sizes 20A-100A). K-Tool InternationalCircle #161

LED Upgrade Tail Lamp Kit

Hella, Inc. has launched its Chevy Silverado Upgrade Tail lamp Kit for the 2003 -2006 Silverado. The new tail lamps feature a combination of LED and Hella CELIS technology to provide the best in both function and styling. The result is faster illumination response and higher visibility for an increased margin of safety. In the Silverado tail lamps, Hella uses 24 LEDs to perform stop/turn functions and its CELIS System (Central Lighting Systems) to handle tail lamp and parking lamp functions. Hella Inc.Circle #162

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