Changing Gear: Maintenance and performance rewind

| October 29, 2014

This week we’re resuming Overdrive’s series that takes a look back at some recent product introductions for specific categories and specs. After all, since most of you are busy enough trying to manage your own business, it’s likely you occasionally might have missed a few gear rollouts. Today we’re hitting rewind on some recent products to help keep your truck looking and working its best.

Penray

Penray’s year-round Pow-R 365 5 in 1 Diesel Treatment for both medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is a blend of additives and conditioners formulated to help improve fuel economy and engine performance in commercial and construction/agricultural operating environments. The additive gets its name from its five intended benefits: increased fuel cetane rating, increased fuel economy, protecting fuel system components from corrosion, enhanced lubricity and preventing gelling. Sold in bottles of 64 fluid ounces, each bottle treats 250 gallons of diesel fuel.

IPA

IPA’s four-piece Light Socket Brush Kit is designed to remove corrosion and restore connectivity on common 1156 and 1157 light bulb sockets. Each brush features an ergonomically designed handle and a tufted end to clean the socket’s side and bottom walls. The kit includes two brushes; brass for light and medium corrosion, and stainless steel for severe corrosion. Also included are 20 industrial-grade cotton Swab-Eez and a 2-milliliter tube of DeoxIt Cleaner formulated to remove oxidation and enhance electrical contact points.

PlastiKote

PlastiKote’s Battery Cleaner and Battery Terminal Protector are packaged in easy-to-apply aerosol cans and are formulated to help clean storage batteries, battery boxes, trays and cables in automotive, marine and industrial applications while prolonging battery life. The battery cleaner is formulated to loosen dirt and lift corrosion that can be flushed away with water. The terminal protector is designed to neutralize acid and remove grease and oil, providing a protective barrier to inhibit corrosion.

Snap-on

Snap-on’s three-piece set of Light Duty Prying/Smoothing Tools is designed for spreading or smoothing epoxy, adhesives and silicone uniformly, as well as cleaning small parts, paint stripping in confined spaces, removing and installing O-rings and gaskets and prying dashboard parts and vents. The tools are made from a blend of glass-reinforced nylon for added flexibility and strength and will not scratch soft metals, painted surfaces or other composite material.

Black Magic

Black Magic says its Wheel Cleaner Wipes can be used between heavy-duty cleanings to maximize shine or as a convenient all-purpose cleaner to remove dust, dirt and grime while on the go, an important considering for busy truckers who don’t have time for frequent thorough cleanings but still want their rides to look their best. Each wipe uses the company’s proprietary formula that also helps maximize shine.

Rain-X

Rain-X’s water-beading Plastic Treatment is formulated to clean plastic and prevent water spots. The cleaner is designed not to harm or change the plastic.

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