Gear Guide

Truckers News Staff | January 01, 2012

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Amsoil Diesel Concentrate

Amsoil’s Diesel Concentrate Plus Cold Flow Improver combines the detergency of the concentrate and the anti-gelling properties of the improver in one package, eliminating the need to carry two diesel additives, especially for Canada and northern tier states.

DFC helps keep injectors, rings and piston crowns lubricated and free of soot. For cold weather performance, DFC reduces the cold filter plugging point by as much as 34 degrees Fahrenheit in ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel. The product also reduces the pour-point temperature of treated diesel fuel, providing better fuel delivery to the injectors during cold weather.

DFC is formulated with a jet-fuel-type de-icer that disperses water to control ice formation in the fuel system. While this product is formulated specifically for ULSD fuel, it also performs well with non-ULSD fuels, including biodiesel up to B20. One 16-ounce bottle treats 40 gallons.

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Bio-Aid, Bio-Power

E-Zoil Products Inc., a manufacturer of diesel fuel additives and specialty chemicals for heavy-duty trucks, has introduced two biodiesel fuel additives, Bio-Aid and Bio-Power. Both products solve the most common problems associated with using biodiesel fuel. “Biodiesel has a tendency to absorb moisture from the air, and that moisture leads to a host of problems, including premature failure of fuel pumps and injectors, fuel line freezing, corrosion and microbial growth,” says company Vice President Chris Miller. “It also gels at a much higher temperature than regular diesel fuel, which causes expensive downtime.”

Bio-Aid disperses water to prevent water-related problems. Bio-Power reduces gelling in biodiesel blends from B1 to B20.

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Fuel Power

FPPF Chemical Co.’s Fuel Power is a highly concentrated diesel fuel treatment that totally disperses water, cleans precombustion deposits from fuel systems, removes carbon deposits in the combustion area and improves emissions control. The product, which can be used year-round, controls waxing and gelling, lubricates the fuel system, prevents acid formation and contains no alcohol, the company says.

It comes in four sizes: 8 ounces can treat as many as 240 gallons of diesel fuel; gallon bottle, as many as 3,840 gallons; five-gallon pail, as many as 19,200 gallons; and 55-gallon drum, as many as 211,200 gallons.

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Diesel Treat & Anti-Gel

Howes Lubricator’s Diesel Treat & Anti-Gel works on ultra-low-sulfur fuel problems. The enhanced formula treats more than 25 percent more fuel, with a half-gallon bottle treating 320 gallons. It cleans and lubricates the fuel injection system, improves combustion and power and prevents gelling in cold temperatures.

The product reduces cold filter plugging, is safe for all diesel engines and biodiesel blends, and contains no alcohol or ash and less than 15 parts per million sulfur. It can be used with particulate filters and will not void engine manufacturer warranties, the company says.

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Extreme Cold Weather Fuel Treatment

Lucas Oil Products’ Extreme Cold Weather Fuel Treatment with Lucas Anti-Gel was developed to eliminate fuel gelling problems in all types of diesel fuels, including biodiesel. It contains the same additives as the company’s regular fuel treatment and complies with the federal low sulfur content requirements for use in diesel fuel.

The product prevents fuel thickening and adds lubricity. A half-gallon treats 250 gallons of fuel. It comes in quart and half-gallon containers.

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Schaeffer Oil’s CarbonTreat Premium Formula is a multifunctional middle distillate fuel additive that recovers lost power, prevents filter plugging and sludging, and cleans injectors in newer vehicles operating high pressure fuel injectors. CarbonTreat is available in three formulas: 137CTPS CarbonTreat Premium Summer, 137CTPW CarbonTreat Premium Winter Formula and 137CTPWC CarbonTreat Premium Extra Cetane.

Due to extreme pressures and temperatures in common rail fuel injection systems, CarbonTreat Winter Formula includes performance-enhanced, high-pressure fuel injector anti-foulant to prevent filter plugging and injector fouling. It also offers a combination of wax modifier and wax anti-settling agents to improve low temperature operations.

CarbonTreat xtra Cetane provides the same protection as CarbonTreat Winter and includes additional amounts of cetane for low-cetane-based fuels. It also disperses wax during extended engine shutdowns in cold climates and provides thermal and oxidative stability.

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Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost

Power Service Products’ Diesel Fuel Supplement +Cetane Boost prevents fuel from gelling and keeps equipment running through cold temperatures. The company says to add it to your tank when temperatures drop below 30 degrees F to prevent fuel gelling in temperatures down to -40 F.

The product also reduces the cold-filter plugging point as much as 36 F to keep fuel filters from plugging with wax, and it boosts cetane for faster cold starts.

The company’s Diesel 9•1•1 reliquefies gelled fuel, de-ices frozen fuel-filters and removes water from the fuel system.

Both products contain Slickdiesel Lubricator for maximum fuel lubrication to protect pumps and injectors from accelerated wear, and both can be used in all diesel fuels, including ultra-low-sulfur diesel and biodiesel blends.

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EOBR, GPS, tire monitor combo

The trucking-specific WorldNav GPS stores a database of weigh stations and truckstops with facility information that can be found along specified routes. It also has expanded My Point entry options and trip statistics for more efficient record keeping and acts as an electronic onboard recorder. The unit offers an optional integrated tire pressure monitoring system that displays tire information on the WorldNav screen. Five- and 7-inch screen options are available.


(800) 717-4478

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Super-wide trailer tire

The FT125 super-wide trailer tire has a low-rolling-resistance rib-style tread design with a 16/32-inch tread depth. It is available in a 445/50R22.5 size and was designed from the company’s Finite Element Analysis program. The tire is EPA Smartway certified and is in the fourth edition of a new fuel-efficient line.

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Versatile automated transmission

The UltraShiftPlus automated transmission uses an Electronic Clutch Actuator made for faster shifting, smoother engagement and improved maneuverability, the company says. Its Hill Start Aid prevents roll-back on steep grades, and maximum engine braking helps stopping ability without a retarder. The transmission is available in six models and can be used for on-highway and vocational applications.


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Perimeter LED Lamp

The LED Perimeter Lamp installs on the back of trailers to illuminate dark areas that regular dome lamps do not reach. It helps light loading and unloading areas and is housed in corrosion-resistant, die-cast aluminum. It uses four diodes for an output of 365 lumens that reaches up to 20 square feet. The light extends 2.5 inches from the trailer.


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Protecting lubes

Post-warranty engines can make use of Engine Protectant, Gear Protectant and Power Transfer Protectant, which use LXE technology to join negative polarity and positive polarity to create a bond that offers lubrication and anti-wear protection under pressure.


(800) 333-5823

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Cordless tool kit

The Blue-Point 14.4-volt Cordless Value Pack includes a 3/8-inch drill with a 20-position clutch, an impact wrench, a portable light with a pivot head, a 21-piece bit set and a heavy-duty carrying bag. Each tool uses a 1.9-amp-hours slide-on battery and has a comfort grip and flat bottom.


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Disc brake axle

The 5-inch diameter disc brake axle is available with Wabco PAN 22 air disc brakes. The axle has a parallel spindle, a hub piloted 11.25-inch diameter bolt circle and long stud for aluminum wheels. It has an axle beam rating of 23,000 pounds with the 0.59-inch wall and 25,000 pounds with the 0.75-inch wall.


(800) 641-4122

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Fixed-side fairings

Made from injection-molded, automotive-grade TPO material, the fixed-side fairings come in a three-panel design that weighs about 100 pounds per side and features a hinged design to permit clearances up to 24 inches. The bottom panel can bend in and out 90 degrees.


(847) 784-8100

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Onboard fuel pressure monitor

The Sentinel installs inline on existing Turbo3000D systems to alert drivers when a problem is possibly arising by detecting low and abnormal fluctuations in fuel pressure. The retrofit device is designed to improve fuel mileage, smooth idle, increase horsepower, quicken throttle response and help engines perform better, the company says. It installs as an inline fuel filter and contains no moving parts.


(877) 526-7728

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Wake-up clock

This clock uses gradually increasing light, aromas and nature sounds to wake you up. At 30 minutes before wake-up, the clock’s light begins to glow softly, brightening over the next half-hour. The warmth from the lamp releases faint aromatherapy scents into the air to stimulate the olfactory senses. Fifteen minutes before wake-up, the clock generates your choice of six soft nature sounds, such as ocean surf or songbirds. A beeper sounds at the end of the cycle. Can also be used with sound or beeper only. Included are four types of aromatherapy beads (Energy, Morning Café, Stress Relief, and Lavender) along with 10 felt disks for your own aromatherapy oils. With snooze, headphone jack, volume control. AC powered; requires two AA batteries for backup power.

Hammacher Schlemmer


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