AUTOMATIC HOOD OPENER
Litens Automotive Group’s automatic truck hood opener, the HoodXpress, allows easier engine access with a new level of safety. While many truck hoods weigh as much as 300 pounds, the HoodXpress opens and closes hoods with the touch of a key fob. It is available for most Peterbilt models. Models for Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack and Western Star will be introduced this year.
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Chevron Delo’s reformulated Extended Life Coolant and Texaco’s Extended Life Coolant provide heavy-duty diesel engines with longer drain intervals and improved corrosion protection. Both products offer a 750,000-mile interval, versus 400,000 with prior versions.
THE BIG VIEW
Velvac’s West Coast Mirrors’ 7-inch x 16-inch Economy V-Back style mirrors have a viewing area of more than 90 square inches. Black and stainless steel models feature a heated option. Velvac also offers a complete line of center-stud and offset mounting chrome blind spot convex mirrors, featuring high luster chrome-plated steel with ball stud and “L” bracket mountings.
HIGH-EFFICIENCY BYPASS FILTERS
Amsoil’s EaBP bypass filters help remove submicron particles and soot, preventing oil degradation and corrosion. Benefits include higher filtering efficiency, longer life service, increased oil capacity and reduced engine wear.
BRAKE SHOE COATING
Carlisle/Altec’s RustGard UV brake shoe coating protects remanufactured brake shoes against rust-jacking, heat and water exposure, while maximizing brake lining life. It withstands temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit for six hours without affecting performance.
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NEW EXTENDED LIFE COOLANT
ExxonMobil’s Mobil Delvac Extended Life coolant/antifreeze provides corrosion protection for any diesel-, gasoline- or natural gas-powered engine. Formulated with organic corrosion inhibitors and stabilizers, it also helps reduce the formation of harmful acids that impede cooling system protection.
FUEL TAX SOFTWARE UPDATED
ALK Technologies’ PC*MILER|FuelTax 11 update of its tax-reporting software generates rates and forms for all U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions and instantly calculates fuel and mileage refunds and credits. Additional features include state mileage summaries, fleet performance reports and system checks to secure backup and recovery files.
BACK-UP ALARMS HAVE ADDED PROTECTION
The newest Velvac back-up alarms are chemical-resistant and have high-impact housing to protect internal components.
Epoxy-sealed solid state electronics add to stability and make the product safe for steam cleaning.
These terminal mount units are designed with a universal flange and a self-grounding strap. The alarms are rated at 12-24 operating voltage.
BATTERIES GET TOUGHER POSTS
Interstate Batteries’ updated 31P-ECL (extreme cycle life), a Group 31 combination of starting battery and cycling battery, now features heavy-duty SAE posts.
Thicker positive plates provide high amp-hour capability and offer protection against vibration, and a micro-woven fiberglass paste stabilizer prevents paste shedding and provides active material compression to the positive plate and a sodium sulfate electrolyte additive to help charging.
MULTI-TEMPERATURE HYBRID REEFER
Carrier’s multi-temperature reefer engine, Vector 1800MT, runs on diesel power or electric standby power. The hybrid offers 30 percent lower maintenance costs, a thinner profile and reduced fuel consumption.
The unit can be plugged into standby power where available, thus reducing noise and emissions. It uses 19 pounds of refrigerant, down from the 32 pounds used by many of Carrier’s other reefers, and it uses one belt instead of four.
HIGH-OUTPUT BRUSHLESS ALTERNATOR
Delco Remy’s 36SI HP Premium Alternator delivers 100 amps when idling and 170 amps at highway speed in ambient temperatures as high as 220 degrees.
Improved electrical efficiency reduces the model’s required operating horsepower. The unit is covered by a three-year or 350,000-mile extended warranty. Remanufactured units get a two-year or 250,000-mile warranty.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM
Dana’s SmartWave tire pressure monitoring system provides real-time data using sensors mounted on the rims inside tires.
Measuring pressure and heat, the device relays information back to a frame-mounted wireless receiver. Drivers are alerted to problems via a light or other message.