Kohler’s new 5-kilowatt APU
One of the smallest and lightest air-cooled generators on the market, the new 5-kilowatt APU from Kohler conserves space and fuel. The diesel engine operates quietly, with less intrusion on the truck’s critical systems, and is easy to install. Digital control allows for on/off switching and heating and cooling adjustments from inside the cab.
GearMaster International’s updated Shiftometer greatly simplifies manual shifting, giving an immediate digital view of what gears are available at the truck’s current speed. The device also shows at a glance what RPM is necessary to smoothly shift into any available gear. It is designed to remove the stress and distraction of finding and synchronizing gears, leading to better fuel economy. Installation takes less than 10 minutes with no tools required.
TIRE AND BATTERY MONITORING SYSTEM
A new monitoring system from International Truck and Engine warns drivers of faulty tires and batteries. The tire monitor identifies temperature and pressure. The battery monitor identifies voltage and state of charge. The system will be introduced on the International 8600.
VEHICLE BACK-UP SYSTEM
Vizualogic’s HindSight C-1000 Vehicle Back-Up System comes with a VersaMount camera that mounts on the license plate frame of the truck or trailer and can be adjusted to attain a wide range of vision. The waterproof camera features low-light capability and automatically turns on when the vehicle is in reverse. An in-cab monitor provides a full rear image.
ONLINE PARTS FINDER
The new Web-based Heavy Duty VIN Decoder from SKF helps fleets locate replacement belt tensioner parts by using a truck’s vehicle identification number or an OEM’s part number. The system searches for parts for trucks built after 1981.
High-performance 12-volt PowerRush batteries for refrigeration units are available through Carrier Transicold’s North American dealer network. All batteries feature vibration protection to handle the frequent start-stop cycles and harsh temperature demands. Epoxy-bonded plates prevent movement, and ribbed housings are made of polypropylene along with bottom stone-guard protection. A computer-optimized end-wall design protects interior battery plates. Carrying an 18-month free-replacement warranty, the batteries are available in three capacities of cold-cranking amps.
The new composite FiberTech bushing from Ridewell Suspensions offers high frictional resistance to bushing slippage and requires low force to install and remove. The bushing has a self-preserving nature when subjected to radial overloads and is securely attached to the eye without adhesives or clamping. The eye interface offers high durability and improved suspension roll stability over cavity-style bushings.
DIELECTRIC GREASE TUBES
Qwik-Shot one-use dielectric grease tubes offer a convenient way to apply dielectric grease, even on the road. The grease helps protect electrical connections and stop corrosion by sealing out moisture, high heat and contaminants.
INTEGRATED POWER SYSTEM
Similar to an auxiliary power unit, the CabRunner Integrated Power System eliminates the need to idle. The system integrates into heating, air-conditioning and electrical systems using existing dashboard controls. No additional compressor, alternator or condenser is required. It comes with a complete installation kit for specific tractor models. The compact system, which mounts on the lower frame rail, can reduce idling fuel consumption by 60 percent.
DIESEL BOOST GAUGE
Faze’s mechanical boost gauge measures the pressure created by a turbocharger or supercharger, letting owners know whether engines are operating at optimum boost level. The boost gauge incorporates a range of 0-100 psi on a 270-degree dial sweep, and precision Bourdon tube movement ensures an exact reading.
Owners also can use the gauge to determine potential malfunctions, thereby avoiding costly engine repairs.
SYNTHETIC TRANNY FLUID
Chevron Products has introduced two synthetic transmission fluids for heavy-duty manual transmissions. Available as Chevron Delo Synthetic Transmission Fluid SAE 50 and Texaco Syn-Star TL SAE 50, these products meet the newly released Eaton Fuller PS-164 Rev 7 specification and meet or exceed the performance requirements for extended drain and warranty for all major engine makers.
The Waltco Navigator, a tool that allows customers to identify replacement parts for the company’s liftgates, is now available online in an updated version.
TIRE PRESSURE MONITOR
The Tire Sentry remote pressure monitors, the TMA-12 and TMA-16, can be used on nearly all classes of trucks and trailers, including those using super-single tires. The system uses electronic valve caps to continuously monitor for low pressure. A dash instrument warns the driver when pressure drops below the required level.
DURABLE HEIGHT CONTROL VALVE
The Next Generation Height Control Valve is made from glass-reinforced polymer, which better withstands extreme stress and temperatures. Durable plastic components are lightweight and less costly than cast-metal versions. Its variable flow design reduces air flow loss while increasing flow capacity during dump and fill.
ENGINE OVERHAUL PROGRAM
Detroit Diesel’s new StepUP Overhaul Program offers four options of Series 60 overhauls. Critical components are grouped into each step, so less time is spent at the service outlet searching for and ordering individual components. All parts are new or rebuilt to company specs.