Product technology and service innovation continue to propel the aftermarket to greater levels of efficiency, productivity and profitability. Many of these advancements were featured in the Showcase and Literature Review departments of Truck Parts & Service magazine throughout the year. Accompanying each item was a Reader Service Number that allowed readers to fax or mail a Reader Service Card request for additional information to be provided by the appropriate manufacturer.
Ten years ago we were proud to introduce the first annual Top 20 collection, a listing of Showcase and Literature Review items that generated the most inquiries from those Reader Service Cards.
This year we once again present, in alphabetical order by manufacturer, the most popular product and literature items (10 each) featured in Truck Parts & Service magazine during 2008. The results of our Top 20 products and literature are based purely on the number of reader inquiries each item received during 2008. Inquiries generated from advertising messages were not included in our count.
DRIVE AXLE CATALOG
An updated Meritor drive axle catalog is available for its flagship 40,000 tandem line-haul axle family.
This book includes complete carrier exploded views and bills of materials for the 140,141,143,144 and 145 models.
Also included are sections for axle shafts, housing assemblies, wheel-end parts, output (thru) shafts, end yokes, flanges and service kits.
DRUMS, ROTORS AND TRAILER HUBS CATALOG
A new product catalog, Drums, Rotors and Trailer Hubs, now is available from ArvinMeritor, Inc.
The new catalog covers the most popular drums, rotors and trailer hub assemblies offered by the company. The front section offers detailed information about identifying brake drums and diagnosing common problems that lead to the failure of brake drums.
It also includes information to support Preset by ArvinMeritor trailer hubs and associated service kits. Preset by ArvinMeritor hubs are available for TN/TQ and TP trailer axles.
NEW GABRIEL CATALOG
ArvinMeritor has released the 2007 Gabriel Commercial Ride Control Products Catalog. It covers the 89000, 83000, 85000/83000 and 85700 series shock absorbers as well as cab shocks, light truck shocks and steering stabilizers. The catalog features product information, application listings, numerical listings and interchange listings.
There also is a section on how to determine the correct shock for your customer’s truck. Information also is included on mounting accessory packages. Spanish and French sections round out the catalog.
Cole Hersee Co. introduces its new Heavy Duty Catalog D-400 detailing its line of heavy-duty products. Within the past year, Cole Hersee has introduced a number of products, including the low voltage disconnect switch, which are featured in the newly designed and reorganized catalog.
A subset of the company’s Master Catalog, this catalog offers complete product descriptions with full-color product pictures. It is fully indexed, making it easy for users to navigate and find the exact product or application that suits their needs.
TWO-STAGE AIR CLEANER
The two-stage PowerCore standard line of air cleaners feature a compact design and high filtration efficiency with double the filter media versus conventional pleated media used in traditional engine filtration solutions, says Donaldson Company.
The air cleaner combines high-efficiency inertial separator tubes, which are coupled closely to the new media design for maximum performance.
The new filter also features a fluted media design and a new racetrack shape. This results in easier packaging in space-constrained areas and increased mounting flexibility, according to the company.
The new 2008 Garrett Turbochargers catalog contains valuable information for those looking for power, according to the company. Alongside information on the state-of-the-art Garrett GT Series of turbochargers, you will find the methods for matching a turbo to your customer’s engine quickly, easily and correctly.
Special details are given for matching diesel applications as well as bolt-on upgrades for today’s most popular diesel light-duty trucks.
THE BASICS OF ELECTRICITY & VEHICLE LIGHTING
Grote Know-How, Volume One is a self-study guide covering the basics of vehicle electricity and lighting. It is a programmed instruction-style self-study guide that covers all the essentials, including: basics of electricity, vehicle wiring and lighting; choosing lighting devices; proper connection technique; and understanding the Grote system.
It also includes a mail-in certification test. According to the company, it is designed for distributor counter people and salespeople. It also is available on the Internet.
New from Haldex is the Life Seal spring brake. The brake’s zinc-plated steel chamber prevents water, salt, oil and other contaminants from entering the spring chamber and weakening the spring. Its housing has no vent holes, external breather tubes, cage tool plugs or filters, so the spring is isolated from the external environment, says the company.
The brake’s power spring is said to maintain high output force for an extended period over the minimum required output.
New Suspension Catalog
Global Ride Solutions, a new catalog from Hendrickson, highlights the company’s suspension systems for the on-highway truck and trailer segments, vocational and heavy-haul truck and trailer markets, medium-duty, bus and motor home and lift axle systems for trucks and trailers.
Information on the company’s lines of bumpers and trim also is included, as well as additional features and options for trucks, trailers and aftermarket products.
Detailed descriptions and pictures accompany each product in this full-color, 20-page brochure.
ELECTRONIC DIPSTICK REPLACEMENT DEVICE
The IntelliStick is a compact dipstick replacement device that electronically monitors multiple conditions of engine oil and continuously scans for water, coolant and fuel intrusions, says the company.
Real-time oil condition data can be uploaded via a Bluetooth wireless device, such as a PDA, smart phone or laptop.
Odyssey batteries provide twice the overall power and three times the life of conventional batteries, according to the company.
Featuring rugged construction and packed tightly with pure lead plates, the non-spillable AGM design of the battery protects against shock and vibration. Pure lead batteries mean more power – up to 400 cycles at 80 percent depth of charge, the company says.
Odyssey Batteries by EnerSys
MASTER LIGHTING CATALOG
Peterson Manufacturing Company offers a master product catalog. This latest version reflects the addition of nearly 250 new safety lighting and accessory items, and more than 2000 SKUs are available, arranged in eight distinct product categories.
The catalog is color-coded which makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, the company says. The catalog features product listings and an expanded reference section, providing technical product information and federal requirements as well as a glossary of industry terms.
Peterson Manufacturing Company
PREMIUM PAINT SYSTEM
Delfleet Evolution is PPG’s premium paint system for meeting the needs and specifications of OEM commercial vehicle manufacturers and maintenance operations. Incorporating the latest fleet coatings technology, this paint system is supported by a comprehensive color-matching system, according to the company.
Customers seeking a paint system configured to very specific performance needs will find that Delfleet Evolution offers a wide selection of topcoats, clearcoats, primers and VOC options to choose from, the company says. The system is said to be easy to apply and will achieve exceptional color match.
PPG Commercial Coatings
Delco Remy has released a new product brochure, 39MT Heavy Duty Starter All-Makes New Service Program, highlighting the features and benefits of the new service 39MT.
The full-color, 8-page brochure is organized into five sections: Features, Installation, Cutaway Diagram, Competitive Comparison and Applications, each of which describe the product in detail.
The brochure also features a table that shows the similarities and differences between the Delco Remy 39MT and competitors, and also includes the product’s three-year/unlimited mileage warranty.
SCHOOL BUS ALTERNATORS
Bosch school bus alternators supply 200 amps on-the-road output and 120 amps at idle, and are said to stand up under all operating conditions.
The alternators are engineered with several features that help prevent heat damage and component wear.
The alternators are designed specifically for the high electrical loads of today’s school buses, and they are well suited for service replacement and upgrades to existing equipment, according to the company.
Exclusive technology helps these alternators deliver increased service life, prolonged battery life and improved fuel economy, the company says.
Robert Bosch LLC
REBUILD KIT FOR PRESET HUB ASSEMBLIES
SKF provides the all-in-one rebuild kit for PreSet hub assemblies. Each SKF rebuild kit contains everything needed for servicing PreSet hub assemblies, including two specific and tightly toleranced half-stand tapered bearing sets, an SKF Scotseal PlusXL wheel seal, an SKF TF Hubcap (when applicable) and a precision-machined PreSet bearing spacer.
By installing the SKF rebuild kit for PreSet, the hub assembly components receive an extended three-year warranty from SKF.
WHEEL BEARING BROCHURE
A brochure from Timken, MileMate, describes wheel bearing sets. Information on the benefits of using matched cup and cone sets is offered, including lengthening maintenance intervals, optimizing the bearing’s performance, allowing bearings to carry evenly distributed loads and providing lower cost compared to the cost of unscheduled downtime.
Also included is a specification chart highlighting sets for popular component manufacturers.
The Timken Company
COLORED MINI-LED AUXILIARY LAMPS
Truck-Lite has expanded its line of 33 Series products, offering high- and low-intensity auxiliary lamps in six different colors.
As auxiliary lamps, the 33 Series is not required to meet any output standards, but are designed for appearance applications.
The lamps require a standard 3/4-inch drill for mounting both the grommet or flange versions. The lamps can be carried into protective extrusions or mounted below mechanical features.
The series can be used for a variety of applications such as interior cab, walkways, glove boxes, interiors of trailers and bus applications.
Colors include red, amber, green, blue, purple and white in both high- and low-density.
The Weller Reman Network was developed to help parts managers face out-of-stock or obsolete parts issues, excessive lead times or unfamiliar drivetrain products, says the company.
The network has more than 12,000 rebuilt transmissions and differentials that are ready to ship. The reman program includes one call; all-makes coverage; same-day service; obsolete and discontinued specialists; one-year warranty; a core policy; ASE-certified, manufacturer-trained technicians; and technical support.
HEATED WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES
Everblades heated windshield wiper blades are made with an engineered EPDM rubber compound that maximizes wiping effectiveness and usable life compared to natural rubber and silicone rubber windshield wipers, according to W. N. Miller Co.
The blades heat up to about 200˚F and prevent or remove wiper ice and snow buildup that compromises driving vision. The heated windshield wiper blades are available for almost any type of vehicle.
W.N. Miller Company, Inc.