A/C Tools & Equipment

Leak dye kit handles 25 applications
Cliplight Manufacturing Inc. introduces the Multi-Purpose Dye Kit Model No. 9680 for comprehensive leak detection in automotive A/C systems, engine/transmission oil, plus fuel, hydraulic and cooling systems. Kit features include:

  • Purge valve for eliminating air inside the swivel hose.
  • UV-enhancing safety goggles.
  • Adapter fitting for R-12 systems.
  • Industrial strength dye cleaning spray.
  • Absorbent fitting plugs for easy clean-up.
  • Durable blow-molded ABS plastic carrying/storage case.

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Blocks odors up to one year
AirSept now offers an A/C Odor Shield Combo Kit. A/C Odor Shield combines a powerful anti-microbial with a long-lasting acrylic coating. The two together inhibit the re-growth of odor-causing micro-organisms on coated surfaces and improve the evaporator's ability to shed water.

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A/C flushing, solvent recycling
Hecat has released its H1000 Closed Loop A/C Component Flusher, designed exclusively for Honeywell's GenesolvSF solvent. The H1000 is a non-ozone depleting, non-flammable and EPA-approved replacement for HCFC-141b. The flusher blasts components clean with a high-velocity liquid flush, then purges all the removed waste oils. The final vacuum recovers any trace solvents, leaving the component clean and dry. The company says no solvent disposal is required because the unit filters and distills it for a full recycle and recovery. The flusher features full automation, two years of performance testing and a UL 1963 certification.

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Flo-Dynamics offers two A/C models
Flo-Dynamics' CCST200 and CCST300 automatic R134a A/C service equipment models feature a patented recovery process that can recover refrigerant from a liquid state for more efficient service. Other features include:

  • Automatic oil refill.
  • Optional automatic dye injection.
  • Innovative diagnostic module.
  • A printer.
  • Easy to follow LCD screens that can display in 12 languages.

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Clearing the air on sight
The new Visual In-Line Filter Kit by Auto Air Innovations Inc. allows techs to view the filter screen, thus eliminating the guesswork as to whether there is a debris accumulation that can cause hidden restriction in the A/C system. Features of the kit include:

  • Only one kit required for 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2" high side lines.
  • Allows for fast, easy, leak-free installation without the need for special seals.
  • Requires 3-1/2" of straight refrigerant line to be installed while capturing residual debris that can remain in A/C systems after flushing.
  • Can be used as a line splice or repair device for damaged orifice tube holders.
  • Replaces restricted orifice tubes in an inaccessible area.
  • Accommodates any size orifice tube with no extra parts required for installation.
  • Easy to clean.

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Better-fitting A/C connections
Lisle now offers the Model No. 39890 three-piece Angled Disconnect Set for fuel lines and A/C system connections, as well as the Model No. 39960 Transmission Oil Cooler Line Disconnect Set for Fords.

  • The 39890 covers 3/8" and 5/16" disconnects for fuel lines and 5/8" disconnects for fuel lines and A/C systems.
  • The 39960 provides 3/8" and 1/2" disconnect tools for Ford Explorers and Cadillacs, as well as F150, F250, F350 and F450 trucks. The tip of the tools is specially stepped for a better fitting connection.

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Now available for mobile A/C systems
Tracer Products has introduced a line of POE and PAG refrigerant oils premixed with ultraviolet dye. Specially formulated for mobile A/C systems, these premium oils contain super-bright, OEM-approved Fluoro-Lite fluorescent dye that is co-solvent free. The dye oils are safe to use with all type of refrigerants and compressors. In addition to exceptional R-134a miscibility, they also offer enhanced lubricity and stability, and are formulated with anti-wear properties. Offered in 8-oz, 32-oz, and one-gallon sizes, the oils are nontoxic and work with any standard fluorescent leak detection lamp.

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UView MiST unit cleanses ventilation system
MiST In-Car Air Quality Service by UView is a new way to control the mold, mildew and bacteria that breeds in many vehicles' ventilation systems. The MiST unit runs on its own inside the vehicle, and the tech is free to work elsewhere while MiST restores interior air quality, reduces harmful airborne microbes and eliminates odors.

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A/C recovery unit meets SAE J2788
Robinair and the SPX Corp. announce the R134a Refrigerant Recovery and Recharging Unit. Fully compliant with SAE J2788 requirements, the R134a incorporates many features of the existing model No. 34700Z. A recharging accuracy to within +/-.50 oz. translates into fewer customer come-backs while an automatic lock-out feature prompts technicians of a pending filter change at 100 lbs. of recovery. The new unit is compatible with conventional and hybrid vehicles using electrically-driven compressors. It is designed to give technicians access to optional vehicle database software allowing easy updates on refrigerant and compressor oil capacities per vehicle.

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A/C Flush Kit for retrofits
According to Yellow Jacket, their A/C Flush Kit system removes refrigerant oil, moisture and contaminants from system components and lines during retrofitting and compressor replacement. You simply fill the canister with Yellow Jacket flushing agent (which is compatible with ESTER, PAG and mineral oil lubricants), pressurize with shop air and flush each component. The kit includes a rubber-tipped flush gun, a canister with an adapter and an A/C flush catch hose. The company believes their system removes contaminants economically and completely, therefore reducing warranty claims and saving money.

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