Penske to offer diagnostic leak detection with Redline Powersmoke technology

Nov. 6, 2018
The Bosch HPT 500 will be used for maintenance and repair of heavy duty vehicles across all Penske Leasing locations.

Redline Detection, a diagnostic leak detection technology company, announced at Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX) that Penske Truck Leasing and Rental will implement their high pressure leak detection technology across over 250 U.S. locations. Bosch HPT 500 provides high-pressure diagnostic leak detection for the maintenance and repair of heavy duty and boosted vehicles.

“HPT 500 will be a great addition to Penske’s industry-leading maintenance practices," said Alex Parker, executive vice president of Redline Detection. "This technology is uniquely able to pinpoint upstream component leaks – the root cause of 74 percent of aftertreatment problems - allowing technicians to see invisible air leaks deep in the engine. Retesting after the repair confirms that the work has been done correctly the first time and tests take under 15 minutes so it’s a dramatic time savings."

According to Bosch, HPT 500 uses regular compressed air to reach and maintain a variable pressure of 2 to 20 psi throughout the vehicle’s intake and exhaust system. Patented Power Intake adaptors block off any size and shape of intake or exhaust orifice. Compressed air with visual vapor is forced into the system, simulating the load of a running engine. Many upstream leaks will only appear under these boosted pressures. The dense, highly visible vapor flows throughout the truck’s hoses, tubes and related components and escapes anywhere there is a leak, pinpointing the exact location of the problem. Unlike a traditional EVAP smoke machine, HPT 500 creates dramatically higher volume of visual vapor, at a higher pressure and faster flow rate designed for larger volume, heavy duty vehicles.

“Using high pressure diagnostic leak detection will ensure greater vehicle uptime, first time fix and provide major cost-savings," Parker says. "We’re delighted that Penske sees the advantage in implementing this technology and honored to partner with Bosch in supplying Penske Truck Leasing and Rental with this valuable tool.”

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