-- Groundbreaking New NanoLeak Finder Pinpoints Air Brake Leaks, Air Powered System Leaks --

Air Brake ISN Heavy DutyLAS VEGAS -- Business Wire -- Redline Detectionthe industry leader in diagnostic leak detection equipment, announced today an exclusive partnership with Integrated Supply Network (ISN). The award-winning Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ will be available on January 1, 2018 exclusively through ISN. The new equipment is being demonstrated at the Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo(AAPEX) show, Booth #1661, in Las Vegas. NanoLeak Finder has been chosen as the Motor Top 20 Tool for 2017.

“ISN is thrilled to partner with Redline for this exclusive product launch,” said Chuck Willis, Director of Heavy Duty Programs at ISN. “Redline is the industry leader in leak detection innovation and this NanoLeak technology answers a real demand in the marketplace. Fleets and technicians have been asking for a tool to solve air brake and air powered system problems for years. Redline has engineered a brilliant solution that in under a minute gives a green/red, pass/fail indicating whether vehicles meet DOT standards, and then pinpoints the problem in under 10 minutes. That means that even a relatively inexperienced technician can reliably test every vehicle, quickly pinpointing the site of the problem with 100% certainty, freeing more experienced technicians to make repairs.”

Patent pending technology in the equipment creates a signature air that, in conjunction with the hand-held NanoLeak™ Locator, pinpoints the precise location of air brake leaks instantly. The NanoLeak Finder™ features a clear green or red, pass or fail indicator light for foolproof testing regardless of technician, truck, or trailer variables. The equipment improves efficiency, saving valuable hours and marking a dramatic engineering advance from conventional, messy, soapy water methods and ineffective listening devices. Weighing only 8.6 pounds, the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ runs on compressed air and 12V DC, and utilizes test pressure up to 135 PSI (9.3 BAR).

See the NanoLeak Finder, and Redline’s full range of EVAP, general repair, high pressure, and heavy duty leak detection equipment in the Redline booth #1661 at AAPEX from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

About Integrated Supply Network

Integrated Supply Network is a privately held value added wholesaler focused on delivering the industry’s most complete selection of professional tools, garage equipment and supplies to the automotive industry’s million plus mechanics and garage owners through a network of 20,000 plus professional distributors. ISN is headquartered in Lakeland, Florida and has 30+ locations across the US, Canada and the UK. Visit www.isnweb.com for more information.

About Redline Detection

Redline Detection LLC, headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

 

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-- NanoLeak Brake Tester Technology Being Used at Brake Test Station Competition --

TMC SuperTech Challenge ORLANDO, September 19, 2017Redline Detection, the industry leader in heavy duty diagnostic leak detection equipment, announced today that they are a proud sponsor of the 13th annual Technology & Maintenance Council’s National Technician Skills Competition, the TMC SuperTech Challenge. 130 of the best heavy duty technicians in the country are competing at 36 stations to crown the Grand Champion of the National Technician Skills Competition.

TMC SuperTech is North America’s premier skills competition for professional commercial vehicle technicians. SuperTech competitors come from the nation’s largest fleets including FedEx Freight, Walmart Transportation, UPS, Pepsi Co, and others . Redline Detection’s Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ is being used to test competitors’ skills at the trailer brake testing station. NanoLeak Finder™ is revolutionizing brake leak testing by indicating if there is a leak in under one minute, then pinpointing the leak in under ten minutes.

George Arrants, Chairman, said “We appreciate all of the companies and individuals that support the PTDC Friend of the Technician program and the National Technician Skills Competition — TMCSuperTech; this year we add Redline Detection as a Friend of the Technician sponsor and skills station supporter. Their equipment will allow technicians to see and find air leaks on aftertreatment and air brakes like never before. We welcome them to the TMCSuperTech team.”

The NanoLeak technology produces a signature air to definitively locate even minute leaks in compressed air systems. For both tractors and trailers, simply connect to a compressed air system, introduce the signature air into the system, and use the NanoLeak Locator to pinpoint the exact location of leaks. Dramatically saving technician time, technicians can set up a one button test procedure; the machine pressurizes and performs a DOT leak down test, eliminating human error and freeing up technicians to walk away while the machine performs the test. There is no warm up time, a very simple hookup, and the lightweight machine eliminates messy, imprecise soap and water, saving hours, guaranteeing fast, 100% accurate brake testing and diagnostics.

“NanoLeak is going to change the way fleets do brake testing and maintenance. This machine runs a foolproof automated brake leak test that gives a green/red, pass/fail, immediately indicating whether a trailer or tractor meets DOT standards or risks being red-tagged. Then it precisely pinpoints the leak, all in under ten minutes” said Redline Executive Vice President, Alex Parker.

Redline is also the manufacturer of award-winning HD PowerSmoke technology, OEM mandated in 112 countries for pinpointing leaks that are frequently the root cause of aftertreatment problems. HD PowerSmoke is engineered for heavy and medium duty applications including testing the integrity of the complete exhaust system (diesel or gasoline), complete intake system (gasoline, alternative fuel, diesel), turbo and turbo housings, charge air coolers, all boosted engines, diesel particulate filter systems, diesel emission systems. By generating variable vapor pressures from 0 to 20 PSI, the machine gives technicians the ability to vary flow for diagnosing different types of vehicles.

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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Michael HoschOrange, April 14, 2017Redline Detection, the industry leader in heavy duty diagnostic leak detection equipment, today announced that Michael Hosch has joined the company as Director of Aftermarket Programs.

Mike comes to Redline from 17 years at Bosch North America where his most recent position was Director of Sales, responsible for leading the North American sales team and the Electronic Product Group.  Mike has been in the diagnostic tool aftermarket for 37 years, first with Sun Electric, then Snap-On, Vetronix, Bosch, and now Redline.

An experienced leader with an extensive background in sales, marketing and business development in the aftermarket, Mike brings an expertise in building cross-functional teams that drive together for success. “I’ve had a relationship with Redline for over six years and have tremendous respect for the quality, ethics, and integrity of the products and the people. I am beyond excited to be a part of this great team” said Hosch.

Redline recently launched a partnership with Bosch Automotive Aftermarket to manufacture the Bosch HPT 500 High Pressure Leak Tester, a diagnostic leak detector with unique features and patented inflatable adaptors that make it possible to quickly test every heavy duty and boosted vehicle. The equipment provides 2-20PSI pressurized visual vapor that pinpoints leaks and component faults in heavy duty after-treatment and diesel / turbo boosted passenger vehicles, which are impossible to locate with a traditional, low pressure evap style smoke machine.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys ocean swimming, biking, running and spending time with his family.  He is a multiple-time Iron Man Triathlon finisher. Mike, his wife, and daughters reside in Oxnard, California.

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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Top 20 Motor Tools Air Brake NanoLeak FinderORANGE, September 12, 2017Redline Detection, the industry leader in heavy duty diagnostic leak detection equipment, today announced their Air Brake NanoLeak Finder has won the 2017 Motor Top 20 Tools Award. The innovative new technology quickly pinpoints leaks in Air Brake, Air Suspension and Air Powered Accessory Systems.

Motor Magazine’s prestigious Top 20 Tools Award recognizes those tools and equipment manufacturers who, through innovative features on new products, help technicians diagnose and repair vehicles correctly – the first time. “As more OEM’s deploy air powered systems in their vehicles, this technology has become essential for both heavy duty air brakes, and passenger vehicle air powered systems. Both application types have in common that these high pressure air leaks, until now, were almost impossible to find. This technology changes everything, no more technician hours wasted searching for miniscule leaks” said Alex Parker of Redline Detection. “Now, it only takes one minute to test for leaks, and under 15 minutes to pinpoint all leaks.”

With a simple, 1-minute test cycle, the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ will flash a clear green or red, pass or fail light indicator for fool-proof testing, regardless of technician, truck, or trailer variables. Only the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ can indicate, with 100% certainty, whether a vehicle, tractor or trailer meets US DOT Standards or risks being taken out of service. Engineered with safety in mind, even a relatively inexperienced technician can quickly and reliably test every vehicle, easily pinpointing the site of the problem with 100% certainty, freeing more experienced technicians to make repairs.

The compact design and full complement of specially engineered accessories make Redline Air Brake NanoLeak™ Tester essential for service centers performing air brake and air powered component leak testing. The durable, professional grade equipment comes complete with all necessary accessories, ready to go to work right out of the box. Weighing only 8.6 pounds, the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ runs on compressed air and 12V DC, and utilizes test pressure up to 135 PSI (9.3 BAR).

“The continual development and improvement of such tools and equipment is essential so that automotive technicians can properly service today’s technologically advanced vehicles” said John Lypen, Editor & Publisher of Motor Magazine.

 

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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-- New Technology to Locate Air Brake Leaks, Air Suspension and Air Powered Accessory System Leaks --


Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™LAS VEGAS, March 9, 2017
Redline Detection, the industry leader in heavy duty diagnostic leak detection equipment, today unveiled the Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™, a technological innovation that quickly pinpoints leaks in Air Brake, Air Suspension and Air Powered Accessory Systems. The new equipment is being demonstrated at the CONEXPO – CON/AGG Show, Bronze Hall Booth B90418, in Las Vegas.

“The Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ allows technicians, for the first time ever, to test for air brake leaks and pinpoint the precise location of leaks, in minutes. The equipment is being used by OEMs to locate leaks in heavy duty trucks and equipment that would take hours with conventional methods, saving valuable service time and getting trucks back on the road fast” said Alex Parker, Executive Vice President of Redline Detection “this is a very exciting breakthrough for anyone who deals with air brake leaks.”
The patent pending technology in the machine creates a signature vapor that, in conjunction with the hand-held NanoLeak™ Locator, pinpoints the precise location of air brake leaks instantly. Clear, audible and visual signals speed diagnostics and pinpointing of leaks. The equipment improves efficiency, saving valuable hours and marking a dramatic technical advance from conventional, messy, soapy water methods and ineffective listening devices.

"Our technicians spent over 16 labor hours attempting to find air brake leaks on two fire trucks. We could not find the leaks until we used the Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™. Using this equipment we found and fixed all the leaks on both fire trucks in only 1.7 hours. This breakthrough technology will become the 'best practice' procedure for air brake diagnostics and repair" said Chris Micheal of Valley Power Systems who field tested the new technology.

With a simple, 1-minute test cycle, the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ will flash a clear green or red, pass or fail light indicator for fool-proof testing, regardless of technician, truck, or trailer variables. Only the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ can indicate, with 100% certainty, whether a vehicle, tractor or trailer meets US DOT Standards or risks being taken out of service. Engineered with safety in mind, even a relatively inexperienced technician can quickly and reliably test every vehicle, easily pinpointing the site of the problem with 100% certainty, freeing more experienced technicians to make repairs.

The compact design and full complement of specially engineered accessories make Redline Air Brake NanoLeak™ Tester essential for HD service centers performing air brake leak testing. The durable, professional grade equipment comes complete with all necessary accessories, ready to go to work right out of the box. Weighing only 8.6 pounds, the Redline Air Brake NanoLeak Finder™ runs on compressed air and 12V DC, and utilizes test pressure up to 135 PSI (9.3 BAR). Redline Detection is also the maker of the award-winning HD PowerSmoke high pressure diagnostic leak detector, a groundbreaking technological advance and the solution to after-treatment problems
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About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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-- Diagnostic Leak Detector for All Dealer Locations --

Volvo Mack HD PowerSmokeLAS VEGAS, Jan. 24, 2017Redline Detection, the industry leader in heavy duty diagnostic leak detection equipment, today announced they have been chosen by Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks to provide essential equipment that will be used to service Volvo and Mack branded trucks at all of the company’s world-class dealer network locations. Redline is demonstrating the new Volvo Mack HD PowerSmoke Diagnostic Leak Detector at the Heavy Duty Aftermarket Week (HDAW), Booth 336, in Las Vegas.

“Volvo Mack is leading the field in adopting new technology to maximize uptime and increase maintenance efficiency. This equipment will speed maintenance and repair, as well as ultimately increase fuel efficiency, lower operating costs, and enhance Volvo Mack’s already world-class customer service.” said Redline Detection Executive Vice President, Alex Parker.

Transport vehicles cover millions of over-road miles, often in grueling conditions and inclement weather, and the world’s best-made vehicles, tight when they rolled off the assembly line, suffer wear and tear over time. HD PowerSmoke simulates the boost load of a heavy duty engine with the engine safely off, quickly pinpointing all upstream component faults caused by those time-worn, jarred, cracked components that are the root cause of hard-to-diagnose after- treatment problems.

HD PowerSmoke creates a dense, highly visible vapor at a variable pressure in the 2-20 PSI range that can test the entire system and pinpoint unseen air leaks in just minutes, saving valuable time in preventive maintenance and repair, dramatically increasing uptime. The visible vapor is free of dyes and contaminants so it’s safe for the technician, safe for the vehicle, and safe for the environment. “The Volvo brand is synonymous with safety,” said Parker. Redline Detection equipment has been chosen for more OEM mandated tool and equipment programs than any other diagnostic leak detection maker in the past decade. The technology is OEM-mandated / essential equipment in 112 countries.

“Redline has developed a reputation for engineering custom equipment solutions for the world’s leading heavy duty OEMs that improve performance, increase fuel economy, enhance customer service, and increase uptime. We take enormous pride in delivering top quality equipment, on time, on budget, every time” said Parker.

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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-- The Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator Sweeps Awards at AAPEX Show --


Redline Dual Purpose Leak LocatorORANGE, Nov. 15, 2016
Redline Detection today announced that the Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator has won three prestigious industry awards for product innovation and best in class equipment during the annual 2016 Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo AAPEX Show in Las Vegas. The machine has recently been chosen as mandated /essential equipment for 1,500 Nissan and Infiniti dealership locations. “There’s a reason the world’s leading automakers choose Redline for their mandated tool programs” said Alex Parker, Senior Vice President of Redline Detection. “We take great pride in manufacturing the highest quality, most innovative equipment available.”


Redline’s new Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator is an innovation in leak detection: Never before has it been possible to switch from low pressure to higher pressure for engine types and different applications, in a single piece of equipment, with literally the flip of a switch. “Low pressure is essential for EVAP and traditionally aspirated engines for general repair. But this equipment dramatically increases efficiency by creating both low and higher pressure vapor. The higher pressure diagnostic ability is needed for turbo, diesel, boosted vehicles where technicians need to replicate the boost load,” says Ms. Parker. She emphasized that the Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator is the very first diagnostic tool of its kind. “Variable range of low to high pressure testing has never been possible until now.”


The Redline Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator won the PTEN Innovation award, the Import Automotive Community Best New Tool for Repairs on Cars and Trucks, as well as the Professional Tool and Equipment People’s Choice Award.

 

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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-- New Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Detector to be used at 1,500 Locations --



Alex Parker Dual Leak DetectorLAS VEGAS, Nov. 2, 2016
Redline Detection, the industry leader in diagnostic leak detection equipment, today announced they have been chosen by Nissan to provide essential equipment that will be used to service Nissan and Infiniti vehicles at 1,500 locations. The company demonstrated the new Nissan Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Detector at the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX), Booth 1661, in Las Vegas.

This equipment provides, for the first time ever, the ability to test a full range of vehicle and engine types, an engineering innovation in diagnostic leak detection. The machine deploys both lower, fixed pressure for quick diagnostic ability in EVAP systems and normally aspirated engine general repair; and also variable, higher pressure to efficiently service forced induction, turbo, diesel, and heavy duty systems, using either visible vapor or air only.

“We are honored to be chosen by Nissan” said Redline Detection Executive Vice President, Alex Parker. “Redline Detection is the industry leader in the automotive aftermarket and has now been chosen for more essential tool and equipment programs than any other diagnostic leak detection manufacturer in the past decade.”

This technology will provide Nissan and Infiniti service facilities the ability to switch from low pressure to higher pressure for different system test applications, in a single piece of equipment, with literally the flip of a switch. The machine is designed for applications including testing the integrity of the fuel vapor recovery (EVAP) system, complete exhaust system (diesel or gasoline), entire intake system (gasoline, alternative fuel, diesel), turbo and turbo housings, charge air coolers, all boosted engines, diesel particulate filter systems, and diesel emission systems. By generating variable pressure from 0.5 to 20 PSI, the equipment gives technicians the ability to adjust flow for diagnosing different types of vehicles. The machine creates a dense, easily visible vapor without the use of dyes and is safe for technicians, safe for vehicles, and safe for the environment.

“Redline has developed a reputation for agile engineering, for creating custom solutions for the world’s leading OEMs. We take enormous pride in delivering top quality equipment, on time, on budget, every time” said Parker
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About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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Redline Dual Purpose Leak LocatorORANGE, Calif., August 9, 2016
Redline Detection, the maker of the world’s best-selling diagnostic leak detector, announced it has been chosen for the prestigious 2016 PTEN Innovation Award for the Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator. “Evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of technicians and shop owners, the PTEN Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products introduced in the last year to the automotive aftermarket. ” said Erica Schulz-Schueller, Editor of PTEN Magazine.

The award-winning Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator allows technicians, with the flip of a switch, to service all vehicle and engine types across a full boost range, for the first time ever. The elegant simplicity of this equipment allows even relatively inexperienced technicians to quickly locate the issue and, once the repair is made, to confirm with 100% certainty that the vehicle is fixed right the first time, increasing shop efficiency and improving the customer experience.

According to the company, technicians have been asking for a single diagnostic leak detector that can quickly locate difficult-to-find leaks and failing components in ANY boost load range, on ALL vehicles: Standard passenger vehicles, turbo, diesel, light duty trucks, delivery vehicles. “Low-pressure smoke testing for EVAP and general repair applications is essential in every repair facility. But as vehicles have become more complex, mid-range variable pressure testing is needed to replicate the full load of a running engine to open up miniscule cracked components and allow technicians to quickly find failing parts” says Executive Vice President, Alex Parker.

A full, variable range of low to high pressure testing has never been possible, until now. This technology dramatically increases shop efficiency by giving the ability to switch from low pressure to high pressure for different applications, in a single piece of equipment, with literally the flip of a switch. Without dyes or contaminants, there is no concern about coating sensitive components or sensors so it’s safe for the vehicle, safe for the technician and safe for the environment. “This is truly next generation technology, the Dual Purpose Diagnostic Leak Locator dramatically increases shop efficiency and for technicians, saving time means making more money on every repair. We are truly honored to receive this prestigious recognition from PTEN” said Parker.

 

About Redline Detection

Headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-­‐selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as for its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-­‐winning products, please visit www.redlinedetection.com.

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"I can’t imagine any fleet or repair facility not adopting this. We have no more unsolvable upstream leak issues. This technology is going to change the way we test, diagnose and repair heavy duty vehicles.”

Chris Michael, Valley Power Systems, in Diesel Progress

 

ACCELERATED LEAK DIAGNOSTICS

BY CHAD ELMORE

Leaks in a heavy-duty truck’s exhaust system can be a health hazard to operators and errant holes in an air intake system can cause big problems with aftertreatment devices. Tracking down the source of a leak can be a time-consuming and thankless task. Redline Detection LLC has introduced patent-pending technology intended to help heavy-duty equipment technicians and engineers in that search. The company said the new tool can turn a troubleshooting task that can normally take hours into a solitary 10 minute procedure. 

Chris Micheal, WheelTime truck service network champion for Valley Power Systems, has been field-testing the new technology. “We are using this equipment every day and are seeing substantial savings in time, parts, costs and overall efficiency,” he said. “I can’t imagine any fleet or repair facility not adopting this. We have no more unsolvable upstream leak issues. This technology is going to change the way we test, diagnose and repair heavy duty vehicles.” 

Based in City of Industry, Calif., Valley Power Systems is a distributor for a wide range of engines. It is a founding member of WheelTime, which has more than 200 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

The new HD PowerSmoke leak detection system from Redline Detection is designed for heavy-duty trucks, buses, construction equipment and agricultural applications with engines up to 15 L.

The technology was established in passenger and performance cars before a request from a heavy-duty truck manufacturer led to the development of a heavy-duty version of the system. Since then, many on-road and offhighway equipment manufacturers have worked with the company to develop a device tailored to their machines, Redline said. According to the company, those firms have listed the tool as mandatory or approved equipment at their dealer service centers. 

Over-the-road truck drivers don’t usually pull in for service because they have detected an air leak in their truck’s intake system. The problem usually manifests itself as a performance issue. 

“The most common complaint is too many DPF (diesel particulate filter) regeneration events,” said Bill Woods, senior sales executive for Redline’s heavy-duty business. “It doesn’t matter if it’s an F-350 or a semi truck. If the vehicle is having more regens than normal, there’s a leak on the intake side of the turbocharger. We usually find that the clamp on the turbo is a problem point as well as couplers and cracked charge-air coolers. The largest number of leaks I’ve found in trucks are generated by workmanship, not component failure. 

“When technicians check a system, it’s common practice to remove the charge-air cooler and isolate it during a test, but doing that removes the leaky connector. They’ll test the part and when it passes, they put the leak right back on the truck. Technicians will spend hours tearing apart the truck to fix a leak caused by installing a clamp improperly.” 

HD PowerSmoke uses shop compressed air to maintain a pressure of 2 to 20 psi throughout the intake and exhaust system with the vehicle’s engine switched off. Expanding adaptors seal off entrances and exits while a dense, highly visible vapor flows through the truck’s hoses, tubes and related components. The steam is created by vaporizing mineral oil and has no contaminants that could harm or coat sensors, Redline said. It flows through the pressurized system and out any tiny holes that are present so technicians can see the source of the trouble. 

“Another common problem is that the truck is using a lot of DEF (diesel exhaust fluid),” Woods said. “With HD PowerSmoke hooked up to the truck, I’ll find a leak within 10 in. of the dosing valves. The hole lets more oxygen into the system, which causes DEF to crystalize before it does its job. The truck will start burning through a bunch of DEF but will still be running fine.” 

Leaks can also cause a diesel engine’s air management system to overcompensate with the fuel rate. “The truck could be running 10 to 20% fat — not enough to smoke but enough to cause a DPF clog,” Woods said. “It might cause a 0.5 mpg drop in mileage, which won’t throw a fault code and isn’t enough for the driver to notice. It’s the worst-case scenario for shops: there’s no code, but the truck is having a problem and they can’t find the cause.” 

HD PowerSmoke uses variable pressure and flow rates to replicate boost load and allow the technician to adjust flow as needed to find tiny faults, Redline said. Different leaks show up at different pressures, so it’s critical that technicians can dial the pressure up or down to replicate engine boost, the company said. 

Engineered and built by Redline at its headquarters in Southern California, the kit includes two PowerSmoke adaptors, a 60 in. SmokeMeister wand, smoke nozzle, cooling system adaptor, pressure oxygen and temperature port adaptors, vapor-producing fluid, spare quick connect couplers and a halogen inspection light. 

“Verifying that the part is bad is often more important than the diagnostics of it,” Woods said. “You want to verify a part is actually bad before you replace it and the only way I know to verify that those tubes are OK is to pressurize and test the system with HD PowerSmoke. 

“’Parts darts’ is not an effective repair procedure. It doesn’t matter what system it is. You need to know air is getting through it cleanly and efficiently to be sure it’s doing a proper job. For fleets, HD PowerSmoke technology is ending the pain of unsolvable upstream leak issues and the health hazard of exhaust leaks in the cab.”

 

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