Top 3 Auto Detail Products

Auto detailing is one of my favorite things to do two to three times a year.  I always feel so “together” after I get done detailing my car.  Then about a week later I realize that my car looks about like it did before the auto detail was complete. *Bummer*

While spending a ton of money using trial and error (and several of my father’s homemade cleaning agents), I came across a few auto detail products that are a must-have when the “clean car bug” strikes.  I thought I would share them with you and hopefully save you a little dough.

The first thing to buy is the Meguiar’s brand Gold Class Wash and Wax Kit.  This runs about $20.00 and is well worth the money.  You get a soap, wax and interior detailing wipes.  This little kit will give you an idea of how the Meguiar’s products work (and boy do they work great).

Meguiar's Gold Class Wash and Wax Kit for auto detail.

Meguiar’s Gold Class Wash and Wax Kit – G55114. $19.99 USD

The next auto detail miracle I found was the 3M Brand Wheel and Tire Cleaner (3M39036).  My tires haven’t looked this good even after getting put on brand new.  Shine, shine, shine. Priced at under $8.00 you can’t go wrong when it comes to shining up your tires.

 

3M39036 Tire and Wheel Cleaner for auto detail, $7.60 USD

3M39036 Tire and Wheel Cleaner, $7.60 USD

Finally, I found the best in auto detail vinyl cleaner.  I tried what seemed like every brand out there and didn’t get satisfied until I found Wizard Vinyl Shine (WIZ11055).  This stuff is AMAZING!

Wizard 11055 Vinyl Shine for auto detail

Wizard 11055 Vinyl Shine

So, after you use all of these products I know you will be just as happy with them as I am. Write to me and let me know what you think!  Your comments could end up on the next blog or even on our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ pages.

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Basic Hand Tools Every Home Mechanic Needs – Part 2

In part two of the series “Basic Hand Tools Every Home Mechanic Needs“, we will be looking at 5 products that are sure to make your life as a home mechanic easier.  These are things that will fit nicely in your garage and make you the envy of your entire neighborhood!

First up we have a 6/12/18/24-Volt Commercial Charger manufactured by Associated Equipment.  This unit has a 5 year warranty (see mfr for details) and is MADE IN THE USA. With the ability to charge 6, 12, 18 & 24 Volt Batteries, this unit is priced right at $630.22.

ASO6002B $630.22

Associated 6002B 6/12/18/24-Volt Commercial Charger

Moving on to the next handy garage item – the Lisle 11102PROMO.  This is an 8-Gallon Oil Lift Drain with a FREE T-Allen Transmission Drain Funnel.  For only $100.55, this  drain can make changing oil a breeze.

LIS11102PROMO $100.55

Lisle 11102PROMO – 8-Gallon Oil Lift Drain with FREE T-Allen Transmission Drain Funnel

Next up we have the Private Brand Tools 70888 – Cooling System Pressure Tester.  The universal attachment to radiator or header tanks suits automotive, commercial, heavy duty, marine, motorcycle.  For specific vehicles you can check with PBT to ensure this item will work for you.  This hand tool is priced right at $115.29!

Private Brand Tools 70888 - Cooling System Pressure Tester

Private Brand Tools 70888 – Cooling System Pressure Tester

The staple of most garages would be the next item on the list.  You can never have too many screwdrivers in your hand tool drawer so coming in next is the GearWrench 12 pc. Combination Screwdriver Set with a FREE 7 pc. Ratcheting GearDrive™ Set, KDT80051D, at $58.99.

GearWrench 80051D - 12 pc. Combination Screwdriver Set with a FREE 7 pc. Ratcheting GearDrive™ Set

GearWrench 80051D – 12 pc. Combination Screwdriver Set with a FREE 7 pc. Ratcheting GearDrive™ Set

Last but certainly not least on the Part 2 list is a standard 2-ton hydraulic jack. With a myriad of uses, this is one of the most important things to have in your garage. Sunex Tools is one company that knows how to manufacturer a jack! The Sunex 6602ASJ, 2 Ton Capacity Aluminum Service Jack With Rapid Rise Feature is a definite must-have. This jack comes priced at $266.64.

Sunex 6602ASJ - 2 Ton Capacity Aluminum Service Jack With Rapid Rise Feature

Sunex 6602ASJ – 2 Ton Capacity Aluminum Service Jack With Rapid Rise Feature

That completes Part 2 of the Basic Hand Tools Every Home Mechanic Needs.  Please keep watching for Part 3 where I will introduce more great must-haves for your garage!

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Robinair Recycling Machines-The Buying Guide!

Even though it’s still cold in most parts of the US this month, the warmer temps are rapidly approaching. Is your auto repair shop equipped with a Robinair Recycling Machine? We’ve had several customers calling in asking which Robinair AC Recovery machine would best suit their needs. Why pay for more than you need?

Whether it’s the fully-automatic 34988, 34788 or the semi-automatic 34288, these machines will test, recover, and recharge R-134a automotive AC systems quickly and accurately. The question is: Which one should you buy? I’m going to break these machines down for you and give you some facts to chew on before making that big purchase.

Robinair 34988

Robinair Recycling 34988 Premium A/C RRR machine

Robinair Recycling 34988 Premium A/C RRR machine

Let’s start with the best of the best – the Robinair 34988 combines simple operation with superior accuracy. The Robinair Recycling 34988 recovers, recycles, evacuates, leak tests and recharges R-134a quickly and accurately.

What does this unit have that the others don’t?
*Automatic dye inject feature – This gives the user the ability to use the machine to inject UV dye into a vehicle’s AC system.
*Automatic oil measure & inject feature – the machine will automatically determine how much lubrication oil needs to be injected back into the AC system based on how much oil was taken out during recovery.
*AC System Flush – Flushes a vehicle’s AC system with refrigerant eliminating any residual oil or other liquid. (Flushing adapters are not included in the purchase of the machine.)
*Save & Print before and after service data – This allows the user to store before and after service information on the vehicle and print this information to provide to a customer.
*Indicator light and notification alarm – Notifies the user when service is complete or if a problem has occurred.

With this machine, automatic operation means less attention is needed. Set the parameters and watch it work! You can view more information on this machine on the Robinair Recycling website. They have also uploaded a video showing the use of this machine here.

 

Robinair 34788

Robinair Recycling 34788 CoolTech Recovery, Recycling, Recharging Unit

Robinair Recycling 34788 CoolTech Recovery, Recycling, Recharging Unit

Moving on to the middle of the road unit – the Robinair Recycling 34788, like it’s superior the 34988, combines simple operation with superior accuracy. The 34788 also recovers, recycles, evacuates, leak tests and recharges R-134a quickly and accurately.

This machine does not include the items previously noted about the 34988 but it does have a lot of great functions. This is the most popular of the three units I’m discussing today, mainly because it has the automatic function but it’s reasonably priced.

Robinair has a great information section here on their website. Also, there are numerous videos posted about this machine here.

 

Robinair 34288

Robinair Recycling Cool-Tech 34288

Robinair Recycling Cool-Tech 34288

The Robinair 34288 is the simplest of the three main machines. The main functions of this machine are the automatic air purge, refrigerant charging, refrigerant management, vacuum function and the new 4×20 multilingual display.

If low cost and simple is what you are after, this is the machine for you. You can view more information about this machine on the Robinair website here.

All three of these units use the same maintenance kit which makes it easy when restocking. The Robinair maintenance kits include one quick change filter-drier to be used on both R-12 and R-134a stations, and one 16 ounce bottle of Robinair brand premium high vacuum pump oil.

Robinair Recycling 13172 Maintenance Kit

Robinair Recycling 13172 Maintenance Kit

Robinair Recycling 34724 Recycling Filter-Driers

Robinair Recycling 34724 Recycling Filter-Driers

Whether you purchase the 34288, 34788, or 34988 these units can pay for themselves in as little as 2.5 months (based on the Robinair “Investing In The Future” Return on Investment worksheet).

So…after the analysis is complete, which machine is best for you? We’d love to hear your thoughts on these machines!

Written by: Jay Johnson
Information courtesy of www.robinair.com