Transmission diagnosis/repair course TE2C, the newest course in Eaton's Roadranger System Technician Certification program, provides 2½ hours of narrated, self-paced instruction on Generation II models of Eaton Fuller AutoShift automated mechanical transmissions. Visit www.roadranger.com.
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The improved Stepper II portable tire step from Safe Shop Tools is a compact, adjustable steel platform that fits over most truck tires and provides secure footing for work on engines and windshields. Unit folds to 5 in. (deep) × 14.5 in. × 30 in., allowing it to be stored and transported easily. Visit www.safeshop.com.
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TIP Intermodal Services has launched a two-year, $15-million Trailer Stretch Program to covert its 45-ft. trailers to 48-footers. The new units, with radial tires, will represent in excess of 80% of TIP's trailer fleet. For more information, visit www.tipintermodal.com.
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The TA222 Deep, a new over-the-highway lug/traction tread design from Teknor Apex Materials Group, has two solid center running ribs and is said to deliver excellent traction and mileage in all types of weather. It has a tread depth of 22/32 in. and is available in three base widths: 8.25, 8.63 and 9 in. Check www.teknorapex.com/rubber/tirematerials.html .
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The Holland ProPar parallel axle QEM/QEM Plus trailer-braking system is now interchangeable with conventional trailer-brake designs. The company says its XEM technology provides a braking system that is 12-16% more efficient than any S-cam brake assembly available.
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Twenty-two drivers from across the U.S. have earned the 2000 Goodyear State Highway Hero Award, founded by the tire maker in 1983 to recognize professional drivers for their life-saving rescues and roadside assistance. One of these state finalists will be chosen as the North American Highway Hero at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this March.

Cohesive friction brake linings from Carlisle Motion Control reportedly provide a 100% increase in mileage between relines and in brake-drum life. In use, the linings create a transfer layer of nonabrasive particles that smear onto the face of the brake drum, in contrast to conventional abrasive friction materials, where abrasive particles dig into the drum. Conformability of the new material allows the addition of up to 10% more usable material to each lining. Check www.carlislemotion.com.
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Electronically controlled Visctronic fan drive from BorgWarner Cooling Systems is designed to provide better cooling and improved fuel economy for light trucks, as well as medium-duty, some heavy-duty truck applications, and off-highway vehicles. Lower disengaged speeds and optimum fan-load management during cooling periods result in better fuel economy. Smoother speed transitions extend the life of the fan drive belt. Check www.bwauto.com.
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Parker Hannifin's hose-crimping machines and accessories are featured in the “Parkrimp System” product bulletin (#4480-B6-USA). Product descriptions, photos, and application information are included. Visit www.parkerhose.com . 336

HPA Monon, a leading builder of dry van trailers and converter dollies, has selected Stemco's Platinum Performance System wheel-end package as its factory standard wheel end. For more information, visit www.stemco.com . 337

The benefits and tradeoffs of extending oil drain intervals are covered in a brochure describing Exxon's SmartLube Optimized Service Interval Program. SmartLube helps fleets determine if they are good candidates for extended drain intervals and provides technical assistance in setting up programs. It provides a cost/benefit analysis and establishes a plan to optimize drain intervals. For a copy of the brochure, contact the Tiger Resource Center at 1-800-44-EXXON.

A full-flow oil filter design that uses centrifugal force to remove contaminants is now available in two smaller sizes for midrange diesels and most V8 gasoline engines. The Vortex Active Filtration system is now offered in 35/8 and 41/4 in. filters featuring the same cleanable stainless steel screen and pressurized filter head as the company's heavy-duty models. Vortex has also released an inexpensive automatic filter cleaner to complement its centrifugal unit. 297

Replacement air suspension replaces the rear spring suspension on light and medium trucks (Ford Chevy, GMC, Dodge) and motorhome chassis (F53, E450, P30, Workhorse). Units for Isuzu are also currently in production, and Hino and Sterling models are in development. Built to adjust to load weight for a safe, smooth, stabilized ride, the True Air Ride suspension from Fleetco Products utilizes existing frame holes wherever possible. Package includes air compressor, tank, and installation hardware. Check www.fleetcoproducts.com . 355

A stainless steel, high-efficiency centrifugal separator (HECS) offered by RGF Environmental Group is designed specifically for the removal of solids and oils from wastewater. It can process and deliver 50 gpm of water at 150 psi while effectively removing over 95% of free solids. Check www.rgf.com . 330

The entire Matco Tools line of professional automotive tools is on display and available for ordering at its new web site. Check www.matcotools.com for more information. 331