National Product Notes - January 2018
ACDelco introduces VVT solenoid for GM vehicles
Grand Blanc, Mich.—ACDelco has announced the introduction of the aftermarket’s longest lasting variable valve timing (VVT) solenoids for GM vehicles, the company said.
The intake and exhaust solenoids, recently re-designed by GM engineers, last twice as long as the closest competitor and are available for 2006-2017 vehicles equipped with the 2.0L, 2.2L and 2.4L Ecotec engines. The improved design can better withstand thermal expansion.
GM first installed VVT technology in 2002, and today it is used on nearly all new GM vehicles to maximize performance, fuel economy and emissions.
VVT solenoids are responsible for changing the position of the camshaft to provide optimal power delivery based on driving conditions. Signs that a VVT solenoid is beginning to fail can include check engine light on the dash, rough engine idle and a decrease in fuel economy. Dirty oil can also increase wear on a VVT solenoid.
Monroe promotion offers consumers savings on Monroe and Rancho ride control products
Monroe, Mich.—Tenneco is giving consumers a chance to save on premium ride control components with its new Monroe promotion, available through Jan. 31, through participating automotive parts and service locations. During the promotional period, consumers who purchase a set of two or four qualifying Monroe or Rancho ride control products can earn up to an $80 Visa Prepaid card.
Products that qualify for the holiday promotion include certain Monroe Quick-Strut replacement assemblies; Monroe OESpectrum shocks and struts; Reflex shocks, struts and cartridges; Max-Air shocks; Gas-Magnum shocks; Monroe Load Adjusting shocks; and Rancho RS5000, RS5000 X, RS7000 MT and RS9000 XL series units. Consumers who purchase a combination of four qualifying shocks or struts or a pair of shocks or struts for a single vehicle will be eligible to receive a Visa Prepaid card. For more information on specific products that qualify for the promotion, or to download official promotion forms, visit www.Monroe.com.
All submission forms must be postmarked and mailed by Feb. 28. The rebate does not include installation/labor costs and is only valid on qualifying products.
EnerSys introduces Odyssey Performance Series batteries for Jeep, Dodge and Chevrolet
Reading, Pa.—EnerSys introduced Odyssey Performance Series Group 49 and 94R batteries at AAPEX and SEMA Show.
The Group 49 battery has a preliminary cold cranking rating expected to be 950 amps and is designed for Jeep, Dodge and some BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles introduced over the last 10 years. The Group 94R battery has a preliminary cold cranking rating expected to be 850 amps and is specifically designed for popular Chevrolet, and some Jeep and Dodge vehicles introduced over the last 10 years. Both batteries feature Thin Plate Pure Lead (TPPL) technology, as well as Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) separators that hold acid in place to prevent spills, even when installed on their sides.
TPPL technology is applied to the manufacturing of flat plates made of 99.99 percent pure lead, not lead alloy. Those pure lead plates are made thinner, enabling more to fit in the battery for increased plate surface area. The additional surface area enables TPPL batteries to generate more power as well as provide longer service life, greater reliability and deep-cycle capabilities.
Continental announces return and expansion of ATE Brake & Hydraulic Parts Program
Allentown, Pa.—Continental Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket has announced that the company is once again offering the ATE Brake Parts line.
The ATE brand encompasses brake pads and rotors, boosters, master cylinders, wheel speed sensors, brake wear indicators, calipers, brake fluid, hoses, reservoirs, as well as wheel cylinders.
According to Dan Caciolo, head of Product Management for Continental Independent Aftermarket Powertrain & Brake Systems, “The ATE brand has always been a first choice of many of Europe’s premier automakers. By bringing more ATE products and lines to North America we hope to create excellent opportunities for our customers, both those that are in the import specialist segment as well as those that offer full-line portfolios.”
New Stant cap and thermostat cabinet come with free products
Connersville, Ind.—Stant has introduced a new cabinet program where shops can decide which free Stant products come inside, according to Terry Ethier, vice president of aftermarket for Stant Corporation.
“Stant is known for best-to-market quality, coverage and customer support, and this cabinet program is no exception,” Ethier said. “Not only does the cabinet pay for itself, but the accompanying free products are needed to service customers’ vehicles today; they are not applications that will sit on a shelf for years.”
When purchasing a newly designed Stant cabinet, Stant customers can choose 100 points worth of free radiator, fuel and gas caps as well as thermostats for popular nameplates including GM, Ford, Chrysler and Toyota. Stant SuperStat thermostats, the premier thermostat on the market, may also be selected and, as an added bonus, a free Stant baseball cap will be included with every order.