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  1. Keep Your Powersports Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape

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    Riding your motorcycle on a crisp fall day, feeling the wind on your face and seeing the colorful splendor of the autumn leaves, can be quite an exhilarating experience. Nothing can dampen that feeling more than having to cancel your ride because of a breakdown. Routine maintenance can help prevent unexpected repairs.

    Powersports vehicles such as motorcycles, ATV’s, snowmobiles, scooters and personal watercraft should all undergo regular maintenance to keep them running in tip-top condition. Oil changes, tune-ups, chain adjustments, brake and safety inspections, engine maintenance and parts cleaning are all common scheduled maintenance tasks.

    Why Should You Schedule Preventative Maintenance?       

    Routine maintenance helps keep your powersports vehicle running smoothly. Not only will regular cleaning and maintenance keep your vehicle looking great, it also gives you the opportunity to carefully inspect all of its parts to catch any issues before they become major headaches. Preventative maintenance can increase equipment life, improve the functionality and reliability of your vehicle, decrease unplanned breakdowns and allow for less costly repairs.

    Cleaning Vehicle Parts Is A Key Maintenance Task

    Cleaning older parts is one of the first steps in many repair and maintenance jobs. Refurbishing suspension components, chain lubrication and adjustments, rebuilding engines, brake repair, oil changes, carburetor cleaning, fluid flushing and safety inspections all begin with parts cleaning. Removing grease, oil and dirt from used parts makes them easier to inspect and repair.

    What’s The Best Way To Clean Parts?

    Parts washers are a great solution for cleaning vehicle parts and tools. Hand washing in hot water will get parts clean, but parts washers will provide a deeper, more thorough cleaning. Parts washers will gently move parts during cleaning which helps remove dirt and debris. Plus, when used with the right cleaning detergent, parts washers can remove dirt from blind holes and obstructed sections of equipment.

    There’s a New Kid On the Block

    Many shops struggle with finding an effective parts cleaner that is easy to use. ANSED Diagnostics recently introduced a new portable parts washer that is ideal for small motorcycle and auto repair shops, racing teams, bicycle shops and garage repair shops. This powerful unit generates its power from an air compressor, so no electricity is required. And, it only weighs 22 pounds making it easy to use and carry.

    Simply attach the unit to any standard air compressor and fill it with water and LF2100 Liquid Low Foam Cleaner. Place the dirty parts into the liquid and turn on the air compressor. The cleaning solution will bubble and agitate providing deep cleaning to all the hidden areas of your parts. Be sure to use the low foaming cleaner included with the unit to avoid excess foaming during the cleaning cycle. When the cleaning is finished, turn off the air compressor, remove the parts and empty the liquid from the unit.

    Putting It All Together

    Once the parts are cleaned and serviced, it’s time to reassemble your vehicle. Using a temporary rubber assembly lubricant will help reduce the force needed to install rubber parts like O-rings, seals, hoses and bushings making the job go smoothly and efficiently.

    Before you know it, you’ll be riding into the sunset on your newly cleaned and maintained bike.

     

    Visit ANSED Diagnostics for more information about the Air Pulse Parts Cleaner.
    Visit International Products Corporation to read more about cleaners and assembly lubricants:
    How do I Choose the Best Detergent for My Cleaning Application?
    5 Ways Temporary Rubber Lubricants Can Help Ease Assembly
  2. Hassled By Hose Assembly? P-80® Lubricants Can Help!

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    Rubber hoses are everywhere! Have you ever stopped to consider how many everyday items have hoses? Cars, trucks, buses, planes, boats, motorcycles, construction equipment, appliances, pumps, and medical equipment all contain hoses.

    So, what exactly is a hose? Hoses are flexible hollow tubes that transport fluids, or gases, from one location to another. It’s easy to see how hoses are an integral part of all of the items mentioned above. Hoses allow gas to travel from the fuel tank of your car to the engine, water to move from the water line in your home to the dispenser on your refrigerator, and medicine to flow through an IV unit.

    Most hoses are attached to other parts of an assembly by some type of connector, usually referred to as a coupling or a fitting. Hose fittings are typically made of metal or plastic. Anyone who has ever worked with rubber parts knows they can be difficult to assemble. Trying to install, remove or manipulate tight fitting rubber components can be a real challenge.

    Since hoses are so vital, it’s important to make sure they are assembled properly to avoid problems later on. Parts that are improperly aligned or installed may result in performance or safety issues. Hoses and couplings are designed with a tight fit so they stay together after assembly to function properly and avoid leakage. The insertion force needed to complete the assembly can be extreme, sometimes causing worker injury.

    So, how do you make hose assembly easier? P-80® temporary assembly lubricants can help! P-80 temporary rubber assembly lubricants significantly reduce friction to help rubber parts slide easily into place. P-80 lubricants are water-based, and do not contain alcohol or petroleum distillates so they will not cause rubber to dry out, swell or harden. P-80 does not contain silicon or other persistent ingredients, so once dry you have a tight fitting part.

    What are the advantages of using P-80 lubricants?
    • Reduce the force required for installation
    • Increase production rates
    • Reduce part breakage, leaks and rejects
    • Allow for closer fitting part design
    • Reduce risk of musculoskeletal and slippage related injuries

    What if my hoses undergo pressure testing immediately after assembly? P-80 lubricants provide temporary lubrication, once dry the lubrication ceases and parts stay in place. International Products Corporation (IPC) recommends using P-80® Grip-It for hose assemblies that are pressure tested or drop tested immediately after assembly. P-80 Grip-It provides the lubricity needed to complete your assembly and then dries quickly to allow the natural tight fit of rubber to return. When dry, P-80 Grip-it leaves a tacky finish to help parts stay in place, making it an excellent choice for use on pressure-tested hoses. Download our case study detailing how one major appliance manufacturer benefited from using P-80® Grip-It for dishwasher hose assembly to reduce drop test failures.

    In addition to Grip-It, P-80 is available in five additional water-based formulas, including two that are approved for use in incidental food contact applications. P-80 lubricants offer superior lubrication and are compatible with a variety of surfaces. They are environmentally friendly, most are biodegradable.

    Make hose assembly easier with P-80! Contact IPC’s technical team to help you find the best solution for your assembly needs.

Detergent Selection Guide

= Used ; = Preferred
SOILS Micro-90® Micro® Green Clean Micro® A07 Surface-Cleanse/930® LF2100® Zymit® Low-Foam Zymit® Pro
Adhesives
Biofilm
Biological soils: Blood, Feces, Mucous, Sebum, Sweat, Urine
Dyes, Inks
Eggs, Butter, Fruit Stains
Emulsifiers
Fat
Fingerprints
Flavor, Fragrances
Gelatin
Gels
Grass
Insoluble Salts
Milkstone
Oils
Oxides
Paraffins
Petrolatum
Proteins
Scale
Shop Dusts, Soldering Flux
Silicons
Starch
Tar
Tissue
Titanium Dioxides