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Boost your techs’ safety with ShureStep®


Are your techs still using plastic crates or a 5-gallon bucket? Keep your techs safe and healthy!

  • Built-in grip on the top of the step, large rubber feet on the bottom of the step and load rated for 500 pounds.
  • Designed by an auto mechanic who wanted the toughest, safest step stool to work from. You know it’s going to be durable! And it comes with a lifetime warranty!
  • Available in black or safety yellow. The black hides the grime, the yellow are easy to find.
  • Buy a Shure-Step® today and keep your techs safe and happy!

100 Years of Safety, Speed and Security from Overhead Doors!


The Overhead Door™ brand has been servicing customers needs for over 100 years, and we pride ourselves with having a wide variety of commercial applications for every situation. When it comes to the Auto industry, the RapidShield® 998 and RapidView® 999 are optimal solutions to provide a sleek design while offering security and practicality for your business. The RapidShield® 998 is used for facilities requiring clean looks, high speed, and security. The RapidView® 999 is used for facilities requiring clean looks needing visibility, high speed, and security. Both doors come complete with a structural aluminum pre-assembled-curtain and steel header structure, monitored reversing edge, and light curtain. Other features for both doors include:

  • Structural Aluminum Slats with Anodized Powder coat finish.
  • Operates at up to 80 inches per second.
  • Built with safety in mind with a monitored edge and light curtain.
  • Springless Design offers minimal interruption and maintenance.
  • Industry leading Five-year warranty.

777-998 RapidShield® 998
(with SeyWave wireless hub for more flexibility)

777-999 RapidView® 999
(wind Load tested)


Stay Safe With Protective Screens


  • Polycarbonate with stainless steel side support brackets.
  • Heavy-duty construction, 36”W x 5”D x 36”H (custom sizes available).
  • Can be placed on any counter top or work surface.
  • Heavy-duty construction, 36”W x 5”D x 36”H (custom sizes available).
  • Ideal for modern day social distancing.

Are you keeping your customers and staff safe?


We have everything your shop needs to keep you, your customers and staff safe!

The Latest in Refrigerant Leak Detection


Premium Refrigerant Leak Detector

  • Compatible with most commonly used refrigerants today, including R-134a and 1234yf
  • Equipped with a stable, long life sensor that will last up to 10 years
  • Meets all of the current industry leak detector standards

Charge Up to 10 Batteries at a Time!


  • Safe for all battery types including Flooded, AGM or Gel.
  • Will never over charge batteries.
  • Fully Automatic Operation.
  • Use with Bus Bars 6075, 6075CB or 6086 Charging Rack.

Improve Productivity With a WindStorm Fan


WindStorm Fans improve productivity as they cool workspaces in the summer and warm workspaces in the winter. Windstorm fans are controlled by a variable speed drive (VFD Included) that allows for adjustment of fan speed for perfect operating conditions in your facility.

Summer Detailing — CSI and ROI ... 2 Reasons to Offer Car Washing!


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Don’t Get Burned Changing Oil!


Pinpoint the Source and location of Noises . . . All with NO Wires!



Wireless Chassis Ear

  • Quickly pinpoints the source and location of noises anywhere throughout any vehicle … All with NO Wires!
  • Ideal for under-car chassis & suspension problems and under-hood noises!

Happy Easter!

Air Operated Strut Compressor with Top-Mounted Tool Tray


716-DB8000XLAir Operated Strut Compressor

  • Dual pneumatic cylinders producing 140% more compressing force in less than half the time it takes a manually operated model!
  • Air-operated power, efficiently handles any job.
  • Adjustable lower support plate keeps strut from falling during disassembly.
  • Hands-free control.
  • Top-mounted tool tray.

Eurovac Detailing Unit . . . Lower Labor Costs!



4-Chemical Portable Dispensing System


  • Powder coat painted unit.
  • 4 – Air Driven positive displacement diaphragm dispensing pumps.
  • 4 – 5 gallon automatic mixing proportioners. Mixing ratios range from 1:1 all the way to 240:1.
  • 8 – 25’ color-coded coiled chemical lines with application gun.
  • 2 – 15’ airline with air gun for blowing out debris and dust in hard to reach cracks.


  • Increased Productivity and lower labor – Properly mixed and properly identified cleaning chemicals at your fingertips.
  • Lower Training Costs – Well-marked, organized chemicals and ease-of use means that there is less chance of operator error.
  • Reduced Waste and theft – Chemicals are always mixed correctly and inventory can be stored in a secure location.

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Springtime Vehicle Inspections


As a technician, you deal with other people’s car problems daily. At the end of a long winter full of ice, snow, salt and potholes in colder climates, you’re likely seeing a lot more customers coming in with squeaks and rattles and undercar problems.

You want to fix the issue quickly and get the car back on the road, but taking a few minutes to give the chassis a thorough look can help diagnose problems the customer didn’t mention but that could be troublesome in the near future. A quick list to run through every spring is a good start to ensure you fix what’s needed, and bring attention to upcoming service needs.

  • Check wheels and tires – potholes can knock a car out of alignment, shown in uneven tread wear pattern and vibration, and can also cause beads and ply separation.
  • Axle seals, transmission and suspension – these areas get pounded hard running over ice chunks, potholes and rough roads. Check all seals on differentials, ball joints, transmission and suspension parts.
  • Radiator and hose inspection – rough, jarring roads and extreme cold can cause plastic to break, knocking a radiator or hoses loose. A replacement bolt or hose now may save a vehicle from major damage in the future.
  • Exhaust – road debris causes a lot of unseen damage until you get the vehicle on a hoist. A visual inspection of the exhaust system can detect kinks or bends that may cause damage or an underperforming engine.
  • Lighting – many drivers may not know they have a headlight or taillight out, depending on their driving habits. Extreme temperature changes can cause bulbs to burn out quickly.

While increasing vehicle throughput and beating the flat rate is the secondary goal in every shop, the primary goal is getting the car fixed right and back on the road. A bit of extra time inspecting the vehicle, especially after a harsh winter, shows your customers you’re concerned with their vehicle health and prolonging the life of their investment.

Written By OTC, Denny Hanson

Spring Detailing — CSI and ROI ... 2 Reasons to Offer Car Washing!


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What Fuel is Best?


Everyone has their opinions on fuel, whether it’s using premium/high octane, tossing in performance additives or running on E85 because of the cost. Over the years, using something other than the traditional gasoline, including diesel, propane or compressed natural gas (CNG), has grown in popularity. We’ll stick with gasoline here for argument’s sake.

We don’t have a choice on leaded vs. unleaded gas these days, save for specific additives designed to properly lubricate older engines. We do have options on octane rating, ethanol content and high-performance additives.

I know some swear by using the highest octane available, no matter the vehicle, but do you notice any difference? Unless run in a higher compression engine, high octane fuel has little to no measurable performance effect, other than a negative one on your wallet. Do you use it for a cleaner engine, or hoping to prolong engine life?

We know using low octane fuel in a high-performance engine can cause a lag in horsepower, drop in performance and engine knock, but it doesn’t go the other way. Using high octane fuel won’t add horsepower for any engine. Then again, there is something to be said about the placebo effect – if you think it improves performance, then it does. Are the raw numbers as important as how it feels, performance-wise?

One thing nobody can debate is the harm E85 ethanol can do to an engine not designed for its use. Similar to the early 70’s when we made the transition from leaded to unleaded gas, changing the fuel meant changes to the engine and its internal components. Many vehicles can run on E85, but the vast majority of your smaller engines, from motorcycles to snowmobiles to lawnmowers and string trimmers, have not been engineered to run on E85.

Written By OTC, Rob Kochie 

Spring Detailing — What Products Does Your Shop Need?


Check out Medco’s line-up of Meguiar’s Detailing Products!

  • Shampoo
  • Wax
  • All Purpose Cleaners
  • Interior & Exterior Dressings
  • Glass Cleaner
  • Leather Cleaner & Conditioner
  • Degreaser
  • Wheel Brightener
  • Mirror Glaze® Compound

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


St Patrick’s day is celebrated on March 17, the date of his death. The day is celebrated by millions all over the world and has become one of the most popular cultural events worldwide.

So who was St Patrick? As he was the Patron Saint of Ireland his feast day was important in Ireland’s religious calendar. Popular belief is that he introduced Christianity to Ireland, banished snakes from our island, and used the 3 leaf Shamrock to teach the Holy Trinity. However, these are actually untrue and can be simply classed as Irish folklore.

A day of parades & festivals

Thanks to our cousins in the United States the first St Patrick’s Day parade occurred in New York City during 1766 and today parades are held all over the world inviting millions of people to celebrate being Irish for a day.

Did you know that it wasn’t until 1995 when the Irish government decided to start holding a parade in Dublin, to help boost tourism? It’s now known in Ireland as St Patrick’s festival which takes place over 5 days with events including art shows, plays, concerts, fun fairs and the main parade.


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