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New and In Stock - Grote 4x6 High/Low LED Headlights
December 27, 2017 -- Part# 94401-5
12V and 24V Systems
DOT Compliant and legal
Die-cast aluminum housing
Hard-coated UV protected
Replaces: H6545, H4666, HP6545, H4668
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Holiday Hours - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
December 19, 2017 -- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
One of the real joys of the holiday season is the opportunity to say THANK YOU! Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with Peace and Happiness!
Here is our 2017 Holiday Schedule:
Friday 22: Open - Normal Hours
Saturday 23: Open - 8am-Noon (Cedar Rapids and Davenport)
Monday 25: Closed
Tuesday 26: Open - Normal Hours
Friday 29: Open - Normal Hours
Saturday 30: Open - 8am-Noon (Cedar Rapids and Davenport)
Monday 1: Closed
Tuesday 2: Open - Normal Hours
Looking for year-end tax savings?
December 13, 2017 -- Take advantage with our tool solutions. Click the link to see our Tool Catalog flipbook.
We're Hiring - Technician in Davenport
December 13, 2017 -- Click on the link below and get all the details on our Careers page.
New In Stock - Eaton/Spicer Seal Tool Installation Kit
November 30, 2017 -- The right tools for the job
Minimize unnecessary downtime and repair costs that come with improperly installed seals. Using the right tools and techniques for the job always help ensure your seal is properly installed and seated. This convenient, all-inclusive kit provides the right tools to help you ensure the job is done right the first time, and every time. It features an extensive collection of color-coded tools that can be used on the most common Dana Spicer models. Plus, it contains instructions that are comprehensive and easy to understand, so you can install with confidence!
Kaiser King Pins, Plus Kits - Now In Stock!
November 2, 2017 -- For no-ream installation, perfect fit, less time & better quality King Pins, we now have the Kaiser Plus Kits in stock!
IH Navistar, Hendrickson, Eaton, Meritor, Spicer, Dana, Ford
We're Hiring - Parts Counter Sales in Davenport
October 24, 2017 -- Job Function:
Performs a variety of in-store sales, customer service, promotional, and stocking duties related to the sale of parts and accessories.
1. Sells products and/or services to meet customer needs
2. Records sales and/or counter transactions
3. Supplies service technicians with parts as required
4. Assists with preparing, cleaning, stocking and maintaining merchandise displays and showroom shelves
5. Participates in all job-related training and development
6. Performs routine housekeeping tasks
7. Maintains condition of company inventory, tools, equipment and vehicles
8. All other duties as assigned
Skills and Qualifications:
At least 2 year experience in parts department operations preferred
Contact Matt Goodding at our Davenport location, 563-386-4213 or email at email@example.com
In need of batteries for your car, suv, or truck? We've got you covered!
October 6, 2017 -- We have auto, heavy duty, powersport, golf, motorcycle, and marine batteries in stock
New Product - Extreme Diesel Injector Cleaner
September 15, 2017 -- FPPF's new formula to help reduce the number of active, passive, and forced regenerations for all diesel vehicles and equipment.
New Product - LED fog light kit for Freighliner Cascadias
September 7, 2017 -- New product in stock! LED fog light kits from Truck-lite. Direct replacement for '07-'16 Freightliner Cascadias. Part#84760
Light Duty Solutions Catalog
August 10, 2017 -- Check out our flipbook showcasing our Light Duty Solutions.
Sadler Service Smarts - Steering Gear Lubrication Service
August 9, 2017 -- We've had a lot of steering gears leaking out of the pitman shaft seal after being serviced at a "quick lube" type shop.
Come to find out, these shops are putting their air grease guns on the zerk at the pitman shaft area causing damage to the internal seal.
Attached is a bulletin for the proper way to lubricate
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Who does the ELD mandate impact?
August 4, 2017 -- The ELD Mandate applies to all drivers who are currently required to keep paper records of duty status (RODS). Drivers who must keep RODS in eight or more days out of every 30 days are required to use an ELD. The FMCSA anticipates this mandate to impact 3.4 million drivers.
While this mandate will affect millions of commercial drivers, the following situations will be exempt from the ELD Mandate:
Short-haul drivers: Drivers who use the 100 air-mile radius exception or 150 air-mile radius exception
Driveaway-towaway operations: If the commercial truck is being handled as part of a shipment (the truck is the product being shipped)
Pre-2000 vehicles: Vehicle models dated 1999 or prior based on the vehicle identification number (VIN)
AOBRD-installed vehicles: FMCSA allows fleets with installed AOBRDs (at the time the final rule is enacted) to continue to use those devices until late 2019
What is the ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate?
July 26, 2017 -- On December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will implement the electronic logging device (ELD) Mandate.
This Mandate is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, while providing more efficient tracking and managing of records of duty status (RODS) data.
What is an ELD, and what is the ELD Mandate?
An ELD is an electronic solution that allows truck drivers and carriers to efficiently record and track hours of service (HOS).
An ELD synchronizes to a truck’s engine to track truck motion, and a driver can select current driving status. A connected display visually shows a graphic representation of hours driven in a day. Data must be able to be transferred to law enforcement if required, and the ELD must be registered on the FMCSA
Sadler Service Smarts - Improving Brake Life and Performance
July 19, 2017 -- S-cam drum brakes – the most common air foundation brakes on the road – are a familiar sight to every wheel-end technician in the North American trucking industry. As part of its Bendix Tech Tips series, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC offers preventive maintenance guidelines for S-cam foundation brakes that can elevate the effectiveness of regular brake jobs.
“It’s easy to view preventive maintenance as a quick adjustment, grease job, and new brake pads, but there’s much more to it,” said Kevin Pfost, Technical Service Coordinator, Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB). “Paying attention to a few key details during a routine brake job can have a major impact on keeping trucks on the road and in good working condition, reducing maintenance costs, and improving safety.”
Free Play and Brake Stroke
Tools are available for measuring a brake’s free play and stroke, as well as the do-ityourself method of cutting a short segment of tape measure and attaching a magnet to one end. Place the tape measure against the face of the brake chamber and position it to measure the travel of the pushrod at the center of the large clevis pin.
Use a tool such as a small pry bar to move the slack adjuster and check the brake’s free play – how far the center of the large clevis pin moves before the brake shoes come in contact with the drum. Free play should be between 3/8 and 5/8 of an inch. If free play falls below the minimum or exceeds the maximum, inspect all brake components for damage or out-of-spec conditions. Free play should be the same across all brakes on a system.
To measure brake stroke, bleed the air system down to between 90 and 100 psi, and note the center of the clevis pin’s position on the ruler. Next, either have someone fully apply the brakes and hold the pedal down, or wedge the brake pedal in the fully applied position. This will actuate the brakes between 90 and 100 psi. Note the new position of the center of the clevis pin on the ruler. The distance between the two marks indicates the brake’s power stroke. The maximum allowable power stroke varies depending on the chamber size and type.
Brake stroke is one of the key measurements during roadside brake inspections such as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual Brake Safety Week campaign: In September 2014, more than one in 10 vehicles inspected was placed out of service due to brakes being out of adjustment.
“If the brake is out of adjustment, do not adjust the automatic slack adjuster (ASA) – I can’t emphasize this enough,” Pfost said. “There are many factors that can cause an automatic slack adjuster to overstroke, but none will be remedied by a manual readjustment. Manually adjusting an ASA involves working against its internal back-off clutch, which can impact the life of the adjuster. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions and mechanism tests to determine whether the slack adjuster is properly adjusting the brake.
Another important note on brake chambers and slack adjusters: There are two common types of brake chambers – standard and long stroke – as well as two common sizes of slack adjusters (5.5 inch and 6 inch, as measured from the center of the cam shaft to the center of the clevis pin). For both regulatory and brake performance reasons, all slack adjusters and air chambers on any given axle must be the same type and size.
Greasing and Seals
When greasing brakes, it’s important to grease the brake to capacity. Putting in less grease than is needed to fill all interior gaps can lead to condensation forming inside the brake components, which may cause rust and corrosion. Seals inside the cam tube are engineered to let excess grease out of the area, meaning new grease should be added until any dirty grease or condensation is visibly purged out of the end cam tube near the slack adjuster.
Grease purging at the opposite end of the cam tube, near the S-cam head, indicates a bad grease seal that must be replaced. Grease purged at the cam head can drop into the brake drum, contaminating the drum and lining, and impacting brake performance.
Brake Jobs: More Than Friction
Check the lining wear: If it’s time to do a brake job and replace the friction, it’s time to check the cam bushings and shims as well.
After removing the wheel and brake drums, disconnect the slack adjuster from the chamber clevis by removing the clevis pin. Remove the dial indicator from the inboard end of the cam and rotate it over to the cam head, then manually move the cam head up and down to measure the radial play. If the radial play is 0.030 of an inch or more, the cam bushing or camshaft is worn and needs to be replaced. Keep in mind that even if the radial play is below maximum, the next brake servicing may be several hundred thousand miles down the road, and too much radial play leads to uneven brake shoe wear, as well as a loss of stopping power.
Bendix recommends keeping radial play below 0.010 of an inch by replacing cam bushings as needed. Cam bushings are a low-cost component that can make a huge difference in the long run.
Bronze bushings are recommended for severe-duty vehicles and heavy-wear brake situations, such as refuse vehicles. Nylon bushings generally suffice for line haul and highway applications.
Next up is checking slack adjuster alignment and “end play.” Put the slack adjuster back on, placing a washer between the adjuster and the cam tube, and another on the cam head. This will help keep dirt and contaminants out of the bushings and seals. Add or remove washers (shims) between the slack and the end of the cam tube to ensure that it lines up directly with the center of the clevis. The shims on the outside of the slack adjuster next to the snap ring are for adjusting “end play,” which should be between .005- and .025-inch on the dial indicator. The closer “end play” is to zero, the better, since it will increase as the brake is worn-in over the first month of use.
“Shims get worn down through exposure to the elements and road grit, so we recommend changing the shim packs during brake jobs,” Pfost said. “The few minutes spent making these measurements, re-shimming, and re-bushing are well worth the extension in brake life and performance.”
Information in the Bendix Tech Tips series, along with instructional videos and interactive training, can also be found at the Bendix On-Line Brake School, www.brakeschool. com. For more information on drum brake maintenance, reference the Bendix Foundation Drum Brake Service Manual (BW7258) in the Document Library on bendix.com.
An alternative to vehicle lifts
June 22, 2017 -- Depending on the type of vehicle service required, wheel lift systems offer an alternative to vehicle lifts. Wheel lifts are air operated lifting systems designed to be used in pairs to safely lift only one end of a vehicle - from either the front or rear - by cradling the tires and wheels.
In addition, the systems can function as a support stand, allowing open access underneath a vehicle.
“Vehicles today are being built with maximizing fuel economy as a main goal,” explains Todd Michalski, vice president of sales and marketing for Gray Manufacturing Company, which specializes in manufacturing and selling portable lifting equipment for use by professional technicians (www.grayusa.com). “The lighter weight materials and the maximum use of aerodynamics is now the standard.
“These vehicle designs are not only difficult to lift, but there are fewer safe lifting points on many vehicles. The wheel-engaging lift method provides a safe and reliable lift point for any vehicle.”
What’s more, the use of wheel lifts can save shops time as there is no need to remove aerodynamic fairing and devices from a vehicle, he adds.
RANGE OF USES
Gray Manufacturing introduced its Wheel Lift Systems in the early 1990s. They come in three different capacities. The WL-20 is capable of lifting 20,000 pounds, the WL-30 30,000 pounds and the WL-40 40,000 pounds.
The systems can be used for preventative maintenance; transmission removal and installation; clutch replacement; working on springs, axles, suspensions, wheels and brakes; and any other necessary under-vehicle repair, says Michalski.
Wheel Lift Systems have an adjustable lift height, making them helpful for shops with limited ceiling height, he says. They are fully portable so they can be used inside and outside a shop. Spring-loaded casters enable the wheel lift base to securely rest on the surface to prevent any movement after the lift
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FREE YETI - Beat the Heat Promotion
June 20, 2017 --
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Hydraulic Solutions Catalog
June 7, 2017 -- Click on the link below to view our Hydraulic Solutions catalog!
Sadler Power Train closing for Memorial Day
May 24, 2017 -- Sadler Power Train will be closed on Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day. We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.
We thank you for your continued business and hope everyone enjoys their Memorial Day weekend.
Beat the Heat - R134A Freon Refrigerant Keg - On Sale Now
May 23, 2017 --
Sadler Service Smarts - Most common causes of compressor failures
May 19, 2017 -- 1) Low Refrigerant Charge
2) Leaks with the System
3) Contamination in the System
4) Lack of Lubrication
5) Clutch Failure due to System Failure
6) Blockage or Restriction within the system
7) Insufficient Condenser Cooling
Beat the Heat with MEI AC products, call today
Safety First! 2017 Safety Catalog
May 17, 2017 -- https://www.flipsnack.com/sadler/sadler-power-train-safety-catalog.html
We've got the products you need to stay safe and avoid inspection fines and downtime!
Ingersoll Rand - 3/4'' Impact Wrench - #2145QIMAX
May 3, 2017 -- The Ingersoll Rand 2145QiMAX 3/4" Drive Impactool™ delivers incredible performance and industrial-grade durability in an impact wrench. Plus, its efficient air motor reduces air consumption to save you money. Perfect for the most demanding applications, such as truck and bus service, construction and agricultural equipment maintenance, as well as the MRO market. Also available in: 2145QiMAX-3 3" extended anvil and 2145QiMAX-6 6" extended anvil
NEW Gray Agricultural Sprayer Bottle Jack - #535
May 2, 2017 -- 100% air operated
Built-in vehicle stand feature
Multiple width saddle options
Use in pairs with the air valve T-Connector
20,000 lb capacity
Cargo Securement Tip Sheet by the CVSA
April 28, 2017 --
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Ancra SilverCap OverDrive Ratcheting Cap
April 26, 2017 -- Convert any winch into a ratcheting winch by adding Ancra’s OverDrive Ratcheting Cap.
The lubricated cap with a Grime Guard Weather-Tight Seal fits over the existing winch cap without having to remove the winch from the trailer, making it faster and safer than conventional winches.
Beat the Heat - Eaton Weatherhead E-Z Clip System - On Sale Now
April 25, 2017 -- Over 4 million EZ Clip connectors are enhancing the quality of air conditioning and refrigeration systems all over the world. Providing incredible ease of use and the lowest possible permeation rates for A/C systems, the E-Z Clip system leads the industry in value and performance in even the most demanding applications.
The benefits of E-Z Clip are virtually endless:
- No guess work
- No leaking crimps
- No power supply needed
- As easy to use as a pair of pliers
- Easy to use in confined areas
Beat the Heat - R134A Freon Refrigerant Keg
April 13, 2017 --
Halogen Sealed Beam Lamp - H4656
April 12, 2017 -- Up to 50% brighter than conventional head lamps.
Better light coverage straight ahead and to the sides.
More resistant to vibration than conventional head lamps.
Trade No.: H4656
Replaces OEM Numbers: 4652 / HP465
Design Volts: 12.8 Volts
Lamp System: 4
Dimensions: 4-13/64" x 6-1/2" (100 mm x 165 mm)
Sealed Beam Service: Rectangle Lower
Base: three contact lugs
Freightliner Charge Air Coolers
April 10, 2017 -- S-19954, Late Cascadia class
S-19888, FLD XL Classic Class (1998 and up)
S-19955, Cascadia class
S-17115, Century, Columbia & M2 Class (1998-2001)
S-17116, Century, Columbia, & M2 Class (2002-2006)
MEI Receiver Driers 101
April 7, 2017 -- Receiver Driers 101: Receiver Driers are usually located on the high side of the a/c system before the expansion valve. The receiver drier "receives" liquid refrigerant from the condenser, stores it, filters out contaminates from the a/c system, and removes moisture. A/C systems using a receiver drier use an expansion valve to control the refrigerant flow
Grote BriteZone's Go Anywhere Mossy Oak - Hand Held LED Light
March 22, 2017 -- NEW IN STOCK!
Grote BriteZone’s Go Anywhere Mossy Oak - Hand Held LED Light is perfect for campers, hunters, fishermen or anyone who loves the outdoors.
With it's authentic Mossy Oak finish, magnetic base, and hours of charge hold, this light will provide hours of bright light, wherever you may go.
New Packaging...Same Great Brakes!
March 15, 2017 -- Over the next few weeks we will be transitioning our old white brake boxes to our new brown boxes. Even though the color has changed, they are still the same brakes inside!
NEW Lipe 15.5'' 10 spring clutch pack - LP108391-74
February 22, 2017 -- FEATURES:
Direct Pressure Springs
One Person Clutch Adjustment
LIPE™ clutches are engineered to provide lasting performance and optimal durability.
Additional features include:
*Case-hardened pressure plate assembly levers
*Value spring quality carbon steel pressure plate assembly springs
*Encapsulated needle bearings in the pressure plate assembly pivot holes
*Heavy duty cast iron release bearing housings
*Miba sintered friction material on the disc
*Valve spring quality carbon steel wire disc springs
Release Type: (6) Wide Ceramic Buttons per side
15-1/2" x 10T x 2"
Coaxial 10 Spring
Kit Includes: Pressure Plate with attached Release Bearing, (2) Clutch Discs, Center Plate, Adapter Ring
Fumoto - The Original Oil Drain Valve
February 21, 2017 -- * Drain your engine oil with a touch of a finger
* Replaces drain plug for quick, easy, clean oil change
* No more contact with hot oil and no messy hands or clothes
* Eliminates stripped threads
* Ideal for drawing small sample of oil for oil analysis
Truck-Lite New 44 Series 4'' Combo Lamp - Now In Stock!
February 1, 2017 -- Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a worldwide leader in heavy-duty lighting and visibility systems, has added the 44 Series® Stop/Turn/Tail & Back-up Combination Lamp to its current 44 Series® offerings. Performing the functions of two lamps in one unit, the 44 Series® S/T/T & BU is available in flange or grommet mounts. The lamp also features a hardwired connector for tight-packaging applications, and 3-position LED Fit ‘N Forget® AMP connectors that are compatible with existing connection points on the vehicle harness.
Truck-Lite’s new, signature-style 4-inch combination lamp meets or exceeds all FMVSS 108 requirements when properly installed, even on vehicles over 80 inches wide. The stop function offers the same appearance and performance that the market has come to appreciate, and its distinct back-up feature provides a clear indication of the white reverse signal without impairing the effectiveness of the stop/turn/tail lamp when both are illuminated, thus staying true to Truck-Lite’s commitment of providing the safest and highest-quality visibility systems on the market.
In addition to its variety of mounting options, the lamp fits into standard 4-inch round mounting holes, making retrofitting even more convenient. Furthermore, just one of the new 44 Series® combination lamps will meet the FMVSS requirements for back-up function, which can save costs on the OEM level by eliminating the need to drill additional mounting holes. As a result, the newest member of the 44® Series family economically and safely serves the purpose of systems that typically require more lamps.
Drivers rave about Minimizer seats
January 19, 2017 -- Come in and check them out for yourself; we've got leather massaging models in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. Or ask your Sadler Sales Professional for a demo.
We are honored to receive Triangle Suspension's 2016 Distributor of the Year
January 5, 2017 -- We are honored to receive Triangle Suspension's Distributor of the Year award for 2016. What a truly great partner to work with.
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Our FPPF sale has been extended through January!
January 4, 2017 -- Come in and get the Ultimate Winter Protection at an Ultimate Price!
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