Water / Rinse- Less Car Washing

Water restrictions

In a (very) few more years the waterless wash will be the only legal way to wash vehicles. The environmental protection agency (EPA) is going to continue to put restrictions to conserve our lessening water resources, which will put an end to traditional car washings methods.

Disposal of Aqueous Solutions

One should never assume that aqueous solutions can be disposed of down the drain. Your local water treatment authority or publicly owned treatment works will have information on treatment and disposal of these cleaners. Adjustment of pH and dilution are usually required before disposal to a drain. Always comply with current water usage and disposal regulations / water usage restrictions

Optimum No Rinse™ Wash & Shine

To the list of oxymorons add – the sunless tan, cheese less pizza, soap-free detergent and the no-water carwash.

An innovative product that protects automotive paint, while preserving our most valuable resource, water; enabling you to wash your car anywhere, anytime even inside your garage. It’s a multi-purpose product that serves as a shampoo additive, no rinse wash, quick detailer and clay lubricant.

Use as a winter car wash or in areas that have hosepipe ban, water usage restrictions, or where a water supply is not readily available (apartments, car shows, etc; cleans and protects while minimising water usage, 100% environmentally safe and it reduces water usage to a fraction of a conventional car wash, 1- oz ONR per 2- gallons of water to wash the entire car.

When sprayed on a dirty surface; surfactants break down the soil by releasing its surface tension or bond with the surface, encapsulating the soil particles, and the polymers provide surface lubrication to enable safe (marring free) removal

How does ONR work?

[The polymers in No Rinse have reactive groups that bond and trap dirt particles making the dirt particles virtually non-abrasive. They also bond to oily particles and emulsify them into water. The latter is equivalent to the cleaning action from soaps which also work by emulsifying oil particles into water. However, with soap there is no interaction with dirt. This is why adding No Rinse to a regular wash also helps protect the paint from dirt particles.
The No Rinse polymers also bond to all automotive surfaces and create a slick surface and act as a barrier to protect paint from marring. That is something that soap will not provide since surfactants in soaps have no affinity for painted or other automotive surfaces.

When you use 1 oz. of No Rinse in 1 or 2 gallons of water for your wash at the molecular level this provides hundreds of billions of polymer molecules to do what was said above. Additional product will not be necessary except if you are using tap water that contains high levels of minerals such as calcium hydroxide or silicates. In these cases some of the polymers will bond to these minerals and take them out of solution therefore more product might be necessary to compensate for this effect. This is another reason why adding No Rinse to regular car wash soap improves the results when using tap water. ] [David Ghodoussi]

To remove stains the surface tension that bonds them must be released, then the stain encapsulated and held in suspension to be removed. ONR is an almost waterless wash that doesn’t require rinsing, it’s formulated with surfactants to keep dirt in suspension, avoiding surface contact; it also provides surface lubrication, thereby avoiding surface marring. A surfactant or surface active agent is a substance that, when dissolved in water, gives a product the ability to remove dirt from surfaces. They emulsify the dirt; the polymer protects the paint surface by forming a molecular bond, which remains even after the wash, offering protection comparable to that of a spray wax

ONR is an ionic wash that contains zwitterions (hybrid) [: a chemical compound that carries a total net charge of 0, thus electrically neutral but carries formal positive and negative charges on different atom] This allows the polymers to attach to the dirt and form a molecular bond to the surface at the same time. ONR binds the dirt to the wash media intentionally; so you should change washing media as needed

The No Rinse polymers also bond to automotive paint surfaces and create a slick surface and act as a barrier to protect from marring. That is something that soap will not provide since surfactants in soaps have no affinity for painted surfaces (unlike a polymer).


A surfactant or surface active agent is a substance that, when dissolved in water, gives a product the ability to remove dirt from the surfaces by lowering the surface tension of the medium in which it is dissolved. By lowering this interfacial tension between two media or interfaces (e.g. water/stain) the surfactant plays a key role in the removal and suspension of dirt. The lower surface tension of the water makes it easier to lift dirt and grease off of surfaces, and help to keep them suspended in the dirty water

ONR Directions (Label)
1. Add 1oz to 2 gallons of water in a wash bucket
2. Soak wash media (Zymol sponge or wash Mitt) in solution and wash vehicle in sections
3. Dry each section with two clean towels consecutively

Clean the vehicle in this order

1.Hood, front windshield
2.Trunk, rear windshield
3.Half roof, each side to rockers
4.2nd Half roof, each side to rockers
5. Bumpers, rockers
6.Wheel surfaces
7.Engine compartment

This is usually a progression from the least to the most soiled areas.

ONR Wash Methodology

• Optional Pre-Soak (very dirty surfaces) – Spray down individual panels with a 1:20 solution ONR / distilled water with a fine mist spray bottle, then wipe-down each panel with a wet micro fibre towel
• Use a Monster Fluffy micro fibre towel for washing.
• Take one towel and wet it with ONR mixed as per directions (1- oz / 2- gallons of water)
• Wring it out and make a single pass per clean side of the towel.
• You can get 4-8 passes, with the towel folded in quarters. Each pass is then done with a perfectly clean towel surface and you’re never rinsing any dirt out and releasing it in to your wash or rinse water. You can do the whole car with 2-4 towels.
• Apply no pressure to the towel. I just glide it over the surface and only make one pass in one direction with a clean surface.
• If you use the two bucket method (one fitted with a grit guard) which highly recommended with this type of product, the wash solution will stay clean enough to be reusable as a pre-soak solution or for cleaning wheel surfaces.
• ONR is formulated to ensure that dirt particles won’t mix with the solution but fall to the bottom of the bucket.
• There is no need to rinse afterwards with ONR, but if you feel you must, please ensure that the water goes to a sewer and not a storm drain; either way the lubricating polymers in the No Rinse do a better job of protecting the finish than conventional car soap.
• ONR is ultra violet (UV) sensitive, it causes it to lighten its colour, but has no detrimental effect

Used in tandem with Optimum Instant Detailer & Gloss Enhancer, Finish Kare 425 or Ultima Detail Spray for a ‘just waxed’ look. If you use the two bucket method (one fitted with a grit guard) the wash solution will stay clean enough to be reusable. ONR is formulated to ensure that dirt particles won’t mix with the solution but fall to the bottom of the bucket.

The key to using ONR is to make sure your panel is thoroughly washed. This doesn’t mean that you have to saturate your mitt and/or panel with the ONR but rather go over that panel 2 or 3 times if needed. When you wipe dry there should be no remaining dirt on the panel. If need be use several mitts, discarding a mitt as it becomes visually dirty. When finished there should be little or no water on the ground.


Universal Technical Institute Offers Mechanic’s Unique Training Options

If you are considering becoming a professional mechanic, you need to seriously consider training at Universal Technical Institute. With nine campuses nationwide, UTI is one of the top mechanic schools available to those of you out there who want to be a pro mechanic.

But UTI doesn’t just excel in ‘basic’ automotive training… they also excel in providing some of the most unique elective programs available.

Manufacturer Specific Advanced Training (MSAT)
In order to pull down the big bucks as a mechanic, you need manufacturer specific training. Becoming certified as a manufacturer specific technician allows you to separate yourself from the average mechanics out there – and promote yourself as a true technical talent in the industry. Manufacturer-specific electives or manufacturer-specific advanced training (MSAT) from Universal Technical Institute’s Custom Training Group (CTG) allow qualified students the opportunity to train for a rewarding career with world-class manufacturers.

Because MSAT programs are so specialized, you will need to apply, meet certain qualifications and be accepted into the designated program. Then, you must interview successfully and meet established GPA, attendance, Motor Vehicle record, drug testing, relocation and entrance-exam requirements. MSAT is not for everyone, and if you’re going to try and slack at your training to get by, don’t even think of applying. But, if you are serious about your mechanic career, and apply yourself to the programs, the rewards include dealerships sponsoring your tuition in accordance with established terms of employment. In other words, they pay for your tuition and give you a great job upon graduation. Pretty sweet.

Here is a brief overview of the MSAT programs available at Universal Technical Institute:

Audi Academy
Get hands-on training in a 16 week program centered around Audi’s 100 year history of dynamic styling and performance.

BMW Step
Work on the latest BMW models and advanced automotive technologies as you gain in-depth training. BMW’s Service Technician Education Program (STEP) is a 27 – week intensive training course.

Cummins Diesel Training Program
UTI’s Cummins diesel training elective focuses on Cummins mid-range and heavy-duty engines. It’s 12 weeks of major engine work, including intensive computer, hands-on, classroom, and laboratory-based training. And it gives you a 3- to 5-year head start on Cummins certification.

Daimler Trucks Technician Program
As Daimler Trucks of North America (DTNA) moves through its seventh decade in business, its brands – Freightliner, Sterling and Western Star. This 12-week course swiftly puts you in the driver’s seat and on your way down the road to success as a Daimler Trucks service technician.

Ford Accelerated Credential Training (FACT)
This 15-week elective program utilizes an exclusive Ford Motor Company curriculum. You’ll learn all about Ford/Lincoln/Mercury vehicles, diagnostic equipment, and technical resources. And you’ll get hands-on training on everything from electronics and climate control systems to anti-lock brakes, steering, suspension, and ignition systems.

International ITEP
Gain insight into International’s newest technologies, electrical and hydraulic systems focusing on medium and heavy diesel specifics in this 14-week International Technician Education Program (ITEP).

Mack Trucks Inc. / Volvo Trucks North America Specialized Technical Training Program
Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks, Inc. provide a specialized training program to students who have completed one year of diesel engine classes. Volvo Trucks North America and Mack Trucks, Inc. will then provide an 9-week intensive training program and assist students with a generous tool allowance.

Mercedes-Benz Elite
Acquire bumper to bumper skills through hands-on learning while earning Mercedes-Benz training credits in service maintenance, diagnosis, and repair in this 16-week program. You can also hone your collision repair skills at the ELITE Collision Repair Training (CRT) program, an eight-week program.

MINI CARS Advanced Training
In this intensive 10-week program, MINI STEP provides you with everything you need to get started on a career as a MINI technician.

Nissan Automotive Technician Training
In this 9-week elective program, you’ll learn about Nissan systems and procedures while gaining hands-on experience with special Nissan training aids and tools with bumper-to-bumper training on Nissan and Infiniti vehicles and equipment.

Porsche PTAP
The 19-week Porsche Technician Apprenticeship Program (PTAP) lets you train on new Porsche models while zeroing in on electronics and diagnostics.

Toyota Professional Automotive Technician (TPAT)
Sponsored, endorsed and equipped by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., TPAT is offered exclusively at UTI. Get specialized, bumper-to-bumper training on Toyota, Scion and Lexus procedures and vehicles.

Volkswagen Academy
The 16-week Volkswagen Academy Technician Recruitment Program (VATRP) will tech you how to diagnose and repair fuel injection, turbochargers, electronics and computers while working on the latest Volkswagen models.

Volvo SAFE
A 16-week program, the Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) course lets you acquire focused, hands-on experience with the types of advanced safety and engineering systems that are at the heart of Volvo’s exceptional reputation.

Remember, this is just a brief overview of the unique mechanic training that Universal Technical Institute can offer you. For more information, we welcome you to stop by the Loud Market Mechanic Schools Directoryand learn more about these exceptional manufacturer-specific advanced training programs at Universal Technical Institute. Good luck in your endeavors!

By: Mike Gracen

Finding The Best Flashlights For The Job

The Streamlight Company makes some of the best flashlights in the world as is evidenced by their marketing to law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel all over the world. They stay on the forefront of cutting edge development and design by interacting with their customers and using the very products they sell. In this way they are able to constantly improve the features of their product lines.

By understanding the needs of law enforcement, they were able to develop products such as the Stinger flashlight which can cast a blinding beam of focused light, necessary in the pursuit of criminals at night. There is TLR Tactical Gun Mount series for law enforcement and the sportsman alike for direct mount on handguns and rifles. It’s powered by lithium batteries that have a ten year storage life and 50,000 hours of use.

Firefighters are often involved in events which are extremely hazardous. There can be highly explosive gases in the air as in the case of chemical plant fires or freight train derailments, either which can involve BLEVEs. These are Bottled Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions as you would find in railway tank cars carrying liquid propane or other liquid chemical gases. Any spark in the area would set off a rapidly expanding mushroom shaped ball of fire. An entire line of safety rated lights was developed to be used in these
hazardous situations.

In the automotive trade the Stylus line was created so automotive mechanics can peer down into tight areas with a flexible cable to view parts that are not viewable with conventional flashlights.

For the sportsman and outdoor enthusiast the clip on penlight series will provide a focused beam of led light that can be visual for a mile distance. This is crucial not only for making your way at night through the woods in emergencies, but for signaling in the event of natural or man made disasters.

There are rechargeables like the Stinger series and nonrechargeable like the TLR Tactical Gun Mount series. The multifunction capabilities on different models include low, medium and high beam intensity as well as strobe modes.

To find the best flashlight for your personal needs you need to determine for what function it will be used. Are you involved in outdoor activities like camping, hiking or hunting? A light weight waterproof flashlight could be what you’re looking for. Do you need it for work related activities like rescue personnel, firefighters, or law enforcement? A safety rated light, fully encased one with a blinding beam will work here. Or do you just need a safe reliable light to use around the home or in case of power outages, one that will be ready when you reach for it. A rechargeable or long lasting shelf life battery might be the answer.

There are incandescent bulb flashlights and led or light emitting diode flashlights. The leds give a more powerful beam of light, last longer, and are more durable They hold up better in averse conditions and under rough handling. The batteries that power the light are also critical. Regular carbon batteries have to be continually replaced whether you use them or not. Long lasting lithium batteries have a long shelf life and rechargeables can be
recharged in many cases up to a thousand times.

By: Alan Selby

Prestolite Meet For Upgradation- Battery Industry

The Indian automobile industries as well as the industry related businesses are experiencing unprecedented growth. Associated sectors of the automotive industry are also developing and growing in a manner where they are forming independent competitive markets and recognized industries by themselves. The battery industry is one of the leading sectors in this respect. While, in the past, the battery industry was essentially an ancillary of the automotive industry, today, the battery industry has become a full-fledged industry sector on its own.
Exide technologies continue to be the world-leader in the battery industries. It is one of the biggest producers, distributors, and recyclers in the field of lead-acid cells, and sells them in over 80 countries. The Prestolite brand of batteries is a part of Exide technology launched by Tudor India in 1997.

In Gujarat, Tudor India arranged a meeting of its dealers and distributors at La Meridien Hotel for this purpose. The meeting, held on 17th November was attended by Mr. Ken Honge, the Vice President of Exide, the company’s Sales Director, Mr. Jasbir Mata, and Marketing Manager, Mr. Rahul Sagre among others. The meet discussed the present situation of the battery industry and shared the future planning of the company with its dealers and distributors.
The meeting was opened with the speech of Mr. Harish Gandhi, the Regional Sales Manager for Gujarat, who introduced Mr. Ken Honge, and welcomed the participants. After the introductory speech, the thread was picked up by Mr. Rahul Sagre, who gave an in-depth briefing of Exide company’s present status and future vision to the distributors.

Mr. Jasbir Mata told the distributors that more aggressive marketing was needed on their part so that Prestolite could maintain its market lead and expand to new territories. He stressed upon the need of after-sales service and customer service.

The general industry perception is that while the automotive industry, as a whole, has well-recovered from the effects of the global economic depression and has returned to the fast-track, the lead-acid battery sector has fallen behind and is yet to catch up to the pace of recovery. It is principally to address this anomaly that the Vice President of Exide Technology, Mr. Ken Honge visited India on a business research tour.

Mr. Mata was of the opinion that with the strong brand leads the distributors enjoyed with Prestolite, and with the global leading position of Exide technologies to back them, the distributors were in a sound position to accelerate growth and forge ahead of competition. Mr. Ken Honge shared the history of Exide Technologies and provided information on new technologies in lead-acid batteries. He stressed on the importance of India as a growing economy and one of the fastest developing markets of the world. He stressed that without proactive steps taken by the distributors it would be difficult to experience the desired brand growth in a dynamic economy like India.

By: Batteryind