Handheld Tester diagnoses rear parking assist systems.

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Model RPAT2 verifies whether bumper-mounted sensors are properly functioning without requiring bumper removal or jacking up of vehicle. By depressing test button and holding tester 6 in. away from each sensor, LED display and audible alarm indicate if sensor is operational. Ten-light, colored LED display shows relative sensor signal strength and helps minimize misdiagnosing sensors. No cables, cable wire, or connectors are required.

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New Snap-on Handheld Tester Provides First Easy and Accurate Way to Diagnose Rear Parking Assist Systems

KENOSHA, Wis., Sept. 22, 2004- As Backup Alarms and Rear Parking Assist (RPA) systems become standard safety options on newer vehicles, the need for a quick, exact and cost-effective testing tool continues to increase. Correct diagnosis of backup systems saves time for technicians and unnecessary repair costs for drivers, and reduces the potential for collisions when traveling in reverse. That's why Snap-on Tools Company has introduced the Rear Parking Assist Tester (RPAT2), the industry's first easy-to-use RPA tester that verifies in a matter of seconds whether individual bumper-mounted sensors are properly functioning. The Snap-on Rear Parking Assist Tester quickly checks sensors without the need of bumper removal or jacking up the vehicle. By not requiring an electrical test for each sensor, technicians can quickly check individual sensors without raising the vehicle and attaching unnecessary wiring in hard-to-reach areas, saving time and effort. The handheld tester visually and audibly indicates whether a particular sensor is working or not working. By simply depressing the grey test button and holding the tester six inches away from each sensor, the LED display shows and audible alarm sounds if the individual sensor is operational. The 10-light, colored LED display shows relative sensor signal strength and helps minimize misdiagnosing sensors, particularly when wax or dirt build-up affects their performance. No cables, cable wire or complicated connectors are required to use the Snap-on Rear Parking Assist Tester. A simple on/off switch is the only control required to activate and operate the unit. The tester is compatible with all ultrasonic factory systems including models manufactured for GM, Chrysler, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and BMW vehicles, as well as all aftermarket systems for commercial trucks and trailers. At slightly more than seven inches long and less than four inches wide, the Snap-on® Rear Parking Assist Tester fits in almost any tool storage drawer. The portable tester weighs seven ounces and can be easily operated and carried with one hand. A nine-volt battery powers the unit. Technicians can find out more about the Snap-on® Rear Parking Assist Tester (RPAT2) by visiting www.snapon.com, contacting their local Snap-on representative or calling toll free 877-SNAPON-2 (877-762-7662). Snap-on Tools Company is a subsidiary of Snap-on Incorporated, a leading global developer, manufacturer and marketer of tool and equipment solutions for professional tool users. Product lines include hand and power tools, diagnostics and shop equipment, tool storage products, diagnostics software and other solutions for the transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural, and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchisee dealer van, distributor channels and company direct sales, including snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on Tools is a $2+ billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 12,700 worldwide.

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