Reprogrammable Cartridges deliver on-site support.

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Vehicle Communication Interface, MT2500VCI3 and Fast-Track® Troubleshooter Interface, MT2500TSI5 feature flash or reprogrammable memory capability, allowing technicians to keep up with evolving vehicle information and communication protocols. MT2500VCI3 delivers 6 vehicle communication software titles, while MT2500TSI5 provides access to more than 50,000 real-world repair tips for domestic and Asian import engine, transmission, and anti-lock brake systems.



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New Snap-On® Reprogrammable Cartridges Deliver Fast and Convenient On-Site Support for Thousands of Existing Snap-on Scanner(TM) Customers



Users of MT2500 and MTG2500 Products Can Stay Current With ScanBay Software Delivery on the Snap-on Dealer's Van

Lincolnshire, III., July 20, 2004 - In a departure from industry practice, Snap-on is proud to introduce an upgrade path for its popular diagnostic system, the MT2500 series Snap-on Scanner(TM) that has been the industry leader for 15 years and the MTG2500 Color Graphing Scanner(TM), while debuting their first new dedicated scan tool since 1989, the SOLUS(TM) Scanner(TM) (EESC310A).

The Snap-on Vehicle Communication Interface (MT2500VCI3) and Fast-Track® Troubleshooter Interface (MT2500TSI5) are the first cartridges for the MT2500 Series product line that feature flash, or reprogrammable, memory capability that allows customers and technicians to remain abreast of evolving vehicle information and communications protocols.

Built on state-of-the-art technology, the Vehicle Communication Interface delivers far greater capacity, allowing Snap-on to deliver all six of their Vehicle Communication Software titles on the single cartridge format. The MT2500VCI3 model comes standard with the new 2003 Domestic Vehicle Communication Software - adding two new model years of enhanced coverage. Coverage also includes the latest Asian Vehicle Communication Software, which is retroactive to 1983, and Global OBD Vehicle Communication Software, which allows access to all nine OBD II modes, including vehicles using the Controller Area Network (CAN) protocol.

The MT2500TSI5 Fast-Track® Troubleshooter Interface combines all five Fast-Track Troubleshooter titles from Snap-on. The interface provides technicians access to more than 50,000 unique, real-world repair tips for Domestic and Asian Import engine, transmission, and anti-lock brake systems. Fast-Track Troubleshooter is the industry's only information system that integrates live instrumentation to diagnose codes, code set conditions and Fast-Track® data scan tips with expected data values. Other easy-to-access information includes vehicle symptoms, system tests and procedures and vehicle-specific technical assistance such as Technical Service Bulletins.

With the addition of ScanBay, owners of MT2500 products can benefit from existing investments as Snap-on provides support for evolving vehicle technology and information requirements. The two new cartridges from Snap-on replace all software previously required for the Snap-on Scanner(TM). The software upgrades will be available for delivery direct to the customer's work site via a pioneering new system, ScanBay, now being added into the fleet of Snap-on dealer vans. Uploading to the upgradeable cartridges, including making revisions and a la carte software choices will be performed in a matter of minutes.

Technicians and customers can find out more about Snap-on Vehicle Communication Interface (MT2500VCI3) and Fast-Track® Troubleshooter Interface (MT2500TSI5) by contacting their local Snap-on representative or visiting www.snapon.com.

Snap-on Diagnostics is part 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 transportation service, industrial, government, education, agricultural and other commercial applications, including construction and electrical. Products are sold through its franchisee dealer vans, distributor channels and company direct sales, including snapon.com. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2+ billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wis., and employs approximately 12,700 worldwide.

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