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General Motors Chooses Redline Detection for Essential Equipment Program Across North America

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Alex Parker, CMO of Redline Detection, with the PowerSmoke machine, now mandated essential by General Motors.

ORANGE, Calif.---Redline Detection, the world’s leader in diagnostic leak detection technology, announced today that they will provide essential equipment to General Motors that will be required in all 4,550 GM dealerships in the United States and Canada. The GMDE essential equipment program is being managed by Snap-on Business Solutions. GM dealer locations will receive the tool between August and December 2020.

“General Motors has long been at the forefront of technological innovation and so has Redline Detection. As an American manufacturer, we are incredibly proud to design, engineer and build this essential technology for GM,” said Alex Parker, CMO of Redline. “Turbocharged vehicles now make up nearly half of new GM models. GMDE has made PowerSmoke™ technology essential to ensure peak performance for the life of the vehicle. This program will result in dramatic warranty savings for the company with a fast ROI of just 8.2 weeks. The tool will provide substantial technician time savings for dealer service departments and will enhance GM’s already exceptional customer satisfaction rating,” said Parker.

PowerSmoke™ is specifically engineered to test the integrity of turbo, boosted, high pressure systems in one quick procedure, saving valuable technician hours and driving first time fix. Variable pressure from 2-20 PSI and variable flow allow technicians to simulate the boost load of a running engine for testing with the engine safely off. The machine creates a dense, easily visible vapor, free of dyes and contaminants, safe for vehicles, safe for technicians and safe for the environment. GM leads the industry in technical innovations that are environmentally friendly. PowerSmoke™ technology allows technicians to efficiently improve emissions and increase fuel economy while maximizing performance.

Many GM dealer locations have already received the equipment. “This tool has been well worth the money we spent on it in diagnostic time saved. At our store, PowerSmoke™ is used on a daily basis,” said Chad Stevens, Kendall Chevrolet Parts and Service Director.

PowerSmoke™ has been chosen as an essential tool by major OEMs in 114 countries and applauded by the automotive industry. The equipment has won the PTEN Innovation Award; included Power INTAKE™ adaptors won both the Innovation Award and the prestigious Motor Top 20 Tool Award. PowerSmoke™ technology has been chosen for more OEM essential tool programs than any other boosted diagnostic technology worldwide.

About General Motors

General Motors is a multinational corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. GM is the largest American automobile manufacturer and owner of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac. For over 100 years, GM has been a leader in manufacturing and engineering, designing innovative solutions for complex problems in the automotive industry. GM introduced the first catalytic converter, developed the first air bags and were the first automaker to mass-produce an electric car. GM has also set an example for the rest of the industry to lower energy, waste and CO2 emissions for a cleaner environment.

About Redline Detection

Redline Detection, headquartered in Orange, Calif., develops and manufactures the world’s best-selling diagnostic leak detection equipment. From the world’s leading OEMs to individual technicians, Redline Detection has built a global fan base for its professional grade custom diagnostic solutions, as well as its ability to increase the bottom line. To learn more about Redline Detection and its award-winning products, please visit

About Snap-on Business Solutions

Snap-on Business Solutions provides turn-key support services to OEMs for essential tool programs, equipment programs and essential diagnostic programs. We have best-in-class support for warehouse, call center, marketing, web technology, account management, field support and business reporting. We design our flexible programs to meet the unique needs of each of our specific customers. Dealerships need to fix it right the first time. To do that, they need the right tools and equipment.