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Air conditioning from Snap-on

Published:  17 July, 2014

Three Sun Koolkare air con units from Snap-on are fully automatic and include Dual Gas, Blizzard and Blizzard HFO/PRO. They have been redesigned to make them simpler to use. A 5"colour display guides users through procedures. Larger 100mm gauges have been added to the Blizzard PRO, with visual indicators and a colour-coded light system to show a unit's status. The Blizzard and PRO model are supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database as standard and technicians can add new vehicles they come across if required. KoolKlean is a purification system on the PRO model which leaves the car smelling fresh after use as it eliminates smells and the bacteria which cause them.

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