C-VAC3 - Flo

C-VAC3 - Flo
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION to the C-VAC3 .............................................. 2
SAFETY INFORMATION .......................................................... 3
SYSTEM FEATURES & SPECIFICATIONS ............................. 9
MACHINE OVERVIEW ............................................................ 10
CONTROL PANEL OVERVIEW .............................................. 12
OPERATING PROCEDURES .................................................. 13
REPLACEMENT PARTS ......................................................... 16
MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES ............................................. 19
CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTACT INFO ........................................ 19
WARRANTY INFORMATION ...................................................... 20
INTRODUCTION
to the C-VAC3
Congratulations on the purchase of your C-VAC3 coolant service machine!
The C-VAC3 is a device that removes and refills engine coolant and also
pressure tests the cooling system. Coolant is extracted and refilled through the
upper radiator hose connection without the vehicle’s engine running. Before the
coolant is refilled, a vacuum is applied to the cooling system to eliminate any air
in the system.
Simply put, this machine is the cleanest, safest, easiest, fastest, most thorough,
and most cost-efficient method of radiator fluid exchange ever devised.
Suddenly, cooling system maintenance has become a more realistic proposition.
Fluid exchanges are cleaner and neater than ever!
Service neglect causes engine coolant to break down which can lead to the
engine freezing or overheating. Historically, cooling system fluid service has
been neglected, often due to the lack of a convenient method for providing such
flush or fluid exchange services. Previous methods for flushing the cooling
system or replacing the coolant were time consuming and often inefficient or
incomplete. Now, it’s easier than ever to replace virtually all of the old coolant in
less than 8 minutes, to ensure your car’s cooling system has a long, trouble-free
life.
Please take time to read through this manual to familiarize yourself with the
C-VAC3 before performing your first coolant exchange.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE
For your safety, read this manual thoroughly before operating this machine. Your C-VAC3
unit is intended for use by properly trained, skilled professional automotive technicians.
The safety messages presented below and throughout this user’s manual are reminders to
the operator to exercise care when using this unit. Before using your C-VAC3 unit, always
refer to and follow the safety messages and applicable service procedures provided by the
manufacturer of the vehicle being serviced.
• Read All Safety Instructions
Read, understand and follow all safety messages and instructions in this manual. Safety
messages in this section of the manual contain a signal word with a three-part message
and, in some instances, an icon.
• Signal Words
The signal word indicates the level of the hazard in a situation:
Indicates an imminently hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
will result in death or serious injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
could result in death or serious injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
may result in moderate or minor injury to the operator or to bystanders.
Indicates a situation which, if not avoided, may result in damage
to the machine, or the vehicle being serviced.
• Safety Messages
Safety messages in this section contain three different type styles:
• Normal type states the hazard.
• Bold type states how to avoid the hazard.
• Italic type states the possible consequences of not avoiding the hazard.
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• Safety Symbols
A safety symbol, when present, gives a graphical description of the potential hazard, and
how to avoid the hazard:
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Risk of Fire
Read Instructions Before Use
Risk of Explosion
Mandatory Eye Protection
Risk of Entanglement
Mandatory Protective Gloves
Dangerous Fumes
Mandatory Protective Clothing
Do Not Pull or Move
Risk of Burns
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Engine exhaust contains toxic gases.
• Vent vehicle’s exhaust away from work area.
• Do not breathe exhaust.
Exhaust gases will cause injury or death.
Improper use and operation.
• Read, understand and follow all safety messages and operational procedures in this
manual before operating this machine.
• This equipment should be operated only by qualified personnel.
• Use this equipment only as described in this manual.
Improper use and operation of this product can result in injury.
Engine systems can malfunction expelling fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust gases and
other flying particles.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander. Everyday eyeglasses
only have impact resistant lenses, they are NOT safety glasses.
• Do not position head directly over or in front of carburetor or throttle body. Engine
backfire can occur when air cleaner is out of normal position.
• Make sure gauge reads zero before connecting or disconnecting hose connections to
adapters.
• Make sure cooling system pressure has been relieved before connecting or
disconnecting hose connections and adapters.
• Keep a dry chemical (Class B) fire extinguisher rated for gasoline, chemical & electric
fires in the work area.
Fire, explosion, or flying particles may cause serious injury.
Risk of expelling pressurized fluids.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander.
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• Engine systems can malfunction, expelling fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust
gases and other debris.
• Always unplug the machine from its power source when not in use.
• Keep the service hoses away from hot or moving engine parts. Hoses can split or burst
causing fluid to be expelled.
• Avoid contact with engine coolant.
• Treatment methods are as follows:
Eyes: Flush eyes with plenty of water.
Skin: Wash with soap and water.
Inhalation: Move to uncontaminated area.
Ingestion: If large amount, get medical attention.
If any irritation persists, get medical attention.
• Dispose of used fluid according to environmental laws and regulations.
Fuel, oil vapors, hot steam, hot toxic exhaust gases, pressurized fluid, and other debris can cause
serious injury.
Risk of unexpected vehicle movement.
• Block drive wheels before starting vehicle’s engine to begin an exchange.
• Unless instructed otherwise, set parking brake and put gear selector in park.
• Do not leave a running vehicle unattended.
• If vehicle has an automatic parking brake release, disconnect release mechanism for
testing and reconnect when testing is completed.
A moving vehicle can cause injury.
Risk of entanglement. Engine has moving parts.
• Do not place tools on fenders or other places in engine compartment.
• Keep yourself, clothing, battery cables and service hoses clear of moving parts such as
fan blades, belts, pulleys, hood and doors.
• Barriers are recommended to help identify danger zones in test area.
• Prevent personnel from walking through immediate test area.
Contact with moving parts can cause injury.
Risk of fire or explosion.
• Do not operate in the vicinity of open containers of flammable liquids such as gasoline.
• Keep hoses and jumper cables away from heat sources and sharp edges.
• Do not operate equipment with damaged cords or hoses until they have been examined
by a qualified serviceman.
Fire or explosion can cause injury.
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Risk of fire or explosion. Gases produced by a battery are highly explosive.
• Wear safety goggles and protective clothing, user and bystander.
• This machine is equipped to operate on 12-volt DC power only. A power source greater
than this can result in serious injury to the user as well as damage to the machine.
• Do not smoke, place metal tools on battery or allow a spark or flame in vicinity of battery.
• Clean battery terminals before hooking the machine’s battery clips to them. During
cleaning, keep airborne corrosion from eyes, nose and mouth.
• Be sure both battery cables are tightly connected to the battery terminals as instructed
before proceeding with a fluid exchange.
• Never remove battery cables from the battery terminals while the machine is operating.
Battery explosion can cause injury.
Risk of burns.
• Wear gloves when handling hot engine components.
• Do not remove radiator cap unless engine is cold.
• Pressurized engine coolant may be hot.
• Do not touch hot exhaust systems, manifolds, engines, radiators, etc.
Hot fluid and engine parts may cause injury.
Battery acid is a highly corrosive sulfuric acid.
• Wear safety goggles and protective gloves, user and bystander.
• Have plenty of fresh water and soap nearby. If battery acid contacts skin, clothing, or
eyes, flush exposed area with soap and water for 10 minutes.
• While cleaning battery’s terminals, keep airborne corrosion from eyes, nose and mouth.
• Do not touch eyes while working near battery.
Battery acid can burn eyes and skin.
Risk of burns.
• Wear gloves when working near hot engine components.
• Do not touch hot exhaust systems, manifolds, engines, radiators, etc.
• The fluid coming from the vehicle along with some of the machine’s components that the
fluid comes into direct contact with (i.e. hoses and fittings) may reach temperatures
uncomfortable to the touch. Exercise caution in avoiding contact with these items.
Hot components can cause injury or discomfort.
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Risk of injury.
• This equipment should be operated by qualified personnel only.
• Use this equipment only as described in this manual.
• Always unplug the machine from its power source when not in use.
• Loop the power cord loosely in its proper location when machine is not in use.
• Do not operate equipment with a damaged battery cables or hoses, or if the equipment
has been dropped or damaged, until it has been examined by a qualified service
representative.
• Care should be taken to arrange the battery cables and service hoses so that they will
not be tripped over or pulled.
• Never pull on the power cables or service hoses to transport the machine. Damage may
occur to these components, or machine may tip over.
• Keep area of operation clear of unnecessary tools and equipment. Utilize recessed tool
storage areas on the top of the machine.
• Never leave the machine running unattended.
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• The C-VAC is not designed for any other purpose than the servicing of automotive
cooling systems.
Operation of this machine by anyone other than qualified personnel may result in injury.
Misdiagnosis may lead to incorrect or improper repair and/or adjustment.
• Do not rely on erratic, questionable, or obviously erroneous test information or results. If
test information or results are erratic, questionable, or obviously erroneous, make sure
that all connections and data entry information are correct and that the test procedure was
performed correctly. If test information or results are still suspicious, do not use them for
diagnosis.
Improper repair and/or adjustment may cause vehicle or equipment damage or unsafe operation.
Risk of equipment damage.
• Connect battery cables to a 12-volt power source only (i.e. vehicle’s battery).
• Servicing, transporting, or storing this machine in an attitude other than the normal
operating position can result in fluid spillage and/or component damage.
• Never pull on the power cables or service hoses to transport the unit. Damage may occur
to these components, or machine may tip over. Always use the handle to move.
• Periodically clean the machine by wiping down with a clean, soft, dry cloth.
Improper operation of equipment may result in damage to machine or components.
SAVE AND FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS!
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DIMENSIONS & TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
DIMENSIONS:
52" Tall
23" Wide
27" Deep
Service Hoses:
10’ outside of machine
Wheels:
5” locking casters (front)
9 3/4” casters (back)
Fluid Tanks:
28-Quart New Fluid Tank
28-Quart Used Fluid Tank
Weight:
176 lbs
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Power:
12-Volt DC from vehicle battery
Fuse:
7.5 Amp
Operating Temperature:
60º to 110ºF (15º to 43ºC)
FEATURES
• Durable roto-cast polyethylene body and tanks prevent vehicle damage
• Ergonomically correct working height
• 5” locking front caster wheels & 10” rear wheels allow easy maneuverability
• Clear service hoses allow visual confirmation of new and used fluid movement
• Easy access service panel
• Self-contained battery cables hook up to the vehicle’s 12-volt battery
• Indicating lamps are activated to show all machine operations and status functions
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MACHINE OVERVIEW
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CONTROL PANEL OVERVIEW
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OPERATING PROCEDURES
IMPORTANT: Hook machine up to at least 115psi of air and connect battery clamps to
vehicle’s battery before using.
SYSTEM FLUSH PROCEDURE:
1. Make sure vehicle is turned off.
2. Use suction wand to remove fluid from overflow bottle. (see “Suction Wand” procedure)
3. Remove radiator cap, and use suction wand to lower fluid level below the upper radiator
hose. Re-install cap.
4. Disconnect upper radiator hose.
5. Connect black service line to radiator.
6. Connect red service line toward block.
7. Use included hose clamps to pinch off all lines going to the overflow bottle.
8. Open ball valves on both hoses (it may be necessary to adjust the black ball valve slightly
to balance the exchange process).
9. Turn top dial to “Remove Fluid” position, and bottom dial to desired fluid type.
10. Turn vacuum switch & pump switch on to begin flush.
11. Turn both switches off when finished.
12. Disconnect service lines and repeat step 3.
13. Disconnect adapters and replace upper radiator hose.
14. Top off radiator and refill overflow. (see top-off procedure)
DRAIN & FILL PROCEDURE (use to service a cooling system component)
1. Make sure vehicle is turned off.
2. Remove radiator cap.
3. Connect cone adapter to black service line & insert into radiator.
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4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
Turn top dial to “Remove Fluid” position.
Turn bottom dial to “Drain Waste” position.
Open ball valve on black service line.
Turn on vacuum switch.
Wait until no more waste fluid is being removed.
Turn machine off and replace component.
Turn top dial to desired fluid type to fill the radiator.
Turn vacuum switch off.
Wait until there is no longer vacuum in the radiator & remove cone adapter.
Top off radiator if needed.
Top off overflow bottle if needed & replace radiator cap. (see top-off procedure)
NOTE: Whether you are servicing a vehicle with a traditional radiator cap or one with only an
overflow bottle, the rubber cone adapter must be immersed in the coolant slightly for the machine
to remove coolant from the vehicle. In order to do this, coolant may need to be added to the
radiator or overflow bottle.
TOP OFF PROCEDURE:
1. Connect wand adapter to red service line.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Make sure ball valve is closed.
Turn bottom dial to desired fluid type.
Turn pump switch on.
Open ball valve at the end of the red service line to regulate fluid flow.
Turn pump switch off when finished.
SUCTION WAND PROCEDURE:
1. Connect wand adapter to black service line & open ball valve.
2. Turn top dial to “Remove Fluid” position.
3. Turn vacuum switch on.
4. Turn switch off when finished.
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PRESSURE TEST:
NOTE: Do not perform a pressure test unless machine is connected
to upper radiator hose.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Unclamp overflow lines.
Close red ball valve, open black ball valve.
Turn top dial to “Pressure Test”.
Turn bottom dial to desired fluid type.
Turn pump switch on.
Slowly open ball valve on red service hose until desired pressure is obtained.
(See chart in manual for reference.)
7. To relieve the pressure in the system, turn the top dial to the “Remove Fluid” position.
WARNING: Do not exceed cap rating by more than 4psi. Relieve pressure in system
before disconnecting adapters.
DRAIN TANKS PROCEDURE:
DRAIN WASTE TANK
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn bottom dial to “Drain Waste Tank” position.
Attach open-end adapter to red service hose.
Flip the right side switch to “Drain Waste Tank”.
Pump will shut off automatically when complete.
DRAIN NEW TANK
1.
2.
3.
4.
Turn bottom dial to desired fluid type.
Attach open-end adapter to red service hose.
Turn pump switch on.
Turn pump switch off when complete.
COMPLETELY DRAIN NEW TANK
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
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To do this, the “Waste Tank Drain Complete” LED must be OFF.
Turn top dial to “Remove Fluid” position.
Turn bottom dial to desired fluid type.
Flip the right side switch to “Drain Waste Tank”.
Turn switch to “OFF” when complete.
REPLACEMENT PARTS LIST
Part #
941301
R941284
941408
941409
941278
R941304
R941305
R941302
R941303
940989
940988
R941306
941343
941277
941341
941342
941275
941276
941285
941396W
R941348
941464
941463
R941251
941294
941346
941467
941347
941283
941282
941314
941280
941281
942113
R942118
941300
P941321
941286
Description
Control Panel w/ Label
Electronic Box w/ Wire Harness
Wire Harness Only
Control Box Only
Pressure Gauge
Upper Service Panel Label
Lower Service Panel Label
Instruction Label (L)
Instruction Label (R)
Red Label
Green Label
Measure Strip Label
Vinyl Mat
4-Way Ball Valve
2-Way Pump Switch
3-Way Vacuum Switch
Vacuum Generator
Solenoid Valve
Fluid Pump
Battery Cable Assembly
Internal Hose Kit
Internal Filter
External Filter
Level Switch (New Fluid Tank)
Level Switch (Waste Fluid Tank)
Red Service Hose
Black Service Hose
Jumper Hose
Black Plastic Body
Red Plastic Top
Used Fluid / Air Tank (Steel)
White Plastic Tank (L)
White Plastic Tank (R)
Tank Cap
Locking Caster Wheel
10” Wheel
Shepherd’s Hook
Operations Manual
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To order replacement parts for the C-VAC3, call:
1-800-303-5874
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MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES
To keep your machine working properly…
• Keep debris out of new fluid tanks.
• Ensure filter screen is clean before each use.
• Avoid spilling fluid on the control panel.
• Periodically wipe down exterior using a soft, damp cloth.
CUSTOMER SERVICE CONTACT INFORMATION
If you are experiencing problems with this machine,
call technical support at:
1-800-303-5874
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LIMITED ONE (1) YEAR WARRANTY
Flo-Dynamics warrants only to the original Purchaser that under normal use, care and service,
the Equipment (except as otherwise provided herein) shall be free from defects in material and
workmanship for one year from the date of original invoice. External hoses, remote control
modules, adapters and all other attachments, supplies and consumables (except as otherwise
provided herein) are warranted for 90 calendar days from the date of original invoice. Filter
elements are not warranted. Printed circuit boards purchased from, but not installed by Seller are
not warranted.
SELLER’S OBLIGATIONS UNDER THIS WARRANTY ARE LIMITED SOLELY TO THE
REPAIR OR, AT SELLER’S OPTION, REPLACEMENT OF EQUIPMENT OR PARTS WHICH
TO SELLER’S SATISFACTION ARE DETERMINED TO BE DEFECTIVE AND WHICH ARE
NECESSARY, IN SELLER’S JUDGEMENT, TO RETURN THE EQUIPMENT TO GOOD
OPERATING CONDITION. NO OTHER WARRANTIES EXPRESS OR IMPLIED OR
STATUTORY, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SHALL APPLY AND
ALL SUCH WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED.
This warranty does not cover (and separate charges for parts, labor and related expenses shall
apply to) any damage to, malfunctioning, inoperability or improper operation of the Equipment
caused by, resulting from or attributable to (A) abuse, misuse or tampering; (B) alteration,
modification or adjustment of the Equipment by anyone other than Seller’s authorized
representatives; (D) improper or negligent use, application, operation, care, cleaning, storage or
handling; (E) fire, water, wind, lightning or other natural causes; (F) adverse environmental
conditions, including, without limitation, excessive heat, moisture, corrosive elements, or dust or
other air contaminants, radio frequency interference, electric power failure, power line voltages
beyond those specified for the equipment, unusual physical, electrical or electromagnetic stress,
and/or any other condition outside of Seller’s environmental specifications; (G) use of the
Equipment in combination or connection with other equipment, attachments, supplies or
consumables not manufactured or supplied by Seller; or (H) failure to comply with any applicable
federal, state or local regulation.
Repairs or replacements qualifying under this Warranty will be performed on regular business
days during Seller’s normal working hours within a reasonable time following Purchaser’s
request. All requests for Warranty service must be made during the stated Warranty period.
This warranty is non-transferable.
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