Need answers? There’s an app for that


 By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine

MACS member Gates Rubber Co. has just introduced an app for that mobile whatever in your pocket that we think is pretty cool. Once loaded onto your smart phone or similar device, the NaviGates Mobile application allows the user to look up a belt routing diagram or correct part application for every vehicle cataloged by the company. It’s mobile access to their extensive on-line catalog.

You can search by vehicle category, VIN, keyword or even OE or competitors’ part numbers. After the recommended correct Gates product is displayed, the app will also provide store locations and contact information for nearby vendors.


Almost surely, this isn’t the only catalog-based app out there but this, or any of them, may be the way of the future for repetitive or quick-reference jobs. It’s also a great timesaver; the technician no longer has to leave the bay to log in on the shop computer or flip through zillion-page service manuals to find how to route a new serpentine belt. Does that squooshy radiator hose have a 5-inch radius bend or 9-inch?  Enter the VIN, hit the button—your answer is there in seconds for almost any car or light truck.

Gates says they also list items for  medium/heavy-duty trucks, buses, refrigeration units, farm tractors, lawn and garden equipment, snowmobiles, and ATVs. That should pretty much cover your customer mix.

The mobile app is available now for Android and Blackberry devices. The company says a version for the iPhone is coming soon.  Download links for the apps are available at this address: www.gates.com/brochure.cfm?brochure=12639&location_id=19062

When having your mobile A/C system professionally serviced, insist on proper repair procedures and quality replacement parts. Insist on recovery and recycling so that refrigerant can be reused and not released into the atmosphere.

If you’re a service professional and not a MACS member yet, you should be, click here for more information.

You can E-mail us at macsworldwide@macsw.org or visit http://bit.ly/cf7az8 to find a Mobile Air Conditioning Society member repair shop in your area. Visit http://bit.ly/9FxwTh to find out more about your car’s mobile A/C and engine cooling system.

The 32nd annual Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Convention and Trade Show will take place January 18-20, 2012 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

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Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide Founded in 1981, MACS is the leading non-profit trade association for the mobile air conditioning, heating and engine cooling system segment of the automotive aftermarket. Since 1991, MACS has assisted more than 600,000 technicians to comply with the 1990 U.S. EPA Clean Air Act requirements for certification in refrigerant recovery and recycling to protect the environment. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide’s mission is clear and focused--as the recognized global authority on mobile air conditioning and heat transfer industry issues. www.macsw.org
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