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FirstLook® ADS ES 100 Spark-plug engine kit (SKU 10010)

 

The Spark-plug engine kit contains the equipment necessary for most spark-plug engines. It is most useful with a four-channel oscilloscope (not included) to provide simultaneous views of the exhaust, crankcase through the oil dipstick tube, intake manifold, and cylinder 1 spark detector (induction clamp or COP probe, neither included). You would need additional FirstLook® sensors and rg 58 cables with BNC connectors for simultaneous readings.

 

The barbed FirstLook® sensor is attached to hoses by pushing the nipple into the hose; extraction is by pulling it out.

 
 
 
 
 
 

The kit includes:

 

  • One barbed FirstLook® sensor (Additional FirstLook® sensors can be purchased as additional parts. See below.)
  • Exhaust hose with springs
  • 6” rubber hose to aid connection to the oil dipstick tube
  • Plastic vacuum line adapter with 4” rubber hose
  • One 25’ rg 58 cables with BNC connectors
  • BNC/Banana Jack adapter
  • Downloadable manuals:
  •    FirstLook® Quick Start Guide
     
       FirstLook® Spark Plug Manual, v3.6.p

 

 

MSRP 399.00 USD plus shipping




FirstLook® ADS ES 100-D Diesel engine kit (SKU 10050)

 

The Diesel engine kit contains the equipment necessary for most diesel engines. It is best used in conjunction with a (at least) two-channel oscilloscope (not provided) to provide simultaneous views of the exhaust and crankcase (through the oil dipstick tube). The silicone rubber hose is provided to withstand high temperatures for longer periods.

 

The threaded FirstLook® sensors are connected to hoses or attachments by rotating the sensor to the desired piece.

 

You might also want the Shepherd’s hook vertical exhaust sampling unit. (See below)

 
 
 
 
 
 

The kit includes:

 

  • Two threaded FirstLook® sensors with threaded FirstLook® adapters
  • Two sensor attachments with tapered nipples
  • Silicone exhaust hose with clamp
  • Three-way oil dipstick tube adapter
  • One 25’ rg 58 cable with BNC connectors
  • One 15’ rg 58 cable with BNC connectors
  • Clear plastic tubing for small oil dipstick tubes
  • 27” silicone rubber hose for diesel diffuser exhausts (not shown)
  • Carrying case – 18.5×14.06×6.93 in
  • Downloadable manuals:
  •    FirstLook® Diesel Manual v3.41.pdf
     
       Users Guide to Engine Polygraph

 

 

MSRP 995.00 USD plus shipping




FirstLook® ADS ES 300 Automotive Injector kit (SKU 30010)

 

The ADS ES 300 Sensor is intended for use with Digital Storage Scopes. Using this sensor to detect and observe fuel pressure pulses in gasoline engines using returnless injector fuel rails, injector performance can be compared between cylinders to quickly detect problem injectors in a running engine. 

 

The ADS ES 300 connects to the fuel rail through a Schrader valve, and if one is present, again no tools or disassembly of any part of the engine is required to run this test. If no Schrader valve is present, most mechanics are able to install one with no problem and proceed with the testing program. This sensor may also be installed directly on several of the volumetric fuel pump testers that are in common use in automotive repair shops everywhere.

 
 
 

The kit includes:

 

  • One ADS ES 300 FirstLook® sensor
  • Four Schrader valve connectors (Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda)
  • Fuel sampling line
  • One 8’ rg 58 cable with BNC connectors
  • Female BNC/BNC Connector
  • Male BNC to Banana Jack Plug with 6′ rg58 cable
  • Downloadable manual:
  •    FirstLook® Injector Manual v2.1.pdf

 

 

MSRP 495.00 USD plus shipping




ADS ES 100 Barbed FirstLook® Sensor (SKU 10011)

 

This product consists of a single barbed FirstLook® ADS ES 100 sensor as an addition or replacement to your existing set.

 


MSRP 315.00 USD plus shipping




ADS ES 100 Threaded FirstLook® Sensor (SKU 10051)

 

This product consists of a single threaded FirstLook® ADS ES 100 sensor as an addition or replacement to your existing set. The threaded sensor is designed to screw into the attachments or the Shepherd’s hook.

 


MSRP 315.00 USD plus shipping




Shepherd’s hook vertical exhaust sampling unit (SKU 10055)

 

The Shepherd’s hook is designed to easily access the exhaust stream on vehicles and installations that have vertical exhaust pipes. These are common on diesel trucks and city buses, but are also useful for many farm machines and permanent installations. The extension pole is 3-part and extends to 12 feet.

 

A threaded FirstLook® sensor (not included) is inserted into the sampling pipe and connected to your oscilloscope with a 25’ coax cable with BNC connectors (not included). The hooked end of the sampling tube is inserted into the exhaust pipe with cable attached to your oscilloscope.

 

 


MSRP 215.00 USD plus shipping




Diesel exhaust hose with clamp (SKU 10052)

 

The Diesel silicone exhaust hose with clamp that goes into a (horizontal) exhaust pipe. The spring-clamp is available to secure the sampling hose to extra-large diameter exhaust pipes. The threaded FirstLook® sensor (not included) is attached to the other end of the sampling hose.

 

 

MSRP 55.00 USD plus shipping




3-Piece Oil dipstick tube attachments (SKU 10053)

 

Oil dipstick tube attachments are available to accommodate various diameter oil dipstick tubes. The attachments have O-rings to assure a snug fit to the appropriate attachment; a threaded FirstLook® sensor is screwed to the attachment. The attachment fits most spark-plug engine dipstick tubes; the 4” rubber hose provides a better fit in some cases. The lower attachment (in the photo on the left) fits 15/16” (23.4 mm), 1.0” (25.4 mm), or 1.5” (38.1 mm) inner diameter tubes, the hose (upper attachment) fits 3/8” (9.5 mm) outer diameter tubes.

 

 


MSRP 99.00 USD plus shipping




3-way Oil dipstick tube attachment (SKU 10054)

 

3-way adapter for large diameter oil dipstick tubes (in the photo on the left) fits 15/16” (23.4 mm), 1.0” (25.4 mm), or 1.5” (38.1 mm) inner diameter tubes. It is designed to be used with a threaded FirstLook® sensor

 

 


MSRP 65.00 USD plus shipping




Aluminum Vacuum Line adapter (SKU 10013)

 

Replacement Aluminum Vacuum Line adapters are available. These can be used with a barbed or threaded FirstLook® sensor.

 

 


MSRP 31.50 USD plus shipping




Engine Polygraph

 

What is the Engine Polygraph (EP) for Engine Signatures?

 

SenX FirstLook® sensors provide ‘signature’ curves from internal combustion engines that are used to determine the integrity of the physical condition of your engine and help you diagnose mechanical problems.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Engine Polygraph (www.enginepolygraph.com) is a database manager provided by Predictive Fleet Technologies, Inc. (PFT) that allows you to store these signatures for later recall – usually to compare signatures for the same engine over time. But you may also want to compare signatures for engines of the same model with different issues. Engine Polygraph is available on a monthly subscription basis for your shop.

 

Engine Assessments

 

You may request an optional analysis of your signature if it is done according to our Assessment Methodology. This assessment ‘scores’ the major engine components for physical integrity on a scale of 1-9, with 1 being the best. The results are accompanied with graphics showing cylinder-by-cylinder behavior. For more information on the Engine Angel Assessment report, view the video Engine Polygraph

 

What is the connection to Engine Angel?

 

If you represent a Fleet operation, you probably know of Engine Angel (www.engineangel.com). Engine Angel is a web-based application providing Fleet Management capabilities by integrating data from your engines (ECM and SHM), your drivers and operators, your maintenance and service activity, etc.

 

Engine Polygraph allows storage and search/retrieval functions now, and interfaces to Engine Angel if, and when, you determine Engine Angel is right for you.

 

Engine Polygraph (EP) is also known as SenX History Manager (SHM)

 
Downloadable PDF – Users Guide to Engine Polygraph

 


Subscription 35.00 USD/month
 

Assessment 50.00 USD/report




FirstLook® Diesel Upgrade Kit with Case (SKU 10010-UP)

 

SenX is pleased to provide an upgrade path from your existing FirstLook® ADS ES 100 Spark-plug engine kit to the capabilities of the FirstLook® ADS ES 100-D diesel engine kit or to the Engine Polygraph kit. The kit is designed to enable an affordable upgrade for your shop to handle diesel engines with a variety of exhaust and crankcase access requirements, and to enable simultaneous capture and analysis from two FirstLook sensors on both diesel and spark-initiation engines. It is assumed that you already have an oscilloscope that fits your needs. (Diesel Kit 10050 shown)

 

Use your current barbed sensor with the silicone rubber exhaust hose and the threaded sensor with the oil dipstick adapters.

 

If you service vehicles with verticle exhaust stacks, you might also want the Shepherd’s hook vertical exhaust sampling unit (SKU 10055 above) with another threaded sensor (SKU 10051) since your barbed sensor will not be compatible with the Shepherd’s hook

 

The kit includes:

 

  • One threaded FirstLook® sensor with threaded FirstLook® adapters
  • Silicone exhaust hose with clamp
  • One tapered nipple sensor attachment
  • Three-way oil dipstick tube adapter
  • One 15’ rg 58 cable with BNC connectors
  • Clear plastic tubing for small oil dipstick tubes
  • 27” silicone rubber hose for diesel diffuser exhausts (not shown)
  • Carrying case – 18.5×14.06×6.93 in
  • Downloadable manuals:
  •    FirstLook® Diesel Manual v3.41.pdf
     
       Users Guide to Engine Polygraph

 

 

MSRP 660.50 USD plus shipping



 
 

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FirstLook® ADS ES 100 Spark-plug engine kit

The Spark-plug engine kit contains the equipment necessary for most spark-plug engines. It is most useful with a four-channel oscilloscope (not included) to provide simultaneous views of the exhaust, crankcase through the oil dipstick tube, intake manifold, and cylinder 1 spark detector (induction clamp or COP probe, neither included). You would need additional FirstLook® sensors and rg 58 cables with BNC connectors for simultaneous readings.

The barbed FirstLook® sensor is attached to hoses by pushing the nipple into the hose; extraction is by pulling it out.

$399.00 SX-100 Firstlook Pulse Sensor TA014 ADS ES 100 kit
FirstLook® ADS ES 100-D Diesel engine kit

The Diesel engine kit contains the equipment necessary for most diesel engines. It is best used in conjunction with a (at least) two-channel oscilloscope (not provided) to provide simultaneous views of the exhaust and crankcase (through the oil dipstick tube). The silicone rubber hose is provided to withstand high temperatures for longer periods.

The threaded FirstLook® sensors are connected to hoses or attachments by rotating the sensor to the desired piece.

You might also want the Shepherd’s hook vertical exhaust sampling unit.

$995.00 ADS ES 100-D kit NA NA NA
FirstLook® ADS ES 300 Automotive Injector Diagnostic Sensor kit

The ADS ES 300 Sensor is intended for use with Digital Storage Scopes. Using this sensor to detect and observe fuel pressure pulses in gasoline engines using returnless injector fuel rails, injector performance can be compared between cylinders to quickly detect problem injectors in a running engine. 

The ADS ES 300 connects to the fuel rail through a Schrader valve, and if one is present, again no tools or disassembly of any part of the engine is required to run this test. If no Schrader valve is present, most mechanics are able to install one with no problem and proceed with the testing program. This sensor may also be installed directly on several of the volumetric fuel pump testers that are in common use in automotive repair shops everywhere.

$495.00 SX-300 NA NA ADS ES 300 kit
ADS ES 100 Barbed FirstLook® Sensor

This product consists of a single barbed FirstLook® ADS ES 100 sensor as an addition or replacement to your existing set.

$315.00 NA NA NA NA
ADS ES 100 Threaded FirstLook® Sensor

This product consists of a single threaded FirstLook® ADS ES 100 sensor as an addition or replacement to your existing set. The threaded sensor is designed to screw into the attachments or the Shepherd’s hook.

$315.00 NA NA NA NA
Shepherd’s hook vertical exhaust sampling unit

The Shepherd’s hook is designed to easily get access to the exhaust stream on vehicles and installations that have vertical exhaust pipes. These are common on diesel trucks and city buses, but are useful for many farm machines and permanent installations. The extension pole is 3-part and extends to 12 feet.

A threaded FirstLook® sensor (not included) is inserted into the sampling pipe and connected to your oscilloscope with a 25’ coax cable with BNC connectors (not included). The hooked end of the sampling tube is inserted into the exhaust pipe with cable attached to your oscilloscope.

$215.00 NA NA NA NA
Diesel exhaust hose with clamp

The Diesel silicone exhaust hose with clamp that goes into a (horizontal) exhaust pipe. The spring-clamp is available to secure the sampling hose to extra-large diameter exhaust pipes. The threaded FirstLook® sensor (not included) is attached to the other end of the sampling hose.

$45.00 NA NA NA NA
3-Piece Oil dipstick tube attachments

Oil dipstick tube attachments are available to accommodate various diameter oil dipstick tubes. The attachments have O-rings to assure a snug fit to the appropriate attachment; a threaded FirstLook® sensor is screwed to the attachment. The attachment fits most spark-plug engine dipstick tubes; the 4” rubber hose provides a better fit in some cases. The lower attachment (in the photo on the left) fits 15/16” (23.4 mm), 1.0” (25.4 mm), or 1.5” (38.1 mm) inner diameter tubes, the hose (upper attachment) fits 3/8” (9.5 mm) outer diameter tubes.

$99.00 NA NA NA NA
Oil dipstick tube attachments

3-way adapter for large diameter oil dipstick tubes (in the photo on the left) fits 15/16” (23.4 mm), 1.0” (25.4 mm), or 1.5” (38.1 mm) inner diameter tubes. It is designed to be used with a threaded FirstLook® sensor

$65.00 NA NA NA NA
Aluminum Vacuum Line adapter

Replacement Aluminum Vacuum Line adapters are available. These can be used with a barbed or threaded FirstLook® sensor.

$31.00 NA NA NA NA
Diesel Upgrade Kit w/Case

upgrade path from your existing FirstLook® ADS ES 100 Spark-plug engine kit to the capabilities of the FirstLook® ADS ES 100-D diesel engine kit or to the Engine Polygraph kit.

$660.50 NA NA NA NA
 
Engine Polygraph

Store your signatures “in the cloud” for future reference for comparison with other engines of the same/similar model or to see how the signatures change over time (perhaps at oil changes) to watch for degradation before catastrophic failure.

$35/month

$50/report

www.enginepolygraph.com

 

What Do I Really Need to Leverage FirstLook?

 

Read over all of these objectives to select those that are relevant for your business. Every objective requires two FirstLook sensors.

 

 

Objective Oscilloscope (some require a PC too) Extras
Engine Assessment

When evaluating an engine away from the shop, perhaps at an auction, it is nice to have a handheld oscilloscope to conduct the engine assessment. There are a number of handheld oscilloscopes on the market: a two channel unit is typically adequate with 15k hertz per channel. If you carry a PC when looking for a vehicle to access www.carfax.com, for example, you might want to consider a PC oscilloscope for the engine assessment.

Handheld, no PC, 2 channel, 15k Hertz
Can I trust the OBD code reader?

If you are only using the SenX FirstLook® sensors to triage a vehicle entering the shop, a handheld unit may be adequate. In this case a two channel, 15k hertz per channel oscilloscope should do the job.

Handheld, no PC, 2 channel, 15k Hertz
Diagnose spark plug engine for physical integrity issue

To diagnose a spark plug engine you’ll probably want a four channel oscilloscope with good display and analysis tools. A number of standalone and PC oscilloscopes provide those capabilities. You will want at least 15k hertz per channel.

4 channel oscilloscope with PC or good display and analysis tools; 15k Hertz per channel Spark plug trigger (inductive clamp or Coil Over Plug probe)
Diagnose diesel engine for physical integrity issue

To diagnose a diesel engine you will want at least a two channel oscilloscope with good display and analysis tools. A number of standalone and PC oscilloscopes provide those capabilities; again, 15k hertz per channel will be important.

2 channel oscilloscope with PC or good display and analysis tools; 15k Hertz per channel Infrared digital thermometer to locate ‘cold’ components
File signatures for monitoring over time

If you want to file the data from the signatures for future reference and analysis, you will want an oscilloscope that can export the data as an Excel or CSV file. If you intend to use remote (cloud) storage and processing as with Engine Angel®, a PC oscilloscope with Internet connectivity will be required.

2 channel oscilloscope/PC must be able to export data in CSV format to PC and web Data storage and retrieval system such as Engine Angel
All of the Above

If you want to be prepared to achieve any of the objectives on the list, you’ll want a four channel PC oscilloscope with at least 15k hertz per channel, able to export data in Excel or CSV format and connect to the Internet.

4 channel oscilloscope with PC or good display and analysis tools; 15k Hertz per channel/PC must be able to export data in CSV format to PC and web Spark plug trigger, Infrared digital thermometer, Data storage and retrieval system

SenX Frequently Asked Questions

Q.1 What specs are required for my oscilloscope? I don’t want to buy another one if my current one will work.


A: Please refer to the “What do I need?” section on the web because the answer depends on what you want to use the FirstLook sensors for. Most important are:

  • How many channels will you need? (How many sensors, including trigger, when appropriate will you be needing?)

  • How high of frequencies will you want to accurately detect? A 4-stroke engine running at 1500 rpm has piston / valve events at about 80 Hz. Valve ‘leakages’ whistle at around 8,000 Hz. If you use more than one simultaneous sensor, multiply your needed frequency by that number.

  • If you want to store and programmatically analyze the signatures, you want software that provides such analysis or can store and export the results for later reference.

Q.2 What specs are required for my current PC to work satisfactorily? Will an Apple work?


A: You should check with your PC oscilloscope distributor. If you are using a hand held oscilloscope, the device should be plenty powerful for automotive cycles.

Q.3 My oscilloscope is showing twice as many ‘humps’ as I would expect given the RPM table. What is going on?


A: Such phenomena are usually a result of reflections (echoes) in the tailpipe or related components. Consider neighboring ‘humps’ as a group. Use the downloadable Timing chart to get the interval for each cylinder as a means to identify the appropriate group of humps.

Q.4 Is there a minimum mileage a vehicle should reach before testing?


A: No. To evaluate your engine, it is smart to test it every time you get an oil change. This enables you to anticipate problems rather than just react to failures out on the road.

Q.5 Are there vehicles that should not be tested? (e.g., diesel and turbo applications)


A: The tool was designed, engineered and tested on gasoline and diesel engines with 3 through 8 cylinders. Turbochargers, catalytic converters, mufflers, and tailpipe geometries might affect pulse shapes by reflections whenever there is a curve or change in diameter of the tailpipe. But they do not affect the (ir)regularity of the patterns.

Q.6 If we test a vehicle twice (back-to-back), without performing a service, will the reading be the same?


A: Yes. But every engine produces slight variations, which the sensor detects. In our documentation and procedures, we focus on physical integrity which typically doesn’t produce intermittent, significant variation. We are primarily looking for irregularities that return every 4-stroke cycle.

Q.7 Does it matter if the engine is hot or cold?


A: Yes. A cold engine may produce false results, especially in diesel engines. Before an engine can be tested, it should be up to normal operating temperature. Cold engines might give ‘false positives suggesting problems that disappear upon warming up.

Q.8 Is there any correlation between number of cylinders and test results? (e.g., does a 4-cylinder vehicle typically test better than a 6 or an 8?)


A: No.

Q.9 Does type of fuel used play a part in the test results?


A: Yes. It’s important to note that many factors can impact an engine’s performance. Engine type, age and maintenance history; individual driving style, fuel quality as well as environmental factors. Poor engine fuel quality typically exhibits itself with intermittent ‘problems’.