• Care and Maintenance

CARE & MAINTENANCE



‘Care & Maintenance’ provides you with the information you need to care and maintain your tools correctly. Simply click on the topics below and you will be taken to the relevant information. If your question isn’t covered in the below visit Product Support to view Videos and download Manuals or contact KINCROME’s Customer Service Centre on 1300 657 528 for more information.

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CARE & MAINTENANCE


General Maintenance

General


SOCKETS & ACCESSORIES

Ratchet Maintenance


TOOL BOXES & STORAGE

Vehicle Storage Maintenance


LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Battery Maintenance








CARE & MAINTENANCE


General Maintenance

General
Kincrome tools are manufactured to quality standards and specifications.

All Kincrome tools undergo a comprehensive corrosion protection process to preserve and prolong the life of your investment, however, without the correct maintenance they are not imperishable.

Tools, like anything, require maintenance. They need to be regularly wiped clean, especially of corrosives such as petrol, solvents, antifreeze, brake fluids and water.

Keeping your tools in a closed tool box will also help protect them from external elements, for example, dust covered tools will rust quicker when the humidity is high or there is moisture in the air as the dust will hold the moisture and potentially have a corrosive effect on metals.

Damaging the corrosion protection on your tools by dropping them, scratching or denting the chrome plating may expose the bare metal and likely accelerate corrosion.

Light surface rust on tools that are used infrequently is not uncommon as the natural oils on your skin and oil’s within the workshop actually help protect the tools.

Light rust should be cleaned from your tools immediately with a clean cloth and a water displacement product such as WD40®.

Kincrome recommends that you wipe your tools clean of all foreign materials after use.


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SOCKETS & ACCESSORIES

Ratchet Maintenance
Ratchets are a precision instrument and require regular care and maintenance to avoid injury or damages and to prolong the life of your tool.

A guide to suitable Ratchet maintenance:

  • Wipe all foreign materials from your ratchet - daily.
  • Check backing plate screws are tight to ensure no debris is entering your ratchet head - weekly.
  • Ratchet head should be disassembled, cleaned and soaked in a solvent to remove dust & grime build up- Heavy Use Monthly - Light Use Quarterly.
  • Whilst servicing your ratchet, unsure you check the main drive gear & the pawls for signs of wear or damage.
  • Any worn components must be replaced, contact your Kincrome distributer for a suitable repair kit.
  • ALWAYS lightly grease your ratchet gears after the service before re-assembling your ratchet - do not overload with grease.
  • ALWAYS use a thread locker such as LOCTITE on all screws when re-assembling your ratchet.

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TOOL BOXES & STORAGE

Vehicle Storage Maintenance

Vehicle Storage Tool Boxes are water resistant and are NOT water proof and may be prone to water ingress due to above average and adverse weather conditions or if cleaned with pressure cleaners or high pressure hoses. Vehicle Storage requires regular care and maintenance:

  • Ensure the Tool Box locking latches, handles are securely closed and locked at all times.
  • Regularly maintain and adjust locking mechanism to ensure they close tightly.
  • Regularly lubricate and clean hinges and front/rear of locking mechanism with light oil.
  • Regularly lubricate lock barrels with graphite powder or silicone spray.
  • Regularly inspect rubber weather seal and repair or replace If worn or broken sung quality silicone to attach.
  • Periodically check for leaks and water entry points and use a quality silicone sealant to rectify leaks (check locks, latches, hinges, seals, wields, mounting points).
  • Use quality silicone sealant on all mounting point fasteners and ideally use a rubber mat between the base of the storage item and vehicle to reduce vibration and product fatigue.

The Kincome express warranty does not cover damage to or loss of items stored in any Kincrome storage boxes (such as tool boxes or vehicle storage boxes). Under the ‘Australian Consumer Law’ you may be entitled to make a claim against Kincrome if this product fails to comply with certain Consumer Guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law, including guarantees regarding the product being of acceptable quality. To the extent that any loss, damage or other issue with respect to a tool box is caused by your failure to comply with the above recommendations, instructions and product information, Kincrome may not be liable for that loss, damage or other issue. For further express warranty information please visit our Express Warranty page.


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LIGHTING & ELECTRICAL

Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Battery Maintenance
Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Batteries are convenient for rechargeable products but require some maintenance to prolong their life.

A guide to suitable Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) Battery maintenance:

  • Keep batteries between 20 and 25°C.
  • The typical estimated life of a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery is about two to three years or 300 to 500 charge cycles.
  • Regularly allow partial discharges but perform a full discharge every 30 charges.
  • When not in use for long periods of time, discharge to about 50% and store in a cool place.
  • Charge the Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) Battery to approximately 50% of capacity at least once every six months.
  • Routinely check the battery’s charge status.
  • Where possible always use the charger supplied with the product.
  • Do not disassemble, crush, or puncture a battery.
  • Do not dispose of a battery in fire or water.
  • Do not expose a battery to temperatures above 60 °C.
  • Always read and understand the Warnings and Cautions in the Instruction Manual.

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Detailed Repair & Maintenance videos for most models are available here. Do not hesitate to contact Kincrome Customer Service with any further questions on how best to maintain your Tools & Equipment.