BRECK further expands new to range

Published:  19 March, 2018

As part of its continual investment plans, LUMAG has made a further range expansion. This latest extension of the BRECK range covers 20 different applications with just three part numbers. Vehicles covered by the latest expansion include the popular Audi A4 and A5 (15- and 17- registrations respectively); Ford’s C-Max, Grand C-Max, Kuga, and Focus models; Volvo C70, S40, V40 and V50, and finally, the Mazda 6. These latest additions have further expanded LUMAG’s current catalogue, which now includes 445 part references.

WAI widens merchandise programme

Published:  11 March, 2018

WAIglobal has introduced a new range of branded merchandise. The WAI-branded selection includes a mobile phone power bank, mouse pad, car charger, enamel pin, notebook, drinks tumbler, international socket adapter, USB flash drive, USB power bank, USB phone adapter and charging cable, alternator air freshener, emergency jump starter, drinks coaster and, finally, a non-abrasive microfibre cloth. The new merchandise is intended to enable its parts distributors to share the brand’s message on a wider scale and ultimately drive through sales of WAI’s extensive aftermarket range.

Schaeffler (UK) and Liqui Moly combine on Chain Protect

Published:  06 March, 2018

Schaeffler (UK) has teamed up with Liqui Moly to offer  Chain Protect, an additive which helps ensure the longevity of the timing chain and its associated components. The crucial element of any timing chain replacement is the ‘breaking-in’ phase, when the new chain beds itself in to the old engine system. Using Chain Protect can help ease wear during this phase by up to 20%. During the installation of an INA timing chain KIT, a technician should apply Chain Protect to the timing chain and associated components. This helps create a robust layer on all point of contact surfaces, resulting in smoother chain function and reduced friction.


Published:  03 March, 2018

TOTAL QUARTZ 9000 FUTURE FGC 5W-30 is specifically designed for petrol engines using Stop/Start technology, smaller engine sizes, turbocharging and, in some cases, electrification to create a hybrid system. As with the entire TOTAL QUARTZ line-up, 9000 FUTURE uses TOTAL’s Age Resistant Technology (ART). The formula fortifies anti-oxidation properties of the engine oil and therefore offers protection against sludge formation and wear. The 5W-30 oil grade combined with special additives helps to make cold starts easier and the low phosphorus content prevents three-way catalytic converters from damage and reduces NOx, HC emissions and CO2 emissions.

DENSO thermal range expands

Published:  28 February, 2018

DENSO has expanded its range of A/C part numbers for workshops. In total 23 new part numbers have been added, consisting of two drier cartridges, three pressure switches and 18 expansion valves. The range expansion covers a variety of applications from major manufacturers such as Audi, Fiat, Ford and Jeep. The new offering extends the range to provide 1,302 additional applications, linked to 36 OE part numbers. It provides independent aftermarket distributors and workshops a comprehensive selection of parts to meet growing demand. The new A/C parts can be found in the DENSO E-catalogue and TecDoc.

ADAS recalibration with Auto Windscreens

Published:  08 March, 2018

Auto Windscreens provides an ADAS recalibration service. This enables garages that do not have the relevant equipment to offer their customers  ADAS recalibration. Auto Windscreens offer a fixed rate for recalibration no matter the vehicle make or model. The technology is always up to date as Auto Windscreens has partnered with over 4,000 manufacturer approved ADAS recalibration centres. Auto Windscreens do all the work. They organise a customer’s recalibration at one of the dealers in its network at the agreed fixed rate. The safety-critical ADAS system is always restored to the manufacturer’s specification.

WIN with Autoelectro

Published:  23 February, 2018

To thank its customers for their continued support and commitment, Autoelectro, the UK’s largest independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators, is delighted to offer an Aftermarket reader and three guests the chance to enjoy a day’s hospitality at the company’s corporate box at Bradford City Football Club.

TITAN Supersyn F Eco-B SAE 5W-20

Published:  05 February, 2018

FUCHS Lubricants’ TITAN Supersyn F Eco-B SAE 5W-20 now meets the ACEA C5 specification, introduced to reflect the worldwide drive to improve fuel economy. TITAN Supersyn F Eco-B SAE 5W-20 has been proved to improve fuel economy by more than 3.5 per cent in M111 FE testing.TITAN Supersyn F Eco-B SAE 5W-20 was originally developed for Ford EcoBoost petrol engines. It is also approved for vehicles requiring the Jaguar Land Rover ST JLR.03.5004 approval. FUCHS recommends the product for cars with Chrysler MS 6395 requirements, as well as Ford WSS-M2C925-A and Ford WSS-M2C925-B.

TOTAL launches trade range under ELF brand

Published:  05 February, 2018

TOTAL has launched a new automotive trade range consisting of six new lubricants under the brand ELF SPORTI.

TRICO Ice wiper blades and ice scraper kits

Published:  19 February, 2018

TRICO Ice wiper blades are available in lengths up to 700mm. They also offer a one-piece flexible design which conforms to most windscreens, as well as a robust heavy-gauge wiper element which resists tearing in sub-zero temperatures. The  universal easy-fit connection system allows for quick installation to all common wiper arm types and a Teflon infused wiper element. TRICO Ice scraper kits are also available. Each ice scraper comes with a serrated edge for ice removal and a rubber edge to clear excess water.

Mintex: New to range MINI, Ford and BMW pads available

Published:  17 February, 2018

Mintex has added a number of new references for Mini, Ford and BMW applications to its aftermarket range. The new additions are front brake pads for the MINI Countryman JCW ALL4 (2017), Ford Kuga (2016) and BMW i8 hybrid (2015).

New packaging and products for Japanparts, Ashika and Japko

Published:  15 February, 2018

New packaging has been launched for the three brands in the Japanparts Group. While maintaining the pre-existing colour schemes for Japanparts,  Ashika and Japko,  the new packaging shows off a new image. On top of the new design, packaging also features an updated layout that is intended to be easier to read. The launch  of the new packaging also coincides with by the introduction of six new product families: Gear selection cables; Clutch control cables; Windshield wiper pumps; ABS sensors; Camshaft sensors; Crankshaft sensors.

Champion launches new braking portfolio

Published:  14 February, 2018

Federal-Mogul Motorparts’ Champion  brand has launched a new braking range to complement its existing aftermarket products portfolio. Champion’s braking range includes brake pads, brake discs and brake shoe kits, providing significant coverage of the European car parc. Champion now covers ignition, braking, lighting, filters and wipers. Ignition products include spark plugs, glow plugs, ignition coils, control units and wire sets. The filter range incorporates air, cabin, fuel and oil filters. Lighting consists of xenon, halogen and miniature lights. Wiper products include Aerovantage premium wipers, the Easyvision compact range and the Rainy Day value line.

Schaeffler: Thermal Management Module

Published:  13 February, 2018

The job of a modern water pump is so much more than circulating coolant through the engine cooling system. Advances in technology have led to the water pump having a direct effect on CO2 by controlling coolant flow around the turbo, gearbox and intercooler, as well as the battery pack inside hybrid vehicles.

DENSO updates wiper blades catalogue

Published:  07 February, 2018

DENSO’s latest aftermarket wiper blades catalogue includes a new part number key and updated fitting instructions for all blade types. Additional application tables include new part numbers added to the range consisting of 45 new front flat blade parts, 18 new rear flat blade parts and one new conventional rear blade part.

Borg & Beck filters

Published:  05 February, 2018

Under its Borg & Beck brand, First Line Ltd offers a range of more than 950 oil, air, fuel and cabin filters for automotive and LCV applications, which provide independent workshops with a premium quality solution for the vast majority of popular vehicles.

New app sets standard

Published:  26 January, 2018

 Kilen Springs has launched a new catalogue app that enables users to select the correct spring for any vehicle via part number, vehicle look-up or cross reference data, entering an OE reference to arrive at a Kilen spring.

New to the UK: Bosch BAT 645 and BAT 690 battery chargers

Published:  24 January, 2018

The new BAT 645 and 690 battery chargers from Bosch feature 45 or 90 amperes of continuous current output.  They are suitable for conventional lead-acid and gel batteries, as well as absorbent glass mat (AGM) and enhanced flooded battery (EFB) technologies and lithium-ion LiFEPP04 (LFP) batteries. When the tool identifies an ‘exhausted’ or empty battery, the battery chargers use a specific setting to maximise battery life. Using back-up mode, the devices ensure a stable power supply even when the starter battery has been removed. Meanwhile, buffer mode supports on-board power supply during control unit updates.

DENSO launches new sensors for Toyota and Lexus

Published:  23 January, 2018

DENSO has added 10 camshaft and crankshaft position sensors to its range. The five new crankshaft position sensors have 129 applications across the Toyota and Lexus range incorporating both past and present vehicle models. The eight new camshaft position sensors have 119 applications across the same vehicle pool.

WIN with HELLA-Hengst

Published:  22 January, 2018

HELLA Hengst has recently added antibacterial carbon activated cabin filters to the HELLA-Hengst range of OE quality filters. To celebrate, the company wants to readers of Aftermarket filter out the cold during the winter by giving you the chance to win one of a set of  stylish and comfortable HELLA-Hengst branded beanie hats.

Prestone Rapid De-Icer

Published:  22 January, 2018

 With autumn upon us and winter soon approaching it’s time to prepare for the cold. We’ve all been there, out the door before sunrise, battling with a frozen windscreen. What you need is something quick and reliable.

HELLA Hengst

Published:  19 January, 2018

When it comes to filtration, both independent workshops and motor factors want a product that has a reputation for high quality, but is reasonably priced and with excellent availability. HELLA’s logistical abilities and Hengst’s specialist knowledge and manufacturing expertise mean motor factors and garages benefit from this combination of the best of product and service. With more than 1,600 references for passenger car and light commercial vehicle for air, cabin, fuel and oil that cover more than 90,000 applications and 95% UK car parc coverage, HELLA Hengst provides motor factors and their customers with the answer.

Winter essential – TRICO ice scraper kits

Published:  08 January, 2018

TRICO ice scraper kits are now available.Presented in a 24-piece counter display unit, each ice scraper comes with a serrated edge for ice removal and a rubber edge to clear excess water. The eye-catching counter top display is a great promotional tool and perfect for the winter season. The Highway Code clearly states that "windows and windscreens must be kept clean and free of obstructions to vision". During the winter months, this is particularly relevant – ice (or snow) must be cleared from all windows, as well as both the front and rear windscreen, before driving. This also applies to condensation that forms inside the car.

Lumag’s brake pad range further expanded

Published:  03 January, 2018

Lumag has announced the latest range additions to its brake pads brand BRECK. This latest extension of the BRECK range, including additions for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles, sees the introduction of six new BRECK brake pads for no less than 19 vehicle applications including Mercedes V-Class and Vito W447 models, Mazda 6, Peugeot 4008, Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai, and Toyota Prius Plus, Rav IV (A3 & A4), Mirai and Auris.  These latest additions have helped Lumag’s current catalogue to further expand to include 442 part references.

Clearly brilliant: Ring Ultravision wiper blade set

Published:  28 December, 2017

Ring Ultravision is a new wiper blade system. The patent pending design has ‘one clip for easy fit,’  which allows workshops and retailers to stock just 16 SKUs to cover 95% of the market. Instead of needing to cross reference car make and model with the correct blade, staff can simply select the correct length and fit. The universal clip comes already attached to the beam blade. Ultravision blades also feature PTFE rubber with silent glide technology, which reduces surface friction, increases abrasion resistance and eliminates stick slip. The blades are quiet and give streak-free, clear glass.

Pagid brake discs go beyond ECE R90

Published:  12 December, 2017

Pagid has implemented the ECE R90 standard across its brake discs range for pre-November 2016 passenger car models, going beyond the legal requirements. The R90 international requirement applies to all new brake discs fitted to vehicles manufactured after November 2016. Geometric parameters, chemical composition, design, microstructure, mechanical properties and key dimensions are all tested by an independent body, both in the lab and on the road. This ensures the brake parts match their stringent standards. Pagid is part of TMD Friction, a registered R90 approved licence holder.

NSK planning ProKIT extension

Published:  07 December, 2017

NSK is planning to extend its ProKIT range to increase coverage across the car parc.
ProKIT is a range of bearing products developed specifically for the independent aftermarket. Offered as a single box solution, ProKIT includes only 100% genuine NSK products, such as bearings, seals and nuts, as tested and approved by OE car manufacturers.
The range will be increased to cover a wider range of vehicles over the coming months. In support of the expansion, NSK will also introduce new packaging that is 100% recyclable, carrying a range of useful information in 10 languages.

WIN with Autodata

Published:  04 December, 2017

Autodata is the leading provider of automotive technical information for professionals in the UK and across Europe, covering 99% of vehicles on the road.

Coil springs range extension surpasses 200 references

Published:  01 December, 2017

Lesjöfors Springs has introduced more than 200 new coil springs since the start of the year. The 200 references cover thousands of vehicle applications for 12 vehicle manufacturers including Audi, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Land Rover, Toyota and VW. All can be found on MAM Software’s Autocat V8 and TecDoc cataloguing systems. The company offers both parallel wire (constant thickness) and tapered wire spring designs, offering more choice to the vehicle technician. Springs are treated with advanced Zinc Phosphate and Epoxy Powder Paint providing a longer life by minimising corrosion. Lesjöfors is a supplier of matching quality parts according to BER 330 and 461. This ensures springs can be fitted without any warranty restrictions.

Exol unveils new anti-freeze range

Published:  30 November, 2017

Exol has launched a new anti-freeze range, featuring four products covering heavy duty and passenger vehicle applications. The new range features Antifreeze HD (Green), Antifreeze HDX (Blue), Antifreeze SOAT (Lilac) and Antifreeze OAT Universal (Clear). The range has been formulated based on special OAT inhibitor technology, produced in response to the evolving technological development of cooling systems in modern vehicles, while ensuring long coolant operational life.The coolants also contain the additives required to protect a full range of different vehicle types, offering year-round protection, while performing well in challenging conditions.

Diesel EGR and Turbo Cleaner

Published:  28 November, 2017

Lucas Oil is extending its additive solutions range with the introduction of a solvent-based fast action Diesel EGR and Turbo Cleaner spray. When sprayed into the air intake system, Diesel EGR and Turbo Cleaner removes carbon, lacquer, tar and varnish deposits and restores engine performance. To use, remove the flexible hose between the turbo charger/intercooler and the air intake manifold while a warm engine is idling. Then direct short bursts of spray into the air intake manifold. In extreme cases, the EGR valve-housing can be removed and the spray directed straight on to the unit itself. First stocks are expected to be available at UK motor factors from 1 November 2017.

New CR-Series range launches into UK aftermarket

Published:  22 November, 2017

Launch UK has brought the CR-Series product range to the UK aftermarket. The CR401 is an entry-level tool most suited to beginners. Meanwhile, the CR611 offers ABS and SRS system diagnostic functions. The CR701 would suit junior technicians looking for something slightly more advanced. Both the CR701 and the CR701P feature one or multiple reset functions to meet different requirements. The CR801 and CR821 provide an even greater offering and support ABS and SRS diagnosis for 46 car models.

Japanparts Group: New wheel hubs and bearings

Published:  21 November, 2017

Japanparts Group has extended its range of wheel hubs and bearings. The new wheel hub and bearing units have the pre-code  KK- / 44-  / 4- and are provided with an ABS sensor/ring where applicable. There are now over 1,000 codes available for Asian, European and American vehicles.

HELLA’s Bulb Configurator

Published:  20 November, 2017

HELLA’s filament bulb configuration tool helps users easily find the most suitable bulb for the vehicle by giving them access to the

Work smart: See the heat

Published:  13 November, 2017

FLIR Systems’ new FLIR TG167 is an imaging thermometer that combines spot temperature measurement with thermal imaging for fast troubleshooting.  

Borg & Beck introduces brake fluid

Published:  13 November, 2017

 Borg & Beck Dot 4 is a premium brake and clutch fluid for the hydraulic systems of all passenger car, commercial vehicle and motorcycle applications for which non-petroleum based fluid of this type is specified. It conforms to and exceeds the current international specifications U.S. FMVSS No.116 Dot 4 and Dot 3, SAE J1703 and J1704 and ISO 4925 (Classes 3 & 4). It also mixes safely with other clutch and brake fluids that conform to these same standards and has a typical dry boiling point of 260ºC and typical wet boiling point of 160ºC.

Getac launches fully rugged tablet

Published:  07 November, 2017

Getac’s new 14 inch A140 rugged tablet, designed together with a leading automotive manufacturer, meets the needs of workers in the automotive, dealership, workshop and aftermarket spaces. Automotive organisations are concerned with giving mobile workers rapid, secure access to critical information, while working in a diverse range of challenging environments. With increased vehicle functionality comes increased complexity, so technicians need fast performance, the ability to quickly see more data displayed and to operate technology with disposable gloves or protective wear. The A140 offers dual hot-swappable batteries for continuous use, a suite of security features and best-in-class performance Intel Core i5 and i7 processors.

Fuel additive to protect DPFs

Published:  06 November, 2017

LIQUI MOLY has developed a fuel additive for diesel particulate filter (DPF) protection.

DPF gun particulate filter cleaning fluid

Published:  02 November, 2017

Launch UK recently introduced its diesel particulate filter (DPF) gun to its range of diagnostic equipment. This is complemented by the DPF gun particulate filter cleaning fluid.

Wipe away

Wipers from Trico
Published:  19 May, 2016

Two of the most safety critical systems on a vehicle are often the ones least checked by drivers. Yet tyres and windscreen wipers play a critical role in the way we drive. Of the two, windscreen wiper efficiency is perhaps seen as the lesser critical, yet according to TRICO, 90% of all driving decisions are based on visual clues, underlining the importance of having a clear windscreen.

DPF pressure pipes

Published:  01 November, 2017

BM Catalysts’ DPF pressure pipe range currently covers in excess of over 600 vehicle fitments. 48% of its DPF range now have the associated pressure pipes available for order.

The perfect fit

Published:  25 October, 2017

Comline has upgraded its EOF249 oil filter, suitable for a variety of Japanese applications, to make draining residual oil from the filter housing easier and quicker for technicians. Superseding Comline’s CDH11632 oil filter, EOF249 is now supplied with a plastic drain tube, complete with O-ring. Due to the positioning of the filter housing within the vehicle, there is likely to be residual oil within the housing after oil has been drained from the engine. Failure to properly drain the residual oil will lead to spillage, something that Comline’s plastic drain tube is designed to combat. EOF249 fits: Lexus CT (2010-onwards); Toyota Auris (2010-onwards), Avensis (2009-onwards), Prius (2009-2012), RAV4 (2008-onwards), Verso (2009-onwards) and Yaris (2007-onwards).

Gespasa meters for AdBlue

Published:  24 October, 2017

Gespasa’s MGE-110 BLUE is an electronic flow meter designed to measure AdBlue but also suitable for water, fuel and light chemicals. The meter contains a PVC measuring chamber with high accuracy oval gears and features an enclosed front casing which prevents the ingressof liquid. The MGE-110 BLUE has a integral battery powered LCD display with a five digit flow total displayed in large easy to read numerals. A low battery warning alert and easily removable facia for battery replacement ensures that servicing is quick and easy.

Win with TRICO

Published:  23 October, 2017

Aftermarket readers have the chance to win a fantastic prize courtesy of  world-leading windscreen wiper blade developer and supplier TRICO.

Within their clutches

Clutches from LuK
Published:  19 July, 2016

The range expansion continues at LuK clutches with parts for nearly 1.7 million vehicles added, including 30 Luk RepSets, nine LuK RepSet Pros, eight Dual Mass Flywheels and one LuK cylinder. These new arrivals include new LuK 2CT double-clutch components for the VW Golf V (1K1) 1.9 TDI and VW Polo (6R, 6C) 1.4 (2011 on) and a LuK RepSet DMF for the VW Golf VI (5K1) 1.6 TDI (2009-2012). There is also a new LuK RepSet and LuK RepSet Pro for the VW Crafter 30-50 (2F) 2.0 TDi (2011 on), and a LuK RepSet for the Nissan Pick Up (D22) 2.4 i 4WD (2002 on). The company has also expanded its range of clutch parts for Japanese and Far Eastern vehicles with its new additions to the RepSet Pro range, including parts for Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Subaru, with a DMF for the Mazda CX-5 (KE, GH) 2.2 diesel (2012 on). 08457 001100

Avoid screeching with Pagid Cera Tec

Published:  16 October, 2017

Created to work best with Pagid OE quality braking components, Pagid Cera Tec helps facilitate brake assembly and protect against scratching and corrosion. The copper-free make up of the brake lube means is designed not to interfere with vehicle ABS or ESP sensors, thus providing optimal safety performance. In addition, Cera Tec is highly heat resistant, up to 1000°C. The completely metal-free construction is ideal for the lubrication of disc and drum brakes, as well as compressors, central lubricating systems, axle bearings, chains, seat tracks, sunroof guides and battery contacts.

Win a Bosch Uneo!

Published:  27 June, 2017


Valeo: New references for Volvo car applications

Published:  11 October, 2017

Since February 2017, 24 new references for the most popular Volvo applications have been launched by Valeo Service. References cover the Volvo S60 and XC60 ranges, the Volvo V70 and XC70 ranges, as well as the Volvo XC90. 30% of these offer the Dynamic Bending Lighting (DBL) feature. In comparison with Fixed Beam Lighting (FBL), DBL provides better visibility and security by increasing the range of light when travelling round bends. These references enlarge Volvo coverage from Valeo Lighting Systems, meaning it now reaches 40% of the Volvo car parc
in Europe.

Banner launch new EFB batteries

Published:  05 October, 2017

Banner Batteries is extending its Running Bull EFB product offering with the launch of three new UK aftermarket 12V part numbers. Available with immediate effect and providing comprehensive coverage of Ford vehicles with Stop/Start systems are two type number Running Bull EFBs with 65 and 75Ah rated capacities respectively. Also scheduled to be introduced is an additional Running Bull EFB battery rated at 80Ah that is suitable for a raft of models from Audi, VW and Skoda. In addition to high levels of vibration resistance and twice the cycle life of a conventional battery, EFBs features a double-lid design to safeguard against leaks.

Win with NGK

Published:  25 September, 2017

Aftermarket readers have the chance to win a fantastic prize, courtesy of ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

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