G-Scan Asian kit

Diagnostics from Blue Print
Published:  31 May, 2013

The G-Scan Asian kit has been available through official UK importer Blue Print for the last 12 months but now the same piece of kit (minus the pre-EOBD sockets) is available cheaper, in the form of the G-Scan Lite. If you mostly work on Asian vehicles from the year 2000 onwards, you'll make a decent saving over the full kit - if you need to buy other sockets in the future, these can be bought separately. A two-year warranty and two annual software updates are included in the package.


Trico Flex wipers

Trico blades available from Autoparts
Published:  30 May, 2013

There's more choice to clear the summer rain from the windscreen thanks to a new partnership between motor factor group Autoparts and car parts brand Trico. The factor will be stocking the wiper firm's new Flex range in branches across Northern England and Scotland. The Flex range has just ten part numbers to cover 90% of the UK vehicle parc. The brand has made finding the right blade even easier by introducing a QR code which the technician can scan with his smart phone to launch a dedicated application. The new blades feature a low-profile design and a 'memory curve' steel beam that ensures uniform pressure throughout the sweep giving a clean and clear wipe. The ten part number range features blades between 400mm and 700mm in length.


Eibach Pro-kit springs

Suspension kits from Bilstein
Published:  29 May, 2013

Four Eibach Pro-Kit springs and four matched Bilstein dampers provide a handling upgrade for the BMW Z3. Two are available; one for the lighter 1.8 and 1.9 variants and a more heavily rated kit for the 2.0 through to the 3.0 versions. A damper upgrade is also available for the 3.2 'm' model. The B12 kit ensures less body roll and improved dynamics.


Alignment system from Tyre Bay Direct

Alignment system with access to Auto Data UK
Published:  28 May, 2013

Hanway alignment systems range from simple CCD alignment units for those starting out in this area to state-of-the-art full 8CCD systems. Top of the range equipment features new generation wireless technology, data freeze programmes, work efficiency management and access to the Auto Data UK database with six monthly updates included. All Hanway systems, available from Tyre Bay Direct, have a ten year parts availability guarantee.


Autel MOTPro diagnostic tool

Diagnostic tool supplied by Equipexpress
Published:  27 May, 2013

Autel's MOTPro has been designed to be a helpful tool to have around for independent repairers and MOT testers - dealing with MOT failure faults such as common light reset problems including electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, airbag, TPMS and engine. It can tackle read and clear codes on 42 makes of vehicle and reset the light on many more. Live readings, graphs and recording are available on Engine and EPB. The tool is supplied by Equipexpress with free courier delivery in the UK and Ireland and comes with


Best of British

New wheels for prestige vehicles
Published:  24 May, 2013

Rimstock has introduced several new wheels for prestige vehicles, such as the Balmoral, pictured here. They have also produced the Silverstone with its deep, concave stagger fit and the Eagle for the Smart car. The firm is also looking to expand its winter range in 2013 and it has two large OE marques looking to adopt a winter wheel programme this year. It has invested heavily in its forged wheel production and has developed one of the largest forging plants in Europe.


Hybrid conversion kit

Fully automatice R134a refrigerant management system
Published:  23 May, 2013

The Robinair AC690PRO fully automatice R134a refrigerant management system from Autoclimate has additional equipment available making it suitable for use on hybrid vehicles. The Hybrid Conversion Kit allows users to safely and efficiently inject hybrid oils and dyes. In addition, for those who already own a Robinair machine, the conversion kit can be purchased separately.


A staple fix

Hot stapler system
Published:  22 May, 2013

Fixing a bumper panel can save a motorist hundreds of pounds but repairing plastic body components by glueing and other traditional methods can result in a weak and inflexible repair and more often than not, material build-up. However, Power-TEC hot stapler systems provide robust repairs in seconds and a new cordless version makes it more flexible and ideal for mobile repairers. It features an angled head and an LED to light up the work area. The set contains rechargeable lithium batteries, charger with plug socket adaptors and 300 stainless steel staples of the most used sizes.


A call to arms

Protective sleeve
Published:  21 May, 2013

This protective sleeve from Laser Tools will prevent cuts from sharp metal or glass fragments when fitting windscreens and door glass and will also save you from burning yourself on hot engines and exhausts. The sleeve is made from Kevlar which is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, it features the additional protection of a thick, strong leather panel.


Fit straight from box

Brake discs
Published:  20 May, 2013

Meyle's Platinum Discs (PD) have a corrosion-resistant zinc coating to better performance and boost their kerb appeal, especially when used on vehicles fitted with alloys. Unlike uncoated discs which must have the grease removed before fitting, PD brake discs are ready for assembly straight from the box. They are available for a wide range of applciations.


Guarding CV batteries

Battery guard
Published:  17 May, 2013

A solid state battery guard for commercial vehicles is now available from Alfatronix, an established firm in the field of voltage conversion products. The PowerTector battery guard monitors the source voltage and will disconnect the battery if voltage falls below a preset level. This will ensure there is always sufficient voltage to start a vehicle or provide power for other crucial applications. The device can be used as part of a battery management system to ensure the battery is never entirely depleted or in line with specific ancillary equipment. There are six units available from 10 amps to 200 amps to suit most applications.


Fast moving Vipers

Viper compressors and condensers
Published:  16 May, 2013

Viper compressors and condensers are available through FPS, due to a new relationship with air con experts, Compressortech. The range boasts the UK's largest when it comes to compressors and has a comprehensive number of condensers and ancillary products - such as R134a gas and leak detection products. The steady growth in air conditioning as a standard vehicle feature meant that FPS decided it was time to offer the market a bigger and more price competitive range. So, in July 2012, FPS entered into a new relationship with air con experts Compressortech, owner of the Viper brand. Fast moving parts can be delivered the same day to factors and cover key applications such as VW Golf V petrol and diesel models (2003-2012), Saab 9-3 petrol and diesel (2002-2012) and Audi A4 petrol and diesel (2000-2008).


Retrofit tyre monitoring

Tyre pressure monitoring system
Published:  15 May, 2013

A retrofit Tyre pressure monitoring system is offered by Celsus. The Paser SKT 170 plugs in behind the audio head unit and can be calibrated in minutes from tyre pressures and a road test. It continuously monitors CAN Bus rolling radius data and issues warnings if problems are detected. With no tyre sensors, the unit is said to be more reliable and very competitive on price. Alerts can be activated for tyre wear and even excess speed if desired. Vehicle manufacturer specific harnesses are supplied for a range of popular Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Peugeot, Skoda and VW models.


Gleaming sheen

Wheel washer
Published:  14 May, 2013

This washer accommodates wheels from all types of cars, vans and off road vehicles up to 360mm in width. The unit has an arm which keeps wheels upright and a separate sedimentation tank. There are three washing programmes of 20, 40 and 60 seconds, followed by a drying time of 15 seconds - both hot and cold washes are available. The equipment comes with a starter pack of Wulkan Mix granulate and a supply of washing concentrate. Paul Leather of Ayce Systems, said: "For any workshop or service centre handling or repairing wheels, particularly those specialising in alloy wheel refurbishment, who wants to give their customers that extra add on service, this new washer is a must have piece of kit."


PC scopes

Diagnostic equipment
Published:  13 May, 2013

The latest Hanatech fault-finding products are available from V-Tech, including new Hanascans. The Hanascope features a 4 channel oscilloscope, component auto set, digital multimeter, ignition waveform analyser and more. The Hanascan 70 offers a simple, user-friendly design, compatibility with all Windows OS and memory up to 512GB. The new Hanascan 10 has Windows XP embedded, connects to USBs and is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. The PC based scan module features key coding, monitoring and boasts OEM level diagnostic software with all communication protocols.


Use the force to solve wheel issues

Balancer
Published:  10 May, 2013

The Hunter Road Force Touch balancer measures road force variation and load force, helping you get to the bottom of the most difficult vibration and ride quality problems. The balancer identifies any low spots on the rim, applies a load roller to the wheel and tyre assembly to locate stiff spots in the tyre. The assembly can then be 'force matched' to minimise vibration. Pro-Align says that without this diagnostic tool, there's no way of knowing the best wheel and tyre position combinations. By measuring the lateral force variation of each wheel assembly, the system can also recommend the best position for each wheel to minimise tyre related drift or pull issues.


Low impact gas

Refrigerant
Published:  09 May, 2013

Honeywell's new low GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerant Solstice yf is available from A-Gas and is said to have a cooling capacity equivalent to HFC-134a and operates in a similar way to R134a, which you will already be familiar with. The gas has low flammability, low toxicity and is non-corrosive. It has a GWP of 4, 99.7% lower than R134a.


Keep it clean

Spray gun cleaners
Published:  08 May, 2013

The latest spray gun cleaners from Unic International feature an 'Easy Locate System', which automatically locks onto the spray gun for the best cleaning position. This system is supplied complete with a high 20 litre per minute fluid delivery and spray gun showerhead for power cleaning. In addition, the system is suitable for use on both solvent and water based products. Furthermore, this product boasts a 5-year pump and 2-year parts warranty.


Specialist ring socket

ABS ring socket
Published:  07 May, 2013

Laser Tools has introduced an ABS ring socket designed for use on Jaguar V8 models. Available from Tool Connection, it allows the user to loosen and tighten the ABS ring and is able to withstand very high torque settings.


Smoking out faults

Smoke Diagnostic Tool
Published:  06 May, 2013

The VS870 Smoke Diagnostic Tool is the latest leak detector to join the Sealey portfolio. This specific model allows the user to pinpoint system leaks including air intake, cooling, evaporation, fuel, exhaust and vacuum systems. The system connects via a standard 12 volt vehicle battery and uses mineral oil and shop air to generate smoke at low pressure.


Complete set-up

Tyre bay equipment
Published:  03 May, 2013

If you're thinking of setting up a tyre bay then Tyre Bay Direct are confident they have everything you need to set up at an affordable price with everything you need to fit and balance wheels including a consumable pack containing valves, weights, repair items, hand tools and fitting accessories. Package 4 contains a Unite 24" fully automatic tyre changer with an assist arm for low profile and run-flat tyres and a Unite U820 balancer with accessories. A selection of garage equipment complements the wheel packages and includes laser or computer wheel aligners, standard and scissor vehicle lifts and Nitrogen inflation systems. The firm has an IMI approved two day high performance tyre fitting course which runs at its training centre in Redditch. It combines theory and practical work and covers TPMS, run flat replacement and repair and tyre marking.


New cable option

Automotive cables
Published:  02 May, 2013

A range of automotive cables are available from FAI, consisting mainly of brake cables with some fast-moving clutch cables too. The 150 part numbers provide over 2,500 applications for cars and LCVs with particularly good coverage of Ford, Nissan, Renault, VAG, PSA and Vauxhall. An online catalogue includes reference drawings for cable types and the location of postioning on the vehicle you are repairing.


Different way of reading a map

LED lamps
Published:  01 May, 2013

Do you need a map reading light in your garage's flatbed? Or perhaps you might like to offer your customers something other than polish and air fresheners? In either case, consider the Osram Onyx Co-Pilot reading lamp. It simply plugs into the cigarette lighter and can be angled any way you chose. Unlike many LED lamps, the Onyx has a soft and diffused glow, meaning it won't distract you as the driver, or strain the eyes of your navigator.


Dual gas aircon unit

Dual gas unit
Published:  30 April, 2013

The Sun KoolKare dual gas unit automatically recovers, recycles and recharges both the old R134a and the new R1234YF refrigerants. This Snap-on Diagnostics machine can handle both gases on two separate lines to ensure no contamination and a colour touchscreen display and simple software guides you through the process. Collapsible, fully sealed oil and dye bottles stop moisture being absorbed into the liquids and you can see at a glance if the levels are getting low. The unit includes two 12Kg refrigerant cylinders.


An all rounder

Clutch tool
Published:  26 April, 2013

The Mityvac 8500 can be used to bleed the clutch and brakes on many vehicles but the all-rounder can also be used to perform a diagnostic vacuum test, usually without disconnecting the equipment. It can help diagnose faults involving burned, leaking, sticking or broken engine valves and springs and identify problems with piston rings, crankcase ventilation valves, thermal vacuum switches and many more. The gauge swivels 360 degrees so you can see the pressure at any angle. It can switch between vacuum pump and pressure pump operation with a turn of the switch - a number of accessories are available for the tool.


Clouds with a silver lining

Business management products for workshops
Published:  25 April, 2013

MAM Software offer business management products for workshops, tyre distributors, warehouses, retailers and CV parts suppliers. The firm has invested heavily in its cloud computing ability over the past year, which offers uses' cost savings by accessing systems within a secure online datacentre, eliminating the need for costly in-house servers.


Helping hand

Bosch booking service
Published:  24 April, 2013

The 500 or so independent centres forming the Bosch Car Service network will benefit from a new booking website which makes it easier for motorists to book their car into their nearest Bosch Car Service garage. The BCS network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and was created to provide a quality alternative to franchise dealers.


Replacement kits

First Line's fourth edition of the Borg & Beck clutch catalogue
Published:  23 April, 2013

First Line's fourth edition of the Borg & Beck clutch catalogue is out now and has over 530 additions - almost 2,000 part references for new and popular models. It covers hydraulics, concentric slave cylinders, both 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 kits and claims to have the UKs widest range of 3-in-1 CSC and solid dual mass flywheel replacement kits. A new format for the publication includes engine and model code details as well as technical data. Every clutch kit comes with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty from the date of installation and in the event of a claim, there is a web-based claims tool, providing a virtually paper-free procedure.


Focus on electric parts

GKN expanded its range of driveline products
Published:  22 April, 2013

This year, GKN expanded its range of driveline products with a number of replacement driveshafts, steering racks and electric steering columns. The supplier provides sideshafts plus joint and boot kits for all common brands and vehicle types with 3,200 spare parts and kits for at least 12,000 vehicle types. Replacement shafts can be found in the Spidan and Lobro ranges for the majority of common vehicles, including new variants of the BMW 6 and X3 series, Audi A3, VW Caddy, Passat and Eos. The Spidan steering range includes racks, power pumps and EPS parts and newcomers include parts for BMW, Fiat, Hyundai, Mercedes and many more. It is particularly focusing on electric steering columns and electric power pumps as the demand for these will increase over-proportionally in the future. A new product line was also introduced in January - the Spidan range of protection kits which protect shock absorbers and mountings.


Smart bag for tools

Tool storage
Published:  19 April, 2013

If you want to keep your tools in one place but don't want to have a clunky steel or plastic box to shift around the workshop or when on the move then you'll want to take a look at this soft tool bag which is available from Britool Expert. The Softbag measures 500mm x 215mm x 400mm and is made from a tough nylon fabric with a rigid, waterproof base and will hold 10 Kg. It has been designed to be generous in capacity whilst remaining portable. There are five elasticated pockets inside the bag and another five on the front, two deep pockets are placed on each side of the bag too. A soft outer cover clips at the front and dual zips provide easy access to the contents. A sturdy handle provides a comfortable grip and an adjustable shoulder strap provides an alternative way of transporting your gear. Britool Expert's Paul Woolley says: "We hope our latest offering will appeal to customers seeking an alternative to traditional portable, rigid toolboxes which can be cumbersome and less than reliable at keeping tools organised and safe during transportation."


Rubber to metal parts

Steering and suspension
Published:  17 April, 2013

Over 3,500 steering and suspension part numbers are available in TecDoc and MAM from Optimal, with more than 85% of them available from stock. The range includes tie rod assemblies, suspension joints, control arms and stabilisers - every part of the front and rear axle suspension. 1,500 rubber to metal parts are also offered which includes control arm bushes. Optimal plans to have in excess of 4,500 different part numbers.


Faster heat up

Glow plugs
Published:  16 April, 2013

Two Advanced NGK glow plugs have been released which can be used within the service of thousands of current models from Fiat, Volvo, Peugeot and Citroen. Both are the Advanced Quick Glow System type, which have a heater tube with a much smaller diameter, so they can reach 1,000 ºC in less than two seconds. The Y9001AS is used as original equipment in Fiat models using the manufacturer's SDE 1.3 Multijet Euro 5 diesel engine - including the Fiat 500, Grande Punto and Doblo as well as the Alfa Romeo MiTo. It can also be used in the Citroen Nemo 1.3 HDi 75, Ford Ka 1.3 and Peugeot Bipper. The second plug is available for more than 40 models within the Volvo range, suitable for the C30 2.4, C70 2.0, and the 2.4 version of the S60, V70 and XC90 models.


Pump prices fuel

Fuel caps
Published:  15 April, 2013

LPG demand A further 20 fuel cap references join Gates' fuel system accessories, all of which are designed for LPG systems, to reflect the growing trend for the wallet-friendly alternative fuel. The new items include 11 non-locking caps, two locking ones and seven adapters to satisfy cross-border travel regulations. They are available in blister packs and the range also includes AdBlue tank applications, petrol and diesel caps that can be vented or not. The caps can be displayed on an 18-hook merchandiser.


Ibiza upgrade

Pro-Kit springs
Published:  12 April, 2013

Eibach has a vast range of upgrade parts for the Ibiza IV platform to improve the stance and handling across all engine variants. The Pro-Kit springs drop the front by 30mm and the rear by 25mm using progressively wound, pre-stressed springs and these are said to provide excellent ride quality and precise cornering dynamics. A 22mm uprated front anti-roll kit reduces body roll, improves turn-in and reduces understeer. It fits onto the factory brackets and comes with improved polyurethane bushes. A range of wheel spacers widens the Ibiza's track, turn-in and steering response, widths range from 5mm to 30mm. Last but not least are camber shims which add up to +/- 1.5deg camber and toe.


Latest friction additions

Brake pads
Published:  11 April, 2013

A new friction range has been introduced by Apec Braking for motorists with limited budgets. Brakefit comprises 116 part numbers for all mainstream models, with pads matched with a complementary range of discs. A number of features enable the range to be competitive on price without compromising on efficiency. This range offers a one-year guarantee compared to the two-year guarantee on Apec pads and discs, comes in plainer packaging without non-essential accessories and use standard shims unlike the Apec pads which have premium multi-layer shims.


New additions

Clutch sets and flywheels
Published:  10 April, 2013

Over the past year, Schaeffler has added 54 LuK RepSets, 52 RepSet Pros, 13 cylinders and 20 Dual Mass Flywheels, servicing the needs of nearly 6 million vehicles. Recent additions include a RepSet for the likes of the BMW 1 04/2007, one for the Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi 90 from 2006 onwards and a RepSet for the Ford Fiesta VI 1.4, 2008 on. RepSet Pros for thousands of vehicles including Ford's Fiesta VI 1.6 TDCi 2008 on and the Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 2006 on. A new DMF caters for vehicles including the CVT gearbox-equipped Audi A4 2000-2004. Technical Services Manager, Malcolm Short, said: "These OE parts service the needs of many of the most popular vehicles on the road and are available through the UK independent aftermarket. We will continue to add to our LuK product range throughout 2013 to ensure we have the best range available in the UK and Irish market-places."


The next generation

HD bushing
Published:  09 April, 2013

The third generation of Meyle's HD bushing is designed to absorb the high loads that occur during acceleration and braking in order to stabilise the control arm. The newly developed solid rubber bushing reduces tensile loads to maximise part life and increase road-holding. A new bushing is available for various VAG models including the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and Roomster, Seat Ibiza and VW Fox. All HD parts come with a four year warranty and a full set of special nuts, bolts and other mounting hardware.


Original CSC

Concentric slave cylinder kits
Published:  08 April, 2013

Concentric slave cylinder kits join the AP Clutch range from Standard Motor Products Europe, which include an OE sourced CSC. Over 200 are available for vehicles including the Ford Fiesta and Focus, Renault Master, Vauxhall Astra and Vectra. The kits are supplied with a 12 month warranty. The complete clutch catalogue


Grab your Mac

Hand tools
Published:  04 April, 2013

Three socket sets join Mac Tools, all backed by a lifetime warranty. The first is a 13-piece ¼", 3/8" and ½" drive stubby Torx driver set and are about 10mm to 20mm shorter than standard sockets. S2 steel bits range in sizes T8 to T60 and are fully resistant to rust. The second 9-piece ¼" drive set features the brand's patented spherical sockets - these allow full torque to be applied to 6-sided, 12-sided, splined, Torx, square and 50% rounded nuts and bolts. Sockets range from 6mm to 14mm and are compatible with multiple drive systems. A pivoting design gets into awkward areas. Last but not least is the 3/8" drive spline bit socket set, containing 9 spline bit sockets ranging from 4mm to 16mm, including a useful 13mm one.


Parking brake update

Software update
Published:  03 April, 2013

The latest software for TRWs easycheck includes an electronic parking brake update for the Renault Megane III and Scenic III. A further 82 vehicle applications are now available for download and include ABS, SRS, EPB, Service and Steering and Climate Control service functions for BMW, Citroen, Mercedes, Peugeot and Renault. 155 new vehicle apps for the EMS function are also available for BMW, Citroen, Mercedes and Peugeot. Helen Sheasby, Electronics Product Manager of TRW Automotive Aftermarket, says: "Given the column inches afforded to increased technological advances, only really true on newer vehicles, a common misconception is that garages have to invest in expensive diagnostic equipment. In the majority of cases with older vehicles, a simple service tool such as TRW easycheck is adequate. It is updated at least twice a year and is eminently affordable and cost effective as you only need purchase the functionality you need".


Help with repairs

Rotating electrics
Published:  02 April, 2013

The range of Fuel Parts branded rotating electrics has grown steadily since being introduced by SMPE five years ago and now stands at over 500 part numbers which cover 6,900 vehicles. The parts are offered with no surcharge and a no-quibble warranty. One of the continuing best sellers is the Mondeo/Transit starter motor replacement and is so common because it sits right at the bottom of the bell housing. Ford vehicles fitted with a dual mass flywheel can be problematic for the starter too as when the clutch starts to wear and it disintegrates, the one-way sprag fails in the disengaged position so the starter doesn't work, or it fails in the engaged position resulting in the starter working overtime. Fuel leaks from the diesel system commonly end up soaking the starter meaning an instant fail. SMPE's technical team are available to guide you through any diagnostic issues and to help you find out why the original part may have failed.


Parts pumped out daily

Fuel pumps
Published:  01 April, 2013

A range of Intermotor fuel pumps, 50% larger than its predecessor, can be sourced from Standard Motor Products Europe, SMPE. More than 550 parts cover 4,300 applications and include fuel pumps, swirl pots, sender units and relays. References will be added on a daily basis this year as part of an 'aggressive development programme'.


Kick vibration issues

Wheel alignment
Published:  29 March, 2013

Pro-Align's recently launched Road Force Touch has received approval from Mercedes-Benz, the VW Group and BMW for use within their franchise dealer workshops. As motorists demand increasing levels of ride quality and comfort so the tolerances of evermore sophisticated suspension systems get even tighter. MD Paul Beaurain says: "It's essential that franchise networks are capable of replicating those same exacting standards in an aftermarket environment". The Road Force Touch is designed to solve the most difficult wheel vibration and ride quality issues. To simulate a road test, a load roller is applied to the wheel and tyre as part of the balancing process. Stiff spots are identified in the tyre and matched with any low points in the rim. The system can calculate any lateral force variation in the wheel and tyre assemblies and recommends the best on-vehicle position combination to minimise any drift or pull issues.


Focus on the power

Brake kit
Published:  28 March, 2013

A brake kit is now available from Tarox, designed to harness the horsepower of Ford's latest incarnation of the Focus ST. The 330mm brake kit is built around the race-proven B32-6 piston billet calipers and uses two 330mm x 26mm two-piece discs. Performance can be further boosted by opting for the B33 10 piston caliper. The rotor is machined from solid billet steel to withstand much greater heat cycling without distortion. All components bolt to the existing OEM mounts and integrate with the factory ABS system. The kit is supplied with the 'Corsa' high performance pad which offers an immediate pedal even at low temperatures and is safe for road driving although designed for the circuit.


Pioneering electrics

Rotating electrics
Published:  26 March, 2013

Denso's rotating electrics programme currently stands at 3,063 vehicle applications and every machine is completely new-in-box and not remanufactured. The company created the world's first Segment Conductor alternator and back in 2005, pioneered a range of OEM alternators that provided higher output currents of 165, 180, 200 and 220 amps which are said to be the smallest and lightest in the world for their output.


Keep on top of figures

Range of management systems
Published:  25 March, 2013

Garage Data Systems will be enlightening visitors about its range of management systems for car repair shops in addition to specifically written programmes for commercial vehicle workshops. Multiple terminals can be provided across multiple sites to ensure managers can ensure efficiency and boost profitability.


Don't get left in the dark

Emergency jump leads
Published:  22 March, 2013

Emergency jump leads from GYS are available offering capability of 200A up to 700A and are colour coded for ease of use. Also new is a range of LED jumper cables to light up the situation in dark conditions. A 300A version has a three metre cable and a 500A has a 3.5 metre stretch. The integrated lights will allow the user to see the coloured clamps easily, avoiding the risk of attaching the wrong cables and causing damage.


A welcome lift

Electro-mechanical lifts
Published:  21 March, 2013

Hofmann has re-introduced a selection of electro-mechanical lifts to complement its existing portfolio. Formerly known as Europa lifts, the range includes the electro-hydraulic and the EML 3000 electro-mechanical two-post lift.


Making life easier

Ignition coil packs
Published:  20 March, 2013

Removing the 'push down' style ignition coil packs from the cylinder heads on VAG petrol engines without the right tools can result in damaged coils but a new removal tool from the Britool Expert range is now available to safely remove the packs from VAG vehicles.


Restore air fuel ratio

Turbo Cleaner
Published:  19 March, 2013

This Turbo Cleaner has been designed to thoroughly clean out turbochargers of oil, soot, lacquer and tar deposits which get left behind from the stream of hot and dirty exhaust gases.



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