Take control of your test lane

Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser
Published:  25 January, 2013

The Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser from Snap-on Equipment is available as a standalone petrol gas analyser or as a combined unit with a wireless diesel smoke meter, a wireless RPM and oil temperature measure also feature. It's easy to use thanks to Window-based software and clear information is displayed to the user on a large 22" flat-screen monitor - a laser jet printer is provided to make hard copies of test results and customer information can also be stored. The unit can be used as the central control unit for your ATL test lane. Snap-on Equipment provides a wide range of MOT and ATL options from 4-post lifts, brake testers to pit options.


Made in Britain

Brake pads feature anti-squeal coating
Published:  23 January, 2013

UK manufactured Padtech brake pads are now exclusively available from distributor Autoparts. The brake pads feature an 'anti-squeal' coating to reduce noise and have undergone rigorous tests including density, strength, friction, OE dynamometer and compression tests.


Removal tool

Tool to aid removal of seized and inaccessible diesel injector copper-sealing washers
Published:  22 January, 2013

A new Laser Tool has been introduced to aid removal of seized and inaccessible diesel injector copper-sealing washers. The Laser Diesel Seal Puller, available from Tool Connection, features a tapered and threaded end that screws into the copper seal to grip then is tapped up with the built-in hammer, removing the copper seal.


Value for money

MasterPRO trade price guide
Published:  21 January, 2013

A MasterPRO trade price guide is now available from Euro Car Parts, comprising 16 pages stuffed full of essential workshop kit and tools. You will find everything from ratchets, sockets and lifts to service tools, diagnostic kit and specialist tools. ECP is confident the range provides workshops with quality tools at a price that will not break the bank.


Two-post joins the ranks

A new two-post joins the Sun brand of lifts from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  18 January, 2013

The SVL 35 has a 3.5 tonne capacity so can accommodate small cars to commercial vehicles and everything in between. The electro-hydraulic twin ram lift can be recessed or surface mounted and features an automatic arm locking device, dead man controls and foot guards. It comes supplied with 60mm lift pad extensions. It features four three-stage arms which can be adjusted to suit with lifting and lowering times standing at just 45 seconds. A hydraulic jacking beam is optional.


Exclusive pulleys

Range of OE quality clutch pulleys
Published:  17 January, 2013

Sovereign Rotating Machines now has the exclusive rights to supply a range of OE quality clutch pulleys. This move is complemented by the addition of 150 references comprising both overrunning alternator pulleys (OAP) and overrunning alternator decouplers (OAD). The pulleys have been tested to original equipment specifications, including durability test at high temperatures and speed, as well as an endurance reliability test of more than 160,000 cycles, says the company. The zinc-nickel plated pulleys are sold under the WAI brand.


Safer flameless removal

Flameless heat tool
Published:  16 January, 2013

The Autoheat C1250 uses induction technology to create flameless heat. It is designed to aid the removal of components such as nuts, bolts, bonding, exterior trim, vinyl graphics and glass trims. The benefit of this product is the lack of flame, which often causes damage to the the part being removed or the surrounding area. There is also no need for gas bottles because the Autoheat C1250 operates on mains power. The Autoheat C1250 concentrates heat into the area being worked on via a coil and is supplied with a range of differing coil sizes.


Ball joint separation

Ball joint separator kit
Published:  15 January, 2013

Britool has added a ball joint separator kit to its Stanley Black and Decker Britool Expert brand. The new kit is supplied in a carrying case and contains three different sized joint separators - 23mm, 28mm and 34mm. "Our new ball joint separator set is designed to make this task as easy as possible across a number of applications and the busy mechanic can always be confident of having the right tool for the job in this single convenient and portable kit," says Paul Wooley, UK marketing manager.


Brakes toughen up

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes
Published:  14 January, 2013

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes for cars and LCVs in the areas of noise reduction, fitment and security. As of now, all new brake pads will come with the three layer RMR shims (rubber-metal-rubber) and a back plate and friction profile design to match OE specs. All fitted accessories on brake pad sets will also be supplied with a Trivalent coating to provide extra strength and make the surface resistant to corrosion. Comline's Sales & Marketing Director, Malcolm Rosher, explains: "Our braking programmes are a cornerstone of the business. From our own two braking factories, we offer one of the largest 'ECE R90' approved brake pad programmes in the world - a true 'one-stop shop' for all makes of European, Japanese and Korean cars and vans, and have recently introduced a range for commercial vehicles."


For a new generation

Advanced 'Generation III' bearings
Published:  11 January, 2013

Japanese OE supplier JTEKT is now distributing its advanced 'Generation III' bearings throughout the UK via KPS Automotive. The maker says the third generation has a number of improvements over previous designs - notably, the integration of one of the mounting spigots as part of the bearing. The benefit of this includes an increased stiffness in the bearing and increased braking performance by reducing the amount of judder. These bearings are available now for a wide range of applications, as are a range of tensioner and idlers from the same brand.


Save space and cost

Automatic Test Lane uses the recently updated Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser
Published:  10 January, 2013

The Sun VIC 3000 Automatic Test Lane uses the recently updated Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser from Snap-on Diagnostics as the central control unit for the entire test lane, which is said to significantly reduce the space required and money too. The VOSA-approved MOT gas and smoke emissions analyser from Snap-on Diagnostics features automated tests and the modular design allows users to upgrade to a complete diagnostic and information system when required. A powerful standard PC with an adjustable 22" monitor and jet printer are included.


Speculate to accumulate

Take free, speedy checks on every single vehicle entering your workshop
Published:  09 January, 2013

The Hunter QuickCheck system from Pro-Align can be used to take free, speedy checks on every single vehicle entering your workshop, identifying vehicles which require chargeable geometry adjustment. A preliminary six-point misalignment diagnosis and a print out of the results can be produced in less than a minute. Workshops can use the QuickCheck to filter work for their main aligner. The latest Hunter HawkEye Elite TD measures 14 primary alignment angles in 90 seconds. MD Paul Beaurain comments: "This unique combination really does take the speculative alignment concept to a whole new level. By modifying existing working practices slightly and making a modest investment, workshops really can make a dramatic difference to not only their levels of customer service, but also to their bottom line."


Motorcycle alignment

A motorcycle chassis tuning system joins the chassis repair range from Tri-Sphere
Published:  08 January, 2013

The CMS engineering tool, developed by motorcycle frame measuring specialist Scheibner, allows you to assess the consequences of any chassis set-up adjustment before you make the changes. It works with the Scheibner Megamax aligner to ensure a frame repair is viable before the bike is stripped down. Data such as trail, rake, wheelbase, swing arm length and angle, offset and all relevant heights and axes can be taken. This data is used with the Megamax information and the results are displayed on screen. This data from each set up is stored so the geometry can be retrieved and restored whenever tyres are changed (or when road or track conditions are repeated, making it ideal for pit lanes and workshops who undertake this type of work).


Tools to suit your budget

Online diagnostic shop
Published:  07 January, 2013

A wide choice of PC-based, hand-held and touchscreen diagnostic tools are available online through ESP Automotive. The more basic tools will read and clear fault codes and work on all petrol engines from 2000 and diesel engines from 2003, many pre-2000 OBD2 equipped models are also covered. The re-launched website enables you to search by budget or product type.


Go wireless

Cable-free diagnostic kit
Published:  04 January, 2013

www.toptechnician.co.uk


European cars added

Popular European vehicles have been added to the G-Scan
Published:  03 January, 2013

The G-Scan was created back in 2008 when a Japanese and Korean OEM joined forces to provide quality data on both market's vehicles in addition to Japanese 'grey' imports. Since then, popular European vehicles have been added to the tool, which is available from Blue Print. Functions include an automatic vehicle system search, clearing of trouble codes, body control module actuation tests, component and ECU coding/reprogramming, DPF regeneration, ABS and airbag analysis plus many more. The tool comes with a rechargeable Lithium battery which powers it for hours. A high def 5.6" screen displays full DTC descriptions and data parameter names, can record data on road tests and by touching the 'Pen' icon on the screen you can capture what's displayed and add your own notes and drawings which are then saved, or transferred to a PC.


Original first fit

Surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range
Published:  02 January, 2013

A surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range as independent workshops begin to see the newer models enter their workshop. Marques such as Peugeot, Citroen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are included in the latest batch of parts including oil filters for the new Peugeot 4008 SUV and air intake modules and filters for BMW's ActiveHybrid 5. The Citroen C4 Aircross, pictured, the new Mercedes-Benz A Class and Volvo V40 are all equipped with Mahle oil filters. The second generation Porsche Cayenne GTS has both Mahle air and oil filters.


Smart sideline

Italian Infrared drying system
Published:  01 January, 2013

Italian paint drying specialist Bellini has produced a new catalogue explaining the principles behind infrared systems, provides details on the latest systems, is available from distributor Tri-Sphere. The REVO system range (the Revo 180 is pictured) can be installed into almost any spraybooth. The IR110 manual infrared drying system is ideal for small smart repair work around the bodyshop or for the smart repairer on the move. It is powered from a single phase 13A plug and offers fast infrared drying options on fillers, primers and topcoats.


All major systems covered

Latest software download from Snap-on
Published:  31 December, 2012

The new software download for the Snap-on group of diagnostic devices brings total coverage to over 55,000 vehicles. The 12.4 update has added 11 years of coverage for Jaguar, between 2000 and 2011. All popular models and engine variants are included. It provides full coverage of the significant systems, including supplementary restraints (both manual and diagnostic), ABS, transmission and engine, as well as functional tests including electronic parking brake and gear shifter modules. "With each new software release we add exactly what our customers have asked for based on regular feedback. Our 12.4 software now covers 97% of the UK vehicle parc,"says Snap-on's Mark Ost.


Become a paint pro the easy way

Handy kit for defect removal
Published:  28 December, 2012

The Paint Pro system from Autoglym is said to easily remove paintwork defects in two stages. It works best on light scratches, swirl marks and holograms. A renovating compound is used, followed by a refining compound and is ideal for people who have limited machine polishing and paint rectification experience. The all-in-one Paint Pro Collection includes one litre of Paint Pro Renovate to exfoliate the clearcoat layer and a litre of Paint Pro Refine finishing compound which returns the treated paint surface to a glass-smooth gloss finish using the supplied buffing pad. A microfiber finishing cloth and information guide is also supplied


Colour to your toolbox

Sleek looking tools to brighten your box
Published:  27 December, 2012

These Draper coloured chrome sockets, a security key set and combination spanner set are new from Sealey. The coloured satin chrome sockets are available in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" square drives with knurled rings for extra grip. The spanner set features Draper Expert Hi-Torq ring ends cranked at 15º with the open end set at 15º.


Generate extra income

Check the cranking ability with Ring Automotive's new tester range
Published:  26 December, 2012

Testing the batteries of vehicles that come in for other repairs and maintenance should be routinely done during the colder months, says Ring Automotive, and its latest range of testers will check the cranking ability and indicate where a replacement, or just a recharge, is needed.


Brakes toughen up

All new Comline brake
Published:  24 December, 2012

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes for cars and LCVs in the areas of noise reduction, fitment and security.


Freedom to move

Fault finding probe
Published:  21 December, 2012

Power Probe has a range of products to help with diagnostic work. The Power Probe III connects to the battery and with the press of a switch you get an instant hot lead or ground lead. The probe tip and ground lead can be used to simultaneously power up components, you can instantly check for continuity, identify positive, negative and open circuits without re-polarising hook-up clips. You can also use the probe to find shorts without wasting fuses. A high pitched tone indicates a positive and a low tone a negative, this audio function can be disabled when testing relays. The tool comes with a 20ft long lead and two white LEDs flood the working area with bright light.


The next generation

Next generation V30 diagnostic tool
Published:  21 December, 2012

Autoboss UK has announced the release of the next generation of the V30 diagnostic tool, the V30 Elite. This product boasts new hardware for increased speed, reliability, 8GB standard memory and a larger touch screen with improved graphics. The V30 Elite features a 'favourites' option for easier access to the vehicles that are most regularly worked on and has Wi-Fi for easier connection to software updates.


Ball joint separation

Ball joint spearator kit add to Britool's Stanley Black and Decker Expert range
Published:  21 December, 2012

Britool has added a ball joint separator kit to its Stanley Black and Decker Britool Expert brand. The new kit is supplied in a carrying case and contains three different sized joint separators - 23mm, 28mm and 34mm. "Our new ball joint separator set is designed to make this task as easy as possible across a number of applications and the busy mechanic can always be confident of having the right tool for the job in this single convenient and portable kit," says Paul Wooley, UK marketing manager.


Two post joins the ranks

New Two post lift from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  20 December, 2012

A new two post joins the Sun brand of lifts from Snap-on Diagnostics. The SVL 35 has a 3.5 tonne capacity so can accommodate small cars to commercial vehicles and everything in between. The electro-hydraulic twin ram lift can be recessed or surface mounted and features an automatic arm locking device, dead man controls and foot guards. It comes supplied with 60mm lift pad extensions.


Go with the flow

Increase airflow by 30-40% with new filters from K&N Filters
Published:  19 December, 2012

Replacement air filters for the 2011 petrol and diesel Range Rover Evoque models are available from K&N Filters and fits insider the original airbox and should take no more than a few minutes to fit.


Tighten in teeny gaps

A finger ratchet set from Tool Connection is said to make light work of difficult to access fasteners.
Published:  18 December, 2012

The Laser Tools set will help you tighten fasteners deep within the engine or behind the dashboard where a conventional ¼" drive socket and ratchet handle just won't fit. Two finger ratchets with quick-release adaptors for ¼" drive and 3/8" drive are provided plus an additional ¼" drive bit adaptor.


Become a paint pro the easy way

Easily remove paintwork defects with Paint Pro from Autoglym
Published:  17 December, 2012

The Paint Pro system from Autoglym is said to easily remove paintwork defects in two stages. It works best on light scratches, swirl marks and holograms. A renovating compound is used, followed by a refining compound and is ideal for people who have limited machine polishing and paint rectification experience.


Probes and kits

Eight diagnostic probes are resistant to extreme temperatures and solvents
Published:  14 December, 2012

A set of eight diagnostic probes join Mac Tools and are divided into four coloured pairs. The probes are resistant to extreme temperatures and solvents and will check the signal and voltage at connectors without disconnecting them, preventing possible damage.


Out of this world

Gas analyser and diagnostic tool
Published:  13 December, 2012

The Stargas 898 Plus from SPX Diagnostic Solutions is a gas analyser and diagnostic tool which doesn't require any connection to an external PC. The connection with the ECUreader software enables Stargas to 'converse' with ECUs, verifying the functioning of the devices managed by them such as ignition, fuel injection, ABS, air bag and intelligent suspensions.


Comprehensive cover

Engine management parts
Published:  12 December, 2012

A complete range of engine management components are available in the Fuel Parts programme from SMPE, ranging from the electronic control unit itself to connectors and sensors including MAP, crank, cam and knock types. The latest addition to the programme is a new range of Intermotor Lambda Sensors that contains 900 part numbers and 9,000 application listings.


USB scopes

4000 Series of oscilloscopes
Published:  11 December, 2012

The PicoScope 4000 Series of USB oscilloscopes from Pico Technology are a cost-effective replacement for traditional bench top oscilloscopes.


Mobile lift

lift one meter in 11 seconds with a three tonne capacity from lift master
Published:  07 December, 2012

The mid-rise Sprinter Express Mobile II lift from Liftmaster can be used during tyre servicing, painting and bodywork. It picks up the vehicle at the sill boards and lifts it up to one meter in about 11 seconds. It has a three tonne capacity.


Snocks

Snow saviour for the glove box
Published:  06 December, 2012

Snow chains and winter tyres are so 'last season' according to the creators of 'Snocks'. They boast all the postivies and none of the negatives while being 98% as effective, portable and a fraction of the price.


Pin down the noise

identify noise with this Gunson electronic stethoscope
Published:  05 December, 2012

This Gunson electronic stethoscope from helps you identify engine and chassis noise by seeking out defective components. The precise location of a faulty part can be hard to pinpoint as the sound travels but this sensitive stethoscope will help you pin down the precise location of the noise. It can be used on cam covers, cylinder heads, alternators, water pumps, air con compressors and gearboxes.


Diagnostic dongles

Dealer software without the expense from Diagnostic Associates
Published:  04 December, 2012

The engineers and techs over at Diagnostic Associates have created a number of products to give independent repairers the opportunity to use the same software as dealers, without the expense of buying dealer equipment.


Align and balance

Wheel aligners and wheel balancers from Snap-on
Published:  03 December, 2012

Snap-on Diagnostics has branched out from diagnostic tools, software and information into the alignment field with a new range of Snap-on branded wheel aligners and wheel balancers.


Cut cost and waste

Sustainable parts washer from Ecokleen
Published:  30 November, 2012

The Ecokleen 200 parts washer requires just one waste collection each year and is suitable for cleaning all automotive parts made from metal, plastic, rubber and ceramic. It boasts a robust steel construction, recirculating flow system and a self-cleaning detergent which cuts down the amount of waste generated by the machine to around 100 litres per year.


Clutch additions

the latest from Valeo's clutch catalogue
Published:  29 November, 2012

Valeo has announced details of its latest clutch catalogue which boasts over 2,500 part numbers. New products featured include a dual mass flywheel and clutch kits for the BMW Mini Cooper 1.6, Mercedes A and B Class and the Peugeot 508, 3008 and 5008 HDi.


Sizes to suit

Universal filters from K&N Air Filters
Published:  28 November, 2012

Four new air filter elements join the range from K&N Air Filters this month. Parts for the Audi R8 4.2 V8/5.2 V10, Subaru BRZ 2.0 and Toyota GT86 2.0 are now available.


Fault finding wizardry

leak detection with The Smoke Wizard
Published:  27 November, 2012

The Smoke Wizard is a leak detection device which uses smoke technology and UV dye. It is designed for EVAP system testing - will not damage O2 sensors and catalytic converters and will not void a manufacturer's warranty.


Coolants for modern cars

100% Quality & Performance Guarantee from Comma's Xstream coolant range
Published:  26 November, 2012

As winter servicing kicks in, Comma reminds us of three very different coolant technologies which have engine specific applications. Since 1998, more than 25 million new cars and LCVs have been registered in the UK and all require a coolant that has been given the nod by the relevant vehicle manufacturer. Over 70% of new EU made cars have OAT coolant and more than 50% are factory-filled with BASF Glysantin.


An intuitive Hunter

Hunter Road Force 'Touch' Balancer
Published:  22 November, 2012

The new Hunter Road Force 'Touch' Balancer from Pro-Align measures road force variation and load force and because of this, won itself an innovation award at Automechanika in Frankfurt this year.


First batch of turbos

VW applications
Published:  21 November, 2012

A range of replacement turbochargers for popular cars is available from Mahle and centre on VW applications. One part is suitable for the 1.9 litre 75kW petrol engines used in the Passat, Golf and Seat Toledo, another can be used in the VW Sharan, Vento and Gold models fitted with the 1.9 90kW TDI engine and will also fit the Ford Galaxy, Seat Alhambra, Toledo and Ibiza models with the same engine.


EGR test

Exhaust gas recirculation tool
Published:  20 November, 2012

A new service and test tool for exhaust gas recirculation, EGR, valves from Sykes-Pickavant can be used when testing and cleaning EGR valves and when used in routine servicing will prevent unnecessary replacement.


Coil spring replacement

Dealing with problem wishbones
Published:  19 November, 2012

The Canvik Centre is part of a new range of suspension system repair tools to join J&S Products. The odd-sounding tool is described as a state of the art coil spring compressor which deals with problem wishbones and multilink suspension systems safely and easily.


Recover, charge, maintain

MXS 5.0 Test & Charge from CTEK
Published:  16 November, 2012

The MXS 5.0 Test & Charge from CTEK quickly determines a battery's health and maximises its performance. The test function determines voltage and starting power and identifies charging performance of the alternator.


Good answer to burning question

Range of dual fuel heaters
Published:  09 November, 2012

How long workshops can continue to heat up using small waste oil burners is anyone’s guess as the debate over whether they should be subject to the same licensing rules as waste incineration plants rages on. However, GSF has come up with a cunning, future-proof solution.



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