Detect protocol

A protocol detector and break out box with some added extras from Hickleys
Published:  05 April, 2012

The HIC004 scan add-on tool acts as a protocol detector and break out box but also monitors voltage and will sound an alarm if it drops below 12 volts or goes higher than 15.2 volts. It will also act as a data saver when replacing the battery or checking alternator charging conditions. LEDs light up to display protocol detected, grounds and voltage. The unit serves as a diagnostic link connector (DLC) magnifier, DLC extender and spy - you can monitor the activity on each OBDII dedicated data line. The tool is available from Hickleys.


A strong grip

A range of Bodyline Griplock Discs available from Brown Brothers
Published:  04 April, 2012

Bodyline Griplock Discs are suitable for all grinding, finishing, deburring and cleaning applications and can be changed quickly for the job in hand. Backing pads are fixed to a sturdy metal locking system to keep the disc firmly in place. The Bodyline programme is available from Brown Brothers.


New diesel filters

Premium and volume cars have been attended to with the latest aftermarket range expansion from Mahle.
Published:  03 April, 2012

New diesel filters are available for the Audi A7, A8 and Q7 models, BMW 3 Series and Mini diesels and a spin-on oil filter for VW Group 1.8 and 2.0 TSI/TFSI petrol engines. Air filters and inline fuel filter applications have also been boosted. OE use of its engine parts include the third generation Ford Focus which has Mahle air intake modules, air filters and ducts as well as piston sets and camshafts etc. The new range of Euro 5 compliant engines in the Citroen DS series includes the brand's oil filters and other engine parts also.


Have the right tool for the job

Three tool sets join the ContiTech range
Published:  30 March, 2012

Three tool sets join the ContiTech range to change timing belts on VW engines, install overrunning alternator pulleys and measure alignment. Tool Box V01 includes the tools needed to change timing belts on VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models. Other marques will be covered by a specific tool box in due course. The ContiTech laser checks all pulleys in the belt drive are properly aligned and quickly pinpoints errors. It can be used on all V-ribbed belt drives, including those with plastic pulleys. The Tool Box OAP has been developed to install overrunning alternator pulleys; containing a range of generator cap wrench sets.


HD Ready

Component range switches to 'High Def'
Published:  28 March, 2012

AS the country switches to digital TV in April, component manufacturer Valeo has seen fit to launch a new 'HD' line of products. Admittedly, the initials stand for 'Heavy Duty' rather than 'High Definition', but the firm say that the new range will include clutch, brake and lighting products that are known to wear out in OE spec, so the group has gone back to the drawing board and come up with designs that will exceed the standard spec. You'll find facts about the references covered at the CV and Workshop Show - of which we have included details of elsewhere in the issue.


Hard Bounce

Unipart crunch some numbers
Published:  27 March, 2012

FORevery mile driven, a shock absorber is estimated to ‘oscillate’ (up and down) 500 times. That’s five million oscillations a year on an average car. Although they’re designed and constructed from materials to withstand severe punishment, there is a limit.


Keeping in line

Handy ABS alignment tool
Published:  26 March, 2012

THIS handy-looking tool from Draper range allows you to line up clutch plates in next to no time. The Clutch Mate works


Jacking a box

Tie your gearbox down with this product
Published:  23 March, 2012

THE chances are if you have a well-equipped workshop you will already have a transmission jack - but do you have one of these? The product here is an adjustable gearbox support - mighty handy if you do a lot of clutch work. The unit supports 'boxes up to 500kg and has a fully adjustable saddle with backwards-forwards and side to side tilt. It is available from Sealey and fits the firm's 300ETJ and 500ETJ transmission jack models.


Saving you time

A range of over 150 Mintex branded brake shoe kits from TMD
Published:  23 March, 2012

Over 150 Mintex branded brake shoe kits join the range from TMD Friction and are used in smaller vehicles and on older cars. Smaller 'Supermini' cars are often fitted with drum brakes as they are less expensive to produce and older vehicles had drums fitted as standard. Mintex shoe kits are pre-assembled; saving the installer time and ensuring all the necessary replacement parts are there in the one kit.


Data hold functions

Thermo-anemometer and IR thermometer from Tif
Published:  22 March, 2012

A Tif thermo-anemometer and IR thermometer simultaneously displays both air flow or air velocity and ambient temperature measurements. Features include the ability to store area dimensions which can then be recalled during the next use, a built-in infrared thermometer for non-contact temperature measurement, will store minimum and maximum readings and hold specific readings with the data hold functions. The 3 ½ foot cable connects the vane sensor to the instrument making it easy to reach various air returns and vents.


Battery App

Exides battery catalogue app for iPhone
Published:  20 March, 2012

Battery app You can now find batteries by using an app on the iPhone. The free app catalogues Exide's products and displays the right battery options based on the vehicle details you enter - you can search by part number, registration number or vehicle make and model. The Battery Finder catalogues all products for cars, vans, trucks and buses.


59 seconds to go

An accurate alignment can be achieved in just '59 seconds'
Published:  19 March, 2012

An accurate alignment can be achieved in just ’59 seconds’ with the latest STR410R machine, according to Supertracker.


Protect yourself

Get protected with the Bodyline range
Published:  16 March, 2012

The Bodyline range of health and safety products comprises respiratory equipment, head, eye and ear protection as well as coveralls and disposable gloves. Particularly useful for bodyshops are the over specs, safety goggles and ear defenders. The new range is available through Brown Brothers.


Clean up quick

A water-based spray from Lucas oil
Published:  15 March, 2012

Clean up the interior of cars on your forecourt or earn extra brownie points with customers when they collect their car from the workshop by using Interior Detailer, new from Lucas oil. This water-based spray is said to cut through grime on sills and doors and banishes dirt and smears on plastic, leather, vinyl and other fittings.


A safer charge

Batium range of battery chargers from GYS
Published:  14 March, 2012

The Batium range of battery chargers, available from GYS, provide a multistage charging curve to charge all current battery types to a high level and has been specifically designed to charge AGM batteries within Stop Start systems. The risk of accidental damage is taken away because it's not necessary to identify the battery type and even if connected incorrectly, the battery or vehicle will not be harmed. The range has models for 6V, 12V and 24V batteries and charge up to 350Ah.


Hybrid windscreen blades

Upgrade to hybrid windscreen blades from Denso
Published:  13 March, 2012

Customers who have conventional wiper blades can now upgrade to hybrid blades thanks to a retrofit range from Denso. Over 700 applications cover a vast array of vehicles including the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Getz, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 307 and the Toyota Yaris. The range, the first aftermarket brand to be launched by an OEM brand according to Denso, have the same technology, design and performance as the original equipment blades. The applications will continue to be added, extending the range into 2012.


Saving energy

Energy smart paint drying system
Published:  12 March, 2012

The Revo 180 is an energy-smart paint drying system from Tri-Sphere and the latest model has new features to further protect vehicles and reduce operational time.


Air con service

A range of new generation Behr A/C service units
Published:  09 March, 2012

A range of new generation Behr A/C service units, for use on systems running R-134a, R744 and HFO1234yf refrigerants are now available through Mahle. The units are supplied with on-site product training and supported by a technical hotline, repair service and annual maintenance contracts. The new line complements its range of cabin air filters for cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles.


Accurate analysis

Digital analysers from Sealey
Published:  08 March, 2012

A good diagnostic tool leads you to a problem area but won't, unfortunately, tell you the whole story and this is where further analysis is needed. A range of updated digital analysers have been introduced by Sealey which can collect and process data more quickly, for more accurate information. Digital and bar graph displays give an accurate indication of component outputs and auto-ranging and data hold functions have overload protection. All models are supplied with an inductive coupler and the top of the range TA304 models comes with an infrared thermometer attachment.


Cool new products

World class heat exchange technology from Denso
Published:  07 March, 2012

The 2012 collection of engine cooling products from Denso says it delivers world-class heat exchange technologies direct to the aftermarket, in the form of intercoolers, radiators, condensers, heater cores, fans and oil coolers. The catalogue debuts 80 new condenser part numbers for applications including Audi, Citroen, Ford and Honda. Ten new parts join the intercooler range and 200 part numbers extend its radiator range.


Air in your system

Diesel Bleeding and Primer kit
Published:  06 March, 2012

IT can take some time to purge a diesel fuel system of air, especially if there's no self-bleeding system but help is at hand with the Diesel Bleeding/Primer kit from Laser Tools. It comes with six connectors, covering Ford, PSA, Fiat, Rover, Renault, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The hand pump is used until clear fuel is seen in the clear exit pipe. If it proves difficult to purge, a bleed valve is included in the kit enabling the air to be bled off.


Curved blades

Tetrosyl's Curved wiper blades
Published:  05 March, 2012

Bluecol Aero-Flex wiper blades include retro fit fitment adaptors, suitable for use on over 96% of vehicles on the road. The blades are designed to follow the curved shape of vehicle windscreens and are designed to reduce juddering and wiper squeak.


Flameless cold heat

Safe way to blowtorch seized nuts
Published:  02 March, 2012

Taking a naked flame to seized nuts is not the safest thing to attempt in the workshop which is why the Inductor product range has been introduced to the market - a flameless cold heat which produces results with no collateral damage! The Mini-Ductor II is a 1Kw handheld unit and the Pro-Max is a 2Kw trolley or bench-mounted inverter; both run off 230V power.


In the dark

Auto darkening visor
Published:  01 March, 2012

Two welding helmets with auto darkening features join GYS. The Master LCD 11 and Master 9 - 13 LCD automatically switch from clear to dark as soon as the arc is formed and returns to clear when the arc stops.


Diagnostic tools

Hybrid testing tool
Published:  29 February, 2012

This wireless hybrid tester, the Bosch FSA 050, is now available through Euro Car Parts branches and allows techs to perform all sorts of diagnostic tasks on hybrid and electric vehicles.


Mobile parts cleaner

Handy compact cleaner
Published:  28 February, 2012

This bench-top parts cleaner from Rozone heats a water-based cleaning fluid to 40ºC where microbes break down oil and grease and the fluid is then recycled - reducing hazardous waste disposal and removing the requirement of a monthly service contract.


Get more from your mobile

Access information from your phone
Published:  27 February, 2012

If your mobile connects to the web you can use it to access a range of helpful information while in the workshop. Blue Print Mobile has just been announced, linking to technical information, new product bulletins and its VRM led technical data and parts catalogue system, AutoVista. Links to its G-Scan tool can also be found as well as technical tips and competitions you can take part in.


Green with filters

Better flow from range expansion
Published:  22 February, 2012

AIR filters for the Renault Megane III RS, Seat Exeo, Skoda Octavia II, Toyota IQ 1.4 and VW Transporter T5 are the latest additions from Green Filters.


Flexible heads

Six micro torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  21 February, 2012

A range of six micrometer torque wrenches are available from Facom; four with fixed ratcheting heads and two with flexible heads. All feature Nm and inch-pound scales and are available in a variety of lengths. The tools make light work of tightening cylinder head bolts or replacing an alloy wheel. When the set torque is reached when tightening, a click noise sounds and tension is automatically releases to prevent over-tightening.


A tool with bite

Bearing separator
Published:  20 February, 2012

A bearing separator from Frost comprises forged separators with knife edges which minimise damage to parts and have a range between 25 and 60mm. The tool removes gears, bearings, bearings cones, bushes and similar parts from shafts where ordinary puller jaws will not reach.


Cool new products

Denso expands cooling range
Published:  17 February, 2012

THE 2012 collection of engine cooling products from Denso says it delivers world-class heat exchange technologies direct to the aftermarket, in the form of intercoolers, radiators, condensers, heater cores, fans and oil coolers. The catalogue debuts 80 new condenser part numbers for applications including Audi, Citroen, Ford and Honda. Ten new parts join the intercooler range and 200 part numbers extend its radiator range.


Big Brands

Published:  17 February, 2012

The braking range from CES has grown and includes over 16,000 brake discs and 13,000 brake pads, covering the cast majority of car makes and models. The Chester-based distributor has added over 300 part numbers in the past six months and brands available include Delphi, Bosch, Blue Print, Apec, Brake Engineering and ATE.


Get your bearings

Four new part numbers join the FAG wheel bearings range from Schaeffler
Published:  16 February, 2012

Four new part numbers, covering more than 93,000 vehicles, join the FAG wheel bearings range from Schaeffler. A generation 1 bearing (front) covers models such as Vauxhall Meriva II variants and Gen 3 front and rear bearings will fit vehicles including the Suzuki Grand Vitara and Renault Clio Grandtour.


A choice of spring

140 new coil spring references
Published:  15 February, 2012

More than 140 new coil spring references and 59 updated part numbers feature within the 2012 KYB catalogue, giving 2,300 references in total.


DPF diagnostics

Published:  14 February, 2012

A diesel particulate filter diagnostics tool enables you to regenerate the DPF, reset the EOLYS additive light, check for DPF fault codes and perform a filter replacement and static regeneration, without the need for main dealer involvement.


Mobile charging unit

An advanced battery charging system from Snap-on Tools
Published:  13 February, 2012

An advanced battery charging system from Snap-on Tools has a 300 amp engine starting power and is adaptive, with different charging cycles for each type of battery, whether its standard, deep-cycle, AGM of Gel Cell. The mobile battery charger charges 6, 12 and 24 volt batteries with 4, 15 and 60 amp charging rates.


Cold starts

Cold start performance with fast heat-up
Published:  10 February, 2012

Extended post-heating, ceramic and instant heating plug technologies can be found within the Denso range of glow plugs. Benefits of which include excellent cold start performance with fast heat-up from as little as two seconds and extended post-heat temperatures of up to six minutes.


OE brakes for independents

Textar brake discs from TMD Friction
Published:  03 February, 2012

A new line of coated and composite brake discs that are OE identical and previously unavailable outside of OES channels, are now available from TMD Friction. The OE range complements the original Textar brake pad range and provides for all vehicle types.


Upgrade test lanes with no fuss

MOT Lift from Ravaglioli
Published:  30 January, 2012

An existing standard test lane  can be upgraded to a one person test lane or automated one by using the 4400.3 MOT lift from Ravaglioli, which is designed to fit perfectly into an existing MOT recess or pit, approximately 130mm deep. The lift has a 4,000Kg capacity and 4,460mm long platforms.


Catlock keeps thieves at bay

Anti-theft device
Published:  23 January, 2012

A couple of months ago we looked at the rising problem of catalytic converter theft and bemoaned the lack of products to help prevent it. The problem is getting worse too - last month, we heard of one company in the aftermarket that had its vans targeted... Ironically, the firm is in the business of supplying exhaust components.


Sensor-ble behaviour

Sensors from Valeo
Published:  20 January, 2012

A new range of fast moving OE sensors have joined Valeo's catalogue providing 20 references, including speed, knock, camshaft, oil pressure and air intake temperature.


Prevention cheaper than cure

Fuel additives
Published:  16 January, 2012

The use of fuel additives can save your customers money on expensive repairs and provide you with an additional service to motorists without additional expense.


Sensor test

Addition to range
Published:  13 January, 2012

One hundred references join the Sensors range of engine management components and include new cam and crank sensors, manifold pressure sensors and Mass Air Flow sensors.


Smart software

Upgrade from Snap-on
Published:  09 January, 2012

The latest software upgrade for the Snap-on brand of diagnostic tools provides users with nearly 20% more vehicle coverage than the previous software and now completely covers SMART vehicles.


Hybrid servicing

ESI and KTS from Bosch
Published:  06 January, 2012

Hybrid vehicles are starting to enter the independent's workshop doors so if you haven't done so already, it's time to take a look at the equipment out there that you'll need to service a hybrid safely and effectively.


Testing CAN

CAN test box from Pico
Published:  19 December, 2011

This CAN test box gives you easy access to the 16 pins of the diagnostic connector which, depending on the configuration of the vehicle, allows you to check power, ground and the CAN Bus signal.


Clamps and targets make life easier

Hunter HawkEye Elite TD from Pro-Align
Published:  16 December, 2011

A full set of measurement results is said to be delivered in just 90 seconds with the revised Hunter HawkEye Elite TD from Pro-Align.


Very nice to meter

Multimeter tools from Facom
Published:  02 December, 2011

A range of multimeters join the Facom range of tools. The Automobile Multimeter carries out diode and continuity tests, cyclic reports, measures cam angles and internal battery resistance.


A boost in bearings

Bearing catalogue from First Line
Published:  18 November, 2011

The 2011/12 First Line wheel bearing catalogue is now out and contains individual bearings, kits and 14 complete brake disc and wheel bearing assemblies. A further 148 new to range additions have been made.


Coolant exchanger

Coolant exchanger from Autoclimate
Published:  11 November, 2011

This compressed air-powered machine is a coolant exchanger and system checker which handles antifreeze replacement, recommended every five or six years. The Vacufill from Autoclimate is also suitable for bodyshops where thorough testing of the cooling system is required before refilling.



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