Little unit gets all pumped up

The Accura Cube from PCL
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>The Accura Qube may be small but the tiny unit provides fast and accurate tyre inflation. The new inflator from PCL has three modes: standard inflate/deflate, tyreshop (which features overpressure) and nitrogen (top off and complete purge).


Resolve poor fuel issues

Fuel analyser could prevent system damage
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>Delphi says research shows more than 80% of fuel injection repairs are caused by fuel contamination or poor fuel quality and with biodiesels becoming more popular this figure is likely to rise as it is not regulated to the same standards as diesel.


Company helps you manage

Manage your workshop online
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>The new web-based garage management programme developed by MAM Software has been chosen as the preferred choice by the Bosch Car Service network.


Snap-on are fully in charge

EECC500UK charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  27 January, 2011

The latest battery charger to join Snap-on Tools is said to be the most advanced yet with 300 amp engine starting power and different charging cycles for each type of battery - standard, deep-cycle, AGM and gel cell.


Live life in the test lane

Upgrade to one person testing status
Published:  27 January, 2011

Recent additions to Tecalemit's range of garage equipment include a Class I and II adapter kit for the standard Class IV and VII roller brake testers and the option of headlamp beam testing which indicates a pass or fail on the integrated LCD screen.


Fuel economy enhancer

Fuel treatments from Forte
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>Three treatments available from Forte have been developed to help independent workshops keep their customers’ fuel systems and components clean. They aim to prevent contamination which can make oxygen sensors in petrol engine vehicles fail, resulting in misfiring, juddering and a loss of power.


Omitec at your service

OmiCheck service tool from Omitec
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>This nifty piece of kit communicates with the on-board computer and once faults are identified and repaired, resets the warning light - an essential service tool for today's garage.


Energy array powers up

GS Batteries from FPS
Published:  14 January, 2011

rong>This new range of automotive batteries is available exclusively through FPS. GS Batteries cover 99% of the vehicle parc and include car, CV, marine and leisure applications.


Software gets things straight

Alignment upgrade from Pro-Align
Published:  14 January, 2011

rong>The Hunter WA series aligner console can now benefit from the latest WinAlign 11 operating software, helping to simplify alignment tasks further and reduce the time it takes to undertake complex wheel alignment work.


Gadget is top of the Snocks

A timely lighter and cheaper alternative to snow chains has hit the shelves.
Published:  22 December, 2010

THE REST of the country might grind to a halt at the first sign of a snowflake, but that simply isn't an option for the garage trade.


Diagnostic tool is a cracker

Cracking fault codes with the Cypher
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>The Cypher is a PC-based diagnostic tool pitched at the experienced diagnostic technician; enabling you to work now and into the future.


Can I read it? Yes you scan!

ISCAN II from Automotive Garage Solutions
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>This scanner is also J2534 pass-thru enabled and provides auto-search facilities for most makes, so there’s no need to enter VIN details or engine type.


Suspension range expands

FAI range continues to grow
Published:  15 December, 2010

rong>In Spring 2010, 250 steering and suspension part numbers joined FAI Automotive’s steering and suspension programme and were listed in a supplement to its catalogue, adding more than 1,000 new applications.


Blown away by Laser Kit

Suck and blow with Laser Tools
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>An Air Gun Sucker/Blower Kit with a standard airline and an air pressure of 90psi is available from Laser Tools.


Going spare over Mini gear

Gear assembly from Mini Spares
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>Anyone who has a classic Mini turn up in their workshop with one of the frequent gearbox problems will be pleased to know that the first and second gear complete inner assembly for all four-speed synchromesh gearboxes is once again available from Huddersfield-based Mini Spares.


Cool Comma coolant

VW approval for Comma
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>A VW-approved antifreeze and coolant is the most recent addition to Comma’s Xstream range containing Glysantin from BASF. 


Tester is tops for diagnostics

Component testing from Bosch
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>The new FSA 500 Mobile Tester and FSA and Hybrid Tester from Bosch are said to provide fast and accurate troubleshooting and the latter aids professional diagnosis of electronic and hybrid drives.


Hardy Brake Gray paint

Brake fluid-resistant paints
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>Brake Gray is a heavy-duty brake fluid-resistant paint, containing pure stainless steel pigment in an ultra durable epoxy ester resin. Phew.


Kit makes the welder difference

Automatic wire feed
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>If you’re after a MIG/MAG welder that offers a simple set-up then look no further than the Synergic single phase 13/23-V from GYS. Select the welding mode, wire thickness and metal type, set the current and you’re ready to go - the best wire speed is automatically chosen.


DEi get stuck into glue

Sticky heat from DEi
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>The glue barons at Design and Engineering Inc have come up with a handy solution to sticky situations.


Company has funnel vision

Disposable funnel range
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>The Fast Funnel range of disposable funnels has been created to eliminate the hazards of impurities and possibility of cross-contamination when using the same funnel time and time again.


Sensor-ble option for Bosch

Diesel lambda sensors
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>Bosch claims to have the right lambda sensor for virtually every vehicle, with around 85% market coverage in Europe and the range has now been expanded to include sensors for diesel engines.


V-belt kits for French cars

Belt kits from ContiTech
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ContiTech has expanded its range of kits with V-ribbed belts and torsional vibration dampers (TVD) and includes popular vehicle models of French manufacturers, including the Citroen C5, Peugeot 307 and 607, as well as the Renault Mégane.


Brake reset tool available

Gunson reset tool
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>An electronic park-brake reset tool specifically designed for Audi A4, A6 and A8, Q7 and Passatt models from 2006 to 2009 is now available from Gunson.


Reman stock for stopping

New stock for Brakeworld
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>Leeds-based firm Brakeworld now carries a comprehensive range of re-manufactured callipers sourced from NK in Denmark. NK is one of Europe's largest remanufacturers of callipers, offering a comprehensive range for European, Japanese and Korean cars and light commercial vans.


More clutches to take away

ACDelco commits to clutch expansion
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ACDelco has set itself the target to expand the number of clutch references it holds on a monthly basis until the end of the year and a further 16 clutch kits join its programme this month. Its range now stands at over 900 references, compared to 754 at the beginning of the year.


Don't beat around the bush

Bush removal tool for VAG group cars
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>The latest addition to the Auto Service Tools range of suspension bush removal/installation tools has been released covering applications on control arm bushes on Volkswagen Group vehicles.


Keeping us in suspension

Range update from Delphi
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>Delphi’s steering and suspension range has been increased by 380 new part numbers since its last catalogue and can be found in the 2010/2011 version.


Optimal component range

European distributor has the UK market in its sights
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>European component distributor, Optimal is set to enter the UK aftermarket from a new central warehousing facility in the West Midlands.


Tool kit is a SAC-sy option

SAC tool kit from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A self-adjusting clutch (SAC) tool kit from Sykes Pickavant has been developed for mounting and dis-mounting SAC assemblies to the flywheel.


Autoboss game, set and 'Mach'

The Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>In an effort to market new kit to independent garages, diagnostic tool distributor Autoboss UK is due to bring out a new interface.


Stand out from the crowd

Sakura hi-visibility products
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A range of Sakura hi-visibility products are now ready for winter stocking and are available from Saxon, who also distribute car care and valet products.


Remover tool really takes off

Sealey wheel-nut cap remover
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>This little device will remove Sealey plastic wheel nut caps fitted to Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW and Vauxhall vehicles.


Scooby pressure pump

Oil's well for high pressure pump
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>High performance engines require additional oil pressure because of the increased demand placed upon various components within the engine.


Parts packaging update

New designs for National
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Clutch and parts manufacturer National Auto Parts has redesigned its product cartons and website to make the products easier to find and the site speedier to navigate.


Cobra springs into action

Cobra springs for cube
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Suspension manufacturer Cobra has released a spring upgrade kit for the latest version of the quirky Nissan cube.


Top bloke, top topics, top tech

Dillon's Technical Bulletin service
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Aftermarket technical writer, technical trainer, workshop owner, Top Technician supporter and all round fab west-country bloke James Dillon is running some one-day training courses at his new training facility in Bridgwater next month.


Come on - pulley the other one

Facom offers alternator pulley removal solution
Published:  22 October, 2010

An alternator pulley removal kit is the latest addition to Facom's range of workshop tools. It aims to save time and eliminate common pulley removal problems. During changing operations, the sockets used to dismantle the pulley often break because the torque required is very high. In order to combat this, Facom has opted for heat treatment on the bits in its kit to boost their strength and reduce the risk of breakage.


New range to meet demands

Yuasa reveals AGM battery range to meet stop-start demands
Published:  22 October, 2010

The battery boys and girls at Yuasa have unveiled new range of AGM (absorbent glass mat) batteries for use in the latest stop-start vehicles and if you're one of those slightly obsessive individuals who like long lists of electrical specifications you're in for a treat: The new Yuasa AGM range features four models offering 60, 70, 80 and 92 ampere-hour capacities at 20-hour rate. Cold cranking performance of the batteries is 680, 760, 800 and 850A with reserve capacity of 100, 120, 140 and 160 minutes respectively. The 70 and 92Ah models are available immediately with the 60 and 80Ah cells due for release in spring 2011.


New tyres tread carefully

Vintage Tyres caters for Alfa, Lotus and more
Published:  22 October, 2010

Vintage Tyres has rolled out three new models. The Avon Turbospeed covers Daimler and Jaguar cars while the Vredestein Classic is a popular fitment for MGB, BMW, Rover P6 and Alfa Romeo vehicles


Switch on to parts catalogue

Fuel Parts UK lists sensor and switch expansion in catalogue move
Published:  22 October, 2010

If you like to sit at home and collect automotive parts catalogues, your collection is about to get one bigger (you should probably also try and get out once in a while too, Ed).


Unipart's starter for ten

Unipart promises "significant improvements" following rotating electrics expansion
Published:  22 October, 2010

Unipart has boosted its choice of rotating electrics by more than 25%. Mike Parsons, Unipart's general manager for product marketing, said customers could expect to see "significant improvements in availability" following the move that adds 2,000 part numbers to the company's choice of units. Suggested selling prices have also been added to all starter motors and alternators in a bid to help garages maximise profits from each sale.


Lasting Classic cover

Chicago Pneumatic extends warranty cover on Classic tools
Published:  15 October, 2010

rong>Chicago Pneumatic (CP) has doubled the warranty period on its Classic range of tools to two years.


Clever unit takes it all in

Filtoo extraction unit sucks up fumes so you don't have to
Published:  15 October, 2010

No, it's not a trendy eco-toilet for hippy festival-heads, the Filtoo is an exhaust extraction unit from Flextraction. Built by Teka in Germany, it sucks up fumes, dust and gases found in welding, bonding, gluing, brazing, soldering, laser welding and restoration applications.


Pipe down over corrosion

XPart finds coolant pipe corrosion fix for MGF and TF
Published:  15 October, 2010

MG Rover parts specialist XPart has introduced an improved version of the coolant pipes for the MGF and TF cars to help prevent corrosion.


Support SMART repairs

3M aims to support SMART repairers with dedicated support programme
Published:  15 October, 2010

Technology firm 3M has boosted its offering to anyone in the SMART (that's Small to Medium Area Repair Technology, in case you'd forgotten) or LAR (Local Area Repair) businesses.


Wheely good alignment

EGS provides 3D wheel alignment demo option
Published:  15 October, 2010

Euro Garage Solutions (aka EGS, the garage equipment division of Euro Car Pats) has taken on two alignment specialists to give demonstrations of its wheel alignment kit to prospective customers.


Dust unit has a lot to offer

Nederman offers techs free grinder option
Published:  08 October, 2010

Exhaust extraction company Nederman is offering a free sander/grinder to anyone that buys one of its P160I portable dust extraction units.


Make a spectacle of yourself

Anti-fog welding glasses add to eye protection options from Weldability-SIF
Published:  08 October, 2010

Panther Spectacles and Resolution Goggles might sound like the crime-busting gadgets of a high-tech superhero but the more boring reality is that they're the latest eye protectors from Weldability-SIF.


A belt-er of a warranty deal

Goodyear forges on with belt failure warranty offer
Published:  08 October, 2010

Goodyear is forging ahead with its Fit & Relax warranty policy on belts. Valid for 30,000 miles or 2 years, the warranty means that should any Goodyear belt suffer what it calls an "honest and fair" failure within the period, Goodyear will pay to repair the engine, including parts and labour.



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