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.


The ART of exhaust filters

Eminox gives glimpse of low-temperature DPF system
Published:  08 October, 2010

Exhaust specialists at Eminox have given a glimpse of an Active Regeneration Trap (ART) filter system. If that doesn't mean much to you, the system is basically a DPF system for low temperature applications.


Wiper way safety fears

Wood Auto boss highlights importance of wiper accessories
Published:  08 October, 2010

Wood Auto is highlighting the safety and revenue opportunities that effective wiper sales can bring.


With Fuel Parts it's in the bag

Fuel Parts bags up ignition range in bid to cut trial-and-error fitting
Published:  01 October, 2010

Emission systems firm Fuel Parts UK has introduced a new bagging system in a bid to encourage proper fault diagnosis, rather than trial-and-error fitment.


Testing kit from Trade Group

MOTs at the touch of a button
Published:  01 October, 2010

The Trademaster T5000 series of brake testers from the Trade Group promises to deliver 'significant operational benefits' to any MOT station.


Help with the daily grind

Sykes-Pickavant cleans away grot with wheel grinders
Published:  01 October, 2010

Tool company Sykes-Pickavant has created a series of wheel hub and wheel stud grinders to help you remove corrosion.


Clever chargers power up

Yuasa gives battery chargers an intelligence boost
Published:  01 October, 2010

A collection of supposedly intelligent battery chargers has been rolled out of the factory by battery firm Yuasa.


Workshop benches and kit

Industrial workstation from Sealey
Published:  01 October, 2010

A range of heavy gauge steel cabinets, workbenches and accessories are available which feature an evenly distributed load capacity of 1,000kg and self-locking mechanisms to prevent accidental opening.


Oh it's Thorite for some!

Compressors and pneumatic systems from Thorite
Published:  24 September, 2010

rong>A large range of portable and stationary compressors and pneumatic systems are presented by Thorite in its new free brochure, said to be ideal for garages, bodyshops and tyre fitting workshops.


A belt kit out of the Blue

Blue Print secures first with Mitsubishi timing belt kit
Published:  24 September, 2010

Parts firm Blue Print has launched what it claims is the aftermarket's first seven-piece timing belt kit for the Mitsubishi L200 2.5 Di-D from 2006 onwards.


Sensor change poster

NGK lends hand in driver investment challenge
Published:  24 September, 2010

Trying to persuade customers to spend their cash on new parts that (to them) don't seem necessary is never easy. To help when it comes to lambda sensors, NGK has produced a poster and leaflet aimed at convincing motorists that paying for fresh sensors is the smart thing to do.


Steer towards FAI

Ford wishbones join FAI steering range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Manufacturer and distributor FAI Automotive has published a catalogue supplement detailing the latest additions to its steering and suspension range.


Wood have a lightbulb moment

Wood Auto aims to shine with Osram range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Components company Wood Auto is drawing attention to its choice of bulbs. It offers an own-brand option together with a premium range of Osram bulbs and a choice of work lamps. Bulbs are available in 6, 12, 24 and 48 volt variants and in general and halogen varieties.


TecDoc cat can benefit classics

TecDoc highlights classic car credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

Electronic parts cataloguing system TecDoc is traditionally associated with parts suppliers and distributors. However, over the last few months UK boss Shaun Greasley has been on a mission to highlight the benefits he believes it could bring to workshops and even classic car enthusiasts.


Light the way for DRL

Unipart highlights need for DRL crash repair replacement option
Published:  17 September, 2010

With the imminent start of legislation making them compulsory on new vehicles, Daylight Running Lights (DRL) are set to shape the future of lighting.


ECP lights keep on running

ECP offers Philips LED daytime running lights
Published:  17 September, 2010

If you want to pretend your car is a flashy new Audi, you can now get hold of Philips LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) from Euro Car Parts.


Boom for ignition range

Blue Print adds Toyota Rav 4 ignition option
Published:  17 September, 2010

rong>As part of its on-going expansion, parts firm Blue Print has added ignition coils for the Toyota Rav 4 – together with glow plugs for the Mitsubishi Colt and Smart Forfour.


Tech pledge for test lanes

GE-Tech asserts European quality credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

MOT equipment company GE-Tech is highlighting its European-made credentials in a bid to win new customers.


Wood show air con launch

Wood Auto debuts air con compressors, Hall 3.0, stand G78
Published:  10 September, 2010

Auto-electrical firm Wood Auto will debut its range of air con compressors at the show along with Rita Millo, the company's recently-recruited European sales manager (although unlike the compressors, she won't be kept in a glass cabinet - we assume, Ed).


NGK plugs technical triumph

NGK prepares to highlight OE success, Hall 3.0, stand B51
Published:  10 September, 2010

With what it describers as "important news" from both the OE and aftermarket sectors, NGK will have a strong presence at the Automechanika show.


Show who's in charge

Not just a simple charger, Hall 8.0, stand F27
Published:  10 September, 2010

One of the many tools that will be at Automechanika is a new 12V battery charger with constant output mode. It provides a constant 10A power source to maintain a battery charge during 'key on/engine off' diagnostics, when fault code reading and ECU re-programming for instance.


Filter factors line up

Hengst lines up engine and filter selection, Hall 6.0, stand A84
Published:  10 September, 2010

Filter systems and engine parts firm Hengst will unveil a choice of new parts for the Vauxhall Insignia in Frankfurt.


Sealey good gadgets

Sealey tools up for catalogue launch, Hall 9.0, stand F04
Published:  10 September, 2010

rong>Tools company Sealey will give customers a glimpse of its latest catalogue at Automechanika.


Keep an eye on aligners

Hunter equipment to demonstrate the latest software, Hall 8 stand B44
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Hunter brand of wheel alignment and garage equipment will be on display in Frankfurt this September, including its premium HawkEye Imaging Aligner range with featured sections of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW group aligners.


Unipart offers a wise buy

Unipart offers MOT equipment deals with Megawisebuys brochure
Published:  03 September, 2010

A free Omiscan 2 diagnostic tool is just one of the special offers packed into the latest edition of Megawisebuys - Unipart's tools and equipment brochure.


Snap up cool air con kit

Snap-on Diagnostics pins hopes on Blizzard air con success, Hall 8.0, stand A96
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Snap-on Diagnostics stand will be dominated by the Sun KoolKare air con recycling centres. There are two models in the range - the Blizzard and Blizzard PRO - and the company hopes the latest versions will attract interest from the growing air con market.


Stand up for parts links

Denso focuses on links between OE and aftermarket parts, Hall 3.0, stand E61
Published:  03 September, 2010

According to parts company Denso's publicity machine, it will focus on OE strength, aftermarket excellence and what it calls "visionary technologies" at Automechanika (we're fairly sure this doesn't mean a range of workshop spectacles are on the cards, Ed).


Show is launch pad for calipers

Remy set for brake caliper catalogue launch, Hall 3.0, stand B21
Published:  03 September, 2010

Remanufacturing firm Remy will use the Automechanika exhibition to launch its 2011 European brake caliper catalogue.


Comma to make a stand

Bulk oil tanks on way out, says Comma
Published:  27 August, 2010

The days of the bulk oil storage tank are numbered, according to oils and lubes company Comma. The firm says the most profitable way ahead is to meet market requirements by holding a greater number of manufacturer - and engine-specific oils in smaller, more manageable containers.


Rover round with Xpart

MG Rover cars maintain parc presence says XPart
Published:  27 August, 2010

Despite the factory closing down in 2005, the number of MG Rover cars on the road has only fallen by 3%, according to the latest figures.


Unique lift raises the bar

Boston claims 6-tonne lift is Europe's most advanced
Published:  27 August, 2010

Boston has launched its B461 4-post lift onto the market with the bold claim that it's Europe's most advanced. The company says the 6-tonne unit offers several unique features. It comes in 6.1 and 5.75 metre platforms of 630mm width.


Latest lube spec. is vital

Technicians miss importance of oil specifications, warns boss
Published:  27 August, 2010

Millers Oils account manager Dave Mott says many technicians may still be missing a trick when it comes to the latest lubricants. "It is unfortunately still the case that many in the trade don't yet fully appreciate the necessity for using very specific products when it comes to servicing later model vehicles," he said. "Most new cars produced from around 2002 now require full-synthetic low SAPS (Sulphated Ash, Phosphorous and Sulphur) oils to run efficiently, and the damage of using older, less sophisticated products can be costly."


Brake drum kit addition

Pre-mounted drum kits from Global Braking Systems
Published:  27 August, 2010

A complete range of Cifam pre-mounted brake drum kits have been added to Global Braking Systems' hydraulics programme, with over 175 references in stock.



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