On your bike with plugs

Motorbike spark plugs from NGK
Published:  21 May, 2010

Motorbike spark plugs are increasingly replicating their high-temperature cousins fitted to passenger cars, says NGK. The company says there is an on-going trend towards "hotter, automotive-style plugs" as the drive to reduce emissions hits motorbikes too. Hotter plugs can also enhance idle stability.


Lube for fuel efficiency

Low viscosity oil from ACDelco
Published:  14 May, 2010

A next generation, low viscosity synthetic engine oil for use in both petrol and diesel passenger cars joins ACDelco's existing range of synthetic, mineral and transmission gear oils.


Armed with wiper puller

Wiper arm puller from Laser Tools
Published:  14 May, 2010

This wiper arm puller has been designed to make your life that bit easier when faced with a wiper arm that won't budge.


Poster pump warning

Steering poster from Remy Automotive
Published:  14 May, 2010

This poster, available to workshops and factors, has been designed to remind technicians of the need to replace the steering rack and pump together. It can also be used to demonstrate to customers how to avoid unnecessary costs in the future.


Get equipped with SIP

Spring promotion from SIP
Published:  14 May, 2010

Deals on over 300 products can be found in the SIP Spring Promotion that runs until June 30th.


One stop part shop TecDoc

Improved search tool from TecDoc
Published:  14 May, 2010

The parts identification system has been updated to make it easier and quicker to find the right replacement part.


Wakey wakey, valves!

TPMS valve tool from TRW
Published:  07 May, 2010

A valve activation tool joins the TRW easycheck service range of tools, in preparation of all new cars to market from 2012 having Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS's) fitted as standard.


Riveting drill converter

Rivedrill from Frost
Published:  07 May, 2010

This device lets you convert a conventional cordless, electric or pneumatic drill into a blind rivet gun. Frost says it can set up to 14 rivets per minute - which is about twice what could be done using hand tools.


Recoil in delight at repair kit

Recoil thread repair kit from Alcoa Fastening Systems
Published:  07 May, 2010

The latest Pro XL Recoil kit contains a combined tap wrench and installation tool for repairing threads on wheel bolts, spark plugs, brake calipers, oil sumps and drain plugs.


'Andy cap to check service

Tamperproof caps from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 May, 2010

This tamperproof cap locks onto the existing dust cap of a R-134a system so if the vehicle returns to your workshop with the caps broken, you can then decide whether you trust the third party has serviced the system with the correct refrigerant, lubricant and additives.


Bin aligner and bag new one

Geolite wheel aligner from Snap-on
Published:  07 May, 2010

In a bid to convince you why you should invest in its new Geolite 3D wheel aligner, Snap-on did a bit of research into potential returns on investment.


Air con unit's a breeze

AC 2500 N9 air con unit from Tecalemit
Published:  30 April, 2010

Like all air con units from equipment firm Tecalemit, this fully-automatic air con service unit comes with a high-side coupler which incorporates a purge valve to ensure no refrigerant is lost to the atmosphere. As a result, it's fully compliant with the latest F-gas regulations.


Carlube? Well, oil be blowed!

Carlube oils from Tetrosyl
Published:  29 April, 2010

rong>The bods at Tetrosyl have obviously been busy recently with 3 new oils to choose from.


Make light work of safety

Lyra LED day and night lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  28 April, 2010

This latest light acts as a dual-function day and night lamp. It can be used as a Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) in the day and an extra styling lamp once darkness descends.


Power ahead with batteries

Varta batteries from Hella
Published:  27 April, 2010

Hella has extended its choice of Varta batteries for cars and commercial vehicles. The company now stocks Varta units alongside its own Hella Power range.


Thrills without the spills

Non-spill fuel spout from Easy-fill
Published:  26 April, 2010

Designed to prevent overfilling and wasted fuel from spills, this device automatically shuts off when the tank is full.


Strapped for Transit vans

Fused Transit battery-earth straps from Unipart
Published:  23 April, 2010

A choice of fused battery-earth straps for Ford Transits are now available from Unipart.  From 2000 to 2006, all Transits were fitted with a fused negative earth strap. This can easily blow if a van is started in gear or has a faulty starter motor causing too much current to flow. "As a result, all power is lost until the blow earth strap is replaced," says Unipart.


Easy to check with tool

Version 3 Easycheck software from TRW
Published:  23 April, 2010

The latest software is out now for TRW's hand-held service tool. It contains 235 new vehicle applications across 11 VMs ranging from Alfa Romeo and Fiat through to Renault and Volvo.


Spring has sprung for Sealey

Spring sales promotion from Sealey
Published:  23 April, 2010

rong>A wide choice of tools and special offers are available in tool company Sealey’s Spring Promotion catalogue, which is out now. Unlike previous years, the 2010 promotion has been extended until 31st May.


The whole kit and caboodle

Catalogue range extension from Draper Tools
Published:  23 April, 2010

Draper Tools has launched the 2010/11 edition of its main tools catalogue. The 724-page publication features more than 8,000 product lines and is available in a handy A5 format, as well as the traditional A4 size.


Tester feels the pressure

Fuel pressure test kits from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  23 April, 2010

The company is enhancing its choice of test kits with 6 new units added to the range. The most common is the 30855 version designed for European cars.


Stock up on big Macs

Mega Macs version 36 software from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  16 April, 2010

Asian coverage, including Honda and Hyundai, are at the centre of this latest update for Hella Gutmann Solutions' (HGS) Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools.


Perfect timing to belt up

AE timing belt kits catalogue from Federal-Mogul
Published:  15 April, 2010

This latest publication includes more than 200 additional parts, covering both belts and timing belt kits. According to Federal-Mogul, the expansion nearly doubles the company's previous range.


Clutch range extended

Clutch kits from Blue Print
Published:  14 April, 2010

Kits for the Isuzu Rodeo 2.5DT 2007> and the Suzuki Swift 2005> join the expanding range of kits available from Blue Print.


Sun in charge of batteries

FoldUp solar charger from Solar Technology
Published:  13 April, 2010

Designed for use in cars, caravans, trucks and motorbikes, this unit is designed to charge and maintain 12 volt batteries. It delivers free solar power and, according to Solar Technology, can extend a battery's life by up to 20%.


Stay safe like Nederman

Hose and cable safety from Nederman
Published:  12 April, 2010

rong>Workshop kit company Nederman is highlighting the benefits of self-retracting hose and cable reels in line with a campaign by the Health and Safety Executive to reduce slips, trips and falls.


Rack up solutions for storage

Integrated racking system from Tevo
Published:  09 April, 2010

Tevo is using its stand (number 5814) to launch its latest racking system. It uses customisable storage modules so users can create the storage system that's right for their particular needs.


"Bimmers" ball joint kit

BMW 5 and 7 Series ball joint remover from Auto Service Tools
Published:  08 April, 2010

The tool company has updated its rear ball joint remover and installer kit for BMW 5 and 7 Series models. The 4498A kit has been revamped with an improved design to cover later 5 Series (E60 and E61) and 7 Series (E65 and E66) models.


Time to pimp your garage?

Workshop design service from Dura
Published:  07 April, 2010

If you're looking to build a new, or re-design an existing, workshop, Dura claims it has the expertise needed.


Prime racks hit the roof

Roof rack products from Prime Design
Published:  06 April, 2010

This award-winning US company will be sharing its roof rack solutions with visitors to the CVO Show on stand 5236.


Help keep Traka your keys

Key management systems from Traka
Published:  05 April, 2010

Stand 5862 will play home to Traka during the CV Operator Show as it displays its selection of key management systems.


Workshop kit on display

Garage equipment from Liftmaster
Published:  02 April, 2010

Specialising in test lanes for cars and commercial vehicles, the company will be on hand to answer questions on equipment, layout and VOSA requirements for Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) from stand 4021.


Set to socket to you

Duo Drive spline impact socket set from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  01 April, 2010

rong>This system allows users to choose between a ½” square drive impact wrench and a 24mm wrench or socket, thanks to the external hex design.


All fuelled up for Show

Merridale fuel management systems from MIS
Published:  31 March, 2010

From stand number 5866, the company will be drawing attention to the benefits of carbon management for vehicle fleets. Its Merridale fuel management software now features a CO2 calculator which gives emissions information based on the quantity of fuel used.


Diagnostic service tool

VST service tool from Sealey
Published:  30 March, 2010

Tool company Sealey has unveiled its VST hand-held service and diagnostic tool, providing coverage of more than 30 VMs plus EOBD. It can read and clear all engine trouble codes on all EOBD compliant vehicles. It is also capable of various service functions, such as resetting the service light, electronic parking brake, key reprogramming and tyre pressure configuration on selected vehicles.


Fleet diagnostic solution

Texa TMD telematics device from Eclipse
Published:  29 March, 2010

Based on stand 4111, Eclipse Automotive Technology will showcase the Texa TMD telematics device. The unit allows faults to not only be identified and diagnosed while a car is moving but, in certain cases, to be corrected too. Richard Parking, director of Eclipse, said the unit would open up a new direction for vehicle repairs, particularly among fleet workshops.


Technical temp. tester

Infrared thermometer from Euro Car Parts
Published:  26 March, 2010

This tool calculates temperature by detecting the infrared energy emitted by an object so doesn't even have to make contact with it.


Inspector gadget from Dart

Steerable endoscopes from Dart Systems
Published:  25 March, 2010

As working on modern cars becomes as complicated as surgery, it comes as no surprise that endoscopes are an increasingly handy tool to have to hand.


Bright sparks plug LPG

Spark plug catalogue from Denso
Published:  24 March, 2010

rong>Denso released its latest spark plug catalogue recently and, in a new development, it featured an LPG section to help users select the right plug for cars being converted to run on liquid petroleum gas or compressed natural gas.


Snap up new garage kit

Garage equipment from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  23 March, 2010

Lifts, tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners are just some of the kit now being offered by the firm. The company's acting marketing manager Sarah Philpott said the decision to expand the existing choice of air con, emissions and ATL equipment was the result of numerous customer requests.


A good sport for bearings

Motorsport engine bearings from Mahle
Published:  22 March, 2010

Made in a UK facility using materials developed for motorsport, this latest range of bearings covers 14 applications from Ford through to Subaru.


Top care scheme for garages

Car Care Centre from Unipart
Published:  19 March, 2010

Wendy Williamson, Unipart Automotive’s marketing director, reckons its Car Care Centre scheme (UCCC) provides garages with a good mix of corporate support while allowing them to maintain their independence.


Asian addition to fluid range

Automatic transmission fluid from Febi Bilstein
Published:  18 March, 2010

rong>This latest addition to the Febi range of fluids is designed for Asian vehicles. It is resistant to high torque and meets, and sometimes exceeds, vehicle manufacturer standards.


Make sure you're connected

Electrical connector kit from Sealey
Published:  17 March, 2010

Sealey has so many gadgets and gizmos for working on electrical systems that we'd need more space than is available in this feature to list them all.


Shocking offer on plugs

Spark plugs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  16 March, 2010

Never backwards in coming forwards about their latest offers and deals, ECP reckons it has "shocked" its competitors with what it claims are its "unbeatable offerings" from three of the biggest names in OE spark plug manufacture - Bosch, Denso and NGK.


Delphi at your service

Delphi Service Centre
Published:  15 March, 2010

Offering support in diesel, air con, petrol engine management or braking, steering and suspension systems, Delphi offers a range of packages to help garages get the latest technical support combined with marketing assistance.


Spark plugs are champions

Champion iridium spark plugs from Federal-Mogul
Published:  12 March, 2010

Champion's iridium spark plugs are now available for a range of engines operating on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or E85 bio-ethanol.


All-in-one brake machine

Bendix brake bleeder from Honeywell
Published:  11 March, 2010

Compatible with all brake systems, Honeywell reckons this bleeder takes into account everything from brake fluid viscosity and temperature to purity in a bid to offer the highest standards of brake system maintenance.


Red light on booze drives

VDO Alcohol Interlock from Continental
Published:  10 March, 2010

rong>What with the high-profile safety campaigns, most people that are so boozed-up they can hardly stand, will not even attempt to get behind the wheel of a car these days.


Bearing wheel kits in mind

Wheel bearing kits from Blue Print
Published:  09 March, 2010

rong>As cars get bigger and heavier, wheel bearings find themselves subjected to bigger and bigger forces.



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