Get clutch clever with Valeo

Clutch Expert from Valeo
Published:  08 March, 2010

This manufacturer-led scheme offers technical support as an inducement to buying Valeo clutches. It's free to join and membership will continue provided your workshop buys a certain number of clutches.


It's a sign o' the times

Workshop signage from Prosol
Published:  05 March, 2010

However good your workshop is inside, it's no good if no-one can tell from the outside. Broadcasting your services and expertise to passers-by is a valuable promotional tool.


Just get it off your chest

Jet Legend tool chest from Unipart
Published:  04 March, 2010

This seven-drawer roller cabinet has a central locking system and is made from high-grade steel with a stainless steel worktop and leather-trimmed handle.


Bearing up under the strain

Universal wheel bearing kit from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  03 March, 2010

This kit offers everything you'll need for the removal and installation of flanges and wheel bearings, without the need for removal of suspension struts or wheel hubs.


Scheme sharpens up skills

Original SACHS Service from ZF Trading
Published:  02 March, 2010

This scheme offers workshops direct links to training, technical documentation and information from the one group of people who should know how a product works - the people who made it.


Plugs get you all fired up

Spark plugs from AC Delco
Published:  02 March, 2010

Backed up by a 150-page product catalogue, AC Delco's spark plug range contains 83 part numbers.


Find fault with hawk eye

Hawk Eye diagnostics from Bearmach
Published:  26 February, 2010

rong>This robust unit is the latest addition to Bearmach’s product range and is aimed at entry and intermediate-repairers rather than full-on diagnostic Einsteins.


Powerful portable charger

Portable Power 1700 power charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  25 February, 2010

rong>Over to Terry Barcham, Snap-on Tool’s European managing director for the low-down on this 12V jump starter:


Disc fitting is greased lightning

Pagid anti-grease coated discs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  24 February, 2010

Grease is a real nuisance. It clogs up your veins, clogs up shower-phobic people's hair and, according to ECP, it causes all sorts of bother with brake discs too (although it does make chips taste nice!)


Wheely fab flywheel tester

Dual Mass Flywheel tool from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  23 February, 2010

rong>No prizes for imaginative names here! This tool is designed to let you test the Dual Mass Flywheel while it’s still fitted to the vehicle, with the gearbox removed.


Deal with diesel dilemmas

Diesel services from Leyland Auto
Published:  22 February, 2010

If you've got a problem with diesel, you could call Superman but this Preston-based company would prefer you gave them a ring.


Halt mis-fuelling mess ups

Diesel Key from Tullman Designs
Published:  19 February, 2010

rong>This device replaces the existing fuel cap and stops unleaded fuel nozzles being shoved into diesel tanks. It was recently approved by testing research centre Thatcham and gained the Thatcham Quality Accreditation seal of approval.


Ring bulbs light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 February, 2010

If you were a magician, turning £5 into £20 would be a pretty impressive - and profitable - trick. Ring reckons getting customers to trade up from standard bulbs to performance bulbs when its time for replacements is the quickest and easiest way to do the same trick in the garage.


The boss of scan updates

V30 software updates from Autoboss
Published:  17 February, 2010

Keeping up with technical developments is a bit like a hamster running on a wheel; you've got to put in a lot of effort just to stay in the same place.


Brake out the bed tester

Trademaster split-bed brake tester from The Trade Group
Published:  16 February, 2010

The company says it has a solution to anyone struggling to find spare parts for ageing split-bed brake testers made by other manufacturers.


Make sensor of it all

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  15 February, 2010

The company has ranges of specific like-for-like lambda sensor replacements and a universal range that uses a patented connector to offer a quality replacement option in a simple-to-fit system.


Take part with diesel units

Diesel distribution units from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  12 February, 2010

rong>Units for the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Scudo, and Vauxhall Vivaro are out now from the Bromsgrove-based company.


Comma lube is oil of choice

Protective engine oils from Comma
Published:  11 February, 2010

As vehicles get more complex, those pesky VMs get more and more demanding about what you pour into cars if you want to keep the warranty in tact.


Emissions measurer is tops

Hofmann WSM10 smoke meter from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  10 February, 2010

rong>This new piece of kit is part of the Geogas 3000 range of VOSA-approved emissions testers.


Set your torque with ease

Electronic torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  09 February, 2010

This latest range offers precise calibration of +/- 2% and is resistant to loads of nasty workshop chemicals to stop it rotting away in front of your eyes.


Fly the flag for MOT testing

MOT flagpole from Prosol
Published:  08 February, 2010

Amid all the garage schemes and codes fighting to win consumer awareness, the trusty old three-triangles of the MOT remain one of the best known motoring symbols around. So you might as well shout about the fact you offer a testing service.


Time to have a lathey day

On-car brake lathe from Pro-cut
Published:  05 February, 2010

No matter how many times you polish a lump of coal, it's always going to be a lump of coal. According to the team behind this brake lathe, the same is true for brake discs.


Brakes are big business

Braking range from AC Delco
Published:  05 February, 2010

Hooray for AC Delco's general manager Lee Quinney who's one refreshingly honest industry figure when it comes to his business plans. He says he intends to promote his braking products "aggressively" during the first quarter of 2010.


Time to connect and forget

Varta and Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  05 February, 2010

Manbat says there are three criteria to judge battery suppliers by: Quality, performance and range.


Brake parts not hearts

Veco braking components from Universal Automotive
Published:  05 February, 2010

rong>Parts distributor Universal has everything from pads, shoes and discs to drums, hoses and brake cylinders from manufacturer Veco.


Unipart units in charge

Samson AGM batteries from Unipart
Published:  05 February, 2010

Yes, it's more AGM batteries! This time, Unipart is the company promoting its stock of units for vehicles fitted with stop-start systems.


Fobbed off by remote tester

Key fob tester from SP Diagnostics
Published:  29 January, 2010

This tester is said to allow quick and reliable testing of remote key fobs on most vehicles.


You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Denso
Published:  28 January, 2010

Lambda sensors play a vital role in managing engine function and Denso is investing big bucks in keeping its range up-to-date.


Accurate current testing

Automotive current tester from Gunson
Published:  27 January, 2010

Designed to give rapid and accurate tests of DC currents on 12V vehicles, this device plugs straight into a vehicle's fuse box and displays readings on the large LCD display.


Company on top of the weld

Welding machines from GYS
Published:  26 January, 2010

The French company is gearing up for a move into the UK market with welding units - and battery chargers - like the Gysmi 146 dual voltage and 196 flexible voltage MMA/TIG machines.


Help take your nuts off

Wheel nut cap remover from Laser Tools
Published:  25 January, 2010

This simple tool does the business on VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda vehicles any time you need to whip out the wheel nut caps.


Garage service tool

Easycheck service tool from TRW
Published:  22 January, 2010

Earlier this year, TRW added an SAS function to its Easycheck service tool. That doesn't mean an elite team of anti-terrorist soldiers will be setting up camp in your garage. But it does mean you'll be able to tackle Steering Angle Sensor work more easily - resetting angles after work on front suspensions to keep a car's stability control system happy.


The latest tech data disc

CD3 technical data from Autodata
Published:  21 January, 2010

Like hamsters on a treadmill, the guys (and girls) at Autodata are always working away to keep their technical repair information up-to-date.


First-rate ratchet wrench set

Ratchet wrench sets from Sealey
Published:  20 January, 2010

Featuring both standard and deep sockets, the company's latest sets include a slim 48-tooth gear-to-gear wrench that flips easily into reverse and also has a handy quick-release mechanism.


Tech detector kit

GE2700 hydraulic play detector from GE-Tech
Published:  19 January, 2010

Designed to quickly check steering and suspension components, the product can be used as part of an ATL or OPTL test lane to detect wear in ball joints, bushings, fixations, pivot points, link bolts and shock absorber mountings. It comes with a 5-year warranty.


Store fluids safely

DX2.5 12ltr canister from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  18 January, 2010

This new range of 'fluid handling products' or 'cans' to everyone else, is designed with universal seals to store liquids like brake fluid, oils and coolants.


Sort out your fuel system

D-Tox fuel system treatment from Comma
Published:  15 January, 2010

The chemical additives in this treatment have been formulated to remove harmful deposits from the entire fuel system in all engines.


Get rid of engine gunk

Gunk engine degreaser from Granville
Published:  15 January, 2010

This engine cleaning product is now available in 25-litre containers for workshops.


Get equipped for testing

Global Pro Tool 100 from Tapley
Published:  15 January, 2010

Coming complete with a database covering 52 VMs from the early 1990s to the present, this tool offers scanning, live data, dynamic graphing, system programming and component activations.


Particular about filters

Toyota and Lexus CAFs from Denso
Published:  15 January, 2010

When it comes to small, diesel soot is right up there with the tiniest of tiny. Fine particles measure as little as 3 micrometers across and can easily get into people's lungs.


Brainy diagnostic tool

Brain Bee from Euro Car Parts
Published:  15 January, 2010

The Brain Bee is now available from Euro Car Parts, after the company set out to find a cost-effective system that could deal with most makes and models from 2001 onwards.


Economical bulk filter pack

UFI Filter Kits from Universal Automotive
Published:  08 January, 2010

rong>These kits provide technicians with all routine service items necessary to replace every filter on a vehicle.


Electrical support tool

Diagnostic and battery support tool from GYS
Published:  07 January, 2010

This will support the electrical system on cars, large commercial vehicles and buses during diagnostic work; it is also a battery charger and de-sulphation tool. It can be used on 6V, 12V and 24V systems on any voltage from 110V to 240V.


Clever test tool is the key

Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  06 January, 2010

The picture shows Aftermarket business writer Neil Pattemore checking out one of the latest diagnostic tools that's fully compatible with Euro 5 legislation, thanks to a so-called 'pass-thru' connector.


Easier diesel diagnosis

Common rail test kit from Hickleys
Published:  05 January, 2010

If you want to get into the lucrative market of diesel diagnostics then this could be the piece of kit for you. This set enables you to carry out on-vehicle testing on all makes, it helps you find faulty components and confirm diagnostic fault codes.


Diagnostic big mac machine

Mega Macs 42 diagnostic tool from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  04 January, 2010

The Hella/Gutmann Solutions partnership (HGS) is gearing up to boost the profile of its latest diagnostic tools in the UK.


A wheely good warranty

Parts and labour warranty from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  22 December, 2009

rong>The company has introduced a 24-month parts and labour warranty on all wheel alignment and garage equipment kit under the Hofmann and John Bean brands.


Treatment gives a boost

Power Ecomax fuel treatment from Millers Oils
Published:  21 December, 2009

rong>Millers Oils recently put its petrol and diesel fuel treatments to the test at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire and, unsurprisingly, it’s reported some impressive gains in both power and economy performance.


Cooler oil kit is optimum

Oil sandwich plate kit from Optimum Balance
Published:  18 December, 2009

A universal oil sandwich plate kit for oil cooler systems can be used with most spin-on oil filter housings.


Steer towards extra parts

Chassis components from Delphi
Published:  17 December, 2009

rong>Delphi’s manufacturing plants must have been very busy lately as the company has massively expanded its selection of steering products.



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