Digital disc measuring device

Digital caliper gauge from Laser
Published:  28 July, 2009

The picture of this product really says it all. It's a digital gauge that will give quick measures of brake disc thickness in either metric or imperial units.


Cool and colourful coatings

Thermohold heat barrier from Zircotec
Published:  27 July, 2009

Red and yellow and pink and green; these colourful barrier coatings have sadly reminded Aftermarket of that sugary and dreadful 'I can sing a rainbow' children's song we were forced to recite at nursery school.


'Excell'ent battery range

Exide Evolution Excell batteries from Euro Car Parts
Published:  24 July, 2009

We don't know about you but Aftermarket got a bit confused about all those names beginning with E.


Updated brake tester

BrakeCheck Series 2 from Bowmonk
Published:  23 July, 2009

Like trashy celeb Jodi Marsh preparing for the next round of tabloid photo opportunities, the trusty BrakeCheck unit has also been given a summer facelift.


MOT memory jogger

MOT Reminder from User 247
Published:  22 July, 2009

It's no good reminding drivers their car needs an MOT if they promptly thank you for your advice and head off to another workshop down the road.


The future of tyre inflation

Nitrogen Uniflate system from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  21 July, 2009

It looks like a rubbish droid from Star Wars but this blue box represents the future of tyre inflating technology.


Wheel alignment made easy

Beissbarth Easy 3D alignment system
Published:  20 July, 2009

3D wheel alignment is made possible by the use of two highly accurate cameras at each wheel and a built-in reference system.


Faster fault-finding

AXONE Direct from Texa
Published:  17 July, 2009

The firm is continuing to push ahead with sales of this diagnostic unit together with the UNIProbe oscilloscope that was launched recently.


Results on latests BMWs

Bavarian Technic tester from Hickleys
Published:  16 July, 2009

rong>This single-marque diagnostic package works on almost all BMWs from 1994 through to the present day. It is designed for use on a laptop, complete with all the necessary cables and connectors.


Air con unit software update

BAC-90 Fullmatic air con station from Boston
Published:  15 July, 2009

rong>If you’re a fan of Autodata’s technical information, this unit comes complete with an Autodata database containing details of 2,400 vehicles. The software is loaded without time-out and can be upgraded at any time.


Capture driving footage

DR3 digital video recorder from Drivedata
Published:  15 July, 2009

rong>This unit records up to 3 hours of broadcast quality footage from cars and trucks onto an 8GB flashcard. It weighs just 180g and can be supplied with a range of cameras, camera mounts, remote controls and other accessories.


Additive gets sleek new look

Professional petrol treatment from Add It
Published:  14 July, 2009

rong>The entire Add It range of treatments and additives has been re-launched with a move away from the old bright yellow packaging to a sleeker black format.


Slimline lighter aligner

Beissbarth Easy 3D wheel aligner from Euro Garage Solutions
Published:  13 July, 2009

rong>This aligner is designed for small workshops and has a slim, lightweight construction that makes it easy to move around.


For quick code clearing

Scan and reset tool from Gunson
Published:  10 July, 2009

rong>This tool is compatible with CAN protocols and aims to read and clear faults in the ECU for a broad range of systems.


Diesel diagnostic power

S100E diagnostic tool from Delphi
Published:  09 July, 2009

rong>This pocket PC tool covers more than 25,000 models from 43 manufacturers and gives techs total freedom of movement thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology.


Latest parking brake data

Testpod Car update from Eclipse Automotive Technology
Published:  08 July, 2009

rong>The company’s forthcoming update will include new diagnostic applications for a variety of on-board systems. The update will include 14 different vehicle brands available between 2000 and the present day.


Diagnostic computer solution

Quadpad computer from Quaduro Systems
Published:  07 July, 2009

This company supplies tablet PCs that give an all-in-one solution to diagnostic challenges.


All round lifting answer

SSL 30 hydraulic scissor lift from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  07 July, 2009

rong>This unit is just one of five lifts in the new Snap-on workshop equipment range.


Later VAG models get boosted

Engine upgrades from AmD Technik
Published:  06 July, 2009

rong>This tuning company has a package of upgrades to boost performance on the latest EDC17 and MED9 controlled engines, as used on the Mk 5 and Mk 6 Golf plus the new Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan.


Latest parts catalogue

Product catalogues from AC Delco
Published:  03 July, 2009

rong>The company has unveiled a complete suite of product catalogues for the coming year, covering everything from oil and antifreeze through to spark plugs, filters and brake pads.


Sort damp starting issues

SPL100 penetrating lubricant from Prolong
Published:  02 July, 2009

rong>Available in 12oz aerosol cans, this lubricant offers protection against friction while also dispersing water and moisture.


Get fault code cracking

Code Breaker from Mototek Solutions
Published:  01 July, 2009

rong>This book contains detailed explanations of nearly 3,000 fault codes, helping you to get to the bottom of not just what they’re called but what they mean for specific repair problems too.


Alternative diagnostic addition

OmiScan Gas from Omitec
Published:  30 June, 2009

Top Technician 2008 winner Mark Banks reckons exhaust gas analysers tend to be overlooked as diagnostic tools.


Nifty two tonne trolley jack

WDK20 two tonne trolley jack from Weber UK
Published:  29 June, 2009

This jack has an entry level of just 80mm and a maximum height of 495mm. According to Weber UK, this makes it suitable for virtually any type of car from 4x4s through to low-profile sports vehicles.


Safe and sound springs

Internal coil spring compressor from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  26 June, 2009

/>What’s more, it comes with two pairs of jaws up to 120mm in spring diameter. Larger jaws are available from Sykes on requ


Avoid improper torque

Tyre valve core torque tool from Tool Connection
Published:  25 June, 2009

rong>According to Tool Connection this tool will mean applying the wrong torque to TPMS valves with sensors is a thing of the past.  Set to 4”lbs (0.45Nm), it will remove and install valve cores without damage.


German quality in the UK

Narva bulbs from Randstad
Published:  24 June, 2009

rong>Lighting company Randstad is now a distributor for the German-made Narva bulbs range. It includes 6, 12 and 24V bulbs for motorcycles, vans and HGV vehicles.


Steering & suspension extension

Steering and suspension parts from Delphi
Published:  23 June, 2009

rong>A further 260 references join Delphi’s steering and suspension range, bringing the total number of part numbers to a whopping 2,990. This caters for 96% of the European parc.


A 'Perfect' shining example

Perfect Palm from Autoglym
Published:  22 June, 2009

rong>If your customers are too lazy to actually hold on to their polishing cloths, this new gadget is a truly novel approach to the problem.


Traceable two-post lifts off

Trademaster T1035 two-post lift from The Trade Group
Published:  19 June, 2009

rong>This base-type lift has a 3.5 tonne lifting capacity and, according to the manufacturers has “traceable CE approval”.


Universal brake solution

Brake bleeder adaptor from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  18 June, 2009

rong>If you have a pressure brake bleeder, you need a multi-vehicle cap. This ALB592B unit has a slide-action grip design that aims to fit round neck reservoirs from 30 to 85mm.


Easy intro into factoring

All-Makes programme from XPart
Published:  17 June, 2009

As the credit crunch bites and experts explain the benefits there may be in diversifying your business, here's precisely one such idea.


Motorbike fault finding

Motorscan 5850 tool from ICT Workshop Solutions
Published:  16 June, 2009

rong>This tool comes with all the hardware and software you need for testing on just about every make of bike you can think of.


Keep mirrors safe

Mirror Mate wing mirror defence system
Published:  15 June, 2009

rong>If your customers are fed up with people accidentally driving past and ripping off their wing mirrors, this unusual gadget could help. If nothing else, it will certainly catch people’s eye.


Lube line bridges Gulf

Gulf lubricants from Triple P
Published:  12 June, 2009

rong>Triple P – the performance division of Universal Automotive – has become a distributor for the Gulf range of lubes, with a selection of oils that cater for the many grades and viscosities across the UK vehicle parc.


A good deal for diagnostics

Easycheck scan tool from TRW
Published:  11 June, 2009

rong>The tool covers 13 VMs with OEBD functionality across each of the marques and, seven months after it was launched, TRW says demand for the scan unit is high across Europe.


Help with ABS systems

Drain twin pressure and vacuum brake bleeder from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  10 June, 2009

rong>This brake bleeder can deal with all types of brake servicing work, including ABS systems with stability and traction control functions.


Test tool gets an update

The new Multi-Tester Pro from Autodiagnos
Published:  09 June, 2009

rong>This tool aims to take off where the previous Multi-Tester Pro (MTP) leaves off, offering multi-brand diagnostics on a wide range of vehicles.


Versatile vacuum testing

Vacuum pump from Gunson
Published:  08 June, 2009

rong>This kit comes complete with vacuum testing and one-man brake bleed functions.


Wipe out garage grime

Big Wipes from Sycamore
Published:  05 June, 2009

rong>If you’re fed up of getting grotty in the workshop, these disposable wipes are a simple way to keep everything from your hands to your tools clean.


Striking silver selection

Automotive oils from Millers Oils
Published:  04 June, 2009

As part of plans to consolidate its position during 2009, Millers Oils has unveiled new-look silver packaging to replace its traditional black design


Help for hardy hoses

Laser Automotive hose remover from Tool Connection
Published:  03 June, 2009

This is one of the tools from the 'does what it says on the tin' school of product names.


A 'wheely' reliable option

Wheel Master equipment from Ranger Products
Published:  02 June, 2009

rong>The company claims its selection of tyre changers and wheel balancers offer a “robust and reliable” option for garages, complete with a team of installation and aftersales demonstration engineers.


Cool connector locator

CD3 air con module from Autodata
Published:  01 June, 2009

rong>This module puts additional repair information at your fingertips to take advantage of the growing market for air con service and repair work.


For the latest BMW bikes

Varta LF AGM batteries from Johnson Controls
Published:  29 May, 2009

rong>The company says its battery range now covers 98% cover of the UK’s two-wheeled market, including both sports and commuting bikes.


Focus on popular vehicles

Ford Focus II alternators from Remy Automotive
Published:  28 May, 2009

The remanufacturing company has unveiled new alternators for the Focus II and C-Max along with the Volvo S40 plus 1.6 and 2.0 diesel versions of the Mazda 3.


Improved testing option

Diesel Engine Compression Tester from Laser Tools
Published:  27 May, 2009

rong>Laser says that following the introduction of its common rail flow meter kit, it realised its diesel engine compression tester was lacking the latest dummy diesel injectors and glow plugs.


Increased driver comfort

Gates Torsional Vibration Dampers from FPS
Published:  26 May, 2009

rong>Distributor FPS now offers a full range of Gates DriveAlign dampers (also known as TVDs) thanks to its status as the sole distributor for Gates products in the UK.


A unique leather look

Roadster car mats from Unique Products
Published:  22 May, 2009

rong>As customers’ cars get older, they’ll want to spend more money keeping them looking younger (it seems to work in the cosmetics industry!). That’s the thinking from Unique Products behind its latest accessory range.


The latest diagnostic answers

Data system from Hella
Published:  21 May, 2009

rong>A technical database (Hella DDS 100) has been combined with a diagnostic interface, giving information and diagnostics for more than 45 vehicle makes and around 33,500 models.



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