Improves ride and handling

Monroe springs and shocks from Universal Automotive
Published:  26 January, 2009

/>“The full weight of your vehicle rests on the springs, which are the primary link between the vehicle and the road,” says Universal Automotive’s managing director Nick Davies. “So fitting high-quality springs is essential for a better ride as well as improved handling and performance.”


Add some sun to the car

Hollandia 900 retro-fit sunroof from Webasto
Published:  23 January, 2009

/>The company says minimising wind noise was an important design objective. This has been achieved by combining a tilt and slide action for the main rear panel, which disappears between the roof and roof lining. A tilt action front panel acts as an oversized wind deflect


Unique vehicle upgrade

Micro cameras from Brigade Electronics
Published:  22 January, 2009

/>The 500 series cameras need only one hole for fitment with a small cable fitted through the mounting bolt. They produce colour images with a wide viewing angle of 160 degrees and are, apparently, excellent in low light conditions. They are also dust tight and waterpro


Compact kit big memory

Expert EOBD2 Digital Engine Fault Code Reader from Draper Tools
Published:  21 January, 2009

/>The all-in-one display shows 25 pieces of information at once and will read engine fault codes and extract freeze-frame data within 25 seconds. It comes pre-loaded with more than 22,000 code definitions and features a back-lit screen for easy view


Complete filter coverage

Oil filters from Motrio
Published:  20 January, 2009

/>They are designed to give optimum performance, save on fuel and reduce engine wear and can also be used for either diesel or petrol engi


Care for battery health

Comfort Indicator voltage tester from CTEK
Published:  19 January, 2009

/>A green light means good health of 12.8 volts, amber means voltage is between 12.7V and 12.4V while red means the battery has started to sulphate and voltage is below 12.4. CTEK says the system avoids the hassle of using a traditional tester and programming in information about the battery under te


Fuel delivery alternative

Fuel delivery module repair kits from Bosch
Published:  16 January, 2009

/>Bosch says the repair option is a significantly cheaper option than replacing the complete delivery module, making it a more attractive option for price-conscious workshop customers. All components in the repair kits are made to OE standard


The latest alignment software

HawkEye HD imaging wheel aligner from Pro-Align
Published:  15 January, 2009

/>Also available is the “entry level” Hunter 100 HawkEye aligner. It comes with custom software to support many of the standard alignment features found in the higher spec system. The camera bar takes up minimum amount of space, allowing even small workshops to benefi


Add power in your pocket

Testpod and Testpod Pro from Eclipse
Published:  14 January, 2009

/>The remote access tool can interrogate the vehicle’s on-board systems to help you with the repair whether you’re in the workshop or at the road-side. The Testpod and Testpod Pro aim to offer comprehensive coverage on Volvo, Saab, VW, Audi, Ford, Toyota models and many more


OE quality filters and data

Filters from SOGEFI Filtration
Published:  13 January, 2009

Testing fuel systems

Diesel Fuel Return Flow Kit from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  12 January, 2009

/>The kit can be purchased together with the company’s Low Pressure Test Gauge set to form a complete system for testing common rail diesel probl


Flush out power sappers

D-Tox fuel system cleaner from Comma
Published:  09 January, 2009

/>Comma says it is particularly useful on cars with at least 10,000 miles on the clock – which means the vast majority of those on the road. It says D-Tox is a “proven aid” to fuel efficiency and the maintenance of peak engine power, bhp and overall performa


Extras for Globaljig systems

The D306 bracket kit from Tri-Sphere
Published:  08 January, 2009

/>Designed to speed up set-up times on a wide range of vehicles, the kit takes account of trends in modern vehicle designs that require additional access poin


Wireless fault finding

DS500E diagnostic platform from Delphi
Published:  07 January, 2009

/>Delphi says the option of combining diagnostic programmes and a technical vehicle database on one unit will help make the repair process quicker and easier for technici


Added sales boost for filters

Cabin air filters from Denso
Published:  06 January, 2009

/>The Denso CAF range was recently taken on by Plymouth-based motor factor Kevin Cooper and is being supplied across all of its 17 branches. Garages can take advantage of a cabin filter support pack to help boost sales. The pack includes point-of-sale material, consumer leaflets explaining the benefits of filter replacement and free-of-charge air fresheners


Updates for reman technology

Mercedes A-Class electronic steering pumps from Remy Automotive
Published:  05 January, 2009

/>Remy has now discovered a way to check the circuit board. The new pumps are for the A140, A160, A170 and A190 mod


Care for bio-fuelled engines

Bio Medic fuel sterilizer from Lucas Oils
Published:  19 December, 2008

/>For diesel engines, the Lucas Extreme treatment is designed to prevent diesel fuel from waxing during the cold winter mont


New look for wheel alignment

John Bean 3D wheel alignment range from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  18 December, 2008

/>The John Bean systems are quick and easy to use and will take measurements in under two minut


Fresh new face for diagnostics

OmiScan from Omitec
Published:  17 December, 2008

/>This latest OmiScan has a user-friendly design with an ergonomic hand


Fresh air for your engine

Alpha Filters from Webcon
Published:  16 December, 2008

/>Features include top quality washable, pleated elements with stainless top and bottom plates. The filters cover DCOE, IDF, DGV, ICH, DCD, IDA and also come in varying heights to suit as many different applications as possib


Shift stubborn coils

The AST4990 ignition coil remover kit from Auto Service Tools
Published:  15 December, 2008

/>Another added bonus is the depressor tool which releases the locking mechanism which keeps the coils in pla


Cutting work safety

Welding blankets from Power Tec
Published:  12 December, 2008

/>They are made from glass fibre fabric and are chemically-treated to make them resistant to the most extreme temperatures. They come in two sizes to give maximum protection during any kind of body repa


Quick efficiency boost

Cooling System Flush from Forte
Published:  11 December, 2008

/>Afterwards, Forte recommends a Cooling System Conditioner treatment which aims to ensure smooth running by preventing further corrosion, overheating and scale formation. Forte says a conditioner treatment is particularly important for cars with aluminium engine blocks and cylinder heads as they are more vulnerable to corrosion than cast-iron unit


Solve electrical problems

PP5 2-in-1 test light/voltmeter from Sealey
Published:  10 December, 2008

/>It comes in a handy box and includes interchangeable probes, leads and clips with 4mm banana-type quick couplings. The tool is just one of those in Sealey’s latest autumn tools promotion that could see you get a free set of jump test le


Connect direct diagnostics

Axone Direct diagnostic tool from Texa
Published:  09 December, 2008

/>It comes with a 16-pin connection cable and can be fitted with specific adapters for vehicle specific diagnostics on older vehicles. It is also fitted with a standard internal Bluetooth module that can be used in conjunction with the company’s Opabox or Gasbox emissions analysers for routine maintenance and testin


Sensitivity on tricky jobs

Nitrile examination gloves from Top Gear Trading
Published:  08 December, 2008

/>The nitrile construction means they are suitable for people with allergic reactions to natural rubber latex too. Additionally, they provide better resistance to permeation from chemicals compared to latex of the same thicknes


Care for tough hands

Number 1 hand cleanser from Granville
Published:  05 December, 2008

/>This cleanser is now available in a new three-litre dispenser. It uses a blend of surfactants and natural citrus oils to shift dirt. These are combined with small polymer beads that loosen stubborn, ground-in dirt. It aims to be tough yet pleasant to use with a natural, lemony sme


Find battery faults

Advanced Battery Analyser from RW Motortec
Published:  04 December, 2008

/>The alternator test checks output under no-load and full-load conditions while the starter test identifies lazy starter motors, which are often at the heart of associated problems. The battery analyser is designed to give precise information about the state of a battery on both 12V and 24V systems, including precise % readings of remaining battery l


Help on complex repairs

Envirobase Internal Repair System from PPG Industries
Published:  03 December, 2008

/>It is based on the same painting processes found in car manufacturing plants. It is based on the Envirobase mixing scheme to which two new products have been added; a waterborne engine bay converter and a waterborne activator. PPG says colour matching and mixing are both easy and by mimicking the process adopted in factories, the system aims to reduce process times and materials consumpti


Max torque and min weight

MG725 impact gun from Snap-on Tools
Published:  02 December, 2008

/>The MG725 has a one-piece magnesium housing to give durability and minimum weight together with reduced vibration. It also has a patented ‘tip valve’ trigger mechanism that aims to increase air flow, and together with a twin hammer impact mechanism, give users greater control and pow


Luxurious added extra

Parking Heater Upgrade kits from Webasto
Published:  01 December, 2008

/>The parking heater pre-heats engine coolant and can be activated by timer, remote key fob or even a mobile phone to give pre-heated engines and an end to troublesome cold sta


Reman quality choice

Remanufactured components from Renault Service Exchange
Published:  28 November, 2008

/>It includes starters and alternators, brake calipers, drive shafts and steering racks. Also available as reman units are ECUs, air con compressors, radiators and clutches along with engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbo charger


Body shop tailored solution

Hofmann C120 single-post lift from Maywood
Published:  27 November, 2008

/>Also out now from Maywood is a 2.5-ton version – although this is only available in three-phase. The company also offers a full range of two and four-post lifts for body shops and workshops


Up-to-date cooling parts

Thermostats from Gates
Published:  26 November, 2008

/>Also out now are curved radiator hoses for the latest Toyota, Fiat and Ford models. More than 40 of these hoses have been added to the company’s rapidly expanding range of cooling compone


Energy saving headlamps

Ecovision halogen headlamps from Philips
Published:  25 November, 2008

/>The 12V halogen lamps are the latest additions to Philips’ range of automotive lighting products, which also includes the Blue Vision, X-treme Power and Vision Plus ran


Quick and easy installation

Moog all-in-one suspension kits from Federal Mogul
Published:  24 November, 2008

/>The latest front axle suspension kits out now are for the Volkswagen Golf 4, the Astra G/Zafira and the Citroen C4/Peugeot 307. They incorporate link stabilizers, bushings for the wishbone and ball joints to


Starter destruction testing

Starters and alternators from Valeo
Published:  21 November, 2008

/>Its reman process is based on the complete replacement of all wear parts with detailed inspection of every single unit followed by electric and electronic testing to root out and solve any potential proble


Energy saving body shops

REVO 180 drying system from Tri-Sphere
Published:  20 November, 2008

/>“As the rising costs of fuel are straight off the bottom line, the combined influences of the controlling sensors and power management systems integrated into the REVO 180 will contribute to an average fuel saving of up to 75%,” says a spokesman for Tri-Sph


Added profit potential

Xstream coolants from Comma
Published:  19 November, 2008

/>Comma’s products are designed to match the original fill products in modern vehicles, particularly the 70% of vehicles made in the EU that have OAT (organic acid technology) coola


New-look clutch range

Pizza packaging from ACDelco
Published:  18 November, 2008

/>The re-launched packaging coincides with the introduction of 64 three-piece clutch kits, two self-adjusting and three DMF kits. There are also 29 concentric slave cylinders availa


Specialist vehicle power

RedFlash Deep Cycle batteries from DMS Technologies
Published:  17 November, 2008

/>Their absorbed glass mat construction allows them to be installed upright or on a side as there is no free electrolyte and, because they are sealed, there is no fear of acid spillage eith


Efficient reman records

eCORPS core return system from Valeo
Published:  14 November, 2008

/>The eCORPS systems aims to give rapid and reliable recognition of the majority of collected parts for an optimal remanufacturing process and a bigger and faster credit on surcharge. The system gives core collectors real time access to customer information, such as the number of products purchased against the number of cores returned. The database in the hand-held device contains more than 14,000 technical references and is updated daily


High quality welding

Origo Mig C141 welding machine from ESAB
Published:  13 November, 2008

/>The unit has been released alongside the C151 version and both can use conventional solid wire or self-shielding cored wire. They are designed for welding steel, stainless steel and aluminium as well as Mig brazing with wire diameters of 0.6, 0.8 or 1mm depending on the work-piece size and materia


Massive cooling choice

Radiators from Nissens
Published:  12 November, 2008

/>For added quality, the company double-fold the fin to give a strong surface that ensures handling does not damage the product. The company tailors each kit to the needs of end-users with blanks to help installers deal with radiators with or without small pipe


Boost your turbo power

Audi A3 Flywheel from Fidanza
Published:  11 November, 2008

/>It is made from high-quality machined 6061 T6 aluminium with a 1050 steel friction surface, CNC machined fastener holes and chamfers. It is suitable for use with almost any clutch disc material, from organic to Kevlar and even sintered iron. For added durability, it comes with a heat-treated ring gear and military-grade fasteners.


Safety and stopping power

Foundation Brakes Composite calipers from TRW
Published:  10 November, 2008

/>The programme comprises 14 references and is out now. Applications include the Audi Q5, S5 and Mercedes C-class. It aims to produce the stiff pedal action that lets drivers control brake force with their foot. The caliper’s high torque allows maximum deceleration to achieve the shortest stopping distanc


Core collection service

Remanufactured components from XL
Published:  07 November, 2008

/>“Remanufactured build quality is absolutely essential,” says Louise Wilkowski, XL’s account manager. “Wherever possible we improve on the original OE build quality to increase product performance and remove any OE weaknesses.


Smart repair market

SmartCabin spray booth from Junair
Published:  06 November, 2008

/>With its doors open, the booth can accommodate roughly half a car length to allow the refinishing of larger areas. The booth measures 3,800mm wide by 3,500mm deep and 2,430mm h


Asian cooling systems

Lexus GS300 radiators from ADL
Published:  05 November, 2008

/>Radiators for the Toyota Hiace Powervan 2.5DT D-4D and water pumps for the Isuzu Rodeo 3.0DT pick-up have also just been released. They are part of a cooling range that includes pressure caps, thermostats, viscous couplings and air con condens


Good quality solution

Clutch kits from Renault Service Exchange
Published:  04 November, 2008

/>However, because clutches take a long-time to replace, Renault says it’s vital that replacement clutches are quality products that are easily available at competitive pri



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