Motorbikes go maintenance free

Batteries from Yuasa
Published:  09 February, 2015

Battery manufacturer Yuasa has introduced an absorbed glass matt (AGM) battery specially designed to replace the conventional lead-acid batteries supplied as OE on BMW motorcycles. The Yuasa YT19BL-BS battery includes the protective terminal caps that characterise BMW factory batteries and fits a wide variety of models from 1970 to 2014 and from 500cc to 1600cc engines. It is rated at 170CCA and 17.7Ah. To complement its latest AGM battery, Yuasa also offers a range of smart battery chargers. The Yuasa YCX Smart Charger range for motorcycle batteries features three models - 12V YCX 5.0 and YCX 0.8 and the 6V YCX 0.8 - delivering solutions for a range of battery-related problems including reconditioning functions for deeply discharged batteries, unique patented maintenance charging and patented desulphation functions. Besides motorcycles, the chargers are suitable for use on all kinds of automotive and leisure batteries.


Boost MPG

Diesel Power Tuning product from Randstad
Published:  06 February, 2015

Increased power, acceleration and fuel economy is the name of the game with Randstad's Diesel Power Tuning product.    The tuning box module, developed by a race engineer in Holland, is programmed to tweak a specific vehicle model and is fitted to an under bonnet sensor. The unit does not alter a vehicle's ECU or remap the engine and will not affect a vehicle's warranty. It can be easily removed if the vehicle is sold and transferred to another.


Prevent warping

Brakes from Apec
Published:  05 February, 2015

Apec has a wide range of coated brake discs for the aftermarket to match OE applications and extra part numbers where the original wasn't coated.


Battery analyser

Smart Battery Charger from Ring
Published:  04 February, 2015

This new Smart Battery Charger from Ring is unique, in that it is an ‘intelligent’ battery charger and battery analyser in one and a range of features to diagnose, recondition and service batteries. The latest Stop-Start batteries can also be charged with the product.


Clean and easy

Professional Brake Cleaner from Holts
Published:  28 January, 2015

Holts Professional Brake Cleaner features a ball valve within the can, meaning that no matter what angle it is held at, the pressure will remain and a steady flow will be deposited, ideal when working in tight spaces. In addition, there is no chlorinated solvent, acetone or silicone CO2 propellant so it is safe on all surfaces, especially handy when that overspray occurs. While the cleaner is mainly for use on braking systems, its de-greasing properties means it can be used in other applications on mechanical areas of a vehicle. It is also affective in general applications, anywhere that degreasing is required, from floors to workbenches. Holts have recently changed their logo to reflect their British background, with the three line motif becoming a union flag either side of the brand name.


Starting out or upgrading?

MOT equipment from Snap-on
Published:  27 January, 2015

Whether you are thinking about becoming a DVSA-approved testing station or you are modernising your equipment in an existing bay, Hofmann can provide a service which incorporates the equipment, training, installation and take care of the planning, procedures and legal requirements. A DVSA-approved automated test lane enables efficient one-person operated MOT testing for Class IV, VI and VII. The Geogas 3000 Combi lies at the centre of the ATL, with a 21" monitor to clearly display results and a laser printer to produce a hard copy. Tests can be performed manually or automatically when the remote control is used. Its standard MOT Bay is the package that enables workshops to become a fully-operational DVSA approved testing station on a budget. Hofmann is part of Snap-on Equipment.


VIDEO: Bloodhound news

Published:  26 January, 2015

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car kit contains over 3,500 components, many custom-made, including: a state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine - normally found in the Eurofighter Typhoon; a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets - developed to power the next generation of space launchers; a 550bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 - used to pump the oxidiser into the rocket; two unique Rolex instruments specially made for BLOODHOUND SSC; a titanium skinned upper chassis; a carbon fibre monocoque and canopy with 50mm thick windscreen; plus 22,500 aerospace-grade rivets, each hand-fixed. Driver Andy Green and assembly instructions included.


SMART training in Reading

Training at LKQ Coatings' Innovation and Training Centre in Reading
Published:  21 January, 2015

If you are considering cosmetic repair as a business opportunity then it's worth visiting LKQ Coatings' Innovation and Training Centre in Reading. The facility is used to showcase rapid and cosmetic repair products, enabling repairers to experience and try out the equipment in a work environment so they can make informed purchasing decisions as well as upskill in this area. The centre offers nine IMI-accredited courses ensuring repairers receive an industry recognised Quality Assured Award (QAA) qualification. 'Smart' workshops focus on fabric and velour repair as well as leather and vinyl repair, paintless dent repair for novices and advanced level users, alloy wheel refurbishment, spot and plastic repair.


Systems and scopes

Training from James Dillon
Published:  19 January, 2015

James Dillon runs a successful workshop in Bridgwater, specialising in diagnostic work and also runs frequent Saturday courses as well as five-day Diagnostic Bootcamps. One-day practical training is provided on direct petrol injection, EEproms coding & programming, advanced oscilloscopes, CAN Bus networking, ESP & ABS training, common rail diesel, SRS & airbag and electrical fault finding - this last one takes place on Saturday 24th. February and March dates are currently being determined. The five-day bootcamp covers electrical fault-finding, oscilloscope diagnostics, engine management, common rail and CAN and IN-vehicle networking and is cheaper that taking the individual courses. The next one takes place Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March.


Is your knowledge worthy of a certificate?

Training from Comma
Published:  15 January, 2015

Vehicle manufacturers dictate the use of highly technical engine oil and coolants to meet EU legislation and provide fuel efficiency and performance. These are vehicle specific as VMs create a bespoke package to cater for each particular model and make their use a warranty-critical condition of servicing in the aftermarket. Comma has two interactive online Product Training Academy modules which explain the various technologies involved and concludes with a training module and a 100% score gets you a Certificate of Excellence which can be printed off. "The independent sector fought long and hard to secure the opportunities afforded by the EU Block Exemption provisions, but it does mean that technicians have to view lubes and coolants in exactly the same light as OE-compliant hard parts and fit strictly by application," says Comma spokesperson Mike Bewsey. "The Comma Training Academy modules have been developed to inform and promote essential product understanding. Combined with our comprehensive online VRN data, they give technicians the confidence to consistently make the right product applications for every vehicle make and model."


Provide a better brake service

Training at the Pagid Professional Academy
Published:  14 January, 2015

The Pagid Professional Academy was created to help technicians deliver a better and more profitable brake service and the latest course is an IMI QAA Award in Light Vehicle Brake Fitting. The course combines theory and hands-on skills training and is designed for all abilities, from newcomers through to experienced technicians looking to hone their skills. The courses run throughout the UK and bookings are now being taken for January 2015 and beyond.


Jump to it

Jump leads from Hickleys
Published:  13 January, 2015

The Auto Mini Jump Starter is a powerful device in a small package. Available from Hickleys, it can jump-start a car with its supplied cables, as well as featuring an LED torch and a USB port for charging phones, tablets and sat nav systems. The battery is so powerful it can start a vehicle up to twenty times before needing a recharge! All of this versatility is packaged in a case measuring 160mm x 75mm x 28mm and weighing just 430g. It's the ideal pack to start a car that has been sitting for some time in the workshop and can be stored in a drawer or cupboard without taking up space. Take it out with you and it will easily fit in a door pocket too.


Oil into gear

Lubricants from Meyle
Published:  09 January, 2015

When it comes to offering a complete service on a vehicle with automatic transmission, having everything to hand to change the oil can take effort and therefore time. Meyle has introduced a range of 30 repair-friendly kits for full-service automatic transmission oil change covering more than 2,800 vehicle applications equipped with popular gearbox types. Supplied in a sturdy case, the kits allow you to minimise the time spent servicing and finding products by offering an all-in-one solution. Each kit comes with filter, seals, bolts, magnets, a drain or intake plug and 4-8 litres of ATF gearbox oil as required. The kit allows you to offer the customer extended lifetime of the gearbox through a complete service.


Networks and hybrid maintenance

Published:  08 January, 2015

Blue Print's training courses focus on practical content and use the workshop facilities at Pro Auto in Shrewsbury to put theory into practise. Two courses are planned for 2015 - High speed CAN and LIN Networks and Hybrid vehicle operation and maintenance IMIAL Level 2. The hybrid course is suitable for beginners and lasts for two days, enabling participants to safely carry out servicing and repairs on a hybrid system. All participants who complete the two-day course will gain an IMI approved qualification which meets requirements (QCF) QCA ID NO 500/7055/1.


Magnetic personality

Handy tool
Published:  07 January, 2015

If you're like me, you like to keep your hands busy. This is where the Polar Pen comes in. Made from magnets, the pen can be assembled, disassembled, put into various guises and used to create drawings and circles just by using the main body. Polar Pen started life as a crowdfunding project and has a number of different modules that can be purchased separately and added to it to make it more useful. Our example comes with a stylus top as well, handy if you have an iPad in the garage. As it's magnetic, it will also be very good at picking up those loose screws around the workshop.


Know your oils?

Prove it with Comma's training modules
Published:  07 January, 2015

Vehicle manufacturers dictate the use of highly technical engine oil and coolants to meet EU legislation and provide fuel efficiency and performance. These are vehicle specific as VMs create a bespoke package to cater for each particular model and make their use a warranty-critical condition of servicing in the aftermarket.


Training on the job

Training from AutoMate
Published:  06 January, 2015

If you find it hard to take a day out of the workshop for training then AutoMate can help. You can access the online library of training videos from any internet-enabled device and find out about subjects such as common rail diesel injector coding, scan tool advanced functions and how to use a multimeter.


Simple diagnostics

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  05 January, 2015

Sometimes we can forget that the simple things in life are the best. The Bosch OBD 100 is such an example, a simple diagnostic code reader that offers the ability to display the information you need without plugging in your bulky tools. The OBD 100 reads and displays emission-related diagnostic data via the OBD interface on both petrol and diesel vehicles. These codes can be erased easily to see whether they reoccur. In addition, the unit can display live sensor data, read the status of the MIL, provide on-screen information about the vehicle including the VIN and provide on-screen IM readiness codes; all this in a case which measures 83mm x 56mm x 19mm and weighs just 100 grams.


From strength to strength

New part numbers from Comline
Published:  18 December, 2014

A further 62 part numbers, incorporating 25 brake discs, 21 filters and 16 hub assembly kits, join Comline's 7,500-strong product range. The products cover all major European, Japanese and Korean vehicles and include an air filter for Fiat 500, oil filter for Renault Master, Nissan Qashqai+2, Vauxhall Movano, a brake disc for BMW's 2, 3 and 4 Series and a hub assembly kit for the Nissan Qashqai.


Flexible alignment

Alignment from Absolute Alignment
Published:  17 December, 2014

A mobile alignment product has been produced by Absolute Alignment, specialists in providing Rav 4 wheel alignment equipment. The Rav TD1760 WS Bluetooth wheel aligner runs on domestic power or a small generator. It has Bluetooth alignment heads and wheel clamps which fit most vehicles, turnplates and adjustable wheel stands - ideal for mobile mechanics and motorsport teams. Technical sales director Chris Dear says the advantage of this product is that it doesn't require a dedicated area to work in, "We've had our units in use in home garages and even outdoor driveways. As long as the area is reasonably flat the wheel stands can compensate for the basics, leaving the clever Rav software to do the rest."


New sensors

Sensors from Blue Print
Published:  16 December, 2014

Blue Print's engine management range has nearly 1,050 part numbers for around 5,500 applications and includes camshaft position sensors, knock sensors, MAP sensors, oxygen sensors and many more. New additions include a camshaft position sensor for the Suzuki Jimny, Swift and Wagon, a throttle body for the Daewoo and Chevrolet Matiz, a knock sensor for the Toyota Auris, Prius, Yaris and other models as well as a crankshaft angle sensor for the Kia Rio 1.3i.


Special Mercedes tool

Wheel nut socket set from Laser Tools
Published:  15 December, 2014

This new wheel nut socket set from Laser Tools includes the most commonly used sizes - 17mm, 19mm and 21mm. The set, available through Tool Connection, also includes the special 17mm WAF socket which is a particularly useful tool when working on Mercedes-Benz models. They are all 87mm deep, made from chrome vanadium and colour coded so you can quickly pick up the tool you need for the job. The tools are supplied in a case which neatly fits into a tool tray.


Onwards and upwards

Diagnostics from XTool Europe
Published:  12 December, 2014

A new research and development facility opens in Coventry for XTool Europe to support its UK and European distributor network. The team of software engineers will use the new premises to develop its range of car and commercial diagnostic tools. Managing director Andrew Dimond says: "We wanted to create a static location that our software engineers could work from allowing a smoother work flow. Previously they would work from our Cheltenham office but it quickly became apparent we were out-growing our location. By having this facility in the Midlands, we now have much better coverage of the UK and now offer even more support to our customers".


OE range now available

Batteries from Exide
Published:  11 December, 2014

Exide's range of Start-Stop batteries are now available to the aftermarket and include all the same features as its existing OE line. The AGM battery delivers four times the cycle life, 20% more power and three times greater charge acceptance than a standard type. It achieves this by using advanced lead-tin alloys, high-surface glass mat separators and special carbon additives. The new Exide EFB battery has similar advantages. Meanwhile, its conventional Carbon Boost batteries, pictured here, are designed to recharge up to 1.5 times faster and deliver 30% more starting power, resulting from a breakthrough in the company's research of carbon boost technology.


A longer platform

Wheel and body alignment from Globaljig
Published:  09 December, 2014

Globaljig has introduced a Rotax chassis repair and measuring system with a six-metre platform to accommodate larger vehicles with longer wheelbases, high-sided bodies, tail-lifts or wheelchair lifts. As well as a longer platform, the new system has a five-tonne capacity scissor lift. Pulling towers are on a continuous rail around the Globaljig Rotax, delivering ten tonnes of pulling power from almost any angle. The mono-cube design ensures that almost any vehicle can be mounted upon it. A repair accuracy within plus or minus one millimetre of the OE recommendations can be achieved, according to Tri-Sphere.


CO2 cuts made by new grease

Lubricants from SKF
Published:  09 December, 2014

A low friction grease from SKF is said to reduce resistance by as much as 9% compared to standard products while maintaining the same bearing performance within hub bearing units. This cuts both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in the process. It has been calculated that a car with four hub bearing units using this grease saves 0.15g per Km, saving 2.9KG of CO2 per year, based on an annual mileage of 14,500Km. It can be used on all generations of hub bearing units, on new designs and retrofits


Points mean fun days out for workshops

Loyalty scheme from ACtronics
Published:  05 December, 2014

A fun new loyalty scheme from component remanufacturer ACtronics rewards customers with points every time they order parts which can be swapped for team-building activities. 'Purple points for parts' is a pilot scheme which will run for nine months and has been created to thank customers for their continued support. If it proves a hit with garages, it will be rolled out to the Netherlands and Germany. Garages will be rewarded with ten Purple Points for each remanufactured part ordered and these can be redeemed against free activities which include go-karting, clay pigeon shooting or at Go Ape high-wire adventure parks. To give you an idea of how quickly the points can accumulate, 12 minutes of karting will cost 25 points. You can register for this by ticking the relevant box on the online order form. When enough points are collected, you let ACtronics know which activity you want to do and where and they'll book you in, you can pay to add on extra staff members if you like too.


Free training video

DPF technical tips from Autoinform
Published:  04 December, 2014


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