Approved parts

Steering & suspension from Optimal
Published:  03 November, 2014

Steering and suspension parts are at the heart of what Optimal does and its programme includes more than 4,500 part numbers which can be found on TecDoc and MAM, with over 85% of part numbers available from UK stocks, the rest coming from its German warehouses. Every part of the front and rear suspension is available, from joints to tie rod assemblies, control arms and stabilisers. The firm is a TUV approved supplier, with its parts undergoing regular inspections throughout the entire manufacturing process. The firm continues to expand its product range and its next target for the steering and suspension range is over 5,000 different part numbers.


Expert advice

Alignment from Supertracker
Published:  31 October, 2014

Supertracker has been promoting the benefits of wheel alignment servicing for years and is currently reminding workshops that you get what you pay for, as cheaper products come into the market with little or no product support provided with them. Its products' design makes them versatile with no need to dedicate an area just for this service - quick checks can be made on any vehicle coming into the workshop. One-to-one, on-site tuition is supplied and a wheel alignment theory course is available at its HQ in Hampshire once a month.


A mighty Mini upgrade

Brakes from Tarox
Published:  30 October, 2014

A programme of braking upgrades for all Mini models is offered by Tarox. A cost-effective upgrade is available with a disc and 'Strada' pad upgrade which can be used alongside the standard factory calipers. There are three disc styles; smart offset-radial grooves of the G88, OEM style arcing lines of the F2000 and the sportier drilled and grooved Sport Japan version. Each have attained the strict German ABE accreditation. Owners of the older R53 and R56 range can benefit from an upgrade and now for 25% less. A Sport Compact kit is born out of the firm's years of race car experience. The kit has a 315mm one-piece disc with a B30-6 caliper. For a limited time these are offered in custom caliper colours and pad compounds at a discounted price.


Don't provide a partial repair

Cooling products from Dayco
Published:  29 October, 2014

Vehicle manufacturers will continue to integrate engine systems in the pursuit of smaller, more efficient units which emit fewer and less harmful toxins. This has involved OE specialists such as Dayco developing solutions which bring systems together that traditionally have worked quite separately. An example of this can be seen on the BMW-PSA engine in the BMW Mini. The water pump is only activated when the temperature of the engine needs to be controlled. At start up, or when the engine is below its normal operating temperature, there's no drive to the water pump so the engine warms up quickly with less emissions and lower fuel consumption. At normal temperature, it is engaged by the friction wheel, which receives its drive from the crankshaft pulley. The friction wheel is controlled by the ECU and uses an electric motor and reduction gear to position the friction wheel pulley. Dayco has designed, developed and patented both the single-arm torsion bar tensioner, which replaces the traditional spiral spring tensioner and the motorised friction pulley, which drives the water pump on this engine. A range of 215 water pump kits are provided by Dayco and include an OE water pump along with the usual belt, tensioner and idler combination.


Challenging OE parts

Remanufactured range from Remy Automotive
Published:  28 October, 2014

According to Remy Automotive, its remanufactured range of parts is equal, if not superior, to the original OE product. The firm claims this is because it re-engineers the OE product to fix any faults in the original design which do not present a problem until they are in use. Spokesman Michael Flensborg states: "With a 'repaired' product, one fault is found and it is that one fault which is then repaired. With 're-conditioned', the unit is broken into sub-assemblies which are then tested, the highlighted faults repaired and then rebuilt. This will not identify any underlying faults." As part of Remy's reman process, the unit is 100% stripped into individual components, cleaned, inspected against OE standards, remanufactured then re-assembled. All wearing components are replaced and the units are tested in static and dynamic conditions.


Replace in pairs

Steering & Suspension from TRW
Published:  27 October, 2014

To prevent compromising safety, TRW is promoting the message to replace shock absorbers in pairs. The firm conducted tests with a differing damping force on one shock, which showed a significant improvement in car performance when they were replaced in pairs rather than individually, especially when a vehicle is changing lanes or under emergency braking. The firm has been campaigning for years to have the shock absorber classified as a safety critical part and included in the annual roadworthiness tests. Belgium has adopted this stance already.


New tech for aftermarket

Clutches from Valeo
Published:  22 October, 2014

Long Travel Damper (LTD) Dual Mass Flywheel technology is being introduced into the aftermarket by Valeo which divides acceleration input to the gearbox by more than two at all engine speeds. This technology is important for fuel-saving engines which have a higher torque so generate more vibrations, especially at low speed. The LTD DMF absorbs these, making for a more comfortable ride. It can be adapted on manual, hybrid and wet dual clutch transmission applications. Valeo's OE quality range includes more than 1,900 references and comprises traditional clutch kits, high-efficiency kits, self-adjusting clutch kits, dual mass flywheels, master cylinders and concentric slave cylinders. The parts are supplied under a film to prevent components from moving during carriage.


Restricted flow will cause a whine

Steering & suspension from Blue Print
Published:  21 October, 2014

A power steering reservoir for the Chrysler Grand Voyager 3.3i 2001 to 2006 and Voyager 3.3i 2001 to 2004 is available from Blue Print. When this filter becomes contaminated and partially blocked, flow is restricted and this usually results in an abnormal whine from the power steering pump which tends to be worse from a cold start-up and at slow speeds. As long as the pump hasn't been starved of fluid for too long, the problem can be fixed with a replacement reservoir which has a new filter and the addition ofsome fresh fluid. Before fitting this direct replacement part, the firm advises that you drain as much of the original fluid from the system as possible before filling with fluid of the correct specification.


Twist and fit bulbs

Lighting from Osram
Published:  15 October, 2014

The Cool Blue Intense range of bulbs from Osram has grown this month. The halogen range currently has the bluest colour temperature approved for road use and give up to 20% more light on the road compared to conventional halogen bulbs. Its Xenarc Cool Blue Intense range covers vehicles using Xenon lights and provide a blue tone which illuminates the road as if in natural daylight, the colour results in a special gas filling not by a coating on the outer bulb. This range is now available in D3S and D4S types in addition to the D1S and D2S types. The H8 halogen bulb is available for the BMW 3 Series Coupe and the H15 for the VW Golf VI and others. The H15 bulb design lets the user twist and fit the bulb in one action, without the need for clips or electrical connectors.


Turbos and switches

Turbochargers from Mahle
Published:  14 October, 2014

The number of cars using turbochargers is expected to rise to 80% by 2015 and Mahle is prepared, adding 15 key applications to its range of replacement turbochargers. Turbo fitting kits for VAG group models are available ex-stock, for models including the Audi A3, Seat Altea and Leon, VW Golf from 2003 onwards and PSA vehicles such as Peugeot 206, 306 and C5 from 1999 onwards. Mahle Original turbochargers for Fiat, PSA and Vauxhall cars fitted with the Z13DTJ engine are available, and VAG group cars using the BJB engine from 2004 to 2010. Replacement thermostats and related parts have joined Mahle's product offering, including thermo switches for numerous BMWs from 1975 onwards, Mercs from 1976 on and numerous Vauxhall models form 1987.


Portable Power

Batteries from Varta
Published:  13 October, 2014

Today's smartphones have a habit of draining their batteries quicker than a technician can drain a sump. Therefore being away from a power point can sometimes lead to a bout of anxiety when the device flashes up a low battery warning. People who are always out and about, in meetings, visiting clients, on days out, are the ones most at need of a portable charging pack. Battery manufacturer Varta now offers a range designed for the most common smartphones. The PowerPhone 800 comes with a Micro USB, iPhone 30-pin or iPhone Lightning adaptors each as separate units. It offers 150 minutes extra talk time through its 800mAH Li-Ion battery and can be attached to car keys to keep it near.


Kit change

VIDEO: Meyle Oil Change Kits
Published:  10 October, 2014

Meyle explains how its Oil Change Kit works on a Mercedes with automatic transmission


Belt for Cosworth

Gates belts from Burton Power
Published:  10 October, 2014

A broken cam belt can result in bent valves at the very least so it's important that customers keep up with maintenance on their vehicle, especially if they have a classic car which needs more regular attention. Burton Power can supply the Gates Powergrip timing belt for the Ford Cosworth YB engine which was original equipment on these models. Discounts are available for orders made online.


KYB demonstration

VIDEO: Strut replacement
Published:  09 October, 2014

KYB demonstrate how to replace front suspension struts on a Ford Fiesta V and a Mazda II


Conventional batteries boosted by new tech

Batteries from Exide
Published:  09 October, 2014

The new Exide Premium battery will now charge up to 1.5 times faster thanks to Carbon Boost technology which was developed for its Start Stop AGM and EFB batteries. The carbon additives improve charge acceptance and significantly reduce charging times. A build-up of sulphate particles occurs on the negative plates of standard batteries during discharge but these carbon additives improve the conductivity, dissolving the sulphates more quickly and improving charging performance. Premium Carbon Boost batteries are ideal for cars with powerful engines and a multitude of electrical equipment. They suit urban driving with frequent stops and short journeys, providing 30% more starting power.


Flat blade wipers benefit from new tech

Wipers from Bosch
Published:  08 October, 2014

A new type of wiper rubber has been developed by Bosch which provides the smoothest, quietest and most efficient performance to date. The Power Protection Plus patented coating is used in its Aerotwin Plus range of flat blade wipers, compatible with 93% of vehicles with OE fit flat blades. The product features a new adapter system, enabling each blade to fit ten different wiper arms. There are 15 single part numbers and four separate adaptors. Product specialist, wipers and lighting, Kiran Wade, said: "The new Bosch Aerotwin Plus has taken the benefits of flat-blade technology and built on it by developing a new kind of rubber. The longer service life of the product means the blades are both reliable and economical. Motorists will notice the reduction in noise, as well as superior performance, when driving in challenging conditions." The new Aerotwin Plus range is supported by a new catalogue and features new Bosch packaging, which is being rolled out across its other product ranges.


One size does not fit all

Lubricants from Comma
Published:  07 October, 2014

Over 83% of motorists are unaware of the role that coolant plays in their vehicles and over 65% said they wouldn't know what product is suitable for their car, according to new research conducted by Cosan Lubricants for its Comma brand. It's a common misconception that a single product will do or worse still, that you simply replace coolant with one of the same colour - the wrong product will result in overheating, corrosion and component failure leading to possible invalidation of the warranty. Car manufacturers have tailored coolants and oils in recent years for specific, individual engine needs and as operating conditions in modern engines become more severe it is vital that the correct coolant is used. Comma's range of OEM-approved Xstream coolants are backed by a Compatibility Guarantee and a full application guide is available on its website.


Opportunities ahead

Timing belt kits from Dayco
Published:  06 October, 2014

Over the last decade, sales of timing belt kits have increased and individual belt sales have declined as repairers take the wise decision to replace the belt alongside associated components. The next opportunity for workshops, according to Dayco, concerns the front-end auxiliary drive (FEAD) system which is subject to similar mileage to the timing drive system, so similar service principles should be applied to the auxiliary belt and its components. Some VMs have introduced a service interval for the auxiliary belt which will lead to extra revenue for independents. The firm supplies more than 700 tensioners and idlers to complement its 800 plus range of auxiliary belts. In addition, a belt in oil replacement cartridge for the Ford 'Lynx' 1.8-litre diesel unit has just been announced. As Ford's power transmission supply partner, it developed the world's first belt-in-oil drive system in 2008 which has been widely used across its portfolio of cars. This substitutes the chain driven system and includes the cartridge with the corresponding belt pulleys


Check your strut

Gas struts from Blue Print
Published:  03 October, 2014

A few years ago, Blue Print introduced a short range of gas struts as a result of customers reporting on high failure applications. The range has grown to nearly 170 references, covering 600 popular UK applications. Key newbies include a gas strut tail gate for the Nissan Pathfinder 2.5/3.0 DT and the Toyota Avensis 1.8i, 2.0DT and 2.0i. Gas struts are used in boot lids, glass openings and some vehicle's bonnets and lose their effectiveness over time, eventually resulting in failure. So check those struts and remember to replace them in pairs.


The right blend

Oils from Morris Lubricants
Published:  02 October, 2014

Two performance gear oils from Morris Lubricants are designed to save fuel and improve performance. Lodexol MTF 75W-80 boasts outstanding cold start fluidity as well as high temperature stability. It can be used in manual, automatic and semi-automatic gearboxes in various marques, including BMW, Honda, Ford, VW and Volvo. Lodexol FR-X has the same capabilities as the previous oil and is also said to improve fuel economy and protect gears at high speed or when under heavy load - this is designed for manual gearboxes in Peugeot and Citroen cars. The firm supplies more than 800 products, made for specific engines and cars. Spokesman Adrian Hill says it's vital to educate motorists about using the right oil, he says: "People get in the habit of buying the same oil every time without ever really thinking about it. We need to educate people about using the right type of oil and the difference that can make to the way the engine performs."


All set for increased demand

Filters from Comline
Published:  01 October, 2014

Comline's filter range provides over 1,400 part numbers providing air, oil, fuel and cabin filters for over 95% of the European, Japanese and Korean car parc. Recent additions cover vehicles introduced in 2012 and after to cater for imminent demand in the aftermarket and include an air filter for the Fiat 500/Panda, oil filter for the Audi A3, VW Golf, Seat Leon and Skoda Octavia and an air filter for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The firm says each filter is manufactured using the latest ISO production procedures to ensure reliability and the price is kept down due to the company's lean structure - no field-based reps, no company cars, electric-only catalogues etc). With a broad, up-to-date range of high-quality filters available at competitive prices, it's easy to see why Comline has become one of the foremost filter suppliers in the aftermarket.


Spoiler alert!

Wipers from Trico
Published:  30 September, 2014

Trico unveiled its Exact Fit Factory Replacement Centre at Automechanika which will be rolled out over the coming months. This comprises a redesigned and widely expanded range of front and rear wiper blades which fit nearly 99% of European vehicles with no adaptors needed. The Exact Fit range covers conventional, beam, hybrid and rear blades. Also new for autumn is the Trico Force beam blade line. These incorporate a swept-wing spoiler which controls airflow and converts force from winds up to around 220 Kph into downward pressure. Trico Ice is pitched as an extreme winter wiper blade which features a synthetic blended armour to protect components from ice and snow. Its Flex multi-fit blade programme has grown to 14 parts, adding lengths of 730mm, 750mm and 800mm.


Safety critical parts

Wipers from ACDelco
Published:  29 September, 2014

New flat blade part numbers for the popular Vauxhall Insignia and Astra models join the ACDelco wiper range which comprises 36 universal, 19 flat and four rear wipers for a wide range of European and Asian applications. The flat blade wipers are housed in vibrant packaging and come with a range of connectors so they can be used with eight different arm types. They are available in 24", 26" and 28" and there are a number of universal spoilers. Four universal rear wiper blades accommodate 88 references and are supplied with four connectors to be compatible with the main five rear wiper arm types. ACDelco urges workshops to educate drivers of the need to not just regularly check their blades but change them in the process.


Big cats

Additional parts from BM Cataylsts
Published:  26 September, 2014

Nearly 200 new parts will be added in the coming months to the range of cats, DPFs and front pipes for European vehicles from BM Catalysts. The independent manufacturer continues to focus on the expansion of its range of Premium and Standard parts and to deliver the right part on time to distributors large and small, dispatching 99% of its products within hours of an order being placed.


Online parts system

Online ordering system from GSF
Published:  25 September, 2014

The Webcat online parts system from GSF Car Parts now includes optional Autodata technical information. By using the VRM look-up, users can view the full parts catalogue, repair times and now Autodata's Technical Data on one screen. Modules include fault codes, key programming, service schedules, wheel alignment, air con, component location, known fixes and bulletins, and much more. Real-time price and availability checks are provided by your local GSF Car Parts branch and an OE and aftermarket part number cross-reference facility can save you time.


Mounting sets

Drive kits and belts from ContiTech
Published:  24 September, 2014

Accessory drive kits complete with V-ribbed belts and spanners are now offered by ContiTech after recently expanding its range of kits which comprise timing belt kits with the water pump included. It has also just started offering mounting sets for torsional vibration dampers, for use when TVDs need replacing and the manufacturer specifies these should be changed at the same time. Product manager Rene Borries says: "Previously, the workshops had to put a lot of effort themselves into identifying and obtaining the correct bolts for fastening the belt pulleys," often, direct from the VM. In other news, its website for belt drive components has been simplified to make it easier to find what you need.


Shampoo and shine

Valet products from Holts
Published:  23 September, 2014

A range of valet products from Holts is designed to help professionals quickly valet a car inside and out. The products are available in 5L and 20L sizes. An acid-free wheel cleaner can be used on all wheel types including damaged wheels, a liquid carnauba wax gives a high gloss and long-lasting protection, there's a carpet and upholstery cleaner, paint restorer cut and a plastic, vinyl and tyre treatment.


Comparison waveforms

Workshop management system from Pico
Published:  22 September, 2014

The latest free software update from Pico Technology contains what it believes will be one of its most popular features to date - the ability to search a library of waveforms uploaded by PicoScope users from around the world. Steve Smith, Automotive Applications Specialist at Pico Technology says: "I cannot remember how many times it would have been useful to have a comparison waveform for a circuit under test, especially when comparing camshaft/crankshaft timing. Often this would involve sifting through your own library or ringing round colleagues in the hope you might get lucky". PicoScope users everywhere can now share experience regarding good and faulty systems across any vehicle. Over 450 waveforms have already been uploaded by beta testers of the new software. This feature is available to all users with a PicoScope 3000 Series or 4000 Series automotive scope. You can share your own waveforms to the library, enabling everyone to view, download and save your uploaded data. The Waveform Library Browser has comprehensive search options allowing you to locate a relevant waveform for a specific manufacturer or model. You can also search for a waveform using just the engine code or ECU type, so you can locate a relevant entry that may have been saved with different vehicle details.


Summer parts extension

Filters from ACDelco
Published:  19 September, 2014

A total of 31 new part numbers join the ACDelco range of air, oil, cabin and fuel filters which now offers more than 1,700 part numbers. The summer part numbers cover a wide range of marques including Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Citroen, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes, Peugeot, Skoda, Suzuki and VW. Its range of fuel filters are designed to keep fuel as clean as possible whilst providing fuel-flow management and parts include spin on, element, in-line and eco-friendly filters. Its oil filters also come in spin on, elements and eco-friendly types which can be used with all types of engine, hydraulic and gear oils. Its panel, round, oval and conical air filters are designed to meet or exceed all technical specifications and its cabin air filters minimise exposure to pollutants.


Performance bulbs

Lighting from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 September, 2014

LED lighting technology presents a challenge for future sales to the aftermarket as the non-replaceable light source has started to be fitted onto new typed-approved vehicles. However, Ring Automotive's Technical Director Nick Cameron remains positive: "Whilst LED lighting technology is a long-term threat to bulb replacement, there are still plenty of new and existing opportunities for bulbs in the aftermarket." Xenon HID bulbs were once limited to luxury and executive cars but are increasingly fitted as standard to wider range of vehicles. The replacement of these presents a higher profit margin for garages but may be put off by the high voltage involved and referred the task back to the main dealer. As demand for replacement increases it's important for independents to retain this work and Ring Automotive provides direct OE replacements. A training manual and video guide has been produced by the firm to increase installers' confidence. The XenonStar+ range of halogen bulbs has been introduced as motorists want to replicate the ultra-bright light output of Xenon. "By offering premium bulb upgrades that improves the light output, style or drivers' visibility, garages could increase their sales by 50%," stated Cameron. "Once customers see the improvement for themselves they do not go back to standard bulbs and continue to fit higher value performance halogens."


Look the business

Personalised signage from Prosol
Published:  17 September, 2014

Additional personalised signage is available from Prosol UK and you can now send colour pictures and text via its website. An upload button appears on its site next to all products which can be made bespoke such as its deluxe MOT notice boards, document holders, MOT tool shadow panel board, MOT wallets and reminder items.


Brakes App

Pagid App from TMD Friction
Published:  16 September, 2014

A Pagid App is now available providing instant access to TMD Friction's updated catalogue, with supporting images, technical information and the OE part number. Once installed, the App requires no manual updates. It is available now on Google Play and iTunes. The company has also just launched the Pagid Professional Academy - a brake training programme which awards successful attendees with the IMI QAA Award in Light Vehicle Brake Fitting. The course comprises a step-by-step distance learning programme, two-day training master class delivered by independent trainers, followed by a practical exam.


Spark plug ignites new Spider

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  15 September, 2014

NGK has just won the contract to supply OE spark plugs on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider which was showcased earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and is due to go into production in early 2015. The premium convertible will be powered by Alfa's four-cylinder, all aluminium, 1,742cc turbo petrol engine which takes it from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 155mph. Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager - Sales & Marketing, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: "The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that we are OE on the innovative Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid sports car and further demonstrates the technical excellence of our products and the work of our OE team in satisfying the demands of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers." NGK's ILKAR7D6G spark plug for the 4C Spider, was originally developed exclusively for the FIAT Group's high-output direct injection 1,750 TBi engines in 2009. Since then, it has been used in Alfa Romeo vehicles and other brands within the group including the Alfa Romeo 159, Spider, Giulietta and 4C.


Cables and coils

Ignition components from Bosch
Published:  12 September, 2014

Robert Bosch first successfully installed a magneto ignition device into a vehicle back in 1897, solving one of the biggest problems in vehicle construction. Ignition technology has clearly moved on since then, now focussed on improving fuel economy, power and reducing exhaust emissions. Bosch provides ignition components to VMs for use as original equipment and uses the research and development in producing these parts for the aftermarket. Its coils range encompasses traditional asphalt coils for older vehicles and the modern plastic variety in both module and pencil/rod configurations, used in modern engines. The programme includes just under 300 part numbers so can boast being one of the largest coil suppliers from a single source. Bosch's cables range provides over 90% coverage and includes resistive cable sets, copper core sets, pre-assembled resistive as well as copper-core single leads. Its Silicone-Copper ignition cables are said to have outstanding interference suppression and isolation. Silicone-Copper high performance copper-core cables need to be used in vehicles which have them fitted as OE as any other type of replacement could result in malfunctions in other electronic systems.


Key parts

Steering and suspension from First Line
Published:  11 September, 2014

The Key Parts steering and suspension range was introduced by First Line last September and now comprises almost 500 part numbers including wishbones, rack ends, tie rod ends, stabiliser links and ball joints. Popular applications include stabiliser links for Peugeot 206 and Vauxhall Vectra, Corsa and Saab 9-5, tie rod ends for Vauxhall Corsa and ball joints for Renault Megane II and Scenic 2003 onwards. The Key Parts range were introduced as a cost-effective repair option and come with a 12-month or 12,000 mile warranty from time of fitment.


Technology beats contamination

Filters from Sogefi
Published:  10 September, 2014

Sogefi was the first to manufacture filters using a technology known as 'Chevron' pleating, which maintains strength whilst offering up to 20% more filtration surface compared to standard, straight pleating. It filters tiny particles to protect turbochargers, takes up less space than standard filters but designed to perform as well as larger standard units. Diesel engines are highly sensitive to contaminants; dirt particles can damage the fuel system and the smallest water droplets can cause costly damage. Sogefi's Diesel3Tech technology guarantees water separation efficiency and extends service life and replacement intervals using three layers to filter dirt particles and water. It was developed to meet the demands of new diesel fuels based on ultra-low sulphur diesel which contain larger amounts of emulsified water and therefore pose a threat to high-pressure injection systems. In other news, Sogefi has replaced its cardboard cabin air filter packaging with a recyclable, transparent polypropylene packet which are smaller and lighter than the original and provides customers with more storage space. Air filter packaging is set to be upgraded soon.


Garage essentials

MOT equipment from GSF
Published:  09 September, 2014

A host of special offers are available to independent garages from GSF. "We've got more offers that are totally unique to GSF and represent the best value for garages we could find," said John Wright, Garage Essentials General Manager. "The Stenhoj Class IV ATL MOT package is a case in point. We don't think there's another offer out there that compares right now." The Stenhoj Class IV ATL MOT package features within the 68 page publication which contains products from the UKs top equipment suppliers and brands and includes Brain Bee air con service stations. The ATL comes with a three year warranty, delivery and installation, as well as a Dunlop smoke tester with remote tablet PC so you view results whilst in the vehicle. Offers on diagnostic equipment, tools, tyre equipment and lifts are also included.


Prevent MOT failures

Fuel additives from STP
Published:  08 September, 2014

High exhaust emissions account for more than a quarter of all MOT test failures so the fuel additive firm STP is highlighting its Pre-MOT packs which can reduce the risk of MOT failure. Irregular servicing on older cars is a contributing factor behind carbon build-up but normal combustion also leads to problems in new technology engines. The twin pack Pre-MOT Packs contain a 200ml bottle of STP Petrol Injector Cleaner or Diesel Injector Cleaner which should be used before the MOT test to unclog injectors in one tankful of fuel. The kit also includes a 200ml bottle of STP Petrol Treatment or Diesel Treatment which prevents further deposit build-up.


Fight against counterfeiting

Lighting from Phillips
Published:  05 September, 2014

Philips will be celebrating its centenary this autumn at Frankfurt's Automechanika show and will be showcasing the new technologies it has been responsible for over the last three decades such as high performance halogen bulbs, blue headlamps, Xenon HID lighting and LED automotive lighting. The company now turns its attention to the threat of counterfeiting and is currently in the middle of legal action against a number of companies it believes are selling dodgy Xenon bulbs in the UK and abroad. To ensure customers know what they are fitting and selling on, every Philips C1 and S1 Xenon bulb comes in new packaging which has its own unique holographic security code and a moving code which displays a moving digit under direct light. A certificate of authenticity is also provided. Its range of inspection lights is set to expand and an Autumn promotion will be announced next month.


Fast moving filters

Filters from Mahle
Published:  04 September, 2014

Replacement filters for the best-selling models for all major European and Japanese car manufacturers are available ex-stock from Mahle's West Midlands warehouse. Fuel filters cover popular diesel engines fitted to Audi A6, A7 and Q5 models as original equipment, plus the new Porsche Macan three-litre diesel and Toyota Yaris 1.4D-4D. New pollen filters are available for the Ford Focus Mk3 and Transit, Chrysler Ypsilon, Fiat 500 and Panda and carbon-activated cabin filters for the Honda Jazz 2002-07, Suzuki Swift, BMW M3, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. Air filters now cover a variety of Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models.


How Turbos work

BTN explain the procedures that turbos go through
Published:  03 September, 2014

With vehicle manufacturers increasing their use of turbo technology to make smaller, more efficient engines, BTN Turbo explain the process that the devices go through to increase vehicle performance.


One person can do it all

Mot test lanes from Hofmann
Published:  03 September, 2014

A range of Automated Test Lanes are available under the Hofmann brand, allowing one person to carry out an MOT test. This enables automated and consistent testing as well as reduced labour costs and increased revenue for the freed up second technician. Existing MOT bays can upgrade to a One Person Test Lane. Hofmann ATLs are available through Snap-on Equipment with a two-year parts and labour warranty.


Looking to brighten up bulbs range

Lighting from ACDelco
Published:  02 September, 2014

The range of automotive bulbs from ACDelco will be enhanced over the coming months and currently provides workshops with over 60 references. These include both incandescent and halogen products in a combination of 12 or 24 volt ratings and include a number of special bulbs such as Blue Xenon, +50%, Day Lite and clear indicator Amber. The range provides 96% coverage of the European vehicle parc and the parts are supplied in individual ACDelco branded boxes in packs of ten. Bulbs are provided for both off-road and on-road vehicles and include headlamp, braking, indicator, fog, reversing, parking and positioning, instrumentation, switches and interior applications.


Super bright lamps

Lighting from Draper Tools
Published:  28 August, 2014

New from Draper Tools is a range of 3W COB (Chip On Board) rechargeable magnetic inspection lamps, available in four colours. The lamps use cutting-edge lighting technology to deliver super bright light and maximum efficiency. The base has an integrated magnet for hands-free working and a swivel joint enables the light to be used in any 360deg position. An additional seven LEDs are on the end plate so you can use it as a torch when needed. Two hang hooks feature on each and the lamps are supplied with a 240V charger and a 12V charging adaptor.


All makes filters

Filters from Comline
Published:  28 August, 2014

The cabin and carbon filters programme available from Comline has grown to cover an additional 23 applications across a variety of makes and models, now totalling 400 part numbers. Notable additions are an activated carbon filter for the VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Jaguar XF as well as a cabin filter for the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd. The firm has produced filters for over 20 years and the product range exceeds 1,400 part numbers, encompassing air, oil, fuel and cabin/carbon activated filter categories. Comline spokesman Malcolm Rosher says: "The seasonal nature of cabin filters will soon see market demand curtail with the onset of autumn. It is therefore essential that both motor factors and garages capitalise on cabin filters over the next few months."


Space saver

Lifts from Snap-on
Published:  27 August, 2014

The Sun VIC 3000 Automatic Test Lane from Snap-on helps test centres save space and money. The VOSA approved equipment uses the Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser as the central control for the entire test lane. This reduces the footprint and also provides a cost-effective route into upgrading to an ATL. A powerful PC is coupled with an adjustable 22" tilt and turn flatscreen monitor so the tester can easily see information. The diagnostic emissions analyser has automated test procedures and has a modular design so garages can expand the DGA 2500 into a complete diagnostic and information system.


No more smokey diesels

Diesel engine cleaner from Liqui Moly
Published:  26 August, 2014

A cleaning additive from Liqui Moly is said to restore an engine's original emission values by regularly adding the product to the fuel tank. Diesel Purge dissolves deposits in the injectors and the fuel system - the main culprit to deteriorating emission values. It is also designed to improve ignition performance of diesel fuel, protect against corrosion and prevent partial-load knocking. When faced with a particularly smokey diesel you can give the engine an instant hit by disconnecting the fuel line and putting the end in the can of Diesel Purge and starting the engine to make it run on pure additive, to achieve the best results. You can also fill up the new diesel filter with the product when a car comes in for a regular inspection so the car runs on additive for the first few minutes. This will remove air out of the new filter and help the vehicle pass the MOT exhaust test too.


Clean and protect

Additives from Forte
Published:  25 August, 2014

A drained engine can hold up to 15% of the old oil so it makes sense to flush through the system before an oil service. Forte suggests using its Advanced Formula Motor Flush to cleanse the system of lacquer, varnish and sludge. This is also designed to neutralise the acids that build up in oil as it breaks down over time, keeping the new oil cleaner for longer and also helps to free sticking piston rings, hydraulic valve lifters and VVT systems. A Specialist Injector Cleaner addresses injector contamination in petrol engines. An Oil System Protector meets all relevant specifications and is compatible with all crankcase fill oils and helps to keep new oil effective for longer.


Dynamic handling

Alloy wheels from Kelleners Sport
Published:  22 August, 2014

This one-piece forged aluminium wheel features five concave double spokes. They are relief-milled to reduce un-sprung weight and improve dynamic handling. The Munich wheel comes in two finishes - graphite silver polished and matt black with polished undercut. The wheel is available in 9x21 and 10x21 inches with a bolt circle of 5x120mm and fits the BMW 5 Series, M6, 6 and 7 Series, as well as the X3. These can be purchased from Kelleners Sport.


Shelf appeal

Brakes from Juratek
Published:  20 August, 2014

The range of brake pads and discs for light commercial vehicles and passenger cars continues to be developed by Juratek, which reveals a new look this month. A new logo features on black and grey packaging in an attempt to give the product more 'shelf appeal'. The range of brake pads are certified to ECE regulation 90 and tested to AK Master standards - a test programme that original equipment manufacturers use to assess the performance of braking product to the extreme, over and above the ECE R90 test parameters. The latest references to hit the shelf, sporting the new packaging, are front and rear pads and discs for the brand new Ford Custom.



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