Dirty valves

Exhaust Gas Recirculation system from Valeo
Published:  02 December, 2014

The Exhaust Gas Recirculation system reduces the nitrogen dioxide from emissions by recirculating part of the exhaust gas back into the cylinders. An efficient EGR system reduces emissions output by as much as 50% but one of the most common causes of system failure is the EGR valve. If the valve is not operating correctly, the exhaust gas cannot be controlled and forms harmful NOx gases and compromises performance and economy, potentially reducing engine life. EGR valves should be checked around 100,000 miles. Six new EGR modules join Valeo's air management system range which comply fully with Euro 5 emission regulations. The OE range of EGR valves have an integrated compact cooler. The modules cover five vehicle manufacturers, resulting in 16 applications including Citroen C4 & C5, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008 & 5008.


Sensor programme cranks up

Engine management from Denso
Published:  01 December, 2014

To celebrate three years of expansion to its engine management range, Denso introduces cam sensors and crank sensors into the fold, to join its existing ignition coils, EGR valves, MAF sensors, fuel pumps, exhaust gas temperature sensors and more. Two new fuel pumps for the Toyota Prius and Land Cruiser were added late summer and more references are due in early 2015. Denso says its EGR and EGTS ranges are unique to the aftermarket, being the only brand to offer genuine OE parts for certain applications such as the Toyota Corolla.


Access OE repair data

Technical data straight from the manufacturer
Published:  28 November, 2014

Alldata Repair gives independent workshops direct access to OE repair information via an online portal. The data is unedited - diagrams are not re-drawn and the info is uncut, what you see is the same information available to techs within dealer workshops.


Timing chain kits

Timing chains kits from Dayco
Published:  28 November, 2014

A number of timing chains and timing chain kits are new to Dayco's product line-up. The chain kit range includes all the necessary tensioners, sprockets and guides to enable you to complete a full chain replacement. The top 50 part numbers are offered to cover the vast majority of applications likely to enter the workshop. References of note include the GM derived 1.3 litre JTDm/JTD/MJTD units, one for the 1.0 litre Toyota models and one for the numerous Seat, Skoda and VW 1.2 litre applications. Individual chains are supplied for the popular BMW 2.0 litre TD and Ford's 1.8i.


Garage items for sale

Second hand garage equipment for sale
Published:  27 November, 2014

Complete Bosch Car Service Centre/Independent Mercedes Specialist sale of all garage tools and equipment.


Three tools in one

Diagnostics from Blue Print
Published:  27 November, 2014

The G-Scan 2 is available through official distributor Blue Print and boasts the same extensive coverage for Asian vehicles as the two existing G-Scan kits, including being OEM for Hyundai and Kia, a two-year warranty and two years of free software updates but it has some valuable new additions. The tool has a built-in 2/4 channel oscilloscope and digital multimeter to identify fault codes, measure voltage or amperage fluctuations of sensors or actuator circuits and it also measures resistance, frequency, duty cycle and pulse width. When working on Hyundai and Kia vehicles, you can view data from the scope alongside the DTC data, easily switching between the three functions without the need to look at data on a laptop. It is larger than its predecessors with a high definition 7" screen and has four times the capacity with a 16GB memory card. It powers up faster using a triple CPU and has an intuitive layout and menu system which is navigated by touchscreen or the 12-button menu system. New software features include a communication line inspection, unit converter and special functions calculator. Wi-Fi is built in so can be updated remotely and you can print directly to a Wi-Fi enabled printer and view graphs and data on a PC without a cable connection.


Touchless system breaks the mould

Wheel alignment from Bosch
Published:  26 November, 2014

The team over at Bosch are rather excited about their brand new FWA 9000 wheel aligner, which provides touchless wheel alignment faster than conventional equipment. The system has been through a period of testing prior to release at a Bradford garage who has found that nine out of ten cars given a quick check in under 30 seconds were in need of alignment and 75% of these customers agreed to having the alignment work done - meaning a return on investment is achievable in under 18 months. The equipment assesses four wheels simultaneously, providing quick values for camber and tow and there's no set-up time as there's no tyre clamps to deal with. This also means there's no chance of damaging wheel rims. The Touchless system bases its assessment on the position of the tyre and the chassis, recognising the movement of a vehicle as it approaches the unit's turntable pads, starting the initial measurement automatically. Thousands of reference points, generated by laser, are projected on the side of the vehicle and two stereo cameras per measurement head provide an accurate 3D reference model of each wheel. Camber, individual toe, total toe, setback, caster and geometric driving axis values are taken in a few seconds and the system can be controlled remotely so the operator need not leave the vehicle. A database holds data for more than 30,000 vehicle types, from approximately 130 manufacturers.


Hyper Plus bulbs to give away

Published:  25 November, 2014

To mark the brand new Hyper Plus range of headlamp bulbs, PIAA is giving away ten sets of bulbs to Aftermarket readers this month. The new product line is set to compete with other top-end lighting brands but also competes on price, says the lighting component manufacturer. The Hyper Plus range includes all the most popular sizes of bulbs: H4, H3, H1, H7 and H11. All are fully E-marked and DOT USA approved and feature UV screen glass to protect the reflectors and lenses. The bulbs operate at 4,000K for a brilliant and crystal clear white light yet they only draw the standard 55W to produce an equivalent output of twice that. As with all its products, the bulbs have been developed during extensive motorsport experience, used by some of the world's best rally teams. To get your hands on a set of these new bulbs, simply email nicola@aftermarket.co.uk your name, address and vehicle details by Friday 12th December, ten random entries pulled out of the hat will be sent a set of Hyper bulbs for their car.


Maintain power

Fuel additives from Comma
Published:  25 November, 2014

D-TOX is a powerful additive from Comma to purge fuel lines, injectors, combustion chambers, cylinder heads and valves of deposits. Two products are offered, one for diesel, the other for petrol and are useful for vehicles with a mileage of 10,000 and above. Tests have shown the product to improve fuel efficiency and maintain peak engine power, BHP and overall performance. The single shot treatment can be added to a full tank of fuel at major service intervals and is said to be effective for a whole year's typical annual mileage. Petrol Magic and Diesel Magic are single-shot additives for use at shorter mileage intervals to prevent deposits building up in the combustion chamber and valve head.


Current detector

Hand-held diagnostic tool from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  24 November, 2014

The Amp Hound is the latest hand-held diagnostic tool from Alba Diagnostics and offers a new method of measuring amps and reducing the amount of time needed to determine the current in a fused circuit. There's no need to remove fuses one at a time and check each circuit with a multimeter - the Amp Hound enables you to quickly check the complete fuse box. It is said to be ideal for seeking out a parasitic drain and detects currents as low as 0.005 amps. It works on all types of common automotive fuses, within 6V, 12V or 24V systems. Audible and visual alerts are used to signify active, inactive, open circuits and a digital display shows current value.


Get to the bottom of curious cooling faults

Cooling products from Gates
Published:  13 November, 2014

The Power Clean Flush Tool can be used on any make and model and is supplied by Gates with a set of tips and connectors to cleanse radiator necks, engine blocks and heater core tubes. Pulsing, pressurised water removes debris from deep corners and when it encounters a blockage, the pressure is automatically regulated to prevent damaging the system. The cooling agent plays the vital role of protecting the engine from extreme temperatures, while protecting from rust and corrosion too so it should be flushed periodically, especially when changing cooling system service parts to reduce warranty claims. Meanwhile, the firm has produced a troubleshooting guide which highlights common system faults from white exhaust smoke, rising fuel consumption to unusual noises, in order to find underlying problems.


Free check for customer identifies revenue opportunities

Alignment from Pro-align
Published:  12 November, 2014

Checking for steering & suspension problems is a fast and easy process with the Hunter Quick Check alignment system from Pro-Align. The preliminary alignment diagnostic system takes one minute to go through an initial six-point assessment. If it picks up any issues the vehicle can then go onto a workshop's main alignment system for a full check-up. The initial check measures 6 of the 14 primary angles and comes as a fixed point drive-through module which is ideal for the workshop entrance or a multibay system which can be transferred between work areas. QuickGrip adaptors fit onto the wheels in one simple click and the QuickComp feature allows rim run-out compensation in one short roll forward.


Don't forget the tube

Clutches from Borg & Beck
Published:  11 November, 2014

The Borg & Beck range of clutch products from First Line has reached 2,000 part numbers, covering traditional 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 clutch kits, concentric slave cylinder and solid flywheel kits and a growing range of clutch master and slave cylinders. The manufacturer offers the single mass flywheel replacement kit for models that have suffered a worn or failed DMF. This uses a long travel clutch damper technology to give similar performance to that of the original DMF but with an increased lifespan. More than 50 kits are available, the latest of which replace the DMF and clutch on the Vauxhall 1.3 CDTi diesel engine, used in the Corsa Mk II and II, Meriva, Tigra and Combo vans. A number of clutch master cylinders and clutch slave cylinders also join its clutch programme. The firm says that although the clutch guide tube is not officially part of the clutch kit, it recommends replacing the guide tube when a replacement clutch is installed. If not, it can cause the release bearing to become misaligned which can cause slipping or clutch control issues.


Range shake up

Remanufactured products from Sovereign Rotating Machines
Published:  10 November, 2014

A range shake-up at Sovereign Rotating Machines has doubled its vehicle coverage for rotating electrics, coils, pulleys and ignition leads. The rotating electrics range has grown by over 700 new part numbers, the total number now stands at over 5,000. The firm has also added 136 new coils, 14 new leads and a number of pulleys. The new references are detailed on MAM's Autocat+ cataloguing tool.


Original material

AP brand clutches from SMPE
Published:  07 November, 2014

The AP brand of clutch parts from SMPE covers 95% of the aftermarket, offering clutch systems, solid flywheels, clutch cover assemblies, drive/friction plates, concentric slave cylinders and clutch/cylinder kits. The range is made up of over 1,300 kits for more than 80 vehicle manufacturers. During the manufacturing process, only original equipment-approved suppliers are used for materials, for facings, castings etc. to ensure high quality parts that are interchangeable with original equipment fitted to the vehicle by the VM.


Top up and flush out

READER OFFER!
Published:  06 November, 2014

"The effects coolant can have on engine temperature and subsequently a vehicle's emissions of mono-nitrogen oxides is particularly significant," says Prestone's technical director, Bruce Ellis. "Carefully monitoring coolant levels will make a significant improvement to the engine's performance, as will topping up and flushing out any existing coolant with fresh product." Prestone's coolant/antifreeze is designed to protect aluminium and all other engine parts for up to five years or 150,000 miles. It can be used in all makes and models of car and is supplied ready for use. The product uses a patented blend of organic acid corrosion inhibitors. Aftermarket still has 20 of these to give away to the first 20 readers to email nicola@aftermarket.co.uk with their postal address. Good luck!


Extraordinary sealing

Cooling products from Meyle
Published:  06 November, 2014

Six new Meyle-HD water pumps are available for various VW models and they come with a four-year warranty. They feature a mechanical seal and this sealing ring is said to play a significant role in the durability of a water pump. The engineers at Wulf Gaertner Autoparts have used silicon carbide seal faces and a high quality water pump bearing. Technology manager Sven Nielsen says: "This combination is primarily designed for the stresses in used vehicles in which the cooling system already shows signs of wear and corrosion, and where the cooling agent may also be contaminated". The seal is designed to be much more resistant to dirt and cooling agent additives, the secondary seal is highly resistant to temperature and weathering.


Testing times

Remanufactured parts from Borg
Published:  05 November, 2014

Elstock, part of Borg Automotive, remanufactures brake calipers for 95% of the European car parc and can also provide more exotic items that can prove hard to source. The parts are remanufactured at its plant in Poland where it stores one of the largest core collections. The firm also produces reman starters & alternators, aircon compressors, steering racks and power steering pumps, electronic steering columns, calipers and EGR valves. Units are stripped, every part is thoroughly cleaned and sandblasted. The parts are then scrutinised to see if they can be remanufactured or need replacing. The rubber parts are always replaced with OE or equivalent items. The parts are then individually remanufactured then subjected to testing before being assembled back into a complete unit which is tested further. Each unit comes with an unlimited mileage two-year warranty and matching OE guarantee. The company can provide brake calipers painted back to the original colouring.


Gold star for clutch data

Clutches from Comline
Published:  04 November, 2014

Over 7,500 part numbers are available from British distributor Comline, including braking products, CV joint kits, water pumps, oils, wipers, steering & suspension parts and clutch kits. The firm focuses on single mass flywheel clutch kits as it believes these are more reliable than dual mass flywheel variants. Ensuring customers have all the relevant data they need to source parts is a big undertaking and a large team of data handlers at Comline compile the extensive application and cross-referencing data. This effort has been recognised as the brand has again been classified as an 'A' rated Certified Data Supplier by TecDoc.


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.



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