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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