WIN with Comline

Published:  27 September, 2021

To commemorate Comline Auto Parts’ aim of increasing its steering and suspension range by a third by the end of 2021, the British brand is offering one lucky reader of Aftermarket the chance to win £150 of steering goods. As well as steering goods, the winner will receive a virtual reality headset and Comline-liveried jacket – both perfect for using Comline’s cutting-edge 3D tool, Comline Augmented Reality (C.A.R), and the oncoming cooler nights.

Ring Automotive: New tyre inflator

Published:  03 September, 2021

Ring Automotive has launched a handheld rechargeable inflator, with one eye on the consumer market. The new RTC2000 operates via a rechargeable lithium battery, making it suitable for when there are no 12V sockets available. Featuring a built-in LED light and digital display with four programmable settings, the portable tyre inflator is the latest product addition to Ring’s RTC Tyre Inflator range. The RTC2000 can quickly top up tyre pressure, with it taking three minutes to inflate between 25psi-35psi.As it is rechargeable, the lithium battery can also be used as a portable powerbank for charging mobile devices.

UFI’s new ARGENTIUM cabin filters

Published:  02 September, 2021

UFI has launched its new ARGENTIUM cabin air filter range. The new range has launched with 47 references, starting with high car parc coverage examples. ARGENTIUM will complement the company’s 307 anti-pollen and 177 activate carbon cabin air filter aftermarket ranges. UFI Filters currently covers more than 98.5% of all European vehicles. All ARGENTIUM filters feature the generic reference The established references (anti-pollen filters) and (active carbon filters) will be maintained as cross-references.

WIN a TechMan GMS license

Published:  18 August, 2021

TechMan has an unlimited user license of its software, which includes Haynes Pro and an integrated LKQ Euro Car Parts catalogue, worth over £1,000, to give away to one of Aftermarket’s lucky readers.

Mintex: New brake pads and discs

Published:  05 August, 2021

Mintex has added two new brake pads and five new brake discs to its product range. The new brake pads cover Kia applications including Sedona III, Picanto JA and Picanto Runner. Meanwhile, Mintex’s latest brake disc references have been made available for makes such as BMW, Nissan, Hyundai and Kia. All new references have been added to TecDoc and MAM cataloguing systems and are also accessible via the online catalogue Brakebook by entering the Mintex part number.

Klarius: New exhausts and DPFs

Published:  28 July, 2021

Klarius has released a raft of fresh exhausts. New products are now available to fit the Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.3, Toyota Auris 1.4 and 2.0 as well as the Toyota Verso TR. There are also replacements to fit the Vauxhall Zafira 1.4 (2012-) and the Kia Venga 1.4 and 1.6 (2010-). Meanwhile, diesel particulate filters (DPFs) have also been brought out for the Alfa Romeo Mito and Citroen Nemo 1.2.

Eurorepar: New engine, suspension, HVAC and electrical parts

Published:  13 July, 2021

Eurorepar has introduced a number of new engine, suspension, HVAC and electrical parts to its multi-brand range. Additions include a new timing kit and water pump for the Renault, Dacia and Nissan 1.5 DCI engine, two redesigned oil filters suitable for Euro 4, 5 and 6 engines, new alternators for 24 models and starter motors for a further 12.  Meanwhile, Eurorepar’s air conditioning condensers are now available for a greater range of models, as are its wishbones, suspension arms, ball joints and tie rods in its steering and suspension offering.

Brembo: New G Sessanta brake caliper concept

Published:  09 July, 2021

Brembo has introduced the New G Sessanta brake caliper concept to commemorate its 60th anniversary. This new concept is inspired by the first brake caliper for motorbikes the company produced in 1972, with the name coming from its designer. Via LED technology, when the vehicle is stationary, the caliper can display different colours and light effects, or provide a courtesy light.

MAHLE: New filters

Published:  05 July, 2021

MAHLE Aftermarket UK has extended its filtration range, including cabin filters, fuel filters and air filters. The new-to-range products are suitable for a wide variety of applications, from passenger cars and commercial vehicles to motorcycles, and cover a number of popular vehicle makes and models. These include Audi A4/A5, Toyota Corolla, Iveco Daily, Suzuki Ignis, Mazda 2/3 /CX-3/CX-30, Lexus ES and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Castrol ON e-thermal fluid

Published:  02 July, 2021

Castrol has launched an new direct battery e-thermal fluid that will mean future EVs can be charged more rapidly. The new Castrol ON e-thermal fluid is an dielectric fluid formulated specifically for direct cooling, where the fluid circulates within the module and in direct contact with individual battery cells. With the Castrol ON e-thermal fluid, temperature spikes within individual cells are also less likely. In addition, because of its lower viscosity compared with existing dielectric transformer oils, it delivers reduced pumping losses. The Castrol ON e-thermal fluid is part of a family of Castrol ON products, which include Castrol ON e-Transmission fluids and Castrol ON

First Line: Steering and suspension

Published:  29 June, 2021

Recent additions to First Line’s steering and suspension programme include 175 new references. These include the Front Lower Suspension Arms to fit the Citroen Crossland X and C3 Aircross (2017-), the Front Lower Ball Joint to fit the Ford Fiesta Mk VII (2017), the Front Rack End to fit the Peugeot Berlingo (2019-), the Front Stabiliser Link to fit the Mercedes A-Class (2018-), the Top Strut Mount with Bearing to fit the Vauxhall/Opel Astra (2015-), the Front Tie Rod Ends to fit the Toyota Prius (2016-), and the Rear Axle Bush to fit the Vauxhall/Opel Astra with multilink suspension (2010-).

WIN with Lumileds and Philips Automotive Products

Published:  29 June, 2021

Lumileds has one of its top-of-the-range Philips Workshop Lights to give away in for one lucky reader of Aftermarket.

New alternator from AS-PL

Published:  23 June, 2021

AS-PL has added a new alternator to is AS brand Standard line. The product is suitable for the Hyundai i40, Hyundai ix35, Hyundai Tucson, KIA Carens, KIA Optima, KIA Soul, KIA Sportage and the Vauxhall Astra. AS-PL offers more than 20,000 different products with a total of almost 450,000 reference numbers. Products are divided into three lines; Economy, Standard and Premium.


Published:  04 June, 2021

Kalimex, the UK distributors of JLM Lubricants, are offering one lucky reader of Aftermarket, plus a guest, the chance to join the JLM-sponsored Legends racing team at a circuit of your choice for the day to experience the thrill of all the action from inside the race garage and pit lane. Meanwhile, five runners up will each receive a JLM goody bag packed with free merchandise.

Mintex: New to range

Published:  01 June, 2021

Mintex has increased its range via the addition of a number of new items for Hyundai, Vauxhall and Volkswagen vehicles. The company has added front and rear brake discs for the Volkswagen Crafter 2016, as well as front discs for the Hyundai i30 2016, Vauxhall Insignia and Commodore 2016.

Virtual Customer Assistant

Published:  26 May, 2021

Virtual Customer Assistant, launched by UK-based Marketing Technology start-up NEA Media AI allows customers to engage with a workshop on a number of platforms, including WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook Messenger or web. Instead of phoning and being put on hold, customers can communicate via the AI-powered Virtual Customer Assistant to make bookings and raise concerns, helping the business convert more incoming leads. The Virtual Customer Assistant also allows garage networks to centralise their customer service function, including messaging and core process.

PCL extends warranty on couplings and tyre inflators

Published:  17 May, 2021

PCL is offering extended warranties on a number of its products. These include the digital handheld ACCURA MK4 and linear AIRFORCE MK4 products, where the warranty has been doubled from 12 months to two years. The company has also extended the warranty on its Vertex, XF-Euro and Airflow couplings lines, which all feature a distinctive blue silicone band.

Launch X431 EURO PRO 5 PLUS

Published:  10 May, 2021

The new Launch X431 EURO PRO 5 PLUS runs on Android OS 9.0, and offers a wide range of test functions along with a number of special functions including a fully integrated version of the Haynes PRO Electronic module. The PRO 5 also supports the HD3 Truck module and Launch ADAS and ADAS Dynamic system as options. The 'Intelligent diagnostic feature provides automatic VIN recognition for over 70 manufacturers. The PRO 5 Plus comes with a two-year warranty, two-year software package and a one-year subscription to the Electronics module. It comes in a carry case with all necessary leads and a wide selection of legacy OBD 1 adapters.

PCL adds to product portfolio

Published:  04 May, 2021

The CH3A01 Twin Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector and CH3A02 Single Swivel Clip-on Tyre Valve Connector are two recent product releases from PCL. A push-button quickly releases the tyre valve, while a 360° swivel motion design makes tyre inflation easier on modern vehicles with larger alloy/steel wheels, as well as more intricate designs that make the valves more difficult to access. A twin clip-on connector for the inflation of twin tyres is also included. The twin clip incorporates two connectors mounted on the handle, with both also offering 360° rotation. The two new tools complement PCL’s recently-launched CH2 air connectors and run alongside the company’s CO3 range.

Clarke MIG102NG 90Amp No Gas MIG Welder

Published:  28 April, 2021

Suited to automotive use, the Clarke MIG102NG MIG welder does not require a gas cylinder. Using flux cored steel welding wire, a type of wire which produces its own gas shroud as it burns, the device produces a maximum power of 90 amps and welds mild steel up to 4mm thick. The MIG102NG comes complete with a welding torch, two 0.9mm torch tips, one earth clamp, one two-piece welding mask, one mini spool of flux cored wire and a wire brush/hammer.

WIN with Launch Tech UK

Published:  27 April, 2021

Launch Tech UK is offering one Aftermarket reader the chance to win a Launch CRP123 Premium Code Reader.

Textar: New-to-range brake discs

Published:  21 April, 2021

Textar has added brake discs for the Mercedes Benz E-Class (2016), Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover IV (2017) as well as the Volkswagen Amarok (2016). Textar, which is manufactured TMD Friction, covers 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid. The range of brake pads is further complemented by a wide range of brake discs, including high carbon as well as composite discs.

Technicians can work and never run out of juice ever again!

Published:  20 April, 2021

With the ever-increasing power demands of modern vehicles during diagnostic routines and flash programming, the risks from relying on the battery are high.

Philips RacingVision GT200

Published:  15 April, 2021

Philips new RacingVision GT200 bulb has been released, succeeding the company’s previous Philips RacingVision top-performance range. The bulbs deliver a high-performance beam and have been awarded ‘Recommended Buy’ status by Auto Express magazine. New production techniques for Diamond Precision quartz glass were employed, resulting in  more light output within regulation limits. As a result, Philips RacingVision GT200 headlight bulbs are ECE homologated, approved for use on public roads. Philips RacingVision GT200 is compatible with major brands, such as Audi, BMW, Ford, GM, Toyota and Volkswagen, and is available in the most common headlight bulb types, H4 and H7.

WIN with BM Catalysts

Published:  29 March, 2021

BM Catalysts is offering the one lucky reader of Aftermarket the chance to win a bundle of prizes, including an Amazon Echo Dot and a BM Catalysts jacket and polo shirt, as well as additional branded merchandise.

Latest Opus IVS PicoScope

Published:  25 March, 2021

The new Opus IVS PicoScope offers push-fit probes configured and ready to use with PicoBNC+ Probe Recognition, and Scope-powered PicoBNC+ probes. The PicoScope 4425A is compatible with PicoScope 6 and 7 software, which is also available as part of the Opus IVS DrivePro Elite Diagnostic kit. The PicoScope 4425A, and PicoScope Kits also work with the DrivePro Elite Diagnostic kit Multi-brand solution. This offers all the capabilities of the DrivePro, plus a second Microsoft Surface Go tablet installed with Autocom (Multi-brand diagnostics for more than 60 brands), PicoScope 7 and a quick link to access IVS 360 live diagnostic support. During March all DrivePro Elite Diagnostic Kit orders will include a free 4-Channel PicoScope Starter Kit.

First Line: Expanded gear control offering

Published:  24 March, 2021

First Line’s range of gear control cables contains more than 250 references covering popular right hand and left hand drive passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications. Recent additions include cables to fit the Volkswagen Crafter 2.0D 2016 FWD (FKG1281) and RWD (FKG1282).

HELLA new to range additions

Published:  22 March, 2021

Hella headlight units, fog lights and spark plugs featured in the 23 new products introduced late in 2020. The company introduced 17 new headlight units and two fog lights, with the new additions including headlight units for the VW Touareg.

Optima C5 LSJ 0W-20

Published:  16 March, 2021

The Optima C5 LSJ 0W-20 is a new, fully synthetic, low SAPS passenger car engine oil product, designed for use in modern Jaguar Land Rover petrol engines. The oil caters for JLR petrol engines including the 2.0L, 3.0L V6 and 5.0 V8 models. It can also be used for some Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia and Toyota models.

PCL extends warranty on couplings and tyre inflators

Published:  11 March, 2021

PCL is offering extended warranties on a number of its products. These include the digital handheld ACCURA MK4 and linear AIRFORCE MK4 products, where the warranty has been doubled from 12 months to two years. The company has also extended the warranty on its Vertex, XF-Euro and Airflow  couplings lines, which all feature a distinctive blue silicone band.

Hunter Revolution tyre changer updated

Published:  06 March, 2021

Hunter has updated the Revolution, its automatic tyre changer. Originally launched in 2014, it changes tyres in the same amount of time each time, regardless of the tyre size or sidewall stiffness. Now in its fourth generation, the Revolution now features a a new hydraulic spindle, improved pusher arms, new signal monitoring, and an updated software module which monitors additional efficiency savings delivered by the system.

WIN with TMD Friction

Published:  01 March, 2021

TMD Friction, via its Textar brand, is giving away 10 mechanic packs, with each including a 10-pack of gloves, a torch, kneeling pad, car seat cover, wing cover and a power bank.


Published:  22 February, 2021

TEROSON BOND 120 is a new windscreen adhesive from Henkel with a two-hour safe drive away time (SDAT) with airbags.  It is a cold-applied, one-component polyurethane adhesive.  Its lower conductivity should allow for compatibility with ADAS systems.With the addition of TEROSON BOND 120 to its range, Henkel is now able to provide workshops with products with SDATs of between 15 minutes and 120 minutes.  They include three products with a 60-minute SDAT, each with its own application characteristics.

Service Resets & Relearns with latest Snap-on software release

Published:  16 February, 2021

The recent autumn Snap-on diagnostic software release included the Service Resets & Relearns feature for ZEUS. This feature automatically checks top repairs from the 2019 Queens Award-winning SureTrack system, plus technical service bulletins (TSBs) to help lead to a complete fix.  

Clarke Raider 15/550

Published:  11 February, 2021

The Clarke Raider 15/550, available via MachineMart, is a 50 Litre, 3HP direct drive air compressor with v-twin-cylinder pump. It is designed for workshop applications including as large scale spraying. It can also be used for nailing, stapling, polishing, sanding and general garage use. It comes with twin air outlets.

JLM Lubricants: Emission Reduction Treatment

Published:  10 February, 2021

JLM Lubricants have relaunched their Petrol Catalytic Converter Cleaner under a new name: Emission Reduction Treatment. While the original name suggested the product was only suitable for catalytic converters, the product actually does much more. The formula works through the fuel and combustion system to lower overall emissions and improve efficiency as well as ultimately benefiting the catalytic converter. JLM’s Emission Reduction Treatment can be used as pre-MOT additive to help prevent emissions failures and as a post-MOT additive to help resolve emissions problems.

ESAB Rogue ET TIG/MMA inverters

Published:  03 February, 2021

The ESAB Rogue ET 180i and 200iP PRO inverters offer full-featured digital controls for TIG and MMA welding. The 200iP PRO has a pulsing feature with frequency adjustable from 0.2 Hz to 500 Hz to control heat input on thin metals, delicate parts and stainless steel. Pulsing also narrows the weld bead profile and increases travel speed. The units weigh less than 10 kg and deliver a maximum TIG output of 180A (180i) and 200A (200iP PRO) at 25% duty cycle. The Rogue 180i connects to 230VAC while the 200iP PRO uses 90 – 270VAC.

Win with Ring Automotive

Published:  27 January, 2021

Ring Automotive is offering the readers of Aftermarket the opportunity to get their hands on one of its rechargeable and cordless MAGflex Slim Fast Charge LED Inspection Lamp or its MAGflex PRO Fast Charge Inspection Lamp, with five of each up for grabs.

Philips launch GoPure

Published:  25 January, 2021

Philips is launching a range of car air purifiers into the UK market – starting with the Philips GoPure. The unit, intended to protect  drivers and passengers from polluted air inside the car can be placed on the centre console inside a car, strapped to the back of a headrest or kept under a seat Impurities in the cabin range from undesirable odours such as smoke or pet odours, through to formaldehyde, exhaust gases, pollen, bacteria, and even airborne viruses. The Philips GoPure is able to remove more than 100 different sorts of unwanted impurities from the car cabin.

Virtual Customer Assistant

Published:  20 January, 2021

Virtual Customer Assistant, launched by UK-based Marketing Technology start-up NEA Media AI allows customers to engage with a workshop on a number of platforms, including WhatsApp, SMS, Facebook Messenger or web. Instead of phoning and being put on hold, customers can communicate via the AI-powered Virtual Customer Assistant to make bookings and raise concerns, helping the business convert more incoming leads.The Virtual Customer Assistant also allows garage networks to centralise their customer service function, including messaging and core process.

Schaeffler launches FAG steering and suspension programme

Published:  17 January, 2021

Schaeffler has launched a steering and suspension programme under its FAG brand. Each component comes with required ancillaries, including nuts, bolts, washers and clips. Ball pins are nitride-treated for longevity, while all exterior surfaces have a zinc flake coating for corrosion resistance. They are also protected by clear thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) boots with a micro-sealing lip. The transparent material allows the mechanic to check on the quality and quantity of grease inside.

ESAB Cutmaster 40

Published:  09 January, 2021

The ESAB Cutmaster 40 manual plasma cutting system offers a rated output of 40 amps at 35% duty-cycle and delivers a recommended cut and pierce capacity on 12 mm and can sever steel up to 16 mm. It weighs 10 kg and uses 200–240VAC +10% main power. The Cutmaster 40 comes with the SL60 1Torch and Black Series electrodes, which extend operating life by up to 60% to lower operating cost and extend cutting performance.

Gates: Three new hose ranges

Published:  06 January, 2021

Gates is introducing three new automotive hose ranges. The three new hose ranges are
molded fuel lines for petrol and diesel applications in fuel management systems, crankcase ventilation hoses for air control systems and air intake hoses for air control systems. The new ranges will be introduced complete with online technical support and follow the introduction of cooling system and turbo hoses added to the Gates product portfolio last year.

SOLUS Legend scan tool

Published:  04 January, 2021

Snap-on has launched its new SOLUS Legend scan tool. Commenting on the new device, a spokesman for Snap-on said: “SOLUS Legend allows technicians to take on more jobs with access to manufacturer-specific coverage for more than 100 vehicle systems from over 30 makes.
“SOLUS Legend is ready in just five seconds with diagnostic results in as little as 30 seconds. It offers detailed trouble codes definitions, live data, functional tests, relearns and adaptions. It is customisable, to work the way that technicians do with custom data lists, freeze-frame, PID sorting, pause, zoom, PID trigger, snapshot and cursor functions.

“Instant vehicle ID automatically powers up and reads the vehicle ID when connected, while one-touch full-vehicle code scan and code clear performs a complete scan of all available vehicle systems.

“It can verify diagnosis and repair with powerful bidirectional controls for operations such as injector balance, gauge sweep, misfire detection, brake bleed and EVAP. It has an embedded SMX Operating System dedicated to diagnostic functions for fast, reliable operation. Users can also automatically upload vehicle system reports via Wi-Fi to the Snap-on cloud, when using current software, and access them from a phone or computer; print, e-mail and text from there.

“SOLUS Legend also offers expert knowledge and tips from the 2019 Queen’s Award-winning SureTrack, which delivers diagnostic experience and verified parts replacement records, harvested from millions of repair orders.

“In addition, technicians can record and play back all available live data parameters and graph any four on screen at once. The enhanced design features a large eight-inch display for better readability and greater ease of use.”

Snap-on’s spokesman added: “The steady-charge lithium-ion battery system charges automatically from the vehicle, while a user-programmable hot key provides instant access to frequently used functions.”  
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LKQ Euro Car Parts offers MPM Gear Oil range

Published:  21 December, 2020

LKQ Euro Car Parts is now offering the MPM Gear Oil range, which includes more than 40 different automatic transmission fluids and gearbox oils. Pack sizes range from one litre to 20 litres. The range covers more than 99% of automatic transmissions and manuals. Garages can look up the most appropriate product on MPM’s website, which is also where they can find vehicle-specific information around correct service intervals and fill capacity, as well as a personal technical support service.

Draper Expert smoke diagnostic machines

Published:  14 December, 2020

Draper Tools has introduced a pair of smoke diagnostic machines into its Expert range. The Draper Expert Turbo/EVAP Smoke Diagnostic Machine can switch between turbo and evaporation emission control system testing. Also being launched is the Draper Expert Turbo Smoke Diagnostic Machine which can help with a range of leak detection issues. Both models feature a variable pressure gauge that displays flow and fluid indicators, and can be used for finding petrol and diesel system leaks including turbos, intercoolers, manifolds, brake boosters, EGR valves, brake vacuum hoses, cooling systems, air and water leaks.

Snap-on launches Secure Vehicle Gateway

Published:  09 December, 2020

Snap-on has released its Autumn 2020 diagnostic software upgrade, which includes the launch of Secure Vehicle Gateway. Secure gateway modules are being put in place by VMs to prevent unauthorised access, and some functions now require registration and authentication through an approved scan tool as a result. FIAT Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has authorised direct access to its vehicle gateway module via Snap-on scan tools. In addition, there is an update to the Snap-on Vehicle Coverage Guide. This database allows technicians to search for and view coverage with the ability to filter by manufacturer, model, year and system. Other additions include ability to generate live battery voltage readings on the ZEUS and VERUS Edge platforms, while users can also take advantage of automatic mileage population on ADAS and Vehicle System Reports.

Win with The British Motor Show 2021

Published:  01 December, 2020

The British Motor Show is set to make a momentous return in from 19-22 August 2021 with an all-new venue; Farnborough International, and as a special Christmas/New Year present,  the organisers are giving a pair of VIP tickets to two lucky readers of Aftermarket!

UFI issues filter for Renault and Nissan

Published:  27 November, 2020

UFI has released a new patented fuel filter for Nissan Qashqai and Renault Kadjar models equipped with the 1.5 litre dCi engines. The filter features a steel body and relies on UFIs proprietary deep filtration media. A group sensor integrates electronic devices that measure the fuel temperature, preheat the fuel to make it winter reliable, and monitor the water level in the collection chamber. Workshops benefit from an easy-to-bleed servicing valve and a replacement of the complete module.

Remanufactured major units from Ivor Searle

Published:  25 November, 2020

Ivor Searle has an all makes programme of remanufactured petrol and diesel engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers for cars and LCVs. The range covers around 90% of the UK’s vehicle parc. Ivor Searle also provides a fast-turnaround DPF cleaning service. All Ivor Searle engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes are also covered by a 12-month unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty, while a two-year warranty covers all turbochargers. Professionally-cleaned DPF’s are covered by a no quibble, 12-month unlimited mileage warranty.


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