Grinding gears

Composite angle grinder from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  19 January, 2016

Chicago Pneumatic has unveiled its first composite angle grinder for the vehicle service market. The new CP75XX series boasts a powerful 1.1HP (840W) governed motor, providing a high material removal rate enabling users to reduce the time taken to complete their tasks. The new series is available in 4-inch, 4.5-inch and 5-inch grinding wheels, cutting wheels, flap wheels; providing users with added versatility to best suit their application.

Simple diagnostics

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  15 January, 2016

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.

Safety in compression

Coil springs can be dangerous as Butts of Bawtry explain
Published:  27 November, 2015

A vehicle coil spring is a dangerous object in its compressed state. Coil Spring compressors have to develop over 1000 kilos of force to compress a spring, while the same amount of energy is contained in the spring itself. If released in an unrestrained way it can be very dangerous.

Quality is an assurance

Borg & Beck testing aids problem resolutions
Published:  25 November, 2015

Due to the demands on the system and time now required to fit a replacement clutch, more than ever, quality is paramount. Quality is the foundation principle for the First Line Group (FLG) and its Borg & Beck Clutch programme, which is why it has invested in a testing facility to ensure that quality is guaranteed across the range.

Iridium is the key

New spark plugs from Denso
Published:  23 November, 2015

Denso has launched the Iridium TT spark plug, featuring what the company claims is the highest concentration of iridium of any product on the market. The technology combines the world's smallest diameter centre electrode, at 0.4mm, with a needle-like 0.7mm platinum ground electrode.

Alignment approval

Three manufacturers approve the Hunter Hawkeye Elite TD
Published:  20 November, 2015

The top of the range Hunter HawkEye Elite TD wheel alignment system is set to help boost business at even more workshops around the UK after its integrated wheel clamp and TD targets received fully approved status from three of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, including the latest approval from Mercedes-Benz. With the need to meet such exacting standards the Hunter Elite TD therefore not only meets but also exceeds the minimum standards specified by most other OEMs.

Thinning properties

New capabilities in a thinner package from Snap-on
Published:  18 November, 2015

Diagnostic tool provider Snap-on has launched the Solus Edge, which aims to give technicians new capabilities. The tool comes with SureTrack, a comprehensive source of expert knowledge that combines diagnostic experience, repair timesavers and verified parts replacement records harvested from millions of successful repair orders.

Three levels of power

Varta's Trio range has something for everyone
Published:  02 September, 2015

Older cars tend to have battery problems but even current models with Stop/Start technology can fail if not properly maintained, says Johnson Controls, manufacturers of the VARTA range of batteries.

ATL for new MOT system

Tablet-driven test lane from Snap-on
Published:  25 June, 2015

This tablet-driven test lane has been devised by Snap-on to help workshops prepare for the MOT changes due to take place in September. The automated test lane is connected wirelessly to the new web-based DVSA system via the tablet, which acts as the driver for the brake and emissions tests so you can receive live readings and enter the results without leaving the vehicle.

Easy set up

Contact-free wheel alignment from Bosch
Published:  25 June, 2015

Contact-free wheel alignment is here with the FWA 9000 from Bosch. It measures all four wheels simultaneously and within seconds it provides quick values for camber and toe. There's no tyre clamps so there's no set-up time and no potential damage to wheel rims either.

A code in the hand

Code reader from Bosch
Published:  11 June, 2015

The fault code reader is always a useful tool for a quick diagnosis of vehicle issues, especially those where the MIL illuminates. The Bosch OBD 150 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but detailed enough to help find problems. Working to EOBD standards, both units are easy to use, provide exhaust relevant diagnostic data, display and allow fault codes to be reset. The OBD 150 supports all ten OBD modes, provides a comprehensive trouble-shooting function and displays graphical representation of actual values via a multi-line display. In addition, the OBD 150 can receive firmware updates via its USB port. We had a unit in to test and it is simple yet detailed, providing enough information to solve common issues or provide a first-step to a detailed diagnostic check.

Individually tested air mass meters

Published:  01 June, 2015

A new range of the latest generation Intermotor and Fuel Parts air mass meters are now available from Standard Motor Products Europe. These provide their output signal to the ECU by pulse width modulation rather than analogue voltage, meaning the signal is less susceptible to electrical noise. They feature a fast response, thin film sensor and use a micro-processor to produce a consistent and reliable output. New applications include the Vauxhall Corsa D and Vauxhall Vectra C, Saab 9-5, Fiat 500, Ford Ka and many more. All SMPE air mass meters are individually tested and calibrated at the point of manufacture - an individual test report confirming the calibration data and serial number, comes with each unit. Full application details can be found on all third party electronic catalogues including TecCat and MAM Autocat+.

Diagnostics in the palm of your hand

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  30 April, 2015

Robust ABS

ABS sensors from Mobiletron
Published:  29 April, 2015

Over 60 ABS sensors join Mobiletron’s programme of electronic products, each is supplied with full fitting instructions and a two-year warranty.

Clean filters to keep the cabin fresh

Filters from K&N Filters
Published:  17 April, 2015

Washable, and therefore re-usable, cabin air filters are said to be the first of its kind and are available from K&N Filters.

Greater service life

Bilstein's B8 range of damper upgrades
Published:  16 April, 2015

Bilstein’s B8 range of damper upgrades have been created to provide more damping capability, improved handling and reduced squat and dive on a wide range of recent 1,2,3 and 4 series BMW models.

Graphical battery analyser

Battery analyser from Ring Automotive
Published:  08 April, 2015

The RBAG700 is a new 12V graphical battery analyser with printer from Ring. It’s designed to be easier and quicker than others by using a graphical interface to help techs diagnose faults more easily. The microprocessor control analyses and tests battery capacity without applying a load, providing fast, accurate results on batteries up to 1,700CCA. The unit will store up to 80 test results at any time so a large workshop can test a number of vehicles before downloading full reports. Test results can be printed there and then on the integrated printer.

Service in style

Work wear from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  07 April, 2015

The Lee Cooper range of industrial workwear can now be purchased through Alba Diagnostics. The clothing is made from lightweight, breathable, stretch fabrics which are practical in the workshop and have retained some style for the fashion-conscious technician.

Take up turbo potential

Turbos from Mahle
Published:  02 April, 2015

Around 80% of all new cars this year will feature turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, highlighting a massive opportunity for workshops now and in the coming years as the trend for turbocharging continues to better economy and performance.

Re-designed range of pumps for used vehicles

HD water pump range from Meyle
Published:  01 April, 2015

Six HD water pumps for various diesel and petrol VAG models are available from Meyle and feature a Silicon carbide seal mechanical seal as the sealing ring plays a vital role in the durability of a water pump.

Strength in numbers

Filters from Comline
Published:  31 March, 2015

A further 62 part numbers, incorporating 21 filters, 25 brake discs and 16 hub assembly kits, join Comline’s 7,500–strong product range.

Cutting dead space

Engine management components from Denso
Published:  26 March, 2015

The number of engine management components available from Denso is set to increase with a range of cam and crank sensors, as well as further additions to its MAF sensor and fuel pump ranges for popular models.

Tap into live data

Brain Bee diagnostics from Boston
Published:  25 March, 2015

The b-Touch ST-9000 diagnostic tool is Boston’s flagship product, produced in Italy by Brain Bee.

Manage workflow

Simple system improves efficiency
Published:  23 March, 2015

The status of all work within a workshop can be seen at a glance using the T Cards system and this workflow management tool is now available online. T Cards Online enables several different users to log on at any time to view the current status of each job.

Even out discs

Brake lathe from Pro-Cut
Published:  09 March, 2015

Winter conditions can take its toll on brakes, causing corrosion, uneven disc surfaces or some run-out which results in brake judder. Workshops would traditionally offer to change just the brake pads or change both pads and discs but Pro-Cut points out a third option which provides a cheaper and better service to the customer - brake disc skimming. The Pro-Cut brake lathe should be used when only the pads need changing as a light skim is said to return worn discs to their as-new condition within minutes. No bedding-in in needed, there will be no squeals or disc corrosion and the components will last longer as the two perfectly flat surfaces won't overheat.

Eye-catching discs

Brakes from Meyle
Published:  06 March, 2015

The latest generation of Meyle's Platinum discs incorporate a UV paint finish giving better anti-corrosion protection and adding to the brake discs' appearance. It repels brake dust and the protective surface means that discolouring chemicals in rim cleaners do not need to be used. No oil film is needed to protect the surface of the disc which results in a quicker installation. Most of the Platinum Disc kits come with the locating screw included, saving further time and hassle. Meyle TV on YouTube features the Meyle Mechanics tackling various repairs and servicing tasks including brake disc replacement and how to correctly measure wheel hub and brak disc lateral run-out.

Give diesels a helping hand

Diesel cleaner from Liqui Moly
Published:  05 March, 2015

Soot is a common problem for diesel engines and older vehicles may struggle to pass the emissions test during an MOT because of it so Liqui Moly suggests using its Pro-Line Diesel System Cleaner in this instance. The concentrated treatment has been developed to remove chemical deposits from the fuel system, injection nozzles and combustion chamber. The can is poured into the fuel tank and gets to work after a few miles, dissolving deposits while the fuel is burnt and according to Liqui Moly, this results in the engine regaining its original power, fuel efficiency and exhaust gas values. It also protects against corrosion and minimises the effects of w

A look into the future

Diesel range from Denso
Published:  04 March, 2015

Replacement parts such as spark plugs and alternators may come to mind when you think of Denso but the firm is keen to emphasise its extensive range of diesel parts also available to the aftermarket. Denso has been making injection pumps since 1957 and was the first company to introduce 2,000 bar diesel common rail technology in 1995 and a 2,500 bar system came along in 2013. It supplies fuel injection pumps and diesel injectors, with a total of 100 part numbers for CR pumps and injectors covering at least 329 applications. Diesel fuel filters and suction control valves are also available. Looking ahead, Denso is working on a 3,000 bar common rail system. Other innovations include a similar size but more efficient fuel pump and redesigned components and new materials to further improve performance and reduce the diesel's impact on the environment.

Making life easier

Tools from First Line
Published:  03 March, 2015

The latest fiting tool from First Line is a freewheeling pulley removal and refitting kit to help with the growing number of alternators which have such a pulley. The Borg & Beck 18-piece kit combines a number of of specialist sockets for use with ½" or 3/8" drive wenches, tackling familiar Bosch, Marelli and Valeo units as well as the latest Fiat and Renault models too.

The rise in winter rubber

Hunter tyre changer from Pro-Align
Published:  02 March, 2015

The fully automated Hunter Revolution tyre changer is said to effortlessly change tyres, regardless of size or type, in the same way and in the same amount of time - helping to minimise damage to tyres, rims and TPMS sensors. The unit is exclusively available through Pro-Align and can help workshops protect motorists' tyres this spring when they switch back from winter to summer tyres. "Historically, there has been little appetite for winter tyres in the UK which meant that when workshops were removing tyres, they were normally being scrapped so it didn't matter if the tyres were damaged in the process." explains MD Paul Beaurain. "However, now that there's been quite a sizeable growth in the winter tyre market, workshops need to ensure that they do not cause any damage when removing and refitting tyres. With its fully automated process, the Revolution can help greatly with this."

Quality stamp

Clutches from Comline
Published:  27 February, 2015

A three year, or 36,000 mile, warranty is available on all Comline products, with the exception of service items such as filters. This is down to its confidence in product quality - spokesman Malcolm Rosher says: "We want the aftermarket to appreciate the quality that we have to offer. Putting the warranty stamp right there on the box will instantly communicate our quality promise and ensure the confidence we have in our product is also shared by motor factors and mechanics alike." A new returns and warranty process is now being actioned to cover its programme of over 7,500 parts. Any product deemed faulty by a mechanic and returned will be thoroughly inspected as part of a zero-tolerance policy.

Direct fit blades

Wiper blades from Trico
Published:  26 February, 2015

It can be difficult to have the right amount of stock when it comes to making a reasonable profit from replacement wipers, so Trico has simplified the stocking requirements with its Exact Fit Factory Replacement Centre range of wiper blades. The range fits 99% of the European car parc and is a direct fit with no adaptors required. The blade programme is supported with promotional material, including a counter top easel to display examples of the Exact Fit range.

ABS sensors for Asian models

ABS sensors from Blue Print
Published:  25 February, 2015

There are over 285 part numbers in Blue Print's range of ABS sensors, covering more than 1,145 applications. New references include the Honda Civic 1992>2001, Nissan Micra K13 1.2i 2010> and the Toyota RAV4 2005>. The firm offers itself up as a 'complete solution for Asian and American vehicle parts' and supplies more than 27,000 part numbers, covering 165 product groups, all of which are supported by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Colour coding in place

Batteries from Bosch
Published:  24 February, 2015

Bosch has re-structured its battery range to make selection easier using a colour coding system which moves the EFB and AGM batteries into three main ranges. A range of pictograms show key specifications and uses to ensure garages and customers are choosing the correct one.

Liqui Moly

Published:  23 February, 2015

Prevent emission test failures

Lubricants from Comma
Published:  23 February, 2015

The way forward

Published:  20 February, 2015

Any Post Control, APC, is a significant advance in vehicle lift technology and the option has been introduced on all 4-post lifts in the Boston Garage Equipment range, enabling control of the lift from any post. For an MOT workshop, the savings can soon add up - by saving around ten minutes a day. The option of APC is currently included free of charge on all its ATL lifts.

Increase profits through wheel work

MOT equipment from the Trade Garage Equipment
Published:  19 February, 2015

Tyre changing, wheel balancing and wheel alignment are a good way to increase profits and Trade Garage Equipment has recently introduced the 'Big Three' into its Technique range of equipment to handle new wheel and tyre designs. The T2520 Professional is a fully automatic tyre changer with a simple, lever-less operation and is a heavy duty machine designed for increased capacity and reliability but without the hefty price tag. The Technique T2120 wheel balancer features 3D data input with automatic entry of offset, width and diameter is taken care of with an inner and outer measuring arm. A colour display gives live readings, highlighting imbalance positions. Trade are also the main distributors for Supertracker. The 400R range of four-wheel computer aligners include customer and vehicle databases, Bluetooth, eight sensor technology and instant caster, camber and toe measurement. They can accommodate wheel sizes from 12 to 24 inches. The price of all Trade equipment includes installation and staff training.

Gauging wear

Brake gauage from Autoparts UK
Published:  18 February, 2015

A brake gauge is being given away for free with any five sets of Padtech pads, ordered through Autoparts UK. The gauge measures brake pad thickness with eight presets showing the status of pads from 12mm to 2mm. The gauge can be used on wheels fitted on or off the vehicle and they are colour coded to indicate wear - green indicates good, amber is partially worn and red shows that it needs replacing. Padtech brake pads are manufactured and tested in the UK.

Ceramic, Classic and PowerDiscs

ATE brand brakes from
Published:  17 February, 2015

Continental develops OE brake systems and delivers its ATE brand to the aftermarket, providing the independent trade with brake pads featuring various compounds tailored to meet the needs of that vehicle model and brake discs which already meet many of the 2016 R90 ECE standard. The firm says its ATE Ceramic brand can help customers stand out from the competition. The high-tech pads produce practically no dust, keeping wheel rims cleaner for longer. It also has a Classic range to enable true-to-original brake repairs on classic cars, high-performance vehicles are catered for by the PowerDisc brake disc range. ATE also has equipment to test brake fluids, sensors and other components and tools to help with the various tasks involved in servicing and repairing braking systems.

Powering the latest vehicle technology

Published:  16 February, 2015

New EFB and AGM models were introduced into Varta's Dynamic range back in the autumn and are available through the Manbat branch network. The Dynamic trio provides the aftermarket with the Black, Blue and Silver batteries and now encompasses AGM and EFB technologies, developed as part of its work on OE Stop-Start technology. The Varta Silver Dynamic AGM battery is designed to give massive starting power, faster conductivity and three times the endurance of its conventional counterpart - ideal for vehicles which use regenerative braking. The Varta Blue Dynamic EFB battery has twice the endurance of a traditional lead-acid battery and is designed for entry-level vehicles with a Stop-Start system.

Pump it up

Published:  13 February, 2015

An additional 45 part numbers extend the Intermotor and Fuel Parts fuel pump assemblies line-up from SMPE. An additional 200 applications cover the popular Vauxhall Astra, BMW 1/3 Series and X1, the Audi TT, Ford C-Max and Focus 1.6D. The fuel pump range now contains 650 part numbers for more than 4,800 applications.

Pressure sensors

Pressure sensors for Blue Print
Published:  12 February, 2015

A blocked DPF is often down to failed active or passive regenerations due to driving conditions and can also be down to other component failure such as the EGR system. Pressure sensors detect a filter that is beginning to get clogged up when it is about 45% blocked and the vehicle will then attempt an active regeneration to burn off the soot. It needs to be driven at a constant throttle for several minutes to achieve this, if a vehicle only ever doers short, town commutes then this process is never completed. If it gets to 75% blocked the DPF warning light will come on and the vehicle may go into 'limp home' mode - it may be possible to do a forced regeneration using a diagnostic tool such as Blue Print's G-Scan. If the light is ignored, the filter will completely block and will need to be replaced. Blue Print's range of DPFs include 31 part numbers for 44 applications.

Approved range of pads

Brakes from Comline
Published:  10 February, 2015

Comline says its Allied Nippon brand of brake pads boasts one of the most complete ECE R90 approved ranges available. It covers over 95% of the European, Japanese and Korean vehicle parc and the range is constantly growing to include popular applications. Most recent additions include front pads for the Ford Transit, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3, Ford Fiesta and B-Max.

Motorbikes go maintenance free

Batteries from Yuasa
Published:  09 February, 2015

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

Boost MPG

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

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

Prevent warping

Brakes from Apec
Published:  05 February, 2015

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

Battery analyser

Smart Battery Charger from Ring
Published:  04 February, 2015

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

Clean and easy

Professional Brake Cleaner from Holts
Published:  28 January, 2015

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

Starting out or upgrading?

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

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


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