Premature ageing

Lubricants from Delphi
Published:  14 August, 2014

Vehicles equipped with new fuel efficient engines and post-treatment systems require new types of lubricant - oil containing high levels of SAPS can clog the diesel particulate filter and the EGR valve, for instance. Delphi's low SAPS oils are specifically designed for petrol, diesel and direct injection diesel engines equipped with DPFs and catalysts. Its lubricants range includes engine oils, gear oils, transmission and hydraulic fluids. The firm says it's vital to check the colour and viscosity of oil - black oil means an immediate service is needed but if the oil is not darkening at all during use, it's not performing as it should.

Brake hoses join Ferodo range

Ferodo brakes from Federal-Mogul
Published:  12 August, 2014

Hydraulic brake hoses feature in Federal-Mogul's new light vehicle catalogue for the first time, covering 99% of the European vehicle parc for brake pads and comprehensive cover on rotors, shoes and Maxi-kits. Information has been re-organised to help find the right parts quicker and more than 160 pads, 60 discs, 550 brake hose and 45 Maxi-kit references have been added. The latest parts to join the programme cater for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Ford Focus and C-Max, Land Rover, BMW and various Audi models. A paper catalogue is available in addition to an online version and a Ferodo app for mobile devices.

Transit problem solved

Borg & Beck Brakes from Firstline
Published:  11 August, 2014

The Borg & Beck braking programme has grown by 251 new to range additions so far this year, bringing the range up to 4,000 live part numbers. Several popular applications are available which First Line believes are not readily available from other braking suppliers, including front brake pads for the Vauxhall Adam, Renault Clio and Ford Transit Custom; rear brake pads for the VW Golf VII; front brake discs for the Vauxhall Mokka and Ford B-Max and rear discs for the Fiat 500L and Hyundai i30. In addition to the thousands of parts within its dry and wet braking programmes, the firm also supplies cables and its team of experts has managed to solve the problem involving Ford's MkV and VI Transit brake cables. It has issued a product bulletin clarifying which cables should be used, they vary depending on the wheelbase, month of manufacture, whether it has single or twin rear wheels or if fitted with rear discs or drum brakes. There are a total of 38 different parts that can be used so you need to get it right!

Toyabaru fit and forget upgrade

Suspension from Eibach
Published:  08 August, 2014

The Pro-Street S kit for the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ is a fully adjustable coilover set-up from Eibach. The kit is designed specifically for the Toyobaru's RWD platform, giving a wide range of ride-height adjustment while keeping ride quality. This gives the car a more aggressive stance. Drops of 20-50mm on the front and 35-55 on the rear can be achieved in minutes. The kit is designed for road use, although the stainless steel construction and precision damper units come from Eibach's motorsport division in Germany. Damper rates are computer matched with the springs at the factory so it is a 'fit and forget' system once the desired ride-height has been set. The adjustable spring seat can be easily wound up or down to get the perfect stance or corner weighting before being locked off with a stainless hex bolt. ERS race springs are used which are built to race specification.

Diagnostic data stream

Diagnostics from Launch
Published:  07 August, 2014

The X431 GDS covers around 42 vehicle manufacturers, supporting petrol, diesel, LPG, hybrid and light commercial vehicles. The diagnostic tool, available from Launch, features built-in Wi-Fi and updates with just one click of a button. It provides VIN and ECU recognition, SRS crash data, resetting and configuration, fault code read and clear, live diagnostics data stream in numerical or graph format and DPF status and regeneration. It will print out diagnostic reports using the built-in thermal printer. Product support is available through a telephone helpline or customers can tweet their query or post on its Facebook page.

Lighten the situation

Lighting from Osram
Published:  07 August, 2014

Two new products from Osram are available to brighten up engine bays and other dark recesses around the vehicle. The LEDinspect Professional and Slimline use high intensity LEDs to give a continuous, powerful light for up to two hours and two hours, respectively. Both are recharged via an AC mains docking station which is supplied with the products and a battery indicator light lets you know when it's running low. The Professional lamp is cordless and can be hooked up or placed in the working area using the integrated magnet. It has been tested to a drop height of 2.5 metres, so will survive an accidental drop! The slender Slimline lamp is ideal for lightening cramped spaces and can be charged on the move using the USB cable provided. Both lamps are waterproof and carry a three-year guarantee.

Brake upgrade for cherished road car or track car

Brakes by Tarox
Published:  06 August, 2014

A braking kit is available for all Nissan S14, R32 Skyline and Z32 300ZX models which has been made by Tarox in response to requests from drivers in the British Drift Championship. Based around a brace of the B32 six pot calipers, the kit is described as "every bit as easy on the eye as it is hard on the laws of physics". A pair of 324mm, one-piece discs are supplied with Tarox's own design of pad, available in either 'Corsa' for track use and 'Strada' for the daily driver who want to benefit from the safety advantages of the product. All hoses and fittings are included along with a pair of adapters to make for easy fitting.

The growing trend of Advanced Glass Mat

Batteries from AC Delco
Published:  05 August, 2014

Three new AGM part numbers have been introduced to ACDelco's battery programme to complete its range of SMF batteries. The parts cover 447 vehicle applications covering Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen. Experts predict that by 2015, 40% of the OE battery market will be based on AGM technology and this is already impacting the replacement parts market, used in vehicles featuring stop/start systems such as the Eco-Flex engine used in GM models. The company will continue to add further references to both the AGM and SMF battery ranges.

Engine specific oils

Lubricants from Comma
Published:  04 August, 2014

Vehicle-specific lubricant has made things a little trickier for technicians and motor factors when deciding which grades to stock and in what quantities. Cosan-owned Comma Oil & Chemicals developed 'fit by application' over a decade ago and continues to expand a comprehensive applications VRN online facility for all makes and models dating back over 30 years. Comma's benchmarking service tracks and matches the lubricant applications requirement for all cars and LCVs in the UK car parc. "It is no longer enough to know that over 50% of vehicles require a 5W30 spec engine oil," says Comma spokesman Mike Bewsey. "There are now so many different manufacturer- specific 5W30s that motor factors need more detailed information to manage their lubricant buying and stock control activity most efficiently."

Old and new technologies working together

Diesel from Delphi
Published:  01 August, 2014

Turbochargers play a significant role in downsized engines which need to also provide great fuel economy and performance while meeting stricter emission regulations. 'Chargers with variable geometry were developed to optimise the turbo for both low and high-engine speeds, to reduce traditional turbo lag to improve engine efficiency, fuel economy and drivability. Many manufacturers and distributors have a new-only policy when replacing failed variable geometry turbochargers due to the specialist nature of the repair. Delphi has 40 years' remanufacturing experience under its belt and all replaced parts on its reman 'chargers undergo rigorous tests to OE specifications. 150 new turbochargers will join the programme this year to cover 75% of European applications, both diesel and petrol. A practical training course is available, detailing its operation, surrounding system components and best practices for diagnosing and identifying failures, such as boost pressure and oil damage, as well as correct maintenance and installation techniques. Diagnostic support on its DS series of tools will help pinpoint where in the intake or exhaust circuit a fault has occurred as a turbocharger fault code may be caused by a faulty air flow meter, EGR valve or air leak.

Calipers and cables

Brakes from Blue Print
Published:  31 July, 2014

There are over 8,000 part numbers for over 28,000 applications in Blue Print's braking range, all covered by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. Included in the programme are ABS sensors and reluctor rings, caliper repair kits, master cylinders, brake pad wear indicators, cables, discs, pads, shoes and more. New references include an ABS sensor for the Honda Civic 2006>2012 and Nissan Qashqai 2006>2014, front and rear brake pads for the Toyota Proace 2013> and a rear brake drum for the Vauxhall Agila 2000> 2007.

Cash for your waste oil

Waste oil management from OSS
Published:  30 July, 2014

The OSS Group is a big player in the automotive waste business and provides a full workshop waste collection service for oils as well as tyres and also rents out parts washers. All waste oil collected is used to make a recycled fuel oil which is then sold on to UK industries as an alternative to virgin fuel oil. The firm pays workshops for its waste oil and a new system is in place which pays automatic rebates via BACS within 14 working days of the oil being collected.

Ready for Euro 6?

Diesel tools from Draper Tools
Published:  30 July, 2014

Euro Six regulations came into force at New Year, further limiting the amount of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides allowed in new diesel vehicle emissions. Draper Tools has a kit which identifies the quality of Adblue being sold or used within a vehicle - the quality of which is paramount to the effectiveness of the selective catalytic reduction technology used to reduce NOx emissions. The device measures the mixture of urea to see if it's at the correct ratio of 32.5%.

Right oil for the job

Air Conditioning from Denso
Published:  29 July, 2014

Denso's air conditioning range has been boosted by 29 new compressor references this month. The update covers applications for BMW 1, 3, 5, 7 Series and X5, Jeep Cherokee, Mercedes M-Class and S-Class, Toyota Yaris, RAV4, Land Cruiser and more. All of the references are OE quality. The programme now stands at 479 air con parts for 2,650 applications and include reciprocal, rotary and electrical types. All units are new, filled with the correct amount of oil and supplied as complete assemblies. Its thermal systems range also includes receiver driers, pressure switches, expansion valves and evaporators have also been added to the inventory this year. Engine cooling parts include radiators, oil coolers, heater cores, condensers, intercoolers, cooling fans and cabin blower fans. Denso spokesman Martin Pring says it's essential to use the right compressor oil: "Primarily to lubricate moving parts, i.e. the compressor and the expansion valve needle. It also enables heat to escape from the compressor. Insufficient lubrication due to universal oil is the second most frequent reason for DENSO A/C compressor damage and failure."

The new Mini's spark

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  28 July, 2014

Three new turbo-charged engines used in the new Mini now feature NGK spark plugs, coming off the factory line. The 1.2 and 1.5 litre variants are the VMs first three-cylinder engines and the 1.5 direct injection engine is intended to replace BMWs small capacity six-cylinder in-line engines and will also power the 1 Series and the i8. The M12 bi-hex double precious-metal type spark plug has an iridium tip on the centre electrode and a platinum chip on the ground electrode. It features an extended insulator and a cup-shaped terminal, giving an improved resistance against flashovers and electrical failure even at extreme ignition voltages. The part will also feature in the new Mini's premium model that features a 2.0-litre turbo-charged 192bhp four-cylinder engine. This replaces the 1.6-litre turbo-charged engine that previously featured in the Mini Cooper S.

Analyse noise on the move

Diagnostics from Pico
Published:  25 July, 2014

The PicoDiagnostics NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) kit from Pico Technology provdes real-time diagnosis in the form of either a bar graph, frequency chart, RPM order or road speed view. You can begin recording before a road test and play it back for analysis after, so you can keep your attention on the road. No external memory is needed as the file can be saved to your laptop's hard drive. It plugs into a PicoScope and records up to 500 seconds of data, includes an accelerometer and microphone, gives automatic analysis and detects multiple vehicle vibrations. There is also a customer report function. If you do have a PicoScope and want to make sure you are getting the most out of it, or are thinking of purchasing one, a Professional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics two-day course is available. It introduces basic working principles of engine management systems, component testing and system testing using oscilloscopes. A certificate of completion is presented to qualifying delegates. The course runs at Delphi in Warwickshire, in Surrey and also Lancaster.

Revive discharged cells

Battery charger from CTEK
Published:  24 July, 2014

The Multi XS 25000 Extended is a rather clunky name for a nifty 25A smart battery charger from CTEK. It uses an eight-stage process to condition and charge any lead-acid battery. It comes with six metre cables and connects to the battery in situ. It is automatic, spark proof and protects against reverse-polarity. A Supply mode acts as a secure 12V power source, supporting the battery during diagnostic work or if it needs to be disconnected from the vehicle. A 'Recond' mode restores deeply discharged batteries which would otherwise be discarded.

Castrol sponsors Wilton Classic and Supercar Festival

Annual event draws enthusiasts from all over
Published:  23 July, 2014

Castrol is the lead sponsor for the 2014 Wilton Classic and Supercar Festival, held in the grounds of Wilton House on Sunday August 10th 2014. Here the company presents highlights of last year's event

VIDEO: 100 years of innovation

Delphi demonstrates how far technology has come
Published:  23 July, 2014

Vehicle technology has advanced dramatically over the past century and Delphi has seen many changes during its time in business, with many developments coming from the company itself. Here is an overview of the last 100 years, compressed into 180 seconds.

Range responds to market shift

Varta batteries from Manbat
Published:  23 July, 2014

The Varta range of batteries are supplied by Manbat, alongside the Lucas brand and its own Numax range which was introduced back in 2002. This range now offers three models in response to a shift in the market. Manager Myles Pemberton explains: "There has been a shift in the market in recent years as a host of very cheap, low quality batteries have flooded the aftermarket and disrupted its balance. Therefore, although we will not compromise in the quality of the range, we have refreshed the product offering to reflect the requirements of our customers." Standard, Premium and Supreme models are made on its behalf by OE battery manufacturers and feature punch-plate technology which means their durability is beyond what cheaper alternatives offer. The revised range is now available at an entry level price.

Specified liquids

Lubricants from Ultimo GT
Published:  22 July, 2014

A complete range of synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral-based lubricants, which comply with the latest ACEA and API codes to meet the latest VM specifications, is available from Ultimo GT. The products meet virtually all engine, gearbox, transmission oil and grease requirements. They are blended in its own facilities in the UK using the latest additive packages.

Catch expiring warranty work

Brakes from Comline
Published:  21 July, 2014

A further 24 passenger car brake disc parts boost Comline's disc range which now has nearly 900 part numbers for cars, light commercials and trucks. Notable additions include a rear disc for the Audi A6 from 2004> and quick of the mark is the front disc for the Hyundai i30 2012>. Each disc undergoes rigorous testing such as raw material analysis and a thorough dynamic balance check.

Clio Cup upgrades

Suspension from Gaz
Published:  18 July, 2014

The Renault Clio 2 172 and 178 Cup models were stripped down versions designed for performance and obviously appeal to track day and competition users. Gaz has produced two coil-over suspension upgrades for 2001 to 2005 models - GHA is for track day and fast road use and a Gold version is for competition purposes. An adjuster knob on the GHA and side knob on the Gold adjust ride height by -25mm to -50mm. Gold coilovers have a gas cell in the outer reservoir to prevent cavitation and are filled with a high viscosity multi-grade fluid to prevent fade under motorsport conditions. All the units are individually tested before leaving the factory and covered by a two-year warranty for non-competition use.

Super fresh

Air conditioning from Snap-on
Published:  17 July, 2014

Three Sun Koolkare air con units from Snap-on are fully automatic and include Dual Gas, Blizzard and Blizzard HFO/PRO. They have been redesigned to make them simpler to use. A 5"colour display guides users through procedures. Larger 100mm gauges have been added to the Blizzard PRO, with visual indicators and a colour-coded light system to show a unit's status. The Blizzard and PRO model are supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database as standard and technicians can add new vehicles they come across if required. KoolKlean is a purification system on the PRO model which leaves the car smelling fresh after use as it eliminates smells and the bacteria which cause them.

Higher wet boiling point

Brake fluid from TRW
Published:  16 July, 2014

Ultra DOT 5.1 ESP is a brake fluid which has a higher wet boiling point than other standard fluids and retains its low viscosity, even at extremely low temperatures, says TRW. ESP combines anti-lock brakes and traction control with a lateral stability control function. It automatically applies brake pressure to the wheel/s and cuts engine throttle if necessary to help get the vehicle back to its intended path. This demands a quick reacting brake fluid to avoid skidding. This fluid has been designed to flow efficiently even at cold temperatures. TRW recommends you test brake fluid each year and change it at least every two (every year for DOT 3 systems) as contaminated fluid is the number one cause of brake failure.

Sykes Pickavant

Ball joint removal tool

Sykes-Pickavant tool in action
Published:  15 July, 2014

Twin swivel joints are fitted onto the front axles of two popular Land Rover models: Discovery 2 1998 - 2004 & Range Rover P38A 1994 - 2002. The Sykes-Pickavant 187 Hydraulic Series press frame delivers 12 tonnes of force, for a 'take the press to the car' solution.

Manual servicing can cause fault codes

Brakes from Delphi
Published:  15 July, 2014

As electronic control takes hold of vehicle systems, Delphi says it is vital for technicians to be armed with the knowledge and diagnostic tools needed to service and maintain them effectively. The firm warns that manually servicing the vehicle can confuse the control system and result in fault codes. Using the example of electric handbrake systems, these must have their ECUs engaged while winding back the calipers so the pad position is indexed, essential when replacing brake pads so the unit knows the thickness of the pads so it can engage correctly. Delphi uses over 20 friction materials in its brake pad product line to closely match OE parts and they also feature an underlayer which has a higher proportion of resins than the main friction material, used by many OEMs to dampen noisy vibrations and provide a higher bonding strength with the back plate. Its pads also feature shims, slots and chamfers.

Special tools

Tools from Blue Print
Published:  14 July, 2014

Bespoke tools are becoming more necessary for working on the latest vehicles and Blue Print have added two more this month and are listed next to the vehicle and parts they are intended for use with. A wheel bearing tool is available which is essential for replacing the front wheel bearings on the Suzuki Jimny 1.3i as the bearing is held in place with a lock nut and needs this special four pin adapter to remove it. A seal fitting tool enables easy installation of new rear axle oil seals on the Navara D40 2.5DT 2005> and 3.0DT 2010>. These are a high failure item because of their location in the half shaft and it is very difficult to replace them without this special tool.

Smaller cars with a powerful core

Batteries from Bosch
Published:  11 July, 2014

Five new battery part numbers join the Bosch range of vehicle batteries which cover various vehicles from compact cars to SUVs. A focus has been made on providing more power to smaller vehicles, giving 10% increased cold-starting performance. The battery within a vehicle utilising Start/Stop systems and other micro-hybrid tech such as brake energy regeneration, takes on a vital role within the vehicle, a much larger one than ever before, as it maintains all electrical systems whilst the engine is switched off. It also needs to cope with intermittent charging and deep-cycling.

Cooler pipe failures

Additives from Wynn's
Published:  09 July, 2014

Extreme Cooling System Degreaser joins Wynn's cooling product range and is designed to remove oily sludge and deposits from the cooling system to restore efficiency after head gasket, cooler pipe failures or when the wrong fluid has been added to the system. It is added directly into the radiator or via the expansion tank if part of the system circuit. One bottle treats up to 7 litres. Cooling Stop Leak is designed to prevent and stop small leaks in the cooling system, heater matrix and head gaskets without causing blockages. Cooling System Flush is said to remove scale, sludge, oily residues and corrosion from the cooling system.

Filter out water

Filters from Sogefi
Published:  08 July, 2014

Diesel3Tech technology is used by Sogefi - manufacturers of the Fram, CoopersFiaam and Purflux filter brands - to guarantee water separation efficiency to extend service life and replacement intervals. This was developed to work with new diesel fuels based on ultra-low sulphur diesel and first gen bio-diesel. These have the potential to damage high pressure injection systems. The first two layers of the filter element prevent particles entering the fuel and the third is a water-repelling mesh. This system suits all European diesel blends containing up to 30% biodiesel. Spokesman Nigel Duffield states: "Today's diesel engines are more demanding than ever in terms of system equipment and maintenance. In particular, they are extremely sensitive to contamination. A dirt particle can damage the fuel system irreparably, from the pump right through to the injector, and the smallest of water droplets can cause very expensive damage. Diesel3Tech sets new standards of diesel filter performance in these areas. Our other high performance diesel filter solutions include electronic fuel heaters and water sensors, for example, to fully protect modern Common Rail injection systems."

Reduce imbalance

Brakes from AC Delco
Published:  07 July, 2014

A further 228 brake discs and 42 pad references join the expanding range from ACDelco, bringing the total brake product range to around 3,000 part numbers. The parts are manufactured to OE specifications and provide a comprehensive range of UK, European and Asian applications for car, van and light commercial vehicles. Discs are made using high quality cast iron and are balance ventilated. They feature low lateral run-out and minimum thickness levels - precision tolerance centre bores help reduce any imbalances during use. The products are supplied with a 12-month/20,000km warranty. Meanwhile, Super DOT 4 brake fluid is designed for vehicles known for producing high thermal loads within the braking system due to its ability to maintain a low viscosity under extreme conditions in vehicles equipped with Anti-Lock Braking and Electronic Stability Control systems. An electronic catalogue details the new part numbers online and reference information is also on MAM, Tech Doc and MasterCat.

An overview of DMF

ZF presents a breakdown of the dual-mass flywheel
Published:  04 July, 2014

The dual-mass flywheel is fast becoming a mainstay on a number of new vehicles. Here, ZF explains how it is broken down into its key components

Calipers and cables

Brakes from Blue Print
Published:  03 July, 2014

There are over 8,000 part numbers for over 28,000 applications in Blue Print's braking range, all covered by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. Included in the programme are ABS sensors and reluctor rings, caliper repair kits, master cylinders, brake pad wear indicators, cables, discs, pads, shoes and more. New references include an ABS sensor for the Honda Civic 2006>2012 and Nissan Qashqai 2006>2014, front and rear brake pads for the Toyota Proace 2013> and a rear brake drum for the Vauxhall Agila 2000> 2007.

Taken to a new dimension

Alignment from Haweka
Published:  01 July, 2014

The 'New Dimension' 3D wheel aligner from Haweka is aimed at higher volume users and can be installed into the ceiling, floor or walls. The system features a robotic steer device for automatic caster swing and precise re-centring of the steering wheel. The cameras are situated on the side of the lift and at 2.3m high. Pro-clamps hold the targets so no run-out adjustment is required. The system can be used on all suspension types and there is no damage to alloys.

Join the dots

Tools from Sealey
Published:  26 June, 2014

This little tool is approved by VOSA as a headlamp beam setter. The mini tripod can be placed on the bonnet or any surface on the test area and there are two magnets on the base for attaching it to ferrous surfaces. A laser dot indicates if the beam setter is in or out of calibration - it can be used for all sorts of levelling tasks using the line or dot functions. The unit features in Sealey's summer promotion which runs from 1st June to 30th September.

Plug and play pumps

Brakes from AMK
Published:  25 June, 2014

Changes at the remanufacturer AMK has resulted in a new company logo and re-design of all packaging. New products include the launch of steering columns and the exclusive UK distribution of Sidem branded steering and suspension parts. The Lucas rotating electrics range has grown with 'Stop/Start' references. The company also supplies J-Tech HPI product, providing electric pumps which are pre-programmed to the ECU for 'plug and play' pumps. The ready-to-fit pumps come with a warranty of 12 months or 12,000 miles. AMK spokesman, Simon Salloway, said: "There is no doubt that you get what you pay for. It would be fair to say that AMK is not alone in being worried about the quality of some products, which are being distributed in our industry. This could have a catastrophic reaction if requirements for inferior cheaper priced products continue, as only one thing happens; the quality declines and the entire aftermarket could be the losers."


Cloud-based system goes live

Workshop management made easy
Published:  24 June, 2014

The CarVue cloud-based workshop management system has just become available online after extensive testing by UK workshops.

A cooling flush

Degreaser and cooling system flush from Forte
Published:  24 June, 2014

A Bio Degreaser & Cooling System Flush from Forte is said to remove oil, sludge and rust deposits from inside cooling systems to restore heat efficiency, preventing heat-related problems. The blend of inorganic acids and inhibitors are combined with a heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser. The product is compatible with all cooling components, fluids and antifreezes including ethylene glycol and OAT based coolants. The firm recommends use at the specified coolant change interval.

Better handling for the Defender

Suspension from Bilstein
Published:  23 June, 2014

A ride control package from Bilstein is available for all variants of the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 from 1996 onwards. Two switchable modes, Sport and Comfort, are offered to the driver, controlled from a push of a button fitted to the car's interior. The application is said to offer significant improvements in handling. The product has been extensively tested in its lab and also at its Papenburg research facility. Here, the kits were 'shaken down' by test drivers. The kits carry full TUV approval and come with a 24-month warranty.

Smoke testing tool

Tools from Pichler Tools
Published:  20 June, 2014

The Easy Intake tool available from Pichler Tools is an inflatable block-off bladder with a pressurised vapour pass-through which can be used to test an entire intake or exhaust system. It can be used with any brand of smoke machine or leak detector to block off the system to pressurise it and help you find leaks. It confirms to any shape intake/exhaust and can be used with the SmokePro, available from Pichler.

Original pulleys

INA tensioner parts from Schaeffler
Published:  18 June, 2014

A batch of original equipment INA tensioner parts for popular European and Far Eastern models have been released by Schaeffler and cover city cars, popular saloons and light commercials including the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The new parts include six Over Running Alternator Pulleys (OAP) for models including the Lexus/Toyota IS II 200d and 220d, Auris Avensis, RAV 4 II, Land Cruiser 3.0D and the Hyundai/Kia i20, ix20, i30, Rio, Soul and Sportage. One in five cars driving on the world's roads is fitted with an OAP, an integral part of the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) system as is absorbs vibrations. FEAD belt deflection pulleys have been released for nearly 180,000 vehicles including the Mercedes C and E Class variants, Sprinter, Vito and Viano.

MOT tool

Engine management from Prosol
Published:  17 June, 2014

The Autel MOT Pro is a scan tool which can be used on over 40 makes of vehicle and its software can be updated for the latest model coverage available. A Trouble Shooter guide helps users unravel engine management faults and the tool can be used to investigate modules including OBD, transmission, ABS, airbag, oil service reset, some TPMS and steering control sensors, climate, audio and others. The tool is available online from Prosol.

High carbon content

Brakes from TMD Friction
Published:  16 June, 2014

The Textar brake and pad ranges from TMD Friction are available from Euro Car Parts. The aftermarket products are manufactured using the same materials and components, on the same production lines it uses to make OE parts for Mercedes, Range Rover and BMW. The discs have a high carbon content and are also Geomet coated, so they look good and are easy to fit.

The journey of a component

Take a look inside ACtronics
Published:  13 June, 2014

Take a look at this video, that provides a fun insight into the journey of a part through ACtronics remanufacturing process.

Nice weather for ducks

Workwear from Dickies
Published:  13 June, 2014

A two-tone range of clothing available from Dickies features reflective piping and practical fabrics. A parka jacket has a removable hood, fur and tail hem, it's made from nylon Taslon fabric so it's waterproof but also light. A soft shell jacket also has a hood, is waterproof and has an adjustable hem. The range also includes a lightweight fleece and a polo shirt with contrasting panels.

Making lighter work of suspension tasks

Tools from Tool Connection
Published:  12 June, 2014

This rack end removal tool makes removing the rack end/inner track rod a much simpler task as there's no need to remove the steering rack from the car first. It is especially useful when working in tight spaces. You just slide the tool over and onto the knuckle with a hex drive, two flats or round ends. It can be used on knuckles with a diameter of 25-55mm. It is important not to mount a strut directly in the vice because you can damage the cylinder body easily due to the force needed to hold it in place. A strut vice clamp can be mounted in any suitable bench vice, horizontally or vertically and this mounts the strut securely so you can dismantle it with ease. Both Laser tools are available through Tool Connection.

Summer promotion

Alignment from Hofmann
Published:  12 June, 2014

Highlights of Hofmann's Spring/Summer promotion includes its wireless 3D Geoliner 790 which is offered at more than £6,000 off the list price. HD cameras automatically track the alignment targets for fast and accurate readings at any lift height. Several thousands of pounds can be saved when purchasing Class IV automated test lane pit packages. The VOSA-approved ATL bays are fully project managed and include a two-year parts and labour warranty. The Fusion II tyre changer and wheel balancer twin pack are also available at a reduced price. The HOFMANN Spring/Summer promotion runs until 31st August 2014, or while stocks last.

High tech sensors

NTK Lambda sensors from NGK
Published:  11 June, 2014

NTK sensors are used in many new models as they come off the factory production line, including the Volkswagen Golf VII. The 1.2 TSI model uses a binary Lambda sensor of the OZAS-S type which regulates the mixture, the 1.4 TSI uses a linear ZFAS-U type as a regulating sensor and the OZAS-S type acts as a diagnostic sensor. NTK temperature sensors in diesel engines work with close coupled exhaust systems, a CTAS-T sensor controls the exhaust temperature upstream of the turbo charger. NGK is also the sole supplier of NTK Lambda sensors for Fiat's TwinAir engine with Fiat, capable of detecting the air-fuel ratio over a broad range of operating points. The company advises garages to fit a new NTK Lambda sensor whenever the cat is replaced - a worn or failed sensor can result in increased fuel consumption, uneven running and poor performance.

Made in Britain

Diagnostics from Standard Motor Products Europe
Published:  10 June, 2014

The British-made air mass meters produced by Standard Motor Products Europe use programmable technology rather than the more common variable resitior which can go out of synch when subjected to engine vibration. Each unit is thoroughly tested rather than undergo batch testing, then calibrated to its design specifications in order to achieve consistent results to match OE performance. The Intermotor and Fuel Parts branded sensors have the SMPE logo etched on their body and are electronic coded with a serial number to allow full traceability. An individual test certificate is included for quality assurance and the part number can be identified with a - M suffix. The firm is now focusing on the manfacture of ABS sensors at its Nottingham premises.


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