Sticking sensors

EGR valves from Sensors
Published:  15 December, 2013

A total of 27 EGR valves have been added to the Sensors' engine management programme and cover more than 1,000 vehicle applications. The component is a vital part of the exhaust system, failure is often caused by a build-up of carbon and dirt which makes the valve stick, replacement is then required. Other sensors available include those for mass air flow, ABS, throttle position, camshaft position and manifold pressure. The entire range and cross references can be found online at

Hand protection

Impact mechanics gloves from PFC Brakes
Published:  14 December, 2013

In cold temperatures, it's a good idea to keep your hands well protected and warm and with this in mind, PFC Brakes has introduced the Impact Mechanic's Gloves. They have been designed to guard against the heat and cold as well as prevent nicks and cuts and the Spandex allows your hands to breathe. The gloves have proven their use by race teams in motorsport and feature a durable finger and palm material with hidden, interior seams to make sure they last.

Mid-range model

Wheel aligner from Supertracker
Published:  13 December, 2013

The STR210R wheel aligner from Supertracker has been designed for the mid-range market in the UK and is the 'little brother' to the flagship 420 model - bridging the gap for customers moving from mechanical to computer alignment kit. It also uses the step-by-step programme as the 420 model does, developed with the standard Linux operating system. MD, Trevor Lovesy, says: "The STR210R is a very tough and robust aligner and thanks to the Linux system ensures the complete elimination of damage caused by electrical spikes, accidental turn-offs and unexpected power cuts."

Loosen up

Heating system from Bowmonk
Published:  12 December, 2013

The British-made Bowmonk 2500 induction heating system provides flameless heat, reducing the need to use torches, solvents and abrasives. It quickly gets to work on the removal of glass, emblems, bonded body components, windscreens, exhausts, gears and a whole load of other items. It provides up to 2,500W of power and has a thermal control with trip-out and reset. It should be noted that this equipment cannot be used on brass, copper or aluminium.

Oil filters... What you should know

Frank Massey discusses oil filters
Published:  12 December, 2013


A lift for every requirement

Lifts from Bosch
Published:  11 December, 2013

Bosch offer a selection of electromechanical, electrohydraulic and scissor lifts. The company manufacturers lifts to suit all types of garage lifting requirements and offer a site survey and installation service - all of which is conducted by Bosch engineers. A thorough examination and load testing certification is included in the purchase price.

Larger discs lathed

Brake lathe from Pro-Cut
Published:  10 December, 2013

Brake lathe maker Pro-Cut reports that many workshops are updating their existing machines to the firm's new PFM 9.2 model. One of these is independent Porsche specialist JZM in Hemel Hempstead. The garage found that their previous machines were limited as to the size of discs they can machine. Increasingly, disc diameters are exceeding 370mm and can even be as big as 430mm. The latest PFM 9.2 copes with the biggest of these and also has the digital read-out box, as well as 'Speedlock' cutting head which is faster to set up than on previous models.

Combat contamination

Additives from JLM Lubricants
Published:  09 December, 2013

Strict emissions limits and the target of maximum efficiency have meant that diesel engines work very hard indeed and the resulting combustion residue can interfere with the delicate process. A large amount of combustion product is fed back into the chambers via the exhaust gas recirculation system which can create a vicious circle of incomplete combustion when deposits take hold in the system. This pattern can be fatal to parts such as diesel particulate filters (DPFs) and turbos, and a new range of products from JLM Lubricants have been designed to combat these issues. A Diesel ReGen Plus additive supports the regeneration process in DPFs, preventing the filter from becoming partially blocked. A DPF Cleaner is said to reduce the production of ash by 25% and the soot particles that do end up in the filter are burned off more thoroughly. It does this by lowering the temperature at which passive regeneration will take place. A DPF Cleaning Kit is to be used once a forced regen will no longer help. It works with the DPF in situ - first, the filter is cleaned with fluid and then flushed with DPF Flush. Finally, Diesel Extreme Clean is designed to detox older vehicles by cleaning components and protecting the engine.

A massive saving

Wheel balancer from Proalign
Published:  07 December, 2013

Wingerworth Tyres bought a Hunter wheel balancer which features SmartWeight wheel balancing, from Pro-Align back in 2007 and data from the equipment has shown that since its installation, the Derbyshire business has saved more than 800Kg of unnecessary balance weights at an estimated cost of £6,000, factoring in labour savings, the saving amounts to £10,000. Unlike conventional balancers, SmartWeight calculates the imbalance forces separately and a combined correction balance weight is recommended to bring the balance within toilerance. This method is quicker and requires less balance weights. "As wheel design has evolved, the traditional method of applying clip on weights to the rim flange has virtually disappeared," explains Paul Beaurain, MD of Pro-Align, "Instead, adhesive weights are now placed on the inside of the rim but the downside to this is that it takes longer and uses more weight. However, as proven by this SmartWeight unit, there is a way to combat this and save workshops serious amounts of time and money and it comes as no surprise that Wingerworth tyres replaced this unit with a newer GSP9200 model."

Best tool for the job

Diagnostics from Technodiagnostics
Published:  05 December, 2013

Tecnodiagnostics is a large independent diagnostic centre which distributes many brands of diagnostic tools to the independent garage trade. Tools include the Socio Premium line, Autocom CPD+, the Vacutec 605 leak finder, Rover and Jaguar tools and the Autoboss V30 Elite. The firm will discuss in depth with potential customers what they are looking to achieve from a diagnostic tool and where they want to be in a couple of years' time in order to suggest the right product to suit their business needs.

Boston playtime

Hydraulic play detector from Boston Garage Equipment
Published:  04 December, 2013

The PD-304 hydraulic play detector from manufacturer Boston Garage Equipment has received VOSA approval. Manufactured in the UK by the firm it features large stainless wheel-stops and is said to have three times greater plate drive force than any pneumatic model as well as lateral and rotational travel exceeding the VOSA minimums. For pit installations the controls can be mounted at any convenient location. When installed on lifts, the dedicated hydraulics and controls are mounted on the lift post, avoiding the obstruction of a floor mounted control system.

Comma warning to workshops

Coolants from Comma
Published:  03 December, 2013

As winter servicing begins, Comma is reminding technicians that today's cooling products have technically evolved and are just as specific in their applications as engine oils. Three distinct categories of antifreeze/coolants are now used by vehicle manufacturers as 'original fill', namely Silicate-based, OAT (Organic Additive Technology) and Si-OAT (Silicated OAT). Each contains a unique mix of chemical additives which are added to the MEG and should be mixed with deionised water to provide winter protection from rust, pitting and cold temperatures. Comma asserts that mixing any of these additives together will have unpredictable and potentially damaging effects to their efficiency so it's essential to top up or replace on a like-for-like basis. It's essential to find out which type is used for the application in hand since coolant colour is not a reliable indicator of which technology a manufacturer has chosen for their models. Technicians can use the VRN look-up on to check which manufacturer-approved range (G30, G40 or G48 Xstream with BASF Glysantin) should be used.

Sporting brake kits

Brakes from PFC
Published:  28 November, 2013

PFC Brakes, famous within motorsport world for its Carbon Metallic race pads, has increased its aftermarket brake component and kit ranges. The company prides itself on offering brake pads that are more environmentally friendly than traditional pads and claim to exceed EU requirements. Some of the latest kits introduced include disc and pad upgrades for the Mercedes Vito, Ford Focus and Renault Megane R250.

Repair kits for vans

Stabiliser link repair kit from Meyle
Published:  25 November, 2013

A stabiliser link repair kit for the Peugeot Boxer III, Fiat Ducato and Citroen Jumper III are available from Meyle, as well as a control arm repair kit for the Iveco Daily III and IV. Worn original bushings or stabiliser links often make it necessary to replace the entire stabiliser link assembly which is only available as a complete unit, making the repair unnecessarily expensive. The Meyle repair set solves this by giving workshops all the necessary stabiliser links and bushings. The Meyle range contains around 17,000 products in total, covering passenger cars, trucks and vans.

Plug and play pumps

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HP
Published:  22 November, 2013

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HPI are supplied by the OE manufacturer, fit Citroen C5, C6 and Peugeot 607 applications and are available now from KPS Automotive Parts. They are supplied fully programmed in order to 'plug and play' when fitted to the vehicle. The range also includes pumps for Fiat, Nissan and Renault applications. The pumps join the existing range of pumps, columns and racks, the full range is available through many national distributors.

Power steering fix

Additives for Forte
Published:  21 November, 2013

Clunky gears

Transmission fluid and filter changer from Wynn's
Published:  20 November, 2013

A number of vehicles now have sealed automatic gearboxes but manufacturers are now finding that degradation of the oil occurs over time and this can lead to judder, noise and a gradual deterioration of gear change quality. The oil in modern automatic transmission is highly engineered to serve several purposes such as cooling, lubrication and promoting hydraulic application of clutches and power transmission via the torque converter. Transmission fluid and filter changes are now being recommended after 50,000 miles to ensure it is performing at its best. Wynn Oil has launched the TranServe Machine and Automatic Transmission Flush to be used during this task. The machine has been designed to make this a much simpler task, changing around 90% of the contaminated fluid.

At home on winter roads

Winter tyres from Toyo
Published:  19 November, 2013

New design features on Toyo's Snowprox S943 winter tyre is designed to work in deep snow and ice but also in cold weather on dry or wet tarmac. EU label graded rubber has been used to offer exceptional wet grip, without compromising deep-snow performance. Sizes range from 165/70/14 up to 224/45/17 and the tyre's lightweight construction helps reduce the vehicle's overall CO2 emissions.

Diagnostics upgrade

Diagnostics from Snap-on
Published:  18 November, 2013

The 13.4 software upgrade for Snap-on's diagnostic hand-held tools covers 98% of new vehicles and includes 2012 model year coverage. Manufacturer-specific data for all 30 makes made in 2012, covers EOBD and the Troubleshooter function has been upgraded with BMW and VAG data. The Component Test Meter function now has Hyundai and Kia capability and over 8,000 unique tests have been added across all manufacturers.

Motorised tyre racks

Tyre racks from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  15 November, 2013

Are you fed up with having a pile of tyres hanging about? If so, this interesting motorised tyre rack could make good use of wasted vertical space. By the simple push of a button the system will rotate, bringing you the requested tyre without any effort or risk of injury. These systems are common in Europe, where they are often used for storing winter tyres. However, until recently, nobody has been importing them into the UK. Tyre Bay Direct can supply the system in different lengths and up to 6.3 metres high. The largest of the racks is capable of holding some 280 tyres - so you never need to lose business by not having the right tyres in stock.

Lock into place

Hydraulic motorcycle lift from Draper Tools
Published:  14 November, 2013

This hydraulic motorcycle lift, available from Draper Tools, has a 360Kg capacity and has a lifting range of 180mm to 680mm. It has an all-steel construction and a heavy-duty foot operated hydraulic pump and ram assembly. A safety table locking device prevents accidental lowering and it features an adjustable wheel clamp and wheel stop bar. The rear panel can be removed when changing the back wheel.

Cheeky POS opportunity

Point of sale from Smelly Beaver
Published:  13 November, 2013

For all of you wanting to stock point of sale items, the Smelly Beaver company may just have the products for you. Smelly Beaver in-car air fresheners are supplied in five different fragrances, bubblegum, new-car, lemon, apple and vanilla. Two different POS units are available including a desktop and a colourful full size shipper. This cheeky company has quite a cult following - especially with students and has a range of merchandise including t-shirts and mugs. So, why not grab yourself some POS sales and stock this fun scented selection.

Minimise stress

Tie rod end assembly from Meyle
Published:  12 November, 2013

The tie rod end assembly on the Nissan Micra III (up to 2004) has been problematic so Meyle has devised a spare part with a larger ball pin diameter to create a stronger component than the original. This provides a longer service life so the firm can offer an extended four-year warranty on the Asia Line part. Owners of the K12 model often end up in the workshop complaining of front axle noise or excessive steering play. The cause is typically the tied rod end assembly which wears easily. Meyle has increased the ball pin by 3mm to reduce the pressure on it, distributing the loads across a larger surface area and reducing the stress on the plastic socket fitted in the joint. The plastic socket has also been changed to withstand stress peaks, low friction materials have also been used and wear-reducing additives mixed with the grease to help prevent corrosion.

Extended warranty on kits

Cooling products from Dayco
Published:  11 November, 2013

A large number of water pump kits for applications using the timing belt to drive the pump are available from Dayco, 215 to be exact. The kit includes everything necessary to replace a water pump and timing drive system. The firm says it takes no longer to make a full system repair compared to just changing the pump and fitting a new belt is a low cost precaution to give peace of mind to both the workshop and the motorist. The High Tenacity belt supplied with the kit comes with a three-year warranty and the firm believes this provides workshops a competitive advantage over those fitting other brands.

Dodgy coolant warning

Tetrosyl coolants
Published:  08 November, 2013

Tetrosyl warns that an influx of cheap coloured water has found its way into the UK market over the past couple of years which after testing, has shown to have little or no freeze rating. Its Bluecol and Carplan ranges of winter car care cleaning and maintenance products include antifreezes and coolants, screenwashes and wiper blades. Four new coolants have been added to the Bluecol range and are suitable for petrol and diesel engines. They prevent corrosion and overheating and offer protection from freezing down to -35ºC with a dilution rate of 50%.

Type 2 camper van

Classic fuel tank

Camper van parts
Published:  07 November, 2013

Owners of late Type 2 Campers and restoration workshops will be happy to hear that VW Heritage has come up with a fuel tank to fill all 1972-1979 Type 2 models. Rusty old tanks can cause a number of running issues and, of course, an MOT failure.

Corner module

Training videos from TRW
Published:  06 November, 2013

A series of short videos, produced by TRW, examines every aspect of its safety critical components and what makes up its Corner Module programme. The company says this should benefit the whole supply chain, describing the safety critical nature of the Corner Module and reasons why high quality replacement parts should be used. The minute-long videos can be seen at The firm has more than 5,000 references of steering and suspension parts, covering 92% of the European vehicle parc.

Starting a new line

Denso Europe alternators and starter motors from Wood Auto
Published:  04 November, 2013

Huddersfield-based remanufacturer Wood Auto now stocks the complete range of Denso Europe OE alternators and starter motors. This programme currently consists of 181 alternators and 54 starter motors. There is a new catalogue available which includes all angle colour photos, plug diagrams, technical specifications, cross-referencing and a vehicle application guide. In other news, Wood has also acquired SAS Components. The firm has transferred all accounts and will be making contact with all customers to inform them of the change.

Asian and American parts

Steering & suspension from Blue Print
Published:  02 November, 2013

More than 19,000 vehicle variants are provided for by Blue Print's steering & suspension range of 4,450 part numbers, which has everything from arm bushes to coil springs and power steering reservoirs. Items just added include an outer track rod end for the Chrysler Delta, a lower suspension arm bush for various Mitsubishi models and an outer CV joint kit for the Honda Accord. All parts are supported by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and the firm provides a library of technical information online.

Don't forget the sensor

Sensors from Walker Products
Published:  01 November, 2013

When replacing a diesel particulate filter you should also fit a new exhaust temperature sensor as they play a starring role in protecting components and reducing emissions. Walker Products has a range of 300 replacement part numbers for European vehicles. The firm also has a lambda sensor programme which includes 840 direct replacement part numbers.

Double clutch repair kits

Clutches from LuK
Published:  31 October, 2013

The dry double clutch from LuK, initially developed for Volkswagen, improves energy efficiency, helping to reduce fuel use and emissions, combining the comfort of traditional planetary automatic transmission with the efficiency of a manual. It consists of two clutches on two different input shafts - one actuates the odd gears and the other deals with the even-numbered gears and reverse. No hydraulic support systems are involved so fuel savings up to 10% can be achieved compared to a wet transmission - between 12% and 18% savings can also be made on CO2 emissions compared to a conventional automatic gearbox. The LuK RepSet 2CT is available from Schaeffler and provides independent garages with two engagement levers, two engagement bearings, adjusting shims and all the parts need for mounting. A specially developed tool helps remove and install the dry double clutch and detailed instructions, training and technical brochures are also provided. The sets are for use on the 7-speed transmissions used on Audi, Seat, Skoda and VM models but the firm is looking to create additional sets for use on other marques.

Autumn garage checks

Coil springs from GKN
Published:  30 October, 2013

Coil springs play a vital role in ensuring good road-holding and stable handling so keep your customers safe by checking their suspension system before winter sets in, advises parts supplier GKN. Worn or broken springs can affect braking and tracking so it's important to regularly check for cracks, rust and also wear and tear caused by the springs. The presence of rust should send alarm bells ringing - a rusty spring can break at any time and the likelihood increases as temperatures drop as steel becomes more brittle. Rust and damage generally occurs on the lower coils as stones, dirt and salty water are thrown up from the road. GKN recommends that springs are replaced on both sides as the second spring will also have suffered similar damage. New coil springs can be installed when the shocks are changed - GKN gives a ten-year guarantee on its Spidan coil springs when they are exchanged in pairs. A full range of mini-block, cylindrical and lateral force springs are available, in addition to complete pre-mounted strut kits to save time.

Align plates

Tools from Draper
Published:  29 October, 2013

This nifty tool makes light work of accurately aligning the clutch and pressure plate before fitting. It will fit most vehicles up to five tonnes but cannot be used with double plate clutches. You select the collet size you need; three are supplied with the tool, one of which is preassembled on the tool. Place the pressure plate on top of the clutch plate, fit the tool into the pressure plate and clutch plate then centre/align the clutch.

Run flat machinery pack

Tyre bay equipment from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  28 October, 2013

Feeling flat? The latest package from Tyre Bay Direct will be sure to inflate your spirits. The kit comprises of a 24" fully automatic tyre machine (which crucially is capable to deal with run-flat tyres) and a motorised wheel balancer. Also included are all the associated scalpels and scrapers as well as tyre bead paste, leak detector fluid and more. The pack is currently available with an interest free option.

New model sparks

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  27 October, 2013

The latest S3 and Q7 SUV Audi models feature NGKs spark plugs. The plug for the S3 has a slim M14 thread allowing for a larger layout of the engine's cooling ducts and its long insulator design and cup-shaped terminal provide high ignition voltages. The precious metal is resistant against spark and hot gas erosion so the electrode gap remains almost unchanged over the service life of the plug. A double precious metal type plug is used on the Q7's V6 3 litre super-charged TFSI engine.

QH poised to return

Clutches from QH
Published:  26 October, 2013

It's not been the best year for historic parts brand Quinton Hazell following the collapse of Klarius in February. However, new owners Tetrosyl are poised to bring the name back onto the shelves before Christmas with ranges of clutches, brake pads, water pumps and other vehicle components. The brand will officially re-launch at the EquipAuto show in Paris this month. Watch this space for exactly what will be included in the new line-up

Timing chain

Engine timing tool kit from Laser Tools
Published:  25 October, 2013

This engine timing tool kit is for use on Fiat's low emission 875cc twin cylinder TwinAir engine, used in the 500, 500C, Panda and Punto and some Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Chrysler vehicles. These engines use a timing chain and this tool set is needed whenever you want to remove or replace the timing chain. The set has a flywheel locking tool, a pulley locking pin and a camshaft locking plate with set screws.

EGR training

TerraClean machine from Ranstad
Published:  24 October, 2013

The TerraClean machine connects directly to a vehicle's fuel rail and circulates a special fluid around the engine to remove carbon, tar and varnishes from fuel injectors, injector pumps, combustion chambers, manifolds and oxygen sensors. A TerraClean service claims to increase MPG by up to 15%, reduce emissions, improve performance and extend component life. Randstad invites workshops to become part of the TerraClean service network and business is being driven to these centres by a TV advertising campaign and a two-day conference for its service centre network begins in Northumberland on Friday 4th October, giving members a day's training on a new EGR cleaning tool before the second day conference.

Blades and motors

Wiper blades from Valeo
Published:  22 October, 2013

Flat blades, developed to complement a vehicle's shape, continue to be the top seller in the aftermarket but hybrid wipers are becoming increasingly popular with Asian marques. Valeo's HBlades combine the conventional bow structure and a covering similar to a flat blade. The vehicle specific Silencio brand contains 197 references of universal, flat blade, specific fit, rear and HBlade (hybrid) wiper blades cover 96% of the UK parc and are made on the same production line as OE blades. Over 100 vehicle specific flat blades are offered which require no additional adaptors as they match the original part in terms of splines, curvature and length. A QR code on the pack directs you to a fitting instructions video for that particular reference. A Compact Revolution range allows you to replace standard blades with new flat ones which come with an integrated spoiler and replacement wiper motors are also available.

Fit a cat, fit a sensor

NTK Lambda sensor from NGK
Published:  21 October, 2013

When you replace a catalytic convertor you should always fit a new NTK Lambda sensor too, says NGK Spark Plugs. The reason being, a worn or failed sensor will reduce control of the fuelling system and lead to increased fuel consumption, uneven running and poor performance. Spokesman Tim Howes says: "The impending Euro 6 emission limits are particularly tough for diesel engines and considerable R&D is going on to develop cost effective ways of meeting the targets." Howes continues: "Even now complex exhaust gas after treatment requiring strict and accurate monitoring is the norm. This usually necessitates multiple temperature, pressure and gas constituent sensor deployment. There has been a considerable increase in the use of NTK wide band oxygen sensors on later diesel passenger cars."

TRW Corner module

Corner module

TRW videos
Published:  18 October, 2013

A series of short videos, produced by TRW, examines every aspect of its safety critical components and what makes up its Corner Module programme. The company says this should benefit the whole supply chain, describing the safety critical nature of the Corner Module and reasons why high quality replacement parts should be used.

Key checks

Transponder Tester from The Diagnostic Box
Published:  18 October, 2013

The TDB002 Transponder Tester quickly checks if a key or remote control has a working transponder fitted. It will work on most vehicle, truck and motorbike keys and remotes - checking that data is being sent and at what frequency. The gadget, available from The Diagnostic Box, will run for at least 20 hours on three AA batteries and powers off if left unused to save battery life.

Fine tune handling

Multipro Coilover kits, developed by Eibach
Published:  17 October, 2013

A number of new Multipro Coilover kits, developed by Eibach, are now available for VW Group models - the latest models to benefit are the Mk V and VI platform versions of the modified VW Golf and Jetta, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon. The R2 kit uses lightweight aluminium with 10-way adjustable compression and 7-way rebound damping. The ERS race spring range coupled with precision spherical upper mounts are designed to allow perfect alignment and set up. Track day enthusiasts should note that this allows you to corner-weight the car and fast-road motorists can select comfort, ultimate grip or anything in between.

Seeping seals

Seal Conditioner from Forte
Published:  16 October, 2013

Seals deteriorate and oil leaks occur and to address this problem, Forte has developed a Seal Conditioner to restore seals' properties to protect engines, manual transmissions and final drive differentials. A major cause of oil burning and smoking is down to the valve stem seams hardening and shrinking, resulting in oil seeping past the seals into combustion chambers. Forte's Seal Conditioner can be added to all conventional petrol-based crankcase and gear oils.

Small footprint

Wheel balancer is new from Hofmann
Published:  15 October, 2013

The Geodyna 3900 video wheel balancer is new from Hofmann and balances motorbike, car and light commercial tyres. It features a 19" colour monitor and semi-automatic data entry to speed things up. 'QuickBal' technology reduces cycle times, has a measuring speed under 200rpm and a wheel guard comes as standard. The new balancer has a 2D SAPE system for the error-free input of the distance of the wheel rim to the machine, rim diameter and width, as well as Virtual Plane measurement. Installation, user training and a two year warranty are included in the price of the equipment.

Sell on 'value for money'

Oil from Castrol
Published:  14 October, 2013

Research conducted by Castrol shows that although the price of engine oil remains the most important criteria when choosing oil - quality, engine protection and trust also ranked highly. The fact that 9% of respondents ranked their car manufacturer's recommendations and advice from sales staff as their most important selection criteria is a clear message to workshops that motorists appreciate the best value for money. Mark Perkins, Independent Workshop Manager at Castrol, explains: "Independent workshops can improve lubricant profitability by upselling premium oil to customers, as these typically generate greater profit from every litre sold. Castrol is the only lubricant recommended for use by a number of leading manufacturers which is a major selling point for many customers. If workshop staff take the opportunity to illustrate the benefits of high-quality, manufacturer-recommended oil, many customers will prefer to have peace-of-mind and will be willing to spend a little more for a lubricant that is recognised as the best for their vehicle."

Diagnostics upgrade

Software upgrade from Snap-on
Published:  11 October, 2013

The 13.4 software upgrade for Snap-on's diagnostic hand-held tools covers 98% of new vehicles and includes 2012 model year coverage. Manufacturer-specific data for all 30 makes made in 2012, covers EOBD and the Troubleshooter function has been upgraded with BMW and VAG data.

It's all about timing

Timing belt kits from Schaeffler
Published:  11 October, 2013

The INA range of tensioner parts from Schaeffler has a number of new timing belt kits and sets. A tensioner set and timing belt kit covers a wide range of Volvo models and various PSA, Ford and Mazda models are covered by new timing belt kits and tensioner sets. VAG vehicles are catered for by V belt tensioner repair kits and V belt tensioners are available for the Audi A4, A5 and Q5 and many more. Japanese and Far Eastern vehicles also benefit from the new parts. Technical Services Manager Malcolm Short says: "The new INA parts are for a variety of vehicles and include notable timing belt set and kit releases for a host of important vehicles that are seen on a regular basis by independent garages."

Fix leaks fast

Leak repair from Holts
Published:  10 October, 2013

SEALit Coolant Leak Repair is designed to permanent seal leaking engine blocks, head gaskets, freeze plugs, cylinder heads, radiators and hoses and Holts is so confident of its abilities it provides a money-back guarantee for the lifetime of the engine. It can be used on all cars and is compatible with all antifreezes - you simply pour the liquid directly into the cooling system to create a lasting seal.

Energy boost for autumn

Battery charger from Schumacher UK
Published:  09 October, 2013

Several battery chargers and maintenance products are available from Schumacher UK, all of which feature SpeedCharge software that measures the inputs to the battery. The Professional Boosters use Hawker Enersys batteries, have a two-year shelf life and can perform multiple starts on a single charge. They also feature digital displays and state of charge monitors. SpeedCharge software within the chargers is said to charge batteries up to three times faster than ordinary chargers. Director Ian Garwood explains: "The sophisticated software in the Schumacher chargers measures and monitors voltage and amp inputs. It actively adjusts them to maximise the charge input while preventing gassing and thermal runaway, which is essential to prevent damage to sealed and valve regulated batteries." An OBD memory saver is also available to support a vehicle's electronic systems and stored data during battery removal.


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