Speedy 3D alignment

Next generation of 3D wheel aligners
Published:  07 March, 2013

The next generation of 3D wheel aligners have been announced by Hofmann. The new Geoliner 670 Gen 4 and Geoliner 680 Gen 4 aligners run on its icon-based Pro42 software which provides all required functions through a one-touch programme, speeding up alignment and making it a very simple process.

Free brake cleaner

Brake pads
Published:  06 March, 2013

After introducing Padtech brake pads to market, Autoparts now stocks more than 100 fast moving brake disc references. Disctech brake discs are supplied with a 12 month/12,000 miles 'no quibble' guarantee and the parts are analysed for chemical composition, strength, hardness and microstructure.

Clamps and pegs

Kits for removing and installing Generation 2 wheel bearings
Published:  05 March, 2013

A range of kits from Tool Connection have been created to make light work of removing and installing Generation 2 wheel bearings which can't be separated from the drive flange assembly.

Tool up for the future of servicing

Wi-fi diagnostic tool
Published:  01 March, 2013

This wi-fi diagnostic tool from Varta allows you to test Start-Stop systems and replace the battery and has been developed by Johnson Controls as part of the Varta Start-Stop Service Programme. The tool identifies the battery type and tells the technician where it is. The EOBD interface provides visual steps to replace the battery on the touch screen display. It can be used to test the battery, delete error codes and read vehicle data.

Service kits

Wheel bearings and wheel hubs
Published:  28 February, 2013

More than 400 of the most popular European and Asian applications are covered by Meyle's expanding range of wheel bearings and wheel hubs.

Keep hold of plugs

Universal joint magnetic spark plug socket
Published:  27 February, 2013

The team at J&S Products reckon you'll never drop a spark plug again once you start using the universal joint magnetic spark plug socket, no matter how awkward the access is to it. The head of the tool swivels 360º and can be used at any angle and the magnetic head is said to hold firmly onto the plug. The tool is capable of high torque rates and compatible with most standard breaker bars.

Bulb gets a touch of bling

A gold limited edition bulb
Published:  26 February, 2013

A gold limited edition of Osram's Night Breaker Plus bulb has been created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the range, which features a 24 carat gold tip and whiter light. Each duo box pack also has a unique code which can be entered into an online raffle to win Amazon vouchers.

A smarter charge

Smart charger range
Published:  22 February, 2013

The new Smart charger range from Yuasa comprises five models to solve a variety of issues such as stratified and deeply discharged cells, maintenance charging, charging during cold weather and AGM units.

Brand new heavies

A range of ECE R-90 approved brake pads for the CV market
Published:  21 February, 2013

A range of ECE R-90 approved brake pads for the CV market has been added to the TTC programme, which is part of the Unipart Group. It covers the Mercedes Sprinter, Renault Master, Ford Transit, Iveco Daily, Vauxhall Movano and VW Crafter models. Pads are supplied with accessories in a robust box to prevent damage in transit. The E11 number, part number and batch code are marked on the backing plate for full traceability. TTC also has a large range of LCV brake discs covering the majority of the European vehicle parc.

Longer life guarantee

Brake disc references
Published:  20 February, 2013

Over 125 brake disc references and 100 new brake pad references for Toyota, Suzuki, Lexus and Honda vehicles were recently added to Meyle's Asian Line of spares. Its steering and suspension line has been joined by a newly designed control arm for the Honda Civic VIII which is backed by a four year warranty. The Meyle HD control arm has been re-engineered to provide a longer service life - the ball head diameter has been increased to strengthen the ball joint and a more rugged rubber bushing design reinforces the rubber to metal bond. A wide range of HD stabiliser links are also offered. The Asian Line also includes filters. Additional references will be added over the coming months.

Prevent data loss

OBD Memory Saver
Published:  19 February, 2013

The GYSPack OBD Memory Saver connects to the OBD port and provides a secure power supply when replacing the battery so no settings or data from the vehicle's systems are lost. Its powerful internal 7Ah AGM battery can maintain electronic systems for many hours without the need for recharging and a charge indicator light displays the state of charge. An external mains charger is supplied for speedy recharging.

Tool promotion

Big Price Chill promotion
Published:  18 February, 2013

SIP Industrial Products has announced details of its Big Price Chill promotion. More than 350 savings are available including launch price offers on its new Italian-made trade range of professional propane heaters. There is also a special winter promotion showcasing 80 of the best sellers from the Force Tools range, which runs until March 31st. The Force Tools promotion includes a collection of tools specially designed for the automotive trade such as wrench sets, screwdriver sets, assembled drawer sets designed to fit tool chests and plier and torque wrench sets.

The new Technique

Professional tyre changer
Published:  15 February, 2013

The Technique T2520 Professional tyre changer and T2100-2 Computerised Wheel Balancer head up the range of wheel servicing equipment from Trade garage Equipment. The automatic tyre changer features 'lever less' operation to avoid damaging expensive wheels and also reduces the stress to the machine and user. Instead, a push button-controlled 'finger' picks up the tyre and removes it from the rim. It consists of an air-operated tilt back column and a pneumatically operated robotic 'assist' arm to tackle difficult or stiff low profile and run-flat tyres. The T2520 has a turntable clamping capacity up to 26" diameter. The Tw100-2 wheel balancer can handle wheels up to 21" wide and 37" in diameter. It features twin displays, automatic data input via an automatic measuring arm and a range of programmes including behind spoke balancing and sensitivity down to one gram.

Sleek storage

Range of roller cabinet based tool kits
Published:  14 February, 2013

Britool Expert has re-designed its range of roller cabinet based tool kits. The tool kits maximise the use of modular tool packaging which fit securely in the drawers of the cabinets. A drawer will hold on average three modules with moulded spaces for each tool, making tool location simple and fast. The modules are also available as stand-alone products offering an alternative to traditional storage solutions.

All new, all makes range

An all-makes steering and suspension programme
Published:  13 February, 2013

An all-makes steering and suspension programme has just been introduced by Comline to complement its existing range of parts. The range at present focuses on control arms and stabiliser links with ball joints, suspension bushes, tie rods and tie rod ends to follow shortly. A total of 274 part numbers are stocked which covers 90% of applications. Its European factories produce parts for both OE and replacement markets and a series of tests are administered including full tension compression, life performance and an optical and contour scan. Comline's sales and marketing director, Malcolm Rosher, explains: "Quality is paramount as steering and suspension parts are safety critical. Our product development and quality departments have spent the past two years conducting a thorough investigation to ensure only the highest quality components make it into a Comline box."


A workshop catalogue from Ring Automotive
Published:  12 February, 2013

A workshop catalogue from Ring Automotive has been produced to make it easier to find the right product for the job. An inspection lamp guide shows you at a glance the various features each lamp has - whether you need high power, virtually unbreakable, multi positioning or high visibility lights - there should be a lamp to suit. It also has UV inspection dyes to help find faults within the aircon and cooling system and dyes to locate fuel and oil leaks. There is also a selection of borescope inspection cameras, battery testers, jump starters and booster cables.

Made in Britain

UK manufactured Padtech brake pads
Published:  11 February, 2013

UK manufactured Padtech brake pads are now exclusively available from distributor Autoparts. The brake pads feature an 'anti-squeal' coating to reduce noise and have undergone rigorous tests including density, strength, friction, OE dynamometer and compression tests. The Padtech range has in excess of 1,300 references, covering all makes of vehicle and are listed via the MAM Software cataloguing system AutoCat

Milestone for clutch range

ACDelco's clutch range which now exceeds 1,000
Published:  07 February, 2013

A further ten parts join ACDelco's clutch range which now exceeds 1,000 in total. Four complete clutch kits cover models of the Renault Megane and Scenic, Vauxhall Astra/Corsa 1.3 CDTi 75 and 90 HP models, and the Toyota Yaris MKS. Three service kits, a CSC kit for the Chevrolet Lacetti and solid flywheel conversion kits for Ford/Seat and VW MPV models are also available, as well as kits for the Audi A4, A6 and VW Passat. Each kit is backed by a 24 month unlimited mileage warranty.

Texa trade in

At least £400 is offered to readers when you trade in any air con charging unit
Published:  06 February, 2013

At least £400 is offered to readers when you trade in any air con charging unit (working or not) and purchase Texa's entry level 710R R134a machine from Javac UK. The 710R is fully automatic and has car, van, truck and agricultural databases and the option to create your own. The unit provides leak detection, electronic refrigerant weighing and automatic timed oil and UV tracer injection. Every charge performed is recorded by the printer and can be downloaded to a PC. A two year warranty and training are provided with the machine.

Safe pair of hands

A range of work gloves
Published:  05 February, 2013

A range of work gloves from Mac Tools are available to ensure hands are protected in various conditions. The Fast Fit glove is designed for light, regular use and has an elastic cuff so you can pull them off quickly. Synthetic leather is used over the palm and around to the thumb and index finger for protection and to reduce wear. A wicking material draws moisture away from the skin. The Cold Weather glove has an insulated lining and is ideal for mobile mechanics and those working in chilly workshops. Leather panels on the palm and fingertips reduce wear and an accordion stretch panel across the knuckle provides impact protection. These gloves and more are available from regional Mac Tools mobile distributors.

A unique offer

MOT equipment that creates modular product groups
Published:  04 February, 2013

GETECH manufacture MOT equipment and try to create modular product groups when possible so customers can purchase one item, such as a brake tester, to begin with and expand in the future if need be to a one-person ATL. Further upgrades are then available to facilitate motorcycle testing if required. The firm believes it has something to offer which is rather unique - it provides a non-PC based ATL, which it says has many benefits to users even if, on first appearance, it seems like a step backwards! Like in the case of its brake tester, all calculations are made internally by the brake tester and not externally on an 'office spec' PC, which is vulnerable to crashes and hard drive failures. No console is needed on the workshop floor - a display can be wall-mounted in the best place, if it needs to connect to a secondary PC system, this can be done via Bluetooth. This philosophy has been used for its MOT system which utilises a standalone combined emissions analyser with an on-board PLC (Power Line Carrier).

Charged and ready to go

The BAT 131 from Bosch
Published:  01 February, 2013

The BAT 131 from Bosch is suitable for testing 6V and 12V lead acid, gel and AGM batteries. It features a load-free test facility and the cold cranking current can be set between 100 and 2,000. Furthermore, the menu can be set to a choice of 20 different languages. In addition, Bosch offers a VSE 1 course that provides delegates with a working knowledge of the test procedures involved in vehicle electrical system and circuit fault diagnosis. Topics covered include electrical properties and values, procedures with test equipment and battery technology, amongst others.

One box has it all

A range of pre-assembled brake shoes
Published:  31 January, 2013

A range of pre-assembled brake shoes are provided in the Borg & Beck range from First Line, each comprising two pre-assembled shoes, two wheel cylinders, a hold down kit (springs and pins) and a sachet of grease. Having all the key components in one box reduces installation time and having only one reference number to deal with saves time when ordering the parts. The programme holds 97 part numbers, covering all major applications.

Diesel power

Diesel Performance product claims to enhance a vehicle's performance
Published:  30 January, 2013

The Tunit Diesel Performance product claims to enhance a vehicle's performance, improve fuel economy and reduce harmful emissions - without altering the vehicle's original equipment or programming. On average, users have seen an improvement of around 10% in fuel economy and up to 27% reduction in emissions. It comes supplied with original manufacturer's plugs and connections and can be installed within 30 minutes.

Quick charge

Clear information when charging batteries
Published:  28 January, 2013

The SpeedCharge from Schumacher provides the user with clear information when charging batteries. A monitoring programme enables the charger to apply the maximum charge to minimise the time taken to correctly charge AGM Start-Stop, calcium, SLA and leisure batteries. The device also features a de-sulphation programme to help maximise the capacity of the battery.

Take control of your test lane

Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser
Published:  25 January, 2013

The Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser from Snap-on Equipment is available as a standalone petrol gas analyser or as a combined unit with a wireless diesel smoke meter, a wireless RPM and oil temperature measure also feature. It's easy to use thanks to Window-based software and clear information is displayed to the user on a large 22" flat-screen monitor - a laser jet printer is provided to make hard copies of test results and customer information can also be stored. The unit can be used as the central control unit for your ATL test lane. Snap-on Equipment provides a wide range of MOT and ATL options from 4-post lifts, brake testers to pit options.

Made in Britain

Brake pads feature anti-squeal coating
Published:  23 January, 2013

UK manufactured Padtech brake pads are now exclusively available from distributor Autoparts. The brake pads feature an 'anti-squeal' coating to reduce noise and have undergone rigorous tests including density, strength, friction, OE dynamometer and compression tests.

Removal tool

Tool to aid removal of seized and inaccessible diesel injector copper-sealing washers
Published:  22 January, 2013

A new Laser Tool has been introduced to aid removal of seized and inaccessible diesel injector copper-sealing washers. The Laser Diesel Seal Puller, available from Tool Connection, features a tapered and threaded end that screws into the copper seal to grip then is tapped up with the built-in hammer, removing the copper seal.

Value for money

MasterPRO trade price guide
Published:  21 January, 2013

A MasterPRO trade price guide is now available from Euro Car Parts, comprising 16 pages stuffed full of essential workshop kit and tools. You will find everything from ratchets, sockets and lifts to service tools, diagnostic kit and specialist tools. ECP is confident the range provides workshops with quality tools at a price that will not break the bank.

Two-post joins the ranks

A new two-post joins the Sun brand of lifts from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  18 January, 2013

The SVL 35 has a 3.5 tonne capacity so can accommodate small cars to commercial vehicles and everything in between. The electro-hydraulic twin ram lift can be recessed or surface mounted and features an automatic arm locking device, dead man controls and foot guards. It comes supplied with 60mm lift pad extensions. It features four three-stage arms which can be adjusted to suit with lifting and lowering times standing at just 45 seconds. A hydraulic jacking beam is optional.

Exclusive pulleys

Range of OE quality clutch pulleys
Published:  17 January, 2013

Sovereign Rotating Machines now has the exclusive rights to supply a range of OE quality clutch pulleys. This move is complemented by the addition of 150 references comprising both overrunning alternator pulleys (OAP) and overrunning alternator decouplers (OAD). The pulleys have been tested to original equipment specifications, including durability test at high temperatures and speed, as well as an endurance reliability test of more than 160,000 cycles, says the company. The zinc-nickel plated pulleys are sold under the WAI brand.

Safer flameless removal

Flameless heat tool
Published:  16 January, 2013

The Autoheat C1250 uses induction technology to create flameless heat. It is designed to aid the removal of components such as nuts, bolts, bonding, exterior trim, vinyl graphics and glass trims. The benefit of this product is the lack of flame, which often causes damage to the the part being removed or the surrounding area. There is also no need for gas bottles because the Autoheat C1250 operates on mains power. The Autoheat C1250 concentrates heat into the area being worked on via a coil and is supplied with a range of differing coil sizes.

Ball joint separation

Ball joint separator kit
Published:  15 January, 2013

Britool has added a ball joint separator kit to its Stanley Black and Decker Britool Expert brand. The new kit is supplied in a carrying case and contains three different sized joint separators - 23mm, 28mm and 34mm. "Our new ball joint separator set is designed to make this task as easy as possible across a number of applications and the busy mechanic can always be confident of having the right tool for the job in this single convenient and portable kit," says Paul Wooley, UK marketing manager.

Brakes toughen up

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes
Published:  14 January, 2013

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes for cars and LCVs in the areas of noise reduction, fitment and security. As of now, all new brake pads will come with the three layer RMR shims (rubber-metal-rubber) and a back plate and friction profile design to match OE specs. All fitted accessories on brake pad sets will also be supplied with a Trivalent coating to provide extra strength and make the surface resistant to corrosion. Comline's Sales & Marketing Director, Malcolm Rosher, explains: "Our braking programmes are a cornerstone of the business. From our own two braking factories, we offer one of the largest 'ECE R90' approved brake pad programmes in the world - a true 'one-stop shop' for all makes of European, Japanese and Korean cars and vans, and have recently introduced a range for commercial vehicles."

For a new generation

Advanced 'Generation III' bearings
Published:  11 January, 2013

Japanese OE supplier JTEKT is now distributing its advanced 'Generation III' bearings throughout the UK via KPS Automotive. The maker says the third generation has a number of improvements over previous designs - notably, the integration of one of the mounting spigots as part of the bearing. The benefit of this includes an increased stiffness in the bearing and increased braking performance by reducing the amount of judder. These bearings are available now for a wide range of applications, as are a range of tensioner and idlers from the same brand.

Save space and cost

Automatic Test Lane uses the recently updated Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser
Published:  10 January, 2013

The Sun VIC 3000 Automatic Test Lane uses the recently updated Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser from Snap-on Diagnostics as the central control unit for the entire test lane, which is said to significantly reduce the space required and money too. The VOSA-approved MOT gas and smoke emissions analyser from Snap-on Diagnostics features automated tests and the modular design allows users to upgrade to a complete diagnostic and information system when required. A powerful standard PC with an adjustable 22" monitor and jet printer are included.

Speculate to accumulate

Take free, speedy checks on every single vehicle entering your workshop
Published:  09 January, 2013

The Hunter QuickCheck system from Pro-Align can be used to take free, speedy checks on every single vehicle entering your workshop, identifying vehicles which require chargeable geometry adjustment. A preliminary six-point misalignment diagnosis and a print out of the results can be produced in less than a minute. Workshops can use the QuickCheck to filter work for their main aligner. The latest Hunter HawkEye Elite TD measures 14 primary alignment angles in 90 seconds. MD Paul Beaurain comments: "This unique combination really does take the speculative alignment concept to a whole new level. By modifying existing working practices slightly and making a modest investment, workshops really can make a dramatic difference to not only their levels of customer service, but also to their bottom line."

Motorcycle alignment

A motorcycle chassis tuning system joins the chassis repair range from Tri-Sphere
Published:  08 January, 2013

The CMS engineering tool, developed by motorcycle frame measuring specialist Scheibner, allows you to assess the consequences of any chassis set-up adjustment before you make the changes. It works with the Scheibner Megamax aligner to ensure a frame repair is viable before the bike is stripped down. Data such as trail, rake, wheelbase, swing arm length and angle, offset and all relevant heights and axes can be taken. This data is used with the Megamax information and the results are displayed on screen. This data from each set up is stored so the geometry can be retrieved and restored whenever tyres are changed (or when road or track conditions are repeated, making it ideal for pit lanes and workshops who undertake this type of work).

Tools to suit your budget

Online diagnostic shop
Published:  07 January, 2013

A wide choice of PC-based, hand-held and touchscreen diagnostic tools are available online through ESP Automotive. The more basic tools will read and clear fault codes and work on all petrol engines from 2000 and diesel engines from 2003, many pre-2000 OBD2 equipped models are also covered. The re-launched website enables you to search by budget or product type.

Go wireless

Cable-free diagnostic kit
Published:  04 January, 2013


European cars added

Popular European vehicles have been added to the G-Scan
Published:  03 January, 2013

The G-Scan was created back in 2008 when a Japanese and Korean OEM joined forces to provide quality data on both market's vehicles in addition to Japanese 'grey' imports. Since then, popular European vehicles have been added to the tool, which is available from Blue Print. Functions include an automatic vehicle system search, clearing of trouble codes, body control module actuation tests, component and ECU coding/reprogramming, DPF regeneration, ABS and airbag analysis plus many more. The tool comes with a rechargeable Lithium battery which powers it for hours. A high def 5.6" screen displays full DTC descriptions and data parameter names, can record data on road tests and by touching the 'Pen' icon on the screen you can capture what's displayed and add your own notes and drawings which are then saved, or transferred to a PC.

Original first fit

Surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range
Published:  02 January, 2013

A surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range as independent workshops begin to see the newer models enter their workshop. Marques such as Peugeot, Citroen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are included in the latest batch of parts including oil filters for the new Peugeot 4008 SUV and air intake modules and filters for BMW's ActiveHybrid 5. The Citroen C4 Aircross, pictured, the new Mercedes-Benz A Class and Volvo V40 are all equipped with Mahle oil filters. The second generation Porsche Cayenne GTS has both Mahle air and oil filters.

Smart sideline

Italian Infrared drying system
Published:  01 January, 2013

Italian paint drying specialist Bellini has produced a new catalogue explaining the principles behind infrared systems, provides details on the latest systems, is available from distributor Tri-Sphere. The REVO system range (the Revo 180 is pictured) can be installed into almost any spraybooth. The IR110 manual infrared drying system is ideal for small smart repair work around the bodyshop or for the smart repairer on the move. It is powered from a single phase 13A plug and offers fast infrared drying options on fillers, primers and topcoats.

All major systems covered

Latest software download from Snap-on
Published:  31 December, 2012

The new software download for the Snap-on group of diagnostic devices brings total coverage to over 55,000 vehicles. The 12.4 update has added 11 years of coverage for Jaguar, between 2000 and 2011. All popular models and engine variants are included. It provides full coverage of the significant systems, including supplementary restraints (both manual and diagnostic), ABS, transmission and engine, as well as functional tests including electronic parking brake and gear shifter modules. "With each new software release we add exactly what our customers have asked for based on regular feedback. Our 12.4 software now covers 97% of the UK vehicle parc,"says Snap-on's Mark Ost.

Become a paint pro the easy way

Handy kit for defect removal
Published:  28 December, 2012

The Paint Pro system from Autoglym is said to easily remove paintwork defects in two stages. It works best on light scratches, swirl marks and holograms. A renovating compound is used, followed by a refining compound and is ideal for people who have limited machine polishing and paint rectification experience. The all-in-one Paint Pro Collection includes one litre of Paint Pro Renovate to exfoliate the clearcoat layer and a litre of Paint Pro Refine finishing compound which returns the treated paint surface to a glass-smooth gloss finish using the supplied buffing pad. A microfiber finishing cloth and information guide is also supplied

Colour to your toolbox

Sleek looking tools to brighten your box
Published:  27 December, 2012

These Draper coloured chrome sockets, a security key set and combination spanner set are new from Sealey. The coloured satin chrome sockets are available in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" square drives with knurled rings for extra grip. The spanner set features Draper Expert Hi-Torq ring ends cranked at 15º with the open end set at 15º.

Generate extra income

Check the cranking ability with Ring Automotive's new tester range
Published:  26 December, 2012

Testing the batteries of vehicles that come in for other repairs and maintenance should be routinely done during the colder months, says Ring Automotive, and its latest range of testers will check the cranking ability and indicate where a replacement, or just a recharge, is needed.

Brakes toughen up

All new Comline brake
Published:  24 December, 2012

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes for cars and LCVs in the areas of noise reduction, fitment and security.

Freedom to move

Fault finding probe
Published:  21 December, 2012

Power Probe has a range of products to help with diagnostic work. The Power Probe III connects to the battery and with the press of a switch you get an instant hot lead or ground lead. The probe tip and ground lead can be used to simultaneously power up components, you can instantly check for continuity, identify positive, negative and open circuits without re-polarising hook-up clips. You can also use the probe to find shorts without wasting fuses. A high pitched tone indicates a positive and a low tone a negative, this audio function can be disabled when testing relays. The tool comes with a 20ft long lead and two white LEDs flood the working area with bright light.

The next generation

Next generation V30 diagnostic tool
Published:  21 December, 2012

Autoboss UK has announced the release of the next generation of the V30 diagnostic tool, the V30 Elite. This product boasts new hardware for increased speed, reliability, 8GB standard memory and a larger touch screen with improved graphics. The V30 Elite features a 'favourites' option for easier access to the vehicles that are most regularly worked on and has Wi-Fi for easier connection to software updates.


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