Protect against sludge

GTX oil from Castrol
Published:  19 July, 2011

Castrol's latest effort is homing in on engine sludge, the car's equivalent cholesterol which leads to increased fuel consumption, decreased performance and even engine seizure.

Brake brand hits the UK

Wagner brakes from Federal Mogul
Published:  15 July, 2011

Launched in Europe at last year's Automechanika show, component giant Federal Mogul is now pushing its Wagner brand in the UK.

Battery power for all types

Batteries from Varta
Published:  13 July, 2011

The Dynamic range of Varta batteries contain PowerFrame technology, a grid construction developed by Johnson Controls, which minimises grid growth and corrosion that can lead to short circuits and premature battery failure.

Mergi this with fuel

Fuel additive launch
Published:  12 July, 2011

A new fuel additive is set to hit the market. Mergi, subtitled 'the organic combustion catalyst' makes bold claims about increasing the cleanness of the 'burn' and of reducing build-up of soot and tar particles in the top end of the engine.

Brake booster

Vacuum sensor from TRW
Published:  11 July, 2011

A vacuum sensor has been developed by TRW that will measure and report the level of vacuum available for the brake booster and the company is set to introduce the first application in 2013.

Sealey's vehicle service promotion

Extra edition of Sealey's booklet
Published:  08 July, 2011

Tool supplier Sealey has introduced an extra edition of its Vehicle Service Promotion booklet, with a deal on an item of brake service equipment on the cover.

Detect AC leaks in style

Leak detection flashlights from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 July, 2011

Two new cordless rechargeable leak detection flashlights are available now from Euro Car Parts.

Get organised

Storage units from System Store Solutions
Published:  06 July, 2011

A new range of steel work benches join the FAMI range of storage units and are available now from System Store Solutions.

Knocks and spills

CF-53 Automotive Panasonic Toughbook
Published:  05 July, 2011

The CF-53 Automotive Panasonic Toughbook is the latest addition to its semi-rugged notebook range and is ideal for use on the road with an all-day battery life and has the ability to cope with the inevitable knocks and spills when used within a busy workshop.

Front axle electric park brake

Electric Park Brake system from TRW
Published:  04 July, 2011

An Electric Park Brake (EPB) system for front axles has been developed by TRW, making the technology a more affordable option for a wider range of vehicles.

Danger, danger - high voltage!

Glow plug tester from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  01 July, 2011

This multi-voltage glow plug tester from Sykes Pickavant works on all types of glow plugs and indeed, at any voltage.

Triple boost for flat batteries

Battery jump starter from GYS
Published:  30 June, 2011

French battery charger manufacturer GYS has launched StartUp 80, a brand new '3 in 1' automatic battery jump starter, battery charger and battery 12V tester combined, which has been designed to start any model of petrol or diesel powered car or light commercial vehicle in a few minutes.

And as if by magic...

Engine cleaning products from Comma
Published:  29 June, 2011

Reminding customers to maintain their vehicle's oil levels is a good idea but Comma says putting clean oil into a dirty engine makes no sense at all.

The battle against power draw

Mobile battery charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  28 June, 2011

An advanced battery charger has recently joined the Snap-on Tools range, specifically designed to cope with the power-drawing engine management systems and accessories on vehicles today.

Pad range overhaul

Brake pads from ACDelco
Published:  27 June, 2011

A massive overhaul is set to shake up ACDelco's brake pad programme in September and will result in what the company describes as 'a more comprehensive and relevant product offering to the aftermarket'.

Service tool grows at your pace

The Easycheck range from TRW
Published:  24 June, 2011

The easycheck range from TRW comprises a family of four diagnostic tools.

Download updates faster

'Auto update' programme from Automotive Garage Solutions
Published:  23 June, 2011

A software update for the ISSCAN II is promising to make it a lot easier to upload software upgrades to the handset.

Keeping factors happy

Klarius exhaust parts from FPS
Published:  22 June, 2011

The availability of Klarius exhaust parts has been increased across the range due to a 'national re-profiling exercise' at distributor, FPS.

New vehicle lift range

Four post lifts from Boston
Published:  21 June, 2011

The B461 and B441 four post lifts are the culmination of 25 years of lift manufacturing at Boston and are designed to meet the needs of future MOT legislation; both models feature platform recesses into which hydraulic or pneumatic play detectors can be installed or retrofitted at any point.

'Key on, key off' support

MPL2 from TCS Products
Published:  20 June, 2011

The MPL2 from TCS Products is both an MPL battery charger and a battery support unit that can be used on both cars and vans.

Editor's car gets Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels from Tetrosyl
Published:  17 June, 2011

Hot Wheels is the latest car care product from Tetrosyl and joins its Wonder Wheels range of cleaners.

Diesel diagnostic support

Diesel Centre network from Delphi
Published:  16 June, 2011

As Delphi gain more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty.

Dynamic tests help solve complex faults

B-Touch ST-9000 scan tool from Brain Bee
Published:  15 June, 2011

The B-Touch ST-9000 scan tool features an easy to use touch screen interface, a faster processing speed and a comprehensive vehicle application database. It performs ECU reading, parameter, status and error reading, cancellation adjustments, coding and shows you the position of the diagnostic socket and which cable to use.

Smoke the leak out

Smoke machine from Snap-on Tools
Published:  14 June, 2011

The EELD100 smoke machine, available from Snap-on Tools, is said to make the invisible, clearly visible, saving the bodyshop tech the hassle of replacing and stripping down engine components and finding the smallest of leaks.

Keep it safe

Free-standing safes from Securikey
Published:  13 June, 2011

A range of lightweight free-standing safes from Securikey have been introduced to keep your valuables safe in the workshop or at home (perhaps not your favourite pair of shoes though - see pic).

Hycote make a stand

Merchandise stand from Hycote
Published:  10 June, 2011

As people tighten their purse strings they can take on the simple touch-up repair jobs they once left to the professionals.

Performance boost for VW

B6 shock absorbers from Bilstein
Published:  09 June, 2011

Bilstein has announced the introduction of its B6 shock absorbers to increase the road-holding ability and directional stability of the new VW Passat, designed to boost damping force without sacrificing performance.

Cutting new wax

Radiant Wax from Autoglym
Published:  08 June, 2011

Polishing up a motor? Independent workshops can prepare customer cars with even more sparkle according to car care firm Autoglym, as it has launched a new version of its best-selling trade polish, Radiant Wax.

Low roof height's no issue

BendPak XPR9 two post lifts from Liftmaster
Published:  07 June, 2011

A new range of BendPak XPR9 two post lifts are now available from Liftmaster.

Vans get geared up with kit

Transit DMF replacement kit from Fuel Parts
Published:  06 June, 2011

Stocks are ready for dispatch of the AP brand new flywheel conversion kit for the Ford Transit 2.4 TDCi 6 speed gearbox model (including the Tourneo) and are available now from Fuel Parts.

Like watching paint dry

REVO 180 drying system from Tri-Sphere
Published:  03 June, 2011

Users of the REVO 180 infrared paint drying system are reporting huge savings in annual gas consumption, according to supplier Tri-Sphere.

Diagnostic tool hits the road

OBD Matrix from Texa
Published:  02 June, 2011

The OBD Log's big brother has been created by Texa and is named, the OBD Matrix. It can detect and interpret the errors on all electronic systems in modern vehicles and by using the IDC4 software, can be used on road tests.

Cut down on fitment time

Wheel hub assembly kits
Published:  01 June, 2011

Following the lead of VMs, a range of wheel assembly kits for passenger cars has been introduced by Comline Auto Parts and are designed to reduce fitment time.

Hit the road, jack

Vehicle jack from Facom
Published:  31 May, 2011

This new jack from French tool maker Facom is different from others in that the mechanical locking system supports the vehicle's weight. It locks into place and stays at the lift height whereas a traditional jack can experience leaks from the hydraulic system, causing it to fall.

Amp-le supply from charger

Eight-stage 10 amp battery charger
Published:  30 May, 2011

The MXS 10.0 10A 12V battery charger from CTEK features an extended five pulse per second de-sulphation stage, an analysis stage which quickly confirms whether the battery is capable of holding a charge or whether it needs replacing and an AGM charging cycle specifically designed for stop-start technology.

Diagnostic support

Diesel tools from Delphi
Published:  27 May, 2011

As Delphi gains more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty. Recently, its Multec diesel common rail system was chosen for the DW10C engine, a shared platform for Citroen, Fiat, Ford and Peugeot diesel vehicles. A number of replacement items are available including a high pressure pump, injectors and an electronic control unit.

New hand tools

New AC Delco tool range from Hickleys out now
Published:  25 May, 2011

A range of cordless, air, hand, corded and digitally controlled tools have been introduced by AC Delco and are available from Hickleys. The tool show here is the ½” drive super torque impact wrench. This provides 500 Nm or 369 flt lbs of torque, features an aluminium gearbox housing and has a variable speed with reverse and electric brake switch.

Spark an interest in TT plugs

Twin tip plugs use no iridium
Published:  10 March, 2011

rong>A new line of twin-tip spark plugs has recently been launched by parts firm Denso.

'Torque the torque' with ease

Increase accuracy and save time
Published:  10 March, 2011

rong>A new ¼” TechAngle torque and angle wrench is available from Snap-on Tools, designed to save techs time while also increasing accuracy.

Charger Rings the changes

SmartCharger battery chargers from Ring
Published:  17 February, 2011

SmartCharge battery chargers have a seven-stage charging cycle and have been designed to diagnose, recondition and service vehicle batteries.

Gates expand on belt drive

Belt drive parts increase from Gates
Published:  17 February, 2011

Gates has expanded the number of replacement parts available for the accessory belt drive system. The programme includes OE equivalent multi-ribbed belts, all necessary metal components, tools, routing diagrams and technical bulletins to guide technicians.

Company's blades of glory

Expanded blades programme from Denso
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>Over 1,500 applications are covered by only 118 wiper blade part references available from Denso. Products include standard, spoiler, curved and twin-screw options, covering more than 95% of the European car parc.

Little unit gets all pumped up

The Accura Cube from PCL
Published:  10 February, 2011

rong>The Accura Qube may be small but the tiny unit provides fast and accurate tyre inflation. The new inflator from PCL has three modes: standard inflate/deflate, tyreshop (which features overpressure) and nitrogen (top off and complete purge).

Resolve poor fuel issues

Fuel analyser could prevent system damage
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>Delphi says research shows more than 80% of fuel injection repairs are caused by fuel contamination or poor fuel quality and with biodiesels becoming more popular this figure is likely to rise as it is not regulated to the same standards as diesel.

Company helps you manage

Manage your workshop online
Published:  03 February, 2011

rong>The new web-based garage management programme developed by MAM Software has been chosen as the preferred choice by the Bosch Car Service network.

Snap-on are fully in charge

EECC500UK charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  27 January, 2011

The latest battery charger to join Snap-on Tools is said to be the most advanced yet with 300 amp engine starting power and different charging cycles for each type of battery - standard, deep-cycle, AGM and gel cell.

Live life in the test lane

Upgrade to one person testing status
Published:  27 January, 2011

Recent additions to Tecalemit's range of garage equipment include a Class I and II adapter kit for the standard Class IV and VII roller brake testers and the option of headlamp beam testing which indicates a pass or fail on the integrated LCD screen.

Fuel economy enhancer

Fuel treatments from Forte
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>Three treatments available from Forte have been developed to help independent workshops keep their customers’ fuel systems and components clean. They aim to prevent contamination which can make oxygen sensors in petrol engine vehicles fail, resulting in misfiring, juddering and a loss of power.

Omitec at your service

OmiCheck service tool from Omitec
Published:  21 January, 2011

rong>This nifty piece of kit communicates with the on-board computer and once faults are identified and repaired, resets the warning light - an essential service tool for today's garage.

Energy array powers up

GS Batteries from FPS
Published:  14 January, 2011

rong>This new range of automotive batteries is available exclusively through FPS. GS Batteries cover 99% of the vehicle parc and include car, CV, marine and leisure applications.


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