A belt kit out of the Blue

Blue Print secures first with Mitsubishi timing belt kit
Published:  24 September, 2010

Parts firm Blue Print has launched what it claims is the aftermarket's first seven-piece timing belt kit for the Mitsubishi L200 2.5 Di-D from 2006 onwards.

Sensor change poster

NGK lends hand in driver investment challenge
Published:  24 September, 2010

Trying to persuade customers to spend their cash on new parts that (to them) don't seem necessary is never easy. To help when it comes to lambda sensors, NGK has produced a poster and leaflet aimed at convincing motorists that paying for fresh sensors is the smart thing to do.

Steer towards FAI

Ford wishbones join FAI steering range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Manufacturer and distributor FAI Automotive has published a catalogue supplement detailing the latest additions to its steering and suspension range.

Wood have a lightbulb moment

Wood Auto aims to shine with Osram range
Published:  24 September, 2010

Components company Wood Auto is drawing attention to its choice of bulbs. It offers an own-brand option together with a premium range of Osram bulbs and a choice of work lamps. Bulbs are available in 6, 12, 24 and 48 volt variants and in general and halogen varieties.

TecDoc cat can benefit classics

TecDoc highlights classic car credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

Electronic parts cataloguing system TecDoc is traditionally associated with parts suppliers and distributors. However, over the last few months UK boss Shaun Greasley has been on a mission to highlight the benefits he believes it could bring to workshops and even classic car enthusiasts.

Light the way for DRL

Unipart highlights need for DRL crash repair replacement option
Published:  17 September, 2010

With the imminent start of legislation making them compulsory on new vehicles, Daylight Running Lights (DRL) are set to shape the future of lighting.

ECP lights keep on running

ECP offers Philips LED daytime running lights
Published:  17 September, 2010

If you want to pretend your car is a flashy new Audi, you can now get hold of Philips LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs) from Euro Car Parts.

Boom for ignition range

Blue Print adds Toyota Rav 4 ignition option
Published:  17 September, 2010

rong>As part of its on-going expansion, parts firm Blue Print has added ignition coils for the Toyota Rav 4 – together with glow plugs for the Mitsubishi Colt and Smart Forfour.

Tech pledge for test lanes

GE-Tech asserts European quality credentials
Published:  17 September, 2010

MOT equipment company GE-Tech is highlighting its European-made credentials in a bid to win new customers.

Wood show air con launch

Wood Auto debuts air con compressors, Hall 3.0, stand G78
Published:  10 September, 2010

Auto-electrical firm Wood Auto will debut its range of air con compressors at the show along with Rita Millo, the company's recently-recruited European sales manager (although unlike the compressors, she won't be kept in a glass cabinet - we assume, Ed).

NGK plugs technical triumph

NGK prepares to highlight OE success, Hall 3.0, stand B51
Published:  10 September, 2010

With what it describers as "important news" from both the OE and aftermarket sectors, NGK will have a strong presence at the Automechanika show.

Show who's in charge

Not just a simple charger, Hall 8.0, stand F27
Published:  10 September, 2010

One of the many tools that will be at Automechanika is a new 12V battery charger with constant output mode. It provides a constant 10A power source to maintain a battery charge during 'key on/engine off' diagnostics, when fault code reading and ECU re-programming for instance.

Filter factors line up

Hengst lines up engine and filter selection, Hall 6.0, stand A84
Published:  10 September, 2010

Filter systems and engine parts firm Hengst will unveil a choice of new parts for the Vauxhall Insignia in Frankfurt.

Sealey good gadgets

Sealey tools up for catalogue launch, Hall 9.0, stand F04
Published:  10 September, 2010

rong>Tools company Sealey will give customers a glimpse of its latest catalogue at Automechanika.

Keep an eye on aligners

Hunter equipment to demonstrate the latest software, Hall 8 stand B44
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Hunter brand of wheel alignment and garage equipment will be on display in Frankfurt this September, including its premium HawkEye Imaging Aligner range with featured sections of BMW, Mercedes, Porsche and VW group aligners.

Unipart offers a wise buy

Unipart offers MOT equipment deals with Megawisebuys brochure
Published:  03 September, 2010

A free Omiscan 2 diagnostic tool is just one of the special offers packed into the latest edition of Megawisebuys - Unipart's tools and equipment brochure.

Snap up cool air con kit

Snap-on Diagnostics pins hopes on Blizzard air con success, Hall 8.0, stand A96
Published:  03 September, 2010

The Snap-on Diagnostics stand will be dominated by the Sun KoolKare air con recycling centres. There are two models in the range - the Blizzard and Blizzard PRO - and the company hopes the latest versions will attract interest from the growing air con market.

Stand up for parts links

Denso focuses on links between OE and aftermarket parts, Hall 3.0, stand E61
Published:  03 September, 2010

According to parts company Denso's publicity machine, it will focus on OE strength, aftermarket excellence and what it calls "visionary technologies" at Automechanika (we're fairly sure this doesn't mean a range of workshop spectacles are on the cards, Ed).

Show is launch pad for calipers

Remy set for brake caliper catalogue launch, Hall 3.0, stand B21
Published:  03 September, 2010

Remanufacturing firm Remy will use the Automechanika exhibition to launch its 2011 European brake caliper catalogue.

Comma to make a stand

Bulk oil tanks on way out, says Comma
Published:  27 August, 2010

The days of the bulk oil storage tank are numbered, according to oils and lubes company Comma. The firm says the most profitable way ahead is to meet market requirements by holding a greater number of manufacturer - and engine-specific oils in smaller, more manageable containers.

Rover round with Xpart

MG Rover cars maintain parc presence says XPart
Published:  27 August, 2010

Despite the factory closing down in 2005, the number of MG Rover cars on the road has only fallen by 3%, according to the latest figures.

Unique lift raises the bar

Boston claims 6-tonne lift is Europe's most advanced
Published:  27 August, 2010

Boston has launched its B461 4-post lift onto the market with the bold claim that it's Europe's most advanced. The company says the 6-tonne unit offers several unique features. It comes in 6.1 and 5.75 metre platforms of 630mm width.

Latest lube spec. is vital

Technicians miss importance of oil specifications, warns boss
Published:  27 August, 2010

Millers Oils account manager Dave Mott says many technicians may still be missing a trick when it comes to the latest lubricants. "It is unfortunately still the case that many in the trade don't yet fully appreciate the necessity for using very specific products when it comes to servicing later model vehicles," he said. "Most new cars produced from around 2002 now require full-synthetic low SAPS (Sulphated Ash, Phosphorous and Sulphur) oils to run efficiently, and the damage of using older, less sophisticated products can be costly."

Brake drum kit addition

Pre-mounted drum kits from Global Braking Systems
Published:  27 August, 2010

A complete range of Cifam pre-mounted brake drum kits have been added to Global Braking Systems' hydraulics programme, with over 175 references in stock.

Disc refurb is the answer

Pro-Cut highlights benefits of refurbishment
Published:  20 August, 2010

Anything that involves chucking less stuff in the bin is all the rage these days. So the chance to refurbish brake discs rather than simply replacing them is very much in fashion.

Changes filter through

Reisse warns on dangers of oil filter neglect
Published:  20 August, 2010

rong>Filter company Reisse is urging mechanics not to neglect regular oil filter changes. The firm is stressing the importance of regular filter changes at the same time as standard oil changes.

ECP offers sales booster

Free display stands from Euro Car Parts
Published:  20 August, 2010

Euro Car Parts says that it offers consistent availability of the best brands at the most competitive prices and to help its customers increase sales, it provides more than 1,500 free display stands and 1,000 battery booster packs against specified volume purchases. It distributes premium OE brands such as Exide and Bosch and also stocks the LION brand.

Bigger better brochure

Diagnostics brochure from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  20 August, 2010

rong>Two new versions of Alba’s popular brake fluid tester, a lower priced unit that switches off at 200 deg C and the ALB1200 tester which includes a printer, are included in its new diagnostics brochure.

Luxury? Standox deliver

Standox gets Aston Martin seal of approval
Published:  20 August, 2010

Aston Martin has appointed Standox as a preferred supplier of paint refinish materials and services to its body repair programme.

Winning brake promo.

TRW drives on with disc brake expansion
Published:  13 August, 2010

TRW was just one of the companies celebrating the World Cup with a football-themed promotion running throughout the competition. Participating TRW distributors gave away flags, caps and novelty goodies as part of the promotion for its braking range.

Batteries make a stand

New retail concept from Exide
Published:  13 August, 2010

rong>A new retail concept from Exide based on a good, better and best sales approach aims to empower consumers to select between Classic, Excell and Premium options and boost gross margins up to 70%.

Snap-py software download

10.2 software from Snap-on
Published:  13 August, 2010

The new 10.2 software download is now available for its group of hand-held diagnostic tools, containing 73% more information that the 8.2 version back in 2008.

Tools for tricky oil jobs

Oil seal tools from Laser
Published:  13 August, 2010

Those of you who have replaced an oil seal on the crankshaft of a Volkswagen or Audi engine will know it can be a tad tricky as the flywheel-end oil seal is integral with the housing and engine speed sensor, so the whole assembly needs replacing.

Remy pulls out all the stops

Remy enhances brake caliper choice
Published:  13 August, 2010

Parts remanufacturer Remy has announced the addition of 288 new part references to its brake caliper range, increasing the overall range to 3,300 part numbers.

'Scot a lot to offer, this tool

RW Motortec brings Autobook to Scotland
Published:  06 August, 2010

The latest Launch tool is available now from Stirling-based diagnostic firm RW Motortec. As explained in the last issue of Aftermarket, the Autobook tool is a slimmed-down, easy to use version of the standard Launch X431 unit.

Brake with tradition trade in

£50 trade-in from Bowmonk
Published:  06 August, 2010

Trade in your old Tapley or Bowmonk mechanical decelerometer and Bowmonk will give you £50 towards a new BrakeCheck electronic brake meter, approved for all classes of vehicles including I and II.

Diesel plug range increase

NGK expands glow plug choice
Published:  06 August, 2010

A choice of three OE glow plugs have been launched into the aftermarket by NGK.

For a 'mix and matt' finish

Special matt additive from Standox
Published:  06 August, 2010

If you've experienced problems when making repairs to matt or silk paint finishes then you are not alone and the new 2K special matt additive from Standox could signal the end of your worries.

Like a breath of fresh air

Liqui Moly air con treatment banishes bad odour
Published:  06 August, 2010

rong>The Klima Fresh treatment from Liqui Moly is another of the numerous air con treatments on the market.

Charge ahead with Manbat

How to boost profit and retain reputation
Published:  30 July, 2010

Manbat says that far too often, when a battery needs to be replaced during a repair people tend to source the cheapest like-for-like replacement in order to maximise profit. We're sure Aftermarket readers are aware of the implications but in case you need to be reminded of the consequences...

Aligner two about Boss kit

A890 wheel aligner from Autoboss
Published:  30 July, 2010

Autoboss reckons it has can provide fast, easy and stress-free wheel alignment with its new remote control wheel aligner.

Sparky cat. glows with the flow

Latest ignition technology from NGK
Published:  30 July, 2010

NGKs full range of spark plugs and diesel glow plugs for both passenger cars and LCVs can be found in the 2010 NGK catalogue.

Extra air parts filter through

Denso enhances cabin air filters choice
Published:  30 July, 2010

Denso has expanded its choice of Cabin Air Filters (CAFs) in a bid to meet peak demand over the summer months. The company added a number of new Toyota and Lexus CAFs last year. Now, it has boosted the choice with 37 references covering an extra 80 applications.

BHP increase for BMW

Superchips taps into BMW power
Published:  30 July, 2010

The latest performance enhancement from Superchips is a dealer-fit ECU remap which supposedly increases performance on the 135i model by 49 bhp.

Floored by fab tile system

PVC Flooring system from TilePlans
Published:  23 July, 2010

Workshop floors have a tough time of it, being exposed to oils and chemicals and the hectic life of a busy workshop but this flooring system from TilePlans steps up to the challenge.

Injector some life into parts

Piezo and common rail injectors from Bosch
Published:  22 July, 2010

The Bosch eXchange programme provides a cost-effective alternative to new parts without comprising quality or guarantees and now includes new Piezo injector and common rail injectors. A total of 15 Piezo injectors for the likes of Audi, BMW and Peugeot can be found.

On course for air con skills

F-Gas training from Texa
Published:  21 July, 2010

For those of you who know your way around the air con system, Texa's one-day IMI award level 3 'automotive refrigerant handling course' will ensure you meet the refrigerant-handling legislation that has just come into force.

Mmmmm! Nice wheels!

Dezent RG Rim from Alcar
Published:  20 July, 2010

Dezent's new RG Rim available from Alcar has a classic Y-spoke design and features a glossy black detail against a lacquered face that the company thinks will look at home on a wide range of 4 and 5 stud Jap, Euro and tuner cars.

Efficient Eco tyre rolls on

GT Radial rolls on with Champiro comfort tyre
Published:  19 July, 2010

Tyre company GT Radial has launched the Champiro Eco tyre, in a bid to give drivers an added option for fuel-efficient motoring. The tyre uses what the company calls Nanotek Silica technology to produce low rolling resistance.

Gates drive over OAPs!

Gates adds OAPs to product range
Published:  16 July, 2010

Belts and drive systems company Gates is stocking its shelves with OAPs to help mechanics deliver reliable repairs to accessory belt drives (to avoid any confusion, that means a choice of DriveAlign Overrunning Alternator Pulleys - aka OAPs - and not an army of geriatric workers!).


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