Module coding and resets

Diagnostics from Launch UK
Published:  06 March, 2014

The X-431 PRO is new from Launch UK and can be used on American, Asian and European vehicles. The Android-based 7" LCD tablet uses the latest Bluetooth technology to exchange data through the DBSCar connector and mobile terminal. It is also Wi-Fi enabled so you can browse the internet and access maintenance information. Other features include photo, video and the ability to access live data. The tool provides module coding, resets, re-learns and is supplied with all relevant connectors and adaptors. Launch UK MD Dave Richards, says: "The X-431 PRO complements our entire professional range of diagnostic tools and means that, in addition to the X-431 PAD and GDS, we have a solution for every workshop requirement and budget."


Double whammy

Spark plugs from ACDelco
Published:  05 March, 2014

ACDelco's spark plugs range is set to double in the coming weeks and includes the array of ignition technologies available, including resistor, non-resistor, nickel and platinum-tipped electrode types. The plugs are designed to provide consistent starts in all weather, smooth engine idle and promote excellent fuel economy. ACDelco's Director, Lee Quinney says: "Once again we have a number of product range extension programmes that we will be introducing in 2014, spark plugs being one of the first."


Do you have the right tool?

Bearings from Schaeffler's FAG programme
Published:  04 March, 2014

If you have your bearings, you will know all about Generation 1 type single row ball and tapered roller bearings, oh and there's the double row ball too, you also have the double row tapered roller bearings known as Gen 1T and let's not forget hub units! The Gen 2 bearing from Schaeffler's FAG programme is used as original equipment in models made by Ford, Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Smart, Volkswagen, the Audi Group and Volvo. Its simple construction combines a pre-assembled hub flange combined with a Gen 1 bearing but most applications require an encoder seal which sends a signal to the ECU to activate systems such as ABS, traction control and ESP. It is possible to damage them during fitment so specially designed tools are available to prevent this from happening. The two-piece collar comes in a range of sizes and sits in the space between the rear of the hub flange and the retaining ring - all of the force applied is then evenly distributed through the outer race. Tool kits specifically for Gen 2 bearings are available from Hazet, Klann and Sykes Pickavant.


Ultra cool tool

Diagnostics from Snap-on
Published:  03 March, 2014

MODIS Ultra is Snap-on's new kid on the block and combines a fully integrated scanner and a lab scope. It features vehicle-specific communication software and Fast-track 'expert information resources' in what is designed to be an easy to use workshop tool. It has a faster operating system and a larger 8" touchscreen display than that of the original Modis and is said to be more intuitive and also has a faster operating system so you complete jobs more quickly. The tool fires up in five seconds and reads fault codes and provides live vehicle data in under 30 seconds. Guided component tests help you get to the root cause of a problem and a troubleshooter provides millions of experts tips to save time. To help technicians get the most out of their Snap-on tools, the firm has added ten training modules to its website which provides practical tips on the Modis Ultra and the rest of the diagnostic family of products.


Automatic entry

Technique T2120 wheel balancer from Trade Garage Equipment
Published:  28 February, 2014

The Technique T2120 wheel balancer from Trade Garage Equipment features 3D data input and automatic entry of offset, width and diameter using an inner and outer measuring arm. The colour display shows live readings, highlighting the imbalance positions which makes hidden weight placement easier to carry out. The cabinet can store weights and an additional storage facility on the side can be used for other weights, cones and accessories. The balance complements the recent T2520 automatic tyre changer - introductory offers are available on both of these products at the moment, enquire to find out more.


Tensioner parts for Ford and VAG

INA tensioner parts from Schaeffler
Published:  27 February, 2014

INA tensioner parts for a wide variety of popular models in the UK are available from Schaeffler. These include a v-ribbed belt tensioner for models such as the Ford Focus III which is powered by the innovative 1.6 EcoBoost engine. Last year, INA added over-running alternator pulleys for Fords including the Focus II 1.6 TCDi 2004-2011 and Focus III/C-Max/Galaxy 1.6 EcoBoost 2011 on. A timing belt kit and belt set for VAG vehicles cater for the Seat Mii from 2012, VW Up 1.0 Ecofuel from 2012 and a V-ribbed belt tensioner is available for the Audi A5 Cabriolet 2009 on.


Creating a buzz

All-makes tool from Delphi
Published:  26 February, 2014

This all-makes tool connects to the common rail injector whilst on or off the vehicle to run an electronic diagnosis and is designed to complement the sealed rail kit and false actuator kit. Once connected, the Buzz Tool measures the resistance/inductance of the injector coil, checks the insulation of the coil to the injector body and drives the valve to make it 'buzz'. The tool is supplied with a set of eight adaptors for the whole range of known CR solenoid injectors.


Three tools in one

G-Scan from Blue Print
Published:  25 February, 2014

The G-Scan 2 is now available to workshops which provides the same coverage for Asian vehicles as the two existing G-Scan kits, including OEM info for Hyundai and Kia, but also has a built-in 2/4 channel oscilloscope and digital multimeter. These will identify fault codes, measure voltage or amperage fluctuations of sensors or actuator circuits, measure resistance, frequency, duty cycle and pulse width. You can view data from the scope alongside DTC data when working on Hyundai and Kia vehicles and can switch between the three functions so you don't need a laptop to view the data. Other differences to previous models include a bigger high definition 7" screen and four times the capacity with a 16GB memory card. It has a communication line inspection function, unit converter and special functions calculator. Wi-Fi is also built in to the unit so updates can be made remotely.


Designed to outlive OE

Meyle's HD range
Published:  24 February, 2014

A further ten items join Meyle's HD range of VW Group control arms for the entire fleet of small and mid-size models. The HD parts feature a new design and optimised rubber compound to extend their life - they are designed to substantially outlive OE parts. The design has been reinforced to ensure a long service life and the rubber mounts provide the stiffness needed to withstand load peaks whilst accelerating, braking and cornering but also effectively neutralise vibration. A four-year warranty is provided and full-service repair kits including the required mounting hardware are available.


Keep vital info

Smart battery charger from CTEK
Published:  21 February, 2014

The CTEK MXS 25 is a 25A smart battery charger which conditions and charges any lead-acid battery using an eight-stage process. It is fully automatic, spark proof and reverse-polarity protected and can be connected to the battery whilst in situ, there's no need to remove it first. The 'Recond' mode restores batteries which have deeply discharged and a 'Supply' mode' provides a secure 12V power source for the vehicle if you need to disconnect the battery.


Focus on OE success

Belts from Gates
Published:  20 February, 2014

Gates is promoting its wares in 2014 with a focus on its recent OE success and will be sending posters to factors and garages which feature more than 30 high profile marques. Recent examples include the BMW 320i 2.0 petrol and the Citroen DS4 2.0 diesel which both feature the Micro-V belt and tensioner, the Ford Kuga 2.0 diesel with the ABDS tensioner and the Peugeot 5008 1.6 HDi which includes a Gates timing belt as original equipment.


Low rider

Lifts from Stertil Koni
Published:  19 February, 2014

The ST4040 4-post lift from Stertil Koni lifts up to 4,000Kg so is ideal for cars, vans and other LCVs. It has a drive-on height of just 13cm so even the lowest of vehicles can easily get on the ramps. This also means that 'short' drive-on ramps can be used freeing up workspace. The equipment will lift up to 2,000mm and has an adjustable descent speed as standard. Its range of 4-posts has lifting capacities from 4,000Kg up to a whopping 30,000Kg, to cater for all classes of vehicle.


Cleaning the DPF

Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit from Liqui Moly
Published:  18 February, 2014

With its Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit the motor oil and additive expert Liqui Moly has developed a new product for garages and has already earned an award as '2013 Best New Product for Import Cars', in the United States. Instead of spending a great deal of money to replace the filter, Liqui Moly offers a Diesel Particulate Filter Cleaner Kit as an economical and effective alternative for garages. Using this, the filter can be cleaned without even having to remove it from the vehicle. The entire procedure takes just 30 to 60 minutes. After cleaning, the driver immediately feels a dramatic improvement in the car's performance.


Don't stop me now

Brakes from ACDelco
Published:  17 February, 2014

Last year, ACDelco introduced its braking programme, bringing 1,200 brake disc part numbers to market, backed by a 12 month/20,000 Km warranty. An additional 228 discs and 42 pad references now join them, covering a range of domestic, European and Asian applications and include cars, vans and light commercials. Its discs are balance ventilated, have a low lateral run out and have minimum thickness levels and precision tolerance centre bores to help reduce any imbalances during braking. Each brake pad backing plate has a powder-coated finish for better protection and appearance.


Millions of expert tips

Diagnostics from Snap-On
Published:  14 February, 2014

The Modis Ultra has just hit the market, building on the features of the original Modis diagnostic tool from Snap-On. The new device has a larger 8" screen and a faster operating system. It combines a fully integrated scanner and labscope with vehicle-specific communication software and information in one hand-held tool. It interprets fault codes and vehicle data and performs relearns, adaptations and functional tests needed to complete a repair. It fires up in five seconds and reads fault codes and live vehicle data in under 30. The tool features guided component tests to help pinpoint the root cause of a problem. A troubleshooter provides millions of expert tips to help save time.


New case size

Batteries from Bosch
Published:  13 February, 2014

The latest additions to the Bosch battery programme cater for various vehicles - from compact cars with small engines and Start/Stop technology to SUVs. The latest Bosch S3 is said to provide 10% better cold-starting power for vehicles with smaller engines. A further S3 and Bosch S4 unit are also designed specifically for compact vehicles and the S4 caters for new electronic comfort features on vehicles with Start/Stop such as the new MINI and Fiat 500. A further S4 and an S5 unit feature a new case size (H7) to enable a straightforward exchange of OE batteries.


Operate at full boost

Turbo cleaner from SP Diagnostics
Published:  11 February, 2014

Revive Turbo Cleaner is a water-based, non-flammable fluid developed to remove carbon from variable vane or variable nozzle turbochargers. Carbon build-up restricts movement of variable vanes, affecting boost and performance. It is administered in three doses through the intake system before the turbo inlet while the engine is running. As the fluid passes through the engine it locks onto carbon deposits and carries them away through the exhaust system. Revive is administered in three doses of 250ml through the air intake at different rev ranges. To be effective, it is important that the process is started with a cold engine and instructions observed. Once applied, the vehicle needs to be taken for a sprightly spin, using full boost. The product is available from SP Diagnostics.


Now impossible to order wrong part

Brakes from Apec
Published:  10 February, 2014


Crank up the amps

Booster pack from JHM Butt
Published:  06 February, 2014

The Micro 440 is Ceteor's new entry level booster for those who need a booster pack every now and again. The pack gives 440 cranking amps measured at the battery terminals to start most petrol and smaller diesel engine cars. Small clamps are available for motorbikes and quadbikes. The brand makes over 40 boosters, with larger mobile units giving 6,400 cranking amps to start the largest diesel powered vehicles. A two year warranty is provided on the booster, which includes the battery and is available now from JHM Butt.


Mount your charger

Charger from CTEK
Published:  04 February, 2014

A mounting bracket is available for the MXS 5.0 charger from CTEK to neatly store the unit and its cables. The accessory has been created in response to customer demand. The design is secure yet open so you can grab the charger easily when you need it. You can permanently fix it to the wall or use the strong hook on top of the bracket to hang the charger when in use i.e. the bonnet catch.


Save space and cash

ATLs from Snap-on
Published:  03 February, 2014

The Sun VIC 3000 automated test lane is designed by Snap-on to save space and money by using the Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser as the central control unit for the ATL. The gas and smoke analyser includes automated test procedures and is said to be very easy to use. Its design is modular so you can expand it into a complete diagnostic and information system. The equipment centres around a standard PC and an adjustable 22" tilt and turn flat screen monitor. An inkjet printer is also provided.


Keeping the perfect temperature

Pumps and belt kits from ContiTech
Published:  31 January, 2014

The water pumps in ContiTech's belt kits with pump, are now badged ContiTech as the company now sources the components direct from the manufacturer. When changing the belt the firm recommends changing the water pump if it is driven by the belt. A faulty water pump can cause a lot of damage - such as an overheated engine or a damaged rotor drive which can then damage the timing belt.


Gasket maker

Gasket maker from Forte
Published:  30 January, 2014

Permatex Right Stuff Gasket Maker is designed as a replacement for conventional gaskets and is said to be more reliable than pre-cut gaskets, according to distributor Forte. It is apparently very dense so only needs to be tightened to a specific torque setting just once and is resistant to transmission fluid, coolant, oil and other automotive fluids. It is designed to protect against leaks and resist aging, weathering and thermal cycling without hardening, shrinking or cracking.


Fast movers

Brakes from Autoparts
Published:  29 January, 2014

A 20,000 mile/20 month warranty is offered on Padtech brake pads and Disctech brake discs, available from Autoparts. The Padtech range comprises more than 1,300 references, covering all makes of vehicle. The brake pads are manufactured in the UK, R90 compliant and subject to strict tests by the manufacturer, Nisshinbo. The batch details and date of production are marked on each pad for full traceability. A total of 39 new references have been added to the Disctech range of discs, which now offers over 150 fast-moving references.


New year boost

Steering and suspension products from FAI
Published:  28 January, 2014

The biggest range extension to date has begun on FAI's steering and suspension programme, with over 350 new part numbers coming and a catalogue to support them. 50 part numbers kick start the expansion covering many of the new models on the road including the Ford Focus III, Nissan Micra and Alfa Giulietta. A large wall poster can help diagnose and sort out steering and suspension faults. These are available through selected distributors who take part in the FAI S&S programme.


Increase revenue

ATLs from Hofmann
Published:  27 January, 2014

Reduce labour costs by upgrading your MOT bay to an automated test lane so the second technician's time can be freed up when the automated testing takes place. Existing bays can also be upgraded to a One Person Test Lane so it can all be carried out single-handedly. Hofmann ATLs come with a two-year parts and labour warranty as standard and a bespoke planning service is also provided by the manufacturer's UK-wide distributor partners.


Marquing up

Batteries from Exide Technologies
Published:  24 January, 2014

A new batch of AGM and ECM batteries from Exide Technologies covers Start/Stop vehicles for VW, Audi, Toyota, Ford and other popular marques, details of which can be found on Autocat+, TechDoc and online. Its AGM batteries are designed to have around three times the lifecycle durability of standard batteries but can also be used in standard vehicles and are said to boost performance and endurance. The new batteries cover the Audi A1, A4, A5 and Q5, the VW Golf, Polo and Touareg, BMW 5, 6, 7, X5 and X6 and more. The ECM batteries now cover the Ford Fiesta, Galaxy, Focus, Mondeo, B-Max and S-Max among others.


Clutch torque

Clutches from Valeo
Published:  23 January, 2014

A number of clutch references have been added to the Valeo Service clutch programme and include conversion kits for BMW 3 Series, Renault Clio and Volvo S40, dual mass flywheels for Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Astra, service kits for Renault Megane and Audi A3 and finally, two-piece kits for the Audi A3 and A4. Over 1,900 references are included in the clutch programme for cars and commercial vehicles - including DMFs, self-adjusting clutch kits, high-efficiency kits, clutch master cylinders and concentric slave cylinders, as well as traditional clutch kits. Aftermarket clutches are made using components from the firm's original equipment technology.


Tyre tech rolls on

Sport Tyres from Maxxis
Published:  23 January, 2014

The Victra Sport VS01 is the latest tyre to join the Maxxis brand for high performance vehicles, which focusses on enhanced grip and precision for steering, wet handling and stability. It features a new asymmetric pattern and high strength steel belts and high rigidity bead filler are said to guarantee excellent sport performance but also a quieter ride. Maxxis spokesman Derek McMartin states: "We have made significant improvements in the technology that goes into our tyres in the last 10 years. This technology means that we are able to meet the increasing demands of the market and offer products of the highest quality at attractive price points."


Follow the signs

DVSA approved signage from Prosol
Published:  22 January, 2014

Keep your MOT bay compliant with these DVSA approved signs available from Prosol. You can get the main three triangles sign, diesels, catalysts and a pair of parking signs produced on a polymer panel or as 'Exterior Super Signs' which come with a five-year guarantee. A reflective range is also offered which feature an anti-graffiti film and are backed by a ten-year guarantee. You can purchase these individually or as a pack.


Quality should be the main driver

Glow plugs from NGK
Published:  21 January, 2014

NGK stresses the importance of changing all the glow plugs when one fails as it is likely that the remaining plugs will suffer the same fate as the faulty one being replaced. Replacing all at the same time will ensure the emissions target is met and also the starting and cold drive performance is kept at its maximum. The company is finding that vehicle manufacturers are specifying ceramic plugs rather than metal now - VMs to which recently use NGK glow plugs as original equipment include Fiat for its MPV and 500L Trekking and Volkswagen for the Golf VII. NGK also enjoys an ongoing relationship with Mercedes-Benz.


Brake pads of the future

Brake pads from Federal-Mogul
Published:  20 January, 2014

The use of copper in brake pads will be banned in 2025 but  is ahead of the game with its Eco-friction product range which will be used on the Mercedes-Benz C-Class this year. The brand won the Golden Trophy for automotive innovation at the Equip Auto show in Paris last Autumn. "Traditionally copper has been a key ingredient in brake pad formulations and helps to provide the main performance characteristics," said Jonathan Allen, Regional Marketing Manager. "The metal makes up to 20 percent of the friction material mass in typical formulations. So removing the material from the formulation has been a significant engineering challenge. Our Eco-friction pads will be introduced to the aftermarket progressively to allow vehicles equipped with this latest innovation to be serviced."


Thrust into gear

Accessories from Sparco
Published:  13 January, 2014

Who hasn't, at one time or another, treated their gear stick as a thrust lever? The Traliccio from Sparco allows that fantasy to come one step further with a cylindrical, hard wearing nylon head designed to fit in the palm of your hand. The lattice design stem gives a smart look that wouldn't seem out of place in a fighter jet cockpit. If you are also into weight saving, the entire assembly is just 380 grams. The Traliccio gear knob is available only for standard reverse levers.


All torque

Hand tool from Blue Print
Published:  08 January, 2014

Finding the right tools for the job doesn't mean that they can't also be stylish. The ADG05515 Low-torque wrench from Blueprint has a matt-silver body with chunky metal grip, meaning no matter how oily it gets it can be cleaned to continue to sparkle in the toolbox. More importantly, it weighs just under 1kg, features a 1/4" drive with a 5>25Nm range, suitable for all low torque applications.


Bright hands

Ed China's finest
Published:  06 January, 2014

Gloves may be an effective way of keeping grease from your hands but they can be boring. Grease Junkie has the answer with these extra-length, powder-free nitrile gloves in bright orange. As well as being easy to find, the extra-long cuff means you can delve deeper into the engine bay without getting grease and grime up your arm. They are also latex free and the nitrile material is more resistant to ripping, while textured fingertips make them ideal for small jobs that require fingertip sensitivity.


Need a lift?

Lifts from UK distributor Trade Garage Equipment
Published:  20 December, 2013

The Technique T1001 is a 3.5 tonne capacity lift built by Rotary Lift for its UK distributor Trade Garage Equipment and is available to Aftermarket readers over the next few weeks at a special rate, with a free set of height adaptors and a three-year warranty on parts and labour thrown in. The T1001 hydraulic, two-post lift has three stage front and rear supporting arms which automatically lock into position during lifting. The lifting columns are powered by high pressure hydraulic cylinders and a safety latch is integrated into both.


Probes, plates and beams

MOT equipment from Prosol
Published:  19 December, 2013

A range of MOT tools, ancillary items and spares for MOT lifts and emission gas analysers are available from Prosol. A range of turning plates includes the roller bearing type and stainless steel for most vehicle lifts. British made jacking beams are available with varying lifting capabilities and low profile options. The firm also provides gas analyser filters, oxygen and O2 sensors and probes for most manufacturers.


Brakes and batteries

News from Euro Car Parts
Published:  18 December, 2013

Two bits of news from Euro Car Parts this month - firstly, Ferodo brake pads have joined its inventory, the preferred choice by Fiat, Ford, Renault and Volkswagen. Also, in its capacity of sole UK distributor of Lion Batteries, it has announced two further additions to its AGM range, which now includes five references for numerous vehicles. One covers the Toyota Prius and Lexus CT200H, the second fits many applications for Ford, Vauxhall, VW and some Japanese models.


Prevent blockages

Fuel additives from Liqui Moly
Published:  16 December, 2013

A fuel additive has been developed by Liqui Moly to protect diesel particulate filters and is designed to be used before fuelling every 1,250 miles. The 250ml can treats 50 to 70 litres of fuel and is suitable for all vehicles fitted with a DPF unless they have an electronically additive tank system, as is the case with Citroen and Peugeot vehicles. "This additive is a practical new service for garages that can save their customers a great deal of expense," explains Liqui Moly spokesman Schönfelder. "And this will show competence to boot, which strengthens the relationship with the customer."


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 www.sensors.uk.com.


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

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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.



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