Temperature control

Thermostats from FAI
Published:  27 August, 2013

If you think thermostats are low priced, low margin parts then think again, says FAI. Most modern thermostats are controlled by the ECU so have a higher value and take skill to fit - presenting an opportunity for the aftermarket. The Calorstat range, available through FAI, is specified as OE by most VMs and offers 98% parc coverage and is said to be competitive on price against other premium lines. 33 new part numbers cover vehicles such as the Nissan Juke, Alfa Mito and Fiat 500.


Variable charge timer

Battery charger from SIP
Published:  26 August, 2013

A new line of battery chargers and starter/chargers are now available from SIP. Ammeters clearly display charging levels and they provide fast and slow charging functions with reverse polarity protection. They go up to a six charge rate level and there's a 120 minute variable charge timer function. They are supplied with heavy duty charge leads and crocodile clips and the starter/chargers are enshrined within a tough steel case and wheel mounted.


Caliper catalogue

Brake calipers from Remy Automotive
Published:  22 August, 2013

Parts remanufacturer Remy Automotive has added 170 new references to its brake caliper range. Applications include the Ford Mondeo IV, Nissan Qashqai, VW Golf VI and Polo, Renault Laguna and Vauxhall Insignia. All Remy caliper catalogue data can be found on its free online catalogue and is also available on CD Rom.


Brake fluid tested on the track

Synthetic brake fluid from Lucas
Published:  21 August, 2013

A DOT 3 and DOT 4 synthetic brake fluid range complements the range of lubes, greases and engine additives offered by Lucas Oil. The fluid has been tested under the toughest racing environments by some of its top racing teams on the track, road and off-road. They are compatible with all rubber braking components and other brake fluids and can be used with disc or drum brakes as well as some clutch-based applications. As well as its brake holding capacity, it protects from rust and prevents the hardening or softening of seals.


Bleeding the system

Brake bleeders from PCL
Published:  20 August, 2013

These brake bleeders from PCL are said to make light work of bleeding and refilling brake systems on all types of vehicle. They can be used quickly by one person and can also be used to bleed other closed fluid systems such as the clutch. The product works by drawing fluid from the bleed nipple, enabling either bleeding or full replacement of fluid in the system. They operate on a working pressure of 6-12 bar (87-174 psi), with air consumption of 180 l/min (6.4 cfm) at 8 bar.


Cylinders and hoses

Borg & Beck hydraulic braking components from First Line
Published:  19 August, 2013

A range of hydraulic parts have been added to First Line's Borg & Beck braking programme, adding to the existing range of pads, shoes, discs and drums. This includes 104 brake master cylinder, 380 wheel cylinder and 1,224 brake hose references.


Pure digital

Digital purity

Pure digital radio
Published:  16 August, 2013

The people in the know have been saying for years that digital radio is coming to the aftermarket but despite there being a number of head units on the market, this has never really happened.


Mini Spares

Mini bag, maxi style

Mini Spares workbag
Published:  15 August, 2013

Love the original Mini? Then why not take a look at this Monte-Carlo rally inspired workbag? Like BMC's classic, this holdall is a far more stylish and fun way of carting your lunchbox or work boots around than a run-of-the-mill rucksack. Finished in hand-stitched leather, the bag features the entry number and registration of Paddy Hopkirk's giant-slaying car.


Folding trolley

Off your trolley

Workshop trolley
Published:  14 August, 2013

If you want to inject a little 'pit-lane' style and speed into your workshop then consider this folding trolley from Brown and Geeson. The cart looks pretty diminutive but is large enough to  move wheels and tyres, tools and even Euro-bins around your workshop. Better still, the truck has the option of attaching a uni-hitch, which will allow you to pull it around with a quad bike.


Viper sofa

Sofa so good

Furniture from Viper
Published:  13 August, 2013

You've seen it on the telly but where can you buy furniture made from car parts?


Puller kit

Injector puller kit from Facom
Published:  12 August, 2013

An injector puller kit from Facom will remove seized injectors without having to take off the cylinder head, preventing damage to the gasket seating surface. Included in the kit is a slide-hammer puller to remove jammed seals, a single and double grip Siemens adaptor, Delphi adaptors, one for 2.2L GM and a double grip Bosch adaptor.


Showroom sulphation

Battery charger from Traction Charger
Published:  09 August, 2013

Two new models join Traction Charger's range of UK-made battery chargers. The 50A Workshop charger and 50A Showroom charger feature its patented sulphation recovery system. The Showroom unit will automatically switch between maintenance mode and battery support mode.


Find parts in a flash

VRM lookup
Published:  08 August, 2013

VRM Lookup has been added to Juratek's website to speed up the process of finding the right brake parts for cars and light commercials.


Mixture of the obscure and fast movers

Brake discs from ACDelco
Published:  08 August, 2013

The brake discs range recently introduced by ACDelco includes 1,200 part numbers and joined the existing range of 1,500 brake pads. The discs are available for domestic, European and Asian models of cars, vans and light CVs.


G-Scan

G-Scan offer

Introductory Blue Print offer ends August 31
Published:  07 August, 2013

The G-Scan unit features genuine Hyundai and Kia software and allows live data recording of all available vehicle systems.The unit is supplied with a 4GB SD card and reader, self-test cable, 16 pin DLC cable and a robust carrying case.


Provide skimming service to gain new customers

Brake disc skimming from Pro-Cut
Published:  07 August, 2013

The Pro-Cut brake disc skimming machine can be used to refurbish corroded brake discs to as-new condition and can be offered to customers as a better value alternative to replacing partially worn discs.


Ratchet with a new twist

Hand tool from Facom
Published:  06 August, 2013

This 1/2" twist-handle ratchet joins the existing 1/4" and 3/8" models available from Facom and two new enhancements have been added across the range - namely, a knurled section has been added to the shaft to allow finger-tightening in confined spaces and a redesigned head profile for better access.


Charger has it all

Battery charger from Ring Automotive
Published:  05 August, 2013

A car with power steering which has the heating and lights on, windscreen wipers going and music blaring will be drawing 2,900 watts from the battery and traditional lead acid batteries just won't cut it anymore.


Engine specific oil

Lubricants from Autoparts
Published:  02 August, 2013

Autoparts, a motor factor which operates in Scotland and the Midlands, has launched an exclusive brand of Ultratec oil products.


MOT Support Programme

Strut mounts from Corteco
Published:  01 August, 2013

Four top strut mounts from Corteco are available now and can be installed on around 500,000 vehicles on UK roads today. They cover Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota and Volvo models from 1995 to 2013, including all variants of Toyota Avensis Mk1 and Land Rover Freelander from 2000-2006.


Stocking incentive for factors

Glow plugs from Denso
Published:  31 July, 2013

Denso is rewarding customers who plan ahead by offering up to 10% discount on all orders of glow plugs before July 31, enabling suppliers to secure stock before the inevitable winter demand. The promotion includes 98 part numbers and the minimum order quantity is ten pieces per part number and minimum total order quantity is 1,000 pieces.


Rack gaiters

Steering rack gaiters from First Line
Published:  30 July, 2013

Nine steering rack gaiters have been added to First Line's range of boots and gaiters which are semi-universal, serving multiple applications.


Advise your customer on safety and cost issues

Point of sale package from Hofmann
Published:  29 July, 2013

Some motorists may not be too excited about learning the safety issues which arise from wheel misalignment but most ears will prick up when told about the costs that result. Hofmann has made a point of sale package to explain how misalignment can affect road handling and increase fuel consumption and consists of a three meter banner, two reception posters and 100 leaflets in a dispenser.


As good as new

Turbos from Honeywell
Published:  26 July, 2013

The Garrett Original Reman programme of turbos from Honeywell has been developed to OE specifications for many applications in co-operation with automotive manufacturers. The parts have been restored, recalibrated and rebalanced to offer independents 'seamless' integration with vehicle engines.


Injector buzz kit

Electronic injector test kit from Delphi
Published:  26 July, 2013

Delphi recently introduced an electronic injector test kit and injector solvent cleaner to make diagnosis and cleaning of their internal components simpler, without having to remove them from the vehicle.


Battery failure

Batteries from Banner
Published:  25 July, 2013

Premature battery failure is on the rise, say Banner Batteries, as the trade fails to convince motorists that low capacity budget batteries just won't cut it anymore due to the higher demands placed on them in modern cars.


Glow plug check

Glow plug analyser from Sealey
Published:  24 July, 2013

This Glow Plug Analyser from Sealey aids quick diagnosis of glow plug failure or degradation without disassembling the plug from the engine.


Scissor lift joins equipment range

Scissor lift from Tri-Sphere
Published:  23 July, 2013

This 3 tonne capacity scissor lift joins Tri-Sphere and has a range of safety features. The TS7-230 has twin hydraulically synchronised rams in each platform for a clear, safe working area. The up and down limiting switches are sensor/optically controlled which means there are no moving parts to maintain.


Essential data

AutoVista from Blue Print
Published:  22 July, 2013

AutoVista is a VRM-lead, technical data and parts catalogue system for all makes of vehicle. It is an online information source so is constantly being updated in order to provide up-to-date and accurate technical information.


OE compressors

Compressors from Denso
Published:  19 July, 2013

Forty-four new compressor references join Denso's aircon range - all are original equipment and are supplied as complete assemblies, pre-filled with the right amount of oil. Vehicles covered include the BMW 1, 3 and 5 Series, X3 and Z4, Alfa Mito, Fiat Grande Punto, Honda CR-V, Toyota Yaris II and more.


Entry tool upgrade

Diagnostic tool from Snap-on
Published:  18 July, 2013

The Ethos Plus from Snap-on is a new entry level diagnostic tool for technicians.


Filters for Asian marques

Mahle filters
Published:  17 July, 2013

Several new products join the Mahle Original range and Knecht oil, air, fuel and cabin filters for Korean and Japanese cars and light commercials.


Glow plug cleaner

Glow plug cleaner from Laser Tools
Published:  16 July, 2013

Glow plug seizures are common within the cylinder head and are partially due to carbon entering the glow plug bore. When replacing the plug you should clean out the aperture within the cylinder head, particularly around the area of the glow plug heater element tip.


Goodwood

Spitfire and 4x4 duel!

Range Rover launches Range Rover Sport in style at Goodwood
Published:  15 July, 2013

In the lead up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an unusual, and exceptionally British, duel took place to celebrate the 2014 Range Rover Sport's UK launch and took the form of a drag race between the 4x4 and a 1945 Spitfire fighter at the Goodwood estate. It was a photo finish - check out the video below...


Battery recyling

The 2014 Lucas Battery catalogue
Published:  15 July, 2013

The 2014 Lucas Battery catalogue is out now and Manbat has produced a range of point-of-sale material to inform customers about the range and its wide application.


Oil check

Engine oil from Comma
Published:  12 July, 2013

Engine oils in modern cars and LCVs must be re-filled and topped up with the engine specific oil, dictated by the vehicle's manufacturer. If you don't and things go wrong with the cat, diesel particulate filter, engine or the turbocharger, the fault may be traced back to the wrong oil being used, invalidating the warranty.


Free brake cleaner

Holts Brake Cleaner
Published:  10 July, 2013

The 600ml aerosol of Holts Brake Cleaner is said to be the star of its professional range, providing a powerful cleaning action with a high pressure spray (5 bars). The degreaser quickly removes brake dust, oil, silicone and grease on all types of ABS system.


Get set for summer

Sealey's summer workshop promotion
Published:  09 July, 2013

Hundreds of products are offered at discounted prices in Sealey's Summer Promotion - deals can be had on jacks, power tools, welders, compressors and a wide variety of workshop equipment.


Ignition coils added to line-up

Ignition coils from NGK
Published:  08 July, 2013

NGK UK has added a major new product range to its portfolio. The company, known for its original equipment-quality spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors, is introducing a range of ignition coils.


Performance tests

Padtech brake pads from Autoparts
Published:  05 July, 2013

A new promotional campaign for the Padtech brake pad has been launched by its exclusive distributor Autoparts and focuses on how the range's quality testing procedures exceed that of the ECE-R90 EU regulation.


Tackle misalignment

Wheel alignment manual from Autodata
Published:  04 July, 2013

The 2013 Wheel Alignment manual is now out from Autodata, helping techs carry out the quick, high-margin task of resetting a car's wheel alignment to manufacturer's specifications.


Try a different approach

Gear oil additive from Liqui Moly
Published:  02 July, 2013

Using gear oil additives will minimise hard shifting, friction and wear and tear, says Liqui Moly. Clearly, they cannot repair severe mechanical damage but the chemical tools are said to achieve good results in many cases, at little cost.


MOT failures

Unipart brakes
Published:  01 July, 2013

When replacing brake pads, Unipart says they should only be replaced in axle sets and the same applies to the discs which should be checked every time you replace the pads. Braking issues continue to affect MOT failure rates and although a vehicle's brakes are deemed safe on the day, if pads are wearing low, workshops need to ensure customers realise they will not be safe for the year ahead - giving garages an opportunity to up sell and get the customer back for repairs.


Diagnostic tool from Britpart

Land Rover diagnostic tool with Lynx, powered by Omitec
Published:  28 June, 2013

This Land Rover diagnostic tool has been developed by Britpart to find and help rectify common Land Rover electrical faults. The Lynx is powered by Omitec who build the T4 - the official Land Rover diagnostics tool. There is a multi-vehicle professional version and also a single model home-use version available. The Lynx tool is Windows based and runs on a Windows laptop or tablet so information is easier to digest than on a hand-held device. The Lynx will read and clear fault codes, read live data (and record for comparison), test actuators, reset service lights and perform programming tasks and more.


Digital radio kit from Celsus

Integrated digital radio receiver with internal antenna
Published:  27 June, 2013

This digital radio kit from Celsus comprises an integrated digital radio receiver with internal antenna which fits and operates through the steering controls. New car DAB fitment currently stands at 35%, from only 5% two years ago, and is expected to reach 50% this year. However, the vast majority of vehicles on the roads don't have it but there's a growing demand to retrofit and the recent DAB ATA route supports this trend. It is no longer an expensive upgrade for motorists and coverage is now very good, say Celsus. The kit comprises the 'black box' radio interface, antenna kit and universal power adaptor harness. A USB upgrade facility 'future-proofs' the Media DAB so enhanced services like traffic announcements can be activated.


Castrol challenge

Independents profit from oil
Published:  26 June, 2013

A trial programme in which participating workshops upsell advanced Castrol engine oils to customers is now underway. In a recent pilot involving 15 independent workshops, a third of customers upgraded to the product when given the choice and were happy spending an additional £15 to £25 on top of the basic service cost.


Diagnostic kit from Blue Print

G-Scan Asian kit
Published:  26 June, 2013

The G-Scan Asian kit has been available through official UK importer Blue Print for the last 12 months but now the same piece of kit (minus the pre-EOBD sockets) is available cheaper, in the form of the G-Scan Lite. If you mostly work on Asian vehicles from the year 2000 onwards, you'll make a decent saving over the full kit - if you need to buy other sockets in the future, these can be bought separately. A two-year warranty and two annual software updates are included in the package


Test lead kit from Mac Tools

Retractable test leads
Published:  25 June, 2013

A retractable test lead kit from Mac Tools has two retractable 15ft test leads that wind up into the central hub. These can handle up to ten amps when unwound and 6 amps while retracted. The probe end can be connected to any combination of the test probes, alligator clips or spring hooks supplied in the kit.


Diagnostic tool from EEC

Diesel Particulate Filters reset tool
Published:  24 June, 2013

The EEC Diesel Particulate Filters reset tool will regenerate DPFs, reset the EOLYS additive light, identify fault codes and perform a filter replacement function and static regeneration. The tool has been upgraded to work on popular Nissan models, including the Navara, Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and X-Trail vehicles. The tool was first introduced two years ago and now covers 283 vehicles from many marques, including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, VAG and Volvo. If you already have the tool you can use the EEC DPF reset tool update suite to get the latest applications as they are released.


Rotating electrics from Hella

Starters and alternators
Published:  21 June, 2013

Over 60 part numbers are offered in a new entry level range of remanufactured starters and alternators from Hella. The 'TiMEFiT' programme uses an OE core and is remanufactured to OE specifications. The company has chosen the most popular parts for cars and light commercials and includes parts in demand for older vehicles. Hella's Ian Dore comments: "The launch of TiMEFiT means we have a dual offer for the aftermarket. Alongside the existing premium yellow box products, TiMEFiT brings affordably priced remanufactured units to the market using OE core and remanufactured to OE specifications. The range is made possible due to the volume of re-manufacturing we undertake, together with massive improvements in the speed of the process used."



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