Software update release

Software version 36 from Texa
Published:  25 June, 2010

Texa has just released version 36 of its IDC3 software for cars, which includes new wiring diagrams for various marques including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, Peugeot, Seat, Volkswagen and VW.


ECP brings you to a halt

Pagid brake calipers from Euro Car Parts
Published:  25 June, 2010

rong>A comprehensive range of remanufactured Pagid brake calipers featuring brand new pistons and sliders are now supplied by Euro Car Parts. 


Compliant cats out of the bag

Fuel Parts maintains aggressive cat policy
Published:  25 June, 2010

As part of an aggressive expansion policy, Fuel Parts UK claims it is the only company offering a fully-approved Euro 4-compliant range of catalytic converters. The latest additions to its range include cats for the Fiat Bravo and Scudo from 2007 onwards together with the Volkswagen Eos from 2006 onwards.


Easier mountain your bike

Compact cycle carrier from Bosal
Published:  25 June, 2010

A few months ago, Aftermarket reported on the booming market for towbar installation work. Now, towbar manufacturer Bosal has come up with another potential aftermarket sales opportunity with its Compact bicycle carrier. The company claims there has been an explosion (not literally we hope, Ed) in the leisure cycling market. That means more people looking for ways to strap mountain bikes to their cars without breaking the law.


So let's get this straight

Ayce Systems offers alloy straightening solution
Published:  25 June, 2010

It looks like a horrible torture device but the latest product to roll out of Ayce Systems' headquarters is an alloy wheel-straightening machine. The number of scuffed and damaged alloys on the roads shows that wheels take a pounding on a daily basis (not helped by some people's inability to park without hitting the kerb). This product aims to correct the most severe cases of damage.


Werthers give EGS a lift

Euro Garage Solutions secures Werther lifting deal
Published:  18 June, 2010

Euro Garage Solutions (EGS) - the workshop equipment division of Euro Car Parts - has become the sole UK distributor of the Werther range of lifting equipment.


Cracking seal solution

Crack sealer offers exhaust system fix
Published:  18 June, 2010

rong>With motorists everywhere keen to save pennies, Agriemach has released an Exhaust System Joint & Crack Sealer to help cut repair costs.


Renewed paint partners

Spies Hecker strengthens GM partnership
Published:  18 June, 2010

General Motors has renewed its approval of paint company Spies Hecker's products for repair and refinish of its vehicles.


A lorra lorra lambda

Denso boss predicts sensor surge
Published:  18 June, 2010

STRICTER emissions controls will mean a rapidly-expanding market for lambda sensors, with added opportunities for garages and factors, says Denso aftermarket sales boss Paul Payne.


On course for fault skills

Oscilloscope training from Pico Technology
Published:  18 June, 2010

Pico Technology has announced more training dates to help repairers get the latest knowledge of scope-based fault-finding. The Pico courses are designed to take the fear out of oscilloscope diagnostics, guiding delegates through from the basic understanding of a scope, to the software interface and kit contents and then into the workshop to see the scope in action.


Frost tester gets plugged

Auto Current Tester from Frost
Published:  10 June, 2010

It looks like a calorie counter or pedometer but the Auto Current Tester from Frost is actually the latest gadget for making electrical checks on cars in your workshop.


Game for weld domination

GYS scoops award for welding game
Published:  10 June, 2010

Aftermarket couldn't resist the unusualness of the latest news from welding and battery charging company GYS. The company's online website game Master of Welding has been awarded the 2010 Prix Coup de Coeur marketing trophy. The award was presented at the French e-marketing awards for the best innovations in the field of digital marketing.


Bhp boost - torque to me!

Unichip offers power boost on Nissan 350Z
Published:  09 June, 2010

rong>Tuning firm Unichip Europe has unveiled a U-connect Unichip ECU for the Nissan 350Z. The plug-and-play device aims to boost power by 20 bhp and raise peak output from 264 to 284 bhp.


You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  08 June, 2010

With an eye on engine management, Bosch is reminding garages about the good margins to be made on lambda sensor replacement.


Triplewax works valet well!

Triplewax cooks up fresh car shampoo formula
Published:  07 June, 2010

Triplewax Car Shampoo has been revised and improved with a new formula. The company claims the result is a richer cleansing agent that offers "outstanding results" against modern day pollutants.


Wheely one-of-a-kind

Unique MAK Wheel from Yokohama
Published:  04 June, 2010

The Unique seen here, is the latest addition to the Italian-made MAK Wheels range, distributed in the UK by Yokohama HPT.


Bumpers, bars and bonnets

Classi Mini parts from Xpart
Published:  04 June, 2010

Parts firm XPart is launching a range of front and rear bumpers and bonnet bars for the classic Mini with what it claims is a more superior finish than ever.


Cool cat. parts are a breeze

2010 cooling catalogue from Gates
Published:  04 June, 2010

rong>The 2010 cooling catalogue from Gates includes everything from hoses to cooling accessories and provides for passengers cars to light commercials.


Tuning upgrade Discovery

Power upgrade option for Land Rover Discovery TDV6 from Superchips
Published:  04 June, 2010

Electronic tuning firm Superchips has released a so-called 'plug-and-go' remap for the popular 2.7 litre Land Rover Discovery TDV6.


Paint app. covers everything

Standox goes mobile with smart phone info
Published:  28 May, 2010

The full range of body shop and refinish information available on the Standox.co.uk website can now be accessed via mobile smart phone.


Wrench tool makes an impact

Micro cordless impact wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  28 May, 2010

A micro cordless impact wrench is the latest product to join the Snap-on Tools range of tools, tool storage and diagnostic kit. The 3/8" wrench provides 600in.lbs of torque, with 95lbs bolt breakaway torque, great for getting into restricted access areas. This makes it ideal for working under the dash or when removing interior components.


Sleek alignment lift

Hunter RX40 scissor lift from Pro-Align
Published:  28 May, 2010

Pro-Align are very proud to introduce what they call the 'King of all premium wheel alignment lifts'. The Hunter RX40 scissor lift promises increased productivity, saved labour costs and greater throughput due to a slick and streamlined wheel alignment process.


Simpler fault finder Launch

Auto Book from Launch UK
Published:  28 May, 2010

As mentioned in the news section of last month's Aftermarket, diagnostic firm Launch UK is stocking the Auto Book tool in a bid to attract business from workshops that want to venture into diagnostics without getting bogged down in the most advanced and complicated fault-finding techniques.


Tapley diagnostics go Global

Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation
Published:  28 May, 2010

If you are after fast diagnostics coupled with an easy to use programme, consider the Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation that can be used on both petrol and diesel engines.


Hose the daddy? Top clip pack

Hose clip workshop pack from Jubilee
Published:  21 May, 2010

The hose clip company has created a workshop pack which, as the name makes fairly obvious, is a collection of hose clips designed specially for workshops.


Bugs & tar get wiped out

Cleaning wipes from Tetrosyl
Published:  21 May, 2010

Three new CarPlan packet wipes join the existing range of car care products, designed for 'on-the-go, no fuss cleaning'.


New FAI box is a belt-er

Timing belt kits from FAI Automotive
Published:  21 May, 2010

Distributor FAI Automotive has attempted to revitalise its image with new packaging for its timing belt kits, sold under the FAI Auto Parts brand.


Bumper brake bulletin

Caliper update catalogue from Brake Engineering
Published:  21 May, 2010

The latest 2010 brake caliper catalogue is out now from Brake Engineering and, according to the company, it contains the widest range of calipers in the UK aftermarket.


On your bike with plugs

Motorbike spark plugs from NGK
Published:  21 May, 2010

Motorbike spark plugs are increasingly replicating their high-temperature cousins fitted to passenger cars, says NGK. The company says there is an on-going trend towards "hotter, automotive-style plugs" as the drive to reduce emissions hits motorbikes too. Hotter plugs can also enhance idle stability.


Lube for fuel efficiency

Low viscosity oil from ACDelco
Published:  14 May, 2010

A next generation, low viscosity synthetic engine oil for use in both petrol and diesel passenger cars joins ACDelco's existing range of synthetic, mineral and transmission gear oils.


Armed with wiper puller

Wiper arm puller from Laser Tools
Published:  14 May, 2010

This wiper arm puller has been designed to make your life that bit easier when faced with a wiper arm that won't budge.


Poster pump warning

Steering poster from Remy Automotive
Published:  14 May, 2010

This poster, available to workshops and factors, has been designed to remind technicians of the need to replace the steering rack and pump together. It can also be used to demonstrate to customers how to avoid unnecessary costs in the future.


Get equipped with SIP

Spring promotion from SIP
Published:  14 May, 2010

Deals on over 300 products can be found in the SIP Spring Promotion that runs until June 30th.


One stop part shop TecDoc

Improved search tool from TecDoc
Published:  14 May, 2010

The parts identification system has been updated to make it easier and quicker to find the right replacement part.


Wakey wakey, valves!

TPMS valve tool from TRW
Published:  07 May, 2010

A valve activation tool joins the TRW easycheck service range of tools, in preparation of all new cars to market from 2012 having Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS's) fitted as standard.


Riveting drill converter

Rivedrill from Frost
Published:  07 May, 2010

This device lets you convert a conventional cordless, electric or pneumatic drill into a blind rivet gun. Frost says it can set up to 14 rivets per minute - which is about twice what could be done using hand tools.


Recoil in delight at repair kit

Recoil thread repair kit from Alcoa Fastening Systems
Published:  07 May, 2010

The latest Pro XL Recoil kit contains a combined tap wrench and installation tool for repairing threads on wheel bolts, spark plugs, brake calipers, oil sumps and drain plugs.


'Andy cap to check service

Tamperproof caps from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 May, 2010

This tamperproof cap locks onto the existing dust cap of a R-134a system so if the vehicle returns to your workshop with the caps broken, you can then decide whether you trust the third party has serviced the system with the correct refrigerant, lubricant and additives.


Bin aligner and bag new one

Geolite wheel aligner from Snap-on
Published:  07 May, 2010

In a bid to convince you why you should invest in its new Geolite 3D wheel aligner, Snap-on did a bit of research into potential returns on investment.


Air con unit's a breeze

AC 2500 N9 air con unit from Tecalemit
Published:  30 April, 2010

Like all air con units from equipment firm Tecalemit, this fully-automatic air con service unit comes with a high-side coupler which incorporates a purge valve to ensure no refrigerant is lost to the atmosphere. As a result, it's fully compliant with the latest F-gas regulations.


Carlube? Well, oil be blowed!

Carlube oils from Tetrosyl
Published:  29 April, 2010

rong>The bods at Tetrosyl have obviously been busy recently with 3 new oils to choose from.


Make light work of safety

Lyra LED day and night lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  28 April, 2010

This latest light acts as a dual-function day and night lamp. It can be used as a Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) in the day and an extra styling lamp once darkness descends.


Power ahead with batteries

Varta batteries from Hella
Published:  27 April, 2010

Hella has extended its choice of Varta batteries for cars and commercial vehicles. The company now stocks Varta units alongside its own Hella Power range.


Thrills without the spills

Non-spill fuel spout from Easy-fill
Published:  26 April, 2010

Designed to prevent overfilling and wasted fuel from spills, this device automatically shuts off when the tank is full.


Strapped for Transit vans

Fused Transit battery-earth straps from Unipart
Published:  23 April, 2010

A choice of fused battery-earth straps for Ford Transits are now available from Unipart.  From 2000 to 2006, all Transits were fitted with a fused negative earth strap. This can easily blow if a van is started in gear or has a faulty starter motor causing too much current to flow. "As a result, all power is lost until the blow earth strap is replaced," says Unipart.


Easy to check with tool

Version 3 Easycheck software from TRW
Published:  23 April, 2010

The latest software is out now for TRW's hand-held service tool. It contains 235 new vehicle applications across 11 VMs ranging from Alfa Romeo and Fiat through to Renault and Volvo.


Spring has sprung for Sealey

Spring sales promotion from Sealey
Published:  23 April, 2010

rong>A wide choice of tools and special offers are available in tool company Sealey’s Spring Promotion catalogue, which is out now. Unlike previous years, the 2010 promotion has been extended until 31st May.


The whole kit and caboodle

Catalogue range extension from Draper Tools
Published:  23 April, 2010

Draper Tools has launched the 2010/11 edition of its main tools catalogue. The 724-page publication features more than 8,000 product lines and is available in a handy A5 format, as well as the traditional A4 size.


Tester feels the pressure

Fuel pressure test kits from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  23 April, 2010

The company is enhancing its choice of test kits with 6 new units added to the range. The most common is the 30855 version designed for European cars.


Stock up on big Macs

Mega Macs version 36 software from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  16 April, 2010

Asian coverage, including Honda and Hyundai, are at the centre of this latest update for Hella Gutmann Solutions' (HGS) Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools.



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