Testing times for batteries

Battery tester from Bosch
Published:  26 February, 2016

The ability to test a battery when a car comes into your workshop could mean an additional sale or a satisfied customer who can see you are doing more than what you are asked. The portable battery tester BAT 131 from Bosch is perfectly suitable for testing 6V and 12V starter batteries (lead-acid, gel and AGM batteries). The cold cranking current can be set as required between 100A and 2000A according to the standards CCA, JIS, SAE, EN, DIN and IEC. The load free test procedure provides fast, precise and reliable measurement results. The battery tester has a robust housing specially designed for workshop requirements. The enhanced user interface enables simple and intuitive operation.


Eco warriors

Ferodo Eco-Friction brake pads from Federal-Mogul
Published:  25 February, 2016

Ferodo Eco-Friction brake pads are now fitted on the new Audi A4, further enhancing the OE approval of its new braking technology.


Maintaining standards

Battery charger and support unit from CTEK
Published:  22 February, 2016

With 1 in 4 vehicles arriving in the workshop with a battery problem it's more important than ever to ensure that the battery is supported if you are undertaking repairs, testing electrical circuits, carrying out diagnostic procedures, flash programming ECUs or programming vehicle keys. Using a battery support unit will protect the battery against failure, saving technician time, insuring against costly programming failures and preventing possible costly damage to the ECU.


A fluid MOT

Brake fluid from Comma
Published:  18 February, 2016

Despite it being one of the most safety-critical vehicle components, brake fluid - specifically the temperature-tested condition of brake fluid - is completely ignored in the annual MOT test. While this surprising omission has never been satisfactorily explained by the DVSA, nationwide research initiated by Comma and conducted through independent workshops showed that the brake fluid in over half (52%) of the cars tested at 200°C or less and therefore needed replacement sooner rather than later in order to restore full braking efficiency. Most disturbingly, nearly a third (29%) had a potentially lethal temperature reading of 181°C or less and needed immediate brake fluid replacement.


The football tyre

Chelsea branded tyres from Yokohama Rubber Company
Published:  15 February, 2016

The Chelsea FC Edition of the BluEarth-A AE50 tyre is a specially-branded version of Yokohama's successful environmental product aimed at fans of the English football Club. It follows the announcement prior to the start of this football season, of the partnership between Yokohama Rubber Company and Chelsea FC, which saw the Japanese manufacturer become the 'Official shirt partner' of the premiership team.


The can can

Brake cleaner from Holts
Published:  11 February, 2016

General build-up of elements such as dirt, grease, and grime, can work together to significantly affect braking performance. To ensure the longevity of brakes it is crucial to keep up maintenance and this starts with making sure they are thoroughly cleaned.


Use the force

Hand tools from Red 5
Published:  08 February, 2016

When it comes to tools, using the force can quite literally be the case. Yet for the Star Wars fan, especially with the new trilogy already underway, there is now a multi-tool that can be carried in the pocket and used around the workshop.


Torqueing up

Digital torque ratchets from Laser Tools
Published:  04 February, 2016

These new digital torque ratchets from Laser Tools are designed to secure fasteners that need to be tightened to lower torque figures and when therefore over-tightening is a real risk. Smaller in length than a full sized torque wrench, they give a convenient and functional solution to this risk of over-tightening.


Quality hoses

Turbo Hoses from First Line
Published:  01 February, 2016

Alongside its premium quality First Line Turbo Hoses, the First Line Group (FLG) has now introduced a set of replacement pressure hoses for the diesel particulate filter (DPF) on the Ford Mondeo IV, as they are prone to premature failure.


The right information

Batteries from Manbat
Published:  31 January, 2016

The ability to verify the battery you need to fit to a vehicle is increasingly important, with manufacturers adding to their support in this area to help technicians save time and money.


Get your heating on

Induction tool from SIP
Published:  30 January, 2016

The ability to remove suborn rusted parts or metallic components can often require the use of a heat inductor. SIP Industrial Products have therefore released their new Induction Tool (06434) to aid technicians in such circumstances.


Jump to it

Power starter from Sealey
Published:  29 January, 2016

Sealey's new 12V Electrostart Batteryless Power Starter, the E/START600 does exactly what it says on the case. It does not use a conventional lead acid or lithium battery to provide its power, instead relying on ultracapacitors and some clever patented electronics which maximise a discharged battery's voltage.


Fuel reduction through lubrication

Lubricants from Fuchs
Published:  28 January, 2016

Lubricant manufacturer FUCHS has released a new engine oil which it claims can reduce fuel consumption by around 4%.


Glow plugs now in at ECP

Glow plugs from ECP
Published:  27 January, 2016

Euro Car Parts now stocks a new range of aftermarket glow plugs by European original equipment manufacturer, Hidria.


Braking the barriers

Braking range from Comline
Published:  26 January, 2016

Following on from a successful 2015 in which it was names as one of '1,000 Companies to Inspire Britain' by the London Stock Exchange for a second year, Comline has hit the ground running this year with a total of 23 new additions to its ever-evolving braking range.


Making an impact

Butterfly impact wrench from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  25 January, 2016

Chicago Pneumatic has launched a new butterfly impact wrench as part of its new series of ultra-compact vehicle service air tools. The wrench is lightweight and 15% smaller than its predecessor, offering technicians access and manoeuvrability in tight spaces. The mini butterfly impact wrench has been added to Chicago Pneumatic's portfolio in response to user demand for smaller, lighter tools ideal for transmission and engine repair works, body panels, oil pans, ignitions, motorcycle repair and vehicle seats.


No more winter woes

Batteries from Hella
Published:  24 January, 2016

Winter months have traditionally placed far more pressure on a vehicle electrical system and the battery in particular. Today's modern cars now have twice as many electric motors, systems and technologies than a decade ago including electric seats, power windows, electric handbrake and most recently, stop/start technology. All place far more pressure on the electrical system and ultimately on the battery.


Brembo comes to the Euros

Brembo range of premium brake pads and discs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  22 January, 2016

Euro Car Parts has announced that it will stock a full range of premium brake pads and discs by braking system manufacturer Brembo.


Grinding gears

Composite angle grinder from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  19 January, 2016

Chicago Pneumatic has unveiled its first composite angle grinder for the vehicle service market. The new CP75XX series boasts a powerful 1.1HP (840W) governed motor, providing a high material removal rate enabling users to reduce the time taken to complete their tasks. The new series is available in 4-inch, 4.5-inch and 5-inch grinding wheels, cutting wheels, flap wheels; providing users with added versatility to best suit their application.


Simple diagnostics

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  15 January, 2016

Sometimes we can forget that the simple things in life are the best. The Bosch OBD 100 is such an example, a simple diagnostic code reader that offers the ability to display the information you need without plugging in your bulky tools.


Safety in compression

Coil springs can be dangerous as Butts of Bawtry explain
Published:  27 November, 2015

A vehicle coil spring is a dangerous object in its compressed state. Coil Spring compressors have to develop over 1000 kilos of force to compress a spring, while the same amount of energy is contained in the spring itself. If released in an unrestrained way it can be very dangerous.



Quality is an assurance

Borg & Beck testing aids problem resolutions
Published:  25 November, 2015

Due to the demands on the system and time now required to fit a replacement clutch, more than ever, quality is paramount. Quality is the foundation principle for the First Line Group (FLG) and its Borg & Beck Clutch programme, which is why it has invested in a testing facility to ensure that quality is guaranteed across the range.


Iridium is the key

New spark plugs from Denso
Published:  23 November, 2015

Denso has launched the Iridium TT spark plug, featuring what the company claims is the highest concentration of iridium of any product on the market. The technology combines the world's smallest diameter centre electrode, at 0.4mm, with a needle-like 0.7mm platinum ground electrode.


Alignment approval

Three manufacturers approve the Hunter Hawkeye Elite TD
Published:  20 November, 2015

The top of the range Hunter HawkEye Elite TD wheel alignment system is set to help boost business at even more workshops around the UK after its integrated wheel clamp and TD targets received fully approved status from three of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers, including the latest approval from Mercedes-Benz. With the need to meet such exacting standards the Hunter Elite TD therefore not only meets but also exceeds the minimum standards specified by most other OEMs.


Thinning properties

New capabilities in a thinner package from Snap-on
Published:  18 November, 2015

Diagnostic tool provider Snap-on has launched the Solus Edge, which aims to give technicians new capabilities. The tool comes with SureTrack, a comprehensive source of expert knowledge that combines diagnostic experience, repair timesavers and verified parts replacement records harvested from millions of successful repair orders.


Three levels of power

Varta's Trio range has something for everyone
Published:  02 September, 2015

Older cars tend to have battery problems but even current models with Stop/Start technology can fail if not properly maintained, says Johnson Controls, manufacturers of the VARTA range of batteries.


ATL for new MOT system

Tablet-driven test lane from Snap-on
Published:  25 June, 2015

This tablet-driven test lane has been devised by Snap-on to help workshops prepare for the MOT changes due to take place in September. The automated test lane is connected wirelessly to the new web-based DVSA system via the tablet, which acts as the driver for the brake and emissions tests so you can receive live readings and enter the results without leaving the vehicle.


Easy set up

Contact-free wheel alignment from Bosch
Published:  25 June, 2015

Contact-free wheel alignment is here with the FWA 9000 from Bosch. It measures all four wheels simultaneously and within seconds it provides quick values for camber and toe. There's no tyre clamps so there's no set-up time and no potential damage to wheel rims either.


A code in the hand

Code reader from Bosch
Published:  11 June, 2015

The fault code reader is always a useful tool for a quick diagnosis of vehicle issues, especially those where the MIL illuminates. The Bosch OBD 150 is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand but detailed enough to help find problems. Working to EOBD standards, both units are easy to use, provide exhaust relevant diagnostic data, display and allow fault codes to be reset. The OBD 150 supports all ten OBD modes, provides a comprehensive trouble-shooting function and displays graphical representation of actual values via a multi-line display. In addition, the OBD 150 can receive firmware updates via its USB port. We had a unit in to test and it is simple yet detailed, providing enough information to solve common issues or provide a first-step to a detailed diagnostic check.


Individually tested air mass meters

Published:  01 June, 2015

A new range of the latest generation Intermotor and Fuel Parts air mass meters are now available from Standard Motor Products Europe. These provide their output signal to the ECU by pulse width modulation rather than analogue voltage, meaning the signal is less susceptible to electrical noise. They feature a fast response, thin film sensor and use a micro-processor to produce a consistent and reliable output. New applications include the Vauxhall Corsa D and Vauxhall Vectra C, Saab 9-5, Fiat 500, Ford Ka and many more. All SMPE air mass meters are individually tested and calibrated at the point of manufacture - an individual test report confirming the calibration data and serial number, comes with each unit. Full application details can be found on all third party electronic catalogues including TecCat and MAM Autocat+.


Diagnostics in the palm of your hand

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  30 April, 2015


Robust ABS

ABS sensors from Mobiletron
Published:  29 April, 2015

Over 60 ABS sensors join Mobiletron’s programme of electronic products, each is supplied with full fitting instructions and a two-year warranty.


Clean filters to keep the cabin fresh

Filters from K&N Filters
Published:  17 April, 2015

Washable, and therefore re-usable, cabin air filters are said to be the first of its kind and are available from K&N Filters.


Greater service life

Bilstein's B8 range of damper upgrades
Published:  16 April, 2015

Bilstein’s B8 range of damper upgrades have been created to provide more damping capability, improved handling and reduced squat and dive on a wide range of recent 1,2,3 and 4 series BMW models.


Graphical battery analyser

Battery analyser from Ring Automotive
Published:  08 April, 2015

The RBAG700 is a new 12V graphical battery analyser with printer from Ring. It’s designed to be easier and quicker than others by using a graphical interface to help techs diagnose faults more easily. The microprocessor control analyses and tests battery capacity without applying a load, providing fast, accurate results on batteries up to 1,700CCA. The unit will store up to 80 test results at any time so a large workshop can test a number of vehicles before downloading full reports. Test results can be printed there and then on the integrated printer.


Service in style

Work wear from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  07 April, 2015

The Lee Cooper range of industrial workwear can now be purchased through Alba Diagnostics. The clothing is made from lightweight, breathable, stretch fabrics which are practical in the workshop and have retained some style for the fashion-conscious technician.


Take up turbo potential

Turbos from Mahle
Published:  02 April, 2015

Around 80% of all new cars this year will feature turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, highlighting a massive opportunity for workshops now and in the coming years as the trend for turbocharging continues to better economy and performance.


Re-designed range of pumps for used vehicles

HD water pump range from Meyle
Published:  01 April, 2015

Six HD water pumps for various diesel and petrol VAG models are available from Meyle and feature a Silicon carbide seal mechanical seal as the sealing ring plays a vital role in the durability of a water pump.


Strength in numbers

Filters from Comline
Published:  31 March, 2015

A further 62 part numbers, incorporating 21 filters, 25 brake discs and 16 hub assembly kits, join Comline’s 7,500–strong product range.


Cutting dead space

Engine management components from Denso
Published:  26 March, 2015

The number of engine management components available from Denso is set to increase with a range of cam and crank sensors, as well as further additions to its MAF sensor and fuel pump ranges for popular models.


Tap into live data

Brain Bee diagnostics from Boston
Published:  25 March, 2015

The b-Touch ST-9000 diagnostic tool is Boston’s flagship product, produced in Italy by Brain Bee.


Manage workflow

Simple system improves efficiency
Published:  23 March, 2015

The status of all work within a workshop can be seen at a glance using the T Cards system and this workflow management tool is now available online. T Cards Online enables several different users to log on at any time to view the current status of each job.


Even out discs

Brake lathe from Pro-Cut
Published:  09 March, 2015

Winter conditions can take its toll on brakes, causing corrosion, uneven disc surfaces or some run-out which results in brake judder. Workshops would traditionally offer to change just the brake pads or change both pads and discs but Pro-Cut points out a third option which provides a cheaper and better service to the customer - brake disc skimming. The Pro-Cut brake lathe should be used when only the pads need changing as a light skim is said to return worn discs to their as-new condition within minutes. No bedding-in in needed, there will be no squeals or disc corrosion and the components will last longer as the two perfectly flat surfaces won't overheat.


Eye-catching discs

Brakes from Meyle
Published:  06 March, 2015

The latest generation of Meyle's Platinum discs incorporate a UV paint finish giving better anti-corrosion protection and adding to the brake discs' appearance. It repels brake dust and the protective surface means that discolouring chemicals in rim cleaners do not need to be used. No oil film is needed to protect the surface of the disc which results in a quicker installation. Most of the Platinum Disc kits come with the locating screw included, saving further time and hassle. Meyle TV on YouTube features the Meyle Mechanics tackling various repairs and servicing tasks including brake disc replacement and how to correctly measure wheel hub and brak disc lateral run-out.


Give diesels a helping hand

Diesel cleaner from Liqui Moly
Published:  05 March, 2015

Soot is a common problem for diesel engines and older vehicles may struggle to pass the emissions test during an MOT because of it so Liqui Moly suggests using its Pro-Line Diesel System Cleaner in this instance. The concentrated treatment has been developed to remove chemical deposits from the fuel system, injection nozzles and combustion chamber. The can is poured into the fuel tank and gets to work after a few miles, dissolving deposits while the fuel is burnt and according to Liqui Moly, this results in the engine regaining its original power, fuel efficiency and exhaust gas values. It also protects against corrosion and minimises the effects of w


A look into the future

Diesel range from Denso
Published:  04 March, 2015

Replacement parts such as spark plugs and alternators may come to mind when you think of Denso but the firm is keen to emphasise its extensive range of diesel parts also available to the aftermarket. Denso has been making injection pumps since 1957 and was the first company to introduce 2,000 bar diesel common rail technology in 1995 and a 2,500 bar system came along in 2013. It supplies fuel injection pumps and diesel injectors, with a total of 100 part numbers for CR pumps and injectors covering at least 329 applications. Diesel fuel filters and suction control valves are also available. Looking ahead, Denso is working on a 3,000 bar common rail system. Other innovations include a similar size but more efficient fuel pump and redesigned components and new materials to further improve performance and reduce the diesel's impact on the environment.


Making life easier

Tools from First Line
Published:  03 March, 2015

The latest fiting tool from First Line is a freewheeling pulley removal and refitting kit to help with the growing number of alternators which have such a pulley. The Borg & Beck 18-piece kit combines a number of of specialist sockets for use with ½" or 3/8" drive wenches, tackling familiar Bosch, Marelli and Valeo units as well as the latest Fiat and Renault models too.


The rise in winter rubber

Hunter tyre changer from Pro-Align
Published:  02 March, 2015

The fully automated Hunter Revolution tyre changer is said to effortlessly change tyres, regardless of size or type, in the same way and in the same amount of time - helping to minimise damage to tyres, rims and TPMS sensors. The unit is exclusively available through Pro-Align and can help workshops protect motorists' tyres this spring when they switch back from winter to summer tyres. "Historically, there has been little appetite for winter tyres in the UK which meant that when workshops were removing tyres, they were normally being scrapped so it didn't matter if the tyres were damaged in the process." explains MD Paul Beaurain. "However, now that there's been quite a sizeable growth in the winter tyre market, workshops need to ensure that they do not cause any damage when removing and refitting tyres. With its fully automated process, the Revolution can help greatly with this."


Quality stamp

Clutches from Comline
Published:  27 February, 2015

A three year, or 36,000 mile, warranty is available on all Comline products, with the exception of service items such as filters. This is down to its confidence in product quality - spokesman Malcolm Rosher says: "We want the aftermarket to appreciate the quality that we have to offer. Putting the warranty stamp right there on the box will instantly communicate our quality promise and ensure the confidence we have in our product is also shared by motor factors and mechanics alike." A new returns and warranty process is now being actioned to cover its programme of over 7,500 parts. Any product deemed faulty by a mechanic and returned will be thoroughly inspected as part of a zero-tolerance policy.


Direct fit blades

Wiper blades from Trico
Published:  26 February, 2015

It can be difficult to have the right amount of stock when it comes to making a reasonable profit from replacement wipers, so Trico has simplified the stocking requirements with its Exact Fit Factory Replacement Centre range of wiper blades. The range fits 99% of the European car parc and is a direct fit with no adaptors required. The blade programme is supported with promotional material, including a counter top easel to display examples of the Exact Fit range.



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