Ring: Bulb wall chart

Published:  16 August, 2019

Ring has issued a quick-reference wall chart for 6V and 12V bulbs. The chart features images, ECE references, dimensions, technical drawings and part numbers for over 600 replacement bulbs.  
    
The chart also includes information about Ring’s xenon HID range, which features well-established references as well as the newer D5 bulb that is now being fitted on a growing number of vehicles. Research from Ring suggests that xenon HIDs should be replaced every three years, to prevent a drop in light output and maintain visibility for drivers.
    
Ring’s Vehicle Lighting Product Manager Matthew Flaherty said: “The chart gives a quick reference guide for a wide range of bulb references. We’ve included some of the newest bulbs now being fitted to vehicles, including up to date HID references and the latest in performance upgrades. Our aim is to help technicians identify the correct replacement and offer potential upgrades, so that they can give their customers the best bulb for their vehicle with up to date information and options.”

To order the chart, call Ring’s UK Customer Service Team on 0113 213 7389 quoting part number CAT1248


Illegal Refrigerants: Why risk it?

Published:  09 August, 2019

Honeywell is urging garages to make sure they don’t source illegal refrigerants when dealing with air con systems this summer.
    
“Air conditioning is by far the most popular at-cost optional extra for UK car owners and drivers, “said Lee Hermitage, Marketing Director, Honeywell Fluorine Products Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It is not only a comfort perk – it is more often considered a safety feature, too. And rightfully so, since air conditioning can prevent drowsiness and help keep drivers alert. That all is good news for UK garages, because the more air conditioning units are in cars on British roads, the more maintenance they will require.For air conditioning to work, the system has to use a refrigerant and these refrigerants are subject to some pretty tough environmental requirements policed by the Environment Agency to limit emissions from air conditioning units in cars.”
    
Since January 2017, all new vehicles must be equipped with a low global-warming-potential refrigerant. In most cases this is R-1234yf. However, older vehicles are still equipped with R-134a.
    
Lee continued: “The first step when servicing car’s air conditioning system, is therefore to understand which refrigerant it contains, since it is illegal to service R-1234yf systems with R-134a.”
    
It is also essential to check if the product has been legitimately placed on the market: “Counterfeiting or smuggling are not words usually used when talking about refrigeration,” said Lee. “However, they became a reality of the industry lately. In the European Union, illegal products are estimated to make up 20% of the refrigeration market and create 20 million MT of CO2 a year – equivalent to the emissions of four million cars. According to the Environmental Investigation Agency’s study, 72% of users have been offered refrigerant in non-returnable containers, a clear sign of the refrigerant being illegal.
    
“With illegal products, users do not know what refrigerant really is in the container. Such unknown mixtures can represent a health hazard for technicians working with these refrigerants. An illegal product can also impact the performance of the air-conditioning system, ranging from increasing the fuel consumption to damaging the air-conditioning compressor.
    
There are consequences: “Being found to be in possession of these illegal products may mean fines are imposed and it may result in custodial sentences. While there is a lot of risk associated with illegal refrigerants, there are steps a business can take to make sure they never use these products.”


DENSO adds reset to e-Videns

Published:  05 August, 2019

DENSO's e-Videns vehicle inspection tool has been enhanced with vehicle reset functionality. The solution now features options for service interval resets and diagnostic trouble code resets.
    
Gerard Magielsen, DENSO Senior Engineer, commented: “DENSO's e-Videns solution can now perform a service interval reset (SIR) and a diagnostic trouble code reset (DTCR). The SIR can be manual or automatic, depending on the make and model of the vehicle and includes service time and mileage, oil time and mileage, brake and MOT. Diagnostic trouble code reset functionality enables technicians to quickly and easily reset the check engine light, with e-Videns rescanning all vehicle systems to confirm the codes have been reset. Available when the reset license is activated and e-Videns inspection results are saved, a vehicle reset stores all relevant servicing information in the cloud, printing data in both customer and repairer reports. A reset is required on most vehicles following maintenance work.
    
“DENSO first released e-Videns last year, providing the aftermarket with an end-to-end vehicle health check tool, integrating driver interview, system scanning, health check and a comprehensive vehicle inspection. The tool scans all available vehicle systems for error codes and monitors live engine data under various operating conditions. This information is then compared with reference data within the DENSO cloud to help technicians identify abnormalities and pre-empt potential issues.“
    
Gerard added: “The ability for e-Videns to trigger a service interval reset and a diagnostic trouble code reset not only gives independent technicians access to technology based on OE products, but will also help them boost efficiency when working with all types of vehicle.”

Further details are available via www.denso-am.co.uk


TPS – New oils launch

Published:  12 August, 2019

TPS has increased its oil offering with four new products added to its Quantum oil range. Among the new oils launched is Quantum Platinum Plus 23 5W-30, a high-performance engine oil designed for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.  Meeting both ACEA C2, C3 and with OEM approvals, it covers an extensive range of applications that includes Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, SEAT, ŠKODA, Vauxhall (GM) and Volkswagen. The Quantum Platinum Plus 23 5W-30 offers various benefits including improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. It also provides excellent wear protection and can be used for extended service intervals.For packaging options, the Quantum Platinum Plus 23 5W-30 oil is available in both the 5 litre CUBE and the 20 litre CUBE pack size. The CUBE is 100% recyclable with a mild detergent rinse of the inner bag, is easy to store and has a controlled anti-glug pour, resulting in minimum waste and spills.

TPS.Trade/Strength-to-Strength


LIQUI MOLY: Top Tec

Published:  30 July, 2019

As is increasingly common across the car parc, the latest car engines from Mercedes-Benz require special lubrication. The Top Tec 6300 0W-20 from LIQUI MOLY is one of the first oils to be officially approved by the manufacturer for its vehicles. The current E-Class models require this oil, as do several models in the C and S-Class. These include diesel vehicles as well as petrol and hybrid vehicles. Top Tec 6300 is officially approved by Mercedes (MB 229.71).
www.liqui-moly.com


Multivis ECO VB 0W-20

Published:  23 July, 2019

Multivis ECO VB 0W-20 is a high performance fully-synthetic engine oil formulated to cope with the demands of OEMs requiring low viscosity engine oils. The product is particularly suited to vehicles from the Volkswagen Audi Group. The product uses a combination of synthetic base fluids and an advanced additive system to provide a balanced lubricant that delivers friction reduction, component protection and fuel efficiency. Multivis ECO VB 0W-20 contributes to overall fuel efficiency and circulates rapidly from cold. Strong oil film protects at high temperatures and under arduous workloads. The product also ensures a high level of component cleanliness and operational efficiency.

www.morrislubricants.co.uk


Textar Cera Tec

Published:  19 July, 2019

Textar Cera Tec is a copper-free brake lubricant. Copper grease cannot withstand high temperatures and stop pads from moving freely within the system. This in turn causes drag and premature wear. It can also react with steel and aluminium, increasing corrosion between these two metals, should contact occur. In addition, as copper is conductive, the presence of the metal in the braking system can interfere with the magnetic sensors found within a car’s ABS and electronics. This could cause the ABS to malfunction, leading to issues with warning lights, or potential wheel locking. The best way to avoid these issues is to ensure that you are using a copper-free grease that complements a vehicle’s brakes, such as Textar’s Cera Tec.

textar.com


Havoline

Published:  16 July, 2019

Chevron Lubricants has launched two new low viscosity lubricants. Texaco Havoline ProDS MG SAE 0W-20 is specifically designed for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and GM Europe vehicles. It is suitable for use in direct and indirect injection petrol engines, in petrol engines equipped GPFs and in direct injection diesel engines with DPFs. Texaco Havoline ProDS VB SAE 0W-20 is designed to meet the specifications of the latest generation models of the VAG Group. It is suitable for use in direct and indirect injection petrol engines, and in direct injection diesel engines with gas post-treatment systems using DPFs.  

www.havoline.com


JLM Professional DPF Cleaning Kit

Published:  12 July, 2019

Developed for the trade, the JLM Professional DPF Cleaning Kit enables a workshop to clean and regenerate a blocked filter in less than two hours without removing it from the vehicle. It comprises a toolkit which connects directly to the workshop air supply. A powerful two stage clean and flush fluid pack rapidly breaks up the trapped particulates which prepares the filter to enable full regeneration. This is quicker and more cost effective than removing the DPF for third party offsite cleaning. Minimal fuss and maximum results mean workshops can keep their DPF business in-house.

www.kalimex.co.uk


WPS500X pressure transducer

Published:  04 July, 2019

The WPS500X pressure transducer from Pico offers the functions of a compression gauge, fuel pressure gauge, oil pressure gauge, boost pressure gauge, and vacuum gauge.  It also combines the cylinder leakage, injector back leakage and coolant pressure testers into one convenient device. The WPS500X allow users to witness and record rapid events in all the corresponding tests with unprecedented detail. This means technicians can diagnose engine mechanical faults, in a non-invasive matter, in minutes rather than hours, without the need to strip components.


LIQUI MOLY: Cera Tec

Published:  03 July, 2019

LIQUI MOLY Cera Tec reduces fuel consumption and makes the engine run smoother. There are oil additives based on a chemical wear protection and oil additives based on physical wear protection. LIQUI MOLY Cera Tec combines both approaches. The minute ceramic particles are a highly effective solid lubricant, tiny enough to easily pass the oil filter and strong enough to protect it effectively. They are more resistant to pressure and high temperatures than PTFE. Cera Tec should be added immediately following an oil change and is effective for 30,000 miles.
www.liqui-moly.com


WIN with Pro-Align

Published:  26 June, 2019

ro-Align wants you to stay cool in the workshop this summer, which is why the company is giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win a branded Pro-Align T-shirt. If you win, you can stay out of the heat, and promote the benefits of wheel alignment at the same time. What could be better than that?


EEC: 6 in 1 Petrol Solution

Published:  26 June, 2019

EEC has launched its 6 in 1 petrol solution to complement its 6 in 1 DPF (Diesel) solution. The 6 in 1 petrol solution has been designed to keep fuel injectors, inlet/exhaust valves, turbos, EGR valves and glow plugs carbon-free, as well as to reduce smoking.           Each bottle can be used for over 400 litres of fuel, with each 25ml ’shot’ increasing power and acceleration, cleaning the engine system, lowering emissions and combating the corrosion effect from ethanol (E10) fuels. The product will also help motorists with older and classic cars who could suffer from the corrosion issues should E10 green-petrol biofuel be introduced in the next few years, as well as unleaded fuel which already contains up to 5% ethanol.
www.eurocats.co.uk


Ring: Brighter xenon HIDs

Published:  24 June, 2019

Ring’s new range of xenon HID upgrade bulbs put up to 100% more light on the road compared with a standard xenon HID, which means improved visibility,  making it easier to see hazards. This also reduces eye strain, and, when combined with the high colour temperature of xenon HIDs, gives excellent reflections from signs and road markings. Ring advises that xenon HID bulbs should be replaced every three years, as the light output drops gradually over time. As the bulbs will still illuminate and appear white, this may not be noticed by the driver. Xenon HID bulbs should also always be replaced in pairs to ensure a colour match between the headlamps.
www.ringautomotive.com/en/hids


OSRAM ORIGINAL

Published:  21 June, 2019

The ORIGINAL12V range of headlight and auxiliary bulbs are used in millions of new cars from vehicle manufacturers, whether as standard initial original equipment or original spare parts. Vehicles are fitted with OSRAM Original Equipment (OE) bulbs because they last up to three times longer than non-OE bulbs, they are brighter throughout their lifetime and often give a tighter focused light with an improved cut off, reducing glare to oncoming drivers. They are also constructed with high precision materials and are vibration tested.
www.osram.co.uk/am


Launch UK: New battery tester system

Published:  19 June, 2019

Launch UK has introduced a new BST-860 battery tester system. The BST-860 is suitable for testing 6 V, 12 V and 24 V batteries, as well as the Stop/Start battery and other related electrical systems, and comes with an integrated thermal printer. The battery test provides a result within three seconds, with a clear ‘Good’ or ‘To replace’ command. With an in-built calibration system, the device’s features include simultaneous detection of the battery and circuit system, a USB port that can export service records and a support automatic temperature compensation function.
www.launchtech.co.uk


Klarius – New exhausts added

Published:  13 June, 2019

Klarius Product's latest new-to-range additions include items for popular hatchbacks, crossovers, MPVs and light commercial vans, including the Nissan Note 1.5 (2013-). New emission control parts include an exhaust system for the Vauxhall Zafira 2.0. Meanwhile, the Nissan Qashqai 1.5, the Renault Kadjar and the Ford Kuga 2.0 all gain replacement exhausts for the latest models. The Ford Focus 1.5 and the Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (2008-2013) are also covered, with the Ford Transit Connect 1.5 and 1.6 rounding off the new exhaust selection.
www.klarius.eu


Absolute Alignment – CV wheel aligner

Published:  10 June, 2019

Absolute Alignment has an all-new manufacturer approved Bluetooth commercial vehicle wheel aligner, for use on most vehicles, available now. This is the only Bluetooth wheel alignment equipment currently available, in this country, that can perform four wheel alignment on every car and truck that may enter a workshop. The direct contact charging and calibration system allows the whole alignment package to be cable free to help maintain a safe workshop environment. Extra-long front alignment heads enable its use on both commercial vehicles and passenger cars, with the software allowing for unlimited axles. The unit comes also with the latest graphics programme and lightweight long-life measuring heads with a metal chassis to ensure durability. Fast fitting, easily removable clamps attach the heads securely to each wheel without damaging either the rim or the tyre.
www.absolutealignment.co.uk


Snap-on diagnostic software upgrade

Published:  04 June, 2019

Snap-on has released a new diagnostic software upgrade. Much of the new coverage relates to ADAS systems. Examples of the additions include adaptive cruise control modules on several Alfa Romeo and Fiat models, blind spot monitoring for Hyundai, Land Rover and Mazda variants, Vauxhall Mokka parking assistance and lane keep assist on several Renault and Lexus vehicles. The new ADAS coverage is on top of the wide range of new vehicles and systems added in the latest upgrade. Purchasing the update also back-fills technicians’ tools with all of the information from each previous Snap-on release, bringing the capability to deal with late-model and older vehicles alongside support for facing the new challenges coming into the workshop each day. ZEUS and VERUS Edge users will also benefit from improved management and storage of vehicle photos and diagnostic screenshots, along with faster access on their units to recently-scanned vehicles. Users of the Snap-on ZEUS, SOLUS Edge, MODIS Edge and Ultra platforms, and the VERUS and VERDICT family of products, also get exclusive access to SureTrack with the upgrade.
diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/software


Comline brake pads for Insignia

Published:  31 May, 2019

Comline‘s references CBP32371 and CBP32384 are front and rear brake pads servicing the Vauxhall Insignia (2017 -). Developed using Comline’s bespoke NAM112A friction compound and featuring the brand’s rubber-metal-rubber (RMR) multi-layer composite shim, these are offered as part of the brand's comprehensive range of R90 approved friction products, which caters for over 95% of the European, Japanese and Korean vehicle parc. CBP32371 and CBP32384 are in stock and available for immediate delivery.
www.comline.uk.com


WIN with DAYCO

Published:  28 May, 2019

Dayco has some fantastic beanie hats and work gloves available for five lucky readers of Aftermarket, but they want to make sure the recipients are checking the condition of the auxiliary belt every time a vehicle enters the premises.


MEYLE-PD brake pads

Published:  28 May, 2019

With its new MEYLE-PD brake pads, MEYLE is aiming to reduce the noise emission of its performance-oriented brake pads to a minimum. In total, 350 MEYLE-PD brake pads for passenger cars have been technically enhanced. In addition to the friction material, the design of the brake pad surface has also been adapted. The chamfers and slots of the friction pad have been aligned to the different vehicles. In addition, the new MEYLE PD brake pads come with individual shims, providing greater vibration isolation and thus further minimise noise generation.
www.meyle.com


New starter in AS-PL offer

Published:  22 May, 2019

Another new product has enlarged the AS-PL offer; a starter designed for Hyundai and Kia applications. The starter, with the index number S9324S, is under the AS brand and belongs to the Standard line. The product can be used in Hyundai i30, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Veloster, Kia Pro Cee’d, Kia Sportage. AS-PL Sp. z o.o. offers more than 15,000 different products with a total of almost 200,000 reference numbers. A wide selection of original products is divided into three product lines: Economy, Standard and Premium.
www.as-pl.com


Camshaft and crankshaft sensors

Published:  17 May, 2019

Walker Products has launched an expanded Camshaft Position and Crankshaft Pulse sensor program to their UK and European range. Finalised at the end of last year, Walker has increased the program’s SKU count by nearly 300, a substantial, triple digit percentage increase from 2018. This allows distributors and technicians to service 240% more applications on the road today. Walker ensures OE fit, form, and function through rigorous R&D testing procedures. This expansion is already in TecDoc through the most recent update.
www.walkerproducts.com


Diagnostic Thermal Imager Elite From Snap-on

Published:  15 May, 2019

The new Diagnostic Thermal Imager Elite from Snap-on uses infrared technology to reveal heat caused by friction, electrical resistance, pressure changes and more. It delivers detailed images composed of 4,800 distinct temperature zones, making extreme temperatures up to 448ºC visible anywhere under the bonnet or around the car. It also comes with a database of automotive applications, guided tests and reference images to help technicians interpret results, putting a more accurate diagnosis and productivity in clear view, on every job. When connected to Wi-Fi, every image captured with the Diagnostic Thermal Imager Elite is automatically uploaded to the new Snap-on Cloud service. Technicians can then access the images from their phone or computer whenever they need them, helping to make the next diagnosis and repair faster and more accurate.
diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/DTI-Elite


Pro-Align launches new Essentials Range of tyre changers

Published:  14 May, 2019

Workshops can now take advantage of the new Essentials Range of Hunter tyre changers from Pro-Align, with two products in the range. The first product in the Essentials Range, the Hunter TCX45, is a traditional swing arm column tyre changer. It features a manual position swing arm column, bi-directional turntable, side shovel and bead press system which are all operated via foot pedals. Meanwhile for those workshops looking for a traditional tilt column tyre changer, the Hunter TCX52 features an air powered tilt column, bi-directional turntable, side shovel and bead press system. The TCX52 is also operated via a foot-pedal system.
www.pro-align.co.uk


OSRAM: New range of LED working and driving lights

Published:  10 May, 2019

OSRAM’s new range of LED working and driving lights are available in three categories; functional, multifunctional and slim, all of which offer a variety of performances, shapes and beam patterns with various illumination profiles including spot, wide and combo. All of the products in the range provide a cool white intense LED light of up to 6,000 Kelvin. The products are designed in a robust and compact design with a long lifetime of up to 5,000 hours. They are equipped with extremely robust polycarbonate lenses to endure heavy-duty applications and some also include multiple voltage protection. These LED lights are characterised by an extremely high optic efficiency, homogeneous light distribution and reduced glare and all come with a five year OSRAM guarantee.
www.osram.co.uk/am


LIQUI MOLY additives: New pourers

Published:  08 May, 2019

The new pourers for fuel additives prevent petrol additives from going into diesel tanks and diesel additives from going into petrol tanks. For its new pourers, LIQUI MOLY uses a protective mechanism that many car manufacturers now install in their vehicles: a flap on the fuel tank opening that does not open until a pipe of the correct size is inserted. For this reason, the pourers for LIQUI MOLY additives now have different diameters. As before, LIQUI MOLY additives also have a color code to help tell them apart: Diesel additives have a red lid, petrol additives have a blue lid, oil additives have a black lid and radiator additives have a white lid.
www.liqui-moly.com


VXPRO ignition coills

Published:  03 May, 2019

With more than 300 part numbers, the VXPRO ignition coil range includes many items that workshops will need when working on ignition systems. An ignition coil is wire wrapped around a core to make a transformer, which converts the low voltage from the vehicle’s battery, to the thousands of volts needed to create an electric spark in the spark plugs. They are of various types including older style oil filled wet, as well as newer, distributor, block, pencil and rail coils. ELTA provides a range of options through the VXPRO range.  
www.elta.co.uk


Comline: New braking references

Published:  30 April, 2019

Comline has strengthened its portfolio by adding a number of new references to its braking line-up.  The latest list of newcomers includes twenty-four brake pad references. Catering for a variety of makes and models, the list includes notable introductions serving some of the aftermarket’s most popular vehicles. CBP02361 is a set of front brake pads servicing the Ford KA (2016 onwards), while CBP02368 are front and CBP02369 rear brake pads for the Ford Fiesta (2017 onwards). Meanwhile, CBP02367 front and CPB02380 brake pads cater for the Vauxhall Crossland (2017-onwards).
www.comline.uk.com


WIN with Comline

Published:  30 April, 2019

Comline wants to take the chill out of the fresh spring mornings by offering five bodywarmers as prize giveaways.  Lightweight and water repellent in design, with plenty of useful pockets, these quality bodywarmers are the perfect choice come rain or shine.  Comline, a brand which has been hailed as one of the fastest growing automotive companies in Europe, offers a full range of aftermarket parts servicing 95% of European, Japanese and Korean vehicles.  Currently trading in over 45 countries worldwide, the brand prides itself on delivering absolute quality, genuine value for money, and guaranteed performance.


Apec Braking adds Magnetic ABS Rings to range

Published:  17 April, 2019

Apec Braking’s range of over 6,000 braking products has grown with the launch of its new Magnetic ABS Rings. The first Apec part numbers introduced already cover numerous applications, including Citroen C3 and C4, Peugeot 207 and 307, Opel/Vauxhall Crossland X, Renault Clio, Espace, Kangoo, Megane and Laguna, and the Mercedes-Benz Citan. Apec will continue to regularly add new part numbers. These latest items join Apec’s existing range of Teeth and Window-type ABS rings. All versions have anti-corrosion coating to protect against extreme environments.
www.apecbraking.co.uk


Turbo hoses

Published:  11 April, 2019

Although still sometimes thought of as a dealer-only product, First Line’s range of turbo hoses now encompasses more than 700-part numbers, to provide the aftermarket an extensive coverage of the UK car parc. Popular applications include Ford Focus/C-Max 1.8 TDCi (First Line part number FTH1564), Ford Transit Connect 1.8 02> (FTH1291), Ford Mondeo 2.0TDCi 00-07 (FTH1292), GM Insignia 2.0D (FTH1394), Nissan Qashqai 1.5 DCi (FTH1709) and VAG A3, Leon, Golf V 1.9 TDI (FTH1078). First Line also offers slower-moving examples such as BMW E90/E90N/E91/E91N/E92/E92N (FTH1623), Ford Focus 2.5T 08-11 (FTH1592), Mercedes Sprinter 06> (FTH1363) an VAG A4/A6/Passat 1.9TDI 98-05 (FTH1097).
www.firstlineltd.com


BorgWarner’s REMAN turbocharger

Published:  09 April, 2019

Remanufactured turbochargers play a key role in BorgWarner’s aftermarket portfolio. Remanufactured during a complex process, they are a low-cost, environmentally friendly and high-quality repair alternative. With these turbochargers, BorgWarner offers its customers a fair value solution for vehicles at a later stage of life. The company currently offers approximately 800 different remanufactured turbochargers for more than 5,000 different applications worldwide. During remanufacturing, each product is analyzed, dismantled and cleaned to restore the parts to their original state of cleanliness. Reusable components are identified and all wearing parts are replaced. The entire manufacturing process is monitored to achieve maximum durability and quality.
www.borgwarner.com


Remanufactured turbos from Ivor Searle

Published:  04 April, 2019

Ivor Searle’s all makes turbocharger programme covers diesel and petrol cars and LCVs with new applications constantly being added.  The company provides free next day UK mainland delivery on stock items ordered before 3.30pm as well as a two-year unlimited mileage parts and labour warranty on all our turbochargers. Internal components are renewed as a matter of procedure and each turbo‘s rotating assembly is balanced on a computerised VSR machine to recalibrate the unit to OE specification before undergoing final quality inspection.
www.ivorsearle.co.uk


Pineapple Curtains

Published:  01 April, 2019

Pineapple Curtains are British manufacturers and suppliers of made to measure industrial workshop curtains. The company makes workshop door curtains, workshop divider curtains, MOT bay curtains, service bay curtains, bodyshop door curtains, curtains for spray booths, auto body repair curtains, smart repair booths and much more.  They use clear and coloured fire retardant PVC to match any corporate style or branding.  Sewing is double stitched with rot proof thread for strength.  Pineapple Curtains also offer a full colour digital print service for customised curtains.
www.pineapplecurtains.co.uk


FORTIS tyre equipment from Tyre Stuff

Published:  28 February, 2019

FORTIS brand of Tyre Machinery is now available UK wide, exclusively from Tyre Stuff. Built to Italian design specifications, all models demonstrate considerable build quality throughout with ergonomic placement of pedals, assist arms controls and bead breaker. Another feature across the range of Automatic tyre changers is the mount arm assist roller (MAAR). This small bearing roller sits on the main vertical column and supports the horizontal mounting arm. This provides a smooth easy movement of the horizontal mounting arm when positioning the mounting head. The 24” and 26” Fully automatic tyre changers also come with fast inflation as standard. All tyre machines also come with clamping jaw covers, bead breaker cover, tyre lever and mounting head inserts as standard. All wheel balancers in the range include a set of four cones, and the proprietary software in the machines keeps the balancing simple with STA/DYN modes, several ALU functions as well as motorcycle, split weight and self-calibration. Offering various options of data input from manual to automatic as well as hand spin to motorised, the focus is on ease of use and solid build for these machines.
www.tyrestuff.co.uk


WIN with Absolute Alignment

Published:  26 March, 2019

Absolute Alignment, the UK  provider of wheel alignment equipment and Official Technical Partner to Power Maxed Racing in the Kwik Fit British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), has a pair of tickets to give away to the round of your choice this season!


New solenoid range additions from SMPE

Published:  22 March, 2019

SMPE has added five new VVT oil control solenoid part numbers to its range. The latest additions are available across the company’s house brands including Intermotor, Fuel Parts and Lemark, as well as the Lucas brand for European customers, which from 1 May will be available to the UK aftermarket. SMPE’s range of VVT Oil Control Solenoids have an overall UK car parc coverage of around 3.5 million vehicles, with the new additions covering 947,522 vehicles.The newly extended range will be available in TecDoc with the next update.
www.smpeurope.com 


LIQUI MOLY Gear Oil Additive

Published:  18 March, 2019

It is a common problem, especially with older cars: The gearbox is notchy and changing gears becomes more difficult. Often the reason for this is wear. LIQUI MOLY Gear Oil Additive reduces friction and wear and facilitates changing gears. The active principle is its solid lubricant and it does not contain any chemical agents. This makes Gear Oil Additive a good choice also for very old cars, because there are no chemicals which may harm their sealing or other parts of the gearbox.
www.liqui-moly.com


PRO.TECT

Published:  13 March, 2019

Unigloves has launched an enhanced range of disposable nitrile and latex gloves that have been manufactured for automotive use. These are specifically designed to protect automotive workers against common hand hazards. These include chemicals, oils and grease. The new PRO.TECT range of gloves combine multiple benefits and offers greater durability and lifespan. Among the benefits are chemical resistance – especially against oils, greases and thinners. The gloves provide enhanced grip, incorporating textured service. PRO.TECT Orange HD also features DiamondGrip Technology. The gloves also offer extra durability, making them snag and scuff resistant. The new range is silicone free, making them suited to painting or bonding applications as well. Professionals can find out for themselves, as they have the opportunity to  trial the gloves for free by using Unigloves’ free sampling service. This is available via http://bit.ly/2SVZenZ


New TPMS kit

Published:  08 March, 2019

Fit2Go TPMS, a global licensee for Michelin, has launched  two new  tyre pressure products. Michelin TPMS and Michelin Tyre Pressure Checker are both designed to protect  against poor tyre maintenance. Michelin TPMS is a next generation retrofit solution for consumer motorists and comes as standard with four TPMS sensors, with four additional sensors available to enable drivers to monitor up to eight tyres on a single journey – making it ideal for towing. At the same time the firm is launching Michelin Tyre Pressure Checker – a new and affordable option for motorists who may already have TPMS as OE. The system works by fitting an NFC-enabled pressure sensor to replace the current  valve caps on each tyre. To get a pressure reading, the driver simply holds a  pressure checker against the sensor to determine the  precise pressure, accurate to within 1.5 psi. There are no batteries in the sensors,  and the pressure checker device can be recharged via the supplied USB cable. The new systems are suitable for use on tyres with pressures up to 86 psi and come with a 12-month warranty.
www.fit2gotpms.com


Comline expands filtration line-up

Published:  04 March, 2019

Comline has expands its 1800-strong filtration line-up with a group of new references. The latest raft of filters, which spans the European and Asian vehicle parc, includes applications servicing both mainstream and high-end premium vehicles. The list of newcomers includes notable references such as EAF1000 for the Opel/Vauxhall Astra (2015 -), EAF996 catering for the Toyota Land Cruiser (2015 onwards), EAF999 for the Porsche Boxster (1996-2004) and, EAF993 serving the BMW1 Series (2015 -), 2 Series (2015 -), 3 Series (2014 -), 4 Series (2016 -) and, 5 Series (2000-2003).
www.comline.uk.com


John Bean V1200 Elite Wheel Aligner

Published:  27 February, 2019

The new John Bean V1200 Elite wheel aligner from Snap-on offers advanced yet user-friendly software and a unique space-saving design to workshops. With no moving parts and  a robust but compact design,  the V1200 Elite takes up minimal room in the workshop, and requires no space at all in front of a lift. It is built to work flexibly with any alignment lift style and enhance performance in any layout. All communication happens wirelessly with no beams or cables taking up valuable space in a working area, while 3D vehicle measurement provides accurate and live adjustment along with full vehicle dimensions. It is cordless, with Wi-Fi both for alignment components and for connection to the internet, and has a mobile control terminal with 22-inch monitor, printer and battery chargers for pod batteries. The new information preview provides critical data before work begins, while the  live alignment error checking system notifies the user of errors as they happen without slowing the process. Visual indicators on the pods also guide the technician through the measuring process.  
www.johnbean.com/en-gb/v1200-elite


WIN with Behr Hella Service

Published:  26 February, 2019

Behr Hella Service has five sets of mugs and polo shirts for the lucky readers of Aftermarket.  The company also wants to encourage technicians to follow best practice and top-up the oil within the air-conditioning system during vehicle service or replace it if the compressor is changed.


NGK-NTK 5-wire sensors

Published:  19 February, 2019

NGK continues to enhance its NTK sensors offering with the launch of 20 new wide band Lambda sensors. The new wide band sensors – commonly referred to as ‘5-wire’ Lambda sensors – will supplement the company’s existing range of 64 NTK OE 5-wire sensors.The launch significantly increases its UK range coverage – particularly for VAG models – and means that NGK now has 5-wire sensors available for almost every vehicle manufacturer who utilises this technology.  The products are now visible on MAM Software and are supported by full OE and competitor cross-references NGK also recently announced that it is to introduce a range of new premium NTK camshaft and crankshaft sensors in the UK in 2019. A new European programme, comprising 567-part numbers covering 88% of the car parc, equivalent to 270 million cars, was announced recently at the Automechanika Frankfurt show and UK-specific part numbers and vehicle parc coverage will be confirmed over the coming months.
www.ngkntk.com


New MEYLE-ORIGINAL wheel bearing repair kit

Published:  11 February, 2019

The new pre-assembled MEYLE-ORIGINAL wheel bearing repair kit provides technicians with all the necessary parts as a complete set, and is designed to save time for workshops. The wheel bearing and wheel hub are pre-assembled, thus eliminating the need to remove and insert the wheel hub before installation. This solution covers more than three million vehicles, including Audi, Ford, Mercedes-Benz and VW models. The wheel bearing repair kit was presented at Automechanika Frankfurt 2018 and is now available under the MEYLE parts numbers 014 753 0003, 100 653 0033, 100 653 0034 and 100 653 003.
www.meyle.com


New Klarius exhausts

Published:  04 February, 2019

Klarius Products has released 29 new emission control components into its range. The Ford C-Max MPV is the recipient of a new exhaust system, along with the Kuga 2.0. PSA Group applications have received attention too, with new exhausts available for the Peugeot 308, 3008 and the Citroen C4 1.6. There is also a new exhaust system for the 2013 Audi A3 1.4.The Klarius range includes more than 10,000 parts and covers the vast majority of vehicles on European roads, including hatchbacks, saloons, superminis, MPVs, crossovers, hybrids, SUVs, luxury cars and sports cars.
www.klarius.eu


Eurorepar range

Published:  30 January, 2019

Eurorepar offers an extensive, value range of all-makes parts. Used internationally by Euro Repar Car Service centres, the range is aimed at out-of-warranty vehicles as alternatives to genuine replacement parts. Benefits of using Eurorepar products include competitive pricing, delivery on demand through Trade Team, up  to two years parts warranty, a huge range of stock, and access via a priority order hotline.
www.tradeteam.co.uk


WIN with TRICO

Published:  23 January, 2019

It will be “cheers” to TRICO from five lucky Aftermarket readers this month.


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