Autotech Recruit teams up with ZF Aftermarket

Published:  07 October, 2019

Autotech Recruit has teamed up with ZF Aftermarket Technical Training in order to provide access to in-depth, technical courses. Courses will cover transmission systems, steering, suspension, driveline components and on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Autotech Recruit Managing Director Gavin White commented: “Garages are under pressure from rapid advances in technology, and, while we still need to focus on bringing in new talent, it is essential that the current workforce is trained sufficiently. Through our close connections with the industry, we recognise the exact needs of both garage owners and vehicle technicians today and it has become increasingly apparent that we need to provide training on specific vehicle components to give technicians a greater level of understanding. We need to build a fix first time mentality.”

Mandla Ndhlovu, Head of Training at Autotech Recruit, added: “I am excited by the partnership with ZF Aftermarket Technical Training, which will enable us to offer this high quality of training the automotive industry desperately needs. It will give garages an opportunity to equip their technicians with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to be able to successfully maintain and repair the vehicles of today and the more technologically advanced vehicles of the future.”

For further information email training@autotechrecruit.co.uk or call 01234 240 503.



Dayco: OE damper pulleys

Dayco has launched a range of OE damper pulleys for the aftermarket
Published:  03 October, 2019

As well as producing engine products and drive systems, Dayco also manufactures OE torsional vibration dampers for a number of VMs worldwide. The company has now made the range available to the aftermarket.
    
“Modern powerplants are highly engineered to deliver the optimum combination of power and torque, alongside fuel efficiency and minimal exhaust emissions,” says Dayco’s National Sales Manager Steve Carolan. “This objective often comes at the cost of high levels of engine vibration, which is generally intensified by the significant pressures present in the engine’s combustion chambers, an occurrence especially prevalent with diesel units.
    
“This vibration is transmitted through the crankshaft and therefore has a significant impact on the engine’s power transmission drive systems.”
    
To reduce this problem, Dayco engineers have developed a range of damper pulleys, with the prefix DPV.
    
“Generally installed directly to the crankshaft, observes Steve, “the damper reduces the circular vibrations that cause the primary problem, decreasing wear on many of the engine’s components. Naturally, the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) system is a principal beneficiary, which increases the durability of the entire powerplant, but they also improve comfort for the vehicle’s occupants.”

Three types
There are three types of damper that, depending on the application, are generally installed: The simple, double and decoupler.
    
“The simple damper is integrated within the FEAD system,” explains Steve. “Its single rubber element provides sufficient vibration reduction for applications with standard noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) requirements.
    
“The double damper encompasses two rubber elements within its metal parts, which are designed to absorb vibration at different frequencies, and is for use in applications that generate high power and increased vibration, such as modern diesel engines.
    
“Although the decoupler damper still incorporates a rubber ring, the damping function is carried out through metal springs, as opposed to solely relying on its rubber element. It is used on the latest generation engines with greater power and enables the FEAD system to cope with high mileage and adverse conditions, particularly for applications that feature belt start generator (BSG) function for their Stop/Start systems.”

Damper Replacement
Commenting on replacement, Steve says: “Dampers should be checked for signs of wear, such as abnormal noises, unpleasant vibrations or even steering oscillations, at every 40,000 mile interval or when replacing the auxiliary belt. However, as a matter of course and irrespective of the signs, Dayco suggests they are changed every time the timing belt is renewed.”
    
“In order to check the damper correctly, it needs to be removed from the engine because the back, as well as the front needs to be examined to fully assess its condition. In addition, whether it needs to be replaced or not, if its fixing bolts are designed to stretch on initial fitment, these must be changed, as they will no longer meet their design tolerances if reused.”
    
Steve adds: “Dayco DPVs are produced in the same facilities, to identical standards, whether the damper is destined for OE or aftermarket. Each damper in the range that also requires its bolts to be replaced, comes complete with the correct specification bolts.”

For more information visit: www.dayco.com





Win With Denso

Published:  30 September, 2019

DENSO is giving technicians the opportunity to win a signed copy of Edd China’s book, Grease Junkie, as well as 10 runner-up baseball caps in this month’s edition of Aftermarket. Should they win the main prize, they’ll have the perfect companion when enjoying a well-deserved coffee break, while the baseball caps will be a great addition to their workshop uniform.


Open up and say ‘R-R-R’

Published:  26 September, 2019

Servicesure has teamed up with Yuasa to encourage garages to take battery testing seriously, through the frame of its three ‘R’s of battery health.
    
Garages that sign up to Servicesure’s Battery Sure programme and become an official Battery Testing Station are taught to advise customers they can ‘Relax’, if their battery is in a good state of health, if they should ‘Recharge’ a low battery, or if it’s time to ‘Replace’.
    
Each Battery Testing Station will receive a dual-branded battery testing kit, a dual-branded battery stand with header board, testing station signage, ‘Your battery has been checked’ invoice stickers and access to the GS Yuasa Academy.
    
The GS Yuasa Academy offers over 20 module-based training that teach technicians best practice advice covering every step of a battery’s lifespan. Upon completion, a downloadable certificate is available to print off.
    
James Douglas, Marketing and Product Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “There are huge benefits to all workshops participating in battery testing initiatives such as Servicesure’s ‘Battery Sure’.
    
“We’ve conducted workshop trials which highlighted that the battery in over one in ten vehicles brought into a workshop requires replacing, and 27% require a recharge. Yet this is rarely checked. Most customers expect their workshops to check and maintain all elements of their vehicle. If the battery fails shortly after a service or repair work, customers may question the quality of the work carried out and the reliability of the workshop. Workshop should be implementing the simple minute long battery test into their everyday routine. A battery may look and perform fine but the test will identify its state of health and if it is likely to fail soon.”
    
Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes, added: “An initiative like this – one which is backed by a trusted industry name such as Yuasa – will no doubt help to further strengthen the Servicesure network, giving garages the tools required to really make the most of an often unexploited revenue stream.”

To find out more about becoming a Servicesure Battery Testing Station: www.servicesureautocentres.com


Exhaust & emissions: Easy as 1-2-3

Published:  24 September, 2019

ELTA Automotive is recommending garages follow its three-step process to successfully deal with exhaust and emissions control issues.
    
“In-depth analysis conducted by our TECHASSIST support service indicates that there are two common reasons for returns,” said ELTA Automotive Marketing Manager Tim Brotherton. “The first is misdiagnosis. There are several causes of EGR-related fault codes and not all point directly to the valve itself. The second is technicians replacing EGR valves, but not addressing the underlying issues that caused the valve to fail. Our research shows that EGR valves that have failed prematurely are often heavily contaminated, indicating that they’ve been installed into a ‘dirty’ system.”
    
ELTA’s three-step process proposes that technicians first clean the system using an EGR/turbo cleaning aerosol system. They should then, replace the EGR valve and lastly reset the ECU so it recognises the new component.
    
Tim continued: “Other components to check include the air mass sensor – as a faulty sensor may not be measuring the correct air flow rate – the throttle body – because if this is malfunctioning it may result in an insufficient amount of air entering the engine – and the vacuum pump – because pneumatically controlled EGR valves can fail to actuate if it is not operating correctly.
    
He added: “Using our TECHASSIST technical expertise, we are able to demonstrate that drilling down to find the underlying fault is the key to the correct prognosis and as well as yielding better results, following a structured procedure will improved workshop efficiency by saving time and money.”

For more information visit: www.elta.co.uk


Blast it! How to disinfect air con systems

Published:  20 September, 2019

With cars having been using their air con in full during the warmer months, Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, wants to remind garages that cleaning air conditioning systems remains a good opportunity into the autumn and beyond.
  
“We’ve all done it – you turn on the air con after not using it for a few months, only to be greeted by a terrible smell. The reason behind this, however, is quite simple. Stagnant water droplets trapped in your dormant system are blasted out, leaving behind a foul odour and some nasty bacteria. While this is a common driver complaint, not every garage is taking the opportunity to upsell and provide a thorough cleaning and disinfection service. Fortunately, you can take three essential steps using products from Normfest that have been specifically designed and formulated to help these troubled drivers.
    
“The first step is to ‘bomb’ the system with Viro Dry Shot Plus, a powerful anti-bacterial cleaning agent. Using the product is simple – spray it directly into the air intake nozzles that are usually located in the passenger footwell. The spray then disperses throughout the air conditioning system for a thorough, quick and hygienic clean. Viro One Shot Plus eliminates microorganisms, prevents allergic reactions and leaves a lasting pleasant smell. A single can is enough for one application.  
    
“In the second step, Viro Air Fresh Plus is sprayed directly into the air vents and gets to work on the air conditioner’s piping. Over time, a layer of dirt collects in the ventilation ducts and becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould. Viro Air Fresh Plus eliminates these odour-causing particles with direct application, enabled by the included tube nozzle. It provides a long-lasting disinfection and leaves a pleasant citrus fragrance. One can contains enough spray for three applications.
    
“For the third and final step don’t forget the evaporator. For a complete clean, it is recommended that garages also use Viro Vaporizer to disinfect the air conditioner’s evaporator. A layer of dirt can accumulate on the evaporator fins over time, which provides ideal conditions for microorganisms to reproduce. The product cleans with high-pressure flushing, acting across the evaporator’s entire surface. It quickly kills bacteria and fungi and prevents their resettlement. The product is supplied with a 60-centimetre long tube with a rotary nozzle, helping the user to reach all corners of the evaporator. Viro Vaporizer contains enough spray for one air conditioning system. This final step completes the process, providing comprehensive protection against bacteria and bad odours.”
    
In conclusion, Helen added: “Disinfecting a vehicle’s air conditioning is not just about removing bad smells. It is important to periodically remove the build-up of bacteria, dirt and dust within the system to avoid discomfort, allergies and health complications. This simple three-step process could be combined with a re-gas and a new cabin filter for a complete system rejuvenation. It presents a great opportunity for garages to upsell and provides a service that directly benefits customers – solving a common driver complaint.”  



DENSO lambda sensors

Published:  19 September, 2019

DENSO lambda sensors, part of its engine management system range, first came to prominence in 1978 and are used by both European and Asian vehicle manufacturers as well as within the aftermarket. The company’s lambda sensors became popular with European VMs when ECU manufacturers took a different approach to the specifications of their control units, allowing flexible sourcing of oxygen sensors. As a result of its ties with Ford, DENSO became a supplier to Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. Those VMs have continued to rely on DENSO’s components long after Ford sold on those brands. DENSO now has partnerships with Renault-Nissan, GM, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and supplies lambda sensors for many European-built models produced by Asian manufacturers.

www.denso-am.co.uk


New to range: febi

Published:  16 September, 2019

febi has introduced more parts into its ranges. New additions include stabiliser links for the Land Rover, Range Rover (2012-) and Range Rover Sport (2013-), as well as control arms for the BMW 1 Series (F20, F21), 3 Series (F30, F31, F34) and 4 Series (F32, F33). Meanwhile, a strut mounting kit for the Ford Transit (2006-2014), (2013-) has been brought into the range. Back with BMW, there is a wheel bearing kit for the BMW 5 Series (G30, G31) and 6 Series (G32). Lastly, there are solenoid valves for the Vauxhall Adam (2012-), Astra (2015-), Corsa (2014-), Insignia (2017-) and Mokka (2012).

www.bilsteingroup.com


Euro Car Parts: Launch Euro Tab II

Published:  10 September, 2019

Euro Car Parts is now offering the Launch X431 Euro Tab II diagnostics tool. The platform was developed around Android 7.1, and inherits all the functions of the previous model, while also adding a number of new features. These include DoIP, J2534 pass-through online programming, DTC-based database, intelligent diagnosis and more. It also boasts a 10-inch touch screen, dual 5 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, and is supplied with a complimentary 12-month subscription to Haynes Pro Technical Data. To protect it in the workshop environment, the device is built and certified to IP65 standards. With a lithium-ion battery, the Euro Tab II can be used wirelessly for extended periods and comes with a dock for easy recharging. It supports ADAS functions, DPF replacement coding and service regenerations as well as local and online module programming, recoding and configurations. Users can also purchase OE diagnostic software and use their online subscription through the X431 Euro Tab II Interface. The Euro Tab II has been released alongside the new generation Connector Smartbox v3. This has been independently developed by Launch and can be connected over WiFi, Bluetooth and USB.

www.eurocarparts.com


TechMan: GMS

Published:  30 August, 2019

TechMan is a garage management system (GMS), designed by an independent garage, specifically for independent garages. Its features expand beyond the boundaries of traditional invoicing software in order to offer improved business processes, all the way from booking a customer in, to ultimately taking final payment on a job. Its focus is to reduce many of the manual admin tasks performed by a workshop business on a daily basis, and assist these garages in improving their bottom line takings. Key features like tablets for technicians, making workshops paperless, clocking on and off jobs to track technician efficiency and seamless audit trails for parts ordering and returns, are offered by the TechMan GMS.

www.techmangms.com


WIN with Kalimex

Published:  21 August, 2019

Kalimex are the UK distributors of the JLM Lubricants’ product range, QuikSteel expoxy paste and K-Seal Permanent Coolant Leak Repair. Given that Kalimex MD Mike Schlup is a longstanding Legends’ racing enthusiast (and participant), it is only appropriate that Kalimex sponsors Mickel Motorsport which is headed up by John Mickel, UK Legends champion. This stylish black jacket has proved to be a real hit with motorsport fans on the racing circuits at Brands Hatch and Silverstone – in all weathers. You could now be in pole position to win one. Although water proof and lined with micro fleece, the jacket is lightweight and easy to wear. It features three zipped pockets with toggles so you can travel light and Velcro-adjustable cuffs.  Check out the striking embroidery on the back as well. Sizes: Medium, large and extra-large.


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 



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