Performance bulbs

Lighting from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 September, 2014

LED lighting technology presents a challenge for future sales to the aftermarket as the non-replaceable light source has started to be fitted onto new typed-approved vehicles. However, Ring Automotive's Technical Director Nick Cameron remains positive: "Whilst LED lighting technology is a long-term threat to bulb replacement, there are still plenty of new and existing opportunities for bulbs in the aftermarket." Xenon HID bulbs were once limited to luxury and executive cars but are increasingly fitted as standard to wider range of vehicles. The replacement of these presents a higher profit margin for garages but may be put off by the high voltage involved and referred the task back to the main dealer. As demand for replacement increases it's important for independents to retain this work and Ring Automotive provides direct OE replacements. A training manual and video guide has been produced by the firm to increase installers' confidence. The XenonStar+ range of halogen bulbs has been introduced as motorists want to replicate the ultra-bright light output of Xenon. "By offering premium bulb upgrades that improves the light output, style or drivers' visibility, garages could increase their sales by 50%," stated Cameron. "Once customers see the improvement for themselves they do not go back to standard bulbs and continue to fit higher value performance halogens."

Look the business

Personalised signage from Prosol
Published:  17 September, 2014

Additional personalised signage is available from Prosol UK and you can now send colour pictures and text via its website. An upload button appears on its site next to all products which can be made bespoke such as its deluxe MOT notice boards, document holders, MOT tool shadow panel board, MOT wallets and reminder items.

Brakes App

Pagid App from TMD Friction
Published:  16 September, 2014

A Pagid App is now available providing instant access to TMD Friction's updated catalogue, with supporting images, technical information and the OE part number. Once installed, the App requires no manual updates. It is available now on Google Play and iTunes. The company has also just launched the Pagid Professional Academy - a brake training programme which awards successful attendees with the IMI QAA Award in Light Vehicle Brake Fitting. The course comprises a step-by-step distance learning programme, two-day training master class delivered by independent trainers, followed by a practical exam.

Spark plug ignites new Spider

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  15 September, 2014

NGK has just won the contract to supply OE spark plugs on the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider which was showcased earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show and is due to go into production in early 2015. The premium convertible will be powered by Alfa's four-cylinder, all aluminium, 1,742cc turbo petrol engine which takes it from 0 to 62mph in just 4.5 seconds, with a top speed in excess of 155mph. Tim Ward, Deputy General Manager - Sales & Marketing, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: "The news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that we are OE on the innovative Porsche 918 Spyder hybrid sports car and further demonstrates the technical excellence of our products and the work of our OE team in satisfying the demands of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers." NGK's ILKAR7D6G spark plug for the 4C Spider, was originally developed exclusively for the FIAT Group's high-output direct injection 1,750 TBi engines in 2009. Since then, it has been used in Alfa Romeo vehicles and other brands within the group including the Alfa Romeo 159, Spider, Giulietta and 4C.

Cables and coils

Ignition components from Bosch
Published:  12 September, 2014

Robert Bosch first successfully installed a magneto ignition device into a vehicle back in 1897, solving one of the biggest problems in vehicle construction. Ignition technology has clearly moved on since then, now focussed on improving fuel economy, power and reducing exhaust emissions. Bosch provides ignition components to VMs for use as original equipment and uses the research and development in producing these parts for the aftermarket. Its coils range encompasses traditional asphalt coils for older vehicles and the modern plastic variety in both module and pencil/rod configurations, used in modern engines. The programme includes just under 300 part numbers so can boast being one of the largest coil suppliers from a single source. Bosch's cables range provides over 90% coverage and includes resistive cable sets, copper core sets, pre-assembled resistive as well as copper-core single leads. Its Silicone-Copper ignition cables are said to have outstanding interference suppression and isolation. Silicone-Copper high performance copper-core cables need to be used in vehicles which have them fitted as OE as any other type of replacement could result in malfunctions in other electronic systems.

Key parts

Steering and suspension from First Line
Published:  11 September, 2014

The Key Parts steering and suspension range was introduced by First Line last September and now comprises almost 500 part numbers including wishbones, rack ends, tie rod ends, stabiliser links and ball joints. Popular applications include stabiliser links for Peugeot 206 and Vauxhall Vectra, Corsa and Saab 9-5, tie rod ends for Vauxhall Corsa and ball joints for Renault Megane II and Scenic 2003 onwards. The Key Parts range were introduced as a cost-effective repair option and come with a 12-month or 12,000 mile warranty from time of fitment.

Technology beats contamination

Filters from Sogefi
Published:  10 September, 2014

Sogefi was the first to manufacture filters using a technology known as 'Chevron' pleating, which maintains strength whilst offering up to 20% more filtration surface compared to standard, straight pleating. It filters tiny particles to protect turbochargers, takes up less space than standard filters but designed to perform as well as larger standard units. Diesel engines are highly sensitive to contaminants; dirt particles can damage the fuel system and the smallest water droplets can cause costly damage. Sogefi's Diesel3Tech technology guarantees water separation efficiency and extends service life and replacement intervals using three layers to filter dirt particles and water. It was developed to meet the demands of new diesel fuels based on ultra-low sulphur diesel which contain larger amounts of emulsified water and therefore pose a threat to high-pressure injection systems. In other news, Sogefi has replaced its cardboard cabin air filter packaging with a recyclable, transparent polypropylene packet which are smaller and lighter than the original and provides customers with more storage space. Air filter packaging is set to be upgraded soon.

Garage essentials

MOT equipment from GSF
Published:  09 September, 2014

A host of special offers are available to independent garages from GSF. "We've got more offers that are totally unique to GSF and represent the best value for garages we could find," said John Wright, Garage Essentials General Manager. "The Stenhoj Class IV ATL MOT package is a case in point. We don't think there's another offer out there that compares right now." The Stenhoj Class IV ATL MOT package features within the 68 page publication which contains products from the UKs top equipment suppliers and brands and includes Brain Bee air con service stations. The ATL comes with a three year warranty, delivery and installation, as well as a Dunlop smoke tester with remote tablet PC so you view results whilst in the vehicle. Offers on diagnostic equipment, tools, tyre equipment and lifts are also included.

Prevent MOT failures

Fuel additives from STP
Published:  08 September, 2014

High exhaust emissions account for more than a quarter of all MOT test failures so the fuel additive firm STP is highlighting its Pre-MOT packs which can reduce the risk of MOT failure. Irregular servicing on older cars is a contributing factor behind carbon build-up but normal combustion also leads to problems in new technology engines. The twin pack Pre-MOT Packs contain a 200ml bottle of STP Petrol Injector Cleaner or Diesel Injector Cleaner which should be used before the MOT test to unclog injectors in one tankful of fuel. The kit also includes a 200ml bottle of STP Petrol Treatment or Diesel Treatment which prevents further deposit build-up.

Fight against counterfeiting

Lighting from Phillips
Published:  05 September, 2014

Philips will be celebrating its centenary this autumn at Frankfurt's Automechanika show and will be showcasing the new technologies it has been responsible for over the last three decades such as high performance halogen bulbs, blue headlamps, Xenon HID lighting and LED automotive lighting. The company now turns its attention to the threat of counterfeiting and is currently in the middle of legal action against a number of companies it believes are selling dodgy Xenon bulbs in the UK and abroad. To ensure customers know what they are fitting and selling on, every Philips C1 and S1 Xenon bulb comes in new packaging which has its own unique holographic security code and a moving code which displays a moving digit under direct light. A certificate of authenticity is also provided. Its range of inspection lights is set to expand and an Autumn promotion will be announced next month.

Fast moving filters

Filters from Mahle
Published:  04 September, 2014

Replacement filters for the best-selling models for all major European and Japanese car manufacturers are available ex-stock from Mahle's West Midlands warehouse. Fuel filters cover popular diesel engines fitted to Audi A6, A7 and Q5 models as original equipment, plus the new Porsche Macan three-litre diesel and Toyota Yaris 1.4D-4D. New pollen filters are available for the Ford Focus Mk3 and Transit, Chrysler Ypsilon, Fiat 500 and Panda and carbon-activated cabin filters for the Honda Jazz 2002-07, Suzuki Swift, BMW M3, Porsche Cayenne and Volkswagen Touareg. Air filters now cover a variety of Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models.

How Turbos work

BTN explain the procedures that turbos go through
Published:  03 September, 2014

With vehicle manufacturers increasing their use of turbo technology to make smaller, more efficient engines, BTN Turbo explain the process that the devices go through to increase vehicle performance.

One person can do it all

Mot test lanes from Hofmann
Published:  03 September, 2014

A range of Automated Test Lanes are available under the Hofmann brand, allowing one person to carry out an MOT test. This enables automated and consistent testing as well as reduced labour costs and increased revenue for the freed up second technician. Existing MOT bays can upgrade to a One Person Test Lane. Hofmann ATLs are available through Snap-on Equipment with a two-year parts and labour warranty.

Looking to brighten up bulbs range

Lighting from ACDelco
Published:  02 September, 2014

The range of automotive bulbs from ACDelco will be enhanced over the coming months and currently provides workshops with over 60 references. These include both incandescent and halogen products in a combination of 12 or 24 volt ratings and include a number of special bulbs such as Blue Xenon, +50%, Day Lite and clear indicator Amber. The range provides 96% coverage of the European vehicle parc and the parts are supplied in individual ACDelco branded boxes in packs of ten. Bulbs are provided for both off-road and on-road vehicles and include headlamp, braking, indicator, fog, reversing, parking and positioning, instrumentation, switches and interior applications.

Super bright lamps

Lighting from Draper Tools
Published:  28 August, 2014

New from Draper Tools is a range of 3W COB (Chip On Board) rechargeable magnetic inspection lamps, available in four colours. The lamps use cutting-edge lighting technology to deliver super bright light and maximum efficiency. The base has an integrated magnet for hands-free working and a swivel joint enables the light to be used in any 360deg position. An additional seven LEDs are on the end plate so you can use it as a torch when needed. Two hang hooks feature on each and the lamps are supplied with a 240V charger and a 12V charging adaptor.

All makes filters

Filters from Comline
Published:  28 August, 2014

The cabin and carbon filters programme available from Comline has grown to cover an additional 23 applications across a variety of makes and models, now totalling 400 part numbers. Notable additions are an activated carbon filter for the VW Touareg, Porsche Cayenne and Jaguar XF as well as a cabin filter for the Hyundai i30 and Kia Cee'd. The firm has produced filters for over 20 years and the product range exceeds 1,400 part numbers, encompassing air, oil, fuel and cabin/carbon activated filter categories. Comline spokesman Malcolm Rosher says: "The seasonal nature of cabin filters will soon see market demand curtail with the onset of autumn. It is therefore essential that both motor factors and garages capitalise on cabin filters over the next few months."

Space saver

Lifts from Snap-on
Published:  27 August, 2014

The Sun VIC 3000 Automatic Test Lane from Snap-on helps test centres save space and money. The VOSA approved equipment uses the Sun DGA 2500 Combi Gas Analyser as the central control for the entire test lane. This reduces the footprint and also provides a cost-effective route into upgrading to an ATL. A powerful PC is coupled with an adjustable 22" tilt and turn flatscreen monitor so the tester can easily see information. The diagnostic emissions analyser has automated test procedures and has a modular design so garages can expand the DGA 2500 into a complete diagnostic and information system.

No more smokey diesels

Diesel engine cleaner from Liqui Moly
Published:  26 August, 2014

A cleaning additive from Liqui Moly is said to restore an engine's original emission values by regularly adding the product to the fuel tank. Diesel Purge dissolves deposits in the injectors and the fuel system - the main culprit to deteriorating emission values. It is also designed to improve ignition performance of diesel fuel, protect against corrosion and prevent partial-load knocking. When faced with a particularly smokey diesel you can give the engine an instant hit by disconnecting the fuel line and putting the end in the can of Diesel Purge and starting the engine to make it run on pure additive, to achieve the best results. You can also fill up the new diesel filter with the product when a car comes in for a regular inspection so the car runs on additive for the first few minutes. This will remove air out of the new filter and help the vehicle pass the MOT exhaust test too.

Clean and protect

Additives from Forte
Published:  25 August, 2014

A drained engine can hold up to 15% of the old oil so it makes sense to flush through the system before an oil service. Forte suggests using its Advanced Formula Motor Flush to cleanse the system of lacquer, varnish and sludge. This is also designed to neutralise the acids that build up in oil as it breaks down over time, keeping the new oil cleaner for longer and also helps to free sticking piston rings, hydraulic valve lifters and VVT systems. A Specialist Injector Cleaner addresses injector contamination in petrol engines. An Oil System Protector meets all relevant specifications and is compatible with all crankcase fill oils and helps to keep new oil effective for longer.

Dynamic handling

Alloy wheels from Kelleners Sport
Published:  22 August, 2014

This one-piece forged aluminium wheel features five concave double spokes. They are relief-milled to reduce un-sprung weight and improve dynamic handling. The Munich wheel comes in two finishes - graphite silver polished and matt black with polished undercut. The wheel is available in 9x21 and 10x21 inches with a bolt circle of 5x120mm and fits the BMW 5 Series, M6, 6 and 7 Series, as well as the X3. These can be purchased from Kelleners Sport.

Shelf appeal

Brakes from Juratek
Published:  20 August, 2014

The range of brake pads and discs for light commercial vehicles and passenger cars continues to be developed by Juratek, which reveals a new look this month. A new logo features on black and grey packaging in an attempt to give the product more 'shelf appeal'. The range of brake pads are certified to ECE regulation 90 and tested to AK Master standards - a test programme that original equipment manufacturers use to assess the performance of braking product to the extreme, over and above the ECE R90 test parameters. The latest references to hit the shelf, sporting the new packaging, are front and rear pads and discs for the brand new Ford Custom.


SMPE components on show

SMPE to showcase new products at Automechanika
Published:  19 August, 2014

Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) will be focussing on the quality of its products at this year's Automechanika, Frankfurt, 16th-20th September.

Delphi fuel filter

Fuel filters

Car and heavy duty Delphi filters
Published:  19 August, 2014

The smallest rust particles, dirt and water can cause fatal damage to the fuel injection system and to combat this, Delphi continues to grow its filter programme. Ten NTR diesel filters and two petrol filters cover passenger cars, light vans and heavy duty applications, including Audi, BMW, Citroen, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Vauxhall and Volvo models.

Replace parts not whole pumps

Fuel Parts diesel components from SMPE
Published:  19 August, 2014

The Fuel Parts range has expanded to enable you to replace common rail assemblies, pressure sensors and valves instead of the whole diesel pump or rail. The initial offering offered by SMPE has 50 part numbers for around 350 applications including the Renault Clio, Citroen Berlingo and BMW 330D/530D and X5. The complete Fuel Parts diesel catalogue is available online and is also provided through Autocat+.

Check brakes with ease

Brake testing from Pro-Align
Published:  19 August, 2014

The Hunter Quick Check Lane, exclusively available from Pro-Align, is designed primarily to diagnose wheel alignment issues but has a number of optional modules for brake and battery servicing. The brake performance module evaluates a vehicle's stopping capability, measuring brake timing, force and balance. It is faster than a visual inspection and there's no need to lift the vehicle or remove the wheels. A battery health check module connects to the terminals and uses OEM data to assess the vehicle's cold-cranking amps, voltage and overall performance.

Original battery spec

Batteries from Banner
Published:  18 August, 2014

Five models now feature in the Power Bull Pro range from Banner Batteries, covering over 80% of the European car parc. The units are made in Austria on the same track fulfilling OE orders and are made to full car manufacturers' specifications. The firm says installers can be assured that the batteries will match exactly the car's original battery spec and deliver the same capacity, starting performance and cyclic durability.

No sign up needed for warranty

Padtech brake pads and Disctech brake discs from Autoparts
Published:  15 August, 2014

Padtech brake pads and Disctech brake discs from Autoparts now come with a new 20,000 mile/20 month warranty, with no sign up required to take advantage of the warranty. The brake pads are made in the UK, are R90 compliant and undergo stringent test by OE supplier Nisshinbo. Pads are marked with the manufacturing batch and date information for full traceability. A further 50 references join the range, which now stands at nearly 1,500 in total, covering passenger cars and LCVs. 39 references bolster the Disctech range which has 150 fast-moving references.

Premature ageing

Lubricants from Delphi
Published:  14 August, 2014

Vehicles equipped with new fuel efficient engines and post-treatment systems require new types of lubricant - oil containing high levels of SAPS can clog the diesel particulate filter and the EGR valve, for instance. Delphi's low SAPS oils are specifically designed for petrol, diesel and direct injection diesel engines equipped with DPFs and catalysts. Its lubricants range includes engine oils, gear oils, transmission and hydraulic fluids. The firm says it's vital to check the colour and viscosity of oil - black oil means an immediate service is needed but if the oil is not darkening at all during use, it's not performing as it should.

Brake hoses join Ferodo range

Ferodo brakes from Federal-Mogul
Published:  12 August, 2014

Hydraulic brake hoses feature in Federal-Mogul's new light vehicle catalogue for the first time, covering 99% of the European vehicle parc for brake pads and comprehensive cover on rotors, shoes and Maxi-kits. Information has been re-organised to help find the right parts quicker and more than 160 pads, 60 discs, 550 brake hose and 45 Maxi-kit references have been added. The latest parts to join the programme cater for the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Ford Focus and C-Max, Land Rover, BMW and various Audi models. A paper catalogue is available in addition to an online version and a Ferodo app for mobile devices.

Transit problem solved

Borg & Beck Brakes from Firstline
Published:  11 August, 2014

The Borg & Beck braking programme has grown by 251 new to range additions so far this year, bringing the range up to 4,000 live part numbers. Several popular applications are available which First Line believes are not readily available from other braking suppliers, including front brake pads for the Vauxhall Adam, Renault Clio and Ford Transit Custom; rear brake pads for the VW Golf VII; front brake discs for the Vauxhall Mokka and Ford B-Max and rear discs for the Fiat 500L and Hyundai i30. In addition to the thousands of parts within its dry and wet braking programmes, the firm also supplies cables and its team of experts has managed to solve the problem involving Ford's MkV and VI Transit brake cables. It has issued a product bulletin clarifying which cables should be used, they vary depending on the wheelbase, month of manufacture, whether it has single or twin rear wheels or if fitted with rear discs or drum brakes. There are a total of 38 different parts that can be used so you need to get it right!

Toyabaru fit and forget upgrade

Suspension from Eibach
Published:  08 August, 2014

The Pro-Street S kit for the Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ is a fully adjustable coilover set-up from Eibach. The kit is designed specifically for the Toyobaru's RWD platform, giving a wide range of ride-height adjustment while keeping ride quality. This gives the car a more aggressive stance. Drops of 20-50mm on the front and 35-55 on the rear can be achieved in minutes. The kit is designed for road use, although the stainless steel construction and precision damper units come from Eibach's motorsport division in Germany. Damper rates are computer matched with the springs at the factory so it is a 'fit and forget' system once the desired ride-height has been set. The adjustable spring seat can be easily wound up or down to get the perfect stance or corner weighting before being locked off with a stainless hex bolt. ERS race springs are used which are built to race specification.

Diagnostic data stream

Diagnostics from Launch
Published:  07 August, 2014

The X431 GDS covers around 42 vehicle manufacturers, supporting petrol, diesel, LPG, hybrid and light commercial vehicles. The diagnostic tool, available from Launch, features built-in Wi-Fi and updates with just one click of a button. It provides VIN and ECU recognition, SRS crash data, resetting and configuration, fault code read and clear, live diagnostics data stream in numerical or graph format and DPF status and regeneration. It will print out diagnostic reports using the built-in thermal printer. Product support is available through a telephone helpline or customers can tweet their query or post on its Facebook page.

Lighten the situation

Lighting from Osram
Published:  07 August, 2014

Two new products from Osram are available to brighten up engine bays and other dark recesses around the vehicle. The LEDinspect Professional and Slimline use high intensity LEDs to give a continuous, powerful light for up to two hours and two hours, respectively. Both are recharged via an AC mains docking station which is supplied with the products and a battery indicator light lets you know when it's running low. The Professional lamp is cordless and can be hooked up or placed in the working area using the integrated magnet. It has been tested to a drop height of 2.5 metres, so will survive an accidental drop! The slender Slimline lamp is ideal for lightening cramped spaces and can be charged on the move using the USB cable provided. Both lamps are waterproof and carry a three-year guarantee.

Brake upgrade for cherished road car or track car

Brakes by Tarox
Published:  06 August, 2014

A braking kit is available for all Nissan S14, R32 Skyline and Z32 300ZX models which has been made by Tarox in response to requests from drivers in the British Drift Championship. Based around a brace of the B32 six pot calipers, the kit is described as "every bit as easy on the eye as it is hard on the laws of physics". A pair of 324mm, one-piece discs are supplied with Tarox's own design of pad, available in either 'Corsa' for track use and 'Strada' for the daily driver who want to benefit from the safety advantages of the product. All hoses and fittings are included along with a pair of adapters to make for easy fitting.

The growing trend of Advanced Glass Mat

Batteries from AC Delco
Published:  05 August, 2014

Three new AGM part numbers have been introduced to ACDelco's battery programme to complete its range of SMF batteries. The parts cover 447 vehicle applications covering Audi, BMW, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mini, Porsche and Volkswagen. Experts predict that by 2015, 40% of the OE battery market will be based on AGM technology and this is already impacting the replacement parts market, used in vehicles featuring stop/start systems such as the Eco-Flex engine used in GM models. The company will continue to add further references to both the AGM and SMF battery ranges.

Engine specific oils

Lubricants from Comma
Published:  04 August, 2014

Vehicle-specific lubricant has made things a little trickier for technicians and motor factors when deciding which grades to stock and in what quantities. Cosan-owned Comma Oil & Chemicals developed 'fit by application' over a decade ago and continues to expand a comprehensive applications VRN online facility for all makes and models dating back over 30 years. Comma's benchmarking service tracks and matches the lubricant applications requirement for all cars and LCVs in the UK car parc. "It is no longer enough to know that over 50% of vehicles require a 5W30 spec engine oil," says Comma spokesman Mike Bewsey. "There are now so many different manufacturer- specific 5W30s that motor factors need more detailed information to manage their lubricant buying and stock control activity most efficiently."

Old and new technologies working together

Diesel from Delphi
Published:  01 August, 2014

Turbochargers play a significant role in downsized engines which need to also provide great fuel economy and performance while meeting stricter emission regulations. 'Chargers with variable geometry were developed to optimise the turbo for both low and high-engine speeds, to reduce traditional turbo lag to improve engine efficiency, fuel economy and drivability. Many manufacturers and distributors have a new-only policy when replacing failed variable geometry turbochargers due to the specialist nature of the repair. Delphi has 40 years' remanufacturing experience under its belt and all replaced parts on its reman 'chargers undergo rigorous tests to OE specifications. 150 new turbochargers will join the programme this year to cover 75% of European applications, both diesel and petrol. A practical training course is available, detailing its operation, surrounding system components and best practices for diagnosing and identifying failures, such as boost pressure and oil damage, as well as correct maintenance and installation techniques. Diagnostic support on its DS series of tools will help pinpoint where in the intake or exhaust circuit a fault has occurred as a turbocharger fault code may be caused by a faulty air flow meter, EGR valve or air leak.

Calipers and cables

Brakes from Blue Print
Published:  31 July, 2014

There are over 8,000 part numbers for over 28,000 applications in Blue Print's braking range, all covered by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty. Included in the programme are ABS sensors and reluctor rings, caliper repair kits, master cylinders, brake pad wear indicators, cables, discs, pads, shoes and more. New references include an ABS sensor for the Honda Civic 2006>2012 and Nissan Qashqai 2006>2014, front and rear brake pads for the Toyota Proace 2013> and a rear brake drum for the Vauxhall Agila 2000> 2007.

Cash for your waste oil

Waste oil management from OSS
Published:  30 July, 2014

The OSS Group is a big player in the automotive waste business and provides a full workshop waste collection service for oils as well as tyres and also rents out parts washers. All waste oil collected is used to make a recycled fuel oil which is then sold on to UK industries as an alternative to virgin fuel oil. The firm pays workshops for its waste oil and a new system is in place which pays automatic rebates via BACS within 14 working days of the oil being collected.

Ready for Euro 6?

Diesel tools from Draper Tools
Published:  30 July, 2014

Euro Six regulations came into force at New Year, further limiting the amount of particulate matter and nitrogen oxides allowed in new diesel vehicle emissions. Draper Tools has a kit which identifies the quality of Adblue being sold or used within a vehicle - the quality of which is paramount to the effectiveness of the selective catalytic reduction technology used to reduce NOx emissions. The device measures the mixture of urea to see if it's at the correct ratio of 32.5%.

Right oil for the job

Air Conditioning from Denso
Published:  29 July, 2014

Denso's air conditioning range has been boosted by 29 new compressor references this month. The update covers applications for BMW 1, 3, 5, 7 Series and X5, Jeep Cherokee, Mercedes M-Class and S-Class, Toyota Yaris, RAV4, Land Cruiser and more. All of the references are OE quality. The programme now stands at 479 air con parts for 2,650 applications and include reciprocal, rotary and electrical types. All units are new, filled with the correct amount of oil and supplied as complete assemblies. Its thermal systems range also includes receiver driers, pressure switches, expansion valves and evaporators have also been added to the inventory this year. Engine cooling parts include radiators, oil coolers, heater cores, condensers, intercoolers, cooling fans and cabin blower fans. Denso spokesman Martin Pring says it's essential to use the right compressor oil: "Primarily to lubricate moving parts, i.e. the compressor and the expansion valve needle. It also enables heat to escape from the compressor. Insufficient lubrication due to universal oil is the second most frequent reason for DENSO A/C compressor damage and failure."

The new Mini's spark

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  28 July, 2014

Three new turbo-charged engines used in the new Mini now feature NGK spark plugs, coming off the factory line. The 1.2 and 1.5 litre variants are the VMs first three-cylinder engines and the 1.5 direct injection engine is intended to replace BMWs small capacity six-cylinder in-line engines and will also power the 1 Series and the i8. The M12 bi-hex double precious-metal type spark plug has an iridium tip on the centre electrode and a platinum chip on the ground electrode. It features an extended insulator and a cup-shaped terminal, giving an improved resistance against flashovers and electrical failure even at extreme ignition voltages. The part will also feature in the new Mini's premium model that features a 2.0-litre turbo-charged 192bhp four-cylinder engine. This replaces the 1.6-litre turbo-charged engine that previously featured in the Mini Cooper S.

Analyse noise on the move

Diagnostics from Pico
Published:  25 July, 2014

The PicoDiagnostics NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) kit from Pico Technology provdes real-time diagnosis in the form of either a bar graph, frequency chart, RPM order or road speed view. You can begin recording before a road test and play it back for analysis after, so you can keep your attention on the road. No external memory is needed as the file can be saved to your laptop's hard drive. It plugs into a PicoScope and records up to 500 seconds of data, includes an accelerometer and microphone, gives automatic analysis and detects multiple vehicle vibrations. There is also a customer report function. If you do have a PicoScope and want to make sure you are getting the most out of it, or are thinking of purchasing one, a Professional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics two-day course is available. It introduces basic working principles of engine management systems, component testing and system testing using oscilloscopes. A certificate of completion is presented to qualifying delegates. The course runs at Delphi in Warwickshire, in Surrey and also Lancaster.

Revive discharged cells

Battery charger from CTEK
Published:  24 July, 2014

The Multi XS 25000 Extended is a rather clunky name for a nifty 25A smart battery charger from CTEK. It uses an eight-stage process to condition and charge any lead-acid battery. It comes with six metre cables and connects to the battery in situ. It is automatic, spark proof and protects against reverse-polarity. A Supply mode acts as a secure 12V power source, supporting the battery during diagnostic work or if it needs to be disconnected from the vehicle. A 'Recond' mode restores deeply discharged batteries which would otherwise be discarded.

Castrol sponsors Wilton Classic and Supercar Festival

Annual event draws enthusiasts from all over
Published:  23 July, 2014

Castrol is the lead sponsor for the 2014 Wilton Classic and Supercar Festival, held in the grounds of Wilton House on Sunday August 10th 2014. Here the company presents highlights of last year's event

VIDEO: 100 years of innovation

Delphi demonstrates how far technology has come
Published:  23 July, 2014

Vehicle technology has advanced dramatically over the past century and Delphi has seen many changes during its time in business, with many developments coming from the company itself. Here is an overview of the last 100 years, compressed into 180 seconds.

Range responds to market shift

Varta batteries from Manbat
Published:  23 July, 2014

The Varta range of batteries are supplied by Manbat, alongside the Lucas brand and its own Numax range which was introduced back in 2002. This range now offers three models in response to a shift in the market. Manager Myles Pemberton explains: "There has been a shift in the market in recent years as a host of very cheap, low quality batteries have flooded the aftermarket and disrupted its balance. Therefore, although we will not compromise in the quality of the range, we have refreshed the product offering to reflect the requirements of our customers." Standard, Premium and Supreme models are made on its behalf by OE battery manufacturers and feature punch-plate technology which means their durability is beyond what cheaper alternatives offer. The revised range is now available at an entry level price.

Specified liquids

Lubricants from Ultimo GT
Published:  22 July, 2014

A complete range of synthetic, semi-synthetic and mineral-based lubricants, which comply with the latest ACEA and API codes to meet the latest VM specifications, is available from Ultimo GT. The products meet virtually all engine, gearbox, transmission oil and grease requirements. They are blended in its own facilities in the UK using the latest additive packages.

Catch expiring warranty work

Brakes from Comline
Published:  21 July, 2014

A further 24 passenger car brake disc parts boost Comline's disc range which now has nearly 900 part numbers for cars, light commercials and trucks. Notable additions include a rear disc for the Audi A6 from 2004> and quick of the mark is the front disc for the Hyundai i30 2012>. Each disc undergoes rigorous testing such as raw material analysis and a thorough dynamic balance check.

Clio Cup upgrades

Suspension from Gaz
Published:  18 July, 2014

The Renault Clio 2 172 and 178 Cup models were stripped down versions designed for performance and obviously appeal to track day and competition users. Gaz has produced two coil-over suspension upgrades for 2001 to 2005 models - GHA is for track day and fast road use and a Gold version is for competition purposes. An adjuster knob on the GHA and side knob on the Gold adjust ride height by -25mm to -50mm. Gold coilovers have a gas cell in the outer reservoir to prevent cavitation and are filled with a high viscosity multi-grade fluid to prevent fade under motorsport conditions. All the units are individually tested before leaving the factory and covered by a two-year warranty for non-competition use.


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