Super fresh

Air conditioning from Snap-on
Published:  17 July, 2014

Three Sun Koolkare air con units from Snap-on are fully automatic and include Dual Gas, Blizzard and Blizzard HFO/PRO. They have been redesigned to make them simpler to use. A 5"colour display guides users through procedures. Larger 100mm gauges have been added to the Blizzard PRO, with visual indicators and a colour-coded light system to show a unit's status. The Blizzard and PRO model are supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database as standard and technicians can add new vehicles they come across if required. KoolKlean is a purification system on the PRO model which leaves the car smelling fresh after use as it eliminates smells and the bacteria which cause them.

Higher wet boiling point

Brake fluid from TRW
Published:  16 July, 2014

Ultra DOT 5.1 ESP is a brake fluid which has a higher wet boiling point than other standard fluids and retains its low viscosity, even at extremely low temperatures, says TRW. ESP combines anti-lock brakes and traction control with a lateral stability control function. It automatically applies brake pressure to the wheel/s and cuts engine throttle if necessary to help get the vehicle back to its intended path. This demands a quick reacting brake fluid to avoid skidding. This fluid has been designed to flow efficiently even at cold temperatures. TRW recommends you test brake fluid each year and change it at least every two (every year for DOT 3 systems) as contaminated fluid is the number one cause of brake failure.

Sykes Pickavant

Ball joint removal tool

Sykes-Pickavant tool in action
Published:  15 July, 2014

Twin swivel joints are fitted onto the front axles of two popular Land Rover models: Discovery 2 1998 - 2004 & Range Rover P38A 1994 - 2002. The Sykes-Pickavant 187 Hydraulic Series press frame delivers 12 tonnes of force, for a 'take the press to the car' solution.

Manual servicing can cause fault codes

Brakes from Delphi
Published:  15 July, 2014

As electronic control takes hold of vehicle systems, Delphi says it is vital for technicians to be armed with the knowledge and diagnostic tools needed to service and maintain them effectively. The firm warns that manually servicing the vehicle can confuse the control system and result in fault codes. Using the example of electric handbrake systems, these must have their ECUs engaged while winding back the calipers so the pad position is indexed, essential when replacing brake pads so the unit knows the thickness of the pads so it can engage correctly. Delphi uses over 20 friction materials in its brake pad product line to closely match OE parts and they also feature an underlayer which has a higher proportion of resins than the main friction material, used by many OEMs to dampen noisy vibrations and provide a higher bonding strength with the back plate. Its pads also feature shims, slots and chamfers.

Special tools

Tools from Blue Print
Published:  14 July, 2014

Bespoke tools are becoming more necessary for working on the latest vehicles and Blue Print have added two more this month and are listed next to the vehicle and parts they are intended for use with. A wheel bearing tool is available which is essential for replacing the front wheel bearings on the Suzuki Jimny 1.3i as the bearing is held in place with a lock nut and needs this special four pin adapter to remove it. A seal fitting tool enables easy installation of new rear axle oil seals on the Navara D40 2.5DT 2005> and 3.0DT 2010>. These are a high failure item because of their location in the half shaft and it is very difficult to replace them without this special tool.

Smaller cars with a powerful core

Batteries from Bosch
Published:  11 July, 2014

Five new battery part numbers join the Bosch range of vehicle batteries which cover various vehicles from compact cars to SUVs. A focus has been made on providing more power to smaller vehicles, giving 10% increased cold-starting performance. The battery within a vehicle utilising Start/Stop systems and other micro-hybrid tech such as brake energy regeneration, takes on a vital role within the vehicle, a much larger one than ever before, as it maintains all electrical systems whilst the engine is switched off. It also needs to cope with intermittent charging and deep-cycling.

Cooler pipe failures

Additives from Wynn's
Published:  09 July, 2014

Extreme Cooling System Degreaser joins Wynn's cooling product range and is designed to remove oily sludge and deposits from the cooling system to restore efficiency after head gasket, cooler pipe failures or when the wrong fluid has been added to the system. It is added directly into the radiator or via the expansion tank if part of the system circuit. One bottle treats up to 7 litres. Cooling Stop Leak is designed to prevent and stop small leaks in the cooling system, heater matrix and head gaskets without causing blockages. Cooling System Flush is said to remove scale, sludge, oily residues and corrosion from the cooling system.

Filter out water

Filters from Sogefi
Published:  08 July, 2014

Diesel3Tech technology is used by Sogefi - manufacturers of the Fram, CoopersFiaam and Purflux filter brands - to guarantee water separation efficiency to extend service life and replacement intervals. This was developed to work with new diesel fuels based on ultra-low sulphur diesel and first gen bio-diesel. These have the potential to damage high pressure injection systems. The first two layers of the filter element prevent particles entering the fuel and the third is a water-repelling mesh. This system suits all European diesel blends containing up to 30% biodiesel. Spokesman Nigel Duffield states: "Today's diesel engines are more demanding than ever in terms of system equipment and maintenance. In particular, they are extremely sensitive to contamination. A dirt particle can damage the fuel system irreparably, from the pump right through to the injector, and the smallest of water droplets can cause very expensive damage. Diesel3Tech sets new standards of diesel filter performance in these areas. Our other high performance diesel filter solutions include electronic fuel heaters and water sensors, for example, to fully protect modern Common Rail injection systems."

Reduce imbalance

Brakes from AC Delco
Published:  07 July, 2014

A further 228 brake discs and 42 pad references join the expanding range from ACDelco, bringing the total brake product range to around 3,000 part numbers. The parts are manufactured to OE specifications and provide a comprehensive range of UK, European and Asian applications for car, van and light commercial vehicles. Discs are made using high quality cast iron and are balance ventilated. They feature low lateral run-out and minimum thickness levels - precision tolerance centre bores help reduce any imbalances during use. The products are supplied with a 12-month/20,000km warranty. Meanwhile, Super DOT 4 brake fluid is designed for vehicles known for producing high thermal loads within the braking system due to its ability to maintain a low viscosity under extreme conditions in vehicles equipped with Anti-Lock Braking and Electronic Stability Control systems. An electronic catalogue details the new part numbers online and reference information is also on MAM, Tech Doc and MasterCat.

An overview of DMF

ZF presents a breakdown of the dual-mass flywheel
Published:  04 July, 2014

The dual-mass flywheel is fast becoming a mainstay on a number of new vehicles. Here, ZF explains how it is broken down into its key components

Calipers and cables

Brakes from Blue Print
Published:  03 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.

Taken to a new dimension

Alignment from Haweka
Published:  01 July, 2014

The 'New Dimension' 3D wheel aligner from Haweka is aimed at higher volume users and can be installed into the ceiling, floor or walls. The system features a robotic steer device for automatic caster swing and precise re-centring of the steering wheel. The cameras are situated on the side of the lift and at 2.3m high. Pro-clamps hold the targets so no run-out adjustment is required. The system can be used on all suspension types and there is no damage to alloys.

Join the dots

Tools from Sealey
Published:  26 June, 2014

This little tool is approved by VOSA as a headlamp beam setter. The mini tripod can be placed on the bonnet or any surface on the test area and there are two magnets on the base for attaching it to ferrous surfaces. A laser dot indicates if the beam setter is in or out of calibration - it can be used for all sorts of levelling tasks using the line or dot functions. The unit features in Sealey's summer promotion which runs from 1st June to 30th September.

Plug and play pumps

Brakes from AMK
Published:  25 June, 2014

Changes at the remanufacturer AMK has resulted in a new company logo and re-design of all packaging. New products include the launch of steering columns and the exclusive UK distribution of Sidem branded steering and suspension parts. The Lucas rotating electrics range has grown with 'Stop/Start' references. The company also supplies J-Tech HPI product, providing electric pumps which are pre-programmed to the ECU for 'plug and play' pumps. The ready-to-fit pumps come with a warranty of 12 months or 12,000 miles. AMK spokesman, Simon Salloway, said: "There is no doubt that you get what you pay for. It would be fair to say that AMK is not alone in being worried about the quality of some products, which are being distributed in our industry. This could have a catastrophic reaction if requirements for inferior cheaper priced products continue, as only one thing happens; the quality declines and the entire aftermarket could be the losers."


Cloud-based system goes live

Workshop management made easy
Published:  24 June, 2014

The CarVue cloud-based workshop management system has just become available online after extensive testing by UK workshops.

A cooling flush

Degreaser and cooling system flush from Forte
Published:  24 June, 2014

A Bio Degreaser & Cooling System Flush from Forte is said to remove oil, sludge and rust deposits from inside cooling systems to restore heat efficiency, preventing heat-related problems. The blend of inorganic acids and inhibitors are combined with a heavy-duty cleaner and degreaser. The product is compatible with all cooling components, fluids and antifreezes including ethylene glycol and OAT based coolants. The firm recommends use at the specified coolant change interval.

Better handling for the Defender

Suspension from Bilstein
Published:  23 June, 2014

A ride control package from Bilstein is available for all variants of the Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 from 1996 onwards. Two switchable modes, Sport and Comfort, are offered to the driver, controlled from a push of a button fitted to the car's interior. The application is said to offer significant improvements in handling. The product has been extensively tested in its lab and also at its Papenburg research facility. Here, the kits were 'shaken down' by test drivers. The kits carry full TUV approval and come with a 24-month warranty.

Smoke testing tool

Tools from Pichler Tools
Published:  20 June, 2014

The Easy Intake tool available from Pichler Tools is an inflatable block-off bladder with a pressurised vapour pass-through which can be used to test an entire intake or exhaust system. It can be used with any brand of smoke machine or leak detector to block off the system to pressurise it and help you find leaks. It confirms to any shape intake/exhaust and can be used with the SmokePro, available from Pichler.

Original pulleys

INA tensioner parts from Schaeffler
Published:  18 June, 2014

A batch of original equipment INA tensioner parts for popular European and Far Eastern models have been released by Schaeffler and cover city cars, popular saloons and light commercials including the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The new parts include six Over Running Alternator Pulleys (OAP) for models including the Lexus/Toyota IS II 200d and 220d, Auris Avensis, RAV 4 II, Land Cruiser 3.0D and the Hyundai/Kia i20, ix20, i30, Rio, Soul and Sportage. One in five cars driving on the world's roads is fitted with an OAP, an integral part of the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) system as is absorbs vibrations. FEAD belt deflection pulleys have been released for nearly 180,000 vehicles including the Mercedes C and E Class variants, Sprinter, Vito and Viano.

MOT tool

Engine management from Prosol
Published:  17 June, 2014

The Autel MOT Pro is a scan tool which can be used on over 40 makes of vehicle and its software can be updated for the latest model coverage available. A Trouble Shooter guide helps users unravel engine management faults and the tool can be used to investigate modules including OBD, transmission, ABS, airbag, oil service reset, some TPMS and steering control sensors, climate, audio and others. The tool is available online from Prosol.

High carbon content

Brakes from TMD Friction
Published:  16 June, 2014

The Textar brake and pad ranges from TMD Friction are available from Euro Car Parts. The aftermarket products are manufactured using the same materials and components, on the same production lines it uses to make OE parts for Mercedes, Range Rover and BMW. The discs have a high carbon content and are also Geomet coated, so they look good and are easy to fit.

The journey of a component

Take a look inside ACtronics
Published:  13 June, 2014

Take a look at this video, that provides a fun insight into the journey of a part through ACtronics remanufacturing process.

Nice weather for ducks

Workwear from Dickies
Published:  13 June, 2014

A two-tone range of clothing available from Dickies features reflective piping and practical fabrics. A parka jacket has a removable hood, fur and tail hem, it's made from nylon Taslon fabric so it's waterproof but also light. A soft shell jacket also has a hood, is waterproof and has an adjustable hem. The range also includes a lightweight fleece and a polo shirt with contrasting panels.

Making lighter work of suspension tasks

Tools from Tool Connection
Published:  12 June, 2014

This rack end removal tool makes removing the rack end/inner track rod a much simpler task as there's no need to remove the steering rack from the car first. It is especially useful when working in tight spaces. You just slide the tool over and onto the knuckle with a hex drive, two flats or round ends. It can be used on knuckles with a diameter of 25-55mm. It is important not to mount a strut directly in the vice because you can damage the cylinder body easily due to the force needed to hold it in place. A strut vice clamp can be mounted in any suitable bench vice, horizontally or vertically and this mounts the strut securely so you can dismantle it with ease. Both Laser tools are available through Tool Connection.

Summer promotion

Alignment from Hofmann
Published:  12 June, 2014

Highlights of Hofmann's Spring/Summer promotion includes its wireless 3D Geoliner 790 which is offered at more than £6,000 off the list price. HD cameras automatically track the alignment targets for fast and accurate readings at any lift height. Several thousands of pounds can be saved when purchasing Class IV automated test lane pit packages. The VOSA-approved ATL bays are fully project managed and include a two-year parts and labour warranty. The Fusion II tyre changer and wheel balancer twin pack are also available at a reduced price. The HOFMANN Spring/Summer promotion runs until 31st August 2014, or while stocks last.

High tech sensors

NTK Lambda sensors from NGK
Published:  11 June, 2014

NTK sensors are used in many new models as they come off the factory production line, including the Volkswagen Golf VII. The 1.2 TSI model uses a binary Lambda sensor of the OZAS-S type which regulates the mixture, the 1.4 TSI uses a linear ZFAS-U type as a regulating sensor and the OZAS-S type acts as a diagnostic sensor. NTK temperature sensors in diesel engines work with close coupled exhaust systems, a CTAS-T sensor controls the exhaust temperature upstream of the turbo charger. NGK is also the sole supplier of NTK Lambda sensors for Fiat's TwinAir engine with Fiat, capable of detecting the air-fuel ratio over a broad range of operating points. The company advises garages to fit a new NTK Lambda sensor whenever the cat is replaced - a worn or failed sensor can result in increased fuel consumption, uneven running and poor performance.

Made in Britain

Diagnostics from Standard Motor Products Europe
Published:  10 June, 2014

The British-made air mass meters produced by Standard Motor Products Europe use programmable technology rather than the more common variable resitior which can go out of synch when subjected to engine vibration. Each unit is thoroughly tested rather than undergo batch testing, then calibrated to its design specifications in order to achieve consistent results to match OE performance. The Intermotor and Fuel Parts branded sensors have the SMPE logo etched on their body and are electronic coded with a serial number to allow full traceability. An individual test certificate is included for quality assurance and the part number can be identified with a - M suffix. The firm is now focusing on the manfacture of ABS sensors at its Nottingham premises.

Get tooled up

Hand Tools from Draper
Published:  09 June, 2014

A 13-piece Hi-Torq metric coloured combination spanner set from Draper Tool's Expert range includes colours which represent a different size. The tools are forged from chrome vanadium steel which has been hardened, tempered and coloured chrome plated. The set is supplied on a wall mountable storage rack. A Workshop Deluxe Tool Kit is supplied in a large, portable roller cabinet and includes everything from hacksaws to wrenches, cutting wheels to pliers and lots more.

Something for all

Lifts from Bradbury
Published:  06 June, 2014

A plethora of lifts are available from Bradbury Equipment, from 4-post lifts to specialist wheel free lifts for use on 4x4 vehicles and standard vans. As well as 2-post lifts, the company also offer Hybrid lifts, which boast space saving properties, as they do not take up the space of a 4-post lift and do not have a scissor mechanism beneath, allowing users to walk under the platforms. Manual and air operated hydraulic jacking beams are also available from Bradbury.

New era for data supplier

Diagnostics from Autodata
Published:  05 June, 2014

Access to technical information is a vital ingredient in effective diagnostics and repair and Autodata has changed the way it delivers the latest information to users. Its web-based product is designed to be more intuitive for users in the way it delivers service and maintenance procedures and more detailed data for diagnostic work and repair. A Service & Maintenance package provides essential info needed to carry out day to day servicing and maintenance including manufacturers' service schedules, illustrations and details on timing belts and chains. A Repair & Diagnostic package details diagnostic procedures, instructions and illustrations for more complex jobs, providing trouble codes, known fixes, bulletins and wiring diagrams, in addition to the information supplied in the Service & Maintenance package.

Italian style

Alloy wheels from Momo
Published:  04 June, 2014

A new range of wheels has been created by Italian styling firm Momo, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The M-50 has ten blade-like spokes and a large centre cap which covers the fixing bolts. The wheel comes in Hypersilver finish and four or five stud fitments. It is compatible with runflats and TPMSs, sizes 16" to 18" are offered.

Mini features

Diagnostics from Texa
Published:  03 June, 2014

A compact diagnostic tablet, the AXONE 4 Mini features many of the functions incorporated in Texa's bigger version, yet all centred around a 7" resistive touch screen. Connecting to the vehicle via a Bluetooth module allows technicians to work unobstructed anywhere on the vehicle, while the IDC4 PM software allows for ease of use with a simple app-based layout and swipe screen continuation to aid navigation through diagnostic functions. All of this in a unit that has been homologated to military standards for its robustness. It is also WiFi enabled for internet connectivity, giving direct access to information updates.

Raise your service level with a new lift

Lifts from Tecalemit
Published:  03 June, 2014

A comprehensive range of lifting equipment is available from Tecalemit, encompassing two and four-post lifts, scissor lifts and ATL and MOT lifts. Mobile column and even single post and other specialist lifts are offered. The company has been supplying 4-post lifts for over 80 years and the latest range includes service, MOT and wheel alignment lifts with capacities from 3.5t to 6.0t. Its service lifts incorporate a jacking rail and can be installed into a floor recess or surface mounted. Class IV and VII MOT lifts include radius turning plates, auto chock drive-on ramps, electronic latch release and meet all technical requirements set out by VOSA. Its wheel alignment range can be used with 4 wheel laser, CCD and 3D imaging systems. Wheel-free operation is possible with auxiliary lifting scissor tables.

Electronics testing

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  02 June, 2014

The FSA 500 oscilloscope enables advanced testing of electrical and electronic components and designed to be an affordable route into Bosch equipment. The scope has two and four-channel models and is supplied with pre-set component and ignition test functions and a two-channel multimeter for use on bus systems, including CAN. A signal generator simulates sensor signals and these can be customised. The FSA 500 runs off a battery and connects wirelessly to a PC which runs the Compacsoft software. This means it can be placed in the engine bay during tests and linked to the technical data on the PC. Comprehensive technical information in the form of ESI[tronic] software provides you with service bulletins which highlight typical faults for specific models. The addition of a Bosch KTS module provides actual values from the control unit displayed in real time, you can display live scope patterns beside live data. FSA software sets up the correct axis for your particular test and gives example waveforms. The tool is Euro 5 pass-thru compatible and can also be used to carry out any software updates the vehicle may need using the manufacturer's Euro 5 website.

Low cost repair system

Leak detection from Ring
Published:  28 May, 2014

UV dyes are perfect for finding leaks, especially 'invisible' leaks involving air conditioning gas. Ring Automotive has an inspection lamp and a range of UV dyes to detect leaks involving oil and fuel, the coolant and air con system as well as surface water leaks.

F1 car care

Consumables from Car Plan
Published:  28 May, 2014

Car Plan has announced it is to continue its partnership with the Marussia Formula 1 team for a third successive year. The team will use the company's products, based on Nanomeric technology, to keep the cars cleaned before they take to the track, or appear in front of the cameras. Car Plan's Auto Finish Mirror Gloss Sealant is one product used to help improve water repellence, as well as aid aerodynamics by ensuring the surface remains smooth. The company's Brake and Parts Cleaner is also used to clean pit garage floors during the 19 race meetings around the world.

Get a first-time fix

Diagnostics software from James Dillon
Published:  27 May, 2014

A 15% discount on version 13 of the Diagnostic Assistance software, written by James Dillon, is available to all Top Technician entrants during May. The software is said to be an ideal companion for a scan tool, designed to help you diagnose faults more accurately and quickly to achieve a first-time fix. Version 13 covers 414 different topics, including 182 comparative waveforms and guided component tests on 95 different sensors and actuators. If you have previously entered Top Technician, use the discount code 'TopTech15' during May at to get 15% off - you can enter Top Tech 2015 at in order to receive the online test this Autumn and qualify to use this code.

Service the latest systems

Air conditioning from Mahle
Published:  26 May, 2014

The ArcticPro 200yf service unit is designed for servicing the latest vehicles with air con systems using the R1234yf refrigerant and is available from Mahle. A mobile analysis unit identifies the refrigerant used and can be left to run an automated sequence or programmed manually. Standard AC systems are also catered for by the Behr ACxpert 1000a unit for systems using R134a refrigerant. The equipment is backed by a network for maintenance, servicing and technical support.

A powerful press

Tyre changers from Pro-Align
Published:  23 May, 2014

Pro-Align's range of tyre changers has grown with the addition of the TCX 578 and TCX 565 models. The TCX 578 leverless model avoids damaging rims and uses an intuitive central clamping system, accommodating wheels ranging from 12" to 32". A powerful bead press system is said to make demounting and match-mounting the tyres an easy task. Meanwhile, the TCX 565 is a more traditional piece of equipment offering big power in a lower tech package. It can accomodate a similarly large range of wheel sizes and has a two speed, high-torque motor. Both systems feature Hunter's automatic space-saving swing arm column.

Lower cost of repairs

Bodyshop products from PPG
Published:  22 May, 2014

The Nexa Autocolor Spot Blender from PPG is designed to help painters achieve a seamless fade out. It is supplied ready for use in both a can and an aerosol depending on the type of repair and combines ease of application with fast process times. Both are said to provide very good wetting of the paint surface and can be applied directly to the repair edge for a smooth appearance and requires minimal polishing.

Able to find that cable?

Parts catalogue from First Line
Published:  21 May, 2014

The 2014 cables catalogue is available from First Line, which claims to be the largest supplier of replacement cables for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The tome contains more than 700 new references, including over 2,000 brake cables, 364 clutch cables (many self-adjusting) in addition to 90 accelerator and 57 speedo cables. Schematic drawings and technical data are provided for each part number.

Parts for older cars

Air conditioning from Hella
Published:  20 May, 2014

Hella has introduced 126 alternative products into its compressor and condenser range. These are offered in parallel to the original spare part and are particularly suited for repairs on older cars where maintenance costs need to take into account the vehicle's value.

Starting transmission

Lubricants from Carlube
Published:  19 May, 2014

Almost half a million miles of road testing has resulted in Carlube MTF-U, which completes its range of universal transmission fluids. The firm says that garages will now only need to stock six different types of gearbox oil to cover 97% of the UK's cars. MTF-U comes in two viscosities, 75W-80 and 75W-90 and are designed to cover the widest range of performance parameters for manual transmission fluid. Shazad Shah, technical development manager for Carlube Oils, said: "It's easy to make the mistake of thinking that you no longer need gearbox oil as so many modern gearboxes are designed to be filled for life. However, as everyone in the industry knows, the moment a gearbox has to be repaired or replaced, it needs to be filled with oil." One of the six oils is DCT-U, which is designed for the latest Ford, VW Group and BMW dual clutch transmissions. CVT-U is for when a continuously variable transmission needs to be repaired.

Leak testing

Air conditioning from Hella Naussbaum
Published:  15 May, 2014

Two new Hella Naussbaum automatic aircon machines join the garage equipment arm of Euro Car Parts. The first is the Husky 150 for R134a systems on both cars and HGVs, including hybrids fitted with internal automatic flushing systems. The built-in vehicle database can be updated via a USB port and functions include auto flushing and moisture evacuation. Optional extras available are a 24 column ticket printer, AC performance tester, leak testing and push pull flushing. The second unit is the Husky 300 which includes a leak tester, cooling performance tester, 700cc cooler dryer, temperature probe and a 24 column ticket printer. Upgrades for this machine include a touchscreen PC, a wireless networking capability and wireless thermometer kit.

Take on new tasks with software upgrade

Diagnostics from Snap-on
Published:  14 May, 2014

Snap-on's new 14.2 software is designed to help workshops make the most of their diagnostic tools. Covering 98% of the new vehicle parc, the software upgrade for its range of hand-held scan tools contains over a million pieces of data. It includes up-to-date model coverage for the majority of manufacturers up to 2013, enabling independent garages to work on some of the newest vehicles on the road and avoid lost revenue by having to send a car to a franchised dealer for diagnostic-related problems to be solved. Examples of tasks you can now undertake with this include reprogramming the battery following replacement on the new F generation BMWs and locking the airbag on a Renault Megane III or Scenic III to carry out work on the body. New engines have also been added to the Component Test Meter (CTM) function, which now includes models from Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Renault and Volkswagen. Fresh content is available in the Troubleshooter Case Study section, which provides information to diagnose and repair complex problems and the Fast-Track Troubleshooter function receives enhanced updates for Fiat and Land Rover.

Igniting a new urban crossover

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  13 May, 2014

The latest innovation from Renault leaves the factory line with NGK spark plugs. Spokesman Tim Ward comments: "We have had a long and successful relationship with Renault over many years and our spark plugs are used not only in its engines but also those produced in alliance with Nissan and Dacia." The Captur urban crossover is equipped with the Energy TCe 120 four-cylinder petrol engine and has an Efficient Dual-Clutch gearbox. The spark plug used has an extra-long reach M12 thread with a centre electrode which features an Iridium tip of 0.6mm diameter and a platinum tip on the ground electrode. The plugs have a 37,000 mile life and the gap of 0.7mm is said to stay almost unchanged during that time, thanks to the precious metal.

Automatic servicing

Air conditioning from Bosch
Published:  09 May, 2014

Routine servicing of the air con system helps motorists avoid expensive repairs and Bosch has two new servicing units for the job. Both offer a fully automatic service for refrigerant recovery, recycling and recharge but they can be used manually too on cars and trucks. It has an integrated vehicle database that provides quick information on air con parameters before the service starts. The accuracy of the precision scales is +/- 5 grams and is able to measure the levels of refrigerant and UV additive used and new oil in the fluid containers.

Toyota Aygo service bulletin

Clutch kits from Blue Print
Published:  08 May, 2014

There are more than 830 part numbers in Blue Print's clutch kit programme, covering nearly 2,200 Asian and American applications. Clutch cables, hoses, master cylinders and slave cylinders are also provided. Clutch kits are covered by a three-year, unlimited mileage warranty against manufacturing defects. The firm keeps a close eye on vehicle recalls and service bulletins and one part that has been identified to fail prematurely is the clutch on the 1.0 Toyota Aygo, which also fits the Peugeot 107 and Citroen C1. Drivers began to complain about clutch slip and noise, a funny smell and a total failure of the OE clutch at around 40,000 miles. Toyota issued a bulletin saying that all clutch replacements should be conducted using a larger clutch assembly, replacing the original 180mm clutch with a larger 190mm unit, which can be sourced as a kit from Blue Print. A further bulletin from Toyota stated this would not solve the whole problem and that clutch pedal free play must be checked and adjusted at every 9,000 mile service interval as the amount of free play in the pedal reduces, so does the amount of pressure applied by the clutch cover, which speeds up wear.

Aligners, tools and training

Tyre bay equipment from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  07 May, 2014

The range of equipment available from Tyre Bay Direct has grown steadily over the past 50 years it has been trading to include everything from tyre changers, wheel aligners, lifting equipment, wheel balancers, tools, jacks and TPMS, as well as a large range of consumables. The firm says it has helped many customers start their tyre business from scratch and its team is able to talk you through the various options - whether you are planning to have a mobile tyre fitting van or adding to your existing garage services. Unite tyre changers and wheel balancers come with a 24-month warranty and are backed by a UK wide engineering team who can access a full array of spare parts stocked in its Midlands-based warehouse. High performance tyre fitting training is available from the firm to help businesses maximise business in their area.

Book in a demo

Wheel alignment from Tecalemit
Published:  06 May, 2014

The GTR 440 wheel alignment system from Tecalemit incorporates position sensors mounted on wheel hangers which communicate with a PC within the workstation cabinet via Bluetooth. All the essential angles are measured while the live data is displayed on the large flat screen and is shown against the vehicle information held on the database. An on-site demonstration service is offered to potential customers.


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