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.

Prepare to service new models

Air conditioning from Launch
Published:  06 May, 2014

A dual gas station from Launch recovers, recycles and recharges R134a and R1234yf refrigerants automatically. The ECK Twin enables a quick change from one gas to the other without the risk of cross contamination as there are two separate units in the machine. Functions include oil discharge, vacuum, leak test, UV tracer dye and oil regeneration. Launch also supplies single gas stations and a range of tools and consumables, backed by technical support an on-site training.

New parts and quality guarantee

Brakes from Apec Braking
Published:  05 May, 2014

A total of 26 new part numbers have joined Apec Braking's programme of parts. Notable inclusions are front and rear brake pads for the Ford Transit, Golf Mk7 and Audi A3 Sport 2012-on platforms. The firm has a new parts guarantee in place on every complete axle set of matching discs and pads for two years or 24,000 miles. If the discs or pads wear out during this time, they will replace them free. You simply register the sets online to provide extra reassurance to your customers.

Full Approval

Garage equipment from Trade Garage Equipment
Published:  02 May, 2014

Sub-standard garage equipment has always been a worry for the industry, while poor installation and no technical backup is also a concern. Trade Garage Equipment has just introduced the 'Trade Approved' customer guarantee across all of its equipment and installations. Work is undertaken by GEA Accredited engineers who have recognised trade qualifications and regular, scheduled training and follow the GEA Code of Conduct for qualified standards and professionalism. An aftersales care service is maintained by experienced engineers who are experienced in the equipment offered. Once the customer is happy with the work undertaken, Trade Garage Equipment will present them with a certificate showing they have the backing of the company and giving clients confidence that the workshop is fully supported.

Tyres are changing

Tyre changers from Bosch
Published:  01 May, 2014

Two new wheel balancers and a tyre changer are available from Bosch which have many OEM approvals and recognise the market's need for a 24" to 26" turntable. The WBE 4200 and 4400 semi-automatic wheel balancers provide digital read-outs for cars, LCVs and motorcycles and give better access to the inside of the wheel and an improved working position. Using Bosch's Easyfix arm, they take measurements in eight seconds, automatically measuring the diameter and distance of the wheel. They feature a space-saving hood and slim body design and use the Aludata weight sticking system - an external arm is optional. They have 11 programmes for vehicle wheels, five of which are specific for alloys. There is a weight separation programme, five for motorcycle wheels and a static unbalance optimisation feature. The WBE 4400, incorporates all of the useful features of the WBE 4200 but adds the 19" TFT LCD-monitor. Lastly, the new TCE 4450 is a fully automatic tyre changer with a column that tilts and raises, handling wider tyres with a diameter of up to 26".

Better than OE?

Steering and suspension from Meyle
Published:  30 April, 2014

The experts at Meyle have re-engineered control arm bushings for a wide range of makes and models and the latest offering benefits the Mazda 3 and 5 series models. The rugged full rubber mount is designed to outlast the hydro bushing on the OE version and it comes with a four-year warranty. Technical director Sven Nielsen says: "Unlike their OE counterparts, the MEYLE bushings are made from steel and high-grade natural rubber, dispensing with all fluid", Nielsen continues. "The MEYLE-HD bushing is therefore immune to premature failure caused by fluid leakage. To ensure the part offers identical damping capabilities, the forces acting on the components have been calculated using the finite element method (FEM), allowing the MEYLE bushing to provide similar dynamic driving properties as the OE hydro bushing. "

BMW M3 upgrade

Suspension from Bilstein
Published:  29 April, 2014

A range of adjustable damper upgrades for BMWs E92 M3 are available from Bilstein, providing a full 'plug and play' compatibility with the factory EDC system, working fully with the factory switchgear. The EDC compatible unit allows owners to adjust their car for track or fast road use instantly, maintaining the character and comfort of the original drive but with a sharper focus on handling precision. It plugs directly into the factory loom using OEM connectors - a direct replacement for the original dampers. It is designed to give significantly greater service life over the standard part.

Judder free

Clutch kits from ACDelco
Published:  28 April, 2014

Twenty clutch kits join the ACDelco programme covering many popular models from various VMs including Alfa Romeo, Citroen, BMW, Fiat, Hyundai and Mercedes. The new additions include all-new components and cover 11,000 European and Asian applications and are supplied in its eye-catching pizza-style packaging. The parts are covered by a 24 month/20,000 mile warranty and feature low drive plate run-out for less vibration and judder-free operation and an even pressure plate lift for smooth engagement. Full details can be found on MAM, Activant and TecDoc.

Smart chargers

Smart battery chargers from CTEK
Published:  25 April, 2014

The full range of smart battery chargers from CTEK will be showcased which are designed to ensure any 12V or 24V battery is optimally conditioned, charged and maintained. A number of products will also be announced at the show

New starters

Starters and alternators from Remy
Published:  24 April, 2014

A total of 44 new to range starters and alternators join Remy's programme of rotating electrics. The total number of parts now stands at well over 4,000 and covers more than 35,000 applications. New starters cover the Vauxhall Astra J and Corsa D as well as the Mercedes CLS, E Class, M Class and S Class. Alternators cater for the Renault Laguna, Hyundai i20, Citroen Nemo and Mitsubishi Pajero IV.

Free training

Training from the GEA
Published:  23 April, 2014

Alignment made easy

Clutch alignment kit from Draper
Published:  18 April, 2014

This Expert universal clutch alignment kit from Draper is designed to help you quickly align the flywheel pilot hole with the drive plate. It comes with eight steel bushes and three expanding mandrels and is suitable for most cars and LCVs. A six-piece HGV clutch aligning kit is also available. A 38 piece self-adjusting clutch kit pre-tensions SACs prior to removal and installation to prevent damage and premature wear. It can be used on BMW, Fiat, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Volvo and VW/Audi vehicles fitted with a SAC.

Electric overview

Steering from KPS
Published:  17 April, 2014

Electronic power steering (EPS) has been available for some time, with the first vehicles to use it being built around 1998. Replacing these systems is very diagnostic led and involves a different mentality to the installation of hydraulic steering systems. KPS is able to supply re-coded products, so they leave the factory believing they are brand new products. This allows them to supply 'plug and play' items that will overcome installation issues with VIN or anti-theft specific products. KPS is an official distributor for JTEKT HPI and offers full range of 'Generation 3' original equipment electric power steering pumps, all programmed to suit the respective application. The full range is: Renault Laguna 3, Peugeot 307, 407, 807 and Expert, Citroen C4, C8, Jumpy, Fiat Scudo and Dacia Logan.

RepSet, ready, go!

LuK clutches from Schaeffler
Published:  16 April, 2014

During 2013, Schaeffler extended its LuK clutch range so independents could deal with the requirements of nearly six million additional vehicles, with more to follow in the coming months. Two new DMFs join the fold for the VW Gold 2.0 GTI ('04-'09) and the Golf VI TDI ('08-'13), both of which are fitted with the LuK DSG gearbox. RepSet Pros are also now available for the Ford Mondeo IV ('07 on), the VW Amarok 2.0 TSI ('10 on) and the Peugeot RCZ 1.6 ('10 on). Lastly, a RepSet has been released for more than 67,000 vehicles including the Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 ('06 on) and for a number of Far Eastern models.

Protecting shocks

Steering and suspension from KYB
Published:  15 April, 2014

KYBs 2014 catalogues feature 66 new shock absorber part numbers for its five damper ranges and 92 new coil spring parts for cars, car derived vans and light commercials. Over 22 additional applications for suspension mounting kits are also offered, designed to increase the life of the shock absorber and can be easily replaced at the same time as the shocks. 45 protection kit applications have also been added. A total of 80 vehicle manufacturers are listed alphabetically for easy reference and a pictorial listing of suspension components is also included. The firm has recently built a new coil spring factory in the Czech Republic to support increasing demand for KYB K-Flex coil springs.

Corsa upgrade

Chassis enhancements from Eibach
Published:  14 April, 2014

A range of chassis enhancements are available from Eibach for the Corsa 'D' model, improving handling on the 3-door, 5-door and even commercial variants. The more subtle Pro-Kit gives an all-round 30mm drop for better handling and less chance of the vehicle rolling. Each spring is pre-stressed to avoid sagging, shot-peened for perfect tempering and then electrostatically powder-coated for durability. The Sportline package gives a more aggressive stance with 40mm up front and 30mm at the rear for a 'raked' stance. The Pro Street-S coilover kit is a stainless steel threaded damper body giving a range of height adjustments from -25mm to -55mm from stock ride-height. They can be adjusted individually for a fine set-up and corner weighting if desired.

Ramp up the amperage

Battery chargers from JHM Butt
Published:  11 April, 2014

The Accusmart range of electronic battery chargers has grown, says distributor JHM Butt. The existing 12V units with outputs of 2A and 4A are joined by 1A 12V, 7A 12V and 3.5A 24V units, charging batteries from 35Ah to 210Ah and maintaining batteries up to 250Ah. All chargers are supplied with at least two connectors, clamps and battery terminal, 2A, 4A and 7A 12V are additionally supplied with an auxiliary socket connector. All chargers come with a two-year warranty.

Rise of the Phoenix

Filters from TJ Filters
Published:  10 April, 2014

After a 15 year hiatus, TJ Filters, who previously made OEM and aftermarket car and motorcycle filters for many manufacturers from Alvis and Aston Martin to Velocette and Wolseley, are back on the scene with more than 500 references for next-day delivery from Quinton Hazell. QH is now owned by Tetrosyl who has invested £10 million into the brand. Ron Bentley, Product Manager for TJ Filters, says: "I've worked for Quinton Hazell for twenty years and I can tell you that this is the most exciting thing that has happened at my time at the company."

Safe as houses

EV tools from Laser Tools
Published:  09 April, 2014

A new range of VDE certified tools for use on hybrid and electric cars is available from Laser Tools. There's a 3/8" drive torque wrench, a versatile 3/8" drive socket set, a Hex and Star Key set plus a Screwdriver set. The wrench has a quick release and has 5-25Nm of torque, the socket set has 14 sockets in total, ranging from 6mm to 19mm and the smooth 3/8" drive ratchet handle has quick release and 150mm and 250mm insulated extension bars. All the tools have VDE certification and are rated to 1,000 volts.

Tyre tool saves time

Universal TPMS solution from Autogem
Published:  08 April, 2014

In the last 18 months, Autogem has been saving its customers time with the universal TPMS solution, the i-sensor. The firm is using the event to show visitors the latest development in the programme - the launch of online training for both Autogem distributors and the technicians fitting TPMS on a daily basis. This new training platform provides the flexibility of onsite training not tied to specific site visits or expensive training sessions. It's designed to be fast, easy and totally user friendly to get technicians to a competent standard quickly and thoroughly. The firm has now trained in excess of 1,000 technicians and salespeople throughout the UK and abroad on the benefits of making TPMS an important part of every tyre business. It invites you its stand to find out more about i-sensor and its latest training modules.

Improved customer service

Wheel alignment from Pro-Align
Published:  07 April, 2014

A new powerful HunterNet software module is said to benefit workshops when completing steering and suspension repairs with aligners using the latest WinAlign operating system. It provides reports so receptionists can access alignment results, customers can make decisions about additional work which may be required and customers can be sent results by email. You can use the software to analyse the work taking place in your workshop, including performance indicators and the conversion of opportunities to sales. "As all steering and suspension work should be completed with an alignment check, HunterNet is a valuable addition to a workshop's armoury," says Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. "Not only can it help to improve customer service levels but its extensive management information capabilities can prove invaluable for those workshops looking to maximise their profitability."

Reader discount on JLR service tool

Servicing tool from Diagnostic associates
Published:  04 April, 2014

A direct replacement

Clutch kits from Valeo
Published:  04 April, 2014

The range of high efficiency (HEC) clutch kits available from Valeo has grown. They directly replace self-adjusting clutches and are designed to improve driver comfort and increase the life of the clutch - plus they're easier and quicker to fit. HEC kits have a special clutch cover which makes the diaphragm more rigid and a high efficiency, low-wear friction material - this is said to ensure a stable pedal distance and load throughout the life of the clutch. Designed to be easy to fit, the kits require no special tooling and there are 64 references in the range including popular marques such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Mercedes and Volkswagen.

A year on

Steering and suspension from Comline
Published:  03 April, 2014

Comline entered the steering & suspension realm last year and has recently introduced its 1,000th part number. The range caters for 90% of the European, Japanese and Korean car parc. The programme includes stabiliser links, control arms, suspension kits, tie rods, ball joints and suspension bushes. Prior to manufacturing, all raw materials are tested for purity before each component undergoes rigorous tests including tension, compression, hardness and live performance before being branded and batch coded for traceability.

A heads-up on hybrids

Training from GroupAuto
Published:  02 April, 2014

Without training, the independent garage is seriously disadvantaged when it comes to winning business as almost all franchised dealers have an integrated training regime from their vehicle manufacturer. To help keep its garage network remain competitive, GroupAuto provides technical training to its AutoCare members. Non-members can also benefit from its G-Xpert initiative which provides 24 courses across the UK by respected independent trainers from eXponentia and ADS. Workshops that attend five eXponentia courses achieve 'Master Garage' status and a wall plaque. Electric vehicle training is available in the form of a one-day course covering hybrid systems and a two-day course which provides attendees with the know-how to safely diagnose and repair faults on hybrids.

New tools added to range

Bespoke tools from Blue Print
Published:  01 April, 2014

Bespoke tools are needed more frequently to complete many servicing and repair jobs nowadays and Blue Print has added a host of new tools to complement the 26,000 parts it provides for Asian and American vehicles. Extra long 8mm, 9mm, 10mm and 12mm glow plug sockets will grip and extract the glow plugs on the applicable vehicles, the 12mm deep socket pictured here has a reinforced adapter to remove plugs in very difficult to reach locations. There's a stretch belt tool to remove and replace auxiliary belts on Mazda and Ford applications, including the Fiesta and Mazda 2.

Quick release

Steering and suspension parts from Firstline
Published:  31 March, 2014

New to range parts are a priority at First Line and 45 were added last month. Notable parts include wishbones for the Toyota Hi-Lux III and Renault Clio, tie rod ends for the Toyota Prius and top strut mountings for the Renault Captur. The firm prides itself on the speed in which it introduces parts in relation to the launch of the vehicle as demonstrated by availability of wishbones for the Citroen C-Elysee 2013 and tie rod ends, stabiliser links and rack ends for the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe.

Put to the test

Brakes from Tarox
Published:  28 March, 2014

Performance brake manufacturer Tarox subjects all products to a burn/freeze test which is used by OEM suppliers to confirm efficiency and longevity under extreme conditions. Products are tested inside a temperature controlled thermal cell, aka the torture chamber. The resistance of all the components on a brake caliper is checked under extreme temperature as well as intense use. Each caliper, complete with pads, is fixed on a support within the cell and the cell is cycled between 120°C and -40°C. The caliper is made to perform 1,000 simulated retardations every hour, for a continuous 36 hour session, over 3 full heat cycles of 12 hours each. So, each test sees 36,000 simulated stops over one-and-a-half days. The company found that every Tarox product was found to operate without fault throughout these conditions and all components were in perfect working order after a thorough strip down and inspection. MD Valeria Taroni, said: "We are delighted to share the results of this in-house testing with our dealers and end-users. There is no requirement or stipulation in the performance aftermarket to subject our products to such torture but we feel as a company that we should prove the engineering integrity of every component we design and manufacture."

Brake testing

Brakes from Comline Auto Parts
Published:  27 March, 2014

After adding 168 new part numbers to its range of brake pads and discs in 2013, there's no sign of Comline Auto Parts easing the pace with 150 part numbers planned for release over the coming months, catering for the Japanese, Korean and European car parc. Over 1,200 'E' certified brake pads are currently available, a Rubber-Metal-Rubber shim features on many applications, helping to minimise noise and eradicate squeal. Parts undergo rigorous dynanometer tests at Comline's manufacturing plant. The foundry which the firm commissions also conducts material testing to check hardness and tensile strength.

Suspension mounting

Suspension from KYB
Published:  27 March, 2014

New parts feature within KYBs latest catalogues for shock absorbers and coil springs, with 66 new shock absorber parts across its five damper ranges and 92 coil spring part numbers covering cars and light commercial vehicles. Over 22 additional applications for suspension mounting kits have been added and a further 45 protection kit applications. 80 vehicle manufacturers are listed alphabetically and a pictorial listing of suspension components is included.

A clear picture of work done

Timing belts from Contitech
Published:  26 March, 2014

The service sticker which is supplied with all Contitech timing belts and belt kits enables you to note the mileage reading and change date of the belt and other components which were also replaced. The improved sticker is made of a foil material which protects against soiling and premature fading.

Ready to go

Alternators from Remy Automotive
Published:  25 March, 2014

A large number of new-to-range alternators have been added to Remy Automotive's rotating electrics programme, bringing the total number of parts available to well over 4,000. These cover more than 35,000 applications and popular additions include the Renault Laguna 3 and VW Passat. "This extension is an essential part of our ongoing range development to create strong sales opportunities for the UK Aftermarket by ensuring that the Remy range offers the best car parc coverage in the UK." Says Michael Flensborg, Sales & Marketing Director of Remy Automotive UK.

Durable bonds

HD parts from Meyle
Published:  24 March, 2014

The current range of hydro and rubber engine mounts available from Meyle fit more than 25,000 passenger car models and the firm says replacing the mount effectively neutralises vibration for a more comfortable drive. Hydro mounts have a supporting rubber body and small compartments immersed in viscous fluid and the damping characteristic adapts to changing vibration levels. The design is tailored to each vehicle's specific requirements. Rubber mounts are made from an elastomeric material with high load-bearing capacity, designed specifically for each application. The bonding between the rubber and metal compounds enables them to perform reliably under all load conditions.

Filtered performance

Filters from K&N
Published:  20 March, 2014

K&N's 33-2498 air filter is a simple performance upgrade designed for the new Honda Accord 2.4 litre engine. It is designed to increase horsepower and acceleration while providing efficient filtration of the air being brought into the engine. It has been precision engineered to be an easy-to-install direct replacement, sitting in the factory standard airbox without any modifications. The durable urethane seal provides an excellent fit, while the oiled cotton gauze filter allows for less restriction in the factory air intake system. The 33-2498 is also washable, meaning once fitted it does not require replacing, unlike disposable paper-based filters. It is therefore a simple performance add-on and a cost saving product in one.

Getting jiggy with it

Globaljig from Tri-Sphere
Published:  19 March, 2014

Vehicle manufacturers are specifying the use of cold repairs during body repair wherever possible, using bonding and riveting materials rather than the traditional spot welding. To make a quality repair, you need to ensure the set-up and positioning of the vehicle on the jig is done right, says Globaljig Systems importer Tri-Sphere. Director Jim Masterson adds: "It doesn't matter whether it's a wet repair or a dry repair job. The position in the frame is critical. It's got to fit first time, whether it's a rivet or a bonding material. Second chances are very expensive indeed." The SPR Hydraulic Riveting Tool joins its bodyshop tools catalogue which is powered by an air pump that delivers up to 50kN of driving force. It has a pressure gauge which ensures self-piercing rivets, used on tougher metals such as boron steel, can be used easily with Globaljig Systems.

Core strength

Ignition products from Bosch
Published:  18 March, 2014

There are just under 300 part numbers in Bosch's ignition coil programme, encompassing traditional asphalt coils for older vehicles to the modern plastic variety in both module and pencil/rod configurations in newer engines. Its range of ignition cables provides over 90% market coverage and includes hundreds of resistive ignition cable sets, copper core cable sets, pre-assembled resistive single leads as well as pre-assembled copper-core single leads. The Silicone-Power resistance ignition cables were developed for vehicles fitted with resistance cables as OE and feature a long-lasting unbreakable core.

Long term relationship

Mann-Filter range from First Line
Published:  17 March, 2014

The Mann-Filter range, available from First Line for the past 30 years, encompasses air, cabin, fuel and oil filters from brand owner Mann+Hummel - one of Europe's largest OE suppliers. Official distributor First Line says the depth of the range is considerable and its stock availability exceeds 95%. New popular references include a cabin air filter for the Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic II, an oil filter for the BMW X5 and X6 and an air filter for the Peugeot 206, 307 and 308.

Stand out from the crowd

Lighting bulb kits from Osram
Published:  14 March, 2014

Wirelesss ambient lighting kits from Osram are a great way to customise a car - the rechargeable kits feature seven selectable colours and four dimming settings for use inside the car and in the door sills. The LEDambient interior kit, pictured here, comes with a wall washer, two spotlights and two bendy fibre optic light guides. The light guide and spotlights can be bent into any space and shine across arm rests or seat edges. The LEDs provide distributed light evenly and the wireless interior kit is secured in place by strong Velcro and is designed to withstand re-styling. A door entry ledge automatically lights up door sills and this is mounted with strong magnets. Both kits can be synced together, controlled by remote and charged by a USB cable and after a full charge can give around 48 hours of continuous use.

Shocking state of suspension

Suspension from Bilstein
Published:  13 March, 2014

Dodgy suspension is rife on our pot-holed roads and Bilstein urges workshops to carry out checks when undertaking servicing and repairs this Spring. The firm undertook some research and a group of mobile suspension testers found around 20% of the vehicles checked had a defect in the suspension system and as many as one in four vehicles had a road adherence difference of more than 20%. Drivers tend not to notice the wear and tear on shock absorbers and the consequences can be severe, especially when evasive action needs to be taken on the road, dramatically extending braking distance. "A regular check of the suspension, including the shocks and springs, is essential for road safety," emphasises Rainer Popiol, head of training at Bilstein. The detection of possible safety risks also strengthens customer loyalty.

Parts to compete on price

Bearings from First Line
Published:  11 March, 2014

The First Line range of wheel bearings includes over 1,000 part references and recent kits cover the Ford Focus III (2011 on), Nissan Juke (2010 on) and the Land Rover Evoque. The parts are backed by a two-year or 24,000 mile warranty. A full repair can be undertaken with these kits as they include all the necessary accessories such as locking nuts, stretch bolts and oil seals. The firm has also introduced a Key Parts brand for when price is the primary concern. The range includes over 150 bearing kits and hub units and covers most of the UKs popular applications including the Ford Transit and VW Golf.

Unlimited mileage

Bearing kits from Blue Print
Published:  07 March, 2014

The growing range of Blue Print's wheel bearing kits now encompasses over 900 references for 4,500 applications. The products are supported by a three year unlimited mileage warranty. Kits added this month are for the Toyota Auris 2010>2012, Nissan Sunny 1998>2004 and the Nissan Cabstar 2000>2007.

Module coding and resets

Diagnostics from Launch UK
Published:  06 March, 2014

The X-431 PRO is new from Launch UK and can be used on American, Asian and European vehicles. The Android-based 7" LCD tablet uses the latest Bluetooth technology to exchange data through the DBSCar connector and mobile terminal. It is also Wi-Fi enabled so you can browse the internet and access maintenance information. Other features include photo, video and the ability to access live data. The tool provides module coding, resets, re-learns and is supplied with all relevant connectors and adaptors. Launch UK MD Dave Richards, says: "The X-431 PRO complements our entire professional range of diagnostic tools and means that, in addition to the X-431 PAD and GDS, we have a solution for every workshop requirement and budget."


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