Sporting brake kits

Brakes from PFC
Published:  28 November, 2013

PFC Brakes, famous within motorsport world for its Carbon Metallic race pads, has increased its aftermarket brake component and kit ranges. The company prides itself on offering brake pads that are more environmentally friendly than traditional pads and claim to exceed EU requirements. Some of the latest kits introduced include disc and pad upgrades for the Mercedes Vito, Ford Focus and Renault Megane R250.

Repair kits for vans

Stabiliser link repair kit from Meyle
Published:  25 November, 2013

A stabiliser link repair kit for the Peugeot Boxer III, Fiat Ducato and Citroen Jumper III are available from Meyle, as well as a control arm repair kit for the Iveco Daily III and IV. Worn original bushings or stabiliser links often make it necessary to replace the entire stabiliser link assembly which is only available as a complete unit, making the repair unnecessarily expensive. The Meyle repair set solves this by giving workshops all the necessary stabiliser links and bushings. The Meyle range contains around 17,000 products in total, covering passenger cars, trucks and vans.

Plug and play pumps

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HP
Published:  22 November, 2013

Electric power steering pumps from JTEKT HPI are supplied by the OE manufacturer, fit Citroen C5, C6 and Peugeot 607 applications and are available now from KPS Automotive Parts. They are supplied fully programmed in order to 'plug and play' when fitted to the vehicle. The range also includes pumps for Fiat, Nissan and Renault applications. The pumps join the existing range of pumps, columns and racks, the full range is available through many national distributors.

Power steering fix

Additives for Forte
Published:  21 November, 2013

Clunky gears

Transmission fluid and filter changer from Wynn's
Published:  20 November, 2013

A number of vehicles now have sealed automatic gearboxes but manufacturers are now finding that degradation of the oil occurs over time and this can lead to judder, noise and a gradual deterioration of gear change quality. The oil in modern automatic transmission is highly engineered to serve several purposes such as cooling, lubrication and promoting hydraulic application of clutches and power transmission via the torque converter. Transmission fluid and filter changes are now being recommended after 50,000 miles to ensure it is performing at its best. Wynn Oil has launched the TranServe Machine and Automatic Transmission Flush to be used during this task. The machine has been designed to make this a much simpler task, changing around 90% of the contaminated fluid.

At home on winter roads

Winter tyres from Toyo
Published:  19 November, 2013

New design features on Toyo's Snowprox S943 winter tyre is designed to work in deep snow and ice but also in cold weather on dry or wet tarmac. EU label graded rubber has been used to offer exceptional wet grip, without compromising deep-snow performance. Sizes range from 165/70/14 up to 224/45/17 and the tyre's lightweight construction helps reduce the vehicle's overall CO2 emissions.

Diagnostics upgrade

Diagnostics from Snap-on
Published:  18 November, 2013

The 13.4 software upgrade for Snap-on's diagnostic hand-held tools covers 98% of new vehicles and includes 2012 model year coverage. Manufacturer-specific data for all 30 makes made in 2012, covers EOBD and the Troubleshooter function has been upgraded with BMW and VAG data. The Component Test Meter function now has Hyundai and Kia capability and over 8,000 unique tests have been added across all manufacturers.

Motorised tyre racks

Tyre racks from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  15 November, 2013

Are you fed up with having a pile of tyres hanging about? If so, this interesting motorised tyre rack could make good use of wasted vertical space. By the simple push of a button the system will rotate, bringing you the requested tyre without any effort or risk of injury. These systems are common in Europe, where they are often used for storing winter tyres. However, until recently, nobody has been importing them into the UK. Tyre Bay Direct can supply the system in different lengths and up to 6.3 metres high. The largest of the racks is capable of holding some 280 tyres - so you never need to lose business by not having the right tyres in stock.

Lock into place

Hydraulic motorcycle lift from Draper Tools
Published:  14 November, 2013

This hydraulic motorcycle lift, available from Draper Tools, has a 360Kg capacity and has a lifting range of 180mm to 680mm. It has an all-steel construction and a heavy-duty foot operated hydraulic pump and ram assembly. A safety table locking device prevents accidental lowering and it features an adjustable wheel clamp and wheel stop bar. The rear panel can be removed when changing the back wheel.

Cheeky POS opportunity

Point of sale from Smelly Beaver
Published:  13 November, 2013

For all of you wanting to stock point of sale items, the Smelly Beaver company may just have the products for you. Smelly Beaver in-car air fresheners are supplied in five different fragrances, bubblegum, new-car, lemon, apple and vanilla. Two different POS units are available including a desktop and a colourful full size shipper. This cheeky company has quite a cult following - especially with students and has a range of merchandise including t-shirts and mugs. So, why not grab yourself some POS sales and stock this fun scented selection.

Minimise stress

Tie rod end assembly from Meyle
Published:  12 November, 2013

The tie rod end assembly on the Nissan Micra III (up to 2004) has been problematic so Meyle has devised a spare part with a larger ball pin diameter to create a stronger component than the original. This provides a longer service life so the firm can offer an extended four-year warranty on the Asia Line part. Owners of the K12 model often end up in the workshop complaining of front axle noise or excessive steering play. The cause is typically the tied rod end assembly which wears easily. Meyle has increased the ball pin by 3mm to reduce the pressure on it, distributing the loads across a larger surface area and reducing the stress on the plastic socket fitted in the joint. The plastic socket has also been changed to withstand stress peaks, low friction materials have also been used and wear-reducing additives mixed with the grease to help prevent corrosion.

Extended warranty on kits

Cooling products from Dayco
Published:  11 November, 2013

A large number of water pump kits for applications using the timing belt to drive the pump are available from Dayco, 215 to be exact. The kit includes everything necessary to replace a water pump and timing drive system. The firm says it takes no longer to make a full system repair compared to just changing the pump and fitting a new belt is a low cost precaution to give peace of mind to both the workshop and the motorist. The High Tenacity belt supplied with the kit comes with a three-year warranty and the firm believes this provides workshops a competitive advantage over those fitting other brands.

Dodgy coolant warning

Tetrosyl coolants
Published:  08 November, 2013

Tetrosyl warns that an influx of cheap coloured water has found its way into the UK market over the past couple of years which after testing, has shown to have little or no freeze rating. Its Bluecol and Carplan ranges of winter car care cleaning and maintenance products include antifreezes and coolants, screenwashes and wiper blades. Four new coolants have been added to the Bluecol range and are suitable for petrol and diesel engines. They prevent corrosion and overheating and offer protection from freezing down to -35ºC with a dilution rate of 50%.

Type 2 camper van

Classic fuel tank

Camper van parts
Published:  07 November, 2013

Owners of late Type 2 Campers and restoration workshops will be happy to hear that VW Heritage has come up with a fuel tank to fill all 1972-1979 Type 2 models. Rusty old tanks can cause a number of running issues and, of course, an MOT failure.

Corner module

Training videos from TRW
Published:  06 November, 2013

A series of short videos, produced by TRW, examines every aspect of its safety critical components and what makes up its Corner Module programme. The company says this should benefit the whole supply chain, describing the safety critical nature of the Corner Module and reasons why high quality replacement parts should be used. The minute-long videos can be seen at The firm has more than 5,000 references of steering and suspension parts, covering 92% of the European vehicle parc.

Starting a new line

Denso Europe alternators and starter motors from Wood Auto
Published:  04 November, 2013

Huddersfield-based remanufacturer Wood Auto now stocks the complete range of Denso Europe OE alternators and starter motors. This programme currently consists of 181 alternators and 54 starter motors. There is a new catalogue available which includes all angle colour photos, plug diagrams, technical specifications, cross-referencing and a vehicle application guide. In other news, Wood has also acquired SAS Components. The firm has transferred all accounts and will be making contact with all customers to inform them of the change.

Asian and American parts

Steering & suspension from Blue Print
Published:  02 November, 2013

More than 19,000 vehicle variants are provided for by Blue Print's steering & suspension range of 4,450 part numbers, which has everything from arm bushes to coil springs and power steering reservoirs. Items just added include an outer track rod end for the Chrysler Delta, a lower suspension arm bush for various Mitsubishi models and an outer CV joint kit for the Honda Accord. All parts are supported by a three-year unlimited mileage warranty and the firm provides a library of technical information online.

Don't forget the sensor

Sensors from Walker Products
Published:  01 November, 2013

When replacing a diesel particulate filter you should also fit a new exhaust temperature sensor as they play a starring role in protecting components and reducing emissions. Walker Products has a range of 300 replacement part numbers for European vehicles. The firm also has a lambda sensor programme which includes 840 direct replacement part numbers.

Double clutch repair kits

Clutches from LuK
Published:  31 October, 2013

The dry double clutch from LuK, initially developed for Volkswagen, improves energy efficiency, helping to reduce fuel use and emissions, combining the comfort of traditional planetary automatic transmission with the efficiency of a manual. It consists of two clutches on two different input shafts - one actuates the odd gears and the other deals with the even-numbered gears and reverse. No hydraulic support systems are involved so fuel savings up to 10% can be achieved compared to a wet transmission - between 12% and 18% savings can also be made on CO2 emissions compared to a conventional automatic gearbox. The LuK RepSet 2CT is available from Schaeffler and provides independent garages with two engagement levers, two engagement bearings, adjusting shims and all the parts need for mounting. A specially developed tool helps remove and install the dry double clutch and detailed instructions, training and technical brochures are also provided. The sets are for use on the 7-speed transmissions used on Audi, Seat, Skoda and VM models but the firm is looking to create additional sets for use on other marques.

Autumn garage checks

Coil springs from GKN
Published:  30 October, 2013

Coil springs play a vital role in ensuring good road-holding and stable handling so keep your customers safe by checking their suspension system before winter sets in, advises parts supplier GKN. Worn or broken springs can affect braking and tracking so it's important to regularly check for cracks, rust and also wear and tear caused by the springs. The presence of rust should send alarm bells ringing - a rusty spring can break at any time and the likelihood increases as temperatures drop as steel becomes more brittle. Rust and damage generally occurs on the lower coils as stones, dirt and salty water are thrown up from the road. GKN recommends that springs are replaced on both sides as the second spring will also have suffered similar damage. New coil springs can be installed when the shocks are changed - GKN gives a ten-year guarantee on its Spidan coil springs when they are exchanged in pairs. A full range of mini-block, cylindrical and lateral force springs are available, in addition to complete pre-mounted strut kits to save time.

Align plates

Tools from Draper
Published:  29 October, 2013

This nifty tool makes light work of accurately aligning the clutch and pressure plate before fitting. It will fit most vehicles up to five tonnes but cannot be used with double plate clutches. You select the collet size you need; three are supplied with the tool, one of which is preassembled on the tool. Place the pressure plate on top of the clutch plate, fit the tool into the pressure plate and clutch plate then centre/align the clutch.

Run flat machinery pack

Tyre bay equipment from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  28 October, 2013

Feeling flat? The latest package from Tyre Bay Direct will be sure to inflate your spirits. The kit comprises of a 24" fully automatic tyre machine (which crucially is capable to deal with run-flat tyres) and a motorised wheel balancer. Also included are all the associated scalpels and scrapers as well as tyre bead paste, leak detector fluid and more. The pack is currently available with an interest free option.

New model sparks

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  27 October, 2013

The latest S3 and Q7 SUV Audi models feature NGKs spark plugs. The plug for the S3 has a slim M14 thread allowing for a larger layout of the engine's cooling ducts and its long insulator design and cup-shaped terminal provide high ignition voltages. The precious metal is resistant against spark and hot gas erosion so the electrode gap remains almost unchanged over the service life of the plug. A double precious metal type plug is used on the Q7's V6 3 litre super-charged TFSI engine.

QH poised to return

Clutches from QH
Published:  26 October, 2013

It's not been the best year for historic parts brand Quinton Hazell following the collapse of Klarius in February. However, new owners Tetrosyl are poised to bring the name back onto the shelves before Christmas with ranges of clutches, brake pads, water pumps and other vehicle components. The brand will officially re-launch at the EquipAuto show in Paris this month. Watch this space for exactly what will be included in the new line-up

Timing chain

Engine timing tool kit from Laser Tools
Published:  25 October, 2013

This engine timing tool kit is for use on Fiat's low emission 875cc twin cylinder TwinAir engine, used in the 500, 500C, Panda and Punto and some Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Chrysler vehicles. These engines use a timing chain and this tool set is needed whenever you want to remove or replace the timing chain. The set has a flywheel locking tool, a pulley locking pin and a camshaft locking plate with set screws.

EGR training

TerraClean machine from Ranstad
Published:  24 October, 2013

The TerraClean machine connects directly to a vehicle's fuel rail and circulates a special fluid around the engine to remove carbon, tar and varnishes from fuel injectors, injector pumps, combustion chambers, manifolds and oxygen sensors. A TerraClean service claims to increase MPG by up to 15%, reduce emissions, improve performance and extend component life. Randstad invites workshops to become part of the TerraClean service network and business is being driven to these centres by a TV advertising campaign and a two-day conference for its service centre network begins in Northumberland on Friday 4th October, giving members a day's training on a new EGR cleaning tool before the second day conference.

Blades and motors

Wiper blades from Valeo
Published:  22 October, 2013

Flat blades, developed to complement a vehicle's shape, continue to be the top seller in the aftermarket but hybrid wipers are becoming increasingly popular with Asian marques. Valeo's HBlades combine the conventional bow structure and a covering similar to a flat blade. The vehicle specific Silencio brand contains 197 references of universal, flat blade, specific fit, rear and HBlade (hybrid) wiper blades cover 96% of the UK parc and are made on the same production line as OE blades. Over 100 vehicle specific flat blades are offered which require no additional adaptors as they match the original part in terms of splines, curvature and length. A QR code on the pack directs you to a fitting instructions video for that particular reference. A Compact Revolution range allows you to replace standard blades with new flat ones which come with an integrated spoiler and replacement wiper motors are also available.

Fit a cat, fit a sensor

NTK Lambda sensor from NGK
Published:  21 October, 2013

When you replace a catalytic convertor you should always fit a new NTK Lambda sensor too, says NGK Spark Plugs. The reason being, a worn or failed sensor will reduce control of the fuelling system and lead to increased fuel consumption, uneven running and poor performance. Spokesman Tim Howes says: "The impending Euro 6 emission limits are particularly tough for diesel engines and considerable R&D is going on to develop cost effective ways of meeting the targets." Howes continues: "Even now complex exhaust gas after treatment requiring strict and accurate monitoring is the norm. This usually necessitates multiple temperature, pressure and gas constituent sensor deployment. There has been a considerable increase in the use of NTK wide band oxygen sensors on later diesel passenger cars."

TRW Corner module

Corner module

TRW videos
Published:  18 October, 2013

A series of short videos, produced by TRW, examines every aspect of its safety critical components and what makes up its Corner Module programme. The company says this should benefit the whole supply chain, describing the safety critical nature of the Corner Module and reasons why high quality replacement parts should be used.

Key checks

Transponder Tester from The Diagnostic Box
Published:  18 October, 2013

The TDB002 Transponder Tester quickly checks if a key or remote control has a working transponder fitted. It will work on most vehicle, truck and motorbike keys and remotes - checking that data is being sent and at what frequency. The gadget, available from The Diagnostic Box, will run for at least 20 hours on three AA batteries and powers off if left unused to save battery life.

Fine tune handling

Multipro Coilover kits, developed by Eibach
Published:  17 October, 2013

A number of new Multipro Coilover kits, developed by Eibach, are now available for VW Group models - the latest models to benefit are the Mk V and VI platform versions of the modified VW Golf and Jetta, Audi A3, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon. The R2 kit uses lightweight aluminium with 10-way adjustable compression and 7-way rebound damping. The ERS race spring range coupled with precision spherical upper mounts are designed to allow perfect alignment and set up. Track day enthusiasts should note that this allows you to corner-weight the car and fast-road motorists can select comfort, ultimate grip or anything in between.

Seeping seals

Seal Conditioner from Forte
Published:  16 October, 2013

Seals deteriorate and oil leaks occur and to address this problem, Forte has developed a Seal Conditioner to restore seals' properties to protect engines, manual transmissions and final drive differentials. A major cause of oil burning and smoking is down to the valve stem seams hardening and shrinking, resulting in oil seeping past the seals into combustion chambers. Forte's Seal Conditioner can be added to all conventional petrol-based crankcase and gear oils.

Small footprint

Wheel balancer is new from Hofmann
Published:  15 October, 2013

The Geodyna 3900 video wheel balancer is new from Hofmann and balances motorbike, car and light commercial tyres. It features a 19" colour monitor and semi-automatic data entry to speed things up. 'QuickBal' technology reduces cycle times, has a measuring speed under 200rpm and a wheel guard comes as standard. The new balancer has a 2D SAPE system for the error-free input of the distance of the wheel rim to the machine, rim diameter and width, as well as Virtual Plane measurement. Installation, user training and a two year warranty are included in the price of the equipment.

Sell on 'value for money'

Oil from Castrol
Published:  14 October, 2013

Research conducted by Castrol shows that although the price of engine oil remains the most important criteria when choosing oil - quality, engine protection and trust also ranked highly. The fact that 9% of respondents ranked their car manufacturer's recommendations and advice from sales staff as their most important selection criteria is a clear message to workshops that motorists appreciate the best value for money. Mark Perkins, Independent Workshop Manager at Castrol, explains: "Independent workshops can improve lubricant profitability by upselling premium oil to customers, as these typically generate greater profit from every litre sold. Castrol is the only lubricant recommended for use by a number of leading manufacturers which is a major selling point for many customers. If workshop staff take the opportunity to illustrate the benefits of high-quality, manufacturer-recommended oil, many customers will prefer to have peace-of-mind and will be willing to spend a little more for a lubricant that is recognised as the best for their vehicle."

Diagnostics upgrade

Software upgrade from Snap-on
Published:  11 October, 2013

The 13.4 software upgrade for Snap-on's diagnostic hand-held tools covers 98% of new vehicles and includes 2012 model year coverage. Manufacturer-specific data for all 30 makes made in 2012, covers EOBD and the Troubleshooter function has been upgraded with BMW and VAG data.

It's all about timing

Timing belt kits from Schaeffler
Published:  11 October, 2013

The INA range of tensioner parts from Schaeffler has a number of new timing belt kits and sets. A tensioner set and timing belt kit covers a wide range of Volvo models and various PSA, Ford and Mazda models are covered by new timing belt kits and tensioner sets. VAG vehicles are catered for by V belt tensioner repair kits and V belt tensioners are available for the Audi A4, A5 and Q5 and many more. Japanese and Far Eastern vehicles also benefit from the new parts. Technical Services Manager Malcolm Short says: "The new INA parts are for a variety of vehicles and include notable timing belt set and kit releases for a host of important vehicles that are seen on a regular basis by independent garages."

Fix leaks fast

Leak repair from Holts
Published:  10 October, 2013

SEALit Coolant Leak Repair is designed to permanent seal leaking engine blocks, head gaskets, freeze plugs, cylinder heads, radiators and hoses and Holts is so confident of its abilities it provides a money-back guarantee for the lifetime of the engine. It can be used on all cars and is compatible with all antifreezes - you simply pour the liquid directly into the cooling system to create a lasting seal.

Energy boost for autumn

Battery charger from Schumacher UK
Published:  09 October, 2013

Several battery chargers and maintenance products are available from Schumacher UK, all of which feature SpeedCharge software that measures the inputs to the battery. The Professional Boosters use Hawker Enersys batteries, have a two-year shelf life and can perform multiple starts on a single charge. They also feature digital displays and state of charge monitors. SpeedCharge software within the chargers is said to charge batteries up to three times faster than ordinary chargers. Director Ian Garwood explains: "The sophisticated software in the Schumacher chargers measures and monitors voltage and amp inputs. It actively adjusts them to maximise the charge input while preventing gassing and thermal runaway, which is essential to prevent damage to sealed and valve regulated batteries." An OBD memory saver is also available to support a vehicle's electronic systems and stored data during battery removal.

Universal connection

Wipers from AC Delco
Published:  08 October, 2013

A total of 36 universal, 17 flat and four rear wiper blades from ACDelco cover popular applications. Flat blade wipers are supplied with a range of connectors which fit eight different arm types. Universal ones come in sizes 24", 26" and 28" alongside a number of universal spoilers and 24" and 26" derivatives. The firm recently added a four part range of universal rear wipers, covering 88 references. Four connectors make them compatible with the main five types of wiper arm.

Aircon to diagnostics

Products from Mahle
Published:  07 October, 2013

The Behr Acxpert 1000a is the first garage equipment product to be sold by Mahle and is suitable for vehicles using R134a, which is the case in most current models. Looking ahead, the firm is also stocking the Mahle Arcticpro 2000 for HFO1234YF systems - both units are approved by major VMs including BMW, Fiat, Citroen, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo. Mahle has also acquired RTI Technologies from Bosch and will soon be introducing a range of diagnostic and servicing equipment.

Point of sale items are little gems

Point of sale items from Saxon
Published:  04 October, 2013

Saxon has a number of product lines ideal for that cheeky point of sale purchase. Products such as the Sakura EU Travel Kit are an ideal way to boost your revenue and offer your customer a useful addition to their vehicle. The travel kit features compulsory and recommended accessories for European driving, such as a warning triangle, first aid kit, GB sticker, beam bender, high vis vest and an emergency bulb kit. In addition, the company offer the ever-popular Little Trees in-car air fresheners, which are supplied with counter boxes and point of sale material. Perfect to grab those additional sales.

Maximise sales this winter

Lighting from Hella
Published:  03 October, 2013

Hella has introduced discounts and promotional material to help garages and stockists sell more headlights, interior lights, halogen and Xenon lights. A bulb fitting guide has been designed to take the stress out of fitting bulbs, an online bulb configuration tool quickly finds the bulb you need and a free counter top display unit can house the now heavily discounted stock of 12V and 24V bulbs. Hella's Ian Dore, comments: "Our intention is that a specially priced, quality product, combined with practical counter top packaging and aftermarket support, will provide garages and stockists with a great platform for bulb sales this winter."

Can you give a DPF a good clean?

DPFs from Delphi
Published:  02 October, 2013

As we know, DPFs are designed to meet emission legislation and when they become blocked with soot, regeneration should occur automatically if the vehicle is driven for longer periods in order to reach the right temperature for this to take place. Washing or removing the DPF are methods used by workshops on vehicles which are only used as local run-arounds but Delphi states that not all DPFs can be washed efficiently and that removing it can affect emissions, which could affect an MOT result. A problem DPF should be removed and inspected to see if the substrate is cracked, the firm says aerosols could cause more blockages if it is already full of ash. OE filters are made with Silicone Carbide, other manufacturers may use Cordierite which can melt after multiple regenerations. Delphi DPFs are produced to OE equivalent standards using Silicone Carbide and are supplied with fitting kit

Overhaul drive systems

Belts from Gates
Published:  01 October, 2013

A campaign to encourage technicians to overhaul drive systems rather than just replace the belts and tensioners is underway by Gates and is celebrating production of 5 million timing belt kits at its Polish plant, 20 years after the introduction of its PowerGrip belt. PowerGrip timing belt kits include all the components for a synchronous belt drive system and all of the OE quality components are designed and engineered together. The ranges cover 99% of the vehicles in the European parc, covering petrol and diesel engines in Asian, European and American models.

Dual spark coils

Ignition coils from Denso
Published:  27 September, 2013

The ignition coils range from Denso has recently grown, expanding its engine management systems programme which also includes mass air flow sensors, exhaust gas recirculation valves and fuel pumps. With 10 new ignition coils, the range now stands at 18 parts in total, covering 46 OE part numbers for models such as the Daewoo Matiz, Hyundai Accent and Coupe, Kia Cee'd and Picanto. The range includes four types of coil: Coil on Plug for dual spark in a distributor-less system, Ignition Coil Block, the Distributor Coil and the Stick Coil. All coils feature a compact driving circuit into the top of the coil, the cylindrical coil can be installed directly into the plug hole, saving dead space.

Pipes of appeasement

Exhausts from Akrapovic
Published:  26 September, 2013

If your customer wants to upgrade their standard exhaust system then these days you need to be mindful of noise and emissions before you agree to do it for them. Small wonder then why so many custom 'zorst companies have long since fallen by the wayside. However, Akrapovic, a firm formed by the famous Slovakian racer of the same name, has obtained EC-type approval and CARB compliance for its range of Audi RS4 and 5 upgrade kits. The kits are said to help the engines breathe out a little more easily, resulting in increased performance - and they sound more throaty to boot. The pipes are of a 'cat back' design, meaning you retain the OE catalyst making for an easier fitment.

Charge up on the move

Portable power packs from Varta
Published:  25 September, 2013

With most people now using smartphones and tablets to stay connected on the move, Varta has come up with a range of products to satiate your customers' thirst for power in the form of portable power packs. Portable Power packs, USB charger car sets and universal chargers with multiple adapters are now available, powered solely by batteries (which are now also available from Varta). The portable power pack supplies energy on the go via micro USB, mini USB and Apple charging connectors, giving enough power to recharge a mobile phone twice or an MP3 player up to ten times. A portable power pack and adapter set is also supplied with USB-In and USB-Out functions. A USB charger car set has a 12V USB adapter to connect to a car plug and fully charges a device in less than three hours. Adapters include Micro USB, Mini-USB and iPhone and two devices can be attached at once.

Burn off carbon build-up

DPF cleaner
Published:  24 September, 2013

If you are faced with a blocked DPF and unable to perform a forced regeneration, DPF Genie offers an alternative to using additives. The company based in North London has a special heat treatment oven to clean the system safely. You remove the filter from the vehicle, package it up and the firm has a nationwide collection service so once they have cleaned it, it is returned with a certificate which guarantees it has been thoroughly cleaned. Silicone carbide DPFs are not designed to have fluids pass through them so the company designed a special oven which uses only heat and air to remove build-up, it reaches 700ºC to burn off the blockage within the channels.

Design solutions

Dayco belts
Published:  23 September, 2013

Start-Stop functions will continue to be used by the VMs in order to achieve EU emission targets across vehicle ranges and component suppliers have had to go back to the drawing board and develop suitable systems. A vital part of these systems is the starter and while some VMs have opted for an uprated starter motor, others have chosen to use a starter/alternator driven by a belt for a quick and quiet engine start with the combined component switching between each function. Dayco worked with Peugeot/Citroen to create an auxiliary belt system with the strength to start and restart the engine instantly when the vehicle pulls away but had to be no wider than a standard belt. This resulted in the patented Dayco Self Tensioning System which maintains a balanced tension on both sides of the belt, enabling the starter/alternator to seamlessly switch between its starting and charging modes to allow the vehicle's Start-Stop system to function to its full potential. The cornerstone development of this self-balancing device is the rigid connection of its pulleys, which allows it to maintain the correct belt tension irrespective of the direction of the load.

Low rider

4-post lift from Stertil Koni
Published:  20 September, 2013

The ST4040 4-post lift from Stertil Koni lifts up to 4,000Kg so is ideal for cars, vans and other LCVs. It has a drive-on height of just 13cm so even the lowest of vehicles can easily get on the ramps. This also means that 'short' drive-on ramps can be used freeing up workspace. The equipment will lift up to 2,000mm and has an adjustable descent speed as standard. Its range of 4-posts has lifting capacities from 4,000Kg up to a whopping 30,000Kg, to cater for all classes of vehicle.


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