Glow plug cleaner

Glow plug cleaner from Laser Tools
Published:  16 July, 2013

Glow plug seizures are common within the cylinder head and are partially due to carbon entering the glow plug bore. When replacing the plug you should clean out the aperture within the cylinder head, particularly around the area of the glow plug heater element tip.


Spitfire and 4x4 duel!

Range Rover launches Range Rover Sport in style at Goodwood
Published:  15 July, 2013

In the lead up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, an unusual, and exceptionally British, duel took place to celebrate the 2014 Range Rover Sport's UK launch and took the form of a drag race between the 4x4 and a 1945 Spitfire fighter at the Goodwood estate. It was a photo finish - check out the video below...

Battery recyling

The 2014 Lucas Battery catalogue
Published:  15 July, 2013

The 2014 Lucas Battery catalogue is out now and Manbat has produced a range of point-of-sale material to inform customers about the range and its wide application.

Oil check

Engine oil from Comma
Published:  12 July, 2013

Engine oils in modern cars and LCVs must be re-filled and topped up with the engine specific oil, dictated by the vehicle's manufacturer. If you don't and things go wrong with the cat, diesel particulate filter, engine or the turbocharger, the fault may be traced back to the wrong oil being used, invalidating the warranty.

Free brake cleaner

Holts Brake Cleaner
Published:  10 July, 2013

The 600ml aerosol of Holts Brake Cleaner is said to be the star of its professional range, providing a powerful cleaning action with a high pressure spray (5 bars). The degreaser quickly removes brake dust, oil, silicone and grease on all types of ABS system.

Get set for summer

Sealey's summer workshop promotion
Published:  09 July, 2013

Hundreds of products are offered at discounted prices in Sealey's Summer Promotion - deals can be had on jacks, power tools, welders, compressors and a wide variety of workshop equipment.

Ignition coils added to line-up

Ignition coils from NGK
Published:  08 July, 2013

NGK UK has added a major new product range to its portfolio. The company, known for its original equipment-quality spark plugs, glow plugs and NTK Lambda sensors, is introducing a range of ignition coils.

Performance tests

Padtech brake pads from Autoparts
Published:  05 July, 2013

A new promotional campaign for the Padtech brake pad has been launched by its exclusive distributor Autoparts and focuses on how the range's quality testing procedures exceed that of the ECE-R90 EU regulation.

Tackle misalignment

Wheel alignment manual from Autodata
Published:  04 July, 2013

The 2013 Wheel Alignment manual is now out from Autodata, helping techs carry out the quick, high-margin task of resetting a car's wheel alignment to manufacturer's specifications.

Try a different approach

Gear oil additive from Liqui Moly
Published:  02 July, 2013

Using gear oil additives will minimise hard shifting, friction and wear and tear, says Liqui Moly. Clearly, they cannot repair severe mechanical damage but the chemical tools are said to achieve good results in many cases, at little cost.

MOT failures

Unipart brakes
Published:  01 July, 2013

When replacing brake pads, Unipart says they should only be replaced in axle sets and the same applies to the discs which should be checked every time you replace the pads. Braking issues continue to affect MOT failure rates and although a vehicle's brakes are deemed safe on the day, if pads are wearing low, workshops need to ensure customers realise they will not be safe for the year ahead - giving garages an opportunity to up sell and get the customer back for repairs.

Diagnostic tool from Britpart

Land Rover diagnostic tool with Lynx, powered by Omitec
Published:  28 June, 2013

This Land Rover diagnostic tool has been developed by Britpart to find and help rectify common Land Rover electrical faults. The Lynx is powered by Omitec who build the T4 - the official Land Rover diagnostics tool. There is a multi-vehicle professional version and also a single model home-use version available. The Lynx tool is Windows based and runs on a Windows laptop or tablet so information is easier to digest than on a hand-held device. The Lynx will read and clear fault codes, read live data (and record for comparison), test actuators, reset service lights and perform programming tasks and more.

Digital radio kit from Celsus

Integrated digital radio receiver with internal antenna
Published:  27 June, 2013

This digital radio kit from Celsus comprises an integrated digital radio receiver with internal antenna which fits and operates through the steering controls. New car DAB fitment currently stands at 35%, from only 5% two years ago, and is expected to reach 50% this year. However, the vast majority of vehicles on the roads don't have it but there's a growing demand to retrofit and the recent DAB ATA route supports this trend. It is no longer an expensive upgrade for motorists and coverage is now very good, say Celsus. The kit comprises the 'black box' radio interface, antenna kit and universal power adaptor harness. A USB upgrade facility 'future-proofs' the Media DAB so enhanced services like traffic announcements can be activated.

Castrol challenge

Independents profit from oil
Published:  26 June, 2013

A trial programme in which participating workshops upsell advanced Castrol engine oils to customers is now underway. In a recent pilot involving 15 independent workshops, a third of customers upgraded to the product when given the choice and were happy spending an additional £15 to £25 on top of the basic service cost.

Diagnostic kit from Blue Print

G-Scan Asian kit
Published:  26 June, 2013

The G-Scan Asian kit has been available through official UK importer Blue Print for the last 12 months but now the same piece of kit (minus the pre-EOBD sockets) is available cheaper, in the form of the G-Scan Lite. If you mostly work on Asian vehicles from the year 2000 onwards, you'll make a decent saving over the full kit - if you need to buy other sockets in the future, these can be bought separately. A two-year warranty and two annual software updates are included in the package

Test lead kit from Mac Tools

Retractable test leads
Published:  25 June, 2013

A retractable test lead kit from Mac Tools has two retractable 15ft test leads that wind up into the central hub. These can handle up to ten amps when unwound and 6 amps while retracted. The probe end can be connected to any combination of the test probes, alligator clips or spring hooks supplied in the kit.

Diagnostic tool from EEC

Diesel Particulate Filters reset tool
Published:  24 June, 2013

The EEC Diesel Particulate Filters reset tool will regenerate DPFs, reset the EOLYS additive light, identify fault codes and perform a filter replacement function and static regeneration. The tool has been upgraded to work on popular Nissan models, including the Navara, Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and X-Trail vehicles. The tool was first introduced two years ago and now covers 283 vehicles from many marques, including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Ford, VAG and Volvo. If you already have the tool you can use the EEC DPF reset tool update suite to get the latest applications as they are released.

Rotating electrics from Hella

Starters and alternators
Published:  21 June, 2013

Over 60 part numbers are offered in a new entry level range of remanufactured starters and alternators from Hella. The 'TiMEFiT' programme uses an OE core and is remanufactured to OE specifications. The company has chosen the most popular parts for cars and light commercials and includes parts in demand for older vehicles. Hella's Ian Dore comments: "The launch of TiMEFiT means we have a dual offer for the aftermarket. Alongside the existing premium yellow box products, TiMEFiT brings affordably priced remanufactured units to the market using OE core and remanufactured to OE specifications. The range is made possible due to the volume of re-manufacturing we undertake, together with massive improvements in the speed of the process used."

Diagnostic tool from Sealey

Smoke diagnostic tool
Published:  20 June, 2013

This smoke diagnostic tool from Sealey helps pinpoint system leaks within the air intake, fuel, cooling, exhaust, evaporation or vacuum systems. The Leak Detector connects to a 12V vehicle battery and uses mineral oil and shop air to generate smoke at a low pressure, while connected to a vehicle. If purchased before May 31st, it comes with a free EOBD code reader as part of Sealey's vehicle service promotion.

New Verus Pro from Snap-on Diagnostics

Hand-held diagnostic tool
Published:  19 June, 2013

The new Verus Pro heads the Snap-on Diagnostics family of hand-held diagnostic tools. The powerful tool is said to provide all the information a technician will need, providing a scanner, components test metre, scope reading and repair data. The scanner has a built-in camera and a single keyless adaptor for EOBD applications. OEM specific coverage is provided from 1992 to date for over 29 manufacturers. Technicians can customise the Verus Pro using the ShopStream Integrated Diagnostic Suite software, so once a vehicle is identified, all relevant information (such as vehicle records, information from online forums and diagnostic data) is remembered and stored for future use.

Sellarc air compressors

Air compressors includes mobile and static units manufactured by W.Bateman & Co
Published:  18 June, 2013

The Sellarc brand of air compressors includes mobile and static units, manufactured by W.Bateman & Co in Preston, are now online. The firm also produces the Reno brand of pressure washers which come in various sizes and capacities. A host of technical information is available on each of the products, making it easy to see which will be most suitable for your workshop's needs. Spare parts and a repair service are also offered.

Mega Macs 42 SE from Hella

Hand held diagnostic tool
Published:  17 June, 2013

The New Mega Macs 42 SE from Hella has the same functions as the previous model but now includes PassThru technology, wireless VCI and a mains-powered docking station. The machine covers more than 40 manufacturers and over 35,000 vehicle models, providing adaptions, coding and basic settings. PassThru capability enables ECU firmware upgrades, meaning independent garages can undertake tasks previously only possible through franchise dealers. Diagnostic software assists with component function, expected symptoms and the likely causes of faults. A free UK hotline provides expert technical support.

Timing belts from BGA

Timing belts, kits, components and water pumps
Published:  14 June, 2013

A timing belt programme has been added by BGA and includes belts, belt kits, timing components and water pumps. Over 400 references provide parts for more than 90% of the UK car parc, covering petrol and diesel cars and light commercials by all the major European, Japanese and Asian manufacturers. The British Gaskets brand adds this line to its existing ranges of cam and valve train products.

Lift from Trade Garage Equipment

Single post Technique lift range
Published:  11 June, 2013

The T1000 single post lift joins the Technique range from Trade Garage Equipment, which includes equipment ideally suited for workshops with limited space. The lift requires minimal space, stands at 2.4 meters high and 1.6 meters wide, it has a reach of 2.3 meters and lifts to an impressive 1.95 meters. The price of the lift includes installation and staff training.

Leak detection from Ring Automotive

Leak detection fluid
Published:  10 June, 2013

Sometimes diagnostic work comes back to the basics and finding a leak within the engine or transmission has to be done the old-fashioned way. The four most common sorts are oil, coolant, water and air con and while big leaks are easier to spot, smaller ones can go undetected - this is where UV leak detection steps in. This low-cost method will discover the big leaks but will also seek out invisible leaks such as air con gas. To find them, add an appropriate UV fluorescent fluid to the system (not brakes!) and the fluid will emerge from the leak point, by shining a UV lamp around possible leakage points you'll quickly see the glowing additive. Ring has designed an inspection lamp and four UV dyes for each type of common leak. A powerful magnet on the base of the light and two hooks help you work hands-free.

Alignment system from Haweka UK

Haweka UK joining forces with Vamag of Italy
Published:  07 June, 2013

A new car wheel alignment system has come to market as a result of Haweka UK joining forces with Vamag of Italy, who has been making garage equipment for over 30 years. The 8 CCD system is said to make 4-wheel alignment a doddle and ideal for those working within a budget. It is pitched as the next step on from a laser system and features a database of 15,000 vehicles. A steering wheel level and 'Pro-Clamps' are available. On-site demos, training and product support is offered across the UK.

Jacking beam from Weber UK

Hydraulic jacking beams that meet VOSA requirements for Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs
Published:  06 June, 2013

A range of hydraulic jacking beams that meet VOSA requirements for Class 4 and Class 7 MOTs are offered by Weber UK. The newly added WS2000L can lift up to 2,000 Kg, has a low closed height of 190mm, lifts to 510mm and a 1,610mm double extending top beam - ideal for low profile cars. The WS3000L lifts - you guessed it - 3,000 Kg, also has a high lift to 510mm, a closed height of 218mm and is built to withstand the extra weight. Both have a three position mechanical locking device, finger guards and overload valve. They feature adjustable support pads on the top beam and come with four rubber blocks for extra support.

Diagnostic support products

Diagnostic support products from Traction Charger
Published:  05 June, 2013

Traction Charger introduced its range of diagnostic support products back in 2007, with Ford approving the 25A BSU1 battery support unit for markets outside of North America and since then, Traction has gained several manufacturer approvals including Nissan, Volvo and Jaguar Land Rover. The BSU2 is ideal for use during diagnostics, reprogramming and ABS brake bleeding, providing a stable voltage and up to 50 amps of regulated power to prevent data loss and battery damage. It can be used with any 12V automotive battery including AGM and gel types.

Hofmann Geoliner

Hofmann Geoliner 670 and 680 aligners from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  04 June, 2013

The Hofmann Geoliner 670 and 680 aligners from Snap-on Diagnostics use Gen 4 HD imaging technology and icon-based Pro 42 software - designed to make the alignment process as straightforward as possible.

Electric sander from Mirka

Body shop sander
Published:  03 June, 2013

This electric sander from Mirka is said to be the lightest in its class and features a brushless motor with patented driving technology. The orbital sander plugs into a standard power supply and will produce a smooth finish in various tasks.

G-Scan Asian kit

Diagnostics from Blue Print
Published:  31 May, 2013

The G-Scan Asian kit has been available through official UK importer Blue Print for the last 12 months but now the same piece of kit (minus the pre-EOBD sockets) is available cheaper, in the form of the G-Scan Lite. If you mostly work on Asian vehicles from the year 2000 onwards, you'll make a decent saving over the full kit - if you need to buy other sockets in the future, these can be bought separately. A two-year warranty and two annual software updates are included in the package.

Trico Flex wipers

Trico blades available from Autoparts
Published:  30 May, 2013

There's more choice to clear the summer rain from the windscreen thanks to a new partnership between motor factor group Autoparts and car parts brand Trico. The factor will be stocking the wiper firm's new Flex range in branches across Northern England and Scotland. The Flex range has just ten part numbers to cover 90% of the UK vehicle parc. The brand has made finding the right blade even easier by introducing a QR code which the technician can scan with his smart phone to launch a dedicated application. The new blades feature a low-profile design and a 'memory curve' steel beam that ensures uniform pressure throughout the sweep giving a clean and clear wipe. The ten part number range features blades between 400mm and 700mm in length.

Eibach Pro-kit springs

Suspension kits from Bilstein
Published:  29 May, 2013

Four Eibach Pro-Kit springs and four matched Bilstein dampers provide a handling upgrade for the BMW Z3. Two are available; one for the lighter 1.8 and 1.9 variants and a more heavily rated kit for the 2.0 through to the 3.0 versions. A damper upgrade is also available for the 3.2 'm' model. The B12 kit ensures less body roll and improved dynamics.

Alignment system from Tyre Bay Direct

Alignment system with access to Auto Data UK
Published:  28 May, 2013

Hanway alignment systems range from simple CCD alignment units for those starting out in this area to state-of-the-art full 8CCD systems. Top of the range equipment features new generation wireless technology, data freeze programmes, work efficiency management and access to the Auto Data UK database with six monthly updates included. All Hanway systems, available from Tyre Bay Direct, have a ten year parts availability guarantee.

Autel MOTPro diagnostic tool

Diagnostic tool supplied by Equipexpress
Published:  27 May, 2013

Autel's MOTPro has been designed to be a helpful tool to have around for independent repairers and MOT testers - dealing with MOT failure faults such as common light reset problems including electronic parking brake, electronic stability control, airbag, TPMS and engine. It can tackle read and clear codes on 42 makes of vehicle and reset the light on many more. Live readings, graphs and recording are available on Engine and EPB. The tool is supplied by Equipexpress with free courier delivery in the UK and Ireland and comes with

Best of British

New wheels for prestige vehicles
Published:  24 May, 2013

Rimstock has introduced several new wheels for prestige vehicles, such as the Balmoral, pictured here. They have also produced the Silverstone with its deep, concave stagger fit and the Eagle for the Smart car. The firm is also looking to expand its winter range in 2013 and it has two large OE marques looking to adopt a winter wheel programme this year. It has invested heavily in its forged wheel production and has developed one of the largest forging plants in Europe.

Hybrid conversion kit

Fully automatice R134a refrigerant management system
Published:  23 May, 2013

The Robinair AC690PRO fully automatice R134a refrigerant management system from Autoclimate has additional equipment available making it suitable for use on hybrid vehicles. The Hybrid Conversion Kit allows users to safely and efficiently inject hybrid oils and dyes. In addition, for those who already own a Robinair machine, the conversion kit can be purchased separately.

A staple fix

Hot stapler system
Published:  22 May, 2013

Fixing a bumper panel can save a motorist hundreds of pounds but repairing plastic body components by glueing and other traditional methods can result in a weak and inflexible repair and more often than not, material build-up. However, Power-TEC hot stapler systems provide robust repairs in seconds and a new cordless version makes it more flexible and ideal for mobile repairers. It features an angled head and an LED to light up the work area. The set contains rechargeable lithium batteries, charger with plug socket adaptors and 300 stainless steel staples of the most used sizes.

A call to arms

Protective sleeve
Published:  21 May, 2013

This protective sleeve from Laser Tools will prevent cuts from sharp metal or glass fragments when fitting windscreens and door glass and will also save you from burning yourself on hot engines and exhausts. The sleeve is made from Kevlar which is five times stronger than steel on an equal weight basis, it features the additional protection of a thick, strong leather panel.

Fit straight from box

Brake discs
Published:  20 May, 2013

Meyle's Platinum Discs (PD) have a corrosion-resistant zinc coating to better performance and boost their kerb appeal, especially when used on vehicles fitted with alloys. Unlike uncoated discs which must have the grease removed before fitting, PD brake discs are ready for assembly straight from the box. They are available for a wide range of applciations.

Guarding CV batteries

Battery guard
Published:  17 May, 2013

A solid state battery guard for commercial vehicles is now available from Alfatronix, an established firm in the field of voltage conversion products. The PowerTector battery guard monitors the source voltage and will disconnect the battery if voltage falls below a preset level. This will ensure there is always sufficient voltage to start a vehicle or provide power for other crucial applications. The device can be used as part of a battery management system to ensure the battery is never entirely depleted or in line with specific ancillary equipment. There are six units available from 10 amps to 200 amps to suit most applications.

Fast moving Vipers

Viper compressors and condensers
Published:  16 May, 2013

Viper compressors and condensers are available through FPS, due to a new relationship with air con experts, Compressortech. The range boasts the UK's largest when it comes to compressors and has a comprehensive number of condensers and ancillary products - such as R134a gas and leak detection products. The steady growth in air conditioning as a standard vehicle feature meant that FPS decided it was time to offer the market a bigger and more price competitive range. So, in July 2012, FPS entered into a new relationship with air con experts Compressortech, owner of the Viper brand. Fast moving parts can be delivered the same day to factors and cover key applications such as VW Golf V petrol and diesel models (2003-2012), Saab 9-3 petrol and diesel (2002-2012) and Audi A4 petrol and diesel (2000-2008).

Retrofit tyre monitoring

Tyre pressure monitoring system
Published:  15 May, 2013

A retrofit Tyre pressure monitoring system is offered by Celsus. The Paser SKT 170 plugs in behind the audio head unit and can be calibrated in minutes from tyre pressures and a road test. It continuously monitors CAN Bus rolling radius data and issues warnings if problems are detected. With no tyre sensors, the unit is said to be more reliable and very competitive on price. Alerts can be activated for tyre wear and even excess speed if desired. Vehicle manufacturer specific harnesses are supplied for a range of popular Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Peugeot, Skoda and VW models.

Gleaming sheen

Wheel washer
Published:  14 May, 2013

This washer accommodates wheels from all types of cars, vans and off road vehicles up to 360mm in width. The unit has an arm which keeps wheels upright and a separate sedimentation tank. There are three washing programmes of 20, 40 and 60 seconds, followed by a drying time of 15 seconds - both hot and cold washes are available. The equipment comes with a starter pack of Wulkan Mix granulate and a supply of washing concentrate. Paul Leather of Ayce Systems, said: "For any workshop or service centre handling or repairing wheels, particularly those specialising in alloy wheel refurbishment, who wants to give their customers that extra add on service, this new washer is a must have piece of kit."

PC scopes

Diagnostic equipment
Published:  13 May, 2013

The latest Hanatech fault-finding products are available from V-Tech, including new Hanascans. The Hanascope features a 4 channel oscilloscope, component auto set, digital multimeter, ignition waveform analyser and more. The Hanascan 70 offers a simple, user-friendly design, compatibility with all Windows OS and memory up to 512GB. The new Hanascan 10 has Windows XP embedded, connects to USBs and is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. The PC based scan module features key coding, monitoring and boasts OEM level diagnostic software with all communication protocols.

Use the force to solve wheel issues

Published:  10 May, 2013

The Hunter Road Force Touch balancer measures road force variation and load force, helping you get to the bottom of the most difficult vibration and ride quality problems. The balancer identifies any low spots on the rim, applies a load roller to the wheel and tyre assembly to locate stiff spots in the tyre. The assembly can then be 'force matched' to minimise vibration. Pro-Align says that without this diagnostic tool, there's no way of knowing the best wheel and tyre position combinations. By measuring the lateral force variation of each wheel assembly, the system can also recommend the best position for each wheel to minimise tyre related drift or pull issues.

Low impact gas

Published:  09 May, 2013

Honeywell's new low GWP (Global Warming Potential) refrigerant Solstice yf is available from A-Gas and is said to have a cooling capacity equivalent to HFC-134a and operates in a similar way to R134a, which you will already be familiar with. The gas has low flammability, low toxicity and is non-corrosive. It has a GWP of 4, 99.7% lower than R134a.

Keep it clean

Spray gun cleaners
Published:  08 May, 2013

The latest spray gun cleaners from Unic International feature an 'Easy Locate System', which automatically locks onto the spray gun for the best cleaning position. This system is supplied complete with a high 20 litre per minute fluid delivery and spray gun showerhead for power cleaning. In addition, the system is suitable for use on both solvent and water based products. Furthermore, this product boasts a 5-year pump and 2-year parts warranty.

Specialist ring socket

ABS ring socket
Published:  07 May, 2013

Laser Tools has introduced an ABS ring socket designed for use on Jaguar V8 models. Available from Tool Connection, it allows the user to loosen and tighten the ABS ring and is able to withstand very high torque settings.

Smoking out faults

Smoke Diagnostic Tool
Published:  06 May, 2013

The VS870 Smoke Diagnostic Tool is the latest leak detector to join the Sealey portfolio. This specific model allows the user to pinpoint system leaks including air intake, cooling, evaporation, fuel, exhaust and vacuum systems. The system connects via a standard 12 volt vehicle battery and uses mineral oil and shop air to generate smoke at low pressure.


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