Cutting edge

A new cutting head available as an upgrade for its on-car brake lathes from Pro-Cut
Published:  12 September, 2012

A new cutting head has been designed by Pro-Cut, available as an upgrade for its on-car brake lathes. The G2X upgrade is based on a new parallel-arm cutting head which has over-sized adjustment dials and an integrated micrometer. This plugs into Pro-Cut’s on-board computer and provides a digital read-out of disc thickness so you can set the cut depth and monitor thickness throughout the skimming process. An extendable tool arms accommodate oversized discs.


Special belt tool

A special tool for installing elastic V-ribbed belts for Ford and Volvo engines has been added to ContiTech's toolkit.
Published:  07 September, 2012

Elast Tool F01 is said to make changing alternator belts easy om the Ford Focus, C-Max and Mondeo 1.4/1.6 petrol models and can also be used on the Volvo S40, C30 and V50 1.6 petrol models. Universal tools are no good on these engines as the belt would slip off the water pump’s collarless disk.


Grinding the valves

Get organised with Burton Power's Cylinder Head Component Storage Rack
Published:  28 August, 2012

Whenever you strip an engine down it's vital to keep all the components you remove from the cylinder head in the same order for rebuilding. Traditionally, mechanics used a piece of cardboard punched with holes to keep the valves in the right order, but engine component firm Burton Power has a better solution.


Just the Teng

The dream tool kit from Teng with over 1000 items you never need new tools again
Published:  27 August, 2012

This special set from Teng, contains some 1,055 items.  The set contains all of the items you might expect, such as spanners, screwdrivers and hex keys. It also contains some less conventional items, such as 1000V insulated tools, a 200Nm torque wrench, various knives and other cutting tools and much more.  The tools are contained in a roller drawer cabinet, middle section and a top locker. Please feel free to buy us this for our birthday...


Jacking-a-box

Doing some clutch work ? Sealeys new transmission jack might be handy
Published:  24 August, 2012

You might very well already have a transmission jack but do you have one of these? The product here is an adjustable gearbox support - mighty handy if you do a lot of clutch work. The unit supports 'boxes up to 500Kg and has a fully adjustable saddle with backwards-forwards and side to side tilt. It is available from Sealey and fits the firm's 300ETJ and 500ETJ transmission jack models.


Hi-speed charge

A speedy new addition from Schumacher has nothing to do with racing
Published:  23 August, 2012

The Schumacher SCI90 is completely unrelated with the F1 wizard with which it shares a name, but it is a fully featured intelligent microprocessor controlled battery charger, complete with the firm's patented 'Speedcharge' technology and thermal runaway protection. This allows the unit to charge the battery in the shortest time without risk of the battery overheating or gassing. As the newcomer is a smart charger, it boasts a fully automatic desulphation programme that helps to restore capacity to deeply discharged batteries.


Bosch FSA 500

Probe a little deeper into electicals with the FSA 500 analysis tool from Bosch
Published:  22 August, 2012

If you are looking to probe a little deeper into electrical and electronic problems, the new FSA 500 systems analysis tool could be what you are after.


Tools on offer

Four new brake service tools from Sealey
Published:  17 August, 2012

Four new brake service tools from Sealey feature within a vehicle service promotion and include a brake pipe bender, pipe cutter, disc brake piston spreader and brake caliper thread repair kit.


On the pull

test brakes on any vehicle's braking system with The BrakeCheck for Bowmonk
Published:  16 August, 2012

The BrakeCheck tool from Bowmonk is an electronic decelerometer which tests service and hand brakes on any vehicle’s braking system. It also highlights any left or right pull on a vehicle. It is especially useful when you’re faced with vehicles that should not be tested on a roller brake tester such as vehicles with more than one driving axle permanently engaged, with limited slip differential, belt drive transmission or brakes where the servo operates only when the vehicle is moving.


Check for leaks and fakes

Detect leaks when using UV dyes with Laser Tools compact UV torch
Published:  14 August, 2012

A compact UV torch from Laser Tools is designed to detect leaks when using UV dyes but can also be used to check for forged banknotes. A powerful UV beam picks up and fluoresces UV dyes which are invisible in natural light.


No more paint scratches

Protect your bodywork during washing with The ScratchShield from Wizzard Products
Published:  13 August, 2012

The ScratchShield will prevent scratches to the bodywork during washing. It sits at the bottom of the bucket to make sure any dirt or grit which has settled does not get onto your sponge, causing scratches or swirls on the paint finish. The bucket filter will fit your existing bucket. They are made in the UK by Wizzard Products and are available now.


It's time for the turbo talk

"leaflets with BTN Turbo to help you explain to customers how turbos work"-from Comma
Published:  10 August, 2012

Over 90% of turbocharger failures are oil related, according to Comma. The most common causes include oil contamination, oil starvation and using the incorrect type.


Keeping abreast of new technology

Additional oils from Vauxhall meet stricter emissions legislation
Published:  09 August, 2012

Six new grades of oil and a semi-synthetic 10W-40 join the existing grades of oil available from Vauxhall Trade Club. The additional oils have been added to meet the much stricter emissions legislation - to protect engines which are smaller but more powerful and therefore hotter when running in congested conditions on the road. The oils provide greater engine longevity and improved fuel economy.


Activate and initiate!

Introducing Laser Tools electronic parking brake tool
Published:  08 August, 2012

An electronic parking brake tool has been introduced by Laser Tools to help when servicing the systems on a large range of VAG and Mercedes-Benz vehicles. When plugged into the EOBD socket, the EPB tool retracts the caliper pistons, allowing the pads to be removed and replaced. The calipers can then moved back to the original position, wear indicators can be initialised and the pad thickness can be entered. On Audi A6 and A8 models, the tilt angle can be recalibrated if needed. It is also useful when fitting new park brake motors, calipers, discs and wheel hubs.


Monitor voltage

Gunson's Smart Battery Alert
Published:  03 August, 2012

The new Gunson Smart Battery Alert fits onto the battery terminals and constantly monitors the battery voltage on a classic car or a vehicle that’s not used regularly.


Impressive spark

Plugs cover more than 30 popular MB models
Published:  02 August, 2012

This spark plug from NGK covers more than 30 popular Mercedes-Benz models now entering the aftermarket which are powered by the 1.8-litre M271 engine.


Service tool

All makes service tool from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  01 August, 2012

An all-makes service tool for electronically-controlled brakes is available from Sykes-Pickavant. Functions include ‘EPB’ which will set the ECU to service mode for correct brake pad replacement, ‘CAL’ when brake pad calibration is required, ‘Reset’ of the ECU or dashboard light and ‘Fluid Purge’ for quick, effective brake bleeding.


Hassle free hex keys

Colour coded keys
Published:  31 July, 2012

The various hex and torx key sleeves from Facom have been colour coded to help you choose the right size key immediately. Each key is held in the sleeve with a secure fastening which allows easy removal of a single key without any of the others sliding out of place.


Lifting heavy loads

500Kg Load Lift from Penny Hydraulics
Published:  30 July, 2012

The Load Lift 500 from Penny Hydraulics can be fitted inside the rear or side doors of a van and will lift up to 500Kg. It has been added to complement the existing 250Kg model.


Battery health check

Conductance analysers from Yuasa have three functions
Published:  27 July, 2012

A pair of conductance analysers have been introduced by Yuasa, offering three tests functions. The warranty test needs to be used on batteries under warranty in order to make a quick and accurate decision on accountability. A standard battery mode analyses the battery’s ability to transmit current – a reliable indication of its state of health. Conductance testing can detect cell defects, short circuits and normal aging. A new battery mode determines the health of unused batteries when they have been stored in a warehouse.


Summer sale

Bestselling products at a special price
Published:  26 July, 2012

Sealey’s Summer Promotion includes some of its bestselling products including the new PP100 Power Scan probe/scope, a sump plug and washer set, a nine piece belt tensioner set, four channel oscilloscope and a front suspension bush tool for VAG vehicles.


Charging curves

Multistage charging curve
Published:  25 July, 2012

The Batium range of battery chargers from GYS are designed to charge Stop/Start AGM batteries. The units are said to take any risk away from users as no pre-selection is needed and even if it’s connected incorrectly, no harm will come to the battery or the vehicle.


Hassle free hex keys

Colour coded sleeves
Published:  25 July, 2012

The various hex and torx key sleeves from Facom have been colour coded to help you choose the right size key immediately. Each key is held in the sleeve with a secure fastening which allows easy removal of a single key without any of the others sliding out of place.


Find your bearings

More than 130,000 vehicles covered by new parts
Published:  25 July, 2012

The needs of more than 130,000 vehicles are met by ten additions to the FAG wheel bearings range from Schaeffler. Gen 1, 2 and 3 bearings for the front and rear of thousands of vehicles are available, covering the likes of the Hyundai/Kia Tucson/Sportage 2004-10 and the Renault/General Motors Master IV and Movano 2010.


Clean cabin air

66 applications join Denso range of filters
Published:  24 July, 2012

A further 66 applications have been added to Denso’s cabin air filters catalogue and include the BMW X1, Ford C-Max, Hyundai i10, Skoda Yeti and Citroen DS4. The range now comprises 309 part numbers, covering more than 1,200 applications – 80% if the European car parc. It is detailed in full in the 2012/13 catalogue.


Navigator Nano

Texa's tiny diagnostic tool for cars and commercials
Published:  23 July, 2012

The Navigator Nano from Texa may be tiny but it still packs a punch when it comes to its depth of diagnosis, delivering the same level of analysis whilst being 85% smaller and lighter than its predecessor.


Simple service tool

Easycheck service tool from TRW
Published:  20 July, 2012

Version seven software for TRW’s easycheck service tool is now available and contains 112 new vehicle applications across eight vehicle manufacturers. 57 of these updates have been added to the service tool functions and cover electric park brakes, ABS service & steering, SRS and climate control for Audi, BMW, Citroen, Peugeot and Renault. There are also 55 new vehicle applications for the EMS function across Audi, SEAT, Skoda and VW, including diesel injector coding.


A shoe renaissance

Pre-assembled brake shoe kits from Borg & Beck
Published:  19 July, 2012

The Borg & Beck braking programme was launched back in February and is available from First Line. The focus is now on keeping the range up to date and a range of pre-assembled brake shoe kits have now been added.


Best dressed battery

Platinum range of SMF batteries from ACDelco
Published:  18 July, 2012

The Sealed Maintenance-Free (SMF) battery’s popularity is still strong and ACDelco says they’re reputation is based on three key features. The first being the fact that you can fit and forget – the units are maintenance-free after all, the second is extended service life thanks to the lead/calcium expanded grid design. Lastly, increased shelf life is offered by the SMF - it can be stored for up to 12 months without the need for charging and being a distress purchase product, stocks will always need to be at the ready.


Sign of things to come

Range of Bosch batteries for Start-Stop systems
Published:  17 July, 2012

Start-Stop Systems started to become commonplace in 2007 and micro hybrids are now beginning to enter workshops in need of a replacement Absorbent Glass Mat, or AGM, battery.  Cars fitted with one five years ago include the VW Passat, Fiat 500, Toyota Auris, Kia Cee’d and BMW 1, 3 and 5 Series.  


Time to get into diesel repair

Diesel parts from Unipart include common rail components
Published:  16 July, 2012

There has been a fifty percent rise in the diesel car parc over the past five years and Unipart has a number of services, and the parts, to support garages that seize this massive opportunity. A large range of diesel parts is available including common rail components, pumps and injectors. The parts cover 98% of the diesel car parc and are supplied with a 12 month warranty. A diesel pump and injector exchange programme is available and a diesel test and repair service is described as a ‘very cost effective alternative’. The unit is sent away for tests to pinpoint the fault and in most cases it is repaired, saving the customer the cost of replacing the whole unit.


Small package, big impact

The Navigator nano from texa 85% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, still packing a punch
Published:  13 July, 2012

The Naviagor nano from Texa may be tiny but it still packs a punch when it comes to its depth of diagnosis, delivering the same level of analysis whilst being 85% smaller and lighter than its predecessor.


Summer sale

Sealey's Summer Promotion includes some of its bestselling products
Published:  12 July, 2012

Sealey’s Summer Promotion includes some of its bestselling products including the new PP100 Power Scan probe/scope, a sump plug and washer set, a nine piece belt tensioner set, four channel oscilloscope and a front suspension bush tool for VAG vehicles.


Find your bearings

Ten additons to the FAG whee; bearings range covers 130,000 vehicals
Published:  11 July, 2012

The needs of more than 130,000 vehicles are met by ten additions to the FAG wheel bearings range from Schaeffler. Gen 1, 2 and 3 bearings for the front and rear of thousands of vehicles are available, covering the likes of the Hyundai/Kia Tucson/Sportage 2004-10 and the Renault/General Motors Master IV and Movano 2010.


Oils given a lift with rebrand

A re-engineered oil programme from Unipart
Published:  10 July, 2012

Unipart has re-engineered its oil programme, added a significant number of products to it and has relaunched the Unipart Pro range in retail style packaging which has clearer labelling to help garages select the right oil for the task in hand. A training programme is now underway with the aim of having an oil expert in every Unipart Automotive branch by the end of the year.


Keeping the oldies cool

The Classic range from valeo gets 66 new references
Published:  09 July, 2012

The Classic range of radiators from Valeo is for vehicles more than ten years old and has grown by 66 references in recent weeks. Marques covered include BMW, Ford, Fiat, Nissan, Audi and Peugeot. The entire range caters for 65% of this age range of cars and encompasses more than 2,500 models.


Revive worn engines

Engine Restorer & Lubricant, now avaible in the UK via Ametech
Published:  06 July, 2012

Restore Engine Restorer & Lubricant hit the US market back in the 1980’s and has since sold more than 150 million cans worldwide, it is available in the UK from Ametech.It is ideal for older vehicles or those with high mileage, struggling to pass emission tests but can also be used as a preventative measure in new vehicles. It can be used in all four stroke petrol, diesel or LPG piston and rotary engines and is safe to use with catalytic converters and turbochargers. The formulation fills scratches and scoring in engine metal to reverse wear and restore fuel economy and performance.


Clean cabin air

Sixty six new Denso applications
Published:  05 July, 2012

A further 66 applications have been added to Denso’s cabin air filters catalogue and include the BMW X1, Ford C-Max, Hyundai i10, Skoda Yeti and Citroen DS4. The range now comprises 309 part numbers, covering more than 1,200 applications – 80% if the European car parc. It is detailed in full in the 2012/13 catalogue.


Look out for the bubbles

A gas leak detecting spray from Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 July, 2012

A gas leak detector has been introduced for use during MOTs, which enables you to safely inspect fittings and joints in air pressurised systems and LPG systems, even at low pressure. The Triple QX spray, available from Euro Car Parts, is sprayed onto a suspect area and you can then examine the area for bubbling. An extension tube is supplied.


Hassle free hex keys

Colour coded hex and torx key sleeves from Facom
Published:  03 July, 2012

The various hex and torx key sleeves from Facom have been colour coded to help you choose the right size key immediately. Each key is held in the sleeve with a secure fastening which allows easy removal of a single key without any of the others sliding out of place.


Technical info

Online learning
Published:  02 July, 2012

A new e-learning section has been introduced on the technical website Part Info. The site includes interactive modules on various components and systems, including common faults on turbos, troubleshooting on vehicle electronics and technical information on spark plugs, glow plugs and lambda sensors. Electric and hybrid technology is also explained.


Impressive spark

New spark plug covers  popular Mercedes-Benz models
Published:  02 July, 2012

This spark plug from NGK covers more than 30 popular Mercedes-Benz models now entering the aftermarket which are powered by the 1.8-litre M271 engine.


Plastic repair kit

The Bodyline Plastic Repair Kit from Brown includes everything you need to complete all plastic structural and cosmetic repairs.
Published:  27 June, 2012

The Bodyline Plastic Repair Kit contains a range of adhesives with varying working times for all sizes of repair. An adhesion promoter is said to improve the adhesion of structural adhesives and thermoplastic materials, providing instant stability. A plastic cleaner removes residue before you start the repair, reinforcement film boosts strength and contour film is also provided. A plastic applicator gun with various cartridges, 3mm drill bits and mixing nozzles are also in the kit, available from Brown Brothers now.


Cool parts

Introducing 44 condensers to the Valeo cooling ranging
Published:  26 June, 2012

A further 44 condensers have been introduced to the Valeo cooling range and boost its line of Asian applications, providing coverage for the likes of Nissan, Honda, Toyota and Suzuki.


Cruise control

A new range of Fuel Parts branded clutch/cruise control switches are now available from SMPE and are backed by a two year warranty.
Published:  25 June, 2012

The initial range covers over 200 applications including the Renault Kangoo 2009 onwards, Renault Laguna and Twingo from 2007 and the Vauxhall Corsa, Tigra and Vectra from 2006 to date.


Keep it clean

A Trade only DPF Regenerator from additive firm Wynns
Published:  22 June, 2012

Cleaning DPF filters is never the most pleasant task. Either they have to be removed from the car and cleaned with air, or the garage can attempt a ‘forced regeneration’.


Kit for MOT lanes

A range of head light aligners joins the MOT range of equipment from Hickleys to confirm and adjust all types of headlamps.
Published:  20 June, 2012

The Lampcheck 1 offers traditional mirror alignment while the Lampcheck II and III provide dual laser alignment for speed and accuracy. The range meets all VOSA specifications for the latest requirement for MOT Class 1 to V11, ATL and commercial vehicle test lanes.


Improve your stance

A coilover system from Bilstein
Published:  20 June, 2012

If you’re looking to improve the handling and stance of a Citroen DS3 then this coilover system from Bilstein will do just the job, providing a direct bolt-on upgrade to all variants of the hatch.


Kit for MOT lanes

A range of head light aligners joins the MOT range of equipment from Hickleys to confirm and adjust all types of headlamps.
Published:  19 June, 2012

The Lampcheck 1 offers traditional mirror alignment while the Lampcheck II and III provide dual laser alignment for speed and accuracy. The range meets all VOSA specifications for the latest requirement for MOT Class 1 to V11, ATL and commercial vehicle test lanes.


No more shocks

The new mini-ratchet from Mac Tools delivers 55 ft lbs of torque at 500rpm and is ideal for working in restricted spaces.
Published:  18 June, 2012

The 3/8” tool combines an impact wrench and an air ratchet which has a single dog clutch ahead of the ratchet assembly. The reaction-free design prevents shocks.


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