Tools to suit your budget

Online diagnostic shop
Published:  07 January, 2013

A wide choice of PC-based, hand-held and touchscreen diagnostic tools are available online through ESP Automotive. The more basic tools will read and clear fault codes and work on all petrol engines from 2000 and diesel engines from 2003, many pre-2000 OBD2 equipped models are also covered. The re-launched website enables you to search by budget or product type.

Go wireless

Cable-free diagnostic kit
Published:  04 January, 2013

European cars added

Popular European vehicles have been added to the G-Scan
Published:  03 January, 2013

The G-Scan was created back in 2008 when a Japanese and Korean OEM joined forces to provide quality data on both market's vehicles in addition to Japanese 'grey' imports. Since then, popular European vehicles have been added to the tool, which is available from Blue Print. Functions include an automatic vehicle system search, clearing of trouble codes, body control module actuation tests, component and ECU coding/reprogramming, DPF regeneration, ABS and airbag analysis plus many more. The tool comes with a rechargeable Lithium battery which powers it for hours. A high def 5.6" screen displays full DTC descriptions and data parameter names, can record data on road tests and by touching the 'Pen' icon on the screen you can capture what's displayed and add your own notes and drawings which are then saved, or transferred to a PC.

Original first fit

Surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range
Published:  02 January, 2013

A surge of references join the Mahle Original filters range as independent workshops begin to see the newer models enter their workshop. Marques such as Peugeot, Citroen, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are included in the latest batch of parts including oil filters for the new Peugeot 4008 SUV and air intake modules and filters for BMW's ActiveHybrid 5. The Citroen C4 Aircross, pictured, the new Mercedes-Benz A Class and Volvo V40 are all equipped with Mahle oil filters. The second generation Porsche Cayenne GTS has both Mahle air and oil filters.

Smart sideline

Italian Infrared drying system
Published:  01 January, 2013

Italian paint drying specialist Bellini has produced a new catalogue explaining the principles behind infrared systems, provides details on the latest systems, is available from distributor Tri-Sphere. The REVO system range (the Revo 180 is pictured) can be installed into almost any spraybooth. The IR110 manual infrared drying system is ideal for small smart repair work around the bodyshop or for the smart repairer on the move. It is powered from a single phase 13A plug and offers fast infrared drying options on fillers, primers and topcoats.

All major systems covered

Latest software download from Snap-on
Published:  31 December, 2012

The new software download for the Snap-on group of diagnostic devices brings total coverage to over 55,000 vehicles. The 12.4 update has added 11 years of coverage for Jaguar, between 2000 and 2011. All popular models and engine variants are included. It provides full coverage of the significant systems, including supplementary restraints (both manual and diagnostic), ABS, transmission and engine, as well as functional tests including electronic parking brake and gear shifter modules. "With each new software release we add exactly what our customers have asked for based on regular feedback. Our 12.4 software now covers 97% of the UK vehicle parc,"says Snap-on's Mark Ost.

Become a paint pro the easy way

Handy kit for defect removal
Published:  28 December, 2012

The Paint Pro system from Autoglym is said to easily remove paintwork defects in two stages. It works best on light scratches, swirl marks and holograms. A renovating compound is used, followed by a refining compound and is ideal for people who have limited machine polishing and paint rectification experience. The all-in-one Paint Pro Collection includes one litre of Paint Pro Renovate to exfoliate the clearcoat layer and a litre of Paint Pro Refine finishing compound which returns the treated paint surface to a glass-smooth gloss finish using the supplied buffing pad. A microfiber finishing cloth and information guide is also supplied

Colour to your toolbox

Sleek looking tools to brighten your box
Published:  27 December, 2012

These Draper coloured chrome sockets, a security key set and combination spanner set are new from Sealey. The coloured satin chrome sockets are available in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" square drives with knurled rings for extra grip. The spanner set features Draper Expert Hi-Torq ring ends cranked at 15º with the open end set at 15º.

Generate extra income

Check the cranking ability with Ring Automotive's new tester range
Published:  26 December, 2012

Testing the batteries of vehicles that come in for other repairs and maintenance should be routinely done during the colder months, says Ring Automotive, and its latest range of testers will check the cranking ability and indicate where a replacement, or just a recharge, is needed.

Brakes toughen up

All new Comline brake
Published:  24 December, 2012

Major developments are planned for the Comline and Allied Nippon branded all-makes brake pad programmes for cars and LCVs in the areas of noise reduction, fitment and security.

Freedom to move

Fault finding probe
Published:  21 December, 2012

Power Probe has a range of products to help with diagnostic work. The Power Probe III connects to the battery and with the press of a switch you get an instant hot lead or ground lead. The probe tip and ground lead can be used to simultaneously power up components, you can instantly check for continuity, identify positive, negative and open circuits without re-polarising hook-up clips. You can also use the probe to find shorts without wasting fuses. A high pitched tone indicates a positive and a low tone a negative, this audio function can be disabled when testing relays. The tool comes with a 20ft long lead and two white LEDs flood the working area with bright light.

The next generation

Next generation V30 diagnostic tool
Published:  21 December, 2012

Autoboss UK has announced the release of the next generation of the V30 diagnostic tool, the V30 Elite. This product boasts new hardware for increased speed, reliability, 8GB standard memory and a larger touch screen with improved graphics. The V30 Elite features a 'favourites' option for easier access to the vehicles that are most regularly worked on and has Wi-Fi for easier connection to software updates.

Ball joint separation

Ball joint spearator kit add to Britool's Stanley Black and Decker Expert range
Published:  21 December, 2012

Britool has added a ball joint separator kit to its Stanley Black and Decker Britool Expert brand. The new kit is supplied in a carrying case and contains three different sized joint separators - 23mm, 28mm and 34mm. "Our new ball joint separator set is designed to make this task as easy as possible across a number of applications and the busy mechanic can always be confident of having the right tool for the job in this single convenient and portable kit," says Paul Wooley, UK marketing manager.

Two post joins the ranks

New Two post lift from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  20 December, 2012

A new two post joins the Sun brand of lifts from Snap-on Diagnostics. The SVL 35 has a 3.5 tonne capacity so can accommodate small cars to commercial vehicles and everything in between. The electro-hydraulic twin ram lift can be recessed or surface mounted and features an automatic arm locking device, dead man controls and foot guards. It comes supplied with 60mm lift pad extensions.

Go with the flow

Increase airflow by 30-40% with new filters from K&N Filters
Published:  19 December, 2012

Replacement air filters for the 2011 petrol and diesel Range Rover Evoque models are available from K&N Filters and fits insider the original airbox and should take no more than a few minutes to fit.

Tighten in teeny gaps

A finger ratchet set from Tool Connection is said to make light work of difficult to access fasteners.
Published:  18 December, 2012

The Laser Tools set will help you tighten fasteners deep within the engine or behind the dashboard where a conventional ¼" drive socket and ratchet handle just won't fit. Two finger ratchets with quick-release adaptors for ¼" drive and 3/8" drive are provided plus an additional ¼" drive bit adaptor.

Become a paint pro the easy way

Easily remove paintwork defects with Paint Pro from Autoglym
Published:  17 December, 2012

The Paint Pro system from Autoglym is said to easily remove paintwork defects in two stages. It works best on light scratches, swirl marks and holograms. A renovating compound is used, followed by a refining compound and is ideal for people who have limited machine polishing and paint rectification experience.

Probes and kits

Eight diagnostic probes are resistant to extreme temperatures and solvents
Published:  14 December, 2012

A set of eight diagnostic probes join Mac Tools and are divided into four coloured pairs. The probes are resistant to extreme temperatures and solvents and will check the signal and voltage at connectors without disconnecting them, preventing possible damage.

Out of this world

Gas analyser and diagnostic tool
Published:  13 December, 2012

The Stargas 898 Plus from SPX Diagnostic Solutions is a gas analyser and diagnostic tool which doesn't require any connection to an external PC. The connection with the ECUreader software enables Stargas to 'converse' with ECUs, verifying the functioning of the devices managed by them such as ignition, fuel injection, ABS, air bag and intelligent suspensions.

Comprehensive cover

Engine management parts
Published:  12 December, 2012

A complete range of engine management components are available in the Fuel Parts programme from SMPE, ranging from the electronic control unit itself to connectors and sensors including MAP, crank, cam and knock types. The latest addition to the programme is a new range of Intermotor Lambda Sensors that contains 900 part numbers and 9,000 application listings.

USB scopes

4000 Series of oscilloscopes
Published:  11 December, 2012

The PicoScope 4000 Series of USB oscilloscopes from Pico Technology are a cost-effective replacement for traditional bench top oscilloscopes.

Mobile lift

lift one meter in 11 seconds with a three tonne capacity from lift master
Published:  07 December, 2012

The mid-rise Sprinter Express Mobile II lift from Liftmaster can be used during tyre servicing, painting and bodywork. It picks up the vehicle at the sill boards and lifts it up to one meter in about 11 seconds. It has a three tonne capacity.


Snow saviour for the glove box
Published:  06 December, 2012

Snow chains and winter tyres are so 'last season' according to the creators of 'Snocks'. They boast all the postivies and none of the negatives while being 98% as effective, portable and a fraction of the price.

Pin down the noise

identify noise with this Gunson electronic stethoscope
Published:  05 December, 2012

This Gunson electronic stethoscope from helps you identify engine and chassis noise by seeking out defective components. The precise location of a faulty part can be hard to pinpoint as the sound travels but this sensitive stethoscope will help you pin down the precise location of the noise. It can be used on cam covers, cylinder heads, alternators, water pumps, air con compressors and gearboxes.

Diagnostic dongles

Dealer software without the expense from Diagnostic Associates
Published:  04 December, 2012

The engineers and techs over at Diagnostic Associates have created a number of products to give independent repairers the opportunity to use the same software as dealers, without the expense of buying dealer equipment.

Align and balance

Wheel aligners and wheel balancers from Snap-on
Published:  03 December, 2012

Snap-on Diagnostics has branched out from diagnostic tools, software and information into the alignment field with a new range of Snap-on branded wheel aligners and wheel balancers.

Cut cost and waste

Sustainable parts washer from Ecokleen
Published:  30 November, 2012

The Ecokleen 200 parts washer requires just one waste collection each year and is suitable for cleaning all automotive parts made from metal, plastic, rubber and ceramic. It boasts a robust steel construction, recirculating flow system and a self-cleaning detergent which cuts down the amount of waste generated by the machine to around 100 litres per year.

Clutch additions

the latest from Valeo's clutch catalogue
Published:  29 November, 2012

Valeo has announced details of its latest clutch catalogue which boasts over 2,500 part numbers. New products featured include a dual mass flywheel and clutch kits for the BMW Mini Cooper 1.6, Mercedes A and B Class and the Peugeot 508, 3008 and 5008 HDi.

Sizes to suit

Universal filters from K&N Air Filters
Published:  28 November, 2012

Four new air filter elements join the range from K&N Air Filters this month. Parts for the Audi R8 4.2 V8/5.2 V10, Subaru BRZ 2.0 and Toyota GT86 2.0 are now available.

Fault finding wizardry

leak detection with The Smoke Wizard
Published:  27 November, 2012

The Smoke Wizard is a leak detection device which uses smoke technology and UV dye. It is designed for EVAP system testing - will not damage O2 sensors and catalytic converters and will not void a manufacturer's warranty.

Coolants for modern cars

100% Quality & Performance Guarantee from Comma's Xstream coolant range
Published:  26 November, 2012

As winter servicing kicks in, Comma reminds us of three very different coolant technologies which have engine specific applications. Since 1998, more than 25 million new cars and LCVs have been registered in the UK and all require a coolant that has been given the nod by the relevant vehicle manufacturer. Over 70% of new EU made cars have OAT coolant and more than 50% are factory-filled with BASF Glysantin.

An intuitive Hunter

Hunter Road Force 'Touch' Balancer
Published:  22 November, 2012

The new Hunter Road Force 'Touch' Balancer from Pro-Align measures road force variation and load force and because of this, won itself an innovation award at Automechanika in Frankfurt this year.

First batch of turbos

VW applications
Published:  21 November, 2012

A range of replacement turbochargers for popular cars is available from Mahle and centre on VW applications. One part is suitable for the 1.9 litre 75kW petrol engines used in the Passat, Golf and Seat Toledo, another can be used in the VW Sharan, Vento and Gold models fitted with the 1.9 90kW TDI engine and will also fit the Ford Galaxy, Seat Alhambra, Toledo and Ibiza models with the same engine.

EGR test

Exhaust gas recirculation tool
Published:  20 November, 2012

A new service and test tool for exhaust gas recirculation, EGR, valves from Sykes-Pickavant can be used when testing and cleaning EGR valves and when used in routine servicing will prevent unnecessary replacement.

Coil spring replacement

Dealing with problem wishbones
Published:  19 November, 2012

The Canvik Centre is part of a new range of suspension system repair tools to join J&S Products. The odd-sounding tool is described as a state of the art coil spring compressor which deals with problem wishbones and multilink suspension systems safely and easily.

Recover, charge, maintain

MXS 5.0 Test & Charge from CTEK
Published:  16 November, 2012

The MXS 5.0 Test & Charge from CTEK quickly determines a battery's health and maximises its performance. The test function determines voltage and starting power and identifies charging performance of the alternator.

Good answer to burning question

Range of dual fuel heaters
Published:  09 November, 2012

How long workshops can continue to heat up using small waste oil burners is anyone’s guess as the debate over whether they should be subject to the same licensing rules as waste incineration plants rages on. However, GSF has come up with a cunning, future-proof solution.

All you need

Clutch kits for Asian vehicles
Published:  08 November, 2012

New parts in the Blue Print range include clutch kits for the Hyundai Sante Fe 2.2 (2006 on), the Hyundai i20 (2008 on) and Kia Carnival 2.2 from 2009. Its clutch programme is pitched as a complete clutch solution, providing workshops with everything from dual mass flywheel conversions and self-adjusting clutches to technical bulletins and tools.

Heavy duty parts

BMW control arms
Published:  07 November, 2012

A heavy duty control arm for the BMW 5, 6 and 7 Series is available to the aftermarket from Meyle so independents can replace a worn original control arm on all three versions of the vehicle with just the one part.

Super sealants

Box of ten most popular products
Published:  06 November, 2012

The SAS Adhesives & Sealant Engineers Kit includes ten items that the Workshop Warehouse says includes a selection of its most popular products. The ten-piece kit includes super glue, instant gaskets, thread lockers, epoxy and liquid metal, supplied in a tough storage case.

Digital testers

Range of battery testers from GYS
Published:  05 November, 2012

A range of battery testers have been added by GYS, including the digital testers BT 280 DHC and RT 777 DHC. The 777 model is a 6V/12V device for testing lead acid, gel and AGM batteries up to 230Ah and can be used while the battery is still connected to the vehicle. It can test units with a discharge as low as 1.5V and provides a print out of results.

Versatile lifting

Two-post lift added to Snap-on's Sun lift range
Published:  31 October, 2012

A new two-post lift has been added to the Sun lift range from Snap-on Diagnostics.

Move onto greener parts

Fully recycled and refurbished parts from Imperial Automotive
Published:  30 October, 2012

There are now in excess of 250 fully refurbished, recycled doors and tailgates available from Imperial Automotive. This recently introduced ‘green parts’ range is now expanding into further product groups to meet the demand for recycled parts, says the company. “At less than half the OE price, this new range is proving popular in the repairer market. Recycled parts keeps the repair prices low and in a lot of cases, saves a vehicle from being totally lost’, explains John Spink, recycling project manager.

Too hot to touch

A no touch laser thermometer supplied by Tool Connnections
Published:  29 October, 2012

This laser thermometer will take the surface temperature of objects within heating and air con systems, on exhausts, brakes and other hazardous or hard to reach bits.

Clean Champion

Flat blade wipers for light commercial vehicals from Federal-Mogul
Published:  26 October, 2012

OE ‘champion’ Federal-Mogul is now offering the aftermarket a range of Champion Contact flat-blade wipers for light commercial vehicles. As some of the most popular LCVs, such as the Citroën Berlingo, Mercedes Vito and VW Caddy, now have flat-blade wipers as original equipment, it made sense for the brand to introduce an aftermarket range that fits these vehicles and many more besides.

Premium range

Get the Premium treatment from CES
Published:  25 October, 2012

A new range of 'premium' exhausts and cats for the most popular vehicles is now distributed by CES. They're backed by a three year warranty and feature headed wires, stainless steel tail pipes, an OE shaped muffler and a dished end.

A tight squeeze

Trouble removing Toyota D-4D oil filters? Blue Print has the answer
Published:  24 October, 2012

The oil filter housing on Toyota D-4D engines has limited access, so removing the oil filter can be a bit tricky. Luckily, Blue Print has created an exact fit wrench tool to remove and refit the end of the oil filter housing.

Best of British

GSF brings Bosal brand on board
Published:  24 October, 2012

Car parts distributor GSF has announced that it is to offer the entire British-manufactured Bosal brand of exhausts. This comes as the company opens its new purpose designed warehouse in Birmingham and says that is has significantly increased its portfolio of replacement exhaust systems, catalytic converters, brackets, clamps and mountings.

Package deals

VOSA-approved test lanes
Published:  23 October, 2012

There are various VOSA-approved Class IV and VII MOT Automated Test Lane packages available from Hofmann, designed to fit the majority of existing pit recesses to significantly reduce installation costs. In addition, ATL packages can be upgraded to a One Person Test Lane, with a view to reducing labour costs.

Smarten up alloys

Alloy wheel protection systems
Published:  22 October, 2012

Tyre Bay Direct is now the exclusive distributor of Rimbands - alloy wheel protection systems. The hardy silicon rubber bands fit around the circumference of alloy wheels to prevent damage caused by hitting kerbs and potholes. They can also mask existing scuffs for a smarter appearance.


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