Complete set-up

Tyre bay equipment
Published:  03 May, 2013

If you're thinking of setting up a tyre bay then Tyre Bay Direct are confident they have everything you need to set up at an affordable price with everything you need to fit and balance wheels including a consumable pack containing valves, weights, repair items, hand tools and fitting accessories. Package 4 contains a Unite 24" fully automatic tyre changer with an assist arm for low profile and run-flat tyres and a Unite U820 balancer with accessories. A selection of garage equipment complements the wheel packages and includes laser or computer wheel aligners, standard and scissor vehicle lifts and Nitrogen inflation systems. The firm has an IMI approved two day high performance tyre fitting course which runs at its training centre in Redditch. It combines theory and practical work and covers TPMS, run flat replacement and repair and tyre marking.

New cable option

Automotive cables
Published:  02 May, 2013

A range of automotive cables are available from FAI, consisting mainly of brake cables with some fast-moving clutch cables too. The 150 part numbers provide over 2,500 applications for cars and LCVs with particularly good coverage of Ford, Nissan, Renault, VAG, PSA and Vauxhall. An online catalogue includes reference drawings for cable types and the location of postioning on the vehicle you are repairing.

Different way of reading a map

LED lamps
Published:  01 May, 2013

Do you need a map reading light in your garage's flatbed? Or perhaps you might like to offer your customers something other than polish and air fresheners? In either case, consider the Osram Onyx Co-Pilot reading lamp. It simply plugs into the cigarette lighter and can be angled any way you chose. Unlike many LED lamps, the Onyx has a soft and diffused glow, meaning it won't distract you as the driver, or strain the eyes of your navigator.

Dual gas aircon unit

Dual gas unit
Published:  30 April, 2013

The Sun KoolKare dual gas unit automatically recovers, recycles and recharges both the old R134a and the new R1234YF refrigerants. This Snap-on Diagnostics machine can handle both gases on two separate lines to ensure no contamination and a colour touchscreen display and simple software guides you through the process. Collapsible, fully sealed oil and dye bottles stop moisture being absorbed into the liquids and you can see at a glance if the levels are getting low. The unit includes two 12Kg refrigerant cylinders.

An all rounder

Clutch tool
Published:  26 April, 2013

The Mityvac 8500 can be used to bleed the clutch and brakes on many vehicles but the all-rounder can also be used to perform a diagnostic vacuum test, usually without disconnecting the equipment. It can help diagnose faults involving burned, leaking, sticking or broken engine valves and springs and identify problems with piston rings, crankcase ventilation valves, thermal vacuum switches and many more. The gauge swivels 360 degrees so you can see the pressure at any angle. It can switch between vacuum pump and pressure pump operation with a turn of the switch - a number of accessories are available for the tool.

Clouds with a silver lining

Business management products for workshops
Published:  25 April, 2013

MAM Software offer business management products for workshops, tyre distributors, warehouses, retailers and CV parts suppliers. The firm has invested heavily in its cloud computing ability over the past year, which offers uses' cost savings by accessing systems within a secure online datacentre, eliminating the need for costly in-house servers.

Helping hand

Bosch booking service
Published:  24 April, 2013

The 500 or so independent centres forming the Bosch Car Service network will benefit from a new booking website which makes it easier for motorists to book their car into their nearest Bosch Car Service garage. The BCS network is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and was created to provide a quality alternative to franchise dealers.

Replacement kits

First Line's fourth edition of the Borg & Beck clutch catalogue
Published:  23 April, 2013

First Line's fourth edition of the Borg & Beck clutch catalogue is out now and has over 530 additions - almost 2,000 part references for new and popular models. It covers hydraulics, concentric slave cylinders, both 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 kits and claims to have the UKs widest range of 3-in-1 CSC and solid dual mass flywheel replacement kits. A new format for the publication includes engine and model code details as well as technical data. Every clutch kit comes with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty from the date of installation and in the event of a claim, there is a web-based claims tool, providing a virtually paper-free procedure.

Focus on electric parts

GKN expanded its range of driveline products
Published:  22 April, 2013

This year, GKN expanded its range of driveline products with a number of replacement driveshafts, steering racks and electric steering columns. The supplier provides sideshafts plus joint and boot kits for all common brands and vehicle types with 3,200 spare parts and kits for at least 12,000 vehicle types. Replacement shafts can be found in the Spidan and Lobro ranges for the majority of common vehicles, including new variants of the BMW 6 and X3 series, Audi A3, VW Caddy, Passat and Eos. The Spidan steering range includes racks, power pumps and EPS parts and newcomers include parts for BMW, Fiat, Hyundai, Mercedes and many more. It is particularly focusing on electric steering columns and electric power pumps as the demand for these will increase over-proportionally in the future. A new product line was also introduced in January - the Spidan range of protection kits which protect shock absorbers and mountings.

Smart bag for tools

Tool storage
Published:  19 April, 2013

If you want to keep your tools in one place but don't want to have a clunky steel or plastic box to shift around the workshop or when on the move then you'll want to take a look at this soft tool bag which is available from Britool Expert. The Softbag measures 500mm x 215mm x 400mm and is made from a tough nylon fabric with a rigid, waterproof base and will hold 10 Kg. It has been designed to be generous in capacity whilst remaining portable. There are five elasticated pockets inside the bag and another five on the front, two deep pockets are placed on each side of the bag too. A soft outer cover clips at the front and dual zips provide easy access to the contents. A sturdy handle provides a comfortable grip and an adjustable shoulder strap provides an alternative way of transporting your gear. Britool Expert's Paul Woolley says: "We hope our latest offering will appeal to customers seeking an alternative to traditional portable, rigid toolboxes which can be cumbersome and less than reliable at keeping tools organised and safe during transportation."

Rubber to metal parts

Steering and suspension
Published:  17 April, 2013

Over 3,500 steering and suspension part numbers are available in TecDoc and MAM from Optimal, with more than 85% of them available from stock. The range includes tie rod assemblies, suspension joints, control arms and stabilisers - every part of the front and rear axle suspension. 1,500 rubber to metal parts are also offered which includes control arm bushes. Optimal plans to have in excess of 4,500 different part numbers.

Faster heat up

Glow plugs
Published:  16 April, 2013

Two Advanced NGK glow plugs have been released which can be used within the service of thousands of current models from Fiat, Volvo, Peugeot and Citroen. Both are the Advanced Quick Glow System type, which have a heater tube with a much smaller diameter, so they can reach 1,000 ºC in less than two seconds. The Y9001AS is used as original equipment in Fiat models using the manufacturer's SDE 1.3 Multijet Euro 5 diesel engine - including the Fiat 500, Grande Punto and Doblo as well as the Alfa Romeo MiTo. It can also be used in the Citroen Nemo 1.3 HDi 75, Ford Ka 1.3 and Peugeot Bipper. The second plug is available for more than 40 models within the Volvo range, suitable for the C30 2.4, C70 2.0, and the 2.4 version of the S60, V70 and XC90 models.

Pump prices fuel

Fuel caps
Published:  15 April, 2013

LPG demand A further 20 fuel cap references join Gates' fuel system accessories, all of which are designed for LPG systems, to reflect the growing trend for the wallet-friendly alternative fuel. The new items include 11 non-locking caps, two locking ones and seven adapters to satisfy cross-border travel regulations. They are available in blister packs and the range also includes AdBlue tank applications, petrol and diesel caps that can be vented or not. The caps can be displayed on an 18-hook merchandiser.

Ibiza upgrade

Pro-Kit springs
Published:  12 April, 2013

Eibach has a vast range of upgrade parts for the Ibiza IV platform to improve the stance and handling across all engine variants. The Pro-Kit springs drop the front by 30mm and the rear by 25mm using progressively wound, pre-stressed springs and these are said to provide excellent ride quality and precise cornering dynamics. A 22mm uprated front anti-roll kit reduces body roll, improves turn-in and reduces understeer. It fits onto the factory brackets and comes with improved polyurethane bushes. A range of wheel spacers widens the Ibiza's track, turn-in and steering response, widths range from 5mm to 30mm. Last but not least are camber shims which add up to +/- 1.5deg camber and toe.

Latest friction additions

Brake pads
Published:  11 April, 2013

A new friction range has been introduced by Apec Braking for motorists with limited budgets. Brakefit comprises 116 part numbers for all mainstream models, with pads matched with a complementary range of discs. A number of features enable the range to be competitive on price without compromising on efficiency. This range offers a one-year guarantee compared to the two-year guarantee on Apec pads and discs, comes in plainer packaging without non-essential accessories and use standard shims unlike the Apec pads which have premium multi-layer shims.

New additions

Clutch sets and flywheels
Published:  10 April, 2013

Over the past year, Schaeffler has added 54 LuK RepSets, 52 RepSet Pros, 13 cylinders and 20 Dual Mass Flywheels, servicing the needs of nearly 6 million vehicles. Recent additions include a RepSet for the likes of the BMW 1 04/2007, one for the Kia Cee'd 1.6 CRDi 90 from 2006 onwards and a RepSet for the Ford Fiesta VI 1.4, 2008 on. RepSet Pros for thousands of vehicles including Ford's Fiesta VI 1.6 TDCi 2008 on and the Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 2006 on. A new DMF caters for vehicles including the CVT gearbox-equipped Audi A4 2000-2004. Technical Services Manager, Malcolm Short, said: "These OE parts service the needs of many of the most popular vehicles on the road and are available through the UK independent aftermarket. We will continue to add to our LuK product range throughout 2013 to ensure we have the best range available in the UK and Irish market-places."

The next generation

HD bushing
Published:  09 April, 2013

The third generation of Meyle's HD bushing is designed to absorb the high loads that occur during acceleration and braking in order to stabilise the control arm. The newly developed solid rubber bushing reduces tensile loads to maximise part life and increase road-holding. A new bushing is available for various VAG models including the VW Polo, Skoda Fabia and Roomster, Seat Ibiza and VW Fox. All HD parts come with a four year warranty and a full set of special nuts, bolts and other mounting hardware.

Original CSC

Concentric slave cylinder kits
Published:  08 April, 2013

Concentric slave cylinder kits join the AP Clutch range from Standard Motor Products Europe, which include an OE sourced CSC. Over 200 are available for vehicles including the Ford Fiesta and Focus, Renault Master, Vauxhall Astra and Vectra. The kits are supplied with a 12 month warranty. The complete clutch catalogue

Grab your Mac

Hand tools
Published:  04 April, 2013

Three socket sets join Mac Tools, all backed by a lifetime warranty. The first is a 13-piece ¼", 3/8" and ½" drive stubby Torx driver set and are about 10mm to 20mm shorter than standard sockets. S2 steel bits range in sizes T8 to T60 and are fully resistant to rust. The second 9-piece ¼" drive set features the brand's patented spherical sockets - these allow full torque to be applied to 6-sided, 12-sided, splined, Torx, square and 50% rounded nuts and bolts. Sockets range from 6mm to 14mm and are compatible with multiple drive systems. A pivoting design gets into awkward areas. Last but not least is the 3/8" drive spline bit socket set, containing 9 spline bit sockets ranging from 4mm to 16mm, including a useful 13mm one.

Parking brake update

Software update
Published:  03 April, 2013

The latest software for TRWs easycheck includes an electronic parking brake update for the Renault Megane III and Scenic III. A further 82 vehicle applications are now available for download and include ABS, SRS, EPB, Service and Steering and Climate Control service functions for BMW, Citroen, Mercedes, Peugeot and Renault. 155 new vehicle apps for the EMS function are also available for BMW, Citroen, Mercedes and Peugeot. Helen Sheasby, Electronics Product Manager of TRW Automotive Aftermarket, says: "Given the column inches afforded to increased technological advances, only really true on newer vehicles, a common misconception is that garages have to invest in expensive diagnostic equipment. In the majority of cases with older vehicles, a simple service tool such as TRW easycheck is adequate. It is updated at least twice a year and is eminently affordable and cost effective as you only need purchase the functionality you need".

Help with repairs

Rotating electrics
Published:  02 April, 2013

The range of Fuel Parts branded rotating electrics has grown steadily since being introduced by SMPE five years ago and now stands at over 500 part numbers which cover 6,900 vehicles. The parts are offered with no surcharge and a no-quibble warranty. One of the continuing best sellers is the Mondeo/Transit starter motor replacement and is so common because it sits right at the bottom of the bell housing. Ford vehicles fitted with a dual mass flywheel can be problematic for the starter too as when the clutch starts to wear and it disintegrates, the one-way sprag fails in the disengaged position so the starter doesn't work, or it fails in the engaged position resulting in the starter working overtime. Fuel leaks from the diesel system commonly end up soaking the starter meaning an instant fail. SMPE's technical team are available to guide you through any diagnostic issues and to help you find out why the original part may have failed.

Parts pumped out daily

Fuel pumps
Published:  01 April, 2013

A range of Intermotor fuel pumps, 50% larger than its predecessor, can be sourced from Standard Motor Products Europe, SMPE. More than 550 parts cover 4,300 applications and include fuel pumps, swirl pots, sender units and relays. References will be added on a daily basis this year as part of an 'aggressive development programme'.

Kick vibration issues

Wheel alignment
Published:  29 March, 2013

Pro-Align's recently launched Road Force Touch has received approval from Mercedes-Benz, the VW Group and BMW for use within their franchise dealer workshops. As motorists demand increasing levels of ride quality and comfort so the tolerances of evermore sophisticated suspension systems get even tighter. MD Paul Beaurain says: "It's essential that franchise networks are capable of replicating those same exacting standards in an aftermarket environment". The Road Force Touch is designed to solve the most difficult wheel vibration and ride quality issues. To simulate a road test, a load roller is applied to the wheel and tyre as part of the balancing process. Stiff spots are identified in the tyre and matched with any low points in the rim. The system can calculate any lateral force variation in the wheel and tyre assemblies and recommends the best on-vehicle position combination to minimise any drift or pull issues.

Focus on the power

Brake kit
Published:  28 March, 2013

A brake kit is now available from Tarox, designed to harness the horsepower of Ford's latest incarnation of the Focus ST. The 330mm brake kit is built around the race-proven B32-6 piston billet calipers and uses two 330mm x 26mm two-piece discs. Performance can be further boosted by opting for the B33 10 piston caliper. The rotor is machined from solid billet steel to withstand much greater heat cycling without distortion. All components bolt to the existing OEM mounts and integrate with the factory ABS system. The kit is supplied with the 'Corsa' high performance pad which offers an immediate pedal even at low temperatures and is safe for road driving although designed for the circuit.

Pioneering electrics

Rotating electrics
Published:  26 March, 2013

Denso's rotating electrics programme currently stands at 3,063 vehicle applications and every machine is completely new-in-box and not remanufactured. The company created the world's first Segment Conductor alternator and back in 2005, pioneered a range of OEM alternators that provided higher output currents of 165, 180, 200 and 220 amps which are said to be the smallest and lightest in the world for their output.

Keep on top of figures

Range of management systems
Published:  25 March, 2013

Garage Data Systems will be enlightening visitors about its range of management systems for car repair shops in addition to specifically written programmes for commercial vehicle workshops. Multiple terminals can be provided across multiple sites to ensure managers can ensure efficiency and boost profitability.

Don't get left in the dark

Emergency jump leads
Published:  22 March, 2013

Emergency jump leads from GYS are available offering capability of 200A up to 700A and are colour coded for ease of use. Also new is a range of LED jumper cables to light up the situation in dark conditions. A 300A version has a three metre cable and a 500A has a 3.5 metre stretch. The integrated lights will allow the user to see the coloured clamps easily, avoiding the risk of attaching the wrong cables and causing damage.

A welcome lift

Electro-mechanical lifts
Published:  21 March, 2013

Hofmann has re-introduced a selection of electro-mechanical lifts to complement its existing portfolio. Formerly known as Europa lifts, the range includes the electro-hydraulic and the EML 3000 electro-mechanical two-post lift.

Making life easier

Ignition coil packs
Published:  20 March, 2013

Removing the 'push down' style ignition coil packs from the cylinder heads on VAG petrol engines without the right tools can result in damaged coils but a new removal tool from the Britool Expert range is now available to safely remove the packs from VAG vehicles.

Restore air fuel ratio

Turbo Cleaner
Published:  19 March, 2013

This Turbo Cleaner has been designed to thoroughly clean out turbochargers of oil, soot, lacquer and tar deposits which get left behind from the stream of hot and dirty exhaust gases.

One for tricky brake jobs

Brake pipe flaring kit
Published:  18 March, 2013

A brake pipe flaring kit from J&S Products features a hydraulic power unit to produce single and double SAE and DIN flares to make the trickiest brake jobs easier to complete. The kit can be used either on or off the vehicle and is supplied with three dies which will fit most vehicles you come across.

Loosen up

Professional range of maintenance products
Published:  15 March, 2013

The XCP professional range of maintenance products used by AA patrols is now available to workshops through Unipart Automotive. XCP One can be used for many tasks and is particularly useful for releasing rusted and seized parts. Rust Blocker and other lubricants are also available.

Diagnostic tools on offer

Over 400 products are offered at discounted prices
Published:  14 March, 2013

Over 400 products are offered at discounted prices within Sealey's current vehicle service promotion which runs until May 31. Many products are new and are offered with free items.

Tyre bay tool

Cordless Impactool
Published:  13 March, 2013

A ½" 20V Cordless Impactool has 780 lb-ft of maximum torque tool and 1,100 ft-lb nut busting torque and is available from Ingersoll. The compact impact wrench is designed to complete high torque tasks much quicker. It is supplied on its own or in a kit with a universal charger, two batteries and a blow moulded case.

Hybrid multimeter

Hybrid multimeter
Published:  12 March, 2013

An OTC 1,000V hybrid multimeter has an insulation test feature to check for voltage leaks on hybrid and electric vehicles. The kit includes heavy duty Class III test leads with alligator clips, short lead, K Type temperature adapter and manual. Features include true RMS, data hold, diode test and continuity buzzer.

Provide tyre pressure service

Diagnostic tool
Published:  08 March, 2013

The MaxiTPMS series of diagnostic tools from Autel offers technicians a range of functionality when working on Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems.

Speedy 3D alignment

Next generation of 3D wheel aligners
Published:  07 March, 2013

The next generation of 3D wheel aligners have been announced by Hofmann. The new Geoliner 670 Gen 4 and Geoliner 680 Gen 4 aligners run on its icon-based Pro42 software which provides all required functions through a one-touch programme, speeding up alignment and making it a very simple process.

Free brake cleaner

Brake pads
Published:  06 March, 2013

After introducing Padtech brake pads to market, Autoparts now stocks more than 100 fast moving brake disc references. Disctech brake discs are supplied with a 12 month/12,000 miles 'no quibble' guarantee and the parts are analysed for chemical composition, strength, hardness and microstructure.

Clamps and pegs

Kits for removing and installing Generation 2 wheel bearings
Published:  05 March, 2013

A range of kits from Tool Connection have been created to make light work of removing and installing Generation 2 wheel bearings which can't be separated from the drive flange assembly.

Tool up for the future of servicing

Wi-fi diagnostic tool
Published:  01 March, 2013

This wi-fi diagnostic tool from Varta allows you to test Start-Stop systems and replace the battery and has been developed by Johnson Controls as part of the Varta Start-Stop Service Programme. The tool identifies the battery type and tells the technician where it is. The EOBD interface provides visual steps to replace the battery on the touch screen display. It can be used to test the battery, delete error codes and read vehicle data.

Service kits

Wheel bearings and wheel hubs
Published:  28 February, 2013

More than 400 of the most popular European and Asian applications are covered by Meyle's expanding range of wheel bearings and wheel hubs.

Keep hold of plugs

Universal joint magnetic spark plug socket
Published:  27 February, 2013

The team at J&S Products reckon you'll never drop a spark plug again once you start using the universal joint magnetic spark plug socket, no matter how awkward the access is to it. The head of the tool swivels 360º and can be used at any angle and the magnetic head is said to hold firmly onto the plug. The tool is capable of high torque rates and compatible with most standard breaker bars.

Bulb gets a touch of bling

A gold limited edition bulb
Published:  26 February, 2013

A gold limited edition of Osram's Night Breaker Plus bulb has been created to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the range, which features a 24 carat gold tip and whiter light. Each duo box pack also has a unique code which can be entered into an online raffle to win Amazon vouchers.

A smarter charge

Smart charger range
Published:  22 February, 2013

The new Smart charger range from Yuasa comprises five models to solve a variety of issues such as stratified and deeply discharged cells, maintenance charging, charging during cold weather and AGM units.

Brand new heavies

A range of ECE R-90 approved brake pads for the CV market
Published:  21 February, 2013

A range of ECE R-90 approved brake pads for the CV market has been added to the TTC programme, which is part of the Unipart Group. It covers the Mercedes Sprinter, Renault Master, Ford Transit, Iveco Daily, Vauxhall Movano and VW Crafter models. Pads are supplied with accessories in a robust box to prevent damage in transit. The E11 number, part number and batch code are marked on the backing plate for full traceability. TTC also has a large range of LCV brake discs covering the majority of the European vehicle parc.

Longer life guarantee

Brake disc references
Published:  20 February, 2013

Over 125 brake disc references and 100 new brake pad references for Toyota, Suzuki, Lexus and Honda vehicles were recently added to Meyle's Asian Line of spares. Its steering and suspension line has been joined by a newly designed control arm for the Honda Civic VIII which is backed by a four year warranty. The Meyle HD control arm has been re-engineered to provide a longer service life - the ball head diameter has been increased to strengthen the ball joint and a more rugged rubber bushing design reinforces the rubber to metal bond. A wide range of HD stabiliser links are also offered. The Asian Line also includes filters. Additional references will be added over the coming months.

Prevent data loss

OBD Memory Saver
Published:  19 February, 2013

The GYSPack OBD Memory Saver connects to the OBD port and provides a secure power supply when replacing the battery so no settings or data from the vehicle's systems are lost. Its powerful internal 7Ah AGM battery can maintain electronic systems for many hours without the need for recharging and a charge indicator light displays the state of charge. An external mains charger is supplied for speedy recharging.

Tool promotion

Big Price Chill promotion
Published:  18 February, 2013

SIP Industrial Products has announced details of its Big Price Chill promotion. More than 350 savings are available including launch price offers on its new Italian-made trade range of professional propane heaters. There is also a special winter promotion showcasing 80 of the best sellers from the Force Tools range, which runs until March 31st. The Force Tools promotion includes a collection of tools specially designed for the automotive trade such as wrench sets, screwdriver sets, assembled drawer sets designed to fit tool chests and plier and torque wrench sets.

The new Technique

Professional tyre changer
Published:  15 February, 2013

The Technique T2520 Professional tyre changer and T2100-2 Computerised Wheel Balancer head up the range of wheel servicing equipment from Trade garage Equipment. The automatic tyre changer features 'lever less' operation to avoid damaging expensive wheels and also reduces the stress to the machine and user. Instead, a push button-controlled 'finger' picks up the tyre and removes it from the rim. It consists of an air-operated tilt back column and a pneumatically operated robotic 'assist' arm to tackle difficult or stiff low profile and run-flat tyres. The T2520 has a turntable clamping capacity up to 26" diameter. The Tw100-2 wheel balancer can handle wheels up to 21" wide and 37" in diameter. It features twin displays, automatic data input via an automatic measuring arm and a range of programmes including behind spoke balancing and sensitivity down to one gram.

Sleek storage

Range of roller cabinet based tool kits
Published:  14 February, 2013

Britool Expert has re-designed its range of roller cabinet based tool kits. The tool kits maximise the use of modular tool packaging which fit securely in the drawers of the cabinets. A drawer will hold on average three modules with moulded spaces for each tool, making tool location simple and fast. The modules are also available as stand-alone products offering an alternative to traditional storage solutions.


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