Flexible storage

Robust workbenches
Published:  19 October, 2012

A new range of workbenches extend the Jet+ range from Facom. They consist of a robust 40mm thick, beech plywood worktop, which has been treated with linseed oil to resist liquid damage. The drawers and frame are built from sheet metal.

Hybrid safe tools

Torque wrench and socket set
Published:  19 October, 2012

Tool manufacturer Laser has introduced a 3/8" drive torque wrench and 3/8" drive socket set, designed specifically for use on hybrid engines. The tools are insulated to protect technicians working on high voltage vehicles. Both the wrench and the socket set have VDE and GS certification and are IEC rated to 1,000 volts.

Off site device

pure inverters great for mobile mechanics doing tricky work from Ring
Published:  16 October, 2012

A range of pure inverters from Ring Automotive will ensure consistent power current, especially handy for mobile mechanics carrying out complex diagnostic work.

Hot new kit

The new smart inductor 5000 from Tool Connection
Published:  15 October, 2012

The removal of bonded components is now easier thanks to the introduction of the new Power-TEC Smart Inductor 5000, from Tool Connection. This flameless heating system is able to remove bonded components or loosen seized parts fast and efficiently. The system features automatic or manual settings, using electromagnetic induction, which is capable of intense local heating without damaging the surrounding area. The company claims the smart inductor will only heat metal objects and will not burn or melt plastics or paints.

Smarten up alloys

Rimbands now distributed by Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  12 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.

Package deals

ATL packages complete with delivery, instalation,commisioning and training from Hofmann
Published:  11 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.

Playing the piper peace

Performance exhaust systmes now available for volkswagon from specialists Piper
Published:  10 October, 2012

Performance specialist Piper Exhausts now offers a choice of performance exhaust systems for the Volkswagen Golf Mk6 GTD 170.

Replacement Turbos

Save up to a third on the cost of replacement turbochargers with the new range from BTN Turbo
Published:  03 October, 2012

The OMX brand of turbochargers has been created to save up to a third on the cost of replacement on popular older models. The new range, from BTN Turbo, uses OE parts and the turbos are supplied with a 12 month warranty.

Perfect stocking fillers

Detailed inner workings of your favourite Sci-fi vehicles Documented by Haynes
Published:  02 October, 2012

Haynes, the car enthusiast's favourite, has launched a Christmas wish list. The list contains heaps of book titles from the official MotoGP to the Klingon Bird of Prey owner's manual. The books are lots of fun and make for ideal stocking fillers for car enthusiasts and Star Trek fans alike.

Get the time right

New timing tool kits supporting BMW and Mini from Laser Tools'
Published:  01 October, 2012

New to Laser Tools' range of timing tool kits is the BMW Mini W16D timing tool set fits the engines used in the Mini and Mini Clubman (07-10). The kit also fits certain Citroen and Peugeot models. The kit includes the crankshaft timing pin, two camshaft and fuel pump timing pins as well as the flywheel holding tool with fixing bolts. Novices need not worry about valves meeting pistons as the kit comes with a full set of instructions.

A Flawless finish

The CC6400 Standard VOC Clear is the latest two-component clear from DuPont Refinish.
Published:  28 September, 2012

The CC6400 Standard VOC Clear is designed for ease of use during two coat application and should be used with the AZ9100 performance agent for a flawless application and appearance. It can also be used with its XK Activator range to enhance drying speeds.

Educate customers on need for bespoke oil

Three new 5W30 fully synthetic oils from A1
Published:  26 September, 2012

The demand for lower viscosity grades of oil continues to grow as manufacturers strive for better fuel economy and lower emissions and it’s vital to use engine-specific oil to protect vehicles fitted with catalytic converters and diesel particulate filters.

Dickies cover up

Stay protected with brand new products from Dickies 2012 catalogue
Published:  25 September, 2012

The Dickies 2012 catalogue has 200 pages of old favourites and brand new products. New items include a 100% cotton coverall and a PPE range which includes ear defenders, safety specs, respirators, gel knee pads, gloves and helmets.

Bearing and belt kits

Covering 96% of the UK car parc, Unipart's hub bearing and timing belt kits are on the rise
Published:  24 September, 2012

The number of hub bearing and timing belt kits available from Unipart has grown significantly as a result of a new partnership with SKF. An additional 121 new bearing kits and 167 belt kits have been added to its range, which now covers over 96% of the UK car parc.

Starter kits

Two starter kits introduced by Pico for those who are entering the world of oscilloscope diagnostics.
Published:  21 September, 2012

The same scope and software used in the advanced version is supplied along with the accessories needed for the most common tests.

New gear

Two fully synthetic synchronised manual transmission and transaxle fluid from Comma
Published:  20 September, 2012

Two new gear and transmission fluids join the Comma range of lubricants, expanding coverage of the vehicle parc by more than a third and taking the range total to 18 grades.

Programmed pumps

Electric Pumps now available to the aftermarket from AMK
Published:  19 September, 2012

Electric pumps for Citroen, Peugeot and Renault vehicles join the range available from amk Automotive. The parts use an electric circuit board to control the pump and are supplied new, due to the complexity of the design. Until now, these have only been available through the dealer network.

Pear head ratchets

A 'detection' socket set case, including 3/8" pear head ratchets, is available from Facom.
Published:  18 September, 2012

The case, which can be stored as a roller cabinet module, enables you to see all your tools even when the case is closed. The 3/8" pear head ratchet is said to be 25% lighter than the competition, helping to reduce user fatigue. The ratchets feature a dustproof, maintenance-free mechanism and a comfort grip handle. The JL.DBOX comes in a 6 point sockets set or a 12 point sockets set and include a range of sockets from 8-22mm, 2 extension bars, a coupler and a 3/8" pear head ratchet.

Tools galore

Seven new bright yellow screwdrivers from J&S
Published:  17 September, 2012

J&S has a massive range of tools for techs and this set of seven screwdrivers is the latest addition to the hand tool range.

Portable wheel aligner

A Hofmann range portable wheel alignment system usable with nearly any four-post lift from Snap-on
Published:  14 September, 2012

A portable wheel alignment system that can be used with virtually any four-post lift has been added to the Hofmann range of equipment, available from Snap-on Equipment.

Better burn

The one shot Fuel system cleaner from Lucas
Published:  13 September, 2012

A one shot version of the Lucas Deep clean Fuel system cleaner has been created to maintain the fuel tank and also prepare for MOTs.

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...


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.


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