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.

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.


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