Nissan parts online

get your hands on Nissan parts and accessories via an official store
Published:  22 May, 2012

You can now get your hands on Nissan parts and accessories via an official store on All parts bought from the site will be posted free direct from Nissan’s parts warehouse in Leicestershire and will come with a 12 month warranty.

A winner with customers

Independent workshops have access to over 70,000 tickets from Comma's technical partnership with the FIA Formula Two Championship
Published:  21 May, 2012

Comma continues its technical partnership with the FIA Formula Two Championship and is running its £2 million motorsport ticket promotion for the third year. Independent workshops have access to over 70,000 tickets for events across the country and are urged to use them as a marketing tool to boost business and reward customers. A range of support material is available to promote the massive giveaway.

Essential workshop bits

48 of Van-Line top selling lines in a Essential starter kit
Published:  18 May, 2012

The Workshop Warehouse brand, supplied by Van-Line, provides independent distributors with a range of consumables and tools for garages.

Spring offers

The Monty Fusion 2 tyre changer is available now from Hofmann
Published:  10 May, 2012

The Monty Fusion 2 tyre changer is available now from Hofmann and features a 24” bed to accommodate all types of tyre and wheel rims with the Easymont III helper arm to mount and demount low profile and run-flat tyres.

Open for business

Fourteen OE exhaust gas recirculation applications join Valeo's range
Published:  09 May, 2012

Fourteen OE exhaust gas recirculation applications join Valeo’s range, increasing the number of parts available to 26. Models covered include Range Rover, Renault, Peugeot, Audi, Ford and Citroen.

Special car care

Repel brake dust with Wheel Seal and Shine from Planet Polish
Published:  08 May, 2012

Wheel Seal & Shine coats alloys with a smooth and invisible barrier to repel brake dust, providing up to three months of protection.

No shock socket sets

Fully insulated tools for hybrid and electric vehicles from Draper
Published:  07 May, 2012

A new line of fully insulated tools for use on hybrid and electric vehicles are available in the latest Draper catalogue.

Too cool for school

An extensive range of 290 new part numbers and application tables have joined Denso's Cooling catalogue
Published:  04 May, 2012

A new Engine Cooling catalogue from Denso has been updated with 290 new part numbers and application tables. An extensive range includes cooling radiators, condensers, heater cores, intercoolers, cooling fans, cabin blower fans and oil coolers.

Curves in all the right places

A belt tensioner wrench with a long curved handle from Laser Tools
Published:  03 May, 2012

This belt tensioner wrench set makes light work of awkward jobs and is available from Laser Tools.

Cool running

the newest edition of cordless impact gun family from Snap-on
Published:  02 May, 2012

This ½” cordless impact wrench features a 18V Lithium battery and delivers up to 700 ft lbs of breakaway torque and 2,100 blows per minute to the ½” anvil. The 7850 model replaces the 6850 cordless impact gun family, launched ten years ago.

Diagnostics a doddle

The Axone 4 a diagnosis machine front Texa
Published:  01 May, 2012

The Axone 4 is described as Texa’s ‘diagnosis flagship’, making the most of its wireless connection to the internet and can even connect to a smartphone for internet access on the move.

High-speed charge

'Speedcharge' microprossesor controlled battery charger from Schumacher
Published:  30 April, 2012

There’s a speedy new addition to the Schumacher line up – but it has nothing to do with racing.

Live castor readings

A redesigned camber/caster gauge from Supertracker
Published:  27 April, 2012

The camber/castor gauge available from Supertracker has been redesigned to provide several advantages over its predecessor. The new compact shape makes it easier to fit to brake discs and it has a built-in Gyro to ensure castor can be measured without having to use the turn plate graduations. Castor readings are ‘Live’ with adjustments being made and measured in real time to speed up adjustment.

Spring products

27 new products from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  25 April, 2012

The Spring product supplement from Alba Diagnostics features 27 new products to help in the workshop. Diagnostic tools include a digital multimeter, a multivoltage glow plug tester and OBDII/EOBD code reader. A manual coil spring compressor and gearbox re-filler and adapter set are available in addition to a new workwear section which includes a choice of four work boots.

New scopes and socket sets

865 new lines in Sealey's freshly printed catalogue
Published:  24 April, 2012

The Tool Catalogue from Sealey has just been printed and features more than 7,100 products, including 865 new lines. Setting and locking kits have been updated to cover more vehicles, there's a new range of analysers and oscilloscopes and a new range of quiet and screw type compressors. Premier and Siegen socket sets, quick release locking pliers, micrometer torque wrenches and TRX-P socket set bits can also be found.

Shine on

Shine and protect past wax from Farecla
Published:  23 April, 2012

The G3 SuperGloss Paste Wax from Farecla is designed to give an impressive shine and protect bodywork for up to six months. The high grade carnauba wax paste resists salt, UV light, detergents and other contaminants and has been developed to achieve even application and a high gloss shine. It's supplied with a special applicator waffle pad.

Cover all angles

automatic service unit from Autoclimate
Published:  20 April, 2012

This automatic service unit works on R134a systems but has two independent oil circuits so can work with hybrid/electric as well as standard combustion vehicles. The AC788PRO has a database covering 4,000+ vehicles and also features an on-board printer. The company advises against bi-gas machines as they cannot meet OEM specs and VDA approval. Also, when one circuit is damaged the other becomes inoperable. Autoclimate says purchasing converted units is also a false economy as R134a work will be ongoing and once you convert, there's no turning back.

A break into the truck market

A CV braking program added by comline
Published:  19 April, 2012

A CV braking programme has been added to complement Comline's existing portfolio of Allied Nippon products, which includes water pumps, passenger car and LCV braking products, clutch kits and wiper blades. The heavy duty range has 160 references for the European truck, trailer and bus parc and comprises discs and pads. Additional accessory kits for CV and LCV pads will be added this year. Further CV ranges may include filters.

Cover all angles

automatic service unit from Autoclimate
Published:  17 April, 2012

This automatic service unit works on R134a systems but has two independent oil circuits so can work with hybrid/electric as well as standard combustion vehicles. The AC788PRO has a database covering 4,000+ vehicles and also features an on-board printer. The company advises against bi-gas machines as they cannot meet OEM specs and VDA approval. Also, when one circuit is damaged the other becomes inoperable. Autoclimate says purchasing converted units is also a false economy as R134a work will be ongoing and once you convert, there's no turning back.

Spoiler alert!

Premium hybrid wiper blades for Blue Print
Published:  16 April, 2012

A range of premium hybrid wiper blades have been added to Blue Print's parts programme and combine the old spoiler type and more common flat blade. The blades are graphite coated, have a low profile and can be easily attached. They cover over 1.3million vehicles on the UK roads and key applications include the Mazda 6, Honda CR-Z and Lexus IS.

Info just a few clicks away

ESI software made simpler
Published:  13 April, 2012

Some changes have been made to Bosch’s ESItronic software to make it simpler to use.

Detect protocol

A protocol detector and break out box with some added extras from Hickleys
Published:  05 April, 2012

The HIC004 scan add-on tool acts as a protocol detector and break out box but also monitors voltage and will sound an alarm if it drops below 12 volts or goes higher than 15.2 volts. It will also act as a data saver when replacing the battery or checking alternator charging conditions. LEDs light up to display protocol detected, grounds and voltage. The unit serves as a diagnostic link connector (DLC) magnifier, DLC extender and spy - you can monitor the activity on each OBDII dedicated data line. The tool is available from Hickleys.

A strong grip

A range of Bodyline Griplock Discs available from Brown Brothers
Published:  04 April, 2012

Bodyline Griplock Discs are suitable for all grinding, finishing, deburring and cleaning applications and can be changed quickly for the job in hand. Backing pads are fixed to a sturdy metal locking system to keep the disc firmly in place. The Bodyline programme is available from Brown Brothers.

New diesel filters

Premium and volume cars have been attended to with the latest aftermarket range expansion from Mahle.
Published:  03 April, 2012

New diesel filters are available for the Audi A7, A8 and Q7 models, BMW 3 Series and Mini diesels and a spin-on oil filter for VW Group 1.8 and 2.0 TSI/TFSI petrol engines. Air filters and inline fuel filter applications have also been boosted. OE use of its engine parts include the third generation Ford Focus which has Mahle air intake modules, air filters and ducts as well as piston sets and camshafts etc. The new range of Euro 5 compliant engines in the Citroen DS series includes the brand's oil filters and other engine parts also.

Have the right tool for the job

Three tool sets join the ContiTech range
Published:  30 March, 2012

Three tool sets join the ContiTech range to change timing belts on VW engines, install overrunning alternator pulleys and measure alignment. Tool Box V01 includes the tools needed to change timing belts on VW, Audi, Skoda and Seat models. Other marques will be covered by a specific tool box in due course. The ContiTech laser checks all pulleys in the belt drive are properly aligned and quickly pinpoints errors. It can be used on all V-ribbed belt drives, including those with plastic pulleys. The Tool Box OAP has been developed to install overrunning alternator pulleys; containing a range of generator cap wrench sets.

HD Ready

Component range switches to 'High Def'
Published:  28 March, 2012

AS the country switches to digital TV in April, component manufacturer Valeo has seen fit to launch a new 'HD' line of products. Admittedly, the initials stand for 'Heavy Duty' rather than 'High Definition', but the firm say that the new range will include clutch, brake and lighting products that are known to wear out in OE spec, so the group has gone back to the drawing board and come up with designs that will exceed the standard spec. You'll find facts about the references covered at the CV and Workshop Show - of which we have included details of elsewhere in the issue.

Hard Bounce

Unipart crunch some numbers
Published:  27 March, 2012

FORevery mile driven, a shock absorber is estimated to ‘oscillate’ (up and down) 500 times. That’s five million oscillations a year on an average car. Although they’re designed and constructed from materials to withstand severe punishment, there is a limit.

Keeping in line

Handy ABS alignment tool
Published:  26 March, 2012

THIS handy-looking tool from Draper range allows you to line up clutch plates in next to no time. The Clutch Mate works

Jacking a box

Tie your gearbox down with this product
Published:  23 March, 2012

THE chances are if you have a well-equipped workshop you will 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.

Saving you time

A range of over 150 Mintex branded brake shoe kits from TMD
Published:  23 March, 2012

Over 150 Mintex branded brake shoe kits join the range from TMD Friction and are used in smaller vehicles and on older cars. Smaller 'Supermini' cars are often fitted with drum brakes as they are less expensive to produce and older vehicles had drums fitted as standard. Mintex shoe kits are pre-assembled; saving the installer time and ensuring all the necessary replacement parts are there in the one kit.

Data hold functions

Thermo-anemometer and IR thermometer from Tif
Published:  22 March, 2012

A Tif thermo-anemometer and IR thermometer simultaneously displays both air flow or air velocity and ambient temperature measurements. Features include the ability to store area dimensions which can then be recalled during the next use, a built-in infrared thermometer for non-contact temperature measurement, will store minimum and maximum readings and hold specific readings with the data hold functions. The 3 ½ foot cable connects the vane sensor to the instrument making it easy to reach various air returns and vents.

Battery App

Exides battery catalogue app for iPhone
Published:  20 March, 2012

Battery app You can now find batteries by using an app on the iPhone. The free app catalogues Exide's products and displays the right battery options based on the vehicle details you enter - you can search by part number, registration number or vehicle make and model. The Battery Finder catalogues all products for cars, vans, trucks and buses.

59 seconds to go

An accurate alignment can be achieved in just '59 seconds'
Published:  19 March, 2012

An accurate alignment can be achieved in just ’59 seconds’ with the latest STR410R machine, according to Supertracker.

Protect yourself

Get protected with the Bodyline range
Published:  16 March, 2012

The Bodyline range of health and safety products comprises respiratory equipment, head, eye and ear protection as well as coveralls and disposable gloves. Particularly useful for bodyshops are the over specs, safety goggles and ear defenders. The new range is available through Brown Brothers.

Clean up quick

A water-based spray from Lucas oil
Published:  15 March, 2012

Clean up the interior of cars on your forecourt or earn extra brownie points with customers when they collect their car from the workshop by using Interior Detailer, new from Lucas oil. This water-based spray is said to cut through grime on sills and doors and banishes dirt and smears on plastic, leather, vinyl and other fittings.

A safer charge

Batium range of battery chargers from GYS
Published:  14 March, 2012

The Batium range of battery chargers, available from GYS, provide a multistage charging curve to charge all current battery types to a high level and has been specifically designed to charge AGM batteries within Stop Start systems. The risk of accidental damage is taken away because it's not necessary to identify the battery type and even if connected incorrectly, the battery or vehicle will not be harmed. The range has models for 6V, 12V and 24V batteries and charge up to 350Ah.

Hybrid windscreen blades

Upgrade to hybrid windscreen blades from Denso
Published:  13 March, 2012

Customers who have conventional wiper blades can now upgrade to hybrid blades thanks to a retrofit range from Denso. Over 700 applications cover a vast array of vehicles including the Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Getz, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 307 and the Toyota Yaris. The range, the first aftermarket brand to be launched by an OEM brand according to Denso, have the same technology, design and performance as the original equipment blades. The applications will continue to be added, extending the range into 2012.

Saving energy

Energy smart paint drying system
Published:  12 March, 2012

The Revo 180 is an energy-smart paint drying system from Tri-Sphere and the latest model has new features to further protect vehicles and reduce operational time.

Air con service

A range of new generation Behr A/C service units
Published:  09 March, 2012

A range of new generation Behr A/C service units, for use on systems running R-134a, R744 and HFO1234yf refrigerants are now available through Mahle. The units are supplied with on-site product training and supported by a technical hotline, repair service and annual maintenance contracts. The new line complements its range of cabin air filters for cars, light and heavy commercial vehicles.

Accurate analysis

Digital analysers from Sealey
Published:  08 March, 2012

A good diagnostic tool leads you to a problem area but won't, unfortunately, tell you the whole story and this is where further analysis is needed. A range of updated digital analysers have been introduced by Sealey which can collect and process data more quickly, for more accurate information. Digital and bar graph displays give an accurate indication of component outputs and auto-ranging and data hold functions have overload protection. All models are supplied with an inductive coupler and the top of the range TA304 models comes with an infrared thermometer attachment.

Cool new products

World class heat exchange technology from Denso
Published:  07 March, 2012

The 2012 collection of engine cooling products from Denso says it delivers world-class heat exchange technologies direct to the aftermarket, in the form of intercoolers, radiators, condensers, heater cores, fans and oil coolers. The catalogue debuts 80 new condenser part numbers for applications including Audi, Citroen, Ford and Honda. Ten new parts join the intercooler range and 200 part numbers extend its radiator range.

Air in your system

Diesel Bleeding and Primer kit
Published:  06 March, 2012

IT can take some time to purge a diesel fuel system of air, especially if there's no self-bleeding system but help is at hand with the Diesel Bleeding/Primer kit from Laser Tools. It comes with six connectors, covering Ford, PSA, Fiat, Rover, Renault, Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz. The hand pump is used until clear fuel is seen in the clear exit pipe. If it proves difficult to purge, a bleed valve is included in the kit enabling the air to be bled off.

Curved blades

Tetrosyl's Curved wiper blades
Published:  05 March, 2012

Bluecol Aero-Flex wiper blades include retro fit fitment adaptors, suitable for use on over 96% of vehicles on the road. The blades are designed to follow the curved shape of vehicle windscreens and are designed to reduce juddering and wiper squeak.

Flameless cold heat

Safe way to blowtorch seized nuts
Published:  02 March, 2012

Taking a naked flame to seized nuts is not the safest thing to attempt in the workshop which is why the Inductor product range has been introduced to the market - a flameless cold heat which produces results with no collateral damage! The Mini-Ductor II is a 1Kw handheld unit and the Pro-Max is a 2Kw trolley or bench-mounted inverter; both run off 230V power.

In the dark

Auto darkening visor
Published:  01 March, 2012

Two welding helmets with auto darkening features join GYS. The Master LCD 11 and Master 9 - 13 LCD automatically switch from clear to dark as soon as the arc is formed and returns to clear when the arc stops.

Diagnostic tools

Hybrid testing tool
Published:  29 February, 2012

This wireless hybrid tester, the Bosch FSA 050, is now available through Euro Car Parts branches and allows techs to perform all sorts of diagnostic tasks on hybrid and electric vehicles.

Mobile parts cleaner

Handy compact cleaner
Published:  28 February, 2012

This bench-top parts cleaner from Rozone heats a water-based cleaning fluid to 40ºC where microbes break down oil and grease and the fluid is then recycled - reducing hazardous waste disposal and removing the requirement of a monthly service contract.

Get more from your mobile

Access information from your phone
Published:  27 February, 2012

If your mobile connects to the web you can use it to access a range of helpful information while in the workshop. Blue Print Mobile has just been announced, linking to technical information, new product bulletins and its VRM led technical data and parts catalogue system, AutoVista. Links to its G-Scan tool can also be found as well as technical tips and competitions you can take part in.

Green with filters

Better flow from range expansion
Published:  22 February, 2012

AIR filters for the Renault Megane III RS, Seat Exeo, Skoda Octavia II, Toyota IQ 1.4 and VW Transporter T5 are the latest additions from Green Filters.

Flexible heads

Six micro torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  21 February, 2012

A range of six micrometer torque wrenches are available from Facom; four with fixed ratcheting heads and two with flexible heads. All feature Nm and inch-pound scales and are available in a variety of lengths. The tools make light work of tightening cylinder head bolts or replacing an alloy wheel. When the set torque is reached when tightening, a click noise sounds and tension is automatically releases to prevent over-tightening.


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