No shunt for battery monitor

Smartgauge from Merlin Systems
Published:  08 August, 2011

Battery monitors are invaluable bits of kit. They provide important battery capacity information and allow you to answer questions like "How long until my batteries run flat?", "Can I finish charging yet?" and "Will my batteries last long enough?"

New Tarox discs on the cards

Brake discs from Tarox
Published:  05 August, 2011

Predicting the future with a deck of cards might well be a gypsy con-trick, but predicting where you can safely stop should be anything but, particularly if you are on a track day.

Easy kits go straight on the axle

Brake kits from FPS
Published:  04 August, 2011

Higher levels of availability for the LPR brand of brakes is assured thanks to changes at its production facility, boosting the number of brake pad sets made each year to over 2 million.

Reaches parts others just can't reach

Cordless wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  03 August, 2011

The CTY561 3/8" Micro Cordless Impact Wrench is the newest member of the power tools range from Snap-on Tools and is designed for bodyshop tasks.

From prep area to spray booth

Bellini drying unit from Tri-Sphere
Published:  02 August, 2011

The latest technology in infrared drying technology promises to save time, be easier to use and improve finishes and has been developed by Italian equipment manufacturer Bellini.

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ACDelco oil range makeover
Published:  01 August, 2011

In addition to adding four new fully synthetic oils to its range, ACDelco has given the range a makeover with new labelling and an online product catalogue.

Not just another fuel additive

Torco additive from Nimbus
Published:  29 July, 2011

Torco Diesel Accelerator has been created with modified and stock diesel engines in mind and promises to increase the Cetane rating of diesel fuel by up to ten points, increasing both power and torque at lower RPM.

Heavyweight oil joins the gang

Carlube's Triple R lubes
Published:  28 July, 2011

Carlube's Triple R range of lubes has been extended with the introduction of a new fully synthetic oil for the heavy duty CV market. Triple R 5w30 HD has been developed for trucks, buses and coaches on extended service intervals.

High frequency chargers

Chargers from Facom
Published:  27 July, 2011

A new line-up of compact, high-frequency automatic chargers has been launched by tool maker Facom.

Black box for drilled discs

Disc parts from National Autoparts
Published:  26 July, 2011

Component supplier National Autoparts has continued the roll-out of new cartons for its products, which this month include its line of performance disc parts.

Service and reset

OmiCheck Service from Omitec
Published:  25 July, 2011

Many cars and light commercials now have tyre pressure monitoring systems and the OmiCheck Service enables you to remove the wheels from these vehicles and register or re-register the tyre pressure monitoring valves on the ECU.

A job well done

Hunter HawkEye imaging system from Pro-Align
Published:  22 July, 2011

Bodyshops are being urged by Pro-Align to check a vehicle's alignment before work starts so that damaged components which could otherwise go unnoticed, can be costed into the estimate.

Keeping hands cut free

Gloves from Marigold Industrial
Published:  21 July, 2011

A new glove from Marigold Industrial has been produced to protect you from the workshop environment, preventing cuts, abrasion and puncture resistance while staying flexible.

ECU remapping service

Diesel remapping from AmD
Published:  20 July, 2011

AmD Tuning are based next to the Dartford Crossing on the M25 and are now offering an ECU remapping service to the trade so you can offer your customers improved vehicle performance and efficiency.

Protect against sludge

GTX oil from Castrol
Published:  19 July, 2011

Castrol's latest effort is homing in on engine sludge, the car's equivalent cholesterol which leads to increased fuel consumption, decreased performance and even engine seizure.

Brake brand hits the UK

Wagner brakes from Federal Mogul
Published:  15 July, 2011

Launched in Europe at last year's Automechanika show, component giant Federal Mogul is now pushing its Wagner brand in the UK.

Battery power for all types

Batteries from Varta
Published:  13 July, 2011

The Dynamic range of Varta batteries contain PowerFrame technology, a grid construction developed by Johnson Controls, which minimises grid growth and corrosion that can lead to short circuits and premature battery failure.

Mergi this with fuel

Fuel additive launch
Published:  12 July, 2011

A new fuel additive is set to hit the market. Mergi, subtitled 'the organic combustion catalyst' makes bold claims about increasing the cleanness of the 'burn' and of reducing build-up of soot and tar particles in the top end of the engine.

Brake booster

Vacuum sensor from TRW
Published:  11 July, 2011

A vacuum sensor has been developed by TRW that will measure and report the level of vacuum available for the brake booster and the company is set to introduce the first application in 2013.

Sealey's vehicle service promotion

Extra edition of Sealey's booklet
Published:  08 July, 2011

Tool supplier Sealey has introduced an extra edition of its Vehicle Service Promotion booklet, with a deal on an item of brake service equipment on the cover.

Detect AC leaks in style

Leak detection flashlights from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 July, 2011

Two new cordless rechargeable leak detection flashlights are available now from Euro Car Parts.

Get organised

Storage units from System Store Solutions
Published:  06 July, 2011

A new range of steel work benches join the FAMI range of storage units and are available now from System Store Solutions.

Knocks and spills

CF-53 Automotive Panasonic Toughbook
Published:  05 July, 2011

The CF-53 Automotive Panasonic Toughbook is the latest addition to its semi-rugged notebook range and is ideal for use on the road with an all-day battery life and has the ability to cope with the inevitable knocks and spills when used within a busy workshop.

Front axle electric park brake

Electric Park Brake system from TRW
Published:  04 July, 2011

An Electric Park Brake (EPB) system for front axles has been developed by TRW, making the technology a more affordable option for a wider range of vehicles.

Danger, danger - high voltage!

Glow plug tester from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  01 July, 2011

This multi-voltage glow plug tester from Sykes Pickavant works on all types of glow plugs and indeed, at any voltage.

Triple boost for flat batteries

Battery jump starter from GYS
Published:  30 June, 2011

French battery charger manufacturer GYS has launched StartUp 80, a brand new '3 in 1' automatic battery jump starter, battery charger and battery 12V tester combined, which has been designed to start any model of petrol or diesel powered car or light commercial vehicle in a few minutes.

And as if by magic...

Engine cleaning products from Comma
Published:  29 June, 2011

Reminding customers to maintain their vehicle's oil levels is a good idea but Comma says putting clean oil into a dirty engine makes no sense at all.

The battle against power draw

Mobile battery charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  28 June, 2011

An advanced battery charger has recently joined the Snap-on Tools range, specifically designed to cope with the power-drawing engine management systems and accessories on vehicles today.

Pad range overhaul

Brake pads from ACDelco
Published:  27 June, 2011

A massive overhaul is set to shake up ACDelco's brake pad programme in September and will result in what the company describes as 'a more comprehensive and relevant product offering to the aftermarket'.

Service tool grows at your pace

The Easycheck range from TRW
Published:  24 June, 2011

The easycheck range from TRW comprises a family of four diagnostic tools.

Download updates faster

'Auto update' programme from Automotive Garage Solutions
Published:  23 June, 2011

A software update for the ISSCAN II is promising to make it a lot easier to upload software upgrades to the handset.

Keeping factors happy

Klarius exhaust parts from FPS
Published:  22 June, 2011

The availability of Klarius exhaust parts has been increased across the range due to a 'national re-profiling exercise' at distributor, FPS.

New vehicle lift range

Four post lifts from Boston
Published:  21 June, 2011

The B461 and B441 four post lifts are the culmination of 25 years of lift manufacturing at Boston and are designed to meet the needs of future MOT legislation; both models feature platform recesses into which hydraulic or pneumatic play detectors can be installed or retrofitted at any point.

'Key on, key off' support

MPL2 from TCS Products
Published:  20 June, 2011

The MPL2 from TCS Products is both an MPL battery charger and a battery support unit that can be used on both cars and vans.

Editor's car gets Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels from Tetrosyl
Published:  17 June, 2011

Hot Wheels is the latest car care product from Tetrosyl and joins its Wonder Wheels range of cleaners.

Diesel diagnostic support

Diesel Centre network from Delphi
Published:  16 June, 2011

As Delphi gain more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty.

Dynamic tests help solve complex faults

B-Touch ST-9000 scan tool from Brain Bee
Published:  15 June, 2011

The B-Touch ST-9000 scan tool features an easy to use touch screen interface, a faster processing speed and a comprehensive vehicle application database. It performs ECU reading, parameter, status and error reading, cancellation adjustments, coding and shows you the position of the diagnostic socket and which cable to use.

Smoke the leak out

Smoke machine from Snap-on Tools
Published:  14 June, 2011

The EELD100 smoke machine, available from Snap-on Tools, is said to make the invisible, clearly visible, saving the bodyshop tech the hassle of replacing and stripping down engine components and finding the smallest of leaks.

Keep it safe

Free-standing safes from Securikey
Published:  13 June, 2011

A range of lightweight free-standing safes from Securikey have been introduced to keep your valuables safe in the workshop or at home (perhaps not your favourite pair of shoes though - see pic).

Hycote make a stand

Merchandise stand from Hycote
Published:  10 June, 2011

As people tighten their purse strings they can take on the simple touch-up repair jobs they once left to the professionals.

Performance boost for VW

B6 shock absorbers from Bilstein
Published:  09 June, 2011

Bilstein has announced the introduction of its B6 shock absorbers to increase the road-holding ability and directional stability of the new VW Passat, designed to boost damping force without sacrificing performance.

Cutting new wax

Radiant Wax from Autoglym
Published:  08 June, 2011

Polishing up a motor? Independent workshops can prepare customer cars with even more sparkle according to car care firm Autoglym, as it has launched a new version of its best-selling trade polish, Radiant Wax.

Low roof height's no issue

BendPak XPR9 two post lifts from Liftmaster
Published:  07 June, 2011

A new range of BendPak XPR9 two post lifts are now available from Liftmaster.

Vans get geared up with kit

Transit DMF replacement kit from Fuel Parts
Published:  06 June, 2011

Stocks are ready for dispatch of the AP brand new flywheel conversion kit for the Ford Transit 2.4 TDCi 6 speed gearbox model (including the Tourneo) and are available now from Fuel Parts.

Like watching paint dry

REVO 180 drying system from Tri-Sphere
Published:  03 June, 2011

Users of the REVO 180 infrared paint drying system are reporting huge savings in annual gas consumption, according to supplier Tri-Sphere.

Diagnostic tool hits the road

OBD Matrix from Texa
Published:  02 June, 2011

The OBD Log's big brother has been created by Texa and is named, the OBD Matrix. It can detect and interpret the errors on all electronic systems in modern vehicles and by using the IDC4 software, can be used on road tests.

Cut down on fitment time

Wheel hub assembly kits
Published:  01 June, 2011

Following the lead of VMs, a range of wheel assembly kits for passenger cars has been introduced by Comline Auto Parts and are designed to reduce fitment time.

Hit the road, jack

Vehicle jack from Facom
Published:  31 May, 2011

This new jack from French tool maker Facom is different from others in that the mechanical locking system supports the vehicle's weight. It locks into place and stays at the lift height whereas a traditional jack can experience leaks from the hydraulic system, causing it to fall.

Amp-le supply from charger

Eight-stage 10 amp battery charger
Published:  30 May, 2011

The MXS 10.0 10A 12V battery charger from CTEK features an extended five pulse per second de-sulphation stage, an analysis stage which quickly confirms whether the battery is capable of holding a charge or whether it needs replacing and an AGM charging cycle specifically designed for stop-start technology.

Diagnostic support

Diesel tools from Delphi
Published:  27 May, 2011

As Delphi gains more OE common rail contracts, the company is turning its expertise to its aftermarket products as the vehicles come out of warranty. Recently, its Multec diesel common rail system was chosen for the DW10C engine, a shared platform for Citroen, Fiat, Ford and Peugeot diesel vehicles. A number of replacement items are available including a high pressure pump, injectors and an electronic control unit.


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