A solid start

Components from Solid Auto
Published:  26 July, 2016

Range additions keep a company ahead of the game, Solid Auto can testify to that. The supplier has added 31 fast-moving part numbers to its range of specialist Japanese and Korean automotive products. The additions comprise cabin filters, oil filters, fuel filters, brake discs, clutch kits, and multi-rib belts. In total, 104 references have been brought to market by the company, as it continues to assess and meet ever-changing customer requirements. New oil filters cover a wide range of vehicle applications, including: Nissan Qashqai J11 (2013) and J10 (2011-15); Suzuki Swift (2011-15); and Honda Civic (2012) and their derivatives. The new cabin filter covers popular Japanese model, Nissan Qashqai J11 (2013 on) while the new two-piece clutch kits cover Toyota Auris (2008-13) and Yaris (2009 on), with a concentric slave cylinder available separately. Finally, the new-to-range multi-rib belts cover several vehicle applications including: Kia Picanto (2011), and Nissan Kubistar (2003-10) and Micra (2003-11).

Quality benefits

Lubricants from Gulf Oil
Published:  21 July, 2016

Quality lubrication improves performance and vehicle lifespan. Gulf believe they can offer such quality with the Formula CX 5W30, holding both ACEA C2 and C3 specifications alongside a large number of OEM specifications and approvals. Additional features and benefits of the Formula CX include the latest mid SAPS additive technology which prolongs life of after treatment devices used in the latest passenger cars, low ash content reduced particulate build up in diesel particulate filters designed to deliver outstanding performance and protection in conjunction with fuel economy benefits, active cleansing agents reduced piston deposits and sludge build up facilitating cleaner engines and low temperature property which aids cold start and protects against wear at start up.

Within their clutches

Clutches from LuK
Published:  19 July, 2016

The range expansion continues at LuK clutches with parts for nearly 1.7 million vehicles added, including 30 Luk RepSets, nine LuK RepSet Pros, eight Dual Mass Flywheels and one LuK cylinder. These new arrivals include new LuK 2CT double-clutch components for the VW Golf V (1K1) 1.9 TDI and VW Polo (6R, 6C) 1.4 (2011 on) and a LuK RepSet DMF for the VW Golf VI (5K1) 1.6 TDI (2009-2012). There is also a new LuK RepSet and LuK RepSet Pro for the VW Crafter 30-50 (2F) 2.0 TDi (2011 on), and a LuK RepSet for the Nissan Pick Up (D22) 2.4 i 4WD (2002 on). The company has also expanded its range of clutch parts for Japanese and Far Eastern vehicles with its new additions to the RepSet Pro range, including parts for Toyota, Kia, Hyundai and Subaru, with a DMF for the Mazda CX-5 (KE, GH) 2.2 diesel (2012 on). 08457 001100

Connecting with Golo

Diagnostics from Launch UK
Published:  14 July, 2016

A new vehicle telematics tool provides independent workshops with their own response to the connected car, giving them remote diagnostic services with their customers. Launch UK has introduced Golo, a real-time monitoring system, along with a collection of promotional and technical support. The system features an OBD box that simply plugs into the vehicle's 16-pin socket, allowing the owner to connect and communicate with workshops regarding problems, repair and maintenance online. The system allows the garage to access real-time vehicle data to perform diagnostic checks remotely and provide examination and maintenance guidance. This can be done either via a smartphone with Bluetooth or WiFi though an app, or through a SIM located in the plug, depending on model sold. The device can connect with the driver anywhere in the country, meaning should a warning light come on, they can call the garage and get a check to tell them whether it is safe to continue, what the problem is and arrange for it to be booked in. With connected car services offering a similar service through some vehicle manufacturers, Golo is the aftermarket ensuring it remains in the game.

Keeping in uniform

Work wear from Dickies
Published:  07 July, 2016

Keeping your garage looking neat and tidy does not just equate to putting the tools in the toolbox and mopping the floor, a professional image also applies to the workwear your technicians use on a daily basis. It needs to be hard wearing, comfortable and fit in with the look of your business. Dickies has just introduced a new range of items for technicians, including the ED24/7 two-tone trousers with 245gsm fabric ensuring they are 'tough but light' to retain agility, while being free of any exposed metals such as zips or buttons, making them scratch free. They also feature cargo pockets for carrying tools. The range also includes Redhawk Stud Front coveralls, the company's most affordable workwear with a concealed stud-fronted pocket design to prevent scratches to paintwork. The footwear range includes the Deltona Boot, a safety boot with an SRC sole unit and anti-slip properties. The toe-cap protection is metal free, as is the midsole, keeping weight low, while the uppers use a water-resistant black leather with a breathable lining.

New in suspension

Bilstein shock absorbers from Euro Car Parts
Published:  05 July, 2016

Euro Car Parts is introducing a new range of shock absorbers from sports suspension manufacturer Bilstein. The range B4 Airmatic types for Land Rover and Jaguar, where Bilstein is the original equipment supplier (OES), B4 Damptronic types for Mercedes limo and electronically adjustable for the likes of Nissan GT-R, and B4 Gas types for the VW Golf 7, Vauxhall Mokka and Adam, again where Bilstein is OE fitted. The range offered means technicians can source shock absorbers identical to those fitted at factory level and therefore are recommended for those vehicles, designs to work and last just as the manufacturer intended. They feature full TUV approval and will be available through the Euro Car Parts branch network or on the company's new website.

Jump to it

Battery charger from Sealey
Published:  30 June, 2016

Sometimes you'll need to jump a vehicle to either get it out of the way or to aid a repair. The E/START800 from Sealey is therefore suited to this application, providing a greater power output over others in the range. The Electrostart is different to other products on the range as it does not contain a battery inside the unit. Instead, in runs with ultracapacitors amongst other patented electronics that maximise a discharged battery's voltage. The E/START800 requires just 5 volts to jump start a vehicle. Simply connect it to the vehicle's discharged battery and the unit will display the battery's existing voltage. It then draws power from it and energises itself fully within two minutes before pushing full power safely back through the starting system, jump starting the vehicle. The advantage of not having an internal battery is that the device is small, lightweight and has a life-cycle of 10 years, while not needing to be kept in a charged state and therefore can be used instantly.

Price and quality together

Clutch kits from First Line
Published:  28 June, 2016

Price can be king in the aftermarket with garages needing to offer a competitive edge to a quote when customers will only listen to cost and not quality. First Line's Key Parts brand is an alternative to the premium First Line and Borg & Beck ranges, while not skimping on the quality of the part.

Keeping it cool

Condensers from Denso
Published:  23 June, 2016

When it comes to keeping cool, especially as we approach summer, Denso has the right idea. The manufacturer has recently expanded its aftermarket condenser program with the introduction of 32 OE-quality Subcool condensers, which can offer up to 30% greater efficiency over conventional products.

Changing gear

Gearbox remanufacturing services from The Gearbox Centre
Published:  22 June, 2016

The manual transmission has been around almost as long as the car itself and The Gearbox Centre finds them a fascinating technology. However, while they are usually a reliable mechanism, they do eventually wear out and fail to act as efficiently as they were designed to. While this could be a costly item to replace, the company aims to provide a quick and cost-effective service, focusing on quality rather than price.

Further engineering

Brake calipers from Brake Engineering
Published:  21 June, 2016

Brake Engineering has added eight new brake calipers to its product range as it continues its bid to constantly meet the demands and requirements of its customers.

Charging for diagnostics

Battery diagnostics from Traction Charger
Published:  14 June, 2016

During diagnostic or programming operations when in a Key On, Engine Off state, a vehicle's systems are operating solely from the battery. This reliance on constant voltage poses a risk in terms of potential loss of data or damage to control units.

Experience counts

Diagnostics from Hella
Published:  09 June, 2016

Experience can provide garages with the essential tools they need to carry out everyday jobs. HELLA GUTMANN know this, with 30 years of knowledge in the field of vehicle diagnostics filtering down into their mega macs range.

Extension of warranty

OE components from Federal-Mogul
Published:  08 June, 2016

The warranty period serves two purposes, it gives garages and customers peace of mind that should anything go wrong there is a chance they are covered, while also giving companies the opportunity to highlight the trust in their products.

Combining into one

Online workshop tool from Autodata
Published:  07 June, 2016

Autodata has launched a new dedicated module to their Online Workshop Tool for changing brakes, saving workshops time and protecting them from the cost of incorrect procedures.

Keeping catalogues

Spark plugs from NGK
Published:  02 June, 2016

Keeping catalogues up to date allows companies to give its customers the right parts, the right information and most importantly, the right price.

Batteries for all occassions

Batteries from Varta
Published:  01 June, 2016

VARTA batteries is highlighting its Dynamic range as a solution for automotive and commercial vehicle requirements.

Keeping it cool

Air conditioning from Snap-on
Published:  31 May, 2016

With the summer upon us it is time to invest in your air conditioning kit. The Sun Koolkare range from Snap-on offers air-con recycling designed for modern workshops that deal with all kinds of differing vehicle systems.

Pimp your hose

Silicone hoses from Forge Motorsport
Published:  30 May, 2016

Silicone hoses are more resilient and for most, look good too. The latest upgrade from Forge Motorsport is a race-quality intake hose for Audi's RS3 'hot hatch'. Designed as a direct replacement for the factory part, and featuring precise diameter apertures as per the original, to allow each hose to connect directly to the OEM fittings, the Forge upgrade offers enhancement over the original, with a much greater resistance to heat-cycling and fatigue, making it ideal for tuned, tracked or competition cars.

Keeping it cool

Air conditioning from GSF Car Parts
Published:  26 May, 2016

As the time comes for garages to start work on a potential influx of air conditioning jobs, GSF Car Parts is offering an extended range to make the most of new labour-saving features.

Clean and easy

Additives from Diesel Power Plus
Published:  24 May, 2016

Contamination of the diesel system can lead to a number of problems, the least of which is a blocked DPF. Sometimes a regeneration is not the only thing that needs doing as pipes can also become clogged with soot and other deposits.

Wipe away

Wipers from Trico
Published:  19 May, 2016

Two of the most safety critical systems on a vehicle are often the ones least checked by drivers. Yet tyres and windscreen wipers play a critical role in the way we drive. Of the two, windscreen wiper efficiency is perhaps seen as the lesser critical, yet according to TRICO, 90% of all driving decisions are based on visual clues, underlining the importance of having a clear windscreen.

Automated gas service

Air Conditioning from Blyth Equipment
Published:  16 May, 2016

Updating your equipment to take advantage of air conditioning means you can also take advantage of changes in technology, especially the addition of a gas analyser which can detect the refrigerant coming out of a vehicle and reducing the chance of contamination.

Max power!

Additives from Power Maxed
Published:  12 May, 2016

The Power Maxed range is made up of automotive cleaning, additives, lubricants and spray products which have been developed with top level race teams in the UK including a British/World GP Motocross Team and its own British Touring Car Championship race team Power Maxed Racing.

Green refrigerant

Air conditioning from Hella
Published:  05 May, 2016

In common with other developing areas of the automotive industry, components, systems and fitting regulations are under constant review and are therefore subject to change. This is true of the air conditioning industry as well.

Branding upgrade

Ignition leads and coils from WAIglobal
Published:  28 April, 2016

Following its rebranding exercise, WAIglobal has now included its range of ignition leads and coils in its new corporate identity and packaging, under the brand name WAI.

Sealed and delivered

PAYEN, a brand of Fedral-Mogul Motorparts gaskets
Published:  28 April, 2016

PAYEN, a brand of Fedral-Mogul Motorparts, has launched two new high-performing gasket sealing technologies, Coriuseal and Coriusim.

Keeping your cool!

Cooling systems MAHLE
Published:  25 April, 2016

The cooling system of a vehicle is a precise mix of fluids and mechanical parts working together to ensure the engine is not damaged by the extreme heats it can produce. The system therefore need to be working at peak efficiency with no serious contamination while checks need to be completed on a regular basis. A problem with the cooling system can have a serious effect on various engine parts.

Tension mounting

Tension mounting parts from INA
Published:  21 April, 2016

INA has announced it has added tensioner parts for more than 17 million vehicles over the last 12 months. It has recently added a range of timing belt kits with water pump and INA Front End Auxiliary Drive (FEAD) kits, containing the belt/belts, tensioners, idler/deflection pulleys; Over Running Alternator Pulleys (OAPs) and water pump where required.

Pump it up!

Mechanical water pump from Dayco
Published:  14 April, 2016

Dayco has announced it will launch its first stand-alone mechanical water pump program in the UK this March. The initial range provides coverage for 90% of the UK vehicle parc, which equates to approximately 27 million vehicles.

Stick it to them

Promotion from Comma oil
Published:  12 April, 2016

Members of the Comma Professional Partner Program (PPP) have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive member only StickerSmart promotion until May 31st 2016.

Making an impact

Hand tools from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  07 April, 2016

Chicago Pneumatic has introduced a new straight impact wrench line for the heavy vehicle service market. The CP7763D and CP7773D series is a compact and lightweight impact wrench that provides durability and power for general mechanic applications and tyre changing on light trucks and heavy vehicles. Thanks to the new D-handle design and the various ergonomic features of the impact wrench, users are provided with greater stability when holding the tool and increased user comfort than alternative models.

Brake range extension

Brakes from Brake Engineering
Published:  05 April, 2016

Brake Engineering has extended its product range with the addition of six new parts, including four new brake calipers and two new brake discs.

An obvious return

Lubricants from Morris Lubricants
Published:  01 April, 2016

Last year's CV Show saw Shrewsbury-based Morris Lubricants secure significant supply deals with a number of well-known haulage and commercial vehicle fleet operators, meaning exhibiting in 2016 was always going to happen.

Consolidation sparks upgrade

Ignition from Denso
Published:  31 March, 2016

The number of spark plugs available on the market, with some different types for the same application, means garages have a wide and sometimes confusing choice to offer their customers.

Batteries on the button

Batteries from Yuasa
Published:  28 March, 2016

The ability to look up product information quickly can save garages time and effort. This is even truer when the information is available at the touch of a button.

Tackling harshness

Diagnostics from Pico Technology
Published:  24 March, 2016

Pico Technology brings a new level of functionality and ease of use to its PicoScope NVH Diagnostic kit. The system provides technicians with the tools to tackle troublesome vehicle noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) problems that are significant reasons for customer dissatisfaction.

Sensor issues

Sensors from NGK
Published:  22 March, 2016

NGK says distributors should help educate garages by ensuring they fit a new NTK Lambda sensor whenever they replace a vehicle's catalytic convertor. A worn or failed sensor can result in drastically reduced control of the fuelling system which could result in increased fuel consumption, uneven running, generally poor performance or failure of an emission test, so replacement is good news for the customer, garage and distributor.

New to range for old and new

Exhausts from Klarius
Published:  17 March, 2016

Klarius Products has started 2016 by supplying new quality type-approved emissions components to the UK aftermarket. The latest new-to-range parts list from Klarius includes 48 parts covering 70 product applications for a wide variety of vehicles, with the company's resolution to release new parts into the market on a daily basis the priority for the New Year.

A blend of additives

Lubricants from Exol Lubricants
Published:  10 March, 2016

Exol Lubricants' new generation, fully synthetic, multigrade engine oil, Optima LSG 5W-30, has been upgraded to a more advanced additive package to now include all Mercedes-Benz diesel cars fitted with a Diesel Particulate Filter.

One for all

Filters from Comline
Published:  08 March, 2016

When it comes to supplying filters, it makes sense to have an 'all makes' philosophy, enabling the garage to choose one supplier for any vehicle that enters their workshop. This philosophy is followed by Comline, who have announced the addition of 40 new filter numbers, covering 110 different European, Japanese and Korean applications.

Expanding the Gulf

Gulf oils and lubricants from Certas Energy
Published:  03 March, 2016

Certas Energy is the exclusive distributor of Gulf oils and lubricants in the UK and has been supplying the market with Gulf products through its distribution centres for many years. The full Gulf product range is available from the company, who hold over one million litres of lubricants at its national network of distribution centres, able to deliver anywhere in the UK.

Remanufacturing the whole device

Remanufactured components from ACtronics
Published:  01 March, 2016

When it comes to remanufacturing of electronic automotive components, the ability to use a company that understands such products, with experience in true remanufacturing, including the repair of components that could cause problems, is key. ACtronics remanufactured components will have an equal quality compared to a new one and your margin will be better than with a new part, thanks to the company's approach.

Increasing MOT increases revenue

One-person Test Lane from Snap-on
Published:  29 February, 2016

You may already have an MOT bay and are looking to increase your revenue by adding a second, or are a one-man workshop considering moving into testing vehicles. The best solution to either of these situations is to consider a one-person Test Lane, such as that offered by Sun.

Testing times for batteries

Battery tester from Bosch
Published:  26 February, 2016

The ability to test a battery when a car comes into your workshop could mean an additional sale or a satisfied customer who can see you are doing more than what you are asked. The portable battery tester BAT 131 from Bosch is perfectly suitable for testing 6V and 12V starter batteries (lead-acid, gel and AGM batteries). The cold cranking current can be set as required between 100A and 2000A according to the standards CCA, JIS, SAE, EN, DIN and IEC. The load free test procedure provides fast, precise and reliable measurement results. The battery tester has a robust housing specially designed for workshop requirements. The enhanced user interface enables simple and intuitive operation.

Eco warriors

Ferodo Eco-Friction brake pads from Federal-Mogul
Published:  25 February, 2016

Ferodo Eco-Friction brake pads are now fitted on the new Audi A4, further enhancing the OE approval of its new braking technology.

Maintaining standards

Battery charger and support unit from CTEK
Published:  22 February, 2016

With 1 in 4 vehicles arriving in the workshop with a battery problem it's more important than ever to ensure that the battery is supported if you are undertaking repairs, testing electrical circuits, carrying out diagnostic procedures, flash programming ECUs or programming vehicle keys. Using a battery support unit will protect the battery against failure, saving technician time, insuring against costly programming failures and preventing possible costly damage to the ECU.

A fluid MOT

Brake fluid from Comma
Published:  18 February, 2016

Despite it being one of the most safety-critical vehicle components, brake fluid - specifically the temperature-tested condition of brake fluid - is completely ignored in the annual MOT test. While this surprising omission has never been satisfactorily explained by the DVSA, nationwide research initiated by Comma and conducted through independent workshops showed that the brake fluid in over half (52%) of the cars tested at 200°C or less and therefore needed replacement sooner rather than later in order to restore full braking efficiency. Most disturbingly, nearly a third (29%) had a potentially lethal temperature reading of 181°C or less and needed immediate brake fluid replacement.

The football tyre

Chelsea branded tyres from Yokohama Rubber Company
Published:  15 February, 2016

The Chelsea FC Edition of the BluEarth-A AE50 tyre is a specially-branded version of Yokohama's successful environmental product aimed at fans of the English football Club. It follows the announcement prior to the start of this football season, of the partnership between Yokohama Rubber Company and Chelsea FC, which saw the Japanese manufacturer become the 'Official shirt partner' of the premiership team.

The can can

Brake cleaner from Holts
Published:  11 February, 2016

General build-up of elements such as dirt, grease, and grime, can work together to significantly affect braking performance. To ensure the longevity of brakes it is crucial to keep up maintenance and this starts with making sure they are thoroughly cleaned.


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