Ceramic, Classic and PowerDiscs

ATE brand brakes from
Published:  17 February, 2015

Continental develops OE brake systems and delivers its ATE brand to the aftermarket, providing the independent trade with brake pads featuring various compounds tailored to meet the needs of that vehicle model and brake discs which already meet many of the 2016 R90 ECE standard. The firm says its ATE Ceramic brand can help customers stand out from the competition. The high-tech pads produce practically no dust, keeping wheel rims cleaner for longer. It also has a Classic range to enable true-to-original brake repairs on classic cars, high-performance vehicles are catered for by the PowerDisc brake disc range. ATE also has equipment to test brake fluids, sensors and other components and tools to help with the various tasks involved in servicing and repairing braking systems.


Powering the latest vehicle technology

Published:  16 February, 2015

New EFB and AGM models were introduced into Varta's Dynamic range back in the autumn and are available through the Manbat branch network. The Dynamic trio provides the aftermarket with the Black, Blue and Silver batteries and now encompasses AGM and EFB technologies, developed as part of its work on OE Stop-Start technology. The Varta Silver Dynamic AGM battery is designed to give massive starting power, faster conductivity and three times the endurance of its conventional counterpart - ideal for vehicles which use regenerative braking. The Varta Blue Dynamic EFB battery has twice the endurance of a traditional lead-acid battery and is designed for entry-level vehicles with a Stop-Start system.


Pump it up

Published:  13 February, 2015

An additional 45 part numbers extend the Intermotor and Fuel Parts fuel pump assemblies line-up from SMPE. An additional 200 applications cover the popular Vauxhall Astra, BMW 1/3 Series and X1, the Audi TT, Ford C-Max and Focus 1.6D. The fuel pump range now contains 650 part numbers for more than 4,800 applications.


Pressure sensors

Pressure sensors for Blue Print
Published:  12 February, 2015

A blocked DPF is often down to failed active or passive regenerations due to driving conditions and can also be down to other component failure such as the EGR system. Pressure sensors detect a filter that is beginning to get clogged up when it is about 45% blocked and the vehicle will then attempt an active regeneration to burn off the soot. It needs to be driven at a constant throttle for several minutes to achieve this, if a vehicle only ever doers short, town commutes then this process is never completed. If it gets to 75% blocked the DPF warning light will come on and the vehicle may go into 'limp home' mode - it may be possible to do a forced regeneration using a diagnostic tool such as Blue Print's G-Scan. If the light is ignored, the filter will completely block and will need to be replaced. Blue Print's range of DPFs include 31 part numbers for 44 applications.


Approved range of pads

Brakes from Comline
Published:  10 February, 2015

Comline says its Allied Nippon brand of brake pads boasts one of the most complete ECE R90 approved ranges available. It covers over 95% of the European, Japanese and Korean vehicle parc and the range is constantly growing to include popular applications. Most recent additions include front pads for the Ford Transit, Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3, Ford Fiesta and B-Max.


Motorbikes go maintenance free

Batteries from Yuasa
Published:  09 February, 2015

Battery manufacturer Yuasa has introduced an absorbed glass matt (AGM) battery specially designed to replace the conventional lead-acid batteries supplied as OE on BMW motorcycles. The Yuasa YT19BL-BS battery includes the protective terminal caps that characterise BMW factory batteries and fits a wide variety of models from 1970 to 2014 and from 500cc to 1600cc engines. It is rated at 170CCA and 17.7Ah. To complement its latest AGM battery, Yuasa also offers a range of smart battery chargers. The Yuasa YCX Smart Charger range for motorcycle batteries features three models - 12V YCX 5.0 and YCX 0.8 and the 6V YCX 0.8 - delivering solutions for a range of battery-related problems including reconditioning functions for deeply discharged batteries, unique patented maintenance charging and patented desulphation functions. Besides motorcycles, the chargers are suitable for use on all kinds of automotive and leisure batteries.


Boost MPG

Diesel Power Tuning product from Randstad
Published:  06 February, 2015

Increased power, acceleration and fuel economy is the name of the game with Randstad's Diesel Power Tuning product.    The tuning box module, developed by a race engineer in Holland, is programmed to tweak a specific vehicle model and is fitted to an under bonnet sensor. The unit does not alter a vehicle's ECU or remap the engine and will not affect a vehicle's warranty. It can be easily removed if the vehicle is sold and transferred to another.


Prevent warping

Brakes from Apec
Published:  05 February, 2015

Apec has a wide range of coated brake discs for the aftermarket to match OE applications and extra part numbers where the original wasn't coated.


Battery analyser

Smart Battery Charger from Ring
Published:  04 February, 2015

This new Smart Battery Charger from Ring is unique, in that it is an ‘intelligent’ battery charger and battery analyser in one and a range of features to diagnose, recondition and service batteries. The latest Stop-Start batteries can also be charged with the product.


Clean and easy

Professional Brake Cleaner from Holts
Published:  28 January, 2015

Holts Professional Brake Cleaner features a ball valve within the can, meaning that no matter what angle it is held at, the pressure will remain and a steady flow will be deposited, ideal when working in tight spaces. In addition, there is no chlorinated solvent, acetone or silicone CO2 propellant so it is safe on all surfaces, especially handy when that overspray occurs. While the cleaner is mainly for use on braking systems, its de-greasing properties means it can be used in other applications on mechanical areas of a vehicle. It is also affective in general applications, anywhere that degreasing is required, from floors to workbenches. Holts have recently changed their logo to reflect their British background, with the three line motif becoming a union flag either side of the brand name.


Starting out or upgrading?

MOT equipment from Snap-on
Published:  27 January, 2015

Whether you are thinking about becoming a DVSA-approved testing station or you are modernising your equipment in an existing bay, Hofmann can provide a service which incorporates the equipment, training, installation and take care of the planning, procedures and legal requirements. A DVSA-approved automated test lane enables efficient one-person operated MOT testing for Class IV, VI and VII. The Geogas 3000 Combi lies at the centre of the ATL, with a 21" monitor to clearly display results and a laser printer to produce a hard copy. Tests can be performed manually or automatically when the remote control is used. Its standard MOT Bay is the package that enables workshops to become a fully-operational DVSA approved testing station on a budget. Hofmann is part of Snap-on Equipment.


VIDEO: Bloodhound news

Published:  26 January, 2015

The BLOODHOUND Supersonic Car kit contains over 3,500 components, many custom-made, including: a state-of-the-art Rolls-Royce EJ200 jet engine - normally found in the Eurofighter Typhoon; a cluster of Nammo hybrid rockets - developed to power the next generation of space launchers; a 550bhp Supercharged Jaguar V8 - used to pump the oxidiser into the rocket; two unique Rolex instruments specially made for BLOODHOUND SSC; a titanium skinned upper chassis; a carbon fibre monocoque and canopy with 50mm thick windscreen; plus 22,500 aerospace-grade rivets, each hand-fixed. Driver Andy Green and assembly instructions included.


SMART training in Reading

Training at LKQ Coatings' Innovation and Training Centre in Reading
Published:  21 January, 2015

If you are considering cosmetic repair as a business opportunity then it's worth visiting LKQ Coatings' Innovation and Training Centre in Reading. The facility is used to showcase rapid and cosmetic repair products, enabling repairers to experience and try out the equipment in a work environment so they can make informed purchasing decisions as well as upskill in this area. The centre offers nine IMI-accredited courses ensuring repairers receive an industry recognised Quality Assured Award (QAA) qualification. 'Smart' workshops focus on fabric and velour repair as well as leather and vinyl repair, paintless dent repair for novices and advanced level users, alloy wheel refurbishment, spot and plastic repair.


Systems and scopes

Training from James Dillon
Published:  19 January, 2015

James Dillon runs a successful workshop in Bridgwater, specialising in diagnostic work and also runs frequent Saturday courses as well as five-day Diagnostic Bootcamps. One-day practical training is provided on direct petrol injection, EEproms coding & programming, advanced oscilloscopes, CAN Bus networking, ESP & ABS training, common rail diesel, SRS & airbag and electrical fault finding - this last one takes place on Saturday 24th. February and March dates are currently being determined. The five-day bootcamp covers electrical fault-finding, oscilloscope diagnostics, engine management, common rail and CAN and IN-vehicle networking and is cheaper that taking the individual courses. The next one takes place Monday 2nd March to Friday 6th March.


Is your knowledge worthy of a certificate?

Training from Comma
Published:  15 January, 2015

Vehicle manufacturers dictate the use of highly technical engine oil and coolants to meet EU legislation and provide fuel efficiency and performance. These are vehicle specific as VMs create a bespoke package to cater for each particular model and make their use a warranty-critical condition of servicing in the aftermarket. Comma has two interactive online Product Training Academy modules which explain the various technologies involved and concludes with a training module and a 100% score gets you a Certificate of Excellence which can be printed off. "The independent sector fought long and hard to secure the opportunities afforded by the EU Block Exemption provisions, but it does mean that technicians have to view lubes and coolants in exactly the same light as OE-compliant hard parts and fit strictly by application," says Comma spokesperson Mike Bewsey. "The Comma Training Academy modules have been developed to inform and promote essential product understanding. Combined with our comprehensive online VRN data, they give technicians the confidence to consistently make the right product applications for every vehicle make and model."


Provide a better brake service

Training at the Pagid Professional Academy
Published:  14 January, 2015

The Pagid Professional Academy was created to help technicians deliver a better and more profitable brake service and the latest course is an IMI QAA Award in Light Vehicle Brake Fitting. The course combines theory and hands-on skills training and is designed for all abilities, from newcomers through to experienced technicians looking to hone their skills. The courses run throughout the UK and bookings are now being taken for January 2015 and beyond.


Jump to it

Jump leads from Hickleys
Published:  13 January, 2015

The Auto Mini Jump Starter is a powerful device in a small package. Available from Hickleys, it can jump-start a car with its supplied cables, as well as featuring an LED torch and a USB port for charging phones, tablets and sat nav systems. The battery is so powerful it can start a vehicle up to twenty times before needing a recharge! All of this versatility is packaged in a case measuring 160mm x 75mm x 28mm and weighing just 430g. It's the ideal pack to start a car that has been sitting for some time in the workshop and can be stored in a drawer or cupboard without taking up space. Take it out with you and it will easily fit in a door pocket too.


Oil into gear

Lubricants from Meyle
Published:  09 January, 2015

When it comes to offering a complete service on a vehicle with automatic transmission, having everything to hand to change the oil can take effort and therefore time. Meyle has introduced a range of 30 repair-friendly kits for full-service automatic transmission oil change covering more than 2,800 vehicle applications equipped with popular gearbox types. Supplied in a sturdy case, the kits allow you to minimise the time spent servicing and finding products by offering an all-in-one solution. Each kit comes with filter, seals, bolts, magnets, a drain or intake plug and 4-8 litres of ATF gearbox oil as required. The kit allows you to offer the customer extended lifetime of the gearbox through a complete service.


Networks and hybrid maintenance

Published:  08 January, 2015

Blue Print's training courses focus on practical content and use the workshop facilities at Pro Auto in Shrewsbury to put theory into practise. Two courses are planned for 2015 - High speed CAN and LIN Networks and Hybrid vehicle operation and maintenance IMIAL Level 2. The hybrid course is suitable for beginners and lasts for two days, enabling participants to safely carry out servicing and repairs on a hybrid system. All participants who complete the two-day course will gain an IMI approved qualification which meets requirements (QCF) QCA ID NO 500/7055/1.


Magnetic personality

Handy tool
Published:  07 January, 2015

If you're like me, you like to keep your hands busy. This is where the Polar Pen comes in. Made from magnets, the pen can be assembled, disassembled, put into various guises and used to create drawings and circles just by using the main body. Polar Pen started life as a crowdfunding project and has a number of different modules that can be purchased separately and added to it to make it more useful. Our example comes with a stylus top as well, handy if you have an iPad in the garage. As it's magnetic, it will also be very good at picking up those loose screws around the workshop.


Know your oils?

Prove it with Comma's training modules
Published:  07 January, 2015

Vehicle manufacturers dictate the use of highly technical engine oil and coolants to meet EU legislation and provide fuel efficiency and performance. These are vehicle specific as VMs create a bespoke package to cater for each particular model and make their use a warranty-critical condition of servicing in the aftermarket.


Training on the job

Training from AutoMate
Published:  06 January, 2015

If you find it hard to take a day out of the workshop for training then AutoMate can help. You can access the online library of training videos from any internet-enabled device and find out about subjects such as common rail diesel injector coding, scan tool advanced functions and how to use a multimeter.


Simple diagnostics

Diagnostics from Bosch
Published:  05 January, 2015

Sometimes we can forget that the simple things in life are the best. The Bosch OBD 100 is such an example, a simple diagnostic code reader that offers the ability to display the information you need without plugging in your bulky tools. The OBD 100 reads and displays emission-related diagnostic data via the OBD interface on both petrol and diesel vehicles. These codes can be erased easily to see whether they reoccur. In addition, the unit can display live sensor data, read the status of the MIL, provide on-screen information about the vehicle including the VIN and provide on-screen IM readiness codes; all this in a case which measures 83mm x 56mm x 19mm and weighs just 100 grams.


From strength to strength

New part numbers from Comline
Published:  18 December, 2014

A further 62 part numbers, incorporating 25 brake discs, 21 filters and 16 hub assembly kits, join Comline's 7,500-strong product range. The products cover all major European, Japanese and Korean vehicles and include an air filter for Fiat 500, oil filter for Renault Master, Nissan Qashqai+2, Vauxhall Movano, a brake disc for BMW's 2, 3 and 4 Series and a hub assembly kit for the Nissan Qashqai.


Flexible alignment

Alignment from Absolute Alignment
Published:  17 December, 2014

A mobile alignment product has been produced by Absolute Alignment, specialists in providing Rav 4 wheel alignment equipment. The Rav TD1760 WS Bluetooth wheel aligner runs on domestic power or a small generator. It has Bluetooth alignment heads and wheel clamps which fit most vehicles, turnplates and adjustable wheel stands - ideal for mobile mechanics and motorsport teams. Technical sales director Chris Dear says the advantage of this product is that it doesn't require a dedicated area to work in, "We've had our units in use in home garages and even outdoor driveways. As long as the area is reasonably flat the wheel stands can compensate for the basics, leaving the clever Rav software to do the rest."


New sensors

Sensors from Blue Print
Published:  16 December, 2014

Blue Print's engine management range has nearly 1,050 part numbers for around 5,500 applications and includes camshaft position sensors, knock sensors, MAP sensors, oxygen sensors and many more. New additions include a camshaft position sensor for the Suzuki Jimny, Swift and Wagon, a throttle body for the Daewoo and Chevrolet Matiz, a knock sensor for the Toyota Auris, Prius, Yaris and other models as well as a crankshaft angle sensor for the Kia Rio 1.3i.


Special Mercedes tool

Wheel nut socket set from Laser Tools
Published:  15 December, 2014

This new wheel nut socket set from Laser Tools includes the most commonly used sizes - 17mm, 19mm and 21mm. The set, available through Tool Connection, also includes the special 17mm WAF socket which is a particularly useful tool when working on Mercedes-Benz models. They are all 87mm deep, made from chrome vanadium and colour coded so you can quickly pick up the tool you need for the job. The tools are supplied in a case which neatly fits into a tool tray.


Onwards and upwards

Diagnostics from XTool Europe
Published:  12 December, 2014

A new research and development facility opens in Coventry for XTool Europe to support its UK and European distributor network. The team of software engineers will use the new premises to develop its range of car and commercial diagnostic tools. Managing director Andrew Dimond says: "We wanted to create a static location that our software engineers could work from allowing a smoother work flow. Previously they would work from our Cheltenham office but it quickly became apparent we were out-growing our location. By having this facility in the Midlands, we now have much better coverage of the UK and now offer even more support to our customers".


OE range now available

Batteries from Exide
Published:  11 December, 2014

Exide's range of Start-Stop batteries are now available to the aftermarket and include all the same features as its existing OE line. The AGM battery delivers four times the cycle life, 20% more power and three times greater charge acceptance than a standard type. It achieves this by using advanced lead-tin alloys, high-surface glass mat separators and special carbon additives. The new Exide EFB battery has similar advantages. Meanwhile, its conventional Carbon Boost batteries, pictured here, are designed to recharge up to 1.5 times faster and deliver 30% more starting power, resulting from a breakthrough in the company's research of carbon boost technology.


A longer platform

Wheel and body alignment from Globaljig
Published:  09 December, 2014

Globaljig has introduced a Rotax chassis repair and measuring system with a six-metre platform to accommodate larger vehicles with longer wheelbases, high-sided bodies, tail-lifts or wheelchair lifts. As well as a longer platform, the new system has a five-tonne capacity scissor lift. Pulling towers are on a continuous rail around the Globaljig Rotax, delivering ten tonnes of pulling power from almost any angle. The mono-cube design ensures that almost any vehicle can be mounted upon it. A repair accuracy within plus or minus one millimetre of the OE recommendations can be achieved, according to Tri-Sphere.


CO2 cuts made by new grease

Lubricants from SKF
Published:  09 December, 2014

A low friction grease from SKF is said to reduce resistance by as much as 9% compared to standard products while maintaining the same bearing performance within hub bearing units. This cuts both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption in the process. It has been calculated that a car with four hub bearing units using this grease saves 0.15g per Km, saving 2.9KG of CO2 per year, based on an annual mileage of 14,500Km. It can be used on all generations of hub bearing units, on new designs and retrofits


Points mean fun days out for workshops

Loyalty scheme from ACtronics
Published:  05 December, 2014

A fun new loyalty scheme from component remanufacturer ACtronics rewards customers with points every time they order parts which can be swapped for team-building activities. 'Purple points for parts' is a pilot scheme which will run for nine months and has been created to thank customers for their continued support. If it proves a hit with garages, it will be rolled out to the Netherlands and Germany. Garages will be rewarded with ten Purple Points for each remanufactured part ordered and these can be redeemed against free activities which include go-karting, clay pigeon shooting or at Go Ape high-wire adventure parks. To give you an idea of how quickly the points can accumulate, 12 minutes of karting will cost 25 points. You can register for this by ticking the relevant box on the online order form. When enough points are collected, you let ACtronics know which activity you want to do and where and they'll book you in, you can pay to add on extra staff members if you like too.


Free training video

DPF technical tips from Autoinform
Published:  04 December, 2014


Remote diagnostics becomes a reality

Diagnostic from Launch UK
Published:  04 December, 2014

The X-431 PRO 3 tool joins Launch UK and is a potential game-changer, offering real-time remote diagnostic checks using wireless, Bluetooth connectivity and 'Golo' telematics. This allows workshops to access real-time vehicle data, to perform real-time diagnostic checks remotely and provides the motorist with information and maintenance guidance via their smartphone. For motorists, Golo technology locates independent garages in their area and will record data concerning safety, anti-theft and driving behaviour. Dave Richards, Launch UK managing director, said: "The launch of Golo is another example of how the independent aftermarket can respond to the threat of vehicle telematics from vehicle manufacturers. "It is very exciting for the independent garage... Not only is Golo going to be a valuable tool for retaining customers in the independent aftermarket, but it will also create a social community among garages and drivers, strengthening the reputation of the independent aftermarket." Launch PRO 3 has a built-in social network service that allows workshops to connect to a virtual community and seek instant help with challenging faults. Technicians can access a comprehensive vehicle database and repair tips to improve workshop efficiency. The PRO 3 tool has various other features. These include the ability to recognise the diagnostic features of other tools in the X-431 series, reading and clearing DTCs, interpreting and reading a vehicle's data stream, also performing actuation tests. Workshop technicians can use the PRO 3 to diagnose faults on 90% of all European, Asian and American vehicle brands.


All sorts of coils

Ignition coils from Valeo
Published:  03 December, 2014

The ignition coils programme from Valeo include all configurations i.e. pencil, top plug and rail, as well as most of the second-generation coils, which connect directly to the spark plugs. The range has extended by 83 part numbers in recent months, now standing at 185 references covering 80% of the European car parc. New applications include the Seat Leon and Toledo, Volkswagen Golf IV, V and VI, Vauxhall Astra, Ford Fiesta and Ka as well as several Audi cars including the A1, A3, A5 and Q3.


The next generation of scopes

Diagnostics from Pico
Published:  03 December, 2014

The PicoScope 4225 and 4425 are the new 2 and 4 channel automotive scopes which replace the long-serving PicoScope 4223 and 4423 and which provide a number of new features and upgraded performance for the same price as the older scopes. New features provide technicians with additional measurement capabilities and techniques. These capabilities allow the capture of more information and finer detail, over extended periods of time. 'ConnectDetect' is a new feature that confirms on-screen and on-device, that your probe has made connection to the circuit, ideal for hidden connectors. Read more about this in our TestBench on page 35. The BNC input channels are isolated from each other and from USB ground, allowing the technician to directly measure across components, carry out voltage drop tests, test reverse polarity motors and measure floating ground sensors using all inputs at the same time. The input range has been increased to ±200V, reducing the need for attenuation when testing injector circuits, for example. The new scopes can capture up to 400 million samples per second and can measure high speed CAN and FlexRay signals. The new generation scopes have eight times the memory of their predecessors. More samples can be taken and finer detail is revealed when zooming, with the additional benefit of more waveform buffers to review when looking for elusive, intermittent faults.


Dirty valves

Exhaust Gas Recirculation system from Valeo
Published:  02 December, 2014

The Exhaust Gas Recirculation system reduces the nitrogen dioxide from emissions by recirculating part of the exhaust gas back into the cylinders. An efficient EGR system reduces emissions output by as much as 50% but one of the most common causes of system failure is the EGR valve. If the valve is not operating correctly, the exhaust gas cannot be controlled and forms harmful NOx gases and compromises performance and economy, potentially reducing engine life. EGR valves should be checked around 100,000 miles. Six new EGR modules join Valeo's air management system range which comply fully with Euro 5 emission regulations. The OE range of EGR valves have an integrated compact cooler. The modules cover five vehicle manufacturers, resulting in 16 applications including Citroen C4 & C5, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008 & 5008.


Sensor programme cranks up

Engine management from Denso
Published:  01 December, 2014

To celebrate three years of expansion to its engine management range, Denso introduces cam sensors and crank sensors into the fold, to join its existing ignition coils, EGR valves, MAF sensors, fuel pumps, exhaust gas temperature sensors and more. Two new fuel pumps for the Toyota Prius and Land Cruiser were added late summer and more references are due in early 2015. Denso says its EGR and EGTS ranges are unique to the aftermarket, being the only brand to offer genuine OE parts for certain applications such as the Toyota Corolla.


Access OE repair data

Technical data straight from the manufacturer
Published:  28 November, 2014

Alldata Repair gives independent workshops direct access to OE repair information via an online portal. The data is unedited - diagrams are not re-drawn and the info is uncut, what you see is the same information available to techs within dealer workshops.


Timing chain kits

Timing chains kits from Dayco
Published:  28 November, 2014

A number of timing chains and timing chain kits are new to Dayco's product line-up. The chain kit range includes all the necessary tensioners, sprockets and guides to enable you to complete a full chain replacement. The top 50 part numbers are offered to cover the vast majority of applications likely to enter the workshop. References of note include the GM derived 1.3 litre JTDm/JTD/MJTD units, one for the 1.0 litre Toyota models and one for the numerous Seat, Skoda and VW 1.2 litre applications. Individual chains are supplied for the popular BMW 2.0 litre TD and Ford's 1.8i.


Garage items for sale

Second hand garage equipment for sale
Published:  27 November, 2014

Complete Bosch Car Service Centre/Independent Mercedes Specialist sale of all garage tools and equipment.


Three tools in one

Diagnostics from Blue Print
Published:  27 November, 2014

The G-Scan 2 is available through official distributor Blue Print and boasts the same extensive coverage for Asian vehicles as the two existing G-Scan kits, including being OEM for Hyundai and Kia, a two-year warranty and two years of free software updates but it has some valuable new additions. The tool has a built-in 2/4 channel oscilloscope and digital multimeter to identify fault codes, measure voltage or amperage fluctuations of sensors or actuator circuits and it also measures resistance, frequency, duty cycle and pulse width. When working on Hyundai and Kia vehicles, you can view data from the scope alongside the DTC data, easily switching between the three functions without the need to look at data on a laptop. It is larger than its predecessors with a high definition 7" screen and has four times the capacity with a 16GB memory card. It powers up faster using a triple CPU and has an intuitive layout and menu system which is navigated by touchscreen or the 12-button menu system. New software features include a communication line inspection, unit converter and special functions calculator. Wi-Fi is built in so can be updated remotely and you can print directly to a Wi-Fi enabled printer and view graphs and data on a PC without a cable connection.


Touchless system breaks the mould

Wheel alignment from Bosch
Published:  26 November, 2014

The team over at Bosch are rather excited about their brand new FWA 9000 wheel aligner, which provides touchless wheel alignment faster than conventional equipment. The system has been through a period of testing prior to release at a Bradford garage who has found that nine out of ten cars given a quick check in under 30 seconds were in need of alignment and 75% of these customers agreed to having the alignment work done - meaning a return on investment is achievable in under 18 months. The equipment assesses four wheels simultaneously, providing quick values for camber and tow and there's no set-up time as there's no tyre clamps to deal with. This also means there's no chance of damaging wheel rims. The Touchless system bases its assessment on the position of the tyre and the chassis, recognising the movement of a vehicle as it approaches the unit's turntable pads, starting the initial measurement automatically. Thousands of reference points, generated by laser, are projected on the side of the vehicle and two stereo cameras per measurement head provide an accurate 3D reference model of each wheel. Camber, individual toe, total toe, setback, caster and geometric driving axis values are taken in a few seconds and the system can be controlled remotely so the operator need not leave the vehicle. A database holds data for more than 30,000 vehicle types, from approximately 130 manufacturers.


Hyper Plus bulbs to give away

Published:  25 November, 2014

To mark the brand new Hyper Plus range of headlamp bulbs, PIAA is giving away ten sets of bulbs to Aftermarket readers this month. The new product line is set to compete with other top-end lighting brands but also competes on price, says the lighting component manufacturer. The Hyper Plus range includes all the most popular sizes of bulbs: H4, H3, H1, H7 and H11. All are fully E-marked and DOT USA approved and feature UV screen glass to protect the reflectors and lenses. The bulbs operate at 4,000K for a brilliant and crystal clear white light yet they only draw the standard 55W to produce an equivalent output of twice that. As with all its products, the bulbs have been developed during extensive motorsport experience, used by some of the world's best rally teams. To get your hands on a set of these new bulbs, simply email nicola@aftermarket.co.uk your name, address and vehicle details by Friday 12th December, ten random entries pulled out of the hat will be sent a set of Hyper bulbs for their car.


Maintain power

Fuel additives from Comma
Published:  25 November, 2014

D-TOX is a powerful additive from Comma to purge fuel lines, injectors, combustion chambers, cylinder heads and valves of deposits. Two products are offered, one for diesel, the other for petrol and are useful for vehicles with a mileage of 10,000 and above. Tests have shown the product to improve fuel efficiency and maintain peak engine power, BHP and overall performance. The single shot treatment can be added to a full tank of fuel at major service intervals and is said to be effective for a whole year's typical annual mileage. Petrol Magic and Diesel Magic are single-shot additives for use at shorter mileage intervals to prevent deposits building up in the combustion chamber and valve head.


Current detector

Hand-held diagnostic tool from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  24 November, 2014

The Amp Hound is the latest hand-held diagnostic tool from Alba Diagnostics and offers a new method of measuring amps and reducing the amount of time needed to determine the current in a fused circuit. There's no need to remove fuses one at a time and check each circuit with a multimeter - the Amp Hound enables you to quickly check the complete fuse box. It is said to be ideal for seeking out a parasitic drain and detects currents as low as 0.005 amps. It works on all types of common automotive fuses, within 6V, 12V or 24V systems. Audible and visual alerts are used to signify active, inactive, open circuits and a digital display shows current value.


Get to the bottom of curious cooling faults

Cooling products from Gates
Published:  13 November, 2014

The Power Clean Flush Tool can be used on any make and model and is supplied by Gates with a set of tips and connectors to cleanse radiator necks, engine blocks and heater core tubes. Pulsing, pressurised water removes debris from deep corners and when it encounters a blockage, the pressure is automatically regulated to prevent damaging the system. The cooling agent plays the vital role of protecting the engine from extreme temperatures, while protecting from rust and corrosion too so it should be flushed periodically, especially when changing cooling system service parts to reduce warranty claims. Meanwhile, the firm has produced a troubleshooting guide which highlights common system faults from white exhaust smoke, rising fuel consumption to unusual noises, in order to find underlying problems.


Free check for customer identifies revenue opportunities

Alignment from Pro-align
Published:  12 November, 2014

Checking for steering & suspension problems is a fast and easy process with the Hunter Quick Check alignment system from Pro-Align. The preliminary alignment diagnostic system takes one minute to go through an initial six-point assessment. If it picks up any issues the vehicle can then go onto a workshop's main alignment system for a full check-up. The initial check measures 6 of the 14 primary angles and comes as a fixed point drive-through module which is ideal for the workshop entrance or a multibay system which can be transferred between work areas. QuickGrip adaptors fit onto the wheels in one simple click and the QuickComp feature allows rim run-out compensation in one short roll forward.


Don't forget the tube

Clutches from Borg & Beck
Published:  11 November, 2014

The Borg & Beck range of clutch products from First Line has reached 2,000 part numbers, covering traditional 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 clutch kits, concentric slave cylinder and solid flywheel kits and a growing range of clutch master and slave cylinders. The manufacturer offers the single mass flywheel replacement kit for models that have suffered a worn or failed DMF. This uses a long travel clutch damper technology to give similar performance to that of the original DMF but with an increased lifespan. More than 50 kits are available, the latest of which replace the DMF and clutch on the Vauxhall 1.3 CDTi diesel engine, used in the Corsa Mk II and II, Meriva, Tigra and Combo vans. A number of clutch master cylinders and clutch slave cylinders also join its clutch programme. The firm says that although the clutch guide tube is not officially part of the clutch kit, it recommends replacing the guide tube when a replacement clutch is installed. If not, it can cause the release bearing to become misaligned which can cause slipping or clutch control issues.


Range shake up

Remanufactured products from Sovereign Rotating Machines
Published:  10 November, 2014

A range shake-up at Sovereign Rotating Machines has doubled its vehicle coverage for rotating electrics, coils, pulleys and ignition leads. The rotating electrics range has grown by over 700 new part numbers, the total number now stands at over 5,000. The firm has also added 136 new coils, 14 new leads and a number of pulleys. The new references are detailed on MAM's Autocat+ cataloguing tool.



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