The latest revisions to European Type Approval legislation includes crucial provisions on the OBD connector and access to RMI, signifying a huge step forward for the aftermarket regarding access to in-vehicle data. Both the IAAF and FIGIEFA have welcomed the news, after the EU Council's main preparatory body, COREPER, recognised the need for the independent automotive aftermarket to maintain access to diagnostic and RMI-related data. It also clarified that access will be granted whilst the vehicle is in motion. This is essential to perform diagnostic, repair and maintenance services, at least until a solution is found for telematics access to the ‘connected car’. However, whilst it has been clarified that the OBD port shall remain open whilst the vehicle is in motion, some vehicl
Absolute Alignment has introduced the Shoot and Go extension pack for the Bluetooth Pro or Bluetooth 3D wheel aligner. This speeds up car recognition and reduces errors. Either photograph the car with your tablet or type in the registration number manually, and our sophisticated system will find the full specifications from a huge international database. Shoot & Go links your aligner to the DVLA database via the internet, This then interacts with the database stored in the Bluetooth Pro to display the vehicle specification in seconds, giving the information you need to carry out alignment quickly and without error. For more information, visit www.absolutealignment.co.uk or call the team on 01252 758413
The latest new-to-range (NTR) update from First Line contains bearings for a number of vehicles such as, front wheel bearing kits for Alfa Romeo Guilia, Stelvio (FBK1495), as well as the rear wheel bearing kit for the Jaguar XK 2006 (FBK1407). The company provides complete kit solutions, rather than single bearings. These wheel bearing kits include all the necessary components, which may not always be included in the original equipment (OE) or competitor equivalent. The bearings come pre-lubricated and, where applicable, also include an additional grease sachet. For more information, call the sales team on: 01869 248484 or visit: www.firstlineltd.com
Exol Lubricants has launched dexos2 approved Optima LSGM 5W-30, a new generation fully synthetic multi-grade engine oil, helping to reduce fuel consumption while ensuring maximum engine protection. Covering a wide variety of passenger cars and vans fitted with petrol and diesel engines, Optima LSGM 5W-30 is formulated from premium hydrocracked synthetic base stocks, the very latest detergent-dispersant additive package and shear stable polymers. The reduced levels of SAPS (sulphated ash, phosphorus and sulphur) in Optima LSGM 5W-30 ensures compatibility with after treatment systems, such as particulate filters and catalytic converters, and its frictional characteristics promote a reduction in fuel consumption. You can find out more at www.exol-lubricants.com or follow the comp
National Auto Parts has added four new-to-range additions to its extensive clutch portfolio, covering both passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications. The extension includes one clutch kit for Mazda RX8 2.6 (2004-12), and an SMF kit, service kit and a guide tube for Volkswagen T5 Transporter 1.9 TDI (2003-09). The new-to-range parts are listed in the online catalogue which can be found on the website at www.national-auto.co.uk, or via MAM Software’s AutoCat cataloguing system or TecDoc.
German oil company Liquid Moly has a new owner, after the Würth Group, until now a silent partner, bought the remaining shares from CEO Ernst Prost to take full control of the business. Distributed by Andrew Page in the UK, Liquid Moly started life in 1957 supplying additives to engine oil manufacturers, before entering the market itself. Today it is one of the biggest suppliers in Germany, and has been working to establish itself on the British market over the last few years. The takeover comes at a time when the company is 'fit and healthy' with a successful sales record in 2017, according to a statement. Prost comments: " I have hereby secured the future of LIQUI MOLY for a time when I may no longer be at the helm myself. I wanted to make provisions with a minimum of fuss, whe
The Mazda MX-5 is the benchmark for the two-seater roadster, so when the Japanese company launches a new version, it does so to an expectant audience. Managing Editor Phil Curry takes his first drive in any MX-5 variant for our sister website All Torque, and shares his views…
The BMW 3 Series retains its title as the most searched for car in the UK, according to online vehicle search provider Auto Trader. The 3 Series has held this title for seven consecutive years, and was searched for over 40 million times on Auto Trader in 2017, closely followed by the hugely popular Volkswagen Golf, which has sat in second position for nine years running. The annual top ten listing indicates the nation’s enduring interest in premium models, with BMW and Mercedes-Benz featuring five times in the list. Auto Trader’s top ten most searched for cars in 2017 RANK MAKE MODEL 1 BMW 3 SERIES 2 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF 3 MERCEDES-BENZ C CLASS 4 FORD FOCUS 5 BMW 1 SERIES 6 BMW 5 SERIES 7 FORD FIESTA 8 AUDI A3 9 MER
The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, added a number of new members over the past twelve months, and held regional meetings that proved successful in giving both old and new attendees an insight into FER activity, as well as discussing key policies for the months ahead. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos and major units, as well as remanufacturing engines from commercial, agricultural and marine sectors. Wi...
Launch UK has added a brand new diesel particulate filter (DPF) gun to its extensive range of diagnostic equipment, and is hoping to raise awareness to the importance of maintaining and cleaning a DPF. With DPFs a topical subject at present due to the rising issues surrounding diesel engine emissions, Launch is keen to offer motorists a cost-effective solution and prevent them from falling foul of the law when their vehicle’s DPF warning light appears. The Launch DPF cleaning tool will treat a vehicle’s DPF with a unique cleaning liquid, actively dissolving the soot and carbon content inside the filter. Unlike other DPF cleaning procedures, the Launch DPF tool can be applied directly to a vehicle’s DPF without removal or other unnecessary work. Dave Richards said: “We’ve in