MOT Workshop 59 – New Products and Services

MOT Workshop 59 November 2017

• New range of Dama lifts
• DVSA has a blog – you know what to do!
• Beat the freeze this winter with Clarke Turbo Fan Gas Heaters
• Pico introduces Sight Block Low Pressure Fuel System Tester
• Keyless entry signal carrier detector
• Impact driver and power bar combined – new from Laser Tools
• No more AdBlue spillage with these dedicated AdBlue filling funnels
• BorgWarner’s Regulated Two-stage Turbocharger Drives New Diesel Engine from Jaguar Land Rover
• Versatile long-reach pliers set


Hickleys, the Garage and diagnostic equipment specialist are pleased to confirm their distribution agreement with DAMA trade to offer their range of low cost, high quality tyre equipment and vehicle lifts (currently unapproved for MOT use). Dama Trade are a Spanish company that have specialised in garage equipment for many years and have a strong market in their own country and expanding export business.

DAMA LiftsAs with many other well-known equipment manufacturers, Asia is now a reliable source for good quality equipment and the Dama range is firmly rooted in the quality end of the Asia manufacturing market. To reinforce this the manufacturers have gone beyond the normal 12-month warranty demonstrating their assurance of performance, reliability and robustness.

The Dama range includes both car and commercial tyre equipment, with a range of tyre changers, wheel balancers and discounted package deals.

The range of lifts is varied with 2- and 4-post and scissor lifts ranging from 3t to 5t all in single phase electrics. In addition there are a range of mobile single post and scissor lifts that offer the very best in flexibility and serviceability.

Since the launch we have extended the range to include high quality presses and trolley jacks, plus a highly competitively priced ATF fluid exchange machine and 3D wheel aligner.

Don’t be confused by the really competitive prices, the Dama range of lifts offers high quality equipment that will give you years of good service and reliability; they are backed with a 14-month warranty and a distributor network of installation and service engineers.

Many of these products are UK stock and available for immediate delivery and installation.

To view the full range go to

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DVSA has a blog… you know what to do!

In the MOT Testing Magazine interview with DVSA’s Head of Policy (Spotlight, page 16.), Lesley Young cites a positive posting from a Tester on DVSA’s blog as indicating it’s all bright and rosy in DVSA’s garden.

The editor knows from what Testers and AEs tell him, and from their postings on our own online Forum, that not all DVSA’s blog entries are uncritical. The message is clear; if you have a problem with DVSA and how they run the MOT Scheme – let them know!

That’s what a blog is for! Lesley Young is DVSA’s most senior manager and reads their blog, so send her a message directly!

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Beat the freeze this winter with Clarke Turbo Fan Gas Heaters

Clarke Turbo Fan Gas HeatersThis range of efficient turbo fan propane gas fired heaters are perfect for heating any garage, workshop or warehouse this winter.

The Little Devil II, pictured, provides a heat output of 10.3kW, with models in the range delivering a heat output up to a massive 131kW. Some models in this range also feature variable heat output control and all models are supplied with a regulator and gas hose.

Dual voltage (110V/230V) models are also available and all models are built within a corrosion resistant stainless steel casing. With fuel safety cut out and a sturdy handle on top, these are perfect to heat all your cold spaces this winter!

Prices in this range start from only £95.98 Inc. VAT.

To view our full range of turbo fan gas heaters, click this link

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Pico introduces Sight Block Low Pressure Fuel System Tester

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The introduction of the Pico Sight Block opens up another level of diagnostic capability to the WPS500X. This accessory is extremely useful when you are looking for air in low-pressure diesel systems.

The Sight block is now available from Pico in the Low Pressure Fuel Kit (PQ071). The kit comes with a stop valve for testing a negative pressure fuel pump under load, and three sets of hose barbs for connecting to different size fuel hoses.

By using the quick-couple barb connectors supplied with the Sight Block, you can effortlessly connect to the vehicle fuel supply and return lines. With a connection like this, you can monitor the integrity of the fuel priming circuits with regards to aeration, colour and direction of flow.

A typical example can be found in this case study, where multiple Sight Blocks were used to diagnose a VW caddy with prolonged engine cranking:

Split or wrongly fitted seal rings on filters or worn fuel supply pipes can be a real problem.
The sight block forms the classic ‘T’-junction, to which we can connect the WPS500X to add pressure analysis to fuel priming and return lines. With the stop valve, the efficiency of fuel pumps, fuel lines, O-ring seals, hoses and pipework can be rapidly evaluated while you monitor the positive/negative pressures with PicoScope for the shut-off period.

The waveform above demonstrates the maximum negative priming pressure achieved from a high-pressure diesel pump with the stop valve closed (transfer pump integrity test).

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Keyless entry signal carrier detector

Pico keyless entry signal carrier detectorHere at Pico Technology we are always looking to solve problems with modern vehicle system as manufacturers change the way their car works. Keyless entry has been around for years and now we finally have a way of testing the sensors.

Pico keyless entry carrier signal detectorBy using PicoScope with the Keyless entry signal carrier detector (TA330), a 3 metre long lead with the detector on the end, the technician can detect the presence of a keyless entry carrier signal in the frequency range of 125 – 140 KHz (as used by most manufacturers). The device has a short range by design, allowing the technician to check each pick-up coil in turn to identify faulty units.

The detector does not pick up or decode the high frequency secure information used to unlock the vehicle. It only displays a waveform of the present signal on the screen.

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Impact driver and power bar combined – new from Laser Tools

The manual impact driver is a quick and trusted solution for corroded or frozen fixings, for example, over-torqued wheel nuts. The newly introduced Impact Power Bar (part number 6946) from Laser Tools offers advantages over the traditional impact driver.

Impact Driver and Power Bar combinedWhile keeping your hand well away from the hammer, the 370 millimetre bar places increased leverage on the fastener. Much more leverage than can be applied with a standard impact driver. This keeps the socket or driver bit snug against the fastener and stops rebound so that the full force of the hammer impact is transmitted.

It’s especially useful with smaller fasteners — you can be reluctant to apply too much turning force to a small fastener, as it is very likely to just break off. But with the impact power bar the sudden shock as well as the strong rotational force will release the most stubborn of fasteners of all sizes.

Safer to use with its impact absorbing composite handle, the impact power bar from Laser Tools delivers the required results and will be the first choice for the professional technician.

Available now from your Laser Tools stockist at a typical price of £116.93 (price includes VAT) but remember to check for the best price and special offers.

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No more AdBlue spillage with these dedicated AdBlue filling funnels from Laser Tools

AdBlue diesel exhaust fluid is a fact of life for the modern diesel engine, so to make life a bit easier Laser Tools have introduced these AdBlue Filling Funnels specially designed to screw directly onto the AdBlue filler neck. Two versions are available — straight (part number 6856) or angled access (part number 6865) — and they make the AdBlue filling process quick and easy, and best of all — no messy spillage!

Adblue filling funnelScrew the funnel straight on to the AdBlue filler neck then lift the internal anti-spill valve. The funnel is large with a generous 1.1 litre capacity. Keep filling until the AdBlue fluid stops flowing into the vehicle’s reservoir, then simply drop down the internal valve. Now unscrew the funnel and lift it clear. There will no leaks or mess as you transfer the unused fluid back into the original container and leave a full AdBlue reservoir on the vehicle.

The angled AdBlue filler funnel is the same design as the straight version, with the internal anti-spill valve, but with an angled funnel connector. This is the one to use if the AdBlue filler neck is awkward to access or set at an angle.

AdBlue spillage can be costly, messy and once it dries the resulting white crystals can be difficult to remove. But not a problem if you are using one of these AdBlue filling funnels from Laser Tools.

Available now from your Laser Tools stockist at a typical price of £35.67 for 6856 and £42.82 for 6865 (prices include VAT). Remember to check for the best price and special offers.

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BorgWarner’s Regulated Two-stage Turbocharger Drives New Diesel Engine from Jaguar Land Rover

BorgWarner’s leading regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging solution improves low-end torque, engine performance and fuel efficiency while contributing to reduced emissions for Jaguar Land Rover models equipped with the new 2.0-liter I4 diesel engine.

  • Improves performance and fuel economy while reducing emissions
  • R2S® system featuring turbocharger with latest VTG technology
  • Close development partnership between BorgWarner and Jaguar Land Rover

BorgWarner’s award-winning regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging technology boosts the new 2.0-litre I4 diesel engine with 177 kW (240 HP) from Jaguar Land Rover. Initially available for the Range Rover Sport and new Land Rover Discovery SUVs utilising the new engine, BorgWarner’s advanced turbocharging technology features a water-cooled compressor housing, offers improved low-end torque and enhances engine performance and efficiency while contributing to emissions reduction.

Borg Warner two stage turbocharger“Our long-standing expertise in the field of advanced turbocharging technologies for combustion and hybrid propulsion systems enables BorgWarner to supply Jaguar Land Rover the leading R2S turbocharging system to help them achieve fuel efficiency and performance targets for their new 2.0-liter diesel engine,” said Frédéric Lissalde, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems.

“We are pleased to expand our successful business relationship with Jaguar Land Rover by working together closely and providing a wide range of our turbocharging technologies for several other engines from Jaguar Land Rover to improve the fun-to-drive experience for their customers even more.”

BorgWarner’s R2S turbocharging solution consists of two series-connected turbochargers of different sizes to deliver high boost pressures and smooth power over the entire engine speed range.

One turbocharger features the company’s latest variable turbine geometry (VTG) technology for the high-pressure stage combined with a larger B03 water-cooled turbocharger optimized for low-pressure exhaust gas recirculation. Controlled by an electric actuator, BorgWarner’s VTG turbocharger responds quickly at low engine speeds, resulting in a rapid rise in boost pressure for nearly instant acceleration. As engine speed increases, a bypass gradually redirects the exhaust gas flow towards the larger, low-pressure turbocharger until it takes over the workload completely to maintain fluid power delivery and provide excellent efficiency.

BorgWarner’s R2S turbocharging technology allows quick adaptation to changes in the engine’s operating conditions, thereby facilitating fast response times and contributing to significantly reduced emissions.

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Versatile long reach pliers set

Versatile long reach pliersThis new set of long reach pliers from Laser Tools (part number 6684) is suitable for both the professional technician, and the dedicated enthusiast who prefers high quality tools. Their slim design and 400mm (16 inch) length makes them ideal for reaching into the depths of the engine bay, or anywhere access is difficult. The narrow jaw profile provides a positive, non-slip grip.
Three sets of pliers are included, with a choice of jaw angle: straight, 90º and 45º, and the handles are plastic dipped for comfort and grip.

Long Reach Pliers in situThese are sturdy, robust tools, manufactured from tough, chrome vanadium steel, and will be a much appreciated addition to the toolbox.

Available now from your Laser Tools stockist, typically priced at £68.42 (price includes VAT) — but remember to check for the best price and special offers.

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