Air-con insight

EAAC air con exhibition gears up to solve technical problems
Published:  25 March, 2010

THE LATEST tools and technology from the world of vehicle air con systems will go on show at the European Auto Air Conditioning Convention (EAAC) this September.


Bright sparks plug LPG

Spark plug catalogue from Denso
Published:  24 March, 2010

rong>Denso released its latest spark plug catalogue recently and, in a new development, it featured an LPG section to help users select the right plug for cars being converted to run on liquid petroleum gas or compressed natural gas.


ATA update

Bromley fast-fitter Doug Creed become 20,000th ATA technician
Published:  24 March, 2010

THE ATA scheme has accredited its 20,000th technician.


Snap up new garage kit

Garage equipment from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  23 March, 2010

Lifts, tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners are just some of the kit now being offered by the firm. The company's acting marketing manager Sarah Philpott said the decision to expand the existing choice of air con, emissions and ATL equipment was the result of numerous customer requests.


Code query

Does the Golden Garage competition hamper those that don't make the finals, asks reader John Tullett
Published:  23 March, 2010

AFTERMARKET reader John Tullett has been in touch concerning Motor Codes' Golden Garages competition.


Service danger

Drivers relying on false-economy of MOT checks, says fast-fit boss
Published:  23 March, 2010

MORE than a third of drivers are avoiding services in a bid to save money, claims fast-fit network HiQ.


A good sport for bearings

Motorsport engine bearings from Mahle
Published:  22 March, 2010

Made in a UK facility using materials developed for motorsport, this latest range of bearings covers 14 applications from Ford through to Subaru.


Analysis advice

Frank Massey ditches gas analysers for fault-finding work
Published:  22 March, 2010

FRANK Massey has revealed he no longer uses a gas analyser in his workshop.


Top care scheme for garages

Car Care Centre from Unipart
Published:  19 March, 2010

Wendy Williamson, Unipart Automotive’s marketing director, reckons its Car Care Centre scheme (UCCC) provides garages with a good mix of corporate support while allowing them to maintain their independence.


MOT drive

Motor Codes continues bid to recruit MOT test stations with VOSA meeting
Published:  19 March, 2010

MOTOR Codes has met with the Department for Transport, VOSA and MP Paul Clark to continue discussions about promoting its Code of Practice for Service and Repair to MOT test stations.


Asian addition to fluid range

Automatic transmission fluid from Febi Bilstein
Published:  18 March, 2010

rong>This latest addition to the Febi range of fluids is designed for Asian vehicles. It is resistant to high torque and meets, and sometimes exceeds, vehicle manufacturer standards.


Training gain

SKills organisation seeks trainers to coach young repairers on global stage
Published:  18 March, 2010

UK SKILLS is on the lookout for a training manager to coach the country's best young repair talent.


Make sure you're connected

Electrical connector kit from Sealey
Published:  17 March, 2010

Sealey has so many gadgets and gizmos for working on electrical systems that we'd need more space than is available in this feature to list them all.


People news

Jonas Zambakides named chairman of IAAF's Garage division
Published:  17 March, 2010

IN ONE of the least surprising moves in the world of trade association personnel changes, Jonas Zambakides has been named chairman of the IAAF-G (the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Association's Garage division).


Shocking offer on plugs

Spark plugs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  16 March, 2010

Never backwards in coming forwards about their latest offers and deals, ECP reckons it has "shocked" its competitors with what it claims are its "unbeatable offerings" from three of the biggest names in OE spark plug manufacture - Bosch, Denso and NGK.


Brake business

Global Braking Systems brings Cifam braking brand to UK factors and garages
Published:  16 March, 2010

START-UP business Global Braking Systems (GBS) is hoping to shake up the braking market after being appointed the official UK distributor for Cifam products.


Franchise plan

Fancy running a factor? Unipart is looking for business owners to take on Express Factors outlets
Published:  16 March, 2010

IF YOU run a garage and are fed up with the service you get from your local factor, there's a new chance to see if you could do a better job.


Delphi at your service

Delphi Service Centre
Published:  15 March, 2010

Offering support in diesel, air con, petrol engine management or braking, steering and suspension systems, Delphi offers a range of packages to help garages get the latest technical support combined with marketing assistance.


Spark plugs are champions

Champion iridium spark plugs from Federal-Mogul
Published:  12 March, 2010

Champion's iridium spark plugs are now available for a range of engines operating on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) or E85 bio-ethanol.


Audio opportunity

Autologic offers BMW audio kit installation opportunity
Published:  12 March, 2010

AUTOLOGIC has joined forces with Dension to open up audio installation work to users of its BMW software package


All-in-one brake machine

Bendix brake bleeder from Honeywell
Published:  11 March, 2010

Compatible with all brake systems, Honeywell reckons this bleeder takes into account everything from brake fluid viscosity and temperature to purity in a bid to offer the highest standards of brake system maintenance.


MOT offer

Motor Trade Technologies offers kit discounts for IAAF trade associations
Published:  11 March, 2010

MOT specialist Hugh Roberts has lent his support to the IAAF trade association's garage division.


Red light on booze drives

VDO Alcohol Interlock from Continental
Published:  10 March, 2010

rong>What with the high-profile safety campaigns, most people that are so boozed-up they can hardly stand, will not even attempt to get behind the wheel of a car these days.


Repair stars

Steve Smith, John Tinham and Stuart White lead the race for Top Technician 2010 title
Published:  10 March, 2010

STEVE Smith, John Tinham and Stuart White are the three repairers left in the race for the title of Top Technician 2010.


Bearing wheel kits in mind

Wheel bearing kits from Blue Print
Published:  09 March, 2010

rong>As cars get bigger and heavier, wheel bearings find themselves subjected to bigger and bigger forces.


Great garages

Motor Codes' Golden Garages competition highlights UK's 50 most popular workshops
Published:  09 March, 2010

MOTOR Codes has revealed the 50 garages that have won through to the regional rounds of its national Golden Garages competition.


Get clutch clever with Valeo

Clutch Expert from Valeo
Published:  08 March, 2010

This manufacturer-led scheme offers technical support as an inducement to buying Valeo clutches. It's free to join and membership will continue provided your workshop buys a certain number of clutches.


People news

Mike Owen takes on mission to recruit garages into IAAF membership
Published:  08 March, 2010

FORMER RMI man Mike Owen has joined the recently-formed IAAF trade association to manage its ambitious membership drive.


It's a sign o' the times

Workshop signage from Prosol
Published:  05 March, 2010

However good your workshop is inside, it's no good if no-one can tell from the outside. Broadcasting your services and expertise to passers-by is a valuable promotional tool.


Top Tech

Aftermarket reports live from the finals of Top Technician 2010
Published:  05 March, 2010

THE FINAL 12 candidates in the race to win Top Technician 2010 are battling it out at the Honda Institute in Slough.


Just get it off your chest

Jet Legend tool chest from Unipart
Published:  04 March, 2010

This seven-drawer roller cabinet has a central locking system and is made from high-grade steel with a stainless steel worktop and leather-trimmed handle.


Bearing up under the strain

Universal wheel bearing kit from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  03 March, 2010

This kit offers everything you'll need for the removal and installation of flanges and wheel bearings, without the need for removal of suspension struts or wheel hubs.


Editor's blog

Aftermarket visits SMMT chief exec Paul Everitt to find out more about digital radio, Motor Codes and keeping the industry competitive
Published:  03 March, 2010

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt has spelled out the organisation's three-pronged strategy for helping the aftermarket - and claimed that mandatory garage licensing would cost 10 or even 100 times more than Motor Codes subscription.


Scheme sharpens up skills

Original SACHS Service from ZF Trading
Published:  02 March, 2010

This scheme offers workshops direct links to training, technical documentation and information from the one group of people who should know how a product works - the people who made it.


Plugs get you all fired up

Spark plugs from AC Delco
Published:  02 March, 2010

Backed up by a 150-page product catalogue, AC Delco's spark plug range contains 83 part numbers.


New look

Snap-on unveils new look franchise van fleet
Published:  02 March, 2010

GARAGES buying Snap-on Tools kit can expect a different look from their local dealer after the company unveiled a new vehicle for its 430 UK franchisees.


Vehicle faults

Research highlights most common vehicle faults
Published:  02 March, 2010

MORE than five million motorists are driving unsafe vehicles, according to research by breakdown service Britannia Rescue.


Tyre safety

Hidden handling dangers for drivers switching away from run-flats
Published:  01 March, 2010


Find fault with hawk eye

Hawk Eye diagnostics from Bearmach
Published:  26 February, 2010

rong>This robust unit is the latest addition to Bearmach’s product range and is aimed at entry and intermediate-repairers rather than full-on diagnostic Einsteins.


Powerful portable charger

Portable Power 1700 power charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  25 February, 2010

rong>Over to Terry Barcham, Snap-on Tool’s European managing director for the low-down on this 12V jump starter:


Tech tips

Blue Print shares handy hint for Honda CR-V repairs
Published:  25 February, 2010

PARTS firm Blue Print is launching a technical tips service through its in-house BLUEi magazine - and it wants to hear from repairers with interesting hints to share.


Disc fitting is greased lightning

Pagid anti-grease coated discs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  24 February, 2010

Grease is a real nuisance. It clogs up your veins, clogs up shower-phobic people's hair and, according to ECP, it causes all sorts of bother with brake discs too (although it does make chips taste nice!)


CAN training

Warwick Control reveals intensive one-day CAN Bus training courses
Published:  24 February, 2010

TECHNOLOGY firm Warwick Control has announced new training dates for CAN Bus and other car networking systems.


Wheely fab flywheel tester

Dual Mass Flywheel tool from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  23 February, 2010

rong>No prizes for imaginative names here! This tool is designed to let you test the Dual Mass Flywheel while it’s still fitted to the vehicle, with the gearbox removed.


Electric switch

Cool Seal aims to make electrical wiring easier than ever for technicians
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE DAYS of heat-shrinking for wire splicing could be over thanks to the latest electrical wiring device.


Windscreen contest

Contest to highlight windscreen fitting skills confirms Millenium Stadium venue
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE grand final of a national windscreen fitting contest has been confirmed for 16th September.


Deal with diesel dilemmas

Diesel services from Leyland Auto
Published:  22 February, 2010

If you've got a problem with diesel, you could call Superman but this Preston-based company would prefer you gave them a ring.


Parts promotion

Denso continues bid to attract garages via motor factor promotion
Published:  22 February, 2010

JMC Motor Components recently became the first winner of parts company Denso's Millionaires Club sales promotion.


Halt mis-fuelling mess ups

Diesel Key from Tullman Designs
Published:  19 February, 2010

rong>This device replaces the existing fuel cap and stops unleaded fuel nozzles being shoved into diesel tanks. It was recently approved by testing research centre Thatcham and gained the Thatcham Quality Accreditation seal of approval.


Show time

Parts giant Delphi confirms attendance at Workshop 2010 exhibition
Published:  19 February, 2010



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