Ring bulbs light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 February, 2010

If you were a magician, turning £5 into £20 would be a pretty impressive - and profitable - trick. Ring reckons getting customers to trade up from standard bulbs to performance bulbs when its time for replacements is the quickest and easiest way to do the same trick in the garage.


Data trial

TecDoc looks to boost garage subscribers with free 30-day software trial
Published:  18 February, 2010

ELECTRONIC parts cataloguing firm TecDoc has linked with technical data publishers Vivid to give workshops a free 30-day software trial.


The boss of scan updates

V30 software updates from Autoboss
Published:  17 February, 2010

Keeping up with technical developments is a bit like a hamster running on a wheel; you've got to put in a lot of effort just to stay in the same place.


Parts power

Camberley Auto Factors continues growth of parts advisor ATA
Published:  17 February, 2010

CAMBERLEY Auto Factors (CAF) has been given Approved Assessment Centre status by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).


Brake out the bed tester

Trademaster split-bed brake tester from The Trade Group
Published:  16 February, 2010

The company says it has a solution to anyone struggling to find spare parts for ageing split-bed brake testers made by other manufacturers.


Air con

Surrey college starts weekend refrigerant handling courses to meet EU standards
Published:  16 February, 2010

CARSHALTON College in Surrey is offering weekend refrigerant handling courses to help techs meet the EU regulations coming into force later in the summer.


Make sensor of it all

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  15 February, 2010

The company has ranges of specific like-for-like lambda sensor replacements and a universal range that uses a patented connector to offer a quality replacement option in a simple-to-fit system.


Promo deals

Unipart offers budget-busting deals in Megawisebuys brochure, out with March issue of Aftermarket
Published:  15 February, 2010

THERE are scores of bargains packed inside the latest edition of Unipart's Megawisebuys brochure which comes free with the forthcoming issue of Aftermarket.


People news

Martin Pring takes on new NGK role while Oilver Koehne joins Bosch diesel division
Published:  15 February, 2010

MARTIN Pring has taken on the role of general manager at spark plug firm NGK.


Take part with diesel units

Diesel distribution units from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  12 February, 2010

rong>Units for the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Scudo, and Vauxhall Vivaro are out now from the Bromsgrove-based company.


Comma lube is oil of choice

Protective engine oils from Comma
Published:  11 February, 2010

As vehicles get more complex, those pesky VMs get more and more demanding about what you pour into cars if you want to keep the warranty in tact.


Workshop search

Motor Codes launches Golden Garages hunt for the UK's best workshops
Published:  11 February, 2010

MOTOR CODES has launched a competition to search for the best service and repair garages in the UK.


Emissions measurer is tops

Hofmann WSM10 smoke meter from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  10 February, 2010

rong>This new piece of kit is part of the Geogas 3000 range of VOSA-approved emissions testers.


Final 12

Last competitors in Top Technician 2010's hunt for best mechanics revealed
Published:  10 February, 2010

THE FINAL 12 contenders for the title of UK's best car repairer have been revealed.


Set your torque with ease

Electronic torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  09 February, 2010

This latest range offers precise calibration of +/- 2% and is resistant to loads of nasty workshop chemicals to stop it rotting away in front of your eyes.


Diagnostic news

Frank Massey cracks lambda sensor trouble with new fault-finding technique
Published:  09 February, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has pioneered a new way to measure current flow through broadband lambda sensors.


Fly the flag for MOT testing

MOT flagpole from Prosol
Published:  08 February, 2010

Amid all the garage schemes and codes fighting to win consumer awareness, the trusty old three-triangles of the MOT remain one of the best known motoring symbols around. So you might as well shout about the fact you offer a testing service.


Lube deal

Kia signs up Shell Helix to supply its dealers with latest oils
Published:  08 February, 2010

SHELL has been named a preferred supplier for all Kia dealerships in the UK.


Job change

Bosch puts Howard Price in charge of its Bosch Car Service network
Published:  08 February, 2010

HOWARD Price has been appointed to the new position of workshop concepts manager at Bosch.


Time to have a lathey day

On-car brake lathe from Pro-cut
Published:  05 February, 2010

No matter how many times you polish a lump of coal, it's always going to be a lump of coal. According to the team behind this brake lathe, the same is true for brake discs.


Brakes are big business

Braking range from AC Delco
Published:  05 February, 2010

Hooray for AC Delco's general manager Lee Quinney who's one refreshingly honest industry figure when it comes to his business plans. He says he intends to promote his braking products "aggressively" during the first quarter of 2010.


Time to connect and forget

Varta and Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  05 February, 2010

Manbat says there are three criteria to judge battery suppliers by: Quality, performance and range.


Brake parts not hearts

Veco braking components from Universal Automotive
Published:  05 February, 2010

rong>Parts distributor Universal has everything from pads, shoes and discs to drums, hoses and brake cylinders from manufacturer Veco.


Unipart units in charge

Samson AGM batteries from Unipart
Published:  05 February, 2010

Yes, it's more AGM batteries! This time, Unipart is the company promoting its stock of units for vehicles fitted with stop-start systems.


Tech tests

24 of the UKs finest technicians battle it out for a place in the final
Published:  05 February, 2010

CONTENDERS for the title of UK's best car repairer fought it out at the regional finals of Top Technician 2010 today (Friday 5th February).


Complaints rise

Motor Codes claims victory as garage complaint figures begin to stabilise
Published:  04 February, 2010

Motor Codes is claiming a slow-down in the rate of complaints about garages is due to its consumer advice line.


Business news

Fuel Parts UK expands with growth of engine management components
Published:  01 February, 2010

FUEL and emissions parts firm Fuel Parts UK has acquired new warehouse premises after an extensive product development programme.


Frank joins

Frank Massey lends his support to IAAF garage division in bid to boost independents' rights
Published:  01 February, 2010

FRANK Massey has joined forces with the IAAF to represent the interests of independent workshops.


Reader writes

Technical specialist David Massey responds to critics of BBC Young Mechanic of the Year Show
Published:  31 January, 2010

TV TALENT show judge David Massey has responded to criticism of the BBC's Young Mechanic of the Year show.


Fobbed off by remote tester

Key fob tester from SP Diagnostics
Published:  29 January, 2010

This tester is said to allow quick and reliable testing of remote key fobs on most vehicles.


You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Denso
Published:  28 January, 2010

Lambda sensors play a vital role in managing engine function and Denso is investing big bucks in keeping its range up-to-date.


Body business

RMI launches Bodyshop Executive to address needs of body repairers
Published:  28 January, 2010

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has launched a Bodyshop Executive group to address the needs of body shop owners.


Diesel development

Aftermarket's technical consultant Dave Garratt explains how the world of diesel fuels is changing and how to get to grips with the latest 5-gas diesel analysis
Published:  28 January, 2010


Accurate current testing

Automotive current tester from Gunson
Published:  27 January, 2010

Designed to give rapid and accurate tests of DC currents on 12V vehicles, this device plugs straight into a vehicle's fuse box and displays readings on the large LCD display.


Stepping up

Colin Parlett takes on top job at RMIF's Independent Garage Association
Published:  27 January, 2010

COLIN Parlett has been appointed interim chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation's Independent Garage Association (IGA) with immediate effect.


Company on top of the weld

Welding machines from GYS
Published:  26 January, 2010

The French company is gearing up for a move into the UK market with welding units - and battery chargers - like the Gysmi 146 dual voltage and 196 flexible voltage MMA/TIG machines.


Help take your nuts off

Wheel nut cap remover from Laser Tools
Published:  25 January, 2010

This simple tool does the business on VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda vehicles any time you need to whip out the wheel nut caps.


Reader writes

What reader Anthony Howard thought of the BBC's Young Mechanic of the Year show
Published:  25 January, 2010


Van investment

Snap-on Equipment unveils new-look vans delivering assistance to workshops
Published:  25 January, 2010

SNAP-ON Equipment has unveiled new-look vans for its customer service fleet.


Garage service tool

Easycheck service tool from TRW
Published:  22 January, 2010

Earlier this year, TRW added an SAS function to its Easycheck service tool. That doesn't mean an elite team of anti-terrorist soldiers will be setting up camp in your garage. But it does mean you'll be able to tackle Steering Angle Sensor work more easily - resetting angles after work on front suspensions to keep a car's stability control system happy.


Training gain

Delphi offers training to beat the summer rush
Published:  22 January, 2010


The latest tech data disc

CD3 technical data from Autodata
Published:  21 January, 2010

Like hamsters on a treadmill, the guys (and girls) at Autodata are always working away to keep their technical repair information up-to-date.


First-rate ratchet wrench set

Ratchet wrench sets from Sealey
Published:  20 January, 2010

Featuring both standard and deep sockets, the company's latest sets include a slim 48-tooth gear-to-gear wrench that flips easily into reverse and also has a handy quick-release mechanism.


Moving on

Fancy getting away from it all to run a workshop in New Zealand?
Published:  20 January, 2010

IF YOU'VE got £500,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you might fancy relocating for the beautiful scenery of New Zealand and the chance to to get to work on the locals' cars!


Top 24

Richard Perriman will defend his Top Technician crown as regional finalists are announced
Published:  20 January, 2010

THE REGIONAL finalists in the hunt for the UK's best vehicle fault-finder have been announced.


Tech detector kit

GE2700 hydraulic play detector from GE-Tech
Published:  19 January, 2010

Designed to quickly check steering and suspension components, the product can be used as part of an ATL or OPTL test lane to detect wear in ball joints, bushings, fixations, pivot points, link bolts and shock absorber mountings. It comes with a 5-year warranty.


French focus

Autologic announces training courses for the latest French diagnostic software
Published:  19 January, 2010

TRAINING courses for its latest French vehicle software have been announced by Autologic Diagnostics.


Store fluids safely

DX2.5 12ltr canister from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  18 January, 2010

This new range of 'fluid handling products' or 'cans' to everyone else, is designed with universal seals to store liquids like brake fluid, oils and coolants.


Sensor shift

VDO adds to aftermarket products with oxygen sensor range
Published:  18 January, 2010

OXYGEN sensors have been added to the range of aftermarket products offered by VDO - a brand of the Continental Group.


Sort out your fuel system

D-Tox fuel system treatment from Comma
Published:  15 January, 2010

The chemical additives in this treatment have been formulated to remove harmful deposits from the entire fuel system in all engines.



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