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.


Get rid of engine gunk

Gunk engine degreaser from Granville
Published:  15 January, 2010

This engine cleaning product is now available in 25-litre containers for workshops.


Get equipped for testing

Global Pro Tool 100 from Tapley
Published:  15 January, 2010

Coming complete with a database covering 52 VMs from the early 1990s to the present, this tool offers scanning, live data, dynamic graphing, system programming and component activations.


Particular about filters

Toyota and Lexus CAFs from Denso
Published:  15 January, 2010

When it comes to small, diesel soot is right up there with the tiniest of tiny. Fine particles measure as little as 3 micrometers across and can easily get into people's lungs.


Brainy diagnostic tool

Brain Bee from Euro Car Parts
Published:  15 January, 2010

The Brain Bee is now available from Euro Car Parts, after the company set out to find a cost-effective system that could deal with most makes and models from 2001 onwards.


MOT failures

Published:  15 January, 2010

THE CARS with the highest MOT failure rates have been published for the first time.


Pico training

Get the latest dates for oscilloscope training with Pico Technology
Published:  14 January, 2010


IAAF update

IAAF spells out bid to attract garage members
Published:  12 January, 2010

GARAGES will be asked to pay £10 per month to join the recently-formed Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF).


Advice time

Female drivers would rather visit doctor than garage, says FOXY Lady
Published:  11 January, 2010

DESPITE frequently being responsible for maintaining and servicing family cars, the majority of female drivers would rather go to the doctor than their local garage, according to a survey by insurance firm Shelia's Wheels.


Top prize

Published:  11 January, 2010

TOP TECHNICIAN 2010 sponsor Delphi has unveiled £2,600 worth of prizes for the winner of the national repair skills contest.


Economical bulk filter pack

UFI Filter Kits from Universal Automotive
Published:  08 January, 2010

rong>These kits provide technicians with all routine service items necessary to replace every filter on a vehicle.


ADF change

ADF becomes IAAF in bid to represent independent garage and distribution sectors
Published:  08 January, 2010

THE AUTOMOTIVE Distribution Federation (ADF) has re-launched and re-branded itself in a bid to represent both the distribution and workshop sectors of the independent aftermarket.


Electrical support tool

Diagnostic and battery support tool from GYS
Published:  07 January, 2010

This will support the electrical system on cars, large commercial vehicles and buses during diagnostic work; it is also a battery charger and de-sulphation tool. It can be used on 6V, 12V and 24V systems on any voltage from 110V to 240V.


Stepping down

Independent Garage Association boss Jonas Zambakides unexpectedly quits
Published:  07 January, 2010

Jonas Zambakides has stepped down as chairman of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) - one of the many associations under the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) umbrella.


Clever test tool is the key

Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  06 January, 2010

The picture shows Aftermarket business writer Neil Pattemore checking out one of the latest diagnostic tools that's fully compatible with Euro 5 legislation, thanks to a so-called 'pass-thru' connector.


Torque win

How toilet rolls and door stops helped reader Steve Reynolds win
Published:  06 January, 2010

A TOILET roll holder, door stop and TV controller are just some of the wacky things Aftermarket's excellent readers would do with a torque wrench, according to our latest competition.


Easier diesel diagnosis

Common rail test kit from Hickleys
Published:  05 January, 2010

If you want to get into the lucrative market of diesel diagnostics then this could be the piece of kit for you. This set enables you to carry out on-vehicle testing on all makes, it helps you find faulty components and confirm diagnostic fault codes.


Mobile move

IMI launches iPhone application to track down ATA techs
Published:  05 January, 2010

THE IMI is attempting to win business for ATA-registered technicians thanks to owners of trendy iPhone mobiles.


Diagnostic big mac machine

Mega Macs 42 diagnostic tool from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  04 January, 2010

The Hella/Gutmann Solutions partnership (HGS) is gearing up to boost the profile of its latest diagnostic tools in the UK.


Big win

Garage owner Alison Wiltshire wins £27-grand prize thanks to Unipart and NGK
Published:  04 January, 2010

A GARAGE owner from Aylesbury has picked up a new Ford Focus RS worth £27,344 after winning the RallyMatch competition run by Unipart and NGK.


A wheely good warranty

Parts and labour warranty from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  22 December, 2009

rong>The company has introduced a 24-month parts and labour warranty on all wheel alignment and garage equipment kit under the Hofmann and John Bean brands.


Treatment gives a boost

Power Ecomax fuel treatment from Millers Oils
Published:  21 December, 2009

rong>Millers Oils recently put its petrol and diesel fuel treatments to the test at the Millbrook proving ground in Bedfordshire and, unsurprisingly, it’s reported some impressive gains in both power and economy performance.


Cooler oil kit is optimum

Oil sandwich plate kit from Optimum Balance
Published:  18 December, 2009

A universal oil sandwich plate kit for oil cooler systems can be used with most spin-on oil filter housings.


Turbo time

Bosch set to launch replacement turbo range thanks to joint venture with Mahle
Published:  18 December, 2009

BOSCH is set to launch into the turbo market thanks to a joint venture with Mahle.


Steer towards extra parts

Chassis components from Delphi
Published:  17 December, 2009

rong>Delphi’s manufacturing plants must have been very busy lately as the company has massively expanded its selection of steering products.


Web training

Delphi plans to bring web seminars to workshops for easier and cheaper training
Published:  17 December, 2009

DELPHI is hoping to change the way technical training is delivered with the start of a series of 'webinar' courses in 2010.


Armed with wiper adaptor

4-in-1 multi-clip from Bosch
Published:  16 December, 2009

rong>The 4-in-1 Aerotwin Multi-Clip adapter covers four important flat-blade wiper arms used by vehicle manufacturers.


Court case

Leeds man jailed for selling pirated Autodata technical CDs
Published:  16 December, 2009

A LEEDS man has been handed a 15-month jail term for dealing in pirated Autodata technical info.


File set is a right diamond

Diamond needle file set from Frost
Published:  15 December, 2009

From glass and ceramics to tough hardened steel, these files will help you give a smooth finish on almost any surface. The 140mm long files come in flat, round, half-round, square and triangular versions.


Ghost town

Franchise dealer 'ghost towns' creating unique opportunities for independents, says Network Automotive
Published:  15 December, 2009

THE CLOSURE of large numbers of franchise dealers has created a series of dealer 'ghost towns' that independent garages can profit from, says motor industry consultancy Network Automotive.


Look who's torque-ing now

Torque wrench from Draper Tools
Published:  14 December, 2009

When it comes to long and impressive-sounding quality standards, ISO 6789-1992-12-01 is definitely hard to beat.


Lift danger

How to avoid the rise in fatal 2-post lift accidents with GEA advice
Published:  14 December, 2009

THE GARAGE Equipment Association (GEA) has urged garages not to become victims of the rise in sometimes fatal 2-post lift accidents.


A degree of temp testing

MT 250 digital thermometer from Nimbus Motorsport
Published:  11 December, 2009

A budget version of the MT Pro unit, this handy device lets you measure everything from tyre temperatures (even while they're still rolling), alternators (while the drive belt is running), exhaust manifolds and more.


Hybrid future

Exide launches Micro-hybrid battery range to cater for growth of stop-start systems
Published:  11 December, 2009

BATTERY manufacturer Exide attempted to put itself at the forefront of the greener motoring market with the launch of two aftermarket batteries for micro-hybrid vehicles yesterday (Thursday 11th December).


Further filter factors

Filters from Sogefi Filtration
Published:  10 December, 2009

More than 47 new parts have been launched by the filter company across its Fram, Coopers Fiaam and Crosland brands. 15 of the parts are for the Fram brand, including 10 air filter, 3 oil filters and 2 cabin filters.



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