Skills latest

University announces plans for PhD qualifications in vehicle repair for industry's leading technicians
Published:  01 April, 2009

THE UNIVERSITY of Milton Keynes has announced plans for a PhD degree course in vehicle repair - paving the way for the first automotive doctors.


Installer profit chance

AutoClutch power clutch conversion system from Vehvac
Published:  31 March, 2009

rong>Vehvac is looking for dealers to install this clutch system for manual vehicles.


MOT update

MOT towbar tests, extra number plate checks and price rises to start in April, announces VOSA
Published:  31 March, 2009

CHECKS on tow bars and number plates are being introduced to MOTs in a bid to prevent accidents and help law enforcement, VOSA has announced.


Final 12

Top Technician judges reveal final 12 in hunt for the UK's best vehicle repair expert
Published:  31 March, 2009

TOP Technician's team of judges have selected the final 12 candidates in the hunt for the UK's best vehicle repair expert.


No hassle brake servicing

DPS-300 Disc Pad Service tool from Brain Bee
Published:  30 March, 2009

This compact unit lets you open the braking systems of vehicles fitted with electronic or electro-hydraulic parking brake systems.


Green move

Move towards electric cars continues as Omitec announces specialist low-emission vehicle division
Published:  30 March, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC firm Omitec has established a new division focussed on electric vehicle systems.


Repair demand

Drivers still prepared to spend on vehicle maintenance rather than risk huge repair bills, says GM
Published:  30 March, 2009

STRONG demand for car maintenance products proves customers will still spend despite the economic slump, according to General Motors' aftersales division.


A longer life for bearings

High Performance Bearing Grease from Comma
Published:  27 March, 2009

This grease is said to deliver a longer bearing life over a wide range of temperatures.


Young skills

SKillAuto search for young automotive talent reaches regional final stage
Published:  27 March, 2009

YOUNG technicians have been invited to prove their skills in the regional finals of SkillAuto - a search for talented apprentices and young workshop repairers throughout the UK.


Apprentice time

Unipart to launch NVQ and ATA-based apprentice programme across its Car Care Centre network
Published:  27 March, 2009

Unipart Automotive is launching an apprentice scheme across its Unipart Car Care Centre network from September 2009.


Welding current control

MagicWeld 200 welder from Wilkinson Star
Published:  26 March, 2009

rong>The Manchester-based equipment supplier has released this engine-driven welding and generating equipment.


Piracy raids

Norfolk doctor's son caught out after making £19,000 selling illegal Autodata CDs on eBay
Published:  26 March, 2009

A DOCTOR's son from Norfolk and a market trader from Warwickshire are the latest targets for Autodata's crackdown on software piracy.


Achieve greater tool control

MG325 impact wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  25 March, 2009

rong>This lightweight wrench delivers what Snap-on calls an “outstanding” 320 ft lbs of torque, as well as 425 ft lbs of bolt breakaway torque.


Business advice

RMIF's training arm ReMIT launches business support division to help firms achieve their full potential
Published:  25 March, 2009

A CONSULTING team designed to help automotive firms achieve their business targets has been launched by ReMIT, the training arm of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).


Sensor range extensions

ABS sensors from TRW
Published:  24 March, 2009

TRW is pushing ahead with a programme of range extensions started in 2008 by introducing 62 new braking sensors


Tough and durable leads

Ignition leads from Bosch
Published:  23 March, 2009

rong>All leads within the Bosch range are OE-quality and have a three-year warranty on materials and manufacturing defects.


Scrap scheme

The aftermarket condemns plans for car scrappage scheme as support from new vehicle sector grows
Published:  23 March, 2009

PLANS for a car scrappage scheme to boost demand for new vehicles continue to be condemned by leading figures in the aftermarket - as support from the new car sector grows.


Alternator work assistance

Alternator Tool Kit from Laser
Published:  20 March, 2009

rong>This 18-piece tool kit incorporates a complete range of combination star, spline and hex sockets to help you remove and replace a wide range of alternators.


Boosted bearings range

Ford Transit 3 wheel bearings from SKF
Published:  19 March, 2009

rong>Bearings for the Transit, Peugeot 207, Ford Galaxy 2 and S-Max are just some of the new additions to the company’s ever-expanding range of bearings.


Motor Show

Next year's British International Motor Show is cancelled due to "unprecedented challenges" facing motor industry
Published:  19 March, 2009

THE BRITISH International Motor Show for 2010 has been cancelled.


Scope skills

Pico offers training chance for London techs to get the latest diagnostic knowledge with oscilloscopes
Published:  19 March, 2009

WORKSHOP staff can get the latest oscilloscope skills following the announcement of a Pico Technology training course on 15th and 16th April in London.


Plug packaging revamped

Champion spark plugs from Federal Mogul
Published:  18 March, 2009

rong>The spark plug brand’s packaging has been completely overhauled in a bid to emphasise its “leading technologies, growing OE presence and extended performance guarantees”.


Parts power

European parts system TecDoc in bid to capture UK aftermarket with support for garages
Published:  18 March, 2009

ONE of Europe's biggest parts cataloguing systems now has a UK face.


Diagnostic offer

XPart offers independents the latest diagnostic knowledge on MINIs courtesy of Autologic
Published:  18 March, 2009

MEMBERS of the XPart AutoService network have been given the latest diagnostic knowledge courtesy of the Autologic team.


ATA expansion

ATA goes international as training centre in Cyprus gets approval to run air con courses
Published:  18 March, 2009

THE ATA brand has gone international after the first training centre outside the UK was given the stamp of approval to run assessments.


Get tooled up for diesel jobs

Hand tools from Euro Car Parts
Published:  17 March, 2009

rong>The company offers a broad selection of hand tools from leading companies such as Ampro, AST, Karcher and Klann along with Sealey and SIP.


Code boost

500 more garages sign up to Motor Industry Service and Repair Code following Prestige network pledge
Published:  17 March, 2009

AN EXTRA 500 independent garages are set to join the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC).


East meets West make-over

Filters from Comline
Published:  16 March, 2009

rong>The company now has a new-look logo and brand name to unify its European and Japanese product ranges.


DIY business

Garage owner takes DIY servicing to the next level with workshop where customers do their own repairs!
Published:  16 March, 2009

A NORFOLK garage owner is renting out his workshop so drivers can do their own service and repair work.


Increased calliper range

Reman brake callipers from XL
Published:  13 March, 2009

rong>This calliper range, distributed through FPS, has expanded by 160 new references – taking the overall range to 2,660 part numbers.


For a luxurious upgrade

Bentley modification kits from Linden Special Vehicles
Published:  12 March, 2009

rong>If you know someone who wants to get even more out of their Bentley (or you’re lucky enough to own one yourself!), this kit lets you give an all-round performance boost on any car in the Continental GT range.


BER pledge

Autodata says supply of VM technical data will endure if Block Exemption Regulations are scrapped
Published:  12 March, 2009

A NON-RENEWAL of Block Exemption Regulations will not leave the independent sector high and dry, data supplier Autodata has pledged.


Survey results

Younger drivers more likely to switch to independents for servicing work, according to latest driver survey
Published:  12 March, 2009

ONLY 29% of drivers plan to go back to the dealer they bought their car from for service and repair work, according to research by information firm Experian.


Italian offer

Diagnostic company ICT Workshop Solutions launches with Italian kit for the UK market
Published:  12 March, 2009

FORMER Snap-on product specialist Ian Tetlow has established a new company to bring Italian diagnostic kit to the UK.


Jobs saved

Administrators save 167 jobs through sale of clutch firm AP Driveline Technologies
Published:  12 March, 2009

ADMINISTRATORS from Pricewaterhouse Coopers have sold a significant proportion of the business and assets of Leamington Spa clutch company AP Driveline Technologies.


Efficient tyre changing

APP201 wrench from PCL
Published:  11 March, 2009

rong>This 1/2” impact wrench comes from PCL’s Prestige range of tools, designed to combine low vibration, low noise and comfortable grip.


Safe and simple fuse fix

80A and 20A current testers from Sealey
Published:  10 March, 2009

rong>Featuring large LCD displays, these two testers plug straight into a vehicle’s fuse board to give safe and accurate readings.


Top Technician

Regional finalists put their repair skills to the test for a place in the grand finals of Top Technician 2009
Published:  10 March, 2009

TECHNICIANS from across the UK travelled from as far away the Orkney Islands to battle for a place in the grand final of Top Technician 2009 this weekend.


Less parts wider coverage

Oxygen sensors from Delphi
Published:  09 March, 2009

The number of direct fit oxygen sensors available from Delphi has grown to more than 190


Visual fault-finding

Ridgid MicroExplorer inspection camera from Dart Systems
Published:  06 March, 2009

rong>This endoscope-style device lets you snake your way through engine components while viewing the action on a 3.5” colour LCD screen.


Scope skills

Frank Massey and Pico Technology to share oscilloscope secrets on latest training course
Published:  06 March, 2009

FRANK Massey is teaming up with Pico Technology to solve technicians' oscilloscope problems.


Service work assistance

VS8651 Oil & Service Reset Tool from Sealey
Published:  05 March, 2009

rong>Designed for resetting the oil service and oil inspection lights, the VS8651 also adjusts service interval data on a wide range of vehicles and resets the airbag light on selected cars.


Good behaviour

Men Behaving Badly actress to front advertising campaign for Good Garage Scheme
Published:  05 March, 2009

A STAR from hit TV show Men Behaving Badly is set to front an advertising campaign for the Good Garage Scheme.


Stop data loss on repairs

Multi XS 7000 battery charger from CTEK
Published:  04 March, 2009

rong>This powerful charger aims to maximise the performance of lead-acid batteries.


Charity trek

Technician David Massey prepares for gruelling trek across England in support of cardiac care charity
Published:  04 March, 2009

TECHNICIAN David Massey is aiming to walk 200 miles in just seven days to help young people suffering from a potentially lethal heart condition.


Apprentice time

RMIF's ReMIT training division launches body repair and paint apprenticeship scheme
Published:  04 March, 2009

APPRENTICE training provider ReMIT will launch a body repair and paint apprenticeship training programme on April 30th.


Diagnostic change

Firm behind Autologic tool says new diagnostic products will continue following ownership change
Published:  04 March, 2009

THE FIRM behind the Autologic diagnostic platform has been come under new ownership.


Keep customers happy

White seat covers from Ixtar
Published:  03 March, 2009

rong>These white polythene seat covers offer a defence against grease, oil and dust and, more importantly, against having to explain to customers why their car now has horrible stains all over its seats!


ATA validity

IMI postpones decision on ATA validity until at least 2011 following concerns about cost implications for techs
Published:  03 March, 2009

A DECISION on whether to reduce the validity period of ATA accreditation has been postponed until at least 2011.


Fault-finding feedback

Video borescope from Alba
Published:  02 March, 2009

rong>This time-saving product has a colour video camera mounted on a flexible 900mm shaft.



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