Big bulb range expanded

All-makes bulb range from AC Delco
Published:  26 September, 2008

/>It includes bulbs for both off-road and on-road vehicles with bulbs for every kind of application from headlamp and indicator to reversing, parking and fog bu


Tough times

Economic downturn hits accessory sales as Motor World Ltd goes into administration
Published:  26 September, 2008

ONE OF the UK's biggest car care accessory retailers has been put into administration following a slump in sales.


Lift latest

GEA prepares for pilot programme of accredited lift engineer scheme
Published:  26 September, 2008

PLANS for a network of accredited lift engineers have taken the next step forward with a pilot programme just weeks away, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) has revealed.


Tech success

Technical Workshop on October 20th sells out thanks to demand for diagnostic latest
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop diagnostic seminar on October 20th has officially sold out. More than 120 people are now booked in to hear expert speakers talk about the latest vehicle technology.


Ideas forum

Impact Association goes online for higher profile role in helping aftermarket
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE IMPACT Association is seeking to re-energize its profile with a new website and higher-profile role in the aftermarket.


PSA cars coils covered

Intermotor ignition coils from SMP Europe
Published:  25 September, 2008

/>The expanded range includes the latest GM coil to fit 1.6 8v Vauxhall and Opel cars along with new multi-outlet Mercedes coils and units to fit Ford Galaxy and Transits, which SMP Europe claims are currently unavailable elsewhere in the aftermar


Complete ATL test facility

ATL testing facility from Straightset
Published:  24 September, 2008

/>The passenger car test lane comes with an AHS Multiflex brake tester and a four-post, four-ton lift with built-in ST25000 play detect


Clever little black box

Vehicle Tracker security system from Keytracker
Published:  23 September, 2008

/>It means fleet companies, drivers or anyone with the device fitted to their vehicle can know the car’s exact location, speed and ignition on and off ti


Safety first

11% of motorists rely on workshops for tyre pressure checks say Tyre Safety Month campaigners
Published:  23 September, 2008

ENCOURAGING customers to check their tyre pressures could help save their lives - that was the message at a promotional event for Tyre Safety Month today (Tuesday 23


Add spark to your testing

VS5262 spark plug HT tester from Sealey
Published:  22 September, 2008

/>It lets technicians perform a fast and accurate check on the HT supply to a spark plug for quick and simple fault diagno


Light the way forward

Fogstar front fog lamps from Valeo
Published:  19 September, 2008

/>Six part numbers are available, covering 3.2 million vehicles in the UK and Irela


Editors blog

As Automechanika draws to a close, tell customers how money spent now could save costly bills later!
Published:  19 September, 2008

THE AUTOMECHANIKA exhibition in Germany begins to draw to a close today (Friday 19th September) after a week of new technology, opinions, ideas and innovations that will help shape the future of the trade.


More ignition coils

Ford Fiesta ignition coils from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  18 September, 2008

/>The latest coils include OE-quality units to fit the Citroen Berlingo, Ford Focus and Mondeo. Ignition coils for the latest VW Polo are out now


Electric future

Delphi boss says technical revolution will see hybrids take over!
Published:  18 September, 2008

A REVOLUTION in hybrid vehicles is about to change the way cars are powered and trigger the beginning of the end for the combustion engine, according to global Delphi boss Frank Ordonez.


VOSA gives seal of quality

Bosch BEA 850 emissions analyser available from TDCS
Published:  17 September, 2008

/>The full analyser is a PC-based unit that can be expanded into a complete diagnostic platform if desi


Green shock

KYB unveils green shock absorbers to help save environment
Published:  17 September, 2008

ADVANCES in technology are making shock absorbers greener than ever before, suspension specialists at KYB announced today.


Sparking up

NGK boss predicts long-term decline in popularity of diesel engines
Published:  17 September, 2008

THE RISE of the diesel engine will come to an end within the next 10 years, according to European NGK boss Norbert Neuhaus.


High quality Lifts

Trademaster ATL package from The Trade Group
Published:  16 September, 2008

/>This includes lifts from members of The Trade Group such as renowned garage equipment companies Rotary Lift and M


Air con range expands

Air con compressors from Denso
Published:  15 September, 2008

/>A complete guide to the range is available in the company’s new 2008/2009 A/C Compressor catalo


Top job

Unipart director Tony Sackett rises to the challenge of ADF Vice Presidency
Published:  15 September, 2008

/>Stalwart ADF member Tony boasts 20 years of ADF involvement and brings a valuable mix of energy and experience to the role. “I was encouraged to become active in the then MFA by past president, the late Peter Redfern, from whom I learned so much,” he sa


Efficient battery testing

BAT 110 battery tester from Bosch
Published:  12 September, 2008

/>It comes with a temperature compensation switch for testing batteries in cold conditions and has a Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) conversion table on the back to help technicians deal with Japanese batter


Improving headlights made easy

Halogen high beam conversion kit from Essex Racing
Published:  11 September, 2008

/>They produce a clear white light which reflects road markings and signs better than conventional lighti


Code support

Bosch serves reminder on value of MISRC for winning consumer trust
Published:  11 September, 2008

BOSCH has pitched in with its approval for the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC), saying it will help raise the bar for the entire industry.


Spark up your engine

Spark plugs from AC Delco
Published:  10 September, 2008

/>It features numerous technologies, from resistor, non-resistor and nickel plug types to platinum-tipped electrode varieties designed to offer easy starting in all weath


Rickshaw run

Autodata staff return from epic charity trek across India
Published:  10 September, 2008

IF YOU spotted the news article earlier this summer about adventurous Autodata staff Matt Ramsden and Mike Gibson leaving for an epic trek across India, you'll be pleased to know they have returned in one piece!


Pushing on

R2RC says it's business as usual following UK government report into BER
Published:  10 September, 2008

THE R2RC has given a cautious welcome to a UK government report on Block Exemption Regulation - but said there is nothing to suggest its work is over.


Ultra-fast emissions testing

T800 Gas Analyser and Smokemeter from The Trade Group
Published:  09 September, 2008

/>It has been designed with a user-friendly graphics interface to make using it as quick and easy as possi


Tech Workshop

OE expert Nik Armistead to explain latest VM systems on October 20th
Published:  09 September, 2008

NIK ARMISTEAD has been revealed as the latest speaker at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on October 20th at Brands Hatch.


Battery alert

Recycling could help beat new battery price surge says IBDA
Published:  09 September, 2008

THE RISING cost of acid is the latest factor to be blamed for another predicted hike in the price of batteries.


Complete diagnostic answers

OmiNspect tools from Omitec
Published:  08 September, 2008

/>OmiNspect TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) programmes the TPMS ECU and will register or re-register valve position if the wheels have been mov


Brake testing options

D401 brake tester from Boston Garage Equipment
Published:  05 September, 2008

/>The unit has an LED matrix display and can be either pedestal or wall-moun


MOT fight

Renewed attack on government for 4-2-2 consultation delay
Published:  05 September, 2008

THE MOT Trade Forum has attacked the government for continuing to delay the consultation on the future of MOT testing.


Light up favourite vehicles

The Astrum range of lighting from Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 September, 2008

/>Recent applications include the Astra H 2004, Audi TT 2007, Focus 2005, Mondeo 2


Simple ignition test

Spark tester from Silverline
Published:  03 September, 2008

/>If the bulb lights up the system is working and, if it doesn’t, then it’s clearly not work


Future drive

Bosch takes a look at hybrid systems over next 10 years
Published:  03 September, 2008

BOSCH says hybrid and electric vehicles will have more than a 3% share of the world market by 2015.


Popular models covered

Intercooler components from Valeo
Published:  02 September, 2008

/>“More and more vehicles are coming into garages with the need for intercooler replacement,” says product manager Sebastien Gauth


Keeping cool

IMI launches air con ATA to help techs stay in line with EU rules
Published:  02 September, 2008

AN AIR CON course has been officially added to the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme to businesses comply with new European legislation dealing with the handling of refrigerant gases.


VAG vehicles covered

Electronic Park Brake tool from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  01 September, 2008

/>Compatible with CAN-enabled vehicles, this tool will allow electronic caliper re-wi


ECP response

Euro Car Parts confident of "total vindication" following immigration raid
Published:  01 September, 2008

EURO Car Parts says it expects to be "totally vindicated" following a raid by immigration officials on its Wembley headquarters last week.


ECP raid

UK Border Agency confirms raid on Euro Car Parts HQ in Wembley
Published:  31 August, 2008

THE UK BORDERS Agency (UKBA) has confirmed that three people employed at Euro Car Parts (ECP) are being deported, following a raid on ECP's Wembley headquarters last week.


Peak condition batteries

The Multi XS 25000 battery charger from CTEK
Published:  29 August, 2008

/>Features of this charger include automatic desulphation using rapid pulses to get rid of harmful deposits, battery reconditioning to correct acid stratification and extension of service li


Code launch

Motor Industry Code of Practice launched to raise driver trust in garages
Published:  29 August, 2008

THE MOTOR Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) has been launched to consumers - in a bid to prevent the government introducing mandatory legislation to stop drivers being ripped off.


Internal engine cleaning

Engine cleaning system range from Renault Trade Centre
Published:  28 August, 2008

/>Tank Otto cleans petrol fuel delivery systems and Tank Diesel - diesel fuel delivery syste


Good garage

NE Vehicle Repairs in Plymouth scoops national award for apprentice training
Published:  28 August, 2008

PLYMOUTH garage NE Vehicle Repairs has won the Micro Employer of the Year award from the Learning and Skills Council for firms employing fewer than nine staff.


Care for diesel injectors

Diesel flow meter and adaptor kit from Gunson
Published:  27 August, 2008

/>Gunson says the unit will help workshops identify under-performing injectors. Fittings vary depending on the make of the injector and adaptors are available for Denso, C3, C1, Siemens C3 and Delphi injector


Charity trip

Companies rally behind Aftermarket On Tour to raise £1,620 for BEN (and rising fast!)
Published:  27 August, 2008

DIAGNOSTIC firm Eclipse Automotive Technology and garage equipment specialist GEG are the latest companies to show their support for industry charity BEN.


Premium performing brakes

Brake pads and discs from AC Delco
Published:  26 August, 2008

/>The discs feature damped and enhanced iron, improved surface finishing and all are mill balanc


Card fraud

Remaining workshops must move to Chip and PIN with urgency, says RMIF
Published:  26 August, 2008

CREDIT CARD fraud is still on the rise according to official figures and the RMIF says workshop businesses must make sure they are protected.


Glass grade

First autoglazing ATA assessment centre is launched in Essex
Published:  26 August, 2008

AN ESSEX glass company has become the first approved independent assessment centre to offer Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) in autoglazing.


Unique 21-day challenge

Diagnostic software updates from Launch X-431
Published:  25 August, 2008

/>Also out now is software to cover Mazda key programming and Renault module replacem



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