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


Constant reliable power

PowerFrame grid system from Bosch
Published:  22 August, 2008

/>It improves the grid’s electrical capability and in doing so, extends service life and increases starting power, even in extreme conditi


Displaces moisture instantly

Titan Maintenance Spray from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  21 August, 2008

/>It is one of six treatments recently released by Fuchs as part of its Titan range. These include a Copper Anti-Seize spray for freeing metal-to-metal pa


Going fast

Only 30 tickets left to see big names at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on October 20th
Published:  21 August, 2008

TICKETS to the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on October 20th are selling fast, with only 30 still up for grabs.


Latest glow plug technology

Glow plug programme from NGK
Published:  20 August, 2008

/>New part numbers joining the glow plug programme cover major brands from Audi to Vauxhall. The latest technology in force can be seen with the small 8mm diameter type plugs used on many contemporary engines including VAG 2.0 litre diesel models to the Advanced Quick Glow System or AQGS glow pl


ATA drive

IMI recruits national newspapers into ATA promotional campaign
Published:  20 August, 2008

SOME of the country's biggest national newspapers will be used by the IMI to spread the ATA message.


True brake fluid test results

The YWB214 Brake Fluid tester from TRW
Published:  19 August, 2008

/>Unlike ‘humidity testers’ it will measure the fluid itself and deliver results in less than 60 secon


BER latest

EU must protect technical data if BER is scrapped, says UK government
Published:  19 August, 2008

THERE must be a specific requirement for VMs to provide repair information to the independent sector, according to the government.


Helps with awkward tasks

Inspection scope from Serenco
Published:  18 August, 2008

/>It comprises a 3.5” screen, an auto focusing camera from 1.5cm to 10cm, a 1m long flexible shaft (available up to 30metres) and 35 deg, 45 deg and 60 deg screw-on mirror


GEA OK

Equipment supplier GEG is voted in as member of Garage Equipment Association
Published:  18 August, 2008

GARAGE equipment supplier GEG has become a member of the Garage Equipment Association (GEA).


Training days

Delphi reveals plans for 22,000sq ft training facility and more
Published:  18 August, 2008

DELPHI has revealed plans to build a 22,000sq ft technical training facility - in addition to the 'ATA academy' that it showed to the public for the first time on Friday (August 15th).


For optimum starting

The Elite battery series from Yuasa
Published:  15 August, 2008

/>Features of this range include a new lid design which exceeds the latest German OEM safety standards for acid leakage and a flame arrestor disc for complete spark protect


Take care of vehicle engines

SAE class oil range from Motrio
Published:  14 August, 2008

/>The Motrio Super is a mineral based 15W40 oil, Motrio Extra is a semi-synthetic 10W40 oil and the Motrio Super Extra is a fully synthetic 5W40 o


Talent time

Paul Abbey is crowned Britain's best young tech in junior skills contest
Published:  14 August, 2008

PAUL Abbey has been crowned the UK's best young technician in a national skills competition for junior techs.


Training gain

Find out how you could claim £250 worth of free training courtesy of Andrew Page
Published:  14 August, 2008

TECHNICIANS could receive a free training course worth £250 by attending an exhibition organised by parts distributor Andrew Page.



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