Tech data at your fingertips

Tech Data reference tool from Forte
Published:  31 July, 2008

/>It provides an encyclopaedic reference to every make and model of passenger car and provides crucial information on topics such as service intervals, component replacement schedules, repair times and diagnostic d


Motor skills

ATA database helps drivers seek out technicians' skills
Published:  31 July, 2008

A SURVEY of motorists has shown most have little grasp of the issues affecting the technical up-keep of their cars.


Easy battery readings

The AK4009 Battery Tester from Sealey
Published:  30 July, 2008

/>The battery capacity level is shown by five LEDS on the top of the tester which are next to a measuring bar for easy readi


CAN clues

James Dillon launches comprehensive guide to CAN Bus diagnostics
Published:  30 July, 2008

TECHNICAL writer James Dillon has released a comprehensive guide to CAN Bus, to help technicians develop their understanding of diagnostics.


Crunch time

Experts offer marketing tips to help garages through credit crunch
Published:  30 July, 2008

GARAGES have been urged to boost their marketing success to help survive the credit crunch.


Battery boost

Exide prepares to unveil improved offers for garages and factors
Published:  30 July, 2008

BATTERY company Exide says it is ready to throw new weight behind its offers to garages and motor factors following a "difficult" period of restructuring.


Flexible mobile fitting

Tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan
Published:  29 July, 2008

/>The megamount 401 XL Racing uses the space-saving ‘swing-arm’ principle but unlike previous changers of this type it uses a ‘Quadraclamp’ turntable system, clamping up to 26”. A ‘megafit’ arm accommodates stiff, low profile and run-flat ty


Top time

Technician Rob Lewis says Top Tech contest helped him land Delphi training job
Published:  29 July, 2008

FORMER Top Technician finalist Rob Lewis has landed a job as a trainer with Delphi - and credited his success to taking part in the nationwide hunt for the country's best tech.


Diesel filter fault tester

The OmiScan from Omitec
Published:  28 July, 2008

/>The tool will also allow you to reset the additive counter after fluid has been replac


Cabin filter range increased

Cabin air filters from Mahle
Published:  25 July, 2008

/>Some of the new applications for its pollen filters include the Renault Clio and Modus, Nissan Qashqai, Jaguar S Type, Range Rover and Toyota Yar


Common vehicles covered

The SACHS range of clutches from ZF Trading
Published:  24 July, 2008

/>New items include dual mass flywheels, clutch modules, clutch kits and concentric slave cylind


Repair rights

Find out the Right To Repair Campaign's bid to win driver support
Published:  24 July, 2008

THOUSANDS of posters, leaflets and DVDs warning motorists of the threats to the independent aftermarket are making their way to garages around the country.


Power steering lubricant

Automatic transmission fluid from Tetrosyl
Published:  23 July, 2008

/>It can be used in a wide range of vehicles, covering marques such as Nissan, Chrysler, Volvo, VW, Toyota and F


ATA alert

ATA goes public with consumer advertising campaign
Published:  23 July, 2008

DETAILS of a nationwide advertising campaign promoting ATA to motorists have been revealed by the IMI.


Training help

Delphi launches 'ATA academy' to help independents get easier access to training
Published:  23 July, 2008

DELPHI is preparing to launch an 'ATA academy' able to carry out assessments within a week, Aftermarket can reveal.


Accurate and fast results

Battery Testers from Traction Charger
Published:  22 July, 2008

/>All give fast and accurate results using the conductance testing method and come with abrasion and chemical resistant cables and cli


Tyre trade

Peter Gaster appointed chairman of the Tyre Industry Federation
Published:  22 July, 2008

PETER Gaster has been appointed chairman of the Tyre Industry Federation, pledging to improve communication and understanding within the tyre sector.


Technician friendly equipment

Updated cabinet designs from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  21 July, 2008

/>A standardised monitor bracket is incorporated into the balancer range, so a retrofitted TFT monitor can be fitted at any t


Profit time

Castrol survey reveals training failures are hitting dealer profits
Published:  21 July, 2008

DEALERSHIPS' failure to invest in training for service advisers is hitting profits, according to the latest stage of research by Castrol Professional.


Improved driving light

Nightbreaker lights from OSRAM
Published:  18 July, 2008

/>According to OSRAM, drivers find the whiter light a more pleasant light to drive with, especially on longer journe


Space saving lifting

Scissor lift from Crypton
Published:  17 July, 2008

/>The lift can be installed in a ground recess or surface-mounted which Crypton says offers “considerable” space savings over traditional four-post li


Training move

Xpart invests in diagnostic training for 240-strong service network
Published:  17 July, 2008

PARTS company XPart is investing in specialist MG Rover training for its network of AutoService Centres.


Code quality

RAC will enforce standards for MISRC quality code in bid to win driver trust
Published:  17 July, 2008

THE RAC will act as law enforcer for the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC), the team behind the scheme announced today (Thursday 17th July).


Quick fault code readings

Automotive fault code reader from Draper Tools
Published:  16 July, 2008

/>The reader only requires one 9V battery which is supplied with


Expert analysis of faults

Digital alternator tester from Sealey
Published:  15 July, 2008

/>The unit checks the condition of alternators with no complicated connections or interpretation of data requi


Fast flushing air con fix

Sun KoolKare Blizzard flushing kit from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  14 July, 2008

/>The system is designed to meet VM recommendations and help remove and keep out all contaminants before recharging air con units with refriger


MOT ally

MVRA joins the fight against 4-2-2 proposals to help save tester jobs
Published:  14 July, 2008

THE MOTOR Vehicles Repairers' Association has thrown its weight behind the fight against 4-2-2 MOT proposals.


Oil chance

Survey reveals profit opportunity from public's lack of oil awareness
Published:  14 July, 2008

THOUSANDS of motorists are risking additional repair bills by not checking their oil regularly or using the wrong type, according to Chevron.


Future tech

Ordinary passenger cars to drive themselves by 2050, says design expert
Published:  14 July, 2008

CARS will drive themselves by 2050 - that is the prediction of former Lancia design chief Michael Robinson.


Wiper blades profit

Champion Master Connector technology from Federal Mogul
Published:  11 July, 2008

/>More than 50% of new cars are now fitted with flat blades according to Federal Mogul and the company says garages could profit from selling replacement un


Tough times

Businesses must change to beat the credit crunch, says consultancy
Published:  11 July, 2008


Power boost for Evos

Monster Sport low friction oil cutter from Co-ordSport
Published:  10 July, 2008

/>This oil cutter prevents excess oil sticking to the crankshaft which minimises drag without compromising effective lubricat


Extra safety for LCVs

Handi Towstep from Handistep
Published:  09 July, 2008

/>The company says its range of steps can improve vehicle and driver saf


VOSA secrets

VOSA reveals its risk assessment criteria to help garages improve results
Published:  09 July, 2008

MOT testing stations will be able to achieve even better results in their risk assessments, following a decision by VOSA to release details of its assessment procedures.


Controlled and safe van lifting

Trademaster four-post lifts from The Trade group
Published:  08 July, 2008

/>Both lifts feature cold-formed columns for maximum stability and stren


Brand aware

Shell Helix opens doors on Formula 1 to help workshops win customer trust
Published:  08 July, 2008

SHELL Helix has revealed its behind-the-scenes role in helping Ferrari to joint-first place in the Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship this weekend.


Right repair

R2RC campaign heads to You Tube to help win driver support. Click here to take a look
Published:  08 July, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign has taken its message onto You Tube, in a bid to win more support from motorists.


Kit offers clearer view

Headlight polish kit from Frost
Published:  07 July, 2008

/>It contains a mop, microfibre cloth, plastic polish and more to leave a perfect shine and offer improved looks and light clarity on any vehi


MOT upgrade

Government announces financial package to improve HGV testing
Published:  07 July, 2008

GOVERNMENT minister Jim Fitzpatrick has announced a £64 million package to improve VOSA's bus and lorry testing services.


Easy storage solution

Oil dispenser stand from Comma
Published:  04 July, 2008

/>Stands can be bolted together to maximise floor space and the oil packs themselves are exempt from storage regulations applying to barrels, to make life easier for worksh


Free valeting giveaways

Cartec wheel cleaner from Kestrel
Published:  03 July, 2008

/>The bucket comes with a free synthetic chamois leather, micro-fibre cloth, Vikan wheel cleaning brush and jumbo spo


VOSA victory

Published:  03 July, 2008

STAFF at VOSA are celebrating after the government abandoned plans to privatise a range of the agency's frontline functions.


Earning power

Technicians could earn thousands of pounds extra, claims education firm
Published:  03 July, 2008

TECHNICIANS could be missing out on thousands of pounds of extra income, according to education provider Protocol National.


Impulse buy profit chance

Wheel trim kits from Ring Automotive
Published:  02 July, 2008

/>These wheel trims are a quick and easy way for drivers to give their vehicles a fresh new l


Cooling skill

ATA for air con ready to help techs comply with DEFRA legislation
Published:  02 July, 2008

ATA accreditation for air con is now available for technicians after a successful pilot programme by the IMI.


Added sales venture

Aluminium roof rack from AluRack
Published:  01 July, 2008

/>It is designed to be easy to fit and no drilling is needed to connect it to a vehi


ATA success

Paul West becomes 9,000th technician to earn ATA standard
Published:  01 July, 2008

Paul West has become the 9,000th technician to receive his ATA accreditation from the IMI.


Multi purpose tyres

MA-Z4S Victra tyre from Maxxis
Published:  30 June, 2008

/>The Victra comes with an aggressive V-shaped design and a specially formulated tread compound for improved grip and handl


Parts push

ADL unveils American parts range to help independents profit
Published:  30 June, 2008

PARTS company ADL is one week away from launching a range of components for the growing number of US vehicles on the country’s roads.


Shine on alloy, steel or chrome

Wheel Clean Kits from Turtle Wax
Published:  27 June, 2008

/>They are designed to remove brake dust, traffic film, grease, oil and tar with a minimum of eff



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