Hands-free car solution

YADA mobile phone holder from Winplus Europe
Published:  14 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with a number of auto-connect features to make installation and setup fast and hassle-f


Parts range increased

Chassis components from TRW
Published:  13 May, 2008

/>The range now includes 337 extra part numbers, including nine brake servos, 17 brake discs, 19 brake hoses and 13 new brake p


Complete care package

Farecla Smart car care range from Autogem
Published:  12 May, 2008

/>The range could prove a hit with customers. It includes everything from advanced nano-technology alloy wheel cleaner and colour restorer to Hi-Gloss wax and polishing clot


Quick glowing plugs

YE12 glow plug from NGK
Published:  09 May, 2008

/>Also out now is the YE14 which uses the company’s unique SRM technology to provide performance on VAG 2.0 litre diesel engine mod


Employer news

Code proposal offers support to workshop managers during staff disputes
Published:  09 May, 2008

A DRAFT code of practice aimed at simplifying employee discipline and grievance procedures has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).


VOSA changes

Departure of MOT boss Alan Wilson paves way for new leadership
Published:  09 May, 2008

VOSA has shaken-up its MOT scheme by reorganising the men in charge of testing across the UK.


Parts warning

Counterfeit wheel bearings pose threat to UK market, warns Motaquip
Published:  09 May, 2008

A FLOOD of counterfeit wheel bearings are pouring into the UK and posing a threat to motorists, parts supplier Motaquip has warned.


Efficient testing option

Shock absorber tester from JHM Butt
Published:  08 May, 2008

/>It does not need any electrical supply and is controlled by a 32-bit processor and fitted with an LCD display to provide clear resu


Help with alternator repairs

Alternator tool set from Laser Tools
Published:  07 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with an M10 spline in ½” D fittings for Bosch alternators with free-wheel pulleys along with H10, H8, T50 and T40 sockets. M10 and M8 fittings are also include


MOT demand

Industry execs issue government ultimatum on future of 4-2-2 tests
Published:  07 May, 2008

INDUSTRY executives have demanded the government launches a consultation on the future of MOTs now - or abandons its 4-2-2 proposals altogether.


Repair latest

Valeo says rise of latest exhaust system means extra work for garages
Published:  07 May, 2008

THE RISE of Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) systems could mean added repair chances for garages, according to Valeo Service.


Fast oil filter removal

Oil filter wrench from Gates
Published:  06 May, 2008

/>It can be used on cars, commercial vehicles and even coach and bus applicati


For hard- to-reach faults

Videoscope investigation tool from Serenco
Published:  05 May, 2008

/>The 900mm-long shaft contains a powerful white LED light to illuminate even the darkest ar


Shine plenty of light

Fog lamp from Valeo
Published:  02 May, 2008

/>A high intensity beam reaches up to 60m and ventilation design features prevent water proble


BER latest

Leaked EU report gives "serious wake up call" to independent aftermarket, says IGA boss
Published:  02 May, 2008

A LEAKED copy of the long-awaited EU report on Block Exemption (BER) renewal has given a "serious wake up call" to the independent sector, the head of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) has warned.


Reman rise

TRW boss highlights reman profit opportunities for garages
Published:  02 May, 2008

CONSUMERS want eco-friendly products and the aftermarket has a "real opportunity" to benefit from supplying them, according to a senior boss at parts company TRW.


Diagnostic help in one kit

DDS 100 and 200 diagnostic system from Hella
Published:  01 May, 2008

/>The DDS 200 is a mobile, wireless tool for user-friendly diagnostics, including OBD, OBDII and EOBD connectivity. It can also be used for service light resetting and fault code deletio


Skills move

IMI takes over SkillAuto in continued drive to improve industry image
Published:  01 May, 2008

THE IMI has taken over technical skills contest group SkillAuto, to help develop the young technical talent of the future.


Complete parts manual

Annual trade book from Vauxhall
Published:  30 April, 2008

/>More than 360 part numbers join the range of over 3,000 parts for both Vauxhall cars and vans. New items include air conditioning compressors, condensers and turbocharg


Problem detection made easy

Ultrasonic probe from Primalec
Published:  29 April, 2008

/>Faulty insulation on electrical circuits and small leakages of gas or air also emit ultrasonic sound that can be detected by this produc


Parts push

Ford aims to help independents with re-launched parts service
Published:  29 April, 2008

ONE of the largest Ford dealer groups in the UK has re-launched its parts business for the 55 dealerships and 6,500 independent workshops it serves.


Safety alert

Garages urged to check lift safety after HSE reveals rise of arm locking problem
Published:  29 April, 2008

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about serious safety problems with some two-post lifts.


Quality brake prices

Rossini brake disc refund guarantee from Car Parts Direct
Published:  28 April, 2008

/>The discs are designed to improve stopping power by up to 40% on original discs that cannot cope with long periods of extreme driv


One stop drive belt repairs

Gates Professional tools range from FPS
Published:  25 April, 2008

/>FPS can offer customers laser alignment devices, the Gates Sonic Tension Tester and both universal and engine specific tools for synchronous and accessory belt drive syst


Smart sporty wheels

Wheel designs from Rimstock
Published:  24 April, 2008

/>The outer wheel of the Pro Race 1.2 S features a wide coloured rim, available in red, yellow or blue. The wheel has a classic 12 spoke deign and is supplied in matt black or gloss white in sizes 14” x 7 to 20” x


Friends' tributes

Colleagues pay tribute to much-loved product expert John Padbury
Published:  24 April, 2008

FRIENDS and colleagues have paid tribute to popular aftermarket figure John Padbury, who died suddenly last Friday.


Rickshaw race

Technician Mike embarks on epic rally across India in charity bid
Published:  24 April, 2008

TECHNICIAN MIKE Hemingway is set to put his maintenance skills to the ultimate test by riding a rickshaw across the Indian sub-continent.


Rule rumours

ADF chief reassures garages over Block Exemption fears
Published:  24 April, 2008

GARAGES should not necessarily worry about rumours that Block Exemption (BER) laws will not be renewed, the chief executive of the Automotive Distribution Federation has announced.


Lighting up

Hella launches LED headlight designed not to need aftermarket replacement
Published:  24 April, 2008

LIGHTING specialist Hella unveiled what it believes is the future of headlight technology this week.


Rich reward

Independent technician Richard scoops 8,000th ATA accreditation
Published:  24 April, 2008

RICHARD Cleaver has become the 8,000th technician to achieve ATA accreditation.


Lubricant fills market gap

Gear oil from Comma
Published:  23 April, 2008

/>An A4 supplement is available for its Workshop Application Guide, recommending all car and LCV applications for Comma AS


Banish nasty odours fast

Air con tool from Autoclimate
Published:  22 April, 2008

/>The process is designed to eliminate bad odours in around 20 minutes, without drenching the car in over-powering sme


Expert advice

Technical Workshop set to give garages latest knowledge for success
Published:  22 April, 2008

Five technical and business experts are lined up to advise workshop managers and senior technicians involved in MOT, service & repair at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on June 9th.


Total protection helmet

TL Predator welding helmet from Jackson Products
Published:  21 April, 2008

/>It is built from a robust shell that the company claims is “almost indestructible” to offer optimum head and face protect


Glowing ratchet wrenches

Cranked Handle Ratchet Wrenches from Sealey
Published:  18 April, 2008

/>What makes them special is a built-in LED that helps illuminate the work area, something that could prove useful for jobs in dark or secluded engine compartme


Workshop blog

Editor Tom Mallens reflects on three days at Workshop 2008
Published:  18 April, 2008

AFTER four days of frantic activity it's finally over and, in a strange way, I miss it already.


Lift plans

Garage Equipment Association plans scheme for registered lift engineers
Published:  18 April, 2008

A NETWORK of registered lift engineers could be introduced by the Garage Equipment Association, the organisation's new president has announced.


Fleet service

LSUK launches 'intensive care' scheme to help fleet workshop businesses
Published:  18 April, 2008

LSUK HAS begun an 'intensive care' repair and servicing initiative to shake-up the fleet workshop sector.


Helping drivers stay cool

ASC 1000 air con service unit from WAECO
Published:  17 April, 2008

The company is currently promoting its range of high-spec air con machines including this ASC 1000 model.


Versatile diagnostic solution

The Navigator TXS from Texa
Published:  16 April, 2008

/>Further functions are setting and acquiring tyre pressures plus activating the braking system in brake pad replaceme


Show blog 6

Aftermarket enjoys a great day of top technicians and superhero emissions analysers
Published:  16 April, 2008

ANOTHER hectic day at the show means more meetings and increasingly aching feet. As part of my previously mentioned ploy to get all my meetings in before I become visibly exhausted, I'm spending less time cruising off to see other companies and more time on our own Top Technician stand.


British best

Crypton launches emissions tester to bring back glory days
Published:  16 April, 2008

A GAS and smoke analyser aimed at taking Crypton back to the glory days of the late 1970s has been unveiled at the Workshop 2008 exhibition.


Exhaust time

Eminox warns workshops on July deadline for Low Emissions Zone
Published:  16 April, 2008

TIME is running out for fleet workshops to make sure their light commercial vehicles comply with the London Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), exhaust company Eminox has warned.


Sachs start

ZF Trading confirms UK pilot of established German garage network
Published:  16 April, 2008

PARTS company ZF Trading has confirmed plans for a pilot of its Original Sachs Service (OSS) branded garage network.


Drive further spend less

Energy Saver tyre from Michelin
Published:  15 April, 2008

/>Michelin says the tyre can reduce CO2 emissions by 4g per kilometre and that the savings can pay for a new tyre after just 27,000 miles.


Show blog 5

When in doubt, the old marketing tricks are the best, writes Tom Mallens
Published:  15 April, 2008

I'VE JUST been to the Continental stand where the company has resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the book to help generate good publicity for its two new Truck SatNav units - plying the waiting audience with free booze.


Show blog 4

Is a 44-ton truck really that hard to see, asks editor Tom Mallens
Published:  15 April, 2008

THE FIRST day of the Commercial Vehicle Show has arrived and, sure enough, the landfill site of yesterday has been transformed into a model example of clean, corporate efficiency.


Air system gives silent power

The GX 2-11 compressor from Atlas Copco
Published:  14 April, 2008

/>The GA 7-11 Variable Speed Drive range is also available and like the GX 2-11 offers up to 35% reductions in energy costs and savings in installation, operation and maintena


Show blog 3

Austrian accents and Kraftwerk concerts, Tom Mallens finds out more
Published:  14 April, 2008

A DAY of press conferences means a fascinating glimpse of what's to come at the Commercial Vehicle show.


Lifts launch

US company Maxon brings its tail lifts to UK for first time
Published:  14 April, 2008

AMERICAN tail lift company the Maxon Lift Corporation has launched into the UK market for the first time this morning (Monday 14th April).



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