Tool news

Snap-on Tools gives a glimpse of its new top-of-the-range VERUS diagnostic unit
Published:  21 April, 2009

SNAP-ON Tools has unveiled its new top-of-the-range diagnostic unit - the Snap-on VERUS.

Speedier system testing

The 'Hugo' signal detector from Darwen Diesels
Published:  20 April, 2009

rong>Darwen has broken with convention and given this system tester a slightly posh sounding boy’s name!

Radio show

Bosch begins radio sponsorship to raise consumer awareness of Car Service network
Published:  20 April, 2009

SPORT fans tuning in to hear the latest scores are set to hear the benefits of the Bosch Car Service network too, following a national sponsorship deal.

Shop for lifts in comfort

5TC, 240E and 250E workshop lifts from GEG
Published:  17 April, 2009

rong>The Garage Equipment Group (GEG) has added three new lifts to its range of workshop kit.

Protect against corrosion

EP Primer Surfacer 4500 from Spies Hecker
Published:  17 April, 2009

rong>This epoxy surfacer offers high levels of corrosion protection and is designed for use on factory-produced primers that can be sensitive.

Charity change

Automotive charity BEN announces £1 million cost cutting plan to ride out downturn in donations
Published:  16 April, 2009

INDUSTRY charity BEN is cutting costs in a bid to ride out a period of falling donations and increasing demands for help.

Electric idea

Government unveils plans for £5,000 incentives for drivers switching to low-carbon vehicles
Published:  16 April, 2009

DRIVERS will be given up to £5,000 in government subsidies to persuade them to by hybrid or electric cars.

Good feedback

Chichester workshop celebrates customer feedback record with Good Garage Scheme
Published:  16 April, 2009

STAFF at Chichester garage Motorforce have been celebrating after becoming the first member of the Good Garage Scheme to receive 1,000 customer feedback forms.

New look

Snap-on Diagnostics fits engineer vehicles with trackers to boost customer service
Published:  16 April, 2009

SNAP-ON Diagnostics has introduced a fleet of new service engineer vehicles to comply with its latest, safety policies.

Scrap plan

Scrappage schemes condemned as un-environmentally friendly by green transport group
Published:  16 April, 2009

VEHICLE scrappage schemes have been condemned as a motor industry bail out masquerading as a green initiative.

Robust way to test circuits

300 series Smart Multimeter from Omitec
Published:  15 April, 2009

rong>This is the larger of Omitec’s range of multi-meters. It offers a more rugged construction together with a 10M ohm impedance value.

Air con fault detector

Tracerline Cobra 4 borescope from Auto Climate
Published:  14 April, 2009

rong>This multi-purpose detection tool uses two high-intensity LEDs to help you pinpoint leaks and other faults in air con and engine systems. It is designed to get into small spaces thanks to a slim 4mm, 90cm shaft.

For motor sport quality

BMC Automotive Air Filters from Euro Car Parts
Published:  13 April, 2009

rong>Euro Car Parts (ECP) has been appointed sole UK distributor for this brand of air filters used by renowned motor sport teams such as McLaren-Mercedes, Williams, Sauber BMW and Toyota.

Support staff boosted

Autologic technical support from
Published:  09 April, 2009

rong>The makers of the Autologic diagnostic system have boosted their technical staff to 16 following a surge in demand for independent repairs on the latest vehicles.

Cheaper oil check option

Oilcheck from Parker Hannifin
Published:  09 April, 2009

rong>This portable device aims to give users an early warning of critical oil contamination levels that could potentially cause engine failure.

Diesel deal

Injection test firm Hartridge announces scrappage scheme to help workshops tackle new technology
Published:  09 April, 2009

DIESEL fuel injection test firm Hartridge has launched a scrappage scheme for its equipment.

Crime alert

Police appeal for information following violent raid on home of Tony Wilson, chairman of exhaust company Klarius
Published:  09 April, 2009

/>A group of men armed with baseball bats and knives entered Tony Wilson’s house near Northwich, Cheshire, at 10pm on Monday (6th April) through a back d

Ticket saving

Aftermarket's Easter gift to all Top Technicians, past and present
Published:  09 April, 2009

AFTERMARKET has decided to reward all former Top Technicians for their efforts with a discounted ticket to the next GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on Tuesday 9th June at the Hilton Watford.

Simpler sensor checks

ContiSys OBD hand-held scan tool from Continental
Published:  08 April, 2009

rong>This scan tool can be used to check and adjust settings on essential systems from air bags through to air con units. It can even tackle suspension controls, service gauges and electronic parking brakes.

Code boost

MISRC code of practice boosted with pledge of support from Lloyds TSB Autolease
Published:  08 April, 2009

LLOYDS TSB Autolease has confirmed it is including the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair (MISRC) in its 2009 supplier agreements.

Lighter sanding option

Orbital sander from Snap-on Tools
Published:  07 April, 2009

rong>The latest PSF4312 sander aims to give optimum comfort combined with lightweight performance.

Brush up on brake technology

Brake training from Bosch
Published:  06 April, 2009

To support its range of OE-quality braking components, Bosch offers a range of training courses and programmes to get people up to speed with the latest braking technology.

Service focus

Dealer retention of used car servicing work "very low" according to specialist warranty firm
Published:  06 April, 2009

RETENTION of used car servicing work at dealers is at an average level of just 20%, according to latest figures from The Warranty Group.

Plug in and play diagnostics

CReader V automatic trouble code reader from Launch X-431
Published:  03 April, 2009

This handy unit has a simple four-key operation for ease of use when reading and clearing fault codes.

Simple sanding solution

Lesonal 2K High Build Filler from AkzoNobel
Published:  02 April, 2009

rong>This filler is suitable for a wide range of jobs and is designed to be easily applied with good ‘sandability’.

Cash pledge

PDP buying group pledges £20,000 to Right To Repair Campaign to support aftermarket future
Published:  02 April, 2009

THE PREMIER Distribution Partnership (PDP) buying group has donated £20,000 to the Right To Repair Campaign (R2RC).

Factor-friendly option

Coil springs range from FAI Automotive
Published:  01 April, 2009

rong>The company is set to release 50 new applications to its range within the coming months.

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.

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