Cooling, caps and connectors

Radiator caps from Gates
Published:  08 December, 2009

A selection of 48 extra radiator caps is part of Gates' latest expansion of its cooling systems range.

Lift deal

Tecalemit secures distribution deal for Cascos and Finkeiner lift brands after Maywood collapse
Published:  08 December, 2009

TECALEMIT Garage Equipment has become a distributor for the Cascos and Finkbeiner workshop lift brands.

Control in an idle world

Idle control motor from Webcon
Published:  07 December, 2009

This universal-fit ECU idle control system is aimed at DIY engine management fitters that are, apparently, becoming more popular with car enthusiasts.

Publicity time

Motor Codes confirms consumer publicity campaign will start in 2010
Published:  07 December, 2009

MOTOR Codes boss Chris Mason has confirmed 2010 will see the start of a consumer publicity campaign.

Oust injectors with ease

Slide hammer injector remover from Sealey
Published:  04 December, 2009

Diesel injectors can be awkward buggers, so Sealey has introduced a selection of service tools to help you get replacement injectors fitted with a minimum of bother.

Charity cash

Unipart shows its generosity with £9,300 donation to industry charity BEN
Published:  04 December, 2009

UNIPART's garage equipment division has shown its generosity by raising £9,300 for BEN, the charity that cares for anyone in the automotive industry that has fallen on hard times.

Refresh your radiator

Radiators from Denso
Published:  03 December, 2009

rong>The parts company has 400 new cooling radiator references on offer thanks to a major expansion of its cooling system parts.

Get to grips with clutches

Blue Print clutch kits from ADL
Published:  02 December, 2009

Asian and American car parts specialist Blue Print has significantly expanded its choice of clutch kits, to help you get faster solutions to your servicing needs.

Reach out for lengthy charger

Multi XS 25000 Extended battery charger from CTEK
Published:  01 December, 2009

With 6-metre long cables, this gangly battery charger means be used anywhere around the workshop with ease.

MOT code

Government urged to make Service and Repair Code mandatory for MOT testing stations
Published:  01 December, 2009

SUBSCRIPTION to the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair should be mandatory for all MOT testing stations, parliament has been told.

Coolants Comma long way

Xstream G40 coolant from Comma
Published:  30 November, 2009

Coolants are heading down the same application-specific route as lubricants according to Comma.

Stability stats

Figures for automotive insolvencies drop to lowest rate since October 2008
Published:  30 November, 2009

THE RATE of business insolvencies in the automotive industry dropped by 53% between October 2008 and October 2009, according to the latest figures from data provider Experian.

Expansion plans

Parts firm Andrew Page seeks new staff to support expansion plans in Leicester and Coventry
Published:  30 November, 2009

PARTS distributor Andrew Page plans to open branches in Leicester and Coventry during 2010, the company has confirmed.

Training time

Latest training venues for refrigerant handling, steering and engine management revealed
Published:  30 November, 2009

TRAINING alliance Exponentia has a full line-up of courses ready for 2010, to give technicians around the country the latest knowledge.

Lift helps reach new heights

Trailerlift from Trailer-Lift UK
Published:  27 November, 2009

This integrated lift and trailer does exactly what it says on the tin and could prove particularly useful for mobile mechanics and for garages offering breakdown and recovery services.

Ticket time

Free passes to Workshop 2010 exhibition of latest vehicle repair kit available now
Published:  27 November, 2009

FREE tickets to the Workshop 2010 exhibition and Commercial Vehicle Operator Show are available now.

From Snap-on with love

Aston Martin tool box from Snap-on
Published:  26 November, 2009

What's the betting James Bond has one of these in his garage?

Glazing over

Windscreen academy launches bid to up-skill glass replacement sector
Published:  26 November, 2009

A NATIONAL academy has launched to develop skills with the automotive glazing sector.

Makes a welder difference

Fan Proton IQ+ welder from Tri-Sphere
Published:  25 November, 2009

This resistance-welding machine claims to be capable of welding any on-board non-alloy metal.

LDV pledge

Multipart pledges to continue supply of LDV van parts after recognising supply "difficulties"
Published:  25 November, 2009

MULTIPART has confirmed its commitment to supplying parts for LDV vans after being taken over by Indian automotive firm TVS Group.

Twig on to diagnostic log

OBD Log from Texa
Published:  24 November, 2009

rong>If you missed this dinky gadget the first time it appeared in Aftermarket, here’s a second look in tribute to the fact it’s been nominated for an Automobile Innovation award at the Equip Auto exhibition in Paris.

Winning will

RAC patrolman Will Shepherd scoops BBC Young Mechanic of the Year telly talent show
Published:  24 November, 2009

/>The programme was broadcast last night (Monday 23rd November) after months of filming and testing involving young mechanics from throughout the

Time to clear the air

Puratise air con cleaner from Saxon
Published:  23 November, 2009

Cars fitted with air con systems are probably also packed with 'orrible mould and germs too.

Code update

Motor Industry Code of Practice turns to Unipart for independent garage expertise
Published:  23 November, 2009

THE MOTOR Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair has turned to Unipart for expertise in improving its relationship with independent garages.

Bulb to light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  20 November, 2009

This bulb claims to produce an impressive 100% more light than a standard headlamp unit.

Talent search

BBC Young Mechanic of the Year show set to hit TV screens Monday
Published:  20 November, 2009

A BBC search for the country's best young mechanic will be broadcast this Monday (23rd November).

Check your battery into rehab

Save-a-battery charger from Nimbus Motorsport
Published:  19 November, 2009

Like a moisturising face cream for your batteries, this unit aims to recondition and rejuvenate.

Saver on engine repairs

Saver Shims from Gosnay Engineering Company
Published:  18 November, 2009

/>The shims fit between the engine block and the cylinder head to give engines a fresh lease of life after a blown head gasket. Where the cylinder head is warped or damaged for example, machining may leave thicknesses outside the manufacturer’s original recommended toleran

Prize package

Panasonic Toughbook computer worth £1,200 up for grabs with Top Technician 2010
Published:  18 November, 2009

A TOP-of-the-range laptop computer is the latest prize up for grabs as part of the Top Technician contest.

Keeping cool

Behr Hella offers radiators for VAG vehicles after striking deal with AKG Thermo Management
Published:  18 November, 2009

BEHR Hella Service is set to offer coolant radiator, intercooler and oil cooler products for Audi, VAG and Mercedes vehicles.

Snake on top of the weld

Supersnake welding system from Kemppi
Published:  17 November, 2009

This welding system aims to help you reach the parts other welders can't.

Skills switch

IMI drops Automotive Skills brand after executive restructuring
Published:  17 November, 2009

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) will stop using its Automotive Skills brand in a bid to make its role at the centre of automotive skills development more obvious.

Spheres keep us in suspense

Monroe hydro-pneumatic spheres from Universal Automotive
Published:  16 November, 2009

Suspension spheres are just one of the parts in Monroe's complete range of replacement parts.

Service profit

Service plans will help dealers keep maintenance work in-house during 2010, says warranty firm
Published:  16 November, 2009

SERVICE plans will be a major source of profit during 2010 as dealers look to keep more maintenance work in-house, says The Warranty Group.

Totally clips of the part

Jubilee hose clips from L Robinson & Co
Published:  13 November, 2009

Without secure hose joints, even the best cooling systems are going to come unstuck. Gillingham-based firm L Robinson makes hose clips and is the only company legally allowed to use the Jubilee brand name.

Top prize

Another great prize has been announced for the winner of Top Technician 2010
Published:  13 November, 2009

EURO CAR PARTS will present the winner of Top Technician next April with a Brain Bee all-makes diagnostic tool worth over £2,000. This product impressed Aftermarket's workshop so much during a Test bench review, they didn't want to give it back!

Automotive Council

Government creates an Automotive Council to help the sector develop over the next 20 years
Published:  13 November, 2009

THE COUNCIL'S tasks will include attracting investment and funding for the research and development of new technology, identifying gaps in the supply chain and updating existing manufacturing facilities.

Racer head with bike bulbs

Night Racer motorbike bulb from Osram
Published:  12 November, 2009

Is it a motorcycle helmet? No, it's the latest piece of eye-catching packaging from Osram.

Skills update

IMI should remain in charge of automotive skills schemes says Lord Mandelson
Published:  12 November, 2009

THE INSTITUTE of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been re-appointed as a Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the retail motor  industry.

Swift alert manages charges

Congestion charge alert from Trakm8
Published:  11 November, 2009

rong>The company’s fleet management system can now alert staff that their vehicle is about to enter the London Congestion Zone.

Electrics catalogue motors on

Rotating Electrics from Valeo
Published:  10 November, 2009

A new catalogue lists more than 100 new exchange parts in the company's rotating electrics range.

Hella Code

The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair is set as the minimum standard for Hella's Service Partner Programme.
Published:  10 November, 2009

HELLA'S programme is a marketing and technical support scheme for independent garages. A high proportion of these in the UK specialise in air con servicing and repair - a rising number are electrical and electronic repairers.

Removal tool on the ball

BMW ball joint remover from Laser Tools
Published:  09 November, 2009

If you need to remove or install lower ball joints on a BMW E36 3 series then this kit could be just the ticket.

Calibration concern

Tri-Sphere warns bodyshop managers of 'all systems' recalibration suppliers
Published:  09 November, 2009

THE COMPANY has come across a number of basic errors on measuring systems recently after recalibration had been carried out, supposedly to PAS 125 standards, as part of a full bodyshop service.

Re-build product protects

Engine break-in oil additive from Lucas
Published:  06 November, 2009

One for the engine re-builders, this additive helps protect the camshaft and valve train during the running-in period.

Quality parts from ZF

Automatic transmissions from ZF Great Britain
Published:  05 November, 2009

Following a decision earlier this year, the company now supplies the independent aftermarket with a wide range of out-of-warranty BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover parts.

Cool flush brings relief

Radiator Relief Flush from Design Engineering
Published:  04 November, 2009

rong>It’s not just summertime that brings out the worst in cooling systems. Lack of maintenance means problems crop up in winter too, says Design Engineering.

Crash clinic

Just Car Clinics expands to become UK's second largest collision repair chain
Published:  04 November, 2009

Just Car Clinics has become the UK’s second largest independent collision repair chain after acquiring branches in Redditch and Stourbridge.  

Kits tackle clutch leakage

Oil seal kits from Corteco
Published:  03 November, 2009

According to Corteco, the main cause of clutch leakage is wear of the engine-side and gearbox-side seals.

Dealer relations

Tough times have brought VMs and dealers closer together, says Network Automotive
Published:  03 November, 2009

DEALERS are no longer able to meet the stringent standards set by manufacturers, according to industry consultancy Network Automotive.


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