Bearing wheel kits in mind

Wheel bearing kits from Blue Print
Published:  09 March, 2010

rong>As cars get bigger and heavier, wheel bearings find themselves subjected to bigger and bigger forces.

Great garages

Motor Codes' Golden Garages competition highlights UK's 50 most popular workshops
Published:  09 March, 2010

MOTOR Codes has revealed the 50 garages that have won through to the regional rounds of its national Golden Garages competition.

Get clutch clever with Valeo

Clutch Expert from Valeo
Published:  08 March, 2010

This manufacturer-led scheme offers technical support as an inducement to buying Valeo clutches. It's free to join and membership will continue provided your workshop buys a certain number of clutches.

People news

Mike Owen takes on mission to recruit garages into IAAF membership
Published:  08 March, 2010

FORMER RMI man Mike Owen has joined the recently-formed IAAF trade association to manage its ambitious membership drive.

It's a sign o' the times

Workshop signage from Prosol
Published:  05 March, 2010

However good your workshop is inside, it's no good if no-one can tell from the outside. Broadcasting your services and expertise to passers-by is a valuable promotional tool.

Top Tech

Aftermarket reports live from the finals of Top Technician 2010
Published:  05 March, 2010

THE FINAL 12 candidates in the race to win Top Technician 2010 are battling it out at the Honda Institute in Slough.

Just get it off your chest

Jet Legend tool chest from Unipart
Published:  04 March, 2010

This seven-drawer roller cabinet has a central locking system and is made from high-grade steel with a stainless steel worktop and leather-trimmed handle.

Bearing up under the strain

Universal wheel bearing kit from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  03 March, 2010

This kit offers everything you'll need for the removal and installation of flanges and wheel bearings, without the need for removal of suspension struts or wheel hubs.

Editor's blog

Aftermarket visits SMMT chief exec Paul Everitt to find out more about digital radio, Motor Codes and keeping the industry competitive
Published:  03 March, 2010

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt has spelled out the organisation's three-pronged strategy for helping the aftermarket - and claimed that mandatory garage licensing would cost 10 or even 100 times more than Motor Codes subscription.

Scheme sharpens up skills

Original SACHS Service from ZF Trading
Published:  02 March, 2010

This scheme offers workshops direct links to training, technical documentation and information from the one group of people who should know how a product works - the people who made it.

Plugs get you all fired up

Spark plugs from AC Delco
Published:  02 March, 2010

Backed up by a 150-page product catalogue, AC Delco's spark plug range contains 83 part numbers.

New look

Snap-on unveils new look franchise van fleet
Published:  02 March, 2010

GARAGES buying Snap-on Tools kit can expect a different look from their local dealer after the company unveiled a new vehicle for its 430 UK franchisees.

Vehicle faults

Research highlights most common vehicle faults
Published:  02 March, 2010

MORE than five million motorists are driving unsafe vehicles, according to research by breakdown service Britannia Rescue.

Tyre safety

Hidden handling dangers for drivers switching away from run-flats
Published:  01 March, 2010

Find fault with hawk eye

Hawk Eye diagnostics from Bearmach
Published:  26 February, 2010

rong>This robust unit is the latest addition to Bearmach’s product range and is aimed at entry and intermediate-repairers rather than full-on diagnostic Einsteins.

Powerful portable charger

Portable Power 1700 power charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  25 February, 2010

rong>Over to Terry Barcham, Snap-on Tool’s European managing director for the low-down on this 12V jump starter:

Tech tips

Blue Print shares handy hint for Honda CR-V repairs
Published:  25 February, 2010

PARTS firm Blue Print is launching a technical tips service through its in-house BLUEi magazine - and it wants to hear from repairers with interesting hints to share.

Disc fitting is greased lightning

Pagid anti-grease coated discs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  24 February, 2010

Grease is a real nuisance. It clogs up your veins, clogs up shower-phobic people's hair and, according to ECP, it causes all sorts of bother with brake discs too (although it does make chips taste nice!)

CAN training

Warwick Control reveals intensive one-day CAN Bus training courses
Published:  24 February, 2010

TECHNOLOGY firm Warwick Control has announced new training dates for CAN Bus and other car networking systems.

Wheely fab flywheel tester

Dual Mass Flywheel tool from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  23 February, 2010

rong>No prizes for imaginative names here! This tool is designed to let you test the Dual Mass Flywheel while it’s still fitted to the vehicle, with the gearbox removed.

Electric switch

Cool Seal aims to make electrical wiring easier than ever for technicians
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE DAYS of heat-shrinking for wire splicing could be over thanks to the latest electrical wiring device.

Windscreen contest

Contest to highlight windscreen fitting skills confirms Millenium Stadium venue
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE grand final of a national windscreen fitting contest has been confirmed for 16th September.

Deal with diesel dilemmas

Diesel services from Leyland Auto
Published:  22 February, 2010

If you've got a problem with diesel, you could call Superman but this Preston-based company would prefer you gave them a ring.

Parts promotion

Denso continues bid to attract garages via motor factor promotion
Published:  22 February, 2010

JMC Motor Components recently became the first winner of parts company Denso's Millionaires Club sales promotion.

Halt mis-fuelling mess ups

Diesel Key from Tullman Designs
Published:  19 February, 2010

rong>This device replaces the existing fuel cap and stops unleaded fuel nozzles being shoved into diesel tanks. It was recently approved by testing research centre Thatcham and gained the Thatcham Quality Accreditation seal of approval.

Show time

Parts giant Delphi confirms attendance at Workshop 2010 exhibition
Published:  19 February, 2010

Ring bulbs light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 February, 2010

If you were a magician, turning £5 into £20 would be a pretty impressive - and profitable - trick. Ring reckons getting customers to trade up from standard bulbs to performance bulbs when its time for replacements is the quickest and easiest way to do the same trick in the garage.

Data trial

TecDoc looks to boost garage subscribers with free 30-day software trial
Published:  18 February, 2010

ELECTRONIC parts cataloguing firm TecDoc has linked with technical data publishers Vivid to give workshops a free 30-day software trial.

The boss of scan updates

V30 software updates from Autoboss
Published:  17 February, 2010

Keeping up with technical developments is a bit like a hamster running on a wheel; you've got to put in a lot of effort just to stay in the same place.

Parts power

Camberley Auto Factors continues growth of parts advisor ATA
Published:  17 February, 2010

CAMBERLEY Auto Factors (CAF) has been given Approved Assessment Centre status by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).

Brake out the bed tester

Trademaster split-bed brake tester from The Trade Group
Published:  16 February, 2010

The company says it has a solution to anyone struggling to find spare parts for ageing split-bed brake testers made by other manufacturers.

Air con

Surrey college starts weekend refrigerant handling courses to meet EU standards
Published:  16 February, 2010

CARSHALTON College in Surrey is offering weekend refrigerant handling courses to help techs meet the EU regulations coming into force later in the summer.

Make sensor of it all

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  15 February, 2010

The company has ranges of specific like-for-like lambda sensor replacements and a universal range that uses a patented connector to offer a quality replacement option in a simple-to-fit system.

Promo deals

Unipart offers budget-busting deals in Megawisebuys brochure, out with March issue of Aftermarket
Published:  15 February, 2010

THERE are scores of bargains packed inside the latest edition of Unipart's Megawisebuys brochure which comes free with the forthcoming issue of Aftermarket.

People news

Martin Pring takes on new NGK role while Oilver Koehne joins Bosch diesel division
Published:  15 February, 2010

MARTIN Pring has taken on the role of general manager at spark plug firm NGK.

Take part with diesel units

Diesel distribution units from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  12 February, 2010

rong>Units for the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Scudo, and Vauxhall Vivaro are out now from the Bromsgrove-based company.

Comma lube is oil of choice

Protective engine oils from Comma
Published:  11 February, 2010

As vehicles get more complex, those pesky VMs get more and more demanding about what you pour into cars if you want to keep the warranty in tact.

Workshop search

Motor Codes launches Golden Garages hunt for the UK's best workshops
Published:  11 February, 2010

MOTOR CODES has launched a competition to search for the best service and repair garages in the UK.

Emissions measurer is tops

Hofmann WSM10 smoke meter from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  10 February, 2010

rong>This new piece of kit is part of the Geogas 3000 range of VOSA-approved emissions testers.

Final 12

Last competitors in Top Technician 2010's hunt for best mechanics revealed
Published:  10 February, 2010

THE FINAL 12 contenders for the title of UK's best car repairer have been revealed.

Set your torque with ease

Electronic torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  09 February, 2010

This latest range offers precise calibration of +/- 2% and is resistant to loads of nasty workshop chemicals to stop it rotting away in front of your eyes.

Diagnostic news

Frank Massey cracks lambda sensor trouble with new fault-finding technique
Published:  09 February, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has pioneered a new way to measure current flow through broadband lambda sensors.

Fly the flag for MOT testing

MOT flagpole from Prosol
Published:  08 February, 2010

Amid all the garage schemes and codes fighting to win consumer awareness, the trusty old three-triangles of the MOT remain one of the best known motoring symbols around. So you might as well shout about the fact you offer a testing service.

Lube deal

Kia signs up Shell Helix to supply its dealers with latest oils
Published:  08 February, 2010

SHELL has been named a preferred supplier for all Kia dealerships in the UK.

Job change

Bosch puts Howard Price in charge of its Bosch Car Service network
Published:  08 February, 2010

HOWARD Price has been appointed to the new position of workshop concepts manager at Bosch.

Time to have a lathey day

On-car brake lathe from Pro-cut
Published:  05 February, 2010

No matter how many times you polish a lump of coal, it's always going to be a lump of coal. According to the team behind this brake lathe, the same is true for brake discs.

Brakes are big business

Braking range from AC Delco
Published:  05 February, 2010

Hooray for AC Delco's general manager Lee Quinney who's one refreshingly honest industry figure when it comes to his business plans. He says he intends to promote his braking products "aggressively" during the first quarter of 2010.

Time to connect and forget

Varta and Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  05 February, 2010

Manbat says there are three criteria to judge battery suppliers by: Quality, performance and range.

Brake parts not hearts

Veco braking components from Universal Automotive
Published:  05 February, 2010

rong>Parts distributor Universal has everything from pads, shoes and discs to drums, hoses and brake cylinders from manufacturer Veco.

Unipart units in charge

Samson AGM batteries from Unipart
Published:  05 February, 2010

Yes, it's more AGM batteries! This time, Unipart is the company promoting its stock of units for vehicles fitted with stop-start systems.


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