The future of tyre inflation

Nitrogen Uniflate system from Tyre Bay Direct
Published:  21 July, 2009

It looks like a rubbish droid from Star Wars but this blue box represents the future of tyre inflating technology.

Wheel alignment made easy

Beissbarth Easy 3D alignment system
Published:  20 July, 2009

3D wheel alignment is made possible by the use of two highly accurate cameras at each wheel and a built-in reference system.

Faster fault-finding

AXONE Direct from Texa
Published:  17 July, 2009

The firm is continuing to push ahead with sales of this diagnostic unit together with the UNIProbe oscilloscope that was launched recently.

Results on latests BMWs

Bavarian Technic tester from Hickleys
Published:  16 July, 2009

rong>This single-marque diagnostic package works on almost all BMWs from 1994 through to the present day. It is designed for use on a laptop, complete with all the necessary cables and connectors.

Air con unit software update

BAC-90 Fullmatic air con station from Boston
Published:  15 July, 2009

rong>If you’re a fan of Autodata’s technical information, this unit comes complete with an Autodata database containing details of 2,400 vehicles. The software is loaded without time-out and can be upgraded at any time.

Capture driving footage

DR3 digital video recorder from Drivedata
Published:  15 July, 2009

rong>This unit records up to 3 hours of broadcast quality footage from cars and trucks onto an 8GB flashcard. It weighs just 180g and can be supplied with a range of cameras, camera mounts, remote controls and other accessories.

Charged up

Lack of driver knowledge presents opportunity for specialist battery charging, says CTEK
Published:  15 July, 2009

AROUND 75% of drivers don’t know what type of battery is fitted to their car, according to research by charging specialist CTEK.

Mighty Mini

Published:  15 July, 2009

AS THE Mini celebrates its 50th birthday, parts firm XPart is reminding garages that catering for the cars' maintenance needs is still almost as attractive as the cars themselves.

Additive gets sleek new look

Professional petrol treatment from Add It
Published:  14 July, 2009

rong>The entire Add It range of treatments and additives has been re-launched with a move away from the old bright yellow packaging to a sleeker black format.

Job profit

Meet the man set to bring profit advice to more than 500 Bosch Car Service Network garages
Published:  14 July, 2009

GARY Stanyon has been chosen to spearhead Bosch's campaign to boost its Car Service Network.

Slimline lighter aligner

Beissbarth Easy 3D wheel aligner from Euro Garage Solutions
Published:  13 July, 2009

rong>This aligner is designed for small workshops and has a slim, lightweight construction that makes it easy to move around.

ATA time

ATA reaches new heights as 15,000th technician gains the national skills award
Published:  13 July, 2009

ALFA Romeo technician Sean Davidson has become the 15,000th person to achieve Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA).

Charity time

Find out why you should go to work wearing flip-flops and a Hawaiian shirt during National BEN Week
Published:  13 July, 2009

For quick code clearing

Scan and reset tool from Gunson
Published:  10 July, 2009

rong>This tool is compatible with CAN protocols and aims to read and clear faults in the ECU for a broad range of systems.

Diesel diagnostic power

S100E diagnostic tool from Delphi
Published:  09 July, 2009

rong>This pocket PC tool covers more than 25,000 models from 43 manufacturers and gives techs total freedom of movement thanks to Bluetooth wireless technology.

Reader writes

Find out what Top Technician Richard Perriman really thinks of the hunt for the UK's best car repairer
Published:  09 July, 2009

TOP TECHNICIAN 2009 Richard Perriman says he's been inundated with congratulations since scooping top spot in the hunt for the UK's best repair expert.

Latest parking brake data

Testpod Car update from Eclipse Automotive Technology
Published:  08 July, 2009

rong>The company’s forthcoming update will include new diagnostic applications for a variety of on-board systems. The update will include 14 different vehicle brands available between 2000 and the present day.

Diagnostic help

Bosch to release biggest ever ESI[tronic] update this summer with extra emphasis on Peugeot/Citroen cars
Published:  08 July, 2009

BOSCH is set to release the latest version of its ESI[tronic] technical information system later this summer.

Diagnostic computer solution

Quadpad computer from Quaduro Systems
Published:  07 July, 2009

This company supplies tablet PCs that give an all-in-one solution to diagnostic challenges.

All round lifting answer

SSL 30 hydraulic scissor lift from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  07 July, 2009

rong>This unit is just one of five lifts in the new Snap-on workshop equipment range.

Numbers up

Good Garage Scheme denies rumours that membership numbers have been de-regulated
Published:  07 July, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) has denied rumours that a cap on membership numbers has been lifted.

Later VAG models get boosted

Engine upgrades from AmD Technik
Published:  06 July, 2009

rong>This tuning company has a package of upgrades to boost performance on the latest EDC17 and MED9 controlled engines, as used on the Mk 5 and Mk 6 Golf plus the new Scirocco, Eos and Tiguan.

Quality check

Remy Automotive introduces tamper-evident packaging to help garages get "factory perfect" products
Published:  06 July, 2009

PARTS remanufacturer Remy Automotive has introduced tamper-free packaging across its entire product range.

Indy advantage

Independents have adapted best to recession, says management boss. But dealers are catching up fast!
Published:  06 July, 2009

INDEPENDENTS have adapted faster to the recession than franchise dealers, says motor industry consultancy Network Automotive.

Latest parts catalogue

Product catalogues from AC Delco
Published:  03 July, 2009

rong>The company has unveiled a complete suite of product catalogues for the coming year, covering everything from oil and antifreeze through to spark plugs, filters and brake pads.

VOSA pledge

Motor Industry Code of Practice recruits powerful ally as VOSA breaks with tradition to pledge support
Published:  03 July, 2009

VOSA has broken with tradition to give its strongest possible endorsement of the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair.

Sort damp starting issues

SPL100 penetrating lubricant from Prolong
Published:  02 July, 2009

rong>Available in 12oz aerosol cans, this lubricant offers protection against friction while also dispersing water and moisture.

Code future

Motor Industry Code boss Chris Mason says the trade must decide the future of the scheme
Published:  02 July, 2009

CODE boss Chris Mason says the trade must decide the future of the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair for itself.

TV advice

What has GMTV money saving expert Martin Lewis been telling drivers about MOT tests?
Published:  02 July, 2009

GMTV money expert Martin Lewis says motorists could slash their costs by using council-run MOT centres.

Get fault code cracking

Code Breaker from Mototek Solutions
Published:  01 July, 2009

rong>This book contains detailed explanations of nearly 3,000 fault codes, helping you to get to the bottom of not just what they’re called but what they mean for specific repair problems too.

Cooling news

There's one year until all air con techs must pass a new EU test. Find out why the situation has been described as "total chaos"
Published:  01 July, 2009

THE COUNTDOWN has begun for every air con technician in the UK to pass a new EU assessment before next summer.

Service chance

VOSA reveals the type of vehicle you should be servicing for maximum revenue. Click here to see what it is
Published:  01 July, 2009

VOSA figures show large vans have the worst MOT pass rate of any vehicle on UK roads.

Alternative diagnostic addition

OmiScan Gas from Omitec
Published:  30 June, 2009

Top Technician 2008 winner Mark Banks reckons exhaust gas analysers tend to be overlooked as diagnostic tools.

Nifty two tonne trolley jack

WDK20 two tonne trolley jack from Weber UK
Published:  29 June, 2009

This jack has an entry level of just 80mm and a maximum height of 495mm. According to Weber UK, this makes it suitable for virtually any type of car from 4x4s through to low-profile sports vehicles.

Safe and sound springs

Internal coil spring compressor from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  26 June, 2009

/>What’s more, it comes with two pairs of jaws up to 120mm in spring diameter. Larger jaws are available from Sykes on requ

Funding help

IMI to help you get your hands on government cash with funding advice service
Published:  26 June, 2009

EMPLOYERS could get easier access to government funding thanks to a new service launched by the IMI.

Avoid improper torque

Tyre valve core torque tool from Tool Connection
Published:  25 June, 2009

rong>According to Tool Connection this tool will mean applying the wrong torque to TPMS valves with sensors is a thing of the past.  Set to 4”lbs (0.45Nm), it will remove and install valve cores without damage.

German quality in the UK

Narva bulbs from Randstad
Published:  24 June, 2009

rong>Lighting company Randstad is now a distributor for the German-made Narva bulbs range. It includes 6, 12 and 24V bulbs for motorcycles, vans and HGV vehicles.

Brand power

Published:  24 June, 2009

UK BATTERIES is set to re-introduce three popular battery brands to the aftermarket after acquiring the Oldham, Tungstone and Crompton names.

Code update

MISRC becomes compulsory for new Car Care Centres as Unipart agrees to subsidise garage scheme
Published:  24 June, 2009

UNIPART Automotive is officially backing the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) scheme.

Lighting up

Discover the explosive side of car headlamp bulbs as Philips launches bid to capture UK market
Published:  24 June, 2009

LIGHTING giant Philips has revealed its plans to capture the UK market for replacement bulbs.

Steering & suspension extension

Steering and suspension parts from Delphi
Published:  23 June, 2009

rong>A further 260 references join Delphi’s steering and suspension range, bringing the total number of part numbers to a whopping 2,990. This caters for 96% of the European parc.

A 'Perfect' shining example

Perfect Palm from Autoglym
Published:  22 June, 2009

rong>If your customers are too lazy to actually hold on to their polishing cloths, this new gadget is a truly novel approach to the problem.

Birthday time

Published:  22 June, 2009

SPARK plug firm NGK Europe celebrated has celebrated its 30th birthday with a pan-continental conference designed to showcase its corporate strength.

Traceable two-post lifts off

Trademaster T1035 two-post lift from The Trade Group
Published:  19 June, 2009

rong>This base-type lift has a 3.5 tonne lifting capacity and, according to the manufacturers has “traceable CE approval”.

Universal brake solution

Brake bleeder adaptor from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  18 June, 2009

rong>If you have a pressure brake bleeder, you need a multi-vehicle cap. This ALB592B unit has a slide-action grip design that aims to fit round neck reservoirs from 30 to 85mm.

Smooth running

Published:  18 June, 2009

Easy intro into factoring

All-Makes programme from XPart
Published:  17 June, 2009

As the credit crunch bites and experts explain the benefits there may be in diversifying your business, here's precisely one such idea.

Training time

Warwick Control offers additional training date for latest on CAN, LIN and FlexRay networking systems
Published:  17 June, 2009

WARWICK Control has scheduled another date for its in-vehicle networking technology course aimed at automotive engineers and technicians.

Motorbike fault finding

Motorscan 5850 tool from ICT Workshop Solutions
Published:  16 June, 2009

rong>This tool comes with all the hardware and software you need for testing on just about every make of bike you can think of.


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