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.

Diagnostic offer

XPart offers independents the latest diagnostic knowledge on MINIs courtesy of Autologic
Published:  18 March, 2009

MEMBERS of the XPart AutoService network have been given the latest diagnostic knowledge courtesy of the Autologic team.

ATA expansion

ATA goes international as training centre in Cyprus gets approval to run air con courses
Published:  18 March, 2009

THE ATA brand has gone international after the first training centre outside the UK was given the stamp of approval to run assessments.

Get tooled up for diesel jobs

Hand tools from Euro Car Parts
Published:  17 March, 2009

rong>The company offers a broad selection of hand tools from leading companies such as Ampro, AST, Karcher and Klann along with Sealey and SIP.

Code boost

500 more garages sign up to Motor Industry Service and Repair Code following Prestige network pledge
Published:  17 March, 2009

AN EXTRA 500 independent garages are set to join the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC).

East meets West make-over

Filters from Comline
Published:  16 March, 2009

rong>The company now has a new-look logo and brand name to unify its European and Japanese product ranges.

DIY business

Garage owner takes DIY servicing to the next level with workshop where customers do their own repairs!
Published:  16 March, 2009

A NORFOLK garage owner is renting out his workshop so drivers can do their own service and repair work.

Increased calliper range

Reman brake callipers from XL
Published:  13 March, 2009

rong>This calliper range, distributed through FPS, has expanded by 160 new references – taking the overall range to 2,660 part numbers.

For a luxurious upgrade

Bentley modification kits from Linden Special Vehicles
Published:  12 March, 2009

rong>If you know someone who wants to get even more out of their Bentley (or you’re lucky enough to own one yourself!), this kit lets you give an all-round performance boost on any car in the Continental GT range.

BER pledge

Autodata says supply of VM technical data will endure if Block Exemption Regulations are scrapped
Published:  12 March, 2009

A NON-RENEWAL of Block Exemption Regulations will not leave the independent sector high and dry, data supplier Autodata has pledged.

Survey results

Younger drivers more likely to switch to independents for servicing work, according to latest driver survey
Published:  12 March, 2009

ONLY 29% of drivers plan to go back to the dealer they bought their car from for service and repair work, according to research by information firm Experian.

Italian offer

Diagnostic company ICT Workshop Solutions launches with Italian kit for the UK market
Published:  12 March, 2009

FORMER Snap-on product specialist Ian Tetlow has established a new company to bring Italian diagnostic kit to the UK.

Jobs saved

Administrators save 167 jobs through sale of clutch firm AP Driveline Technologies
Published:  12 March, 2009

ADMINISTRATORS from Pricewaterhouse Coopers have sold a significant proportion of the business and assets of Leamington Spa clutch company AP Driveline Technologies.

Efficient tyre changing

APP201 wrench from PCL
Published:  11 March, 2009

rong>This 1/2” impact wrench comes from PCL’s Prestige range of tools, designed to combine low vibration, low noise and comfortable grip.

Safe and simple fuse fix

80A and 20A current testers from Sealey
Published:  10 March, 2009

rong>Featuring large LCD displays, these two testers plug straight into a vehicle’s fuse board to give safe and accurate readings.


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