Hybrid help

Bosch training manager to share know-how on dealing with hybrids at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop
Published:  14 May, 2009

JEREMY Clarkson might hate them but like it or not, hybrids vehicles are here to stay.

Job chance

Former Snap-on man Terry Smith reveals job chance for techs with a passion for teaching
Published:  14 May, 2009

WELL-known aftermarket figure Terry Smith has parted company with Snap-on Diagnostics to join the Open Road project in Norfolk.

Garage growth

Bosch bids to grow Car Service network and create national alternative to franchised dealers
Published:  14 May, 2009

BOSCH is spending a "very high six digit" sum on plans to expand its Car Service network beyond the 450 mark.

Suspension jobs made easier

Universal C Clamp from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  13 May, 2009

This clamp is designed for the recently-launched 878/879 series of press-and-pull sleeve kits for suspension bush removal and installation

Smarties have the answer!

Smart car wheels from Rimstock
Published:  12 May, 2009

rong>The new Smartie wheel from Rimstock’s Team Dynamics brand, coincides with a growing trend for smaller, more cost efficient cars.

Approved VW solution

Xstream G40 advanced OAT antifreeze and coolant from Comma
Published:  11 May, 2009

This coolant was originally developed to address the needs of large-engined vehicles, such as the V8 Audi, V10 Bentley and VW Touareg.

Speed up wheel alignment

STR200 wheel aligner from Supertracker
Published:  08 May, 2009

Supertracker has a comprehensive range of equipment, from a basic aligner to a fully-computerised unit with printing and customer database features.

Prize draw

Final three in Top Technician 2009 receive ATA bonus courtesy of the IMI
Published:  08 May, 2009

MAKING it to the finals of Top Technician 2009 has already brought added extras for the three highest scorers.

CAN training

Last places on Warwick Control's in-vehicle networking technical course still available
Published:  08 May, 2009

A HANDFUL of places are still available on Warwick Control's in-vehicle network training course on May 27th.

Gearing up

ZF prepares for launch of reman gearbox range for latest BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles
Published:  08 May, 2009

TRANSMISSION specialist ZF Great Britain is set to launch a remanufactured gearbox service for some of the latest high-end vehicles.

Top job

Kaz gets set to take charge as new boss at spark plug giant NGK
Published:  08 May, 2009

SPARK plug firm NGK has announced the appointment of a new managing director.

Meet refrigerant regulations

Koolkare Blizzard QTech recycling centre from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  07 May, 2009

This automatic single-pass system removes air and moisture from the vehicle air con system while also checking for leaks

VOSA news

VOSA puts its commitments to MOT test stations in writing for first time with Service Level Agreement
Published:  07 May, 2009

VOSA has formally acknowledged its obligations to MOT test stations for the first time.

A touch of Italian style

Tonino Lamborghini Li-Ion screwdriver from Silverline Tools
Published:  06 May, 2009

rong>This elegant-looking tool comes with an LED work light built in so you’ll be able to keep a close eye on anything you’re working on, even in the darkest of spaces.

Petrol and diesel diagnostics

Compression testers from Facom
Published:  05 May, 2009

rong>Two new compression tester sets for petrol and diesel engines are out now, to eliminate the inaccuracy and hassle involved when using simple gauge-type compression testers.

Smart diagram selection

Electronics Smart Assistant from Vivid Automotive
Published:  04 May, 2009

rong>This electronic data module aims to help independents diagnose and repair vehicles fast.

Easier to use robust power

Lightweight ratchet from Laser
Published:  01 May, 2009

rong>Out now is a robust ratchet with rubber grip and lock-on function which now offers 72 mechanisms for a smoother action.

BEN Award

Aftermarket presented with BEN charity award at GEA dinner
Published:  01 May, 2009

BEN chief executive David Main presented AFTERMARKET magazine's editor Tom Mallens with an award at the Garage Equipment Associations Annual Dinner on April 29th in recognition of valuable contributions made to the automotive charity BEN.

110-piece problem solver

Tap and die set from Tool Connection
Published:  30 April, 2009

rong>This comprehensive tool kit is made from tough alloy steel with split dies for precision threading jobs.

Tech Finals

12 technicians take on the final challenge for Top Technician 2009 in Warwick
Published:  30 April, 2009

TWELVE of the UK's top repairers fought for the title of Top Technician at the impressive Jaguar Land Rover Academy in Warwick on April 29th.

Idlers and tensioners extension

DriveAlign tensioners and idlers from Gates
Published:  29 April, 2009

rong>The timing belts specialist has made 67 additions to its tensioners and idlers range, which now covers 1,286 applications across 41 vehicle manufacturers.

Code update

Firm behind Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair takes control of new car quality scheme
Published:  29 April, 2009

MOTOR Codes - the firm behind the MISRC code of practice for service and repair workshops - has become a bigger player in the regulation of the motor trade.

Parts plus

ACDelco boss Lee Quinney hails "great news" as parts firm avoids General Motors sell off
Published:  29 April, 2009

GENERAL Motors is to retain its ACDelco independent aftermarket business.

Wireless workshop option

PC Max diagnostic tool from Autoboss
Published:  28 April, 2009

rong>This tool is a wireless PC-based version of the company’s V30 diagnostic unit.

Sales target

Texa targets south of England for gas analysis sales with appointment of new technical sales manager
Published:  28 April, 2009

DIAGNOSTIC firm Texa has appointed Tim Snelgar as its latest technical sales engineer.

For the latest car coverage

BMW software updates from Eclipse
Published:  27 April, 2009

Latest updates for the company's Testpod and Testpod Pro diagnostic tools include comprehensive information on new BMW models.

TFSI training

Frank Massey reveals latest technical conference dates and plans for FSI and TFSI engine training
Published:  27 April, 2009

FRANK Massey is planning another two-day technical conference and a series of training courses in FSI and TFSI engine systems.

For efficient air delivery

SX screw compressors from HPC Compressed Air Systems
Published:  24 April, 2009

rong>The company has completely revamped its SX range of rotary screw compressors to give quieter, more efficient and more compact air delivery.

Job change

V-Tech UK takes on Federal Mogul's former sales manager to run its diagnostics, equipment and training divisions
Published:  24 April, 2009

FEDERAL Mogul's former UK sales manager Gary Sheriff has joined diagnostics and workshop equipment firm V-Tech UK in the same role.

Toughness and strength

Titanium Wrap exhaust wrap from Agriemach
Published:  23 April, 2009

rong>A cooler air intake and, therefore, reduced under-bonnet temperatures are said to result from using this latest Titanium Wrap product on exhausts.

Make money out of thin air!

Trademaster T9100 air conditioning machine from The Trade Group
Published:  22 April, 2009

rong>As air con systems become virtually standard on new cars, the business benefits of offering air con servicing are growing too.

Scrap views

Find out what the industry's leading trade associations think of the car scrappage scheme
Published:  22 April, 2009

WHATEVER your opinion, car scrappage schemes are now with the aftermarket until at least March next year.

Scrap go-ahead

Chancellor Alistair Darling gives go-ahead to £2,000 car scrappage scheme
Published:  22 April, 2009

THE LONG-talked-about car scrappage scheme will get the go-ahead, the government has announced.

The power of six tools in one

The UNIProbe oscilloscope from Texa
Published:  21 April, 2009

rong>This tool combines a scope, battery probe, Tnet electrical tester and signal generator together with a multi-meter and pressure tester!

Changing rooms

What's "dirty", "unhelpful" and "confusing" according to workshop boss Phil Godfrey? Click here to find out!
Published:  21 April, 2009

MOTORISTS in Banbury will notice a sporty flavour to fast fit services after one workshop received a £60,000 refurbishment.

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 Diagnos.co.uk
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.


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