Changing times

IMI seeks to restructure to cope with demands of raising skill levels
Published:  12 August, 2008

THE IMI has decided to beef up its senior management team and appoint a chief operating officer to help handle its ever-expanding range of responsibilities within the industry.

MOT chance

Snap-on Equipment boss says MOT testing has extra profit potential
Published:  12 August, 2008

GIVEN the amount of rules and regulations surrounding it, you might think there was little chance of getting extra business out of MOT testing.

Keep wheels in fashion

Team Dynamics Mode wheel from Rimstock
Published:  11 August, 2008

/>It is supplied with a cast aluminium protective centre cap and the alloy is available in 15” and 17” sizes

Latest calcium technology

Lion batteries from Euro Car Parts
Published:  08 August, 2008

/>The batteries also feature a new pierced grid technology which increases power outp

Fuel safety

RMIF warns on dangers of fuel draining with advice on safety
Published:  08 August, 2008

GARAGES need to have fuel drainage safety measures in place to prevent accidents, the Retail Motor Industry Federation has warned.

A 'greener' choice of oil

Carlube Triple R fully synthetic oils from Tetrosyl
Published:  07 August, 2008

/>It can be used on vehicles with catalytic converters and diesel particulate filte

Tired tyres

NTDA survey highlights danger of aging tyres
Published:  07 August, 2008

ALMOST half of all drivers do not know the minimum legal tyre tread depth according to new research by the National Tyre Distributors Association. (NTDA) - and most of them are women.

MOT slashed

Nationwide Autocentre teams up with The Sun to offer half-price tests
Published:  06 August, 2008

NATIONWIDE Autocentre has shaken up the MOT market by offering readers of The Sun newspaper half price MOTs.

Replace brakes quickly

The PFM9.19 On-Car Brake Lathe from Pro-Cut Europe
Published:  05 August, 2008

/>It works on solid, drilled or vented brake discs and attaches directly to the hub meaning no disassembly is requir

Ladies' choice

Foxy website helps drivers search for ATA, BSI and other accredited garages
Published:  05 August, 2008

Faster diagnostic access

The Snap-on Solus Pro from Snap-on Tools
Published:  04 August, 2008

/>Information can be displayed on screen, saved to a PC or printed as it is now also easier to connect to a PC and printer via

BER support

Klarius warns garages will be "paralysed" if BER is dropped
Published:  04 August, 2008

TECHNICIANS, garages and parts stores will be "effectively paralysed" if Block Exemption Regulations are not renewed - that's the warning from the latest company to publicly support the Right To Repair Campaign.

Optimum starting power

Platinum range from UK Batteries
Published:  01 August, 2008

/>Each Prestige battery features a multi-plate design for increased starting po

Tech data at your fingertips

Tech Data reference tool from Forte
Published:  31 July, 2008

/>It provides an encyclopaedic reference to every make and model of passenger car and provides crucial information on topics such as service intervals, component replacement schedules, repair times and diagnostic d

Motor skills

ATA database helps drivers seek out technicians' skills
Published:  31 July, 2008

A SURVEY of motorists has shown most have little grasp of the issues affecting the technical up-keep of their cars.

Easy battery readings

The AK4009 Battery Tester from Sealey
Published:  30 July, 2008

/>The battery capacity level is shown by five LEDS on the top of the tester which are next to a measuring bar for easy readi

CAN clues

James Dillon launches comprehensive guide to CAN Bus diagnostics
Published:  30 July, 2008

TECHNICAL writer James Dillon has released a comprehensive guide to CAN Bus, to help technicians develop their understanding of diagnostics.

Crunch time

Experts offer marketing tips to help garages through credit crunch
Published:  30 July, 2008

GARAGES have been urged to boost their marketing success to help survive the credit crunch.

Battery boost

Exide prepares to unveil improved offers for garages and factors
Published:  30 July, 2008

BATTERY company Exide says it is ready to throw new weight behind its offers to garages and motor factors following a "difficult" period of restructuring.

Flexible mobile fitting

Tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan
Published:  29 July, 2008

/>The megamount 401 XL Racing uses the space-saving ‘swing-arm’ principle but unlike previous changers of this type it uses a ‘Quadraclamp’ turntable system, clamping up to 26”. A ‘megafit’ arm accommodates stiff, low profile and run-flat ty

Top time

Technician Rob Lewis says Top Tech contest helped him land Delphi training job
Published:  29 July, 2008

FORMER Top Technician finalist Rob Lewis has landed a job as a trainer with Delphi - and credited his success to taking part in the nationwide hunt for the country's best tech.

Diesel filter fault tester

The OmiScan from Omitec
Published:  28 July, 2008

/>The tool will also allow you to reset the additive counter after fluid has been replac

Cabin filter range increased

Cabin air filters from Mahle
Published:  25 July, 2008

/>Some of the new applications for its pollen filters include the Renault Clio and Modus, Nissan Qashqai, Jaguar S Type, Range Rover and Toyota Yar

Common vehicles covered

The SACHS range of clutches from ZF Trading
Published:  24 July, 2008

/>New items include dual mass flywheels, clutch modules, clutch kits and concentric slave cylind

Repair rights

Find out the Right To Repair Campaign's bid to win driver support
Published:  24 July, 2008

THOUSANDS of posters, leaflets and DVDs warning motorists of the threats to the independent aftermarket are making their way to garages around the country.

Power steering lubricant

Automatic transmission fluid from Tetrosyl
Published:  23 July, 2008

/>It can be used in a wide range of vehicles, covering marques such as Nissan, Chrysler, Volvo, VW, Toyota and F

ATA alert

ATA goes public with consumer advertising campaign
Published:  23 July, 2008

DETAILS of a nationwide advertising campaign promoting ATA to motorists have been revealed by the IMI.

Training help

Delphi launches 'ATA academy' to help independents get easier access to training
Published:  23 July, 2008

DELPHI is preparing to launch an 'ATA academy' able to carry out assessments within a week, Aftermarket can reveal.

Accurate and fast results

Battery Testers from Traction Charger
Published:  22 July, 2008

/>All give fast and accurate results using the conductance testing method and come with abrasion and chemical resistant cables and cli

Tyre trade

Peter Gaster appointed chairman of the Tyre Industry Federation
Published:  22 July, 2008

PETER Gaster has been appointed chairman of the Tyre Industry Federation, pledging to improve communication and understanding within the tyre sector.

Technician friendly equipment

Updated cabinet designs from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  21 July, 2008

/>A standardised monitor bracket is incorporated into the balancer range, so a retrofitted TFT monitor can be fitted at any t

Profit time

Castrol survey reveals training failures are hitting dealer profits
Published:  21 July, 2008

DEALERSHIPS' failure to invest in training for service advisers is hitting profits, according to the latest stage of research by Castrol Professional.

Improved driving light

Nightbreaker lights from OSRAM
Published:  18 July, 2008

/>According to OSRAM, drivers find the whiter light a more pleasant light to drive with, especially on longer journe

Space saving lifting

Scissor lift from Crypton
Published:  17 July, 2008

/>The lift can be installed in a ground recess or surface-mounted which Crypton says offers “considerable” space savings over traditional four-post li

Training move

Xpart invests in diagnostic training for 240-strong service network
Published:  17 July, 2008

PARTS company XPart is investing in specialist MG Rover training for its network of AutoService Centres.

Code quality

RAC will enforce standards for MISRC quality code in bid to win driver trust
Published:  17 July, 2008

THE RAC will act as law enforcer for the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC), the team behind the scheme announced today (Thursday 17th July).

Quick fault code readings

Automotive fault code reader from Draper Tools
Published:  16 July, 2008

/>The reader only requires one 9V battery which is supplied with

Expert analysis of faults

Digital alternator tester from Sealey
Published:  15 July, 2008

/>The unit checks the condition of alternators with no complicated connections or interpretation of data requi

Fast flushing air con fix

Sun KoolKare Blizzard flushing kit from Snap-on Diagnostics
Published:  14 July, 2008

/>The system is designed to meet VM recommendations and help remove and keep out all contaminants before recharging air con units with refriger

MOT ally

MVRA joins the fight against 4-2-2 proposals to help save tester jobs
Published:  14 July, 2008

THE MOTOR Vehicles Repairers' Association has thrown its weight behind the fight against 4-2-2 MOT proposals.

Oil chance

Survey reveals profit opportunity from public's lack of oil awareness
Published:  14 July, 2008

THOUSANDS of motorists are risking additional repair bills by not checking their oil regularly or using the wrong type, according to Chevron.

Future tech

Ordinary passenger cars to drive themselves by 2050, says design expert
Published:  14 July, 2008

CARS will drive themselves by 2050 - that is the prediction of former Lancia design chief Michael Robinson.

Wiper blades profit

Champion Master Connector technology from Federal Mogul
Published:  11 July, 2008

/>More than 50% of new cars are now fitted with flat blades according to Federal Mogul and the company says garages could profit from selling replacement un

Tough times

Businesses must change to beat the credit crunch, says consultancy
Published:  11 July, 2008

Power boost for Evos

Monster Sport low friction oil cutter from Co-ordSport
Published:  10 July, 2008

/>This oil cutter prevents excess oil sticking to the crankshaft which minimises drag without compromising effective lubricat

Extra safety for LCVs

Handi Towstep from Handistep
Published:  09 July, 2008

/>The company says its range of steps can improve vehicle and driver saf

VOSA secrets

VOSA reveals its risk assessment criteria to help garages improve results
Published:  09 July, 2008

MOT testing stations will be able to achieve even better results in their risk assessments, following a decision by VOSA to release details of its assessment procedures.

Controlled and safe van lifting

Trademaster four-post lifts from The Trade group
Published:  08 July, 2008

/>Both lifts feature cold-formed columns for maximum stability and stren

Brand aware

Shell Helix opens doors on Formula 1 to help workshops win customer trust
Published:  08 July, 2008

SHELL Helix has revealed its behind-the-scenes role in helping Ferrari to joint-first place in the Formula 1 Constructors' World Championship this weekend.

Right repair

R2RC campaign heads to You Tube to help win driver support. Click here to take a look
Published:  08 July, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign has taken its message onto You Tube, in a bid to win more support from motorists.


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