Campaign trail

R2RC produces marketing packs in bid to secure one million petition signatures
Published:  24 November, 2008

THE R2RC campaign is producing a series of garage marketing packs in a bid to win the support of drivers.

Starter destruction testing

Starters and alternators from Valeo
Published:  21 November, 2008

/>Its reman process is based on the complete replacement of all wear parts with detailed inspection of every single unit followed by electric and electronic testing to root out and solve any potential proble

Business plea

Trade associations' appeal to government highlights future opportunities for repair sector
Published:  21 November, 2008

TRADE association bosses have written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling asking for a range of measures to help stimulate the ailing motor retail sector during the economic downturn.

Energy saving body shops

REVO 180 drying system from Tri-Sphere
Published:  20 November, 2008

/>“As the rising costs of fuel are straight off the bottom line, the combined influences of the controlling sensors and power management systems integrated into the REVO 180 will contribute to an average fuel saving of up to 75%,” says a spokesman for Tri-Sph

Piracy penalty

£160,000 worth of pirated technical data lands West Midlands man in court
Published:  20 November, 2008

A MARKET trader caught selling bogus Autodata CDs in Dorset has been ordered to carry out 125 hours unpaid community work and pay prosecution costs of £1,000.

Added profit potential

Xstream coolants from Comma
Published:  19 November, 2008

/>Comma’s products are designed to match the original fill products in modern vehicles, particularly the 70% of vehicles made in the EU that have OAT (organic acid technology) coola

Diesel growth

Rise in independent sector diesel repairs prompts growth plans at Denso
Published:  19 November, 2008

DENSO wants to establish around 200 workshops to work on its common rail diesel systems within the next five to seven years.

New-look clutch range

Pizza packaging from ACDelco
Published:  18 November, 2008

/>The re-launched packaging coincides with the introduction of 64 three-piece clutch kits, two self-adjusting and three DMF kits. There are also 29 concentric slave cylinders availa

Factor change

New manager of EBC Motor Factors ready to serve Sussex garages
Published:  18 November, 2008

SUSSEX-based motor factor EBC has moved under new ownership, following the retirement of its founders.

Specialist vehicle power

RedFlash Deep Cycle batteries from DMS Technologies
Published:  17 November, 2008

/>Their absorbed glass mat construction allows them to be installed upright or on a side as there is no free electrolyte and, because they are sealed, there is no fear of acid spillage eith

Service shift

Find out how your customers could save £2,575 by booking in for a service
Published:  17 November, 2008

Efficient reman records

eCORPS core return system from Valeo
Published:  14 November, 2008

/>The eCORPS systems aims to give rapid and reliable recognition of the majority of collected parts for an optimal remanufacturing process and a bigger and faster credit on surcharge. The system gives core collectors real time access to customer information, such as the number of products purchased against the number of cores returned. The database in the hand-held device contains more than 14,000 technical references and is updated daily

Cash cow

Motaquip claims it's milking time for profit-rich cabin filter replacement work
Published:  14 November, 2008

MOTAQUIP says garages may be missing out on profit by ignoring the regular replacement of cabin filters.

For sale

Parts company AC Delco says it's "business as usual" as owner GM searches for a buyer
Published:  14 November, 2008

THE ENTIRE AC Delco parts business has been put up for sale by its owner General Motors, in a bid to raise funds for the cash-strapped US automotive giant.

High quality welding

Origo Mig C141 welding machine from ESAB
Published:  13 November, 2008

/>The unit has been released alongside the C151 version and both can use conventional solid wire or self-shielding cored wire. They are designed for welding steel, stainless steel and aluminium as well as Mig brazing with wire diameters of 0.6, 0.8 or 1mm depending on the work-piece size and materia

Reman debate

ZF Trading seeks to dispel claims that new is best at industry conference
Published:  13 November, 2008

PARTS company ZF Trading has stressed the quality and benefits of remanufactured products at an industry forum.

VM lifeline

Dealers and parts suppliers seek aid following economic downturn
Published:  13 November, 2008

Massive cooling choice

Radiators from Nissens
Published:  12 November, 2008

/>For added quality, the company double-fold the fin to give a strong surface that ensures handling does not damage the product. The company tailors each kit to the needs of end-users with blanks to help installers deal with radiators with or without small pipe

Boost your turbo power

Audi A3 Flywheel from Fidanza
Published:  11 November, 2008

/>It is made from high-quality machined 6061 T6 aluminium with a 1050 steel friction surface, CNC machined fastener holes and chamfers. It is suitable for use with almost any clutch disc material, from organic to Kevlar and even sintered iron. For added durability, it comes with a heat-treated ring gear and military-grade fasteners.

Safety and stopping power

Foundation Brakes Composite calipers from TRW
Published:  10 November, 2008

/>The programme comprises 14 references and is out now. Applications include the Audi Q5, S5 and Mercedes C-class. It aims to produce the stiff pedal action that lets drivers control brake force with their foot. The caliper’s high torque allows maximum deceleration to achieve the shortest stopping distanc

Parts solution

ATA parts advisor scheme goes live with special offer for workshops
Published:  10 November, 2008

GARAGES that reckon their suppliers could brush up on their parts picking skills might want to let them know about the latest ATA scheme.

Tour blog 25

Aftermarket makes it to John O'Groats with 100 garages under its belt and thousands raised for BEN
Published:  09 November, 2008

Thursday 6th November . . .

Core collection service

Remanufactured components from XL
Published:  07 November, 2008

/>“Remanufactured build quality is absolutely essential,” says Louise Wilkowski, XL’s account manager. “Wherever possible we improve on the original OE build quality to increase product performance and remove any OE weaknesses.

Smart repair market

SmartCabin spray booth from Junair
Published:  06 November, 2008

/>With its doors open, the booth can accommodate roughly half a car length to allow the refinishing of larger areas. The booth measures 3,800mm wide by 3,500mm deep and 2,430mm h

Rate slashed

A shock cut in interest rates this lunchtime by the Bank of England sees a fall of one-and-a-half percentage points, to just 3%.
Published:  06 November, 2008

This is the lowest interest rate since 1955. Last month the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) cut rates from 5% to 4.5% in an effort to ward off recession. Says Richard Lambert, CBI director-general: "This is a bold and welcome move by the Monetary Policy Committee, and achieves what the CBI had been calling for."

Asian cooling systems

Lexus GS300 radiators from ADL
Published:  05 November, 2008

/>Radiators for the Toyota Hiace Powervan 2.5DT D-4D and water pumps for the Isuzu Rodeo 3.0DT pick-up have also just been released. They are part of a cooling range that includes pressure caps, thermostats, viscous couplings and air con condens

Tour blog 22

It's a cold night in Aberdeen for Aftermarket On Tour as we continue our BEN fundraising trip
Published:  05 November, 2008

Tour blog 23

BEN charity trip embarks on its last-but-one day as it nears John O'Groats
Published:  05 November, 2008

Wednesday 5th November . . .

Tour blog 24

91 down and 9 to go. Aftermarket On Tour nears the end of its BEN fundraisng mission
Published:  05 November, 2008

Wednesday 5th November . . .

Good quality solution

Clutch kits from Renault Service Exchange
Published:  04 November, 2008

/>However, because clutches take a long-time to replace, Renault says it’s vital that replacement clutches are quality products that are easily available at competitive pri

Tour blog 21

The Aftermarket van does some partying on the way to Aberdeen in support of BEN
Published:  04 November, 2008

Tuesday 4th November . . .

Tour blog 20

On tour van visits Dollar spreading the BEN message while celebrating a special birthday
Published:  04 November, 2008

Tuesday 4th November . . .

Specialist easy way to grip

Elliott Lucas pliers from Spear & Jackson
Published:  03 November, 2008

/>Specialist pliers are also available, including the 8” (200mm) gas pliers, 8” (200mm) glass pliers and 10” (250mm) combination pli

Tour blog 17

Aftermarket On Tour spreads the BEN message through Scotland and talks to more diagnostic specialists
Published:  03 November, 2008

Monday 3rd November . . .

Tour blog 18

BEN charity trip hits Motherwell and finds that specialising in VWs is paying off for one technician
Published:  03 November, 2008

Monday 3rd November . . .

Tour blog 19

Aftermarket heads through Glasgow and catches up with regular Top Tech finalist Jerry Carroll
Published:  03 November, 2008

Monday 3rd November . . .

Tour blog 15

BEN charity trip takes a Segway ride as part of its 100 garages in 10 days challenge
Published:  02 November, 2008

Saturday 1st November . . .

Tour blog 16

Aftermarket On Tour notches up its 60th garage as part of its BEN fundriaising trip
Published:  02 November, 2008

Saturday 1st November . . .

Reman in your workshop

PFM on-car brake lathe from Pro-Cut
Published:  31 October, 2008

/>The machine is designed to skim a disc in nine minutes meaning a whole axle can be done in less than 20 minutes. Pro-Cut says that if workshops charge £40 for skimming an axle it equates to an extra £130 in labour per hour for MOTs on top of what is already being charge

Tour blog 13

On Tour Van recieves free wheel alignment courtesy of some South African expertise
Published:  31 October, 2008

Friday 31st October . . .

Tour blog 14

Aftermarket On Tour makes it to Preston for a meeting at the HQ of tech expert Frank Massey
Published:  31 October, 2008

Friday 31st October . . .

Remove foul fumes fast

Extraction systems from Flextraction
Published:  30 October, 2008

/>Also available is the APS aluminium rail system for extraction of exhaust fumes from moving vehicles and the AFS Hose rail system – a simpler system with a supporting steel rail to offer automatic trolley ret

Tour blog 12

Tom and Simon swing through Macclesfield as part of the Aftermarket On Tour trip for BEN
Published:  30 October, 2008

Friday 31st October . . .

Tour blog 11

Aftermarket On Tour heads north west to spread the BEN message to workshops
Published:  30 October, 2008

Friday 31st October  . . .

Tour blog 10

Find out who reckons the BSI Kitemark won them 342 new customers. Catch up with Aftermarket On Tour's trip for BEN
Published:  30 October, 2008

Thursday 30th October . . .

Quality engine cooling

Korean engine cooling parts from Behr Hella Service
Published:  29 October, 2008

/>Behr Hella’s range of thermal parts now includes 330 products covering 85% of the parts requirement for Korean vehicles in western Europ

Tour blog 9

It's been a long day in Birmingham for Aftermarket On Tour, find out where our BEN fundraising trip has been
Published:  29 October, 2008

Wednesday 29th October . . .

Tour blog 8

Believe it or not, this is a workshop! Find out more about Aftermarket On Tour's progress
Published:  29 October, 2008

Wednesday 29th October . . .

Historic brand power

Borg & Beck clutches from First Line
Published:  28 October, 2008

/>The company has three-in-one and four-in-one kits for the range that covers passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. Components include clutches for everything from regular marques to less well-known makes such as Yugo, Ssangyong and Daci

Tour blog 7

We're now 23 garages into our tour of Britain's workshops having whizzed through High Wycombe
Published:  28 October, 2008

Tuesday 28th October . . .


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