Winning smile

Delighted Mark Banks scoops coveted title of Top Technician 2008
Published:  10 June, 2008

MASTER repairer Mark Banks of Holmer Green Service Centre in High Wycombe has been revealed as the UK's Top Technician 2008.

Extra power in VAG cars

Dbilas throttle bodies from Regal Autosport
Published:  09 June, 2008

/>They are designed to add up to 24bhp to vehicles such as the Mk3 Golf Gti 16v and Mk2 Golf

One-stop timing tool shop

Gates Professional timing tool kits from GP Automotive
Published:  06 June, 2008

/>The company says this will help workshops access the information and products they need to offer a professional OE-equivalent service more eas

Garage award

Garage scoops award for fostering apprentice talent
Published:  06 June, 2008

A Staffordshire garage has won a major business award for its work fostering the technical talent of the future.

Adaptable multi-grip pliers

181 multi-grip pliers from Facom
Published:  05 June, 2008

/>The pliers aim to give technicians a better grip, helping them use higher loads with a reduced risk of slipping during tighten

MOT mishap

Thousands of testing stations sent incorrect results
Published:  05 June, 2008

A BASELINE risk assessment on all 19,000 UK Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) undertaken by VOSA recently should have provided each VTS with a risk category and score.

High pressure sealing

Payen gaskets from Federal Mogul
Published:  04 June, 2008

/>The company is actively promoting the Payen brand in the UK for the first time this y

Cash thanks

Workshop man rewards those who saved him from horror crash
Published:  04 June, 2008

A WORKSHOP owner who was almost killed in a motorcycle race is to donate 10% of his company's earnings to the medical teams that saved his life.

Benefits of bulk buying

Universal boot kit from SKF
Published:  03 June, 2008

/>The boots are designed to be mounted on all types of cars thanks to a special mix of rubber that helps technicians fit them around the joint without having to remove the drivesh

Accident alert

Fatal injury highlights importance of safety, warns GEA
Published:  03 June, 2008

A FATAL accident involving a lift repair contractor has been used by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to highlight the importance of safety when working with garage equipment.

Fast and clean air con fix

Flushing system from TechnoQuest
Published:  02 June, 2008

/>It forms a sealed loop between the machine and condenser or evaporator before using large quantities of refrigerant as the flushing agent to remove debris and oil quickly and without f

Cheeky chap

Find out why Dave Garratt of the GEA is similing
Published:  02 June, 2008

DAVE GARRATT is a man of many secrets, just one of which is that he already knows the exclusive hints, tips and information to be revealed at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on Monday June 9th.

Clutch range increased

Clutches from Valeo
Published:  30 May, 2008

/>Among the latest versions are models for the Fiat Bravo, VW Polo and Toyota Au

Healthy future

Do you think access to technical information has improved?
Published:  30 May, 2008

THE FUTURE of the Block Exemption Regulation (BER) is in doubt. One of the BER's objectives is to enable independent repairers to compete with the manufacturers' networks of authorised repairers through measures such as promoting access to technical information and spare parts.

Ideal amount of tension

DriveAlign tensioners and idlers from Gates
Published:  29 May, 2008

/>The tensioners and idlers now cover 837 applications across 34 car makes, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, BMW, Chrysler and Ford. Volkswagen, Citroen, Fiat and many other marques are also cove

Mileage plea

Soaring fuel costs leave employees out of pocket
Published:  29 May, 2008

MANY employees are now refusing to use their own cars on their employers' business - because they are out of pocket, according to management consultants Emmerson Hill Associates (who research motoring costs for the RAC).

Extra power for air con

Air con compressors from Vauxhall Trade Club
Published:  28 May, 2008

/>Also included in the range are components for the Zafira to 2005 and Vectra Om

Winning tech

Who will take the Top Technician title and £9,000 prize fund?
Published:  28 May, 2008

WELL it's one of these guys! Mark Banks of Holmer Green Service Centre in High Wycombe, Kim Doerr of KD Auto Services in Flitwick and Steve Martin of Cooper BMW in Norwich will join Aftermarket at the nail-biting award ceremony, which takes place at the Heritage Motor Centre in Warwickshire on Monday 9th June.

Premium power range

Prestige impact wrench from PCL
Published:  27 May, 2008

/>The APP270 1” impact wrench offers 2100 Nm of torque against a weight of 6.

Bike giveaway

Win a monster motorbike courtesy of Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  27 May, 2008

ONE LUCKY winner will ride home on a BMW R1200 GS Adventure, as used on Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman's epic adventures -  the Long Way Round and Long Way Down.

Quick testing system

Digital petrol compression test kit from Draper Tools
Published:  26 May, 2008

/>It is powered by a PP3 size battery, which comes with the kit, and is packed in a sturdy plastic c

Helping hand

The aftermarket's charity BEN, is there for you
Published:  26 May, 2008

ANYONE working within the automotive sector facing financial crisis or coping with bereavement or illness can depend on the BEN charity for help.

Diesel engine protection

Titan Cargo MAXX diesel engine oil from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  23 May, 2008

/>A special additive package ensures performance under all operating conditions and utilizes low ash-forming components for improved protection against w

Industry code

New code of practice launched at Office of Fair Trading
Published:  23 May, 2008

UK GARAGES can now sign up to a voluntary code of practice that will promote them as honest and fair workshops to motorists.

GM deal

DuPont retains approval for GM UK network
Published:  23 May, 2008

THESE days a VM approval is not just about supplying product. Technical support is key.

Indecent proposal

Benefits for temp workers could cost jobs and harm small businesses
Published:  23 May, 2008

THE FORUM of Private Business (FPB) is warning that proposals to hand temporary workers the same benefits as full-time members of staff could make many small firms uncompetitive and lead to greater unemployment.

Reduce carbon emissions

Exhausted Air Recycling System from Tom Parker
Published:  22 May, 2008

/>Compressed air company Tom Parker claims its new system could reduce energy consumption by up to 40% year on y

Car sniffles

Air-con service could cure motorists' sick car syndrome
Published:  22 May, 2008

rong>RISING fuel costs could increase the risk of “Sick Car Syndrome” and leave motorists with a multi-million pound repair bill as they curb their air conditioning use, warns car warranty specialist, Warranty Direct.

Icy glistening paintwork

ICE car care range from Turtle Wax
Published:  21 May, 2008

The company has launched a huge marketing campaign to promote the ICE range among drivers – particularly those that watch Top Gear and are keen to keep their cars glimmering.

Car help

The 'black box' from Unipart could save your life
Published:  21 May, 2008

NEO-TRAC from Unipart is a 'black box' that will automatically alert police if a car is involved in a serious accident or is stolen. It pinpoints the exact position of the vehicle using satellite tracking, linked with computerised mapping. So, even if a motorist ends up upside-down, unconscious in a ditch, the system takes over and alerts the police.

Doctor doctor

Is it about time your business was serviced?
Published:  21 May, 2008

NEW TECHNOLOGY. Upcoming legislation. Business help. Future of MOT. Training. You can stop hunting for the answers now, and join us at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on June 9, to get all the answers you need in just one business day.

MOT success

MOT fee rise delivers testing results with new stations and time-saving systems, says VOSA
Published:  21 May, 2008

VOSA OPENS a state of the art test station at Merebank Road, Avonmouth, Bristol today, in a prime position by the motorway network. Some 80% of customers are now based within a three-mile radius. Continuous testing is provided from 7.00am to 5.00pm.

Innovative bending solution

Gates Unicoil hose tool from GP Automotive
Published:  20 May, 2008

/>GP Automotive says the deal will make the tool more easily available to garages than ever bef

Hand held tuning workshop

LM-2 air/fuel meter and data-logger from Graham Goode
Published:  19 May, 2008

/>It combines an air/fuel meter with a 32-channel data-logger and powerful softw

One brand for same- day fix

NAP new and reman clutches from FPS
Published:  16 May, 2008

/>The units replace its Ferodo branded clutch programme. The new package will allow FPS to offer both new and remanufactured clutches on a same-day delivery ba

BER tips

ADF revises guide to servicing in line with latest BER rules
Published:  16 May, 2008

WITH the future of Block Exemption Regulations (BER) in the balance, The Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) has called on the industry not to stop repairing customers' cars during their warranty period.

Asbestos alert

Warning for garage managers after HSE crackdown
Published:  16 May, 2008

WORKSHOP managers without a formal approach to asbestos management are taking unnecessary risks, following a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) crackdown.

Test check

GEA president explains plans for installation engineer assessments
Published:  16 May, 2008

The Garage Equipment Association's newly-elected president has formally announced details of plans for a network of GEA-accredited lift engineers.

Parts plus

Euro Car Parts reveals expansion plans to get better deal for workshops
Published:  16 May, 2008

EURO Car Parts has joined an exclusive international buying and marketing group it says will help it offer workshops bigger savings on a wider range of parts.

Separate ways

UKPA parts company with Andrew Page in high-profile distribution change
Published:  16 May, 2008

PARTS distributor Andrew Page has parted company with the UK Parts Alliance (UKPA) buying group that it helped to form nine years ago.

Stylish look for Vauxhall

Euro Tuner rear lights from Essex Racing
Published:  15 May, 2008

/>The units are direct replacements for the originals and come with wiring harnesses and connect

Hands-free car solution

YADA mobile phone holder from Winplus Europe
Published:  14 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with a number of auto-connect features to make installation and setup fast and hassle-f

Parts range increased

Chassis components from TRW
Published:  13 May, 2008

/>The range now includes 337 extra part numbers, including nine brake servos, 17 brake discs, 19 brake hoses and 13 new brake p

Complete care package

Farecla Smart car care range from Autogem
Published:  12 May, 2008

/>The range could prove a hit with customers. It includes everything from advanced nano-technology alloy wheel cleaner and colour restorer to Hi-Gloss wax and polishing clot

Quick glowing plugs

YE12 glow plug from NGK
Published:  09 May, 2008

/>Also out now is the YE14 which uses the company’s unique SRM technology to provide performance on VAG 2.0 litre diesel engine mod

Employer news

Code proposal offers support to workshop managers during staff disputes
Published:  09 May, 2008

A DRAFT code of practice aimed at simplifying employee discipline and grievance procedures has been welcomed by the Forum of Private Business (FPB).

VOSA changes

Departure of MOT boss Alan Wilson paves way for new leadership
Published:  09 May, 2008

VOSA has shaken-up its MOT scheme by reorganising the men in charge of testing across the UK.

Parts warning

Counterfeit wheel bearings pose threat to UK market, warns Motaquip
Published:  09 May, 2008

A FLOOD of counterfeit wheel bearings are pouring into the UK and posing a threat to motorists, parts supplier Motaquip has warned.

Efficient testing option

Shock absorber tester from JHM Butt
Published:  08 May, 2008

/>It does not need any electrical supply and is controlled by a 32-bit processor and fitted with an LCD display to provide clear resu

Help with alternator repairs

Alternator tool set from Laser Tools
Published:  07 May, 2008

/>The kit comes with an M10 spline in ½” D fittings for Bosch alternators with free-wheel pulleys along with H10, H8, T50 and T40 sockets. M10 and M8 fittings are also include


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