Skills move

IMI takes over SkillAuto in continued drive to improve industry image
Published:  01 May, 2008

THE IMI has taken over technical skills contest group SkillAuto, to help develop the young technical talent of the future.

Complete parts manual

Annual trade book from Vauxhall
Published:  30 April, 2008

/>More than 360 part numbers join the range of over 3,000 parts for both Vauxhall cars and vans. New items include air conditioning compressors, condensers and turbocharg

Problem detection made easy

Ultrasonic probe from Primalec
Published:  29 April, 2008

/>Faulty insulation on electrical circuits and small leakages of gas or air also emit ultrasonic sound that can be detected by this produc

Parts push

Ford aims to help independents with re-launched parts service
Published:  29 April, 2008

ONE of the largest Ford dealer groups in the UK has re-launched its parts business for the 55 dealerships and 6,500 independent workshops it serves.

Safety alert

Garages urged to check lift safety after HSE reveals rise of arm locking problem
Published:  29 April, 2008

THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a warning about serious safety problems with some two-post lifts.

Quality brake prices

Rossini brake disc refund guarantee from Car Parts Direct
Published:  28 April, 2008

/>The discs are designed to improve stopping power by up to 40% on original discs that cannot cope with long periods of extreme driv

One stop drive belt repairs

Gates Professional tools range from FPS
Published:  25 April, 2008

/>FPS can offer customers laser alignment devices, the Gates Sonic Tension Tester and both universal and engine specific tools for synchronous and accessory belt drive syst

Smart sporty wheels

Wheel designs from Rimstock
Published:  24 April, 2008

/>The outer wheel of the Pro Race 1.2 S features a wide coloured rim, available in red, yellow or blue. The wheel has a classic 12 spoke deign and is supplied in matt black or gloss white in sizes 14” x 7 to 20” x

Friends' tributes

Colleagues pay tribute to much-loved product expert John Padbury
Published:  24 April, 2008

FRIENDS and colleagues have paid tribute to popular aftermarket figure John Padbury, who died suddenly last Friday.

Rickshaw race

Technician Mike embarks on epic rally across India in charity bid
Published:  24 April, 2008

TECHNICIAN MIKE Hemingway is set to put his maintenance skills to the ultimate test by riding a rickshaw across the Indian sub-continent.

Rule rumours

ADF chief reassures garages over Block Exemption fears
Published:  24 April, 2008

GARAGES should not necessarily worry about rumours that Block Exemption (BER) laws will not be renewed, the chief executive of the Automotive Distribution Federation has announced.

Lighting up

Hella launches LED headlight designed not to need aftermarket replacement
Published:  24 April, 2008

LIGHTING specialist Hella unveiled what it believes is the future of headlight technology this week.

Rich reward

Independent technician Richard scoops 8,000th ATA accreditation
Published:  24 April, 2008

RICHARD Cleaver has become the 8,000th technician to achieve ATA accreditation.

Lubricant fills market gap

Gear oil from Comma
Published:  23 April, 2008

/>An A4 supplement is available for its Workshop Application Guide, recommending all car and LCV applications for Comma AS

Banish nasty odours fast

Air con tool from Autoclimate
Published:  22 April, 2008

/>The process is designed to eliminate bad odours in around 20 minutes, without drenching the car in over-powering sme

Expert advice

Technical Workshop set to give garages latest knowledge for success
Published:  22 April, 2008

Five technical and business experts are lined up to advise workshop managers and senior technicians involved in MOT, service & repair at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on June 9th.

Total protection helmet

TL Predator welding helmet from Jackson Products
Published:  21 April, 2008

/>It is built from a robust shell that the company claims is “almost indestructible” to offer optimum head and face protect

Glowing ratchet wrenches

Cranked Handle Ratchet Wrenches from Sealey
Published:  18 April, 2008

/>What makes them special is a built-in LED that helps illuminate the work area, something that could prove useful for jobs in dark or secluded engine compartme

Workshop blog

Editor Tom Mallens reflects on three days at Workshop 2008
Published:  18 April, 2008

AFTER four days of frantic activity it's finally over and, in a strange way, I miss it already.

Lift plans

Garage Equipment Association plans scheme for registered lift engineers
Published:  18 April, 2008

A NETWORK of registered lift engineers could be introduced by the Garage Equipment Association, the organisation's new president has announced.

Fleet service

LSUK launches 'intensive care' scheme to help fleet workshop businesses
Published:  18 April, 2008

LSUK HAS begun an 'intensive care' repair and servicing initiative to shake-up the fleet workshop sector.

Helping drivers stay cool

ASC 1000 air con service unit from WAECO
Published:  17 April, 2008

The company is currently promoting its range of high-spec air con machines including this ASC 1000 model.

Versatile diagnostic solution

The Navigator TXS from Texa
Published:  16 April, 2008

/>Further functions are setting and acquiring tyre pressures plus activating the braking system in brake pad replaceme

Show blog 6

Aftermarket enjoys a great day of top technicians and superhero emissions analysers
Published:  16 April, 2008

ANOTHER hectic day at the show means more meetings and increasingly aching feet. As part of my previously mentioned ploy to get all my meetings in before I become visibly exhausted, I'm spending less time cruising off to see other companies and more time on our own Top Technician stand.

British best

Crypton launches emissions tester to bring back glory days
Published:  16 April, 2008

A GAS and smoke analyser aimed at taking Crypton back to the glory days of the late 1970s has been unveiled at the Workshop 2008 exhibition.

Exhaust time

Eminox warns workshops on July deadline for Low Emissions Zone
Published:  16 April, 2008

TIME is running out for fleet workshops to make sure their light commercial vehicles comply with the London Low Emissions Zone (LEZ), exhaust company Eminox has warned.

Sachs start

ZF Trading confirms UK pilot of established German garage network
Published:  16 April, 2008

PARTS company ZF Trading has confirmed plans for a pilot of its Original Sachs Service (OSS) branded garage network.

Drive further spend less

Energy Saver tyre from Michelin
Published:  15 April, 2008

/>Michelin says the tyre can reduce CO2 emissions by 4g per kilometre and that the savings can pay for a new tyre after just 27,000 miles.

Show blog 5

When in doubt, the old marketing tricks are the best, writes Tom Mallens
Published:  15 April, 2008

I'VE JUST been to the Continental stand where the company has resorted to one of the oldest tricks in the book to help generate good publicity for its two new Truck SatNav units - plying the waiting audience with free booze.

Show blog 4

Is a 44-ton truck really that hard to see, asks editor Tom Mallens
Published:  15 April, 2008

THE FIRST day of the Commercial Vehicle Show has arrived and, sure enough, the landfill site of yesterday has been transformed into a model example of clean, corporate efficiency.

Air system gives silent power

The GX 2-11 compressor from Atlas Copco
Published:  14 April, 2008

/>The GA 7-11 Variable Speed Drive range is also available and like the GX 2-11 offers up to 35% reductions in energy costs and savings in installation, operation and maintena

Show blog 3

Austrian accents and Kraftwerk concerts, Tom Mallens finds out more
Published:  14 April, 2008

A DAY of press conferences means a fascinating glimpse of what's to come at the Commercial Vehicle show.

Lifts launch

US company Maxon brings its tail lifts to UK for first time
Published:  14 April, 2008

AMERICAN tail lift company the Maxon Lift Corporation has launched into the UK market for the first time this morning (Monday 14th April).

Show blog 2

Editor Tom Mallens takes a sneak peak at Workshop 2008
Published:  14 April, 2008

APART from the fact that it's freezing cold (a problem I'm sure will be solved when they shut the giant lorry entrances), Workshop 2008 is looking pretty promising.

Show blog 1

Aftermarket editor Tom Mallens arrives to find Workshop 2008 preparations in full swing
Published:  14 April, 2008

THE CORRIDORS may be empty and the silence deafening but it's behind the scenes where all the activity is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham this morning.

Powerful battery boost

Battery boosters from Rozone
Published:  11 April, 2008

/>They are fitted with pure lead batteries and braided bronze clamps ensure optimum energy is delivered to the casualty vehicle. Surge protection prevents any damage to the vehicle’s electrical system during boost

Parts power

ADF agrees plans to improve parts industry with help of ATA
Published:  11 April, 2008

MEMBERS of the Automotive Distribution Federation have agreed that a series of recognised industry standards should be developed for the parts distribution sector.

Protection and leak prevention

Power Steering Fluid from Wynn's
Published:  10 April, 2008

/>It also offers protection against wear and oxidat

Business tips

Frank Massey reveals surprise pricing policy for winning new customers
Published:  10 April, 2008

FRANK Massey has revealed one of his top tips for dealing with price-conscious customers.

Total timing solution

Renault petrol and diesel timing tool kit from Gates
Published:  09 April, 2008

/>The kit can also be used for engines in Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Vauxhall and Volvo vehic

Radar tech

Lane change system offers techs a glimpse of the future of repairs
Published:  09 April, 2008

A RADAR system to help drivers stay safe when changing lanes is the latest example of new technology being fitted to modern cars.

Wear and tear protection

Multiple V-ribbed belt kits from Contitech
Published:  08 April, 2008

/>The kits are primarily for common diesel engines. As of October, they will be listed in TecDoc, the parts ordering information sys

Repair chance

Garage tests Porsche software aimed at opening up independent market
Published:  08 April, 2008

AN GARAGE in East Sussex is among the first to try new software aimed at opening up the lucrative Porsche repair market to independents.

Task force

Government launches team to safeguard industry for the future
Published:  08 April, 2008

THE GOVERNMENT has launched a task force to help keep the automotive industry "alive and kicking" in the face of low cost competition from the East and environmental pressures.

Complete exhaust solution

Hundreds of new parts from Bosal
Published:  07 April, 2008

/>It comprises over 4,700 type-approved systems, 300 of these have been added since the last edition. Almost 600 new exhaust parts include silencers, 138 new catalytic converters, pipes, mountings and accessories

Clear alignment advice

Comprehensive guide from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  04 April, 2008

Delay dismay

RMIF boss voices concern over slowness of 4-2-2 consultation
Published:  04 April, 2008

THE RMIF has spoken out over the government's continued delaying tactics on a consultation over the future of MOTs.

Complete MOT packages

Garage equipment from V-Tech UK
Published:  03 April, 2008

/>The range includes MOT class 4 and 7 ATL packages, complete with 2008 VOSA-approved and FAST Pass compliant emissions analys

Rescue deal

RMIF secures future for apprentices after swooping for Carter & Carter
Published:  03 April, 2008

THE RMIF is attempting to secure the future of apprentices across the UK by buying back elements of its training division it sold off to the Carter & Carter Group just two years ago.

Handy collision prevention

Mobileye 4000 safety system from Brigade Electronics
Published:  02 April, 2008

/>A small display unit fits quickly into a driver’s cab and alerts drivers to potential accidents. The company says this is particularly useful for drivers affected by fatigue on long journey


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