Powerful portable charger

Portable Power 1700 power charger from Snap-on Tools
Published:  25 February, 2010

rong>Over to Terry Barcham, Snap-on Tool’s European managing director for the low-down on this 12V jump starter:


Tech tips

Blue Print shares handy hint for Honda CR-V repairs
Published:  25 February, 2010

PARTS firm Blue Print is launching a technical tips service through its in-house BLUEi magazine - and it wants to hear from repairers with interesting hints to share.


Disc fitting is greased lightning

Pagid anti-grease coated discs from Euro Car Parts
Published:  24 February, 2010

Grease is a real nuisance. It clogs up your veins, clogs up shower-phobic people's hair and, according to ECP, it causes all sorts of bother with brake discs too (although it does make chips taste nice!)


CAN training

Warwick Control reveals intensive one-day CAN Bus training courses
Published:  24 February, 2010

TECHNOLOGY firm Warwick Control has announced new training dates for CAN Bus and other car networking systems.


Wheely fab flywheel tester

Dual Mass Flywheel tool from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  23 February, 2010

rong>No prizes for imaginative names here! This tool is designed to let you test the Dual Mass Flywheel while it’s still fitted to the vehicle, with the gearbox removed.


Electric switch

Cool Seal aims to make electrical wiring easier than ever for technicians
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE DAYS of heat-shrinking for wire splicing could be over thanks to the latest electrical wiring device.


Windscreen contest

Contest to highlight windscreen fitting skills confirms Millenium Stadium venue
Published:  23 February, 2010

THE grand final of a national windscreen fitting contest has been confirmed for 16th September.


Deal with diesel dilemmas

Diesel services from Leyland Auto
Published:  22 February, 2010

If you've got a problem with diesel, you could call Superman but this Preston-based company would prefer you gave them a ring.


Parts promotion

Denso continues bid to attract garages via motor factor promotion
Published:  22 February, 2010

JMC Motor Components recently became the first winner of parts company Denso's Millionaires Club sales promotion.


Halt mis-fuelling mess ups

Diesel Key from Tullman Designs
Published:  19 February, 2010

rong>This device replaces the existing fuel cap and stops unleaded fuel nozzles being shoved into diesel tanks. It was recently approved by testing research centre Thatcham and gained the Thatcham Quality Accreditation seal of approval.


Show time

Parts giant Delphi confirms attendance at Workshop 2010 exhibition
Published:  19 February, 2010


Ring bulbs light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  18 February, 2010

If you were a magician, turning £5 into £20 would be a pretty impressive - and profitable - trick. Ring reckons getting customers to trade up from standard bulbs to performance bulbs when its time for replacements is the quickest and easiest way to do the same trick in the garage.


Data trial

TecDoc looks to boost garage subscribers with free 30-day software trial
Published:  18 February, 2010

ELECTRONIC parts cataloguing firm TecDoc has linked with technical data publishers Vivid to give workshops a free 30-day software trial.


The boss of scan updates

V30 software updates from Autoboss
Published:  17 February, 2010

Keeping up with technical developments is a bit like a hamster running on a wheel; you've got to put in a lot of effort just to stay in the same place.


Parts power

Camberley Auto Factors continues growth of parts advisor ATA
Published:  17 February, 2010

CAMBERLEY Auto Factors (CAF) has been given Approved Assessment Centre status by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI).


Brake out the bed tester

Trademaster split-bed brake tester from The Trade Group
Published:  16 February, 2010

The company says it has a solution to anyone struggling to find spare parts for ageing split-bed brake testers made by other manufacturers.


Air con

Surrey college starts weekend refrigerant handling courses to meet EU standards
Published:  16 February, 2010

CARSHALTON College in Surrey is offering weekend refrigerant handling courses to help techs meet the EU regulations coming into force later in the summer.


Make sensor of it all

Lambda sensors from Bosch
Published:  15 February, 2010

The company has ranges of specific like-for-like lambda sensor replacements and a universal range that uses a patented connector to offer a quality replacement option in a simple-to-fit system.


Promo deals

Unipart offers budget-busting deals in Megawisebuys brochure, out with March issue of Aftermarket
Published:  15 February, 2010

THERE are scores of bargains packed inside the latest edition of Unipart's Megawisebuys brochure which comes free with the forthcoming issue of Aftermarket.


People news

Martin Pring takes on new NGK role while Oilver Koehne joins Bosch diesel division
Published:  15 February, 2010

MARTIN Pring has taken on the role of general manager at spark plug firm NGK.


Take part with diesel units

Diesel distribution units from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  12 February, 2010

rong>Units for the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Scudo, and Vauxhall Vivaro are out now from the Bromsgrove-based company.


Comma lube is oil of choice

Protective engine oils from Comma
Published:  11 February, 2010

As vehicles get more complex, those pesky VMs get more and more demanding about what you pour into cars if you want to keep the warranty in tact.


Workshop search

Motor Codes launches Golden Garages hunt for the UK's best workshops
Published:  11 February, 2010

MOTOR CODES has launched a competition to search for the best service and repair garages in the UK.


Emissions measurer is tops

Hofmann WSM10 smoke meter from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  10 February, 2010

rong>This new piece of kit is part of the Geogas 3000 range of VOSA-approved emissions testers.


Final 12

Last competitors in Top Technician 2010's hunt for best mechanics revealed
Published:  10 February, 2010

THE FINAL 12 contenders for the title of UK's best car repairer have been revealed.


Set your torque with ease

Electronic torque wrenches from Facom
Published:  09 February, 2010

This latest range offers precise calibration of +/- 2% and is resistant to loads of nasty workshop chemicals to stop it rotting away in front of your eyes.


Diagnostic news

Frank Massey cracks lambda sensor trouble with new fault-finding technique
Published:  09 February, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has pioneered a new way to measure current flow through broadband lambda sensors.


Fly the flag for MOT testing

MOT flagpole from Prosol
Published:  08 February, 2010

Amid all the garage schemes and codes fighting to win consumer awareness, the trusty old three-triangles of the MOT remain one of the best known motoring symbols around. So you might as well shout about the fact you offer a testing service.


Lube deal

Kia signs up Shell Helix to supply its dealers with latest oils
Published:  08 February, 2010

SHELL has been named a preferred supplier for all Kia dealerships in the UK.


Job change

Bosch puts Howard Price in charge of its Bosch Car Service network
Published:  08 February, 2010

HOWARD Price has been appointed to the new position of workshop concepts manager at Bosch.


Time to have a lathey day

On-car brake lathe from Pro-cut
Published:  05 February, 2010

No matter how many times you polish a lump of coal, it's always going to be a lump of coal. According to the team behind this brake lathe, the same is true for brake discs.


Brakes are big business

Braking range from AC Delco
Published:  05 February, 2010

Hooray for AC Delco's general manager Lee Quinney who's one refreshingly honest industry figure when it comes to his business plans. He says he intends to promote his braking products "aggressively" during the first quarter of 2010.


Time to connect and forget

Varta and Numax batteries from Manbat
Published:  05 February, 2010

Manbat says there are three criteria to judge battery suppliers by: Quality, performance and range.


Brake parts not hearts

Veco braking components from Universal Automotive
Published:  05 February, 2010

rong>Parts distributor Universal has everything from pads, shoes and discs to drums, hoses and brake cylinders from manufacturer Veco.


Unipart units in charge

Samson AGM batteries from Unipart
Published:  05 February, 2010

Yes, it's more AGM batteries! This time, Unipart is the company promoting its stock of units for vehicles fitted with stop-start systems.


Tech tests

24 of the UKs finest technicians battle it out for a place in the final
Published:  05 February, 2010

CONTENDERS for the title of UK's best car repairer fought it out at the regional finals of Top Technician 2010 today (Friday 5th February).


Complaints rise

Motor Codes claims victory as garage complaint figures begin to stabilise
Published:  04 February, 2010

Motor Codes is claiming a slow-down in the rate of complaints about garages is due to its consumer advice line.


Business news

Fuel Parts UK expands with growth of engine management components
Published:  01 February, 2010

FUEL and emissions parts firm Fuel Parts UK has acquired new warehouse premises after an extensive product development programme.


Frank joins

Frank Massey lends his support to IAAF garage division in bid to boost independents' rights
Published:  01 February, 2010

FRANK Massey has joined forces with the IAAF to represent the interests of independent workshops.


Reader writes

Technical specialist David Massey responds to critics of BBC Young Mechanic of the Year Show
Published:  31 January, 2010

TV TALENT show judge David Massey has responded to criticism of the BBC's Young Mechanic of the Year show.


Fobbed off by remote tester

Key fob tester from SP Diagnostics
Published:  29 January, 2010

This tester is said to allow quick and reliable testing of remote key fobs on most vehicles.


You know it makes sensor

Lambda sensors from Denso
Published:  28 January, 2010

Lambda sensors play a vital role in managing engine function and Denso is investing big bucks in keeping its range up-to-date.


Body business

RMI launches Bodyshop Executive to address needs of body repairers
Published:  28 January, 2010

The Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMI) has launched a Bodyshop Executive group to address the needs of body shop owners.


Diesel development

Aftermarket's technical consultant Dave Garratt explains how the world of diesel fuels is changing and how to get to grips with the latest 5-gas diesel analysis
Published:  28 January, 2010


Accurate current testing

Automotive current tester from Gunson
Published:  27 January, 2010

Designed to give rapid and accurate tests of DC currents on 12V vehicles, this device plugs straight into a vehicle's fuse box and displays readings on the large LCD display.


Stepping up

Colin Parlett takes on top job at RMIF's Independent Garage Association
Published:  27 January, 2010

COLIN Parlett has been appointed interim chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation's Independent Garage Association (IGA) with immediate effect.


Company on top of the weld

Welding machines from GYS
Published:  26 January, 2010

The French company is gearing up for a move into the UK market with welding units - and battery chargers - like the Gysmi 146 dual voltage and 196 flexible voltage MMA/TIG machines.


Help take your nuts off

Wheel nut cap remover from Laser Tools
Published:  25 January, 2010

This simple tool does the business on VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda vehicles any time you need to whip out the wheel nut caps.


Reader writes

What reader Anthony Howard thought of the BBC's Young Mechanic of the Year show
Published:  25 January, 2010


Van investment

Snap-on Equipment unveils new-look vans delivering assistance to workshops
Published:  25 January, 2010

SNAP-ON Equipment has unveiled new-look vans for its customer service fleet.



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