Top job

Rob Foulston takes over as RMIF chief exec after "restructuring" programme
Published:  21 January, 2009

/>Rob will take charge on 1st February. He will combine the chief exec's role with his current position as chief executive of ReMIT, the RMIF's training


Complete filter coverage

Oil filters from Motrio
Published:  20 January, 2009

/>They are designed to give optimum performance, save on fuel and reduce engine wear and can also be used for either diesel or petrol engi


Care for battery health

Comfort Indicator voltage tester from CTEK
Published:  19 January, 2009

/>A green light means good health of 12.8 volts, amber means voltage is between 12.7V and 12.4V while red means the battery has started to sulphate and voltage is below 12.4. CTEK says the system avoids the hassle of using a traditional tester and programming in information about the battery under te


Training time

Frank Massey has another round of training courses to offer. Take a look to find out what you could learn
Published:  19 January, 2009

FRANK Massey has released details of a two-day fuel trim training course for anyone looking to get the latest diagnostic skills.


Test change

DFT launches proposals for tow bar and number plate changes to MOT test
Published:  19 January, 2009

A CONSULTATION paper on changes to the MOT test has been released by the Department for Transport (DFT).


Fuel delivery alternative

Fuel delivery module repair kits from Bosch
Published:  16 January, 2009

/>Bosch says the repair option is a significantly cheaper option than replacing the complete delivery module, making it a more attractive option for price-conscious workshop customers. All components in the repair kits are made to OE standard


The latest alignment software

HawkEye HD imaging wheel aligner from Pro-Align
Published:  15 January, 2009

/>Also available is the “entry level” Hunter 100 HawkEye aligner. It comes with custom software to support many of the standard alignment features found in the higher spec system. The camera bar takes up minimum amount of space, allowing even small workshops to benefi


Fee promise

Good Garage Scheme offers fee refund deal following membership price rise
Published:  15 January, 2009

THE GOOD Garage Scheme (GGS) has defended its decision to double the cost of membership.


Add power in your pocket

Testpod and Testpod Pro from Eclipse
Published:  14 January, 2009

/>The remote access tool can interrogate the vehicle’s on-board systems to help you with the repair whether you’re in the workshop or at the road-side. The Testpod and Testpod Pro aim to offer comprehensive coverage on Volvo, Saab, VW, Audi, Ford, Toyota models and many more


Show cancelled

The Commercial Vehicle Show for 2009 has been cancelled following a meeting of the organisers' committee
Published:  14 January, 2009

THE COMMERCIAL Vehicle Show for April 2009 has been cancelled. Organisers hope that by cancelling this year's event, the 2010 show will be better able to live up to the high standards set by previous shows.


OE quality filters and data

Filters from SOGEFI Filtration
Published:  13 January, 2009

Recession bites

Clutch firm AP Driveline goes into administration but looks to ride out financial storm
Published:  13 January, 2009

CLUTCH manufacturer AP Driveline has been put into administration following difficulties caused by the financial climate.


Testing fuel systems

Diesel Fuel Return Flow Kit from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  12 January, 2009

/>The kit can be purchased together with the company’s Low Pressure Test Gauge set to form a complete system for testing common rail diesel probl


CAN do!

Warwick Control announces training dates for CAN Bus engineers and technicians
Published:  12 January, 2009

TECHS who want to take their knowledge of CAN systems to the next level could take advantage of new training dates from in-vehicle networking specialist Warwick Control Technologies.


Flush out power sappers

D-Tox fuel system cleaner from Comma
Published:  09 January, 2009

/>Comma says it is particularly useful on cars with at least 10,000 miles on the clock – which means the vast majority of those on the road. It says D-Tox is a “proven aid” to fuel efficiency and the maintenance of peak engine power, bhp and overall performa


Exhaust time

Unipart launches poster campaign to help garages benefit from exhaust sales
Published:  09 January, 2009

UNIPART Automotive has launched a campaign to help the trade understand and promote the benefits of type-approved exhaust systems to drivers.


Extras for Globaljig systems

The D306 bracket kit from Tri-Sphere
Published:  08 January, 2009

/>Designed to speed up set-up times on a wide range of vehicles, the kit takes account of trends in modern vehicle designs that require additional access poin


Brand change

Parts distributor Comline reveals its new name and look for the year ahead
Published:  08 January, 2009

PARTS distributor Comline has kicked off the new year with the introduction of a new name and brand identity.


Wireless fault finding

DS500E diagnostic platform from Delphi
Published:  07 January, 2009

/>Delphi says the option of combining diagnostic programmes and a technical vehicle database on one unit will help make the repair process quicker and easier for technici


Added sales boost for filters

Cabin air filters from Denso
Published:  06 January, 2009

/>The Denso CAF range was recently taken on by Plymouth-based motor factor Kevin Cooper and is being supplied across all of its 17 branches. Garages can take advantage of a cabin filter support pack to help boost sales. The pack includes point-of-sale material, consumer leaflets explaining the benefits of filter replacement and free-of-charge air fresheners


Deadline time

Just 10 days left to enter Top Technician 2009 and show you've got skills to be proud of
Published:  06 January, 2009

THE DEADLINE for entries to Top Technician 2009 is just 10 days away - meaning any technicians who reckon their fault-finding skills are among the best of the bunch should register without delay.


Updates for reman technology

Mercedes A-Class electronic steering pumps from Remy Automotive
Published:  05 January, 2009

/>Remy has now discovered a way to check the circuit board. The new pumps are for the A140, A160, A170 and A190 mod


Code support

Government urges MPs to help recruit garages into MISRC scheme
Published:  05 January, 2009

THE GOVERNMENT has thrown its support behind the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC).


Cold snap

Freezing weather set to create boom in starter motor, glow plug and wiper blade repair work
Published:  05 January, 2009

THE COLD start to the New Year is expected to lead to a surge in vehicle breakdowns, accidents and non-starts across the UK.


Care for bio-fuelled engines

Bio Medic fuel sterilizer from Lucas Oils
Published:  19 December, 2008

/>For diesel engines, the Lucas Extreme treatment is designed to prevent diesel fuel from waxing during the cold winter mont


Engine offer

XPart launches K-series engine training to help those new to its AutoService network
Published:  19 December, 2008

XPART has launched a specialist training course on K-series engines for members of its AutoService centre network.


New look for wheel alignment

John Bean 3D wheel alignment range from Snap-on Equipment
Published:  18 December, 2008

/>The John Bean systems are quick and easy to use and will take measurements in under two minut


Training time

Expert James Dillon gives techs the latest dates for weekend training courses
Published:  18 December, 2008

TECHNICAL expert James Dillon has announced the latest dates for his series of Saturday training courses in Bristol.


Fresh new face for diagnostics

OmiScan from Omitec
Published:  17 December, 2008

/>This latest OmiScan has a user-friendly design with an ergonomic hand


Brake safety

VOSA rejects calls for brake fluid safety checks in MOT despite safety concerns
Published:  17 December, 2008

VOSA has rejected calls for the introduction of brake fluid tests in the MOT, saying it would be too costly and impractical to enforce.


Fresh air for your engine

Alpha Filters from Webcon
Published:  16 December, 2008

/>Features include top quality washable, pleated elements with stainless top and bottom plates. The filters cover DCOE, IDF, DGV, ICH, DCD, IDA and also come in varying heights to suit as many different applications as possib


Top training

Frank Massey announces bumper diagnostic weekend to help solve your technical woes!
Published:  16 December, 2008

FRANK Massey is staging a two-day technical conference in February, to keep technicians up-to-date with the very latest technical knowledge and more.


Shift stubborn coils

The AST4990 ignition coil remover kit from Auto Service Tools
Published:  15 December, 2008

/>Another added bonus is the depressor tool which releases the locking mechanism which keeps the coils in pla


Lift test

Testing for Garage Equipment Association's accredited network of lift engineers begins
Published:  15 December, 2008

ASSESSMENTS for the Garage Equipment Association's (GEA) lift installation and service engineer accreditation scheme have begun.


Cutting work safety

Welding blankets from Power Tec
Published:  12 December, 2008

/>They are made from glass fibre fabric and are chemically-treated to make them resistant to the most extreme temperatures. They come in two sizes to give maximum protection during any kind of body repa


Quick efficiency boost

Cooling System Flush from Forte
Published:  11 December, 2008

/>Afterwards, Forte recommends a Cooling System Conditioner treatment which aims to ensure smooth running by preventing further corrosion, overheating and scale formation. Forte says a conditioner treatment is particularly important for cars with aluminium engine blocks and cylinder heads as they are more vulnerable to corrosion than cast-iron unit


Tyre trends

Continental explains which tyre sizes are hot and which are not after latest market analysis
Published:  11 December, 2008

DRIVERS will delay replacing tyres for as long as possible during the economic squeeze, according to forecasts by Continental.


Solve electrical problems

PP5 2-in-1 test light/voltmeter from Sealey
Published:  10 December, 2008

/>It comes in a handy box and includes interchangeable probes, leads and clips with 4mm banana-type quick couplings. The tool is just one of those in Sealey’s latest autumn tools promotion that could see you get a free set of jump test le


Test results

Electronic skills are biggest obstacle to ATA accreditation according to IMI
Published:  10 December, 2008

ELECTRONIC and diagnostic skills are the biggest stumbling blocks for people hoping to gain ATA accreditation, according to IMI chief exec Sarah Sillars.


Connect direct diagnostics

Axone Direct diagnostic tool from Texa
Published:  09 December, 2008

/>It comes with a 16-pin connection cable and can be fitted with specific adapters for vehicle specific diagnostics on older vehicles. It is also fitted with a standard internal Bluetooth module that can be used in conjunction with the company’s Opabox or Gasbox emissions analysers for routine maintenance and testin


4-2-2 dead?

DfT says 4-2-2 is dead
Published:  09 December, 2008

Following a period of analysis of the costs and benefits of the MOT?scheme, DfT minister Jim Fitzpatrick has said in a written ministerial statement that a significant number of additional road accidents would be likely if MOT test frequency was reduced.


MOT boost

RMIF claims victory after government report recommends end of 4-2-2 MOT test plans
Published:  09 December, 2008

A GOVERNMENT report has raised hopes that the threat of 4-2-2 MOT testing has finally been lifted.


Sensitivity on tricky jobs

Nitrile examination gloves from Top Gear Trading
Published:  08 December, 2008

/>The nitrile construction means they are suitable for people with allergic reactions to natural rubber latex too. Additionally, they provide better resistance to permeation from chemicals compared to latex of the same thicknes


Licensing latest

Super-complaint threat is back on agenda says IMI chief, but building trade is licensing priority
Published:  08 December, 2008

INDEPENDENTS not signing up to the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) may well see the National Consumer Council issue its long-threatened super-complaint, according to the IMI's chief executive.


Franchise chance

Business group says small firms should consider all options for expansion during downturn
Published:  08 December, 2008

FRANCHISING could be a solution for small firms looking to expand but struggling to raise finance, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB).


Care for tough hands

Number 1 hand cleanser from Granville
Published:  05 December, 2008

/>This cleanser is now available in a new three-litre dispenser. It uses a blend of surfactants and natural citrus oils to shift dirt. These are combined with small polymer beads that loosen stubborn, ground-in dirt. It aims to be tough yet pleasant to use with a natural, lemony sme


Find battery faults

Advanced Battery Analyser from RW Motortec
Published:  04 December, 2008

/>The alternator test checks output under no-load and full-load conditions while the starter test identifies lazy starter motors, which are often at the heart of associated problems. The battery analyser is designed to give precise information about the state of a battery on both 12V and 24V systems, including precise % readings of remaining battery l


Labour rates

Jonas Zambakides urges garages not to cut costs on parts at expense of labour profit
Published:  04 December, 2008

GARAGES must stop chasing costs savings on parts at the expense of larger profits from labour rates, according to the new chairman of the Independent Garage Association.


Parts launch

ADF gives official backing to ATA parts advisor scheme at annual conference
Published:  04 December, 2008

The annual conference of the Automotive Distribution Federation (ADF) has seen the launch of the official launch of the ATA parts advisor scheme.


Help on complex repairs

Envirobase Internal Repair System from PPG Industries
Published:  03 December, 2008

/>It is based on the same painting processes found in car manufacturing plants. It is based on the Envirobase mixing scheme to which two new products have been added; a waterborne engine bay converter and a waterborne activator. PPG says colour matching and mixing are both easy and by mimicking the process adopted in factories, the system aims to reduce process times and materials consumpti



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