Easier engine assembly

CP7735 impact wrench from Chicago Pneumatic
Published:  20 October, 2008

/>Other features include an ergonomic trigger designed to offer forward and reverse torque at the touch of a button. It also comes with a handle exhaust and 360 degree air inlet swivel to prevent troublesome hose kink


Brake tester renovation

REGRIT brake tester renovation kit from Formulas That Work
Published:  17 October, 2008

/>It cures in 12 hours so workshop downtime can be kept to a minimum. It can even be reduced to zero if it is left to cure overnight. The coating is designed to last for several years and each kit is suitable for one standard tester comprising four rollers


Top training

Former Top Tech winner Clive Atthowe chosen for South African adventure
Published:  17 October, 2008

FORMER Top Technician winner Clive Atthowe has been hand-picked for an exclusive training course on the other side of the world.


Car sales

Can you sell your customers' cars if they don't pay? We explain the rules
Published:  17 October, 2008

A FREE guide to keeping customers cars if they do not pay their repair bills is now available online.


High quality wiping

All-seasons wipers from Michelin
Published:  16 October, 2008

/>The blades’ profile is also built to combat leaves, dust and insects. A synthetic rubber is used for durability and given a water-repellent coating to stop it sticking to the screen on especially hot or cold days. Michelin says this speeds up the dispersal of wa


For a taste of US power

Borla performance CAT-back exhausts from USAutomotive
Published:  15 October, 2008

/>Marques covered by the new European range include, Audi, Seat, Volkswagen, Ford, Lexus and Chevrolet. The exhausts are EU type-approved and comply with regulations for noise, back pressure and engine performa


Safety first

Tyre Safe chairman Rob Beddis explains the importance of correct pressures
Published:  15 October, 2008

Drivers are cutting short the life of their tyres, endangering their safety and adding to the cost of motoring if they do not check tyre pressures, according to TyreSafe.


Tyre change

Tyre retailer teams up with Unipart in bid to boost independent sector
Published:  15 October, 2008

TYRE retailer Blackcircles.com has appointed Unipart Automotive as its preferred parts supplier.


Service fix

New company formed to help garages hit by closure of Protech Automotive
Published:  15 October, 2008

WORKSHOPS unable to get equipment calibrated or serviced following the closure of Protech Automotive can call on a new company for help.


Get to grips with belts

Timing belts from Vauxhall Trade Club
Published:  14 October, 2008

/>All the components needed to complete a full repair are included in the kits to help you get a perfect fit first time. Because they are genuine OE parts, they help independent repairers offer customers an assurance of premium quality and peace of min


Enhance diagnostic tools

Global Pro version 84 software updates from Automotive Garage Equipment Supplies
Published:  13 October, 2008

/>Global Pro says it made “significant investment” in resources and technology last year and hopes users will now benefit from enhanced product support and functions designed to help workshops and technicians tackle the latest diagnostic difficultie


Green powerful lifting

Envirolift from Stertil Koni
Published:  10 October, 2008

/>The lifting column is made from 98% recycled material and the unit as a whole runs on deep-cycle, 100% recyclable batteries that can be recharged via a single-phase power supply. What’s more, the batteries are automatically recharged as the lift lowers in a bid to keep overall energy consumption to a mini


Fraud warning

Small businesses must be extra-wary of credit card fraud risk, says FPB
Published:  10 October, 2008

WORKSHOP businesses must comply with credit card security standards or pay the price of fraud, a business lobby group has warned.


A tailored screen wiper fix

Vehicle-specific beam blades from Wipac
Published:  09 October, 2008

/>Wipac also offers a range of auxiliary lights and lights for 4x4 and classic cars as well as work lamps and auto electrical components. A full marketing and technical package is provided through personal sales contacts, marketing literature, help and advi


Economy call

New RMIF boss spells out importance of automotive industry to UK economy
Published:  09 October, 2008

THE NEW chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF), says the government must recognise the importance of the automotive sector to the national economy.


Popular vehicles covered

Diesel Particulate Filters from BM Catalysts
Published:  08 October, 2008

/>Also available now is an extensive range of maniverters for marques including BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Alfa Romeo and mor


ECP latest

Due diligence would not have saved LSUK from closure, says ECP
Published:  08 October, 2008

EURO CAR Parts did not follow due diligence procedures during its takeover of LSUK - but says this would not have helped it save the company from closure.


Belt up stretch fit jobs

SFT001 installation tool from Gates
Published:  07 October, 2008

/>Also out now is the SFT003 tool, designed for more compact engine layouts. All Stretch Fit belts now come with instructions on how the tools should be used to fit t


Get your teeth into any job

Grip wrenches from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  06 October, 2008

/>The Omnium grips are a special multi-purpose design, combining straight, curved and convex jaw profiles. They aim to offer a secure grip on almost any kind of object, including large, small, flat and round surfa


MOT crash

Published:  06 October, 2008

AROUND 900 garages are facing temporary shut-down of their equipment following the closure of LSUK by Euro Car Parts (ECP) it has emerged today (Monday 6th October).


LSUK closes

Euro Car Parts fails to save parts supplier LSUK from closure after takeover
Published:  05 October, 2008

EURO CAR Parts has closed LSUK just days after it bought the nationwide parts supplier, claiming it had saved 600 jobs in the process.


OE quality ignition parts

All-makes ignition parts from Bosch
Published:  03 October, 2008

/>The company says ignition coils have, in particular, gone through big design changes with the increasing use of plastic as a construction material making them more resilient to vibration and h


Garage help

IGA's new boss announces support service plans to secure workshop futures
Published:  03 October, 2008

GARAGE manager Jonas Zambakides has officially taken over as chairman of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) - and announced plans for a comprehensive package of support to help workshop businesses


Accurate emissions testing

700 series Gas and Smoke Emissions Analyser from Crypton
Published:  02 October, 2008

/>The unit has been designed to offer a range of luxurious features as standard. These include a sturdy, custom-built cabinet, a Dell PC, printer and tilting 19” flat screen moni


Diagnostic deal

Hella and Gutmann Messtechnik team up to find new diagnostic solutions for workshops
Published:  02 October, 2008

AUTOMOTIVE supplier Hella has entered a joint venture with diagnostic specialist Gutmann Messtechnik to develop new solutions to garage's technical problems.


Easy airbag removal

Airbag removal tool kit from Laser
Published:  01 October, 2008

/>Laser says it will also remove the steering wheel airbag from the VW Passat, Jetta, Golf and new Beetle models built between 1999 and 2


New boss

Paul Williams promises new development at RMIF after taking over as chairman
Published:  01 October, 2008

VERTU Motors boss Paul Williams takes over as chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) today (Wednesday 1st October).


Fast and firm sealing

Silicone Liquid Gasket can from ThreeBond
Published:  30 September, 2008

/>It is designed to help anyone with flanges to seal against water or oil in gearboxes or other engine syst


Takeover news

Euro Car Parts expands with takeover of all 53 LSUK branches
Published:  30 September, 2008

EURO CAR Parts (ECP) has expanded its business with the takeover of parts supplier and technical services company LSUK.


Diagnostic wiring diagrams

Version 31 IDC3 software from Texa
Published:  29 September, 2008

/>Texa says there are now 437 extra wiring diagrams available for cars from these and other manufacturers, including SMART, Suzuki and Vo


Align time

Wheel alignment survey reveals revenue opportunities "ready for the taking"
Published:  29 September, 2008

MORE than 90% of cars suffer from some form of wheel misalignment, according to figures released by Pro-Align.


Big bulb range expanded

All-makes bulb range from AC Delco
Published:  26 September, 2008

/>It includes bulbs for both off-road and on-road vehicles with bulbs for every kind of application from headlamp and indicator to reversing, parking and fog bu


Tough times

Economic downturn hits accessory sales as Motor World Ltd goes into administration
Published:  26 September, 2008

ONE OF the UK's biggest car care accessory retailers has been put into administration following a slump in sales.


Lift latest

GEA prepares for pilot programme of accredited lift engineer scheme
Published:  26 September, 2008

PLANS for a network of accredited lift engineers have taken the next step forward with a pilot programme just weeks away, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) has revealed.


Tech success

Technical Workshop on October 20th sells out thanks to demand for diagnostic latest
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop diagnostic seminar on October 20th has officially sold out. More than 120 people are now booked in to hear expert speakers talk about the latest vehicle technology.


Ideas forum

Impact Association goes online for higher profile role in helping aftermarket
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE IMPACT Association is seeking to re-energize its profile with a new website and higher-profile role in the aftermarket.


PSA cars coils covered

Intermotor ignition coils from SMP Europe
Published:  25 September, 2008

/>The expanded range includes the latest GM coil to fit 1.6 8v Vauxhall and Opel cars along with new multi-outlet Mercedes coils and units to fit Ford Galaxy and Transits, which SMP Europe claims are currently unavailable elsewhere in the aftermar


Complete ATL test facility

ATL testing facility from Straightset
Published:  24 September, 2008

/>The passenger car test lane comes with an AHS Multiflex brake tester and a four-post, four-ton lift with built-in ST25000 play detect


Clever little black box

Vehicle Tracker security system from Keytracker
Published:  23 September, 2008

/>It means fleet companies, drivers or anyone with the device fitted to their vehicle can know the car’s exact location, speed and ignition on and off ti


Safety first

11% of motorists rely on workshops for tyre pressure checks say Tyre Safety Month campaigners
Published:  23 September, 2008

ENCOURAGING customers to check their tyre pressures could help save their lives - that was the message at a promotional event for Tyre Safety Month today (Tuesday 23


Add spark to your testing

VS5262 spark plug HT tester from Sealey
Published:  22 September, 2008

/>It lets technicians perform a fast and accurate check on the HT supply to a spark plug for quick and simple fault diagno


Light the way forward

Fogstar front fog lamps from Valeo
Published:  19 September, 2008

/>Six part numbers are available, covering 3.2 million vehicles in the UK and Irela


Editors blog

As Automechanika draws to a close, tell customers how money spent now could save costly bills later!
Published:  19 September, 2008

THE AUTOMECHANIKA exhibition in Germany begins to draw to a close today (Friday 19th September) after a week of new technology, opinions, ideas and innovations that will help shape the future of the trade.


More ignition coils

Ford Fiesta ignition coils from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  18 September, 2008

/>The latest coils include OE-quality units to fit the Citroen Berlingo, Ford Focus and Mondeo. Ignition coils for the latest VW Polo are out now


Electric future

Delphi boss says technical revolution will see hybrids take over!
Published:  18 September, 2008

A REVOLUTION in hybrid vehicles is about to change the way cars are powered and trigger the beginning of the end for the combustion engine, according to global Delphi boss Frank Ordonez.


VOSA gives seal of quality

Bosch BEA 850 emissions analyser available from TDCS
Published:  17 September, 2008

/>The full analyser is a PC-based unit that can be expanded into a complete diagnostic platform if desi


Green shock

KYB unveils green shock absorbers to help save environment
Published:  17 September, 2008

ADVANCES in technology are making shock absorbers greener than ever before, suspension specialists at KYB announced today.


Sparking up

NGK boss predicts long-term decline in popularity of diesel engines
Published:  17 September, 2008

THE RISE of the diesel engine will come to an end within the next 10 years, according to European NGK boss Norbert Neuhaus.


High quality Lifts

Trademaster ATL package from The Trade Group
Published:  16 September, 2008

/>This includes lifts from members of The Trade Group such as renowned garage equipment companies Rotary Lift and M


Air con range expands

Air con compressors from Denso
Published:  15 September, 2008

/>A complete guide to the range is available in the company’s new 2008/2009 A/C Compressor catalo



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