Latest VM timing belt data

Timing Belts manual from Autodata
Published:  23 June, 2008

/>This latest edition covers all the revisions, which Autodata says will help independents stay as up-to-date as franchised operat


Provide a touch of style

Arnage wheel from Team Dynamics
Published:  20 June, 2008

/>The City wheel, shown here, has a five-spoke design and is dual-drilled behind the cap helping to reduce weight and broaden the stock prof


Quality call

Website launched to help boost MISRC ahead of consumer launch
Published:  20 June, 2008

A WEBSITE allowing garages to sign-up to the pioneering Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) has been launched.


Help dismantle bearings

Mechanical pullers from Timken
Published:  19 June, 2008

/>All are designed to give technicians help in working on gears, shaft components, bearings and slee


Pleasingly cherry fragrance

High Shine Car Wash from Turtle Wax
Published:  18 June, 2008

/>The Car Wash shampoo and High Gloss Car Wax are both clearly designed with the female market in mind with their cosmetic appeara


MOT time

VOSA figures reveal state of first-time test market
Published:  18 June, 2008

VOSA statistics have revealed first-time MOT failure rates in the UK are higher than in other European countries.


Night-time safety on vans

Spot lamp mounting from Concept Mouldings
Published:  17 June, 2008

/>So, to add yet more safety to light vans, the company has developed a version of its Endura Frontal Protection System with extra headlamp mounting poi


Move news

Parts firm FPS resigns membership of European trading alliance ATR
Published:  17 June, 2008

PARTS distributor FPS has resigned its membership of the pan-European trading alliance ATR, just weeks after fellow UK company Euro Car Parts joined.


Keeps bolts tight and safe

Blocky locking wheel bolts from Saxon
Published:  16 June, 2008

/>The bolts are designed to play an important role in car safety and security and will be sold alongside Saxon’s existing range of premium Stoplock locking wheel bo


Brake future

ESP ruling highlights need for brake technology training, says Bosch
Published:  16 June, 2008

THE ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) braking system is expected to be fitted on all new cars made from 2012 onwards, following recommendations from the EU.


Top tips

Expert Tony reveals old-fashioned solution to diagnostic trouble
Published:  16 June, 2008

TRAINER Tony Kitchen has revealed a unique tip for boosting technician's diagnostic skills.


Steering solutions in one

XL Steering pumps and racks from FPS
Published:  13 June, 2008

/>This includes steering rack components for the Ford Transit Connect, Ford Focus II and Vauxhall Astra V. The Volvo S60 and S80 along with the Kia Picanto are also cove


Repair progress

R2RC's Jim Mazza reveals plans for public launch of repair campaign
Published:  13 June, 2008

THE RIGHT To Repair Campaign is preparing to spread its message to the public at the British International Motor Show on July 23rd.


Lift lifts almost anything

The Globaljig Dakota from Tri-Sphere
Published:  12 June, 2008

/>Powered by a 2Kw electric motor it has a total lifting height of 1400mm and can lift up to three tonnes in weig


Maverick man

Diagnostic firm unveils latest training partnership for workshops
Published:  12 June, 2008

DIAGNOSTIC tool supplier Maverick Technology is expanding with a range of training and technical support services for workshops.


Advanced spring knowledge

Technical brochure from Lesjofors
Published:  11 June, 2008

/>It also covers more complex issues such as spring geometric parameters, load, deflection, rebound length and more to help give technicians the most up-to-date knowledge and help them with repair wor


Energy advice

Business forum offers help on reducing energy costs
Published:  11 June, 2008

THE FORUM of Private Business (FPB) has released a series of hints and tips for smaller firms hoping to save on energy costs.


Improved coverage less stock

Champion Flo-Max oil filters from Federal Mogul
Published:  10 June, 2008

/>The compact design is designed to reduce stock levels in workshops and keep shelves cl


Business talk

Former RMIF boss calls for higher workshop rates at GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop
Published:  10 June, 2008

FORMER RMIF president Colin Parlett has called on workshops to be "brave" in raising their labour rates.


Going live

IMI set to promote ATA symbol to motoring public
Published:  10 June, 2008

A CAMPAIGN to raise awareness of the ATA symbol among the motoring public on July 23rd, the IMI has revealed.


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.



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