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


Test checks

RMIF warns garages that VOSA is watching via computer systems
Published:  02 April, 2008

MOT TESTING stations must realise that VOSA is now monitoring them secretly via computer systems, the RMIF has explained.


Rugged computing solution

Xybernaut Atigo mobile computer from DBS Software
Published:  01 April, 2008

/>It is loaded with DBS Software’s latest logistics programmes but could be updated with additional diagnostic or garage management software of your cho


Matching up

Motaquip explains hidden pitfalls of replacing engine oil
Published:  01 April, 2008

MECHANICS who don't ensure they are matching specific engines with the correct lubricant may be risking serious engine damage, car parts supplier Motaquip has warned.


Accurate chassis estimating

EzCalipre wireless tram gauge from Autorobot
Published:  31 March, 2008

/>It was developed in consultation with body shops and crash repairers and comes with rechargeable batteries, a charging unit and wireless base stat


Safety alert

New legislation means bosses could be held liable for workshop deaths
Published:  31 March, 2008

WORKSHOP owners could be prosecuted for manslaughter if their gross negligence results in the death of an employee following the introduction of new legislation later this week.


Precise wheel alignment

The HawkEye system from Pro-Align
Published:  28 March, 2008

/>The ‘mini’ Hunter 100 version operates on the low cost Hunter100 console with standard hexagonal targets, enabling tyre bays to use the latest technology at an entry level co


Smoking tips

Expert offers advice on buying emissions kit before deadline
Published:  28 March, 2008

PRODUCT expert Barrie Flemming has shared his tips on getting the right emissions analyser before the VOSA deadline for new-specification diesel test equipment comes into force later this year.


Quick and easy to install

Clutch kits from ACDelco
Published:  27 March, 2008

/>The kits cover the country’s most popular vehicles and are part of a range that also includes replacements for dual mass flywheels and concentric slave cylind


Oil fix

Forté proposes solution to high oil consumption on cars
Published:  27 March, 2008

LOW mileage vehicles can become prone to excessive oil consumption because of modern low-sulphur fuels, according the chemical experts at additive company Forté.


Code call

Pioneering garage accreditation scheme aims for 5,000 members
Published:  27 March, 2008

THE TEAM behind the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC) plans to have 5,000 garages signed up to the accreditation scheme by August.


Wrench set tackles any job

Cuattro Ratcheting Ring Wrench Set from Facom
Published:  26 March, 2008

/>Also out from Facom this month is the 67F Series, a nine-piece flexi-ratcheting combination wrench c


Peace of mind purchases

Best Price Guarantee scheme from Snap-on
Published:  25 March, 2008

/>The campaign is designed to encourage purchases of the combi gas analyser before the end of next year, when all garages in the UK will need to have a smoke meter that meets VOSA 2009 specifications


MOT alert

RMIF boss offers tips for keeping up with VOSA special notices
Published:  25 March, 2008

MOT STATIONS risk disciplinary action if they fail to keep paper copies of special notices issued by VOSA, the RMIF has reminded workshops.


Thread repairs made easy

Thread repair kit from Alcoa Fastening Systems
Published:  24 March, 2008

/>It now contains a tapping drill, three varying lengths of insert and an installation tool. A high-speed tang break-off tool and a high-speed STI intermediate tap are also inclu


Bike bash

GEA chief heads to Silverstone for fund-raising cycling attempt
Published:  24 March, 2008

GARAGE Equipment Association chief executive Dave Garratt is hitting the road to raise money for charity.


Tough terrain tyres

Activan tyres from BFGoodrich
Published:  20 March, 2008

/>The tread compound offers high levels of durability and wear resistance, ensuring operators get maximum value for money thanks to increased tyre l


Parts range extended

Steering and suspension parts from TRW
Published:  20 March, 2008

/>The range extension includes everything from brake discs and fluid to cables, wheel cylinders and fitting k


Tool change

Sykes-Pickavant chief steps down to focus on repair campaign
Published:  20 March, 2008

PETER Coombes has decided to stand down as director and chairman of tools company Sykes-Pickavant.


Rotating electrics update

Starter motors and alternators from Autoelectro
Published:  19 March, 2008

/>Almost all the company’s products are made at its factory in Bradford. Production and technical director Nicky Bhogal says this gives the company greater control over quality and availabil


Career crunch

Published:  19 March, 2008

AN INDUSTRY commentator says employers must realise they are in a "beauty parade" to attract the most capable young staff entering the job market.


Sales plans

Boss of Actia Muller plans to target garages with workshop kit
Published:  19 March, 2008

THE NEW boss of garage equipment specialist Actia Muller has unveiled plans to target independent workshops and franchised dealers with its comprehensive range of kit.


Belt time

Motaquip offers advice on timing belt profit chances
Published:  19 March, 2008

PARTS company Motaquip says more independent garages could take advantage of profit opportunities available on timing belt kits.



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