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.


Problem removing posters

Trouble-shooting repair posters from ContiTech
Published:  18 March, 2008

/>They assist in both diagnosing and solving common and rarer problems, ensuring belts are installed and fitted correc


No more flat batteries

Numax Connect and Protect Battery Brain from Manbat
Published:  17 March, 2008

/>The bolt-on device monitors the level of charge in a battery and disconnects any loads that threaten to take the voltage below a pre-determined le


Batteries to the rescue

Cargo series batteries from Yuasa
Published:  14 March, 2008

/>The 12V batteries come in capacities from 110 to 200Ah and have greater power and cycling ability than regular batteries to cope with the increased array of electrical equipment used in modern vehicles, including televisions, satellite receivers, microwaves and refrigerato


Tech advice

Aftermarket team ready to offer free technical help at Workshop 2008
Published:  14 March, 2008

AFTERMARKET's team of experts will be on hand to give out free technical advice at the Workshop 2008 exhibition this April.


Key codes

Locksmiths' scheme aims to give independent workshops VM security data
Published:  14 March, 2008

A PIONEERING scheme to secure sensitive security data from vehicle manufacturers has been launched by the locksmiths industry.


Portable repair solution

Takeaway Tools kit from Teng Tools
Published:  13 March, 2008

/>From spanners and ratchets to pliers and screwdrivers, its aims to help you tackle any kind of mechanical repair on the m


Repair rise

AA predicts older cars and more repair work for garages
Published:  13 March, 2008

THE NATIONAL credit crunch means drivers are keeping their cars for longer, analysts at AA Warranty have announced.


Tough times

IMI boss offers solutions to economic uncertainty
Published:  13 March, 2008

COMPANIES need to prepare for tough economic conditions if they are to prosper, the president of the IMI has warned.


Training gains

Expert reveals his top tips for better learning
Published:  13 March, 2008

TRAINING expert Nigel Buchanan has issued a stark warning on the dangers of failing to invest in on-going education.


Skills focus

Your chance to put industry bosses on the spot in Kent
Published:  13 March, 2008

TECHNICIANS in and around Kent will be able to quiz industry big wigs at a free evening event next week.


Powerful compact airflow

Warn Air-Power VTC from Arbil
Published:  12 March, 2008

/>The unit has a maximum pressure rating of 100 psi and an airflow rating of 20 cubic feet per minute (CFM) at zero psi and eight CFM at 90


Lift gives two in one fix

4TC two-post lift from the Garage Equipment Group
Published:  11 March, 2008

/>It comes with an overall height of 4m and three-stage telescopic front lifting arms. A pair of two-stage rear arms gives a reach of up to


Next generation tool

X-431 Tool from Launch Tech
Published:  10 March, 2008

/>It features all the benefits of the X-431 tool with an easy-to-use touch screen, wireless communication, integral CAN Bus technology and much m


Money saving puller kit

10 Ton Hydraulic Puller Kit from Facom
Published:  07 March, 2008

/>All the models feature a simple pump handle system to make pulling gears, bearings, couplings and more as easy as possible. They can also be used on wheels, axles and press-fit compone


Bull barred

Government warns on prosecution risk for illegal bull bars
Published:  07 March, 2008

THE DEPARTMENT for Transport has warned anyone fitting dangerous metal bull bars to vehicles that they could be prosecuted.


Advanced tyre changing

The Boss tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan
Published:  06 March, 2008

/>It can change any type of tyre from 10” to 30” on a completely automatic basis with virtually no manual eff


Battery checks made easy

Digital multimeter from Gunson
Published:  05 March, 2008

/>Features also include ‘auto power off’ and ‘auto range’ functions as well as overload protecti


Dealer survey

Franchises fear uncertainty over Block Exemption Regulations
Published:  05 March, 2008

THE RELATIONSHIP between VMs and franchised dealers is suffering because of uncertainties over the future of Block Exemption Regulations (BER), says a senior boss at the RMIF.


Foxy ladies

Motoring club founder claims female drivers will flock to OFT logo
Published:  05 March, 2008

THE Bosch Car Service network has joined forces with the FOXY Lady Drivers Club to provide a programme of motoring fitness checks for female drivers.


Light removal solution

The XT7100 impact wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  04 March, 2008

/>A twin hammer mechanism means it can deliver 700ft/lbs of torque and can produce 1,300 blows per minute, reducing removal time by 50


Legal help

Garage scheme develops legal helpline for "litigious society"
Published:  04 March, 2008

THE Good Garage Scheme has developed a free legal support service for its members.


Quick and easy fault diagnosis

SIDIS MB diagnosis system from Continental
Published:  03 March, 2008

/>It covers more than 800 vehicle types from 43 manufacturers including Alfa Romeo and Volvo and many in betw


Scots chance

Last chance for Frank Massey diagnostic training in Glasgow
Published:  03 March, 2008

A FEW places are still available on a two-day Frank Massey diagnostic training course in Glasgow this month.


Fast suspension testing

Expert Suspension Tester from Tenneco
Published:  29 February, 2008

/>It uses a different testing system than other conventional testers to give more accurate results, independent of a vehicle’s weight or tyre press


Tech advice

Frank Massey to hold free technical clinic at Workshop 2008
Published:  29 February, 2008

FRANK Massey will be running a free technical clinic at the Workshop 2008 exhibition to help workshops overcome their diagnostic and repair problems.


Bristol courses

Bristol based diagnostic training announced by James Dillon
Published:  29 February, 2008

OSCILLOSCOPE diagnostics and CAN Bus systems are just some of the topics covered in the latest schedule of training courses announced by technical expert James Dillon.


Truck info

Autodata reveal plans for new technical products
Published:  29 February, 2008

AUTODATA has officially launched its first product for the van and heavy goods vehicle markets, as well as revealing plans for a new raft of technical products to benefit workshops.


Garage scheme

ZF Trading garage service scheme could be in pipeline
Published:  29 February, 2008

PARTS manufacturer ZF Trading is looking to bring German quality to the UK with the possible start of yet another branded garage service scheme.


Improved cold starting

Titan GT1 Pro oil from Fuchs Lubricants
Published:  28 February, 2008

/>In particular, those fitted with exhaust after-treatments and turbochargers, such as those on VW and Mercedes Benz cars and light commercial vehic


Larger sanding strokes

Air sander from Festool
Published:  27 February, 2008

/>Sanding errors are prevented by the sanding stroke speed being indicated on the switch lever, this is integrated in the outer curve of the handl



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