Skill Auto deadline

New entries for this competition are welcomed until January 17th
Published:  03 January, 2011

THE Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has announced that the closing date for the SkillAuto competitions has now been extended to 17 January.

Gadget is top of the Snocks

A timely lighter and cheaper alternative to snow chains has hit the shelves.
Published:  22 December, 2010

THE REST of the country might grind to a halt at the first sign of a snowflake, but that simply isn't an option for the garage trade.

Diagnostic tool is a cracker

Cracking fault codes with the Cypher
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>The Cypher is a PC-based diagnostic tool pitched at the experienced diagnostic technician; enabling you to work now and into the future.

Can I read it? Yes you scan!

ISCAN II from Automotive Garage Solutions
Published:  21 December, 2010

rong>This scanner is also J2534 pass-thru enabled and provides auto-search facilities for most makes, so there’s no need to enter VIN details or engine type.

Exhausted battery

RAC called out to 1,200 flat batteries in just one day
Published:  20 December, 2010

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Spratt tops IAAF

Change at the top confirmed for aftermarket federation
Published:  16 December, 2010

THE COUNCIL of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF)

Suspension range expands

FAI range continues to grow
Published:  15 December, 2010

rong>In Spring 2010, 250 steering and suspension part numbers joined FAI Automotive’s steering and suspension programme and were listed in a supplement to its catalogue, adding more than 1,000 new applications.

HSE Warning

The Health and Safety executive issues a warning to garage owners following two fatal accidents
Published:  14 December, 2010

THE HEALTH and safety executive has issued a bulletin to garage owners warning about the risks of cutting up old containers oil drums.

Code standards

Trading standards chief exec to oversee industry code
Published:  13 December, 2010

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Thatcham boss

New suits at Thatcham and Chevrolet
Published:  10 December, 2010

THE MOTOR insurance repair research centre Thatcham, has named Peter Shaw as its next Chief Executive. Coming from the energy sector, Shaw will join the organisation in April next year and succeeds Peter Roberts who has led the insurer funded Centre since 2001.

Diesel range

Lucas Diesel launches reman range through FAI
Published:  10 December, 2010

January 2011 sees the launch of what Lucas Diesel claim to be "the first true off the shelf" range of remanufactured diesel injection products, distributed through FAI Automotive.

Repair business

Garages must become more 'business-centric' says IAAF
Published:  10 December, 2010

AN INDUSTRY figure was warned that garages must modernise if they are to compete with franchised dealers for years to come.

ECP expands

Three new branches added in as many weeks
Published:  08 December, 2010

EURO CAR PARTS (ECP) has opened new branches in Bristol, Liverpool and Peterborough.

Blown away by Laser Kit

Suck and blow with Laser Tools
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>An Air Gun Sucker/Blower Kit with a standard airline and an air pressure of 90psi is available from Laser Tools.

Going spare over Mini gear

Gear assembly from Mini Spares
Published:  07 December, 2010

rong>Anyone who has a classic Mini turn up in their workshop with one of the frequent gearbox problems will be pleased to know that the first and second gear complete inner assembly for all four-speed synchromesh gearboxes is once again available from Huddersfield-based Mini Spares.

Double retest fee

IAAF calls for the cost of MoT retests to be increased
Published:  03 December, 2010

MIKE Owen, head of the garage section in the IAAF, told a conference that he believes that making the price of a retest double that of the initial MoT inspection, would both improve public safety and improve government revenues, making the threat of bi-annual tests less likely.

Cool Comma coolant

VW approval for Comma
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>A VW-approved antifreeze and coolant is the most recent addition to Comma’s Xstream range containing Glysantin from BASF. 

Tester is tops for diagnostics

Component testing from Bosch
Published:  29 November, 2010

rong>The new FSA 500 Mobile Tester and FSA and Hybrid Tester from Bosch are said to provide fast and accurate troubleshooting and the latter aids professional diagnosis of electronic and hybrid drives.

Garage competition back for 2011

Published:  26 November, 2010

Organisers of the annual Golden Garages competition have launched the 2011 contest that last year attracted thousands of motorists to vote for the best service and repair garage in the country.

HGV tests get positive reaction

Published:  24 November, 2010

Security info unlocked

Block exemption security certificates to be issued by industry body
Published:  24 November, 2010

CAR manufacturers will have to provide security technical information to mechanics nationwide, regardless of their brand affiliation, the EU has ruled.

Hardy Brake Gray paint

Brake fluid-resistant paints
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>Brake Gray is a heavy-duty brake fluid-resistant paint, containing pure stainless steel pigment in an ultra durable epoxy ester resin. Phew.

Kit makes the welder difference

Automatic wire feed
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>If you’re after a MIG/MAG welder that offers a simple set-up then look no further than the Synergic single phase 13/23-V from GYS. Select the welding mode, wire thickness and metal type, set the current and you’re ready to go - the best wire speed is automatically chosen.

DEi get stuck into glue

Sticky heat from DEi
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>The glue barons at Design and Engineering Inc have come up with a handy solution to sticky situations.

Company has funnel vision

Disposable funnel range
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>The Fast Funnel range of disposable funnels has been created to eliminate the hazards of impurities and possibility of cross-contamination when using the same funnel time and time again.

Sensor-ble option for Bosch

Diesel lambda sensors
Published:  19 November, 2010

rong>Bosch claims to have the right lambda sensor for virtually every vehicle, with around 85% market coverage in Europe and the range has now been expanded to include sensors for diesel engines.

Movers and shakers

Changing faces at ECP, Wood Auto and Sovereign
Published:  19 November, 2010

TWO INDUSTRY appointments have been announced this week. Euro Car Parts (ECP) has appointed former Halfords divisional manager Andy Hamilton, pictured here, as its operations director.

Kitemark boost

Garage flies Kitemark, gains new business
Published:  19 November, 2010

A BODY repair shop has secured new business since gaining the Kitemark over three years ago when it was the first bodyshop in Lancashire and 12th in the UK to hold the mark.

New techs in skills comp

Young techs to represent the country at WorldSkills
Published:  18 November, 2010

SIX NEWLY-qualified technicians have been selected to represent the UK in an international tournament.

V-belt kits for French cars

Belt kits from ContiTech
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ContiTech has expanded its range of kits with V-ribbed belts and torsional vibration dampers (TVD) and includes popular vehicle models of French manufacturers, including the Citroen C5, Peugeot 307 and 607, as well as the Renault Mégane.

Brake reset tool available

Gunson reset tool
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>An electronic park-brake reset tool specifically designed for Audi A4, A6 and A8, Q7 and Passatt models from 2006 to 2009 is now available from Gunson.

Reman stock for stopping

New stock for Brakeworld
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>Leeds-based firm Brakeworld now carries a comprehensive range of re-manufactured callipers sourced from NK in Denmark. NK is one of Europe's largest remanufacturers of callipers, offering a comprehensive range for European, Japanese and Korean cars and light commercial vans.

More clutches to take away

ACDelco commits to clutch expansion
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>ACDelco has set itself the target to expand the number of clutch references it holds on a monthly basis until the end of the year and a further 16 clutch kits join its programme this month. Its range now stands at over 900 references, compared to 754 at the beginning of the year.

Don't beat around the bush

Bush removal tool for VAG group cars
Published:  12 November, 2010

rong>The latest addition to the Auto Service Tools range of suspension bush removal/installation tools has been released covering applications on control arm bushes on Volkswagen Group vehicles.

Red tape woes

Garage owners dubious over Coalition's ability to cut red tape
Published:  11 November, 2010


Cash grants

IMI urges workshops to take advantage of available cash grants
Published:  10 November, 2010

The WOMEN and Work scheme is operated through the IMI and gives £400 to businesses that invest in their female staff.

Technical advisor needed

Help independent garages gain access to technical information
Published:  09 November, 2010

The EGEA (European Garage Equipment Association) and FIGIEFA (the International Federation of Wholesalers of Automotive Replacement Parts) are looking to recruit a technical advisor to support its lobbying activities in Brussels; which aims to safeguard a legislative environment in the EU that provides fair competition in the automotive aftermarket.

Keeping us in suspension

Range update from Delphi
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>Delphi’s steering and suspension range has been increased by 380 new part numbers since its last catalogue and can be found in the 2010/2011 version.

Optimal component range

European distributor has the UK market in its sights
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>European component distributor, Optimal is set to enter the UK aftermarket from a new central warehousing facility in the West Midlands.

Tool kit is a SAC-sy option

SAC tool kit from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A self-adjusting clutch (SAC) tool kit from Sykes Pickavant has been developed for mounting and dis-mounting SAC assemblies to the flywheel.

Autoboss game, set and 'Mach'

The Mach VCI from SPX
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>In an effort to market new kit to independent garages, diagnostic tool distributor Autoboss UK is due to bring out a new interface.

Stand out from the crowd

Sakura hi-visibility products
Published:  05 November, 2010

rong>A range of Sakura hi-visibility products are now ready for winter stocking and are available from Saxon, who also distribute car care and valet products.

Dickies winner

Three techs in 'Worker of the Year' finals
Published:  05 November, 2010

A TRIO of technicians reached the grand final of a competition held to find the 'Worker of the Year'.

Remover tool really takes off

Sealey wheel-nut cap remover
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>This little device will remove Sealey plastic wheel nut caps fitted to Audi, Seat, Skoda, VW and Vauxhall vehicles.

Scooby pressure pump

Oil's well for high pressure pump
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>High performance engines require additional oil pressure because of the increased demand placed upon various components within the engine.

Parts packaging update

New designs for National
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Clutch and parts manufacturer National Auto Parts has redesigned its product cartons and website to make the products easier to find and the site speedier to navigate.

Cobra springs into action

Cobra springs for cube
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Suspension manufacturer Cobra has released a spring upgrade kit for the latest version of the quirky Nissan cube.

Top bloke, top topics, top tech

Dillon's Technical Bulletin service
Published:  29 October, 2010

rong>Aftermarket technical writer, technical trainer, workshop owner, Top Technician supporter and all round fab west-country bloke James Dillon is running some one-day training courses at his new training facility in Bridgwater next month.

Code War

Motor Codes hits out at RMI 'Trust My Garage' scheme
Published:  28 October, 2010

GARAGE scheme Motor Codes has hit out at the decision by the Retail Motor Industry (RMI) to launch a rival garage organisation.

Motor trade insolvencies drop slightly

Minor drop in garages closing, but still a bleak period according to research
Published:  27 October, 2010

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