Wrench tool makes an impact

Micro cordless impact wrench from Snap-on Tools
Published:  28 May, 2010

A micro cordless impact wrench is the latest product to join the Snap-on Tools range of tools, tool storage and diagnostic kit. The 3/8" wrench provides 600in.lbs of torque, with 95lbs bolt breakaway torque, great for getting into restricted access areas. This makes it ideal for working under the dash or when removing interior components.

Sleek alignment lift

Hunter RX40 scissor lift from Pro-Align
Published:  28 May, 2010

Pro-Align are very proud to introduce what they call the 'King of all premium wheel alignment lifts'. The Hunter RX40 scissor lift promises increased productivity, saved labour costs and greater throughput due to a slick and streamlined wheel alignment process.

Simpler fault finder Launch

Auto Book from Launch UK
Published:  28 May, 2010

As mentioned in the news section of last month's Aftermarket, diagnostic firm Launch UK is stocking the Auto Book tool in a bid to attract business from workshops that want to venture into diagnostics without getting bogged down in the most advanced and complicated fault-finding techniques.

Tapley diagnostics go Global

Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation
Published:  28 May, 2010

If you are after fast diagnostics coupled with an easy to use programme, consider the Global Pro Tool-100 from Tapley Instrumentation that can be used on both petrol and diesel engines.

BEN support

Unipart raises money for automotive charity BEN
Published:  26 May, 2010

UNIPART has raised more than £6,200 for the automotive industry charity BEN at its annual awards ceremony, the Unipart Way Awards.

Cool training

Published:  26 May, 2010

TEXA is the latest company to join the rush on air con training ahead of the start of F-gas regulations.

Parts news

Cat firm BM Catalysts signs up to TecDoc parts catalog
Published:  26 May, 2010

CATALYTIC converter manufacturer BM Catalysts has joined the TecDoc CATALOG electronic parts system.

Lift advice

Garage Equipment Association to publish lift safety guide
Published:  25 May, 2010

THE GARAGE Equipment Association (GEA) is preparing to publish a guide to lifting equipment as part of its on-going crack down on workshop safety.

Scope skills

Pico Technology announces latest dates for oscilloscope training
Published:  24 May, 2010

PICO Technology has announced more training dates to help repairers get the latest knowledge of scope-based fault-finding.

Hose the daddy? Top clip pack

Hose clip workshop pack from Jubilee
Published:  21 May, 2010

The hose clip company has created a workshop pack which, as the name makes fairly obvious, is a collection of hose clips designed specially for workshops.

Bugs & tar get wiped out

Cleaning wipes from Tetrosyl
Published:  21 May, 2010

Three new CarPlan packet wipes join the existing range of car care products, designed for 'on-the-go, no fuss cleaning'.

New FAI box is a belt-er

Timing belt kits from FAI Automotive
Published:  21 May, 2010

Distributor FAI Automotive has attempted to revitalise its image with new packaging for its timing belt kits, sold under the FAI Auto Parts brand.

Bumper brake bulletin

Caliper update catalogue from Brake Engineering
Published:  21 May, 2010

The latest 2010 brake caliper catalogue is out now from Brake Engineering and, according to the company, it contains the widest range of calipers in the UK aftermarket.

On your bike with plugs

Motorbike spark plugs from NGK
Published:  21 May, 2010

Motorbike spark plugs are increasingly replicating their high-temperature cousins fitted to passenger cars, says NGK. The company says there is an on-going trend towards "hotter, automotive-style plugs" as the drive to reduce emissions hits motorbikes too. Hotter plugs can also enhance idle stability.

Open time

RMI plans development evenings to help garages get to grips with business
Published:  21 May, 2010

The RMI is offering a series of open evenings, specifically designed to help tackle the business development, and technical requirements, of independent garages.

F-gas solution

Auto Freeze system offers alternative to F-gas accreditation
Published:  21 May, 2010

ACCESSORIES company Mountney has signed a distribution deal for the Auto Freeze system - an air con device that gets round F-gas regulations.

Bean brand

Published:  20 May, 2010

EURO Car Parts has become an official distributor of Snap-on Equipment's John Bean range of garage equipment.

Injector checks

ASNU begins campaign for injector checks in VM service schedules
Published:  20 May, 2010

INJECTOR diagnostics firm ASNU has begun a three-year campaign aimed at getting VMs to include checks on injector efficiency in their standard service schedules.

Sale denial

Euro Car Parts denies £250 million sale claim
Published:  17 May, 2010

EURO Car Parts has denied a story that it is for sale at a price of £250 million.

Lube for fuel efficiency

Low viscosity oil from ACDelco
Published:  14 May, 2010

A next generation, low viscosity synthetic engine oil for use in both petrol and diesel passenger cars joins ACDelco's existing range of synthetic, mineral and transmission gear oils.

Armed with wiper puller

Wiper arm puller from Laser Tools
Published:  14 May, 2010

This wiper arm puller has been designed to make your life that bit easier when faced with a wiper arm that won't budge.

Poster pump warning

Steering poster from Remy Automotive
Published:  14 May, 2010

This poster, available to workshops and factors, has been designed to remind technicians of the need to replace the steering rack and pump together. It can also be used to demonstrate to customers how to avoid unnecessary costs in the future.

Get equipped with SIP

Spring promotion from SIP
Published:  14 May, 2010

Deals on over 300 products can be found in the SIP Spring Promotion that runs until June 30th.

One stop part shop TecDoc

Improved search tool from TecDoc
Published:  14 May, 2010

The parts identification system has been updated to make it easier and quicker to find the right replacement part.

Apprentice agency

S&B Academy set to launch ATA apprentice hire agency to help cut costs
Published:  14 May, 2010

S&B AUTOMOTIVE Academy has launched an apprentice agency scheme to help garages hire staff at limited cost.

Code checklist

Top Tech winner Stuart White backs Motor Codes' driver checklist scheme
Published:  14 May, 2010

MOTOR Codes is targeting motorists with a checklist it claims will help them decide if their garage is a quality outfit or a "rusty rip-off".

Battery move

Former Hella man Andy Morgan joins Varta to oversee battery sales
Published:  13 May, 2010

ANDY Morgan has been appointed national sales manager for Varta batteries, the UK subsidiary of Johnson Controls.

Show time

Automechanika boss claims financial crisis will not affect September exhibition
Published:  13 May, 2010

THE BOSS of the Automechanika aftermarket exhibition expects the show to match 2008 visitor and exhibitor figures despite the global financial crisis.

Parts arrival

German firm Optimal set for entry into UK parts market
Published:  11 May, 2010

PARTS distributor Optimal has completed preparations to enter the UK aftermarket with a warehousing facility in the UK and logistics centre in Germany.

Wakey wakey, valves!

TPMS valve tool from TRW
Published:  07 May, 2010

A valve activation tool joins the TRW easycheck service range of tools, in preparation of all new cars to market from 2012 having Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS's) fitted as standard.

Riveting drill converter

Rivedrill from Frost
Published:  07 May, 2010

This device lets you convert a conventional cordless, electric or pneumatic drill into a blind rivet gun. Frost says it can set up to 14 rivets per minute - which is about twice what could be done using hand tools.

Recoil in delight at repair kit

Recoil thread repair kit from Alcoa Fastening Systems
Published:  07 May, 2010

The latest Pro XL Recoil kit contains a combined tap wrench and installation tool for repairing threads on wheel bolts, spark plugs, brake calipers, oil sumps and drain plugs.

'Andy cap to check service

Tamperproof caps from Euro Car Parts
Published:  07 May, 2010

This tamperproof cap locks onto the existing dust cap of a R-134a system so if the vehicle returns to your workshop with the caps broken, you can then decide whether you trust the third party has serviced the system with the correct refrigerant, lubricant and additives.

Bin aligner and bag new one

Geolite wheel aligner from Snap-on
Published:  07 May, 2010

In a bid to convince you why you should invest in its new Geolite 3D wheel aligner, Snap-on did a bit of research into potential returns on investment.

Brake chance

Euro Car Parts highlights van service work chance
Published:  07 May, 2010

VAN service work is one of the biggest growth areas in the aftermarket - and one workshops should be exploiting - according to Euro Car Parts boss Sukhpal Singh.

Clutch deal

Fuel Parts UK to supply AP clutches following Raicam deal
Published:  06 May, 2010

FUEL Parts UK has completed a deal with British manufacturer Raicam Clutch to supply AP branded clutch kits and slave cylinders.

Manager award

The Institute of the Motor Industry launches Automotive Management Accreditation
Published:  06 May, 2010

THE Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) has launched a voluntary accreditation scheme for managers within the industry akin to the successful Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme.

Brake advice

Frank Massey stars in Ferodo brake training DVD
Published:  04 May, 2010

BRAKING brand Ferodo has recruited Frank Massey to star in its latest training video.

Apprentice profit

Delphi claims £71,000 profit chance for apprentice garages
Published:  03 May, 2010

DELPHI has relaunched its apprenticeship programme, claiming garages could make £71,000 profit over three years.

Air con unit's a breeze

AC 2500 N9 air con unit from Tecalemit
Published:  30 April, 2010

Like all air con units from equipment firm Tecalemit, this fully-automatic air con service unit comes with a high-side coupler which incorporates a purge valve to ensure no refrigerant is lost to the atmosphere. As a result, it's fully compliant with the latest F-gas regulations.

Car prize

Find out how you could win a brand new Renault thanks to workwear company Dickies
Published:  30 April, 2010

WORKWEAR company Dickies has put £25,000 worth of prizes, including a new car, up for grabs to the winner of its UK Worker of the Year competition.

Carlube? Well, oil be blowed!

Carlube oils from Tetrosyl
Published:  29 April, 2010

rong>The bods at Tetrosyl have obviously been busy recently with 3 new oils to choose from.

Parts drive

Suspension firm Meyle explains its 'better than OE' claim
Published:  29 April, 2010

STEERING and suspension parts firm Meyle has spelt out its plan to take on the UK market.

Make light work of safety

Lyra LED day and night lamp from Ring Automotive
Published:  28 April, 2010

This latest light acts as a dual-function day and night lamp. It can be used as a Daytime Running Lamp (DRL) in the day and an extra styling lamp once darkness descends.

Training time

Technician Richard becomes 25,000th attendee at Snap-on tech seminars
Published:  28 April, 2010

SNAP-on is celebrating the attendance of the 25,000th paying attendee at its TechEd workshop seminars.

Kit launch

Hella confirms diagnostic kit launch in bid to throw off its lighting-only image
Published:  28 April, 2010

HELLA will launch a new addition to its Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools at the Automechanika exhibition in Germany this year.

Power ahead with batteries

Varta batteries from Hella
Published:  27 April, 2010

Hella has extended its choice of Varta batteries for cars and commercial vehicles. The company now stocks Varta units alongside its own Hella Power range.

Thrills without the spills

Non-spill fuel spout from Easy-fill
Published:  26 April, 2010

Designed to prevent overfilling and wasted fuel from spills, this device automatically shuts off when the tank is full.

Tech support

Published:  26 April, 2010

DIAGNOSTIC firm Autologic has bolstered its technical support with the appointment of three further staff to its BMW and VAG teams.

Strapped for Transit vans

Fused Transit battery-earth straps from Unipart
Published:  23 April, 2010

A choice of fused battery-earth straps for Ford Transits are now available from Unipart.  From 2000 to 2006, all Transits were fitted with a fused negative earth strap. This can easily blow if a van is started in gear or has a faulty starter motor causing too much current to flow. "As a result, all power is lost until the blow earth strap is replaced," says Unipart.


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