Winning will

RAC patrolman Will Shepherd scoops BBC Young Mechanic of the Year telly talent show
Published:  24 November, 2009

/>The programme was broadcast last night (Monday 23rd November) after months of filming and testing involving young mechanics from throughout the

Time to clear the air

Puratise air con cleaner from Saxon
Published:  23 November, 2009

Cars fitted with air con systems are probably also packed with 'orrible mould and germs too.

Code update

Motor Industry Code of Practice turns to Unipart for independent garage expertise
Published:  23 November, 2009

THE MOTOR Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair has turned to Unipart for expertise in improving its relationship with independent garages.

Bulb to light up your life

XenonMax bulb from Ring Automotive
Published:  20 November, 2009

This bulb claims to produce an impressive 100% more light than a standard headlamp unit.

Talent search

BBC Young Mechanic of the Year show set to hit TV screens Monday
Published:  20 November, 2009

A BBC search for the country's best young mechanic will be broadcast this Monday (23rd November).

Check your battery into rehab

Save-a-battery charger from Nimbus Motorsport
Published:  19 November, 2009

Like a moisturising face cream for your batteries, this unit aims to recondition and rejuvenate.

Saver on engine repairs

Saver Shims from Gosnay Engineering Company
Published:  18 November, 2009

/>The shims fit between the engine block and the cylinder head to give engines a fresh lease of life after a blown head gasket. Where the cylinder head is warped or damaged for example, machining may leave thicknesses outside the manufacturer’s original recommended toleran

Prize package

Panasonic Toughbook computer worth £1,200 up for grabs with Top Technician 2010
Published:  18 November, 2009

A TOP-of-the-range laptop computer is the latest prize up for grabs as part of the Top Technician contest.

Keeping cool

Behr Hella offers radiators for VAG vehicles after striking deal with AKG Thermo Management
Published:  18 November, 2009

BEHR Hella Service is set to offer coolant radiator, intercooler and oil cooler products for Audi, VAG and Mercedes vehicles.

Snake on top of the weld

Supersnake welding system from Kemppi
Published:  17 November, 2009

This welding system aims to help you reach the parts other welders can't.

Skills switch

IMI drops Automotive Skills brand after executive restructuring
Published:  17 November, 2009

The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) will stop using its Automotive Skills brand in a bid to make its role at the centre of automotive skills development more obvious.

Spheres keep us in suspense

Monroe hydro-pneumatic spheres from Universal Automotive
Published:  16 November, 2009

Suspension spheres are just one of the parts in Monroe's complete range of replacement parts.

Service profit

Service plans will help dealers keep maintenance work in-house during 2010, says warranty firm
Published:  16 November, 2009

SERVICE plans will be a major source of profit during 2010 as dealers look to keep more maintenance work in-house, says The Warranty Group.

Totally clips of the part

Jubilee hose clips from L Robinson & Co
Published:  13 November, 2009

Without secure hose joints, even the best cooling systems are going to come unstuck. Gillingham-based firm L Robinson makes hose clips and is the only company legally allowed to use the Jubilee brand name.

Top prize

Another great prize has been announced for the winner of Top Technician 2010
Published:  13 November, 2009

EURO CAR PARTS will present the winner of Top Technician next April with a Brain Bee all-makes diagnostic tool worth over £2,000. This product impressed Aftermarket's workshop so much during a Test bench review, they didn't want to give it back!

Automotive Council

Government creates an Automotive Council to help the sector develop over the next 20 years
Published:  13 November, 2009

THE COUNCIL'S tasks will include attracting investment and funding for the research and development of new technology, identifying gaps in the supply chain and updating existing manufacturing facilities.

Racer head with bike bulbs

Night Racer motorbike bulb from Osram
Published:  12 November, 2009

Is it a motorcycle helmet? No, it's the latest piece of eye-catching packaging from Osram.

Skills update

IMI should remain in charge of automotive skills schemes says Lord Mandelson
Published:  12 November, 2009

THE INSTITUTE of the Motor Industry (IMI) has been re-appointed as a Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the retail motor  industry.

Swift alert manages charges

Congestion charge alert from Trakm8
Published:  11 November, 2009

rong>The company’s fleet management system can now alert staff that their vehicle is about to enter the London Congestion Zone.

Electrics catalogue motors on

Rotating Electrics from Valeo
Published:  10 November, 2009

A new catalogue lists more than 100 new exchange parts in the company's rotating electrics range.

Hella Code

The Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair is set as the minimum standard for Hella's Service Partner Programme.
Published:  10 November, 2009

HELLA'S programme is a marketing and technical support scheme for independent garages. A high proportion of these in the UK specialise in air con servicing and repair - a rising number are electrical and electronic repairers.

Removal tool on the ball

BMW ball joint remover from Laser Tools
Published:  09 November, 2009

If you need to remove or install lower ball joints on a BMW E36 3 series then this kit could be just the ticket.

Calibration concern

Tri-Sphere warns bodyshop managers of 'all systems' recalibration suppliers
Published:  09 November, 2009

THE COMPANY has come across a number of basic errors on measuring systems recently after recalibration had been carried out, supposedly to PAS 125 standards, as part of a full bodyshop service.

Re-build product protects

Engine break-in oil additive from Lucas
Published:  06 November, 2009

One for the engine re-builders, this additive helps protect the camshaft and valve train during the running-in period.

Quality parts from ZF

Automatic transmissions from ZF Great Britain
Published:  05 November, 2009

Following a decision earlier this year, the company now supplies the independent aftermarket with a wide range of out-of-warranty BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover parts.

Cool flush brings relief

Radiator Relief Flush from Design Engineering
Published:  04 November, 2009

rong>It’s not just summertime that brings out the worst in cooling systems. Lack of maintenance means problems crop up in winter too, says Design Engineering.

Crash clinic

Just Car Clinics expands to become UK's second largest collision repair chain
Published:  04 November, 2009

Just Car Clinics has become the UK’s second largest independent collision repair chain after acquiring branches in Redditch and Stourbridge.  

Kits tackle clutch leakage

Oil seal kits from Corteco
Published:  03 November, 2009

According to Corteco, the main cause of clutch leakage is wear of the engine-side and gearbox-side seals.

Dealer relations

Tough times have brought VMs and dealers closer together, says Network Automotive
Published:  03 November, 2009

DEALERS are no longer able to meet the stringent standards set by manufacturers, according to industry consultancy Network Automotive.

Suplex move

Parts firm XPart adds Suplex coil springs to its all-makes range
Published:  03 November, 2009

XPART has become the first UK distributor for Suplex coil springs.

Replace clutches with ease

Clutch compressor from Laser
Published:  02 November, 2009

rong>This latest addition to the Laser range is for repairers who remove or install self-adjusting clutches fitted to BMW, VAG, Mercedes, Volvo, Renault and Vauxhall vehicles.

Prize time

Texa takes top spot European innovation award for its OBD data logger
Published:  02 November, 2009

THE 'OBD Log' diagnostic data recorder from Texa has taken top spot in the Equip Auto Grands Prix for Automotive Innovation.

Gadget takes the pressure

Digital tyre pressure gauge from Richbrook
Published:  30 October, 2009

rong>Whether you want to keep track of pressures to optimise fuel economy and carbon savings, or lap times round a race track, this pressure gauge could prove useful for motorists of almost every type.

Top prizes

Published:  30 October, 2009

Good vibes from plug remover

Glow plug remover kit from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  29 October, 2009

The Vibro impact glow plug remover kit uses vibration to loosen seized glow plugs. It removes the risk of breaking plugs and damaging cylinder heads in the process of removing 8, 10 and 12mm plugs.

Tyre safety

Company car drivers most likely to need replacement tyres
Published:  29 October, 2009

A QUARTER of company car drivers have never checked their tyre tread depths, according to a survey by safety charity TyreSafe.

Safety recall

Sealey recalls selected transformer units after revealing safety risk
Published:  29 October, 2009

TOOL firm Sealey has revealed a potential safety issue with the 230-12V power transformer supplied with its LED2105 rechargeable inspection lamp.

Code backing

Garage owner Andrew Ferris says Motor Industry Code of Practice is business winner
Published:  29 October, 2009

CORPORATE support for the Motor Industry Code of Practice for Service and Repair is growing as leading trade associations publicly offer their backing to the garage scheme.

Filters through to ECP

Bosch filters from Euro Car Parts
Published:  28 October, 2009

ECP now stocks a complete range of Bosch filters for diesel and petrol cars. The range includes fuel, oil, air and cabin filters. There are more than 1,700 filters covering virtually all European passenger cars.

It's one Hella of a light

Luminator Xenon auxiliary headlight from Hella
Published:  27 October, 2009

rong>This auxiliary unit gives vehicles an added blast of lighting power. Hella says it will appeal particularly to off-road vehicles, trucks, large pick-ups and rally cars.

Technical podcasts

Brighton workshop owner shares technical tips using podcasts
Published:  27 October, 2009

STEVE Kennard, owner of 1st Class Garage in Brighton, has started making podcasts covering common vehicle problems and technical tips.

Tough socket set does job

Socket and combi wrench set from Britool
Published:  26 October, 2009

This 83-piece set includes 30 3/8" square drive sockets which, Britool claims, should last a lifetime in the toughest working environments.

Tyre time

Tyre retailer enters servicing market thanks to Unipart deal
Published:  26 October, 2009

TYRE RETAILER has joined forces with Unipart to launch an online vehicle servicing scheme.

Learn to tighten your belt

Belt training from Gates
Published:  23 October, 2009

The manufacturer will explain the causes of premature belt failure and how to avoid them. The courses will be hosted by motor factors around the country and include advice on tension settings and the latest fitting techniques.

FAI's belt-er of a timing kit

All-makes belts from FAI
Published:  22 October, 2009

Now installed in a new HQ after burning down in January 2008, FAI has more than 400 timing belt kits on offer to cope with the rise in demand for all-in-one belt replacement solutions.

Get armed with puller set

Wiper arm puller set from Laser Tools
Published:  21 October, 2009

This set is suitable for a wide range of applications and a variety of cars, in particular models from Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes and BMW. It also works on Vauxhall, Ford and Peugeot vehicles.

Show time

Big name companies confirm their places at Workshop 2010 vehicle repair exhibition
Published:  21 October, 2009

SOME of the best companies in vehicle diagnostics - including Crypton, Texa, Launch UK, Autodiagnos and V-Tech UK - will be showcasing their latest products and information at the Workshop 2010 exhibition next year.

Universal exhaust fittings

Veco exhaust fittings from Universal Automotive
Published:  20 October, 2009

Exhaust fittings join the Veco brand at Kidderminster-based distributor Universal Automotive.

Maverick deal

Autoparts become suppliers of the DEC Superscan II tool in Scotland
Published:  20 October, 2009

New job

John Ball joins RMIF as first ever MOT chairman to represent test stations
Published:  20 October, 2009

JOHN Ball has been appointed to the new job of MOT chairman at the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF).


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