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.

Easy to check with tool

Version 3 Easycheck software from TRW
Published:  23 April, 2010

The latest software is out now for TRW's hand-held service tool. It contains 235 new vehicle applications across 11 VMs ranging from Alfa Romeo and Fiat through to Renault and Volvo.

Spring has sprung for Sealey

Spring sales promotion from Sealey
Published:  23 April, 2010

rong>A wide choice of tools and special offers are available in tool company Sealey’s Spring Promotion catalogue, which is out now. Unlike previous years, the 2010 promotion has been extended until 31st May.

The whole kit and caboodle

Catalogue range extension from Draper Tools
Published:  23 April, 2010

Draper Tools has launched the 2010/11 edition of its main tools catalogue. The 724-page publication features more than 8,000 product lines and is available in a handy A5 format, as well as the traditional A4 size.

Tester feels the pressure

Fuel pressure test kits from Alba Diagnostics
Published:  23 April, 2010

The company is enhancing its choice of test kits with 6 new units added to the range. The most common is the 30855 version designed for European cars.

Breaking news

BSI claims initial victory in on-going anti-competition court case
Published:  23 April, 2010

BSI is claiming an initial victory in an on-going court case over its Kitemark scheme for body shops based on the PAS 125 standards.

Top Tech

What are Top Tech winner Stuart White's "rare skills" according to expert Frank Massey?
Published:  23 April, 2010

TECHNICAL expert Frank Massey has paid tribute to Top Technician winner Stuart White as a rare example of someone who has mastered both repair and business skills.

Rubber time

Rubber specialist Bock seeks UK lift manufacturer partners
Published:  22 April, 2010

AUSTRIAN company Bock, which manufactures rubber pads, plates and blocks for vehicle lifts, is seeking contact with UK lift manufacturers and garage equipment suppliers.

Ticket offer

Comma gives away 70,000 motorsport tickets with oil promotion. Find out how to claim yours
Published:  21 April, 2010

OILS and lubes company Comma is giving away 70,000 free tickets to motorsport events across the UK.

MOT link

RMI joins discussions on pan-European MOT standardisation
Published:  20 April, 2010

THE RMI is attempting to strengthen its MOT expertise by enhancing its links with European motor vehicle inspection organisation CITA.

Training change

Lancashire-based Texa opens up training courses following IMI approval
Published:  19 April, 2010

TEXA has gained IMI approval for its TEXA Edu training centre.

Stock up on big Macs

Mega Macs version 36 software from Hella Gutmann Solutions
Published:  16 April, 2010

Asian coverage, including Honda and Hyundai, are at the centre of this latest update for Hella Gutmann Solutions' (HGS) Mega Macs range of diagnostic tools.

Perfect timing to belt up

AE timing belt kits catalogue from Federal-Mogul
Published:  15 April, 2010

This latest publication includes more than 200 additional parts, covering both belts and timing belt kits. According to Federal-Mogul, the expansion nearly doubles the company's previous range.

Star mechanic

Complete Car Maintenance boss Stuart White scoops Top Technician 2010 title
Published:  15 April, 2010

STUART White has been named the winner of Top Technician 2010.

Clutch range extended

Clutch kits from Blue Print
Published:  14 April, 2010

Kits for the Isuzu Rodeo 2.5DT 2007> and the Suzuki Swift 2005> join the expanding range of kits available from Blue Print.

Quality standard

Garage boss Allan earns BSI Kitemark for Garage Services
Published:  14 April, 2010

BALSDONS Vehicle Services garage in Devon has gained the BSI Kitemark.

Electrical testing

James Dillon becomes distributor of TESlite smart multimeter leads
Published:  14 April, 2010

TECHNICAL expert James Dillon is backing an innovative multimeter test lead as a route to smarter analysis of electronic systems.

Fault finding

Eclipse demonstrates remote fault-finding system at Workshop 2010
Published:  14 April, 2010

ECLIPSE Automotive Technology has unveiled the Texa TMD Safecar allowing technicians to access fault codes, live data and other diagnostic information remotely from any computer with internet access.

Sun in charge of batteries

FoldUp solar charger from Solar Technology
Published:  13 April, 2010

Designed for use in cars, caravans, trucks and motorbikes, this unit is designed to charge and maintain 12 volt batteries. It delivers free solar power and, according to Solar Technology, can extend a battery's life by up to 20%.

Stay safe like Nederman

Hose and cable safety from Nederman
Published:  12 April, 2010

rong>Workshop kit company Nederman is highlighting the benefits of self-retracting hose and cable reels in line with a campaign by the Health and Safety Executive to reduce slips, trips and falls.

Reliability rating

Vauxhall Astra tops repair poll of most reliable fleet vehicles
Published:  12 April, 2010

THE VAUXHALL Astra is the most reliable fleet car on the road, according to research by Warranty Direct.

Rack up solutions for storage

Integrated racking system from Tevo
Published:  09 April, 2010

Tevo is using its stand (number 5814) to launch its latest racking system. It uses customisable storage modules so users can create the storage system that's right for their particular needs.

Parts ATA

S&B Academy launches mobile parts advisor assessments
Published:  09 April, 2010

S&B AUTOMOTIVE Academy has launched a mobile assessment service for anyone wanting to gain ATA parts advisor accreditation.

"Bimmers" ball joint kit

BMW 5 and 7 Series ball joint remover from Auto Service Tools
Published:  08 April, 2010

The tool company has updated its rear ball joint remover and installer kit for BMW 5 and 7 Series models. The 4498A kit has been revamped with an improved design to cover later 5 Series (E60 and E61) and 7 Series (E65 and E66) models.

Garage leader

David Moran takes over as head of independent garages at RMI
Published:  08 April, 2010

DAVID Moran has been appointed as the new head of the Retail Motor Industry's independent garages association.

Time to pimp your garage?

Workshop design service from Dura
Published:  07 April, 2010

If you're looking to build a new, or re-design an existing, workshop, Dura claims it has the expertise needed.

Prime racks hit the roof

Roof rack products from Prime Design
Published:  06 April, 2010

This award-winning US company will be sharing its roof rack solutions with visitors to the CVO Show on stand 5236.

People news

Aldo Rodi set for managing director job at Snap-on Tools
Published:  06 April, 2010

ALDO Rodi has been named as Snap-on Tools' new UK managing director.

Golden winner

Discover the identity of the UK's best-loved workshop
Published:  06 April, 2010

KINGHAMS of Croydon has won Motor Codes' search for the nation's best-loved garage.

Help keep Traka your keys

Key management systems from Traka
Published:  05 April, 2010

Stand 5862 will play home to Traka during the CV Operator Show as it displays its selection of key management systems.

Fuel savings

Motorists turning to tuning to beat rising fuel costs, says Viezu Technologies
Published:  05 April, 2010

THE HIGH cost of fuel is forcing more motorists to turn to vehicle tuning, according to Viezu Technologies.

Workshop kit on display

Garage equipment from Liftmaster
Published:  02 April, 2010

Specialising in test lanes for cars and commercial vehicles, the company will be on hand to answer questions on equipment, layout and VOSA requirements for Authorised Testing Facilities (ATFs) from stand 4021.

Set to socket to you

Duo Drive spline impact socket set from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  01 April, 2010

rong>This system allows users to choose between a ½” square drive impact wrench and a 24mm wrench or socket, thanks to the external hex design.

Diagnostic news

Hyundai announces advance in integrated diagnostic systems for new vehicles
Published:  01 April, 2010

KOREAN car manufacturer Hyundai says it is confident of developing a fully-automatic in-car diagnostic system by the end of the year.

All fuelled up for Show

Merridale fuel management systems from MIS
Published:  31 March, 2010

From stand number 5866, the company will be drawing attention to the benefits of carbon management for vehicle fleets. Its Merridale fuel management software now features a CO2 calculator which gives emissions information based on the quantity of fuel used.

Fleet chance

Independents should act now to capture fleet work, says Network Automotive
Published:  31 March, 2010

EXTENDED car and van life cycles mean independents have a great opportunity to capture fleet work, says Network Automotive.

Cabin comfort

Euro Car Parts and Corteco target Tesco drivers for cabin air filter promotion
Published:  31 March, 2010

A PLAN to educate drivers about the benefits of changing cabin air filters has been launched by Euro Car Parts, filter manufacturer Corteco and charity Asthma UK.

Diagnostic service tool

VST service tool from Sealey
Published:  30 March, 2010

Tool company Sealey has unveiled its VST hand-held service and diagnostic tool, providing coverage of more than 30 VMs plus EOBD. It can read and clear all engine trouble codes on all EOBD compliant vehicles. It is also capable of various service functions, such as resetting the service light, electronic parking brake, key reprogramming and tyre pressure configuration on selected vehicles.

Data deal

Autodata secures AA contract to supply technical information
Published:  30 March, 2010

TECHNICAL information publisher Autodata has been chosen by the AA to supply its patrols with technical information.

Fleet diagnostic solution

Texa TMD telematics device from Eclipse
Published:  29 March, 2010

Based on stand 4111, Eclipse Automotive Technology will showcase the Texa TMD telematics device. The unit allows faults to not only be identified and diagnosed while a car is moving but, in certain cases, to be corrected too. Richard Parking, director of Eclipse, said the unit would open up a new direction for vehicle repairs, particularly among fleet workshops.

Top 10

Motor Codes announces finalists in its hunt for the UK's most popular workshop
Published:  29 March, 2010

THE FINALISTS in the Golden Garages search for the country's best-loved workshop have been revealed.

Technical temp. tester

Infrared thermometer from Euro Car Parts
Published:  26 March, 2010

This tool calculates temperature by detecting the infrared energy emitted by an object so doesn't even have to make contact with it.

Inspector gadget from Dart

Steerable endoscopes from Dart Systems
Published:  25 March, 2010

As working on modern cars becomes as complicated as surgery, it comes as no surprise that endoscopes are an increasingly handy tool to have to hand.

Air-con insight

EAAC air con exhibition gears up to solve technical problems
Published:  25 March, 2010

THE LATEST tools and technology from the world of vehicle air con systems will go on show at the European Auto Air Conditioning Convention (EAAC) this September.

Bright sparks plug LPG

Spark plug catalogue from Denso
Published:  24 March, 2010

rong>Denso released its latest spark plug catalogue recently and, in a new development, it featured an LPG section to help users select the right plug for cars being converted to run on liquid petroleum gas or compressed natural gas.


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