French arrival

Actia Muller comes to the UK to offer garages its equipment expertise
Published:  22 February, 2008

FRENCH garage equipment company Actia Muller is crossing the Channel to launch its extensive range of kit in the UK for the first time.

Carbon cash

Published:  22 February, 2008

TECHNICAL expert Dave Garratt says garages could make extra money by cashing in on the latest environmental trend.

Protect your workshop

Spill containment pallets from Draper Tools
Published:  21 February, 2008

/>The heavy-duty pallets hold two or four drums while a removable deck allows for cleaning and inspection. Accessories include a double drum rack and lock-in r

Wheel bearing kit update

SKF wheel bearings from GP Automotive
Published:  20 February, 2008

/>This means more garages in more locations than ever before now have easy access to these OE-quality beari

Speedy engine repair

Alternator socket set from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  19 February, 2008

/>Socket bits are included for the removal of Bosch-type, alternator free-wheel drive pulle

Good looking brake hubs

Anodised brake hubs from Tarox
Published:  18 February, 2008

/>All you need to do when ordering your hubs is simply pick from the range of colours and you can have units that match the colour of your calipers

Energy saving booth

Gemini II energy saver system from Spraybooth Technology
Published:  15 February, 2008

/>The Energy Saver booth features intelligent control system to release air and heat all packaged within a compact des

Future tech

Last gasp chance to train on car networking systems of tomorrow
Published:  15 February, 2008

TRAINING provider Warwick Control has last minute places available on its In-Vehicle Network training course for technicians keen to stay at the forefront of emerging technology.

Keep your car clean and fresh

The EcoCar range from CarPlan
Published:  14 February, 2008

/>The range consists of shampoo, polish, odour eliminator, screenwash, wheel, glass and dash cleane

Chassis guide

SNAP-on's wheel alignment guide simplifies complex tasks
Published:  14 February, 2008

SNAP-on Equipment has published a wheel alignment guide to provide answers to technicians' queries.

Braking show

New braking technology will help drivers avoid collision
Published:  14 February, 2008

THE BRAKING systems of tomorrow were revealed at the Transport Research Laboratory in Bracknell this week.

Fond farewell

LSUK's Geoff Godfrey retires after 63 years of service
Published:  14 February, 2008

PARTS company LSUK has bid farewell to its longest-serving employee.

Diesel training

Frank Massey releases common rail diesel training DVD
Published:  14 February, 2008

FRANK MASSEY has produced a common rail diesel training DVD to help technicians take advantage of this booming sector of the repair market.

Kit eases cam belt changes

Engine timing set from Laser Tools
Published:  13 February, 2008

/>These include Vauxhall, Opel, Rover and Peugeot. Citreon, Fiat and Volkswagen vehicles are also covered by the

Easy brake system analysis

Electronic parking brake software from Autodiagnos
Published:  12 February, 2008

/>This software is designed to help you make light work of servicing these vehicles, particularly brake pad replacement and caliper remo

Flexible colour matching

Permahyd Deep Black base coat from Spies Hecker
Published:  11 February, 2008

/>Thanks to its deep blue-black colour, the new basecoat improves the colour matching of darker, more intense colo

Starting support for engines

Rotating electrics range from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  08 February, 2008

/>This is the first of a series of additions in the pipeline, courtesy of a new management te

Growing factor

LVW Automotive expands into Wrexham, Oswestry and Whitchurch
Published:  08 February, 2008

WIRRAL-based motor factor group LVW Automotive has expanded with the purchase of Wrexham-based WM Rollings.

RMIF warning

False readings could occur if vehicles left on RBT's overnight
Published:  08 February, 2008

MOT stations should ensure vehicles are not parked on roller brake testers overnight if they are part of an ATL system, the RMIF has warned.

'Easi' diagnostics

Garage Equipment Group's venture into diagnostic tools and training
Published:  08 February, 2008

THE GARAGE Equipment Group (GEG) has become the latest company to expand into the booming diagnostics market.

Heavy duty starting power

Heavy Duty and Voyager batteries from AC Delco
Published:  07 February, 2008

/>It is heat-sealed for maintenance free protection and has built-in flame arrester vents which allow gases to escape. The Heavy Duty range has four design types for specific application nee

Quiet and flexible power

ARC 800 carbon arc gouging power source by Kemppi
Published:  06 February, 2008

/>The control panel displays current and voltage, while the required gouging current is set in adjustments of 10

Fast and easy belt removal

Pry bar from Laser Tools
Published:  05 February, 2008

/>It is handy when removing belts from pulleys as well as the removal of mouldings, seals and bearings, plus a host of other items, including fuel inject

Data boost

Find out why Autodata customer Peter is smiling
Published:  05 February, 2008

PETER Cruickshanks has won a year's free Autodata subscription for being the company's longest serving subscriber.

Warming up workshops

Draper space heaters available from Maccess
Published:  04 February, 2008

/>The AO3256 model is a top of the range space heater for very large areas, including warehou

Image change

IMI hopes reward scheme will challenge "Phil Mitchell" image
Published:  04 February, 2008

THE IMI has launched a scheme to reward companies and people who contribute to boosting skill levels in the industry.

Make wheels sparkle

Valeting kit from Autoglym
Published:  01 February, 2008

/>It comes in a handy plastic bag and consists of a range of tried and tested Autoglym produ

Back to black mix toner

MIX 362 jet black mixing toner from Standox
Published:  31 January, 2008

/>It will be used in all future formulations as part of the Standohyd range. It is available from the end of January in one-litre pack sizes.

Expansion plans

Parts company DENSO announces new products and plans for 2008
Published:  31 January, 2008

PARTS company DENSO is planning a series of major expansions to its product ranges over the coming months, the company has announced.

Top training

Training firm TechnoQuest launched to help workshops tackle air con systems
Published:  31 January, 2008

AN AIR con training company has been launched by expert Garry Phillips MIMI to help workshops get to grips with the latest barrage of European legislation.

Precise control airbrush

DAGR automotive airbrush from DeVilbiss
Published:  30 January, 2008

/>The airbrush can be used for most automotive paints and finishes with what the company says is “excellent control and hairline detailR

Race opening

Autoglym unveils new distribution centre to help customers
Published:  30 January, 2008

CAR CARE company Autoglym has officially opened a £4 million warehouse and distribution centre in Letchworth to help more customers benefit from its products.

Diesel support

Autodata reveals plans for diesel repair guide system
Published:  30 January, 2008

AUTODATA is planning to launch a diesel version of its Guided Diagnostics system to help technicians deal with troublesome repairs, Aftermarket can reveal.

Safe and practical clamping

Ratcheting hose clamp pliers from Sykes-Pickavant
Published:  29 January, 2008

/>The company’s ratcheting pliers have swivel jaws for parallel clamping with improved g

Brake fluid testing made easy

Brake fluid tester from Sealey
Published:  28 January, 2008

/>It works on DOT 3, 4 and 5.1 specification fluids, giving you a simple solution to most testing j

Glamour girl

NGK beauty Cassie hits the road to reveal BoxClever plans
Published:  28 January, 2008

GLAMOROUS NGK girl Cassie has been on the road promoting the company's latest products and plans.

Easy and fast route planning

TravelPilot Lucca sat nav system from Blaupunkt
Published:  25 January, 2008

/>The colour-coded menus are easy to use and the device comes with the latest software to give faster route calculations than ever before, either in the UK or throughout Eur

Show success

Workshop 2008 exhibition offers technicians a boost after sell out
Published:  25 January, 2008

WORKSHOP 2008, the service repair and maintenance event within the upcoming Commercial Vehicle Show, has sold out, meaning vehicle technicians will be able to get advice, information and products from scores of companies in one easy visit.

Parts warning

Valeo warns that pirated components pose danger to motorists
Published:  25 January, 2008

VALEO has announced it is stepping up its campaign against pirated components by warning that they post a serious danger to motorists.

Add some style and luxury

The Wolf alloy wheel from Wolfrace
Published:  24 January, 2008

/>The broad, sculpted spokes taper toward the centre where a locking centre cap is badged with the stylish Wolfrace l

Payback claim

RMIF calls on VOSA to reimburse workshops for shelved link scheme
Published:  24 January, 2008

/>VOSA has dropped plans for an electronic link between petrol exhaust gas analysers (EGAs) and the computerized MOT system after it was shelved for not being reliable or cost-effect

Computer prize

VOSA scoops second award for its electronic MOT system
Published:  24 January, 2008

VOSA has won a second award and glowing praise from the Prime Minister for its computerisation of the MOT system.

Managers liable

New laws hold managers liable for death of employees, warns FPB
Published:  24 January, 2008

WORKSHOPS and garages need to start preparing for April 6 when the Corporate Manslaughter Act becomes law, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning.

Winter safety backup

Metro Emergency Bulb Kit from Saxon
Published:  23 January, 2008

/>This kit helps drivers fix the problem fast and avoid the serious consequences of being caught in an illegal

IMI warning

Failure to comply with new air con rules could result in penalties
Published:  23 January, 2008

THE IMI is urging workshops to check they comply with air con service regulations after European rules were updated.

Rid workspace of fumes

Clean Go portable filter unit from Quickduct
Published:  22 January, 2008

/>Polluted air is recycled back into the working area, completely free of polluta

Skills search

Search is on to find the country's best young mechanics
Published:  22 January, 2008

ORGANISERS of this year's WorldSkills UK competition are looking for workshops with a star technician in their ranks.

Flood alert

Norwich Union issues advice to help workshops deal with impending floods
Published:  22 January, 2008

THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has issued hundreds of flood warnings, saying workshops and small businesses around the country are at risk following severe weather.

Clutch range re-styled

Clutches from Quinton Hazell
Published:  21 January, 2008

/>It is increasing its range and has re-styled its packaging with pizza-style boxes to give better protection to the components ins

Accurate specialist tuning

MSR 1000 single roller Dynamometer from MAHA
Published:  18 January, 2008

/>With only one point of contact between tyre and roller, the system reduces tyre damage during testing and also wheel s


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