Get your teeth into any job

Grip wrenches from Sykes Pickavant
Published:  06 October, 2008

/>The Omnium grips are a special multi-purpose design, combining straight, curved and convex jaw profiles. They aim to offer a secure grip on almost any kind of object, including large, small, flat and round surfa

MOT crash

Published:  06 October, 2008

AROUND 900 garages are facing temporary shut-down of their equipment following the closure of LSUK by Euro Car Parts (ECP) it has emerged today (Monday 6th October).

LSUK closes

Euro Car Parts fails to save parts supplier LSUK from closure after takeover
Published:  05 October, 2008

EURO CAR Parts has closed LSUK just days after it bought the nationwide parts supplier, claiming it had saved 600 jobs in the process.

OE quality ignition parts

All-makes ignition parts from Bosch
Published:  03 October, 2008

/>The company says ignition coils have, in particular, gone through big design changes with the increasing use of plastic as a construction material making them more resilient to vibration and h

Garage help

IGA's new boss announces support service plans to secure workshop futures
Published:  03 October, 2008

GARAGE manager Jonas Zambakides has officially taken over as chairman of the Independent Garage Association (IGA) - and announced plans for a comprehensive package of support to help workshop businesses

Accurate emissions testing

700 series Gas and Smoke Emissions Analyser from Crypton
Published:  02 October, 2008

/>The unit has been designed to offer a range of luxurious features as standard. These include a sturdy, custom-built cabinet, a Dell PC, printer and tilting 19” flat screen moni

Diagnostic deal

Hella and Gutmann Messtechnik team up to find new diagnostic solutions for workshops
Published:  02 October, 2008

AUTOMOTIVE supplier Hella has entered a joint venture with diagnostic specialist Gutmann Messtechnik to develop new solutions to garage's technical problems.

Easy airbag removal

Airbag removal tool kit from Laser
Published:  01 October, 2008

/>Laser says it will also remove the steering wheel airbag from the VW Passat, Jetta, Golf and new Beetle models built between 1999 and 2

New boss

Paul Williams promises new development at RMIF after taking over as chairman
Published:  01 October, 2008

VERTU Motors boss Paul Williams takes over as chairman of the Retail Motor Industry Federation (RMIF) today (Wednesday 1st October).

Fast and firm sealing

Silicone Liquid Gasket can from ThreeBond
Published:  30 September, 2008

/>It is designed to help anyone with flanges to seal against water or oil in gearboxes or other engine syst

Takeover news

Euro Car Parts expands with takeover of all 53 LSUK branches
Published:  30 September, 2008

EURO CAR Parts (ECP) has expanded its business with the takeover of parts supplier and technical services company LSUK.

Diagnostic wiring diagrams

Version 31 IDC3 software from Texa
Published:  29 September, 2008

/>Texa says there are now 437 extra wiring diagrams available for cars from these and other manufacturers, including SMART, Suzuki and Vo

Align time

Wheel alignment survey reveals revenue opportunities "ready for the taking"
Published:  29 September, 2008

MORE than 90% of cars suffer from some form of wheel misalignment, according to figures released by Pro-Align.

Big bulb range expanded

All-makes bulb range from AC Delco
Published:  26 September, 2008

/>It includes bulbs for both off-road and on-road vehicles with bulbs for every kind of application from headlamp and indicator to reversing, parking and fog bu

Tough times

Economic downturn hits accessory sales as Motor World Ltd goes into administration
Published:  26 September, 2008

ONE OF the UK's biggest car care accessory retailers has been put into administration following a slump in sales.

Lift latest

GEA prepares for pilot programme of accredited lift engineer scheme
Published:  26 September, 2008

PLANS for a network of accredited lift engineers have taken the next step forward with a pilot programme just weeks away, the Garage Equipment Association (GEA) has revealed.

Tech success

Technical Workshop on October 20th sells out thanks to demand for diagnostic latest
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop diagnostic seminar on October 20th has officially sold out. More than 120 people are now booked in to hear expert speakers talk about the latest vehicle technology.

Ideas forum

Impact Association goes online for higher profile role in helping aftermarket
Published:  26 September, 2008

THE IMPACT Association is seeking to re-energize its profile with a new website and higher-profile role in the aftermarket.

PSA cars coils covered

Intermotor ignition coils from SMP Europe
Published:  25 September, 2008

/>The expanded range includes the latest GM coil to fit 1.6 8v Vauxhall and Opel cars along with new multi-outlet Mercedes coils and units to fit Ford Galaxy and Transits, which SMP Europe claims are currently unavailable elsewhere in the aftermar

Complete ATL test facility

ATL testing facility from Straightset
Published:  24 September, 2008

/>The passenger car test lane comes with an AHS Multiflex brake tester and a four-post, four-ton lift with built-in ST25000 play detect

Clever little black box

Vehicle Tracker security system from Keytracker
Published:  23 September, 2008

/>It means fleet companies, drivers or anyone with the device fitted to their vehicle can know the car’s exact location, speed and ignition on and off ti

Safety first

11% of motorists rely on workshops for tyre pressure checks say Tyre Safety Month campaigners
Published:  23 September, 2008

ENCOURAGING customers to check their tyre pressures could help save their lives - that was the message at a promotional event for Tyre Safety Month today (Tuesday 23

Add spark to your testing

VS5262 spark plug HT tester from Sealey
Published:  22 September, 2008

/>It lets technicians perform a fast and accurate check on the HT supply to a spark plug for quick and simple fault diagno

Light the way forward

Fogstar front fog lamps from Valeo
Published:  19 September, 2008

/>Six part numbers are available, covering 3.2 million vehicles in the UK and Irela

Editors blog

As Automechanika draws to a close, tell customers how money spent now could save costly bills later!
Published:  19 September, 2008

THE AUTOMECHANIKA exhibition in Germany begins to draw to a close today (Friday 19th September) after a week of new technology, opinions, ideas and innovations that will help shape the future of the trade.

More ignition coils

Ford Fiesta ignition coils from Fuel Parts UK
Published:  18 September, 2008

/>The latest coils include OE-quality units to fit the Citroen Berlingo, Ford Focus and Mondeo. Ignition coils for the latest VW Polo are out now

Electric future

Delphi boss says technical revolution will see hybrids take over!
Published:  18 September, 2008

A REVOLUTION in hybrid vehicles is about to change the way cars are powered and trigger the beginning of the end for the combustion engine, according to global Delphi boss Frank Ordonez.

VOSA gives seal of quality

Bosch BEA 850 emissions analyser available from TDCS
Published:  17 September, 2008

/>The full analyser is a PC-based unit that can be expanded into a complete diagnostic platform if desi

Green shock

KYB unveils green shock absorbers to help save environment
Published:  17 September, 2008

ADVANCES in technology are making shock absorbers greener than ever before, suspension specialists at KYB announced today.

Sparking up

NGK boss predicts long-term decline in popularity of diesel engines
Published:  17 September, 2008

THE RISE of the diesel engine will come to an end within the next 10 years, according to European NGK boss Norbert Neuhaus.

High quality Lifts

Trademaster ATL package from The Trade Group
Published:  16 September, 2008

/>This includes lifts from members of The Trade Group such as renowned garage equipment companies Rotary Lift and M

Air con range expands

Air con compressors from Denso
Published:  15 September, 2008

/>A complete guide to the range is available in the company’s new 2008/2009 A/C Compressor catalo

Top job

Unipart director Tony Sackett rises to the challenge of ADF Vice Presidency
Published:  15 September, 2008

/>Stalwart ADF member Tony boasts 20 years of ADF involvement and brings a valuable mix of energy and experience to the role. “I was encouraged to become active in the then MFA by past president, the late Peter Redfern, from whom I learned so much,” he sa

Efficient battery testing

BAT 110 battery tester from Bosch
Published:  12 September, 2008

/>It comes with a temperature compensation switch for testing batteries in cold conditions and has a Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS) conversion table on the back to help technicians deal with Japanese batter

Improving headlights made easy

Halogen high beam conversion kit from Essex Racing
Published:  11 September, 2008

/>They produce a clear white light which reflects road markings and signs better than conventional lighti

Code support

Bosch serves reminder on value of MISRC for winning consumer trust
Published:  11 September, 2008

BOSCH has pitched in with its approval for the Motor Industry Service and Repair Code (MISRC), saying it will help raise the bar for the entire industry.

Spark up your engine

Spark plugs from AC Delco
Published:  10 September, 2008

/>It features numerous technologies, from resistor, non-resistor and nickel plug types to platinum-tipped electrode varieties designed to offer easy starting in all weath

Rickshaw run

Autodata staff return from epic charity trek across India
Published:  10 September, 2008

IF YOU spotted the news article earlier this summer about adventurous Autodata staff Matt Ramsden and Mike Gibson leaving for an epic trek across India, you'll be pleased to know they have returned in one piece!

Pushing on

R2RC says it's business as usual following UK government report into BER
Published:  10 September, 2008

THE R2RC has given a cautious welcome to a UK government report on Block Exemption Regulation - but said there is nothing to suggest its work is over.

Ultra-fast emissions testing

T800 Gas Analyser and Smokemeter from The Trade Group
Published:  09 September, 2008

/>It has been designed with a user-friendly graphics interface to make using it as quick and easy as possi

Tech Workshop

OE expert Nik Armistead to explain latest VM systems on October 20th
Published:  09 September, 2008

NIK ARMISTEAD has been revealed as the latest speaker at the GEA Aftermarket Technical Workshop on October 20th at Brands Hatch.

Battery alert

Recycling could help beat new battery price surge says IBDA
Published:  09 September, 2008

THE RISING cost of acid is the latest factor to be blamed for another predicted hike in the price of batteries.

Complete diagnostic answers

OmiNspect tools from Omitec
Published:  08 September, 2008

/>OmiNspect TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System) programmes the TPMS ECU and will register or re-register valve position if the wheels have been mov

Brake testing options

D401 brake tester from Boston Garage Equipment
Published:  05 September, 2008

/>The unit has an LED matrix display and can be either pedestal or wall-moun

MOT fight

Renewed attack on government for 4-2-2 consultation delay
Published:  05 September, 2008

THE MOT Trade Forum has attacked the government for continuing to delay the consultation on the future of MOT testing.

Light up favourite vehicles

The Astrum range of lighting from Euro Car Parts
Published:  04 September, 2008

/>Recent applications include the Astra H 2004, Audi TT 2007, Focus 2005, Mondeo 2

Simple ignition test

Spark tester from Silverline
Published:  03 September, 2008

/>If the bulb lights up the system is working and, if it doesn’t, then it’s clearly not work

Future drive

Bosch takes a look at hybrid systems over next 10 years
Published:  03 September, 2008

BOSCH says hybrid and electric vehicles will have more than a 3% share of the world market by 2015.

Popular models covered

Intercooler components from Valeo
Published:  02 September, 2008

/>“More and more vehicles are coming into garages with the need for intercooler replacement,” says product manager Sebastien Gauth

Keeping cool

IMI launches air con ATA to help techs stay in line with EU rules
Published:  02 September, 2008

AN AIR CON course has been officially added to the Automotive Technician Accreditation (ATA) scheme to businesses comply with new European legislation dealing with the handling of refrigerant gases.


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