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Automotive workers not affected by Sunday penalty rates cut

THE Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association’s Employer Assist service advises that the Fair Work Commission’s decision to reduce Sunday and Public Holiday penalty rates for hospitality and retail workers does not apply to the Vehicle Manufacturing Repair Services and Retail Award … Continue reading

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Latest MACS Service Report covers ambient temperature sensors

THE March MACS Service Report discusses the expanding role of ambient temperature sensors, that now influence powertrain electronics, can cause low engine power and warning indicators for the traction control or stability control systems. VASA members have exclusive access to … Continue reading

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Latest MACS Service Report covers a whole heap of useful topics

FEBRUARY’S MACS Service Report tackles the practice of reprogramming modules, which our US counterparts describe as an an under-utilised business opportunity in the world of aftermarket workshops,  Also covered are reasons for the short life of replacement heater cores and … Continue reading

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Reminder: Free ‘Life After R134a’ seminar at Auto Aftermarket Expo

VASA will run two free seminars at the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo to provide an overview of the new industry standard air-conditioning refrigerant R1234yf, which is now replacing R134a globally. Delivered by VASA vice-president Brett Meads, the hour-long information session will take place … Continue reading

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Australian innovations make big leaps towards waste-to-fuel future

IF AUSTRALIA’S slow uptake of battery- and hydrogen-powered vehicles continues, ways of making the familiar internal combustion engine less reliant on imported fossil fuels and less polluting to the environment seems like a no-brainer. The good news is, plenty of … Continue reading

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Live demos and virtual reality experiences at AAAA Expo

RESPECTED car restorer and coachbuilder Brian Tanti, who is also curator of the Fox Car Collection and co-host of Discovery Channel’s Car Chronicles,will host a live Working Workshop demonstration at what is shaping up to be an unmissable 2017 Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo. … Continue reading

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WorkSafe Victoria issues safety alert following fatal HC fire inquest

FOLLOWING the coronial inquest into a June 2014 hydrocarbon refrigerant explosion that killed 34 year-old Barry Purtell and 52 year-old Dave Lobb at the Rochester Hotel in Victoria, the state workplace health and safety authority has issued a safety alert regarding flammable refrigerants. … Continue reading

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Back to school in auto-electrics with latest MACS Service Report

THE latest MACS Service Report covers the integrated electronic controls of modern automotive HVAC systems and a comparison with the individual components they replace. VASA members have exclusive access to MACS technical papers here.

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Countdown to AAAA Expo begins with record industry body support

VASA is among a record number of Australasian industry bodies participating in the 2017 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Expo, which which will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6-8 April 2017 and is again shaping up to … Continue reading

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HiLux the most-serviced vehicle in 2016 according to Autodata

CONSIDERING the Toyota HiLux has been a firm favourite in Australia and New Zealand for some time, and last year topped the Australian sales charts as best-selling vehicle overall, the fact Australasian Autodata subscribers accessed HiLux servicing schedules more than … Continue reading

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