13 Jul 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Autoelectro: Don’t fall for part swapping

Autoelectro is encouraging mechanics to avoid trying to fix problems on cars by opting for parts swapping, and instead to work towards identifying the root cause of the issue.


Autoelectro’s Harnek Bhogal said: “Blindly swapping parts without addressing the true problem could lead to an erosion of trust between garages and factors. This approach, addressing symptoms rather than causes, can lead to recurring issues and fails to provide a sustainable solution. It’s a short-term fix, not a long-term solution. Our commitment to technical excellence sets us apart. Unlike the trend of batch testing, every part released by us undergoes two rounds of testing – first at the component level and then as a complete unit on OE-spec test equipment. This meticulous testing process ensures that our parts meet the highest standards before reaching the market.


“We recognise this challenge and actively support garage technicians by providing part-specific technical bulletins. These offer guidance on common faults, best practices, and key indicators to look for in the old cores they remove from vehicles.”


One cited example of Autoelectro testing, stripping down and investigating old cores to find common issues can be found on part number AEG1472 for the Ford Transit 2.0 diesel alternator. Harnek said: “Autoelectro recommends changing the belt and tensioner at the same time as replacing the alternator to avoid the same pulley issue happening again.


Likewise, part number AEY2803 for the Chevrolet Captiva and Cruze/Vauxhall Antara 2.0-2.2 diesel starter motor was found to have a common fault where the wiring insulation on the vehicle was not correctly heat shrunk, which causes the B+ terminal on the solenoid to overheat and melt, leading to the premature failure of the starter motor. Harnek commented: “Inside every AEY2803 box supplied, Autoelectro provides a warning notice, advising the technician and showing images of what damage to the solenoid and terminals looks like, to avoid the same issue happening again. “


Harnek added:  “By sharing these types of insights into common issues, as well as the likes of belt slippage or dust/fluid contamination, Autoelectro allows technicians to diagnose and rectify problems at the source.”


For more information, visit: www.autoelectro.co.uk