WIN with Snap-on

Published:  26 March, 2020

One hundred years ago, we set out to make tools and we ended up making history!  It started with a spark and since that moment we’ve made sure every Snap-on innovation, every refinement, every new way to save time, improve safety and take on more jobs has found its way into the hands that inspired it.  We have created some of the most avid brand loyalists…YOU! We’d like to hear how your journey with Snap-on has evolved over the years and celebrate your stories.


Snap-on: New wheel alignment spec updates

Published:  12 March, 2020

Snap-on has released a number of wheel alignment specifications updates. The latest update adds coverage for almost 300 models across 35 makes – and makes sure that existing inclusions are up to date with any new specs direct from manufacturers. Garages that take up the update will find that all Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz models are now covered. Ongoing accuracy is promised by the fact that each model spec is updated every year. The specification release is available for all currently-supported Hofmann and John Bean aligners.

www.snaponconsumables.co.uk


Lemförder switchable engine mounts

Published:  12 March, 2020

Under its Lemförder brand, ZF Aftermarket has introduced a range of switchable engine mounts for a number of Audi and Mercedes Benz models. Using an integrated air spring this can actuate two different characteristic curves depending on vehicle and rotational speed. The mounts are currently available for Audi and Mercedes-Benz vehicle models and includes the Audi A4, A5, A6, Q5, Q7 and Mercedes C and E Class, GLK, GLC. ZF Aftermarket recommends that all engine mounts always be replaced during repairs, not just the defective part. Otherwise, there is a risk that the new component will have to absorb higher forces and vibrations because the remaining mounts are already heavily worn which may accelerate subsequent damage.

www.zf.com


Euro Car Parts stock GKN

Published:  12 March, 2020

Euro Car Parts is now stocking the latest components from GKN. Featuring Countertrack (SX) joints, Ballspline technology and propshaft designs, GKN’s parts are available for many vehicle models. GKN’s Countertrack SX joints use an S-shaped track profile and counter-running ball tracks. Meanwhile, driveshafts with Ballspline technology match the OE driveshaft while incorporating ball-bearing slide compensation. Using a high-precision linear motion bearing, the Ballspline plunge unit permits zero-backlash axial displacement while transmitting torque, bringing high performance in a compact size with stability and accuracy during acceleration, deceleration and at high speeds. Also available from ECP, GKN Automotive’s propshaft range includes a variety of constant velocity joints that combine Ballspline and SX Countertrack joint technologies and several pipe materials to match specific application demands.  

www.eurocarparts.com


Wheel cylinders enter National programme

Published:  12 March, 2020

National Auto Parts has launched a new range of wheel cylinders for the aftermarket. Launching with an initial range of 100 part numbers covering the most popular vehicles in the UK, the range will see further range extensions through 2020.Vehicle makes covered by the new range include: Audi, Citroen, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Peugeot, Renault, Seat and Volkswagen. Supplied in the yellow National packaging, wheel cylinders come complete with brake pressure regulating valves, included where necessary as per OE design. The new range of wheel cylinders are made from cast aluminium, extruded aluminium or cast iron aluminium depending on OE specifications. Using EPDM rubber, used for piston seals, wheel cylinders comply with SAE J101:2006 international standards.

www.national-auto.co.uk


Klarius: New aftermarket exhausts now available

Published:  12 March, 2020

Klarius has added new exhaust systems to its product range, suitable for a wide selection of popular hatchbacks and saloons including the Mini Cooper and Skoda Octavia. Additional parts now available include full exhaust systems for the Hyundai I20 1.2, the Seat Leon 1.6 (2012-), the Renault Grand Modus 1.5, the Peugeot 208 1.2, Vauxhall’s Insignia 2.0 and Volkswagen’s Golf 2.0 (2013 -).

www.klarius.eu


First Line: Oil sumps

Published:  12 March, 2020

First Line offers a range of more than 20 oil sumps that cater for the most popular applications. The range is manufactured using aluminium or steel depending on the OE fitment, with all steel sumps having a powder coating to ensure longevity and extra resistance against corrosion. All sumps include a pre-fitted plug and are gasket free. Alongside this is a range of 11 sump plugs, which are available to buy separately, including the plastic sump plug for VAG Golf, A3 and A4. These plugs are usually supplied in five-packs.

www.firstline.co.uk


VXPRO Lambda consolidation

Published:  16 March, 2020

ELTA Automotive has rationalised the range of Lambda sensors it offers in its VXPRO range. The range is smaller, but the level of coverage has been maintained. This was achieved by concentrating on the length of the cables, which is what resulted in the need for so many part numbers previously. By retaining the matching OE sensor/connector combination and ensuring the cable is always equal to or slightly longer than the OE part, but never with more than 300mm excess length, the ELTA team has consolidated the VXPRO range to maintain the same vehicle coverage, from a fifth of the part numbers.  

www.elta.co.uk


New NGK ignition leads

Published:  09 March, 2020

NGK has introduced a new range of ignition lead sets in the UK. The range has more than 40 part numbers including copper core, carbon and inductive resistor types. According to NGK, the range offers high resistance to heat and vibration, as well as excellent electrical conductivity and performance under extreme conditions. The launch followed the 2019 introduction of a new range of NTK camshaft and crankshaft sensors, which themselves followed the introduction of 20 new wide band Lambda sensors – commonly referred to as ‘5-wire’ Lambda sensors.

www.ngkntk.com


AS-PL: New alternator

Published:  01 March, 2020

AS-PL has released a new alternator in its Standard Line under the AS brand. The product, designated A3341S, can be used in the Hyundai ix35, Kia Ceed, Kia Sportage and the Kia Venga. AS-PL offers more than 17,000 different products with a total of almost 250,000 reference numbers. A wide selection of original products is divided into three product lines: Economy, Standard and Premium. The offered products include parts and components for passenger cars, lorries and other markets.  


Launch UK: Eurotab II launched

Published:  06 March, 2020

Launch UK has unveiled the X431 Eurotab II diagnostics tool. The product includes all the features in the previous Eurotab model, but with more as standard such as Diagnostic over Internet Protocol (DoIP), J2534 pass-through online programming, DTC-based database and intelligent diagnosis. The tool supports dual 5 GHz Wi-Fi communication, built to IP65 protection level standards. The product also supports matching, coding, programming, service lamp resetting, throttle matching, steering angle resetting and, brake pad resetting. It comes with a docking station and brand-new Connector Smartbox v3.0 – a diagnostics box developed by Launch to support multiple communication models such as USB, bluetooth, WiFi, DoIP and multiple diagnostics protocols including J2534.The Smartbox software switches to the DoIP mode automatically for any vehicle that requires diagnosis over internet protocol. Additionally, the device automatically alternates between DoIP and normal diagnosis without user action needed for even faster vehicle diagnosis.


WIN with Dayco

Published:  28 February, 2020

Dayco is giving each reader of Aftermarket the chance to win one of five brilliant backpacks. All you have to do is learn a little about thermostats, something Dayco knows a lot about, having recently introduced a range to its portfolio.   The role of the thermostat is to effectively control the flow of coolant around the cooling system and allow the engine to reach its optimum working temperature as quickly as possible.


CTEK: New battery charger and power management system

Published:  25 February, 2020

CTEK has launched a 20A DC/DC battery charger and a 120A power management system. Compatible with smart alternators, the CTEK D250SE delivers 20A of power to charge, condition and maintain any 12V service battery while on the move. Its dual input capability means it can also draw power from solar sources. Meanwhile, the CTEK SMARTPASS 120S is a fully automatic 120A power management system that distributes power between the starter battery, the service battery and on board equipment, without the need for traditional diodes or VSR relays. Each unit comes with a two year warranty.

www.ctek.com


New brake references from Comline

Published:  24 February, 2020

Comline has added a number of new R90-approved brake pads and fully coated brake discs to its range. CBP32370/CBP32373 are a set of front/rear brake pads applicable to the Vauxhall Insignia (2017 -). CBP02365 are front brake pads for Audi models including the A4 (2015-) A5 (2016-) and Q5 (2016-). CBP02354 are front brake pads for the Citroen Dispatch (2016-), Jumpy (2016-), Space Tourer (2016-), and the Peugeot Expert (2016-), Traveller (2016-), as well as the Toyota Proace (2016-). ADC2921V are coated discs for the MAN TGE (2016-), VW Amarok (2016-) and Crafter (2016-). Lastly, ADC2931V are coated discs for Jaguar’s F-Pace (2016-), XE (2015-) and XF (2015).


EZ Oil Drain

Published:  18 February, 2020

DK Smith International is introducing its range of EZ Oil Drain Valves to the UK. The company says the design of the drain valves makes them simple to install. The company offer a wide range of thread types, fitting most automotive and industrial engines. The one touch operation, according to DK Smith, reduces the time and cost to carry out oil changes. The EZ Oil Drain Valve permanently replaces the drain plug, eliminating the chance of stripping threads every time an oil change is required. Fitting an optional hose nipple will allows the draining of the oil directly into a secure container, reducing contact with hot oil, reducing mess and reducing the chance of contaminating the environment. The ball valve design provides a seal when closed, for leak proof operation. For automotive and HGV aftermarket customers, DK Smith is now also providing a free dust cap.  

www.ezoildrain.com


Walker Products: Lambda Sensors

Published:  03 February, 2020

Lambda sensors from Walker Products use 100% OEM base sensors, connectors, and wire lengths, and assures a direct fit to the required application. Walker has spent many years researching lambda technologies.The company says that thanks to its engineering team, it can offer an intelligently consolidated line that will provide users with a healthy return on investment.


MAM introduces Paymentsense

Published:  29 January, 2020

MAM Software has introduced Paymentsense functionality to Autowork Online and Autopart, enabling garages to take card payments. Working with a card machine, it is possible to process chip-and-pin and contactless payments directly from point of sale. This eliminates the need to manually enter transaction amounts, preventing the likelihood of mistyping values and recording payments incorrectly.A range of card machines are available, including countertop (wired), portable (Bluetooth/WiFi) and mobile (GPRS) models. All major credit and debit cards are accepted and the payment terminals offer contactless, Apple Pay and Android Pay technology.


WIN with First Line

Published:  28 January, 2020

First Line is giving away 10 First Line branded travel mugs for the lucky readers of Aftermarket to win.  


LIQUI MOLY Injection Cleaner

Published:  27 January, 2020

Over the course of time, engines can see performance decrease as a result of deposits forming on the inside of the engine. LIQUI MOLY Injection Cleaner removes these deposits from the injectors of petrol engines and prevents new ones from building up. It is applied by pouring a can into the fuel tank. For permanent protection, apply one can every 1,250 miles. LIQUI MOLY says Injection Cleaner provides an opportunity for garages to generate high-margin follow-up sales after they get a car in for service.


Snap-on Diagnostic Thermal Laser

Published:  23 January, 2020

The new Snap-on Diagnostic Thermal Laser is a two-in-one system that combines temperature readings and thermal imaging capabilities. Its use can be applied to a wider range of applications, and features both laser and thermal components. It is suitable for jobs such as checking inlet and outlet temperatures of catalytic converters. The built-in laser guide and LED light help technicians collect and store vehicle images. The laser guide also allows for measurement of temperatures up to 982°C and enables ‘delta’ readings when capturing lowest to highest temperature readings. Thermal blending lets users see images in their full context, showing the area in question highlighted by the heat reading on the 2.8in colour display.


MEYLE: ABS sensor kit

Published:  20 January, 2020

MEYLE has produced an ABS sensor kit that enables targeted replacement of a defective ABS sensor and the sensor ring. Previously, if an ABS sensor had been damaged by a defective sensor ring, it would have been necessary to replace the entire wheel hub. However, most of the time, the wheel hub is still fully functional and can be used. The new MEYLE kit solution is currently available for the Audi A3, VW Golf, VW Jetta, SEAT Altea and SEAT Leon, whose ABS sensor ring on OE wheel hubs can be replaced separately using the MEYLE KIT. Two new references can cover a car park of nearly 4 million vehicles in Europe.

www.meyle.com


Lesjöfors adds coil springs

Published:  17 January, 2020

Lesjöfors Springs has introduced 56 new coil springs. There are new front and rear coil spring references for 156 vehicle applications cover the following vehicle makes and models: Audi A1, BMW i3, Fiat 500, Ford C-Max and Transit, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Camry and Volvo V40.There are also eight new gas springs covering Audi S1 Quattro, S5 Cabriolet Quattro and Volkswagen Polo Cross. There are more than 1,600 part numbers available covering a variety of European and Asian applications. Finally, four new leaf springs have been introduced covering Ford Ranger, Toyota Hilux and Volkswagen Amarok applications.


Launch UK - New PRO 4 diagnostics tool

Published:  14 January, 2020

X-431 Euro PRO 4 is a new diagnostics tool from Launch UK. The 1.4 GHz Quad-Core product is based on the Android operating system, and supports American, Asian and European passenger car and light commercial vehicles. It comes complete with a protective case and docking station, connectors and printer. The product also comes with a two-year warranty and two years’ worth of free software updates. Key features of the PRO 4 include: Manufacturer reset and service functions, service light/oil reset, OBD II functionality, live data graphing and, the ability to save, share and print report sheets. Additional functions enable technicians to carry out automatic VIN recognition, new battery registration, ABS brake bleeding, DPF checks/regenerations, tyre pressure monitoring, module programming and recoding and, key coding/matching. The PRO 4 also has WiFi and bluetooth connectivity meaning monthly software updates are done at the touch of a button. Battery capacity stands at 7000 mAh and usage time is eight hours on a full charge. The 10.1 inch screen tool includes 2GB of RAM and a 5.0 mega pixel rear camera.  


New Ferodo composite brake discs for BMW

Published:  06 January, 2020

Ferodo has launched a new composite brake disc range for BMW vehicles. The discs offer 30% reduced weight, with the intention being to enhance vehicle efficiency and braking performance. The discs feature a high carbon cast iron surface area and aluminium bell. The range provides components for a number of BMW passenger vehicles. The new brake disc range is initially available across 17 part numbers, and is suitable for many popular models, with more expected.

www.Ferodo.com


Borg & Beck wiper blades

Published:  02 January, 2020

First Line, under its Borg & Beck brand, offers a range of wiper blades consisting of more than 60 references across five styles. Conventional blades, until recently the standard fitment for most vehicles, are available in sizes from 11 to 28 inches. The spoiler blade, primarily fitted on the driver’s side, is available in lengths from 18 to 28 inches. Available from 15 to 30 inches, the flat blade minimises drag while maximising screen clearing. The hybrid blade, available from 16 to 28 inches, combines the properties of the flat blade and the wiping of the conventional blade. Finally, the rear blade is available from eight to 16 inches.

www.borgandbeck.com


Klarius: New exhausts, CATS and DPFs

Published:  24 December, 2019

Klarius' latest new-to-range parts include 49 new exhausts, CATs and DPFs for a variety of vehicles. New catalytic converters added to range meet the needs of Nissan’s Note, Cube and Qashqai 1.6. The new DPFs are for a wide selection of German models, such as the BMW 5 series diesel (2003-2007), as well as Volkswagen’s Golf 1.6 TDI (2009-2012) and Passat (2010).On the exhaust side, new items are available for BMW, Ford, Honda, Renault and VAG cars. Commercial vehicles also enjoy increased attention; with the Citroen Relay, Peugeot Boxer, Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro, Fiat Ducato and Doblo seeing new replacement exhausts.

www.klarius.eu


Hunter touchless alignment system

Published:  20 December, 2019

The Hunter Quick Check Drive is available exclusively from Pro-Align. It is a ‘drive-thru’ non-contact wheel alignment inspection system, where there is no need to attach sensors or targets, or even for the vehicle to stop. The Quick Check Drive system comprises of two slim profile units, which should be situated in the entrance to a workshop. Each of the units contains 16 lasers which are used to assess the vehicle’s total toe and individual camber measurements, and several cameras which are used to record 40-60 high-definition images of the car, helping to eradicate any fraudulent body damage claims. In order to carry out the alignment assessment, the vehicle needs to be driven between the two measurement units at a speed of between 2-10 mph. Technicians or service advisors then input or confirm the vehicle make and model details, and the system cross-references Hunter’s vehicle database to determine if the vehicle is within the manufacturer’s tolerances, or if a full 14-point alignment assessment is required. The system can take new readings every 3-5 seconds.

www.pro-align.info/qcd


Airco Shield Purifier

Published:  16 December, 2019

Primalec’s Airco Shield Purifier offers a solution to the problem of germs, bacteria, allergens, unpleasant odours and many other air contaminants that accumulate in a car. It creates ozone using shortwave ultraviolet inside a chamber within the machine. Ozone can eliminate tobacco smoke and many other contaminants, including odours from pets, rodents, mould, mildew, fast food, cooking and other sources. It seeks out bacteria and allergens by permeating the fabrics of upholstery, seats, roof linings and trim, as well as the fan blown air circulation system. Full treatment of a vehicle takes around 30 minutes.

www.primalec.com


WIN with LIQUI MOLY

Published:  12 December, 2019

LIQUI MOLY offer the right oil for every vehicle on the road. For modern cars oil is like a fluid spare part which needs to pit precisely to the engine. Using the wrong oil is like installing a wrong spare part. The online oil guide at www.liqui-moly.com tells exactly which oils are suited for a specific vehicle.


Textar first to market with brake discs for new Hyundai i30

Published:  11 December, 2019

Textar now provides aftermarket brake discs for the new Hyundai i30, and was the first company to offer an aftermarket option on this. Textar, which is manufactured by TMD Friction, covers 99.9% of the UK car parc and includes pads, discs, accessories and brake fluid available for next day delivery. The range of premium brakes pads is further complemented by a wide range of brake discs, including high carbon as well as composite discs.  

www.tmdfriction.com


National Auto Parts: New clutch parts

Published:  09 December, 2019

National Auto Parts has added three new clutch kits and a service kit to its range. The new clutch kits are for the Skoda Octavia (2013-), Renault Clio (2012-) and Mitsubishi Colt 1.3 6 Speed (2004-2012). The service kit is available for the Land Rover TD5. Products in the National Auto Parts range comes with a three year /30,000 miles 'no quibble' guarantee.

www.national-auto.co.uk


Millers Oils: New Trident products

Published:  06 December, 2019

The Trident range from Millers Oils have been updated with four new products, taking the total number of oils in the range to 10. The range is designed to meet the latest European emissions standards requiring ACEA C1, C2, C3 and C4 specifications, and offers a wide range of viscosities and specifications. Suitable for both petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, Trident 10 covers the majority of the UK car parc.  All Trident 10 oils come as 1 litre, 5 litre and 20 litre packs. An additional 199 litre, and bulk delivery options are also available.


TRW brake discs for Tesla Model S

Published:  03 December, 2019

The TRW brake disc product range has been extended to include parts for the Tesla Model S. These are manufactured using high carbon grey cast iron material (GG15 HC). This allows the discs to run cooler, meaning they are less likely to distort and suffer from NVH problems such as hot judder and brake squeal. Component noise reduction is an extremely important aspect of part development for electric vehicles.  In addition, the high carbon brake discs are also black painted for increased corrosion resistance.

www.trwaftermarket.com


Sun EZ ADAS Recalibration System

Published:  03 December, 2019

The new Sun EZ ADAS Recalibration System has been designed to help technicians deal with the growing requirements surrounding ADAS systems. The system reduces the risk of errors in recalibrating and re-initialising vehicle components via laser measurement guides and intuitive target adjustment features. It contains a laser positioning system which, along with target position indicators and procedure, allows the technician to quickly position the targets in the locations required by the vehicle manufacturer. The system works hand-in-hand with Snap-on diagnostic tools running the latest software upgrades. The system has been designed to be used in variety of workshop spaces, and with storage in mind, thanks to its rotating cross beam, collapsible mast and small number of components. Features include integrated and adjustable rulers, multi-position lever locks and clutch brake height adjuster for precision front camera target height positioning. The Zero Stop allows precise front camera target positioning for certain marques, while the rotating cross beam allows system to be moved and set.

diagnostics.snapon.co.uk/ez-adas


Comline: Multi-application water pump

Published:  29 November, 2019

Comline’s EWP405 is a multi-application water pump. Featuring a ball and roller bearing for high load capacity and rubber gaskets which form a watertight seal, this reference is lubricated with Super ‘N’ bearing grease which ensures effective operation from –40°C to 200°C. EWP405 serves a wide range of European and Asian vehicles including the Audi A3 (2000-2013), A4 (2000-2015), A5 (2008), A6 (1997-2008), Q5 (2008-) and the TT (2008-2014). Compatible vehicles from Seat include the Alhambra (1996-2010), Altea (2004-2009), Exeo (2008-), Ibiza (2004-2008), and the Leon (2003-2012). Volkswagen vehicles covered include the Beetle (2011-), Passat (1998-2012), Bora (1998-2005), Caddy (2007-2010), CC (2011-), EOS (2006-2015), Golf (1998-2013) Yeti (2009-), Jetta (2005-2010), New Beetle (1998-2010), Scirocco (2008-), Sharan (2000-2010), Tiguan (2007-2009), and the Touran (2003-2010). The pump also covers Skoda’s Octavia (2002-2013) and Superb (2002-2015).                                                                                                      
www.comline.uk.com


Big data platform from MAM

Published:  25 November, 2019

MAM Software is launching a new big data platform that enables the analysis of parts lookup and fitment trends. The solution is part of MAM's catalogue data suite and provides access to data compiled anonymously from thousands of Autocat catalogue and Autowork Online garage management software users. MAM is launching the service with a free monthly ‘Insights’ ebulletin, which highlights key performance indicators from the automotive aftermarket. Companies requiring more detailed information can purchase bespoke reports for in-depth monitoring, trend analysis, reporting and analytics. Additionally, a data feed service will allow subscribers to manipulate and analyse data in third-party tools.
www.mamsoft.co.uk/bigdata


SMPE: EGTS introductions

Published:  18 November, 2019

SMPE has added 30 new part numbers to its range of exhaust gas temperature sensors. The new parts cover a range of  makes including Audi, Citroën, Ford, Mercedes, Peugeot and Vauxhall, for both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The latest additions are available across SMPE’s house brands including Intermotor, Fuel Parts, Lemark, and Lucas. The EGTS is located in front of and/or behind the DPF.

www.smpeurope.com 


New MEYLE-HD control arm for Land Rover

Published:  11 November, 2019

A new MEYLE-HD control arm has replaced three OE control arm versions for the Land Rover models Range Rover IV and Range Rover Sport. The new control arm can be used for three different wheel camber settings, thus replacing three different OE parts. Instead of six references, there are now only two control arms required for the repair of the models. MEYLE No. 53-16 050 0027/HD is for the left, and 53-16 050 0028/HD is for the right. The continuously variable ball joint with exact position display also allows camber correction during axle alignment directly on the vehicle.

www.meyle.com


Klarius: engine maintenance and service fluids

Published:  05 November, 2019

Klarius Products' range of automotive maintenance products has grown with the addition of new engine fluids. Klarius engine flush is designed to purge sludge and carbon from the engine prior to adding new oil. Suitable for the oil systems of either petrol or diesel cars, the flush helps to stabilise cylinder compression, extends the service life of exhaust devices and reduces emissions while lowering fuel and oil consumption. Petrol System Cleaner removes varnish and gum from the fuel system. When added to a half full tank, the fluid clears EGR valves and tackles carbon deposits. Diesel System Cleaner is used in the same manner, helping to clean injectors, compression rings and valve seats. Completing the range is DPF Regeneration Aid, which is formulated to allow soot burn off inside the device at lower temperatures. This is useful for diesel vehicles that only conduct short journeys where high regeneration temperatures aren't typically reached, it keeps the DPF filter clear to prevent clogging and power loss.
www.klarius.eu


WIN with Behr Hella Service

Published:  29 October, 2019

Behr Hella Service is giving 20 lucky readers a chance to win a bundle of Behr Hella Service polo tops, mugs and notepads.


Bendix brake callipers range launched by The Parts Alliance

Published:  17 October, 2019

The Parts Alliance has added a new range of Bendix brake callipers. The range will be available from all of the group’s local brands throughout the UK branch network.
    
Viral Modha, Head of Braking Category at The Parts Alliance commented: “Investing in developing this range made perfect sense given the success of Bendix brake friction within the UK aftermarket over the last 18 months.”
    
The Bendix range of callipers  will be exclusively available from The Parts Alliance.


Autotech Recruit teams up with ZF Aftermarket

Published:  07 October, 2019

Autotech Recruit has teamed up with ZF Aftermarket Technical Training in order to provide access to in-depth, technical courses. Courses will cover transmission systems, steering, suspension, driveline components and on electric and hybrid vehicles.

Autotech Recruit Managing Director Gavin White commented: “Garages are under pressure from rapid advances in technology, and, while we still need to focus on bringing in new talent, it is essential that the current workforce is trained sufficiently. Through our close connections with the industry, we recognise the exact needs of both garage owners and vehicle technicians today and it has become increasingly apparent that we need to provide training on specific vehicle components to give technicians a greater level of understanding. We need to build a fix first time mentality.”

Mandla Ndhlovu, Head of Training at Autotech Recruit, added: “I am excited by the partnership with ZF Aftermarket Technical Training, which will enable us to offer this high quality of training the automotive industry desperately needs. It will give garages an opportunity to equip their technicians with the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to be able to successfully maintain and repair the vehicles of today and the more technologically advanced vehicles of the future.”

For further information email training@autotechrecruit.co.uk or call 01234 240 503.



Dayco: OE damper pulleys

Dayco has launched a range of OE damper pulleys for the aftermarket
Published:  03 October, 2019

As well as producing engine products and drive systems, Dayco also manufactures OE torsional vibration dampers for a number of VMs worldwide. The company has now made the range available to the aftermarket.
    
“Modern powerplants are highly engineered to deliver the optimum combination of power and torque, alongside fuel efficiency and minimal exhaust emissions,” says Dayco’s National Sales Manager Steve Carolan. “This objective often comes at the cost of high levels of engine vibration, which is generally intensified by the significant pressures present in the engine’s combustion chambers, an occurrence especially prevalent with diesel units.
    
“This vibration is transmitted through the crankshaft and therefore has a significant impact on the engine’s power transmission drive systems.”
    
To reduce this problem, Dayco engineers have developed a range of damper pulleys, with the prefix DPV.
    
“Generally installed directly to the crankshaft, observes Steve, “the damper reduces the circular vibrations that cause the primary problem, decreasing wear on many of the engine’s components. Naturally, the front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) system is a principal beneficiary, which increases the durability of the entire powerplant, but they also improve comfort for the vehicle’s occupants.”

Three types
There are three types of damper that, depending on the application, are generally installed: The simple, double and decoupler.
    
“The simple damper is integrated within the FEAD system,” explains Steve. “Its single rubber element provides sufficient vibration reduction for applications with standard noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) requirements.
    
“The double damper encompasses two rubber elements within its metal parts, which are designed to absorb vibration at different frequencies, and is for use in applications that generate high power and increased vibration, such as modern diesel engines.
    
“Although the decoupler damper still incorporates a rubber ring, the damping function is carried out through metal springs, as opposed to solely relying on its rubber element. It is used on the latest generation engines with greater power and enables the FEAD system to cope with high mileage and adverse conditions, particularly for applications that feature belt start generator (BSG) function for their Stop/Start systems.”

Damper Replacement
Commenting on replacement, Steve says: “Dampers should be checked for signs of wear, such as abnormal noises, unpleasant vibrations or even steering oscillations, at every 40,000 mile interval or when replacing the auxiliary belt. However, as a matter of course and irrespective of the signs, Dayco suggests they are changed every time the timing belt is renewed.”
    
“In order to check the damper correctly, it needs to be removed from the engine because the back, as well as the front needs to be examined to fully assess its condition. In addition, whether it needs to be replaced or not, if its fixing bolts are designed to stretch on initial fitment, these must be changed, as they will no longer meet their design tolerances if reused.”
    
Steve adds: “Dayco DPVs are produced in the same facilities, to identical standards, whether the damper is destined for OE or aftermarket. Each damper in the range that also requires its bolts to be replaced, comes complete with the correct specification bolts.”

For more information visit: www.dayco.com





Win With Denso

Published:  30 September, 2019

DENSO is giving technicians the opportunity to win a signed copy of Edd China’s book, Grease Junkie, as well as 10 runner-up baseball caps in this month’s edition of Aftermarket. Should they win the main prize, they’ll have the perfect companion when enjoying a well-deserved coffee break, while the baseball caps will be a great addition to their workshop uniform.


Open up and say ‘R-R-R’

Published:  26 September, 2019

Servicesure has teamed up with Yuasa to encourage garages to take battery testing seriously, through the frame of its three ‘R’s of battery health.
    
Garages that sign up to Servicesure’s Battery Sure programme and become an official Battery Testing Station are taught to advise customers they can ‘Relax’, if their battery is in a good state of health, if they should ‘Recharge’ a low battery, or if it’s time to ‘Replace’.
    
Each Battery Testing Station will receive a dual-branded battery testing kit, a dual-branded battery stand with header board, testing station signage, ‘Your battery has been checked’ invoice stickers and access to the GS Yuasa Academy.
    
The GS Yuasa Academy offers over 20 module-based training that teach technicians best practice advice covering every step of a battery’s lifespan. Upon completion, a downloadable certificate is available to print off.
    
James Douglas, Marketing and Product Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK Ltd said: “There are huge benefits to all workshops participating in battery testing initiatives such as Servicesure’s ‘Battery Sure’.
    
“We’ve conducted workshop trials which highlighted that the battery in over one in ten vehicles brought into a workshop requires replacing, and 27% require a recharge. Yet this is rarely checked. Most customers expect their workshops to check and maintain all elements of their vehicle. If the battery fails shortly after a service or repair work, customers may question the quality of the work carried out and the reliability of the workshop. Workshop should be implementing the simple minute long battery test into their everyday routine. A battery may look and perform fine but the test will identify its state of health and if it is likely to fail soon.”
    
Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes, added: “An initiative like this – one which is backed by a trusted industry name such as Yuasa – will no doubt help to further strengthen the Servicesure network, giving garages the tools required to really make the most of an often unexploited revenue stream.”

To find out more about becoming a Servicesure Battery Testing Station: www.servicesureautocentres.com


Exhaust & emissions: Easy as 1-2-3

Published:  24 September, 2019

ELTA Automotive is recommending garages follow its three-step process to successfully deal with exhaust and emissions control issues.
    
“In-depth analysis conducted by our TECHASSIST support service indicates that there are two common reasons for returns,” said ELTA Automotive Marketing Manager Tim Brotherton. “The first is misdiagnosis. There are several causes of EGR-related fault codes and not all point directly to the valve itself. The second is technicians replacing EGR valves, but not addressing the underlying issues that caused the valve to fail. Our research shows that EGR valves that have failed prematurely are often heavily contaminated, indicating that they’ve been installed into a ‘dirty’ system.”
    
ELTA’s three-step process proposes that technicians first clean the system using an EGR/turbo cleaning aerosol system. They should then, replace the EGR valve and lastly reset the ECU so it recognises the new component.
    
Tim continued: “Other components to check include the air mass sensor – as a faulty sensor may not be measuring the correct air flow rate – the throttle body – because if this is malfunctioning it may result in an insufficient amount of air entering the engine – and the vacuum pump – because pneumatically controlled EGR valves can fail to actuate if it is not operating correctly.
    
He added: “Using our TECHASSIST technical expertise, we are able to demonstrate that drilling down to find the underlying fault is the key to the correct prognosis and as well as yielding better results, following a structured procedure will improved workshop efficiency by saving time and money.”

For more information visit: www.elta.co.uk


Blast it! How to disinfect air con systems

Published:  20 September, 2019

With cars having been using their air con in full during the warmer months, Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, wants to remind garages that cleaning air conditioning systems remains a good opportunity into the autumn and beyond.
  
“We’ve all done it – you turn on the air con after not using it for a few months, only to be greeted by a terrible smell. The reason behind this, however, is quite simple. Stagnant water droplets trapped in your dormant system are blasted out, leaving behind a foul odour and some nasty bacteria. While this is a common driver complaint, not every garage is taking the opportunity to upsell and provide a thorough cleaning and disinfection service. Fortunately, you can take three essential steps using products from Normfest that have been specifically designed and formulated to help these troubled drivers.
    
“The first step is to ‘bomb’ the system with Viro Dry Shot Plus, a powerful anti-bacterial cleaning agent. Using the product is simple – spray it directly into the air intake nozzles that are usually located in the passenger footwell. The spray then disperses throughout the air conditioning system for a thorough, quick and hygienic clean. Viro One Shot Plus eliminates microorganisms, prevents allergic reactions and leaves a lasting pleasant smell. A single can is enough for one application.  
    
“In the second step, Viro Air Fresh Plus is sprayed directly into the air vents and gets to work on the air conditioner’s piping. Over time, a layer of dirt collects in the ventilation ducts and becomes a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and mould. Viro Air Fresh Plus eliminates these odour-causing particles with direct application, enabled by the included tube nozzle. It provides a long-lasting disinfection and leaves a pleasant citrus fragrance. One can contains enough spray for three applications.
    
“For the third and final step don’t forget the evaporator. For a complete clean, it is recommended that garages also use Viro Vaporizer to disinfect the air conditioner’s evaporator. A layer of dirt can accumulate on the evaporator fins over time, which provides ideal conditions for microorganisms to reproduce. The product cleans with high-pressure flushing, acting across the evaporator’s entire surface. It quickly kills bacteria and fungi and prevents their resettlement. The product is supplied with a 60-centimetre long tube with a rotary nozzle, helping the user to reach all corners of the evaporator. Viro Vaporizer contains enough spray for one air conditioning system. This final step completes the process, providing comprehensive protection against bacteria and bad odours.”
    
In conclusion, Helen added: “Disinfecting a vehicle’s air conditioning is not just about removing bad smells. It is important to periodically remove the build-up of bacteria, dirt and dust within the system to avoid discomfort, allergies and health complications. This simple three-step process could be combined with a re-gas and a new cabin filter for a complete system rejuvenation. It presents a great opportunity for garages to upsell and provides a service that directly benefits customers – solving a common driver complaint.”  



DENSO lambda sensors

Published:  19 September, 2019

DENSO lambda sensors, part of its engine management system range, first came to prominence in 1978 and are used by both European and Asian vehicle manufacturers as well as within the aftermarket. The company’s lambda sensors became popular with European VMs when ECU manufacturers took a different approach to the specifications of their control units, allowing flexible sourcing of oxygen sensors. As a result of its ties with Ford, DENSO became a supplier to Volvo, Jaguar and Land Rover. Those VMs have continued to rely on DENSO’s components long after Ford sold on those brands. DENSO now has partnerships with Renault-Nissan, GM, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler and supplies lambda sensors for many European-built models produced by Asian manufacturers.

www.denso-am.co.uk


New to range: febi

Published:  16 September, 2019

febi has introduced more parts into its ranges. New additions include stabiliser links for the Land Rover, Range Rover (2012-) and Range Rover Sport (2013-), as well as control arms for the BMW 1 Series (F20, F21), 3 Series (F30, F31, F34) and 4 Series (F32, F33). Meanwhile, a strut mounting kit for the Ford Transit (2006-2014), (2013-) has been brought into the range. Back with BMW, there is a wheel bearing kit for the BMW 5 Series (G30, G31) and 6 Series (G32). Lastly, there are solenoid valves for the Vauxhall Adam (2012-), Astra (2015-), Corsa (2014-), Insignia (2017-) and Mokka (2012).

www.bilsteingroup.com


Euro Car Parts: Launch Euro Tab II

Published:  10 September, 2019

Euro Car Parts is now offering the Launch X431 Euro Tab II diagnostics tool. The platform was developed around Android 7.1, and inherits all the functions of the previous model, while also adding a number of new features. These include DoIP, J2534 pass-through online programming, DTC-based database, intelligent diagnosis and more. It also boasts a 10-inch touch screen, dual 5 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth, and is supplied with a complimentary 12-month subscription to Haynes Pro Technical Data. To protect it in the workshop environment, the device is built and certified to IP65 standards. With a lithium-ion battery, the Euro Tab II can be used wirelessly for extended periods and comes with a dock for easy recharging. It supports ADAS functions, DPF replacement coding and service regenerations as well as local and online module programming, recoding and configurations. Users can also purchase OE diagnostic software and use their online subscription through the X431 Euro Tab II Interface. The Euro Tab II has been released alongside the new generation Connector Smartbox v3. This has been independently developed by Launch and can be connected over WiFi, Bluetooth and USB.

www.eurocarparts.com



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