Lesjöfors reassures coil springs customers that it is ready for Brexit

Lesjöfors has taken steps to ensure availability of their suspension coil springs that covers 99.9 per cent of the European car parc is maintained whatever the outcome of Brexit.

Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules would automatically apply, potentially imposing tariffs on all coil springs entering the country.

In addition, new customs arrangements would most likely mean long delays at channel ports, presenting further challenges.

As well as maintaining a coil spring stock of around 450,000 units at their UK distribution centre, Lesjöfors has been working to ensure of zero disruption and continued availability.

Made in Britain

Lesjöfors has been making springs of various kinds in Britain since 2007 and, in recent years, has worked to strengthen their production of automotive suspension springs; investing over £3 million in new infrastructure, machinery and technologies in 2018 alone.

Lesjöfors’ UK factory has a production capacity of 65,000 suspension coil springs per week.

To further prepare for Brexit, Lesjöfors has increased raw wire stocks markedly, with spring wire sourced from a leading global supplier which is not subject to tariffs, and shipped directly to UK ports.

As a UK aftermarket supplier of automotive springs, Lesjöfors provide a range of OE products, with all aftermarket springs guarantee to match or exceed OE quality.

Find out more about Lesjöfors and its products by clicking here.

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Servicesure announces ‘Autocentre of the Year’ shortlist

National garage network Servicesure has shortlisted its ‘Autocentre of the Year’ nominees, with this year’s winner to be announced at the eagerly anticipated ceremony which takes place at Coombe Abbey on 11 April.

Senior members of The Parts Alliance will be in attendance on the night to announce the winning garage from the seven finalists: A1 Motorist Centre, Chester Auto Services, Gordons Garage, Lowgate Garage Ltd, M M Auto Services Ltd, Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre and Burntwood Auto Centre.

Sponsored by various Servicesure partners, including Bollington Insurance, Auto Service Finance, Autotech Recruit, Garage Services Online, OurVirtualAcademy.com and Slicker Recycling, the glitzy evening ceremony gives attendees the chance to mingle and network with other industry professionals.

Dinner guests will enjoy a drinks reception, followed by a three-course-dinner as they wait for the overall winner to be revealed.

Commenting on his garage’s nomination, Murdo MacIntosh at M M Auto Services said: “We have been with Servicesure for over 6 years, and were the first users of GS Onestop in Scotland.

“We try to use every element of the Servicesure offering and promote our association with the brand wherever possible, as it definitely brings added credibility and customer reassurance.”

Fellow nominee, Josh Watts, Director at Burntwood Auto Centre, commented: “Being a Servicesure garage has made us stand out from the crowd in our local area.

“We can provide a great range of services that others simply can’t thanks to Servicesure, making us more attractive as a garage.”

“It’s amazing for us to be nominated for the Autocentre of the Year as we are just a small family business who have only been up and running for just over 12 months!”

Dean Spindler, Director at family-owned Chester Auto Services, also appreciates the peace of mind that goes hand-in-hand with Servicesure’s National Warranty, allowing the business “to provide complete customer satisfaction.”

Having been a member of Servicesure for four years, Adam Rogers, Director at A1 Motorist Centre, said: “We like the idea that we are part of a bigger group, so we can offer nationwide warranty whilst retaining our individual identity.

“There are countless other benefits too, such as training for continuous professional development for staff, access to technical assistance and customer finance deals that would have been so much more difficult to arrange without their input.”

Lowgate Garage, Gordons Garage and Simon Graeme Auto Service Centre were similarly delighted by their nominations and eager to praise the benefits of network membership.

Servicesure says that the ‘Autocentre of the Year’ awards are designed to shine a light on the hard-working and often under-appreciated local garages within its national network.

“It’s always a challenge to narrow our network down to just seven finalists, but it’s an incredibly rewarding process as these garages all absolutely deserve recognition for the great service that they provide,” said Paul Dineen, Head of Garage Programmes at The Parts Alliance.

To find out more about the range of benefits enjoyed by garage members of the fast-growing Servicesure network click here.

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Autotech Recruit to promote ‘fix first time’ mentality with exclusive ZF Aftermarket training

Training deal aims to give all vehicle technicians access to in-depth technical courses

To counteract the ongoing skills shortage within the automotive industry, and meet the growing demand from UK garages for highly skilled technicians, Autotech Recruit has launched an exclusive alliance with ZF Aftermarket technical training.

As a recruitment company, solely dedicated to the industry, Autotech Recruit already offers many training options, including MOT training, however this new alliance will provide much needed technical training on key vehicle components.

Courses will cover extensive training on key vehicle parts, including transmission systems, steering, suspension, driveline components and on electric and hybrid vehicles – meeting growing calls for skilled technicians to service electric vehicles and cars which are becoming increasingly complex.

“Garages are under pressure from rapid advances in technology, and, whilst we still need to focus on bringing in new talent, it is essential that the current workforce is trained sufficiently,” comments Gavin White, managing director of Autotech Recruit.

“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.”

“As vehicles evolve, the automotive aftermarket needs to evolve with them,” adds Mandla Ndhlovu, head of training at Autotech Recruit. Spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment.

“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.”

Both parties, who are members of the Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF), share the philosophy that upskilling and better training provisions will help towards reducing the skills gap.

For more information about Autotech and the services it provides, please find it here.

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BMW struggles to cope with scale of EGR valve recall

BMW owners left without cars for months while waiting for EGR repairs as BMW suppliers face unprecedented demand

Owners of BMWs that were recalled for an exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve leak are reported to have been left without their cars for up to eight weeks as the German car-maker struggles to obtain replacement parts quickly enough.

The recall, issued last October, affects 268,000 cars in the UK including examples of the 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X3, X4, X5 and X6.

The recall specifies that the exhaust gas recirculation cooler can in some cases leak glycol liquid on four and six-cylinder diesel engines.

Notifying owners more than four months ago, BMW said that the leak – in ‘extreme’ scenarios’ – combine with soot at high temperatures and lead to the intake manifold melting, which could in turn cause a fire to break out.

Both four and six-cylinder diesel engines are affected depending on the model.

Four cylinder cars built between December 2014 and August 2016 are affected, while six-cylinder cars produced between July 2012 and June 2015 are also part of the recall.

Cars impounded at dealerships

It’s been reported that hundreds of thousands of EGR parts are needed worldwide to resolve the fault, placing unprecedented demand on BMW’s suppliers.

Due to the potential fire risk, a significant number of cars have been impounded at dealerships.

Owners have sent complaints to Auto Express, which range from long waits with poor communication and unsuitable hire cars that are not a like-for-like replacement for the BMW’s they paid for.

Others also claimed they had not been sent recall letters regarding the problem and were only notified of the issue when their cars went in for routine services at their local branches.

A BMW spokesman told Auto Express that the car maker was “working to complete this action as quickly as possible,” but the scale of the recall had caused “significant challenges in terms of parts supply and workshop capacity”.

“Where customers have experienced longer delays, we have sought to minimise any inconvenience as best we can, including providing several thousand courtesy cars to keep customers mobile.”

GW reader, Paul Richards said: “I stopped to help someone with a 3 Series.

“The manifold wasn’t just melting it was ablaze. Luckily his fire extinguisher was enough to put out the fire and didn’t need mine.

“I used to work for BMW, but that was a long time ago, we didn’t have these sorts of problems.”

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Schaeffler to join OESAA members in Ireland for Autoinform Live 2019

REPXPERT team to demonstrate knowledge and experience, pass on hints and tips as well as best practice advice

Schaeffler REPXPERTs will be helping improve technicians’ knowedge and providing them with the skills they need to improve their workshop repertoire when delivering invaluable hands-on training and seminars during Autoinform Live 2019.

This year’s event will be held at J&S’ Training Centre, near Cork, where Schaeffler will be joining fellow Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) members for a bumper weekend of training on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April.

Throughout the two days, the familiar faces of the REPXPERT team will be demonstrating their knowledge and experience, passing on hints and tips, as well as best practice advice on how to guarantee consistent and accurate professional repairs.

REPXPERTs Alistair Mason and Jonny Harris will host a dry double clutch system training course.

Double clutch technology

The pair will demonstrate how double clutch technology works, how it differs between vehicle manufacturers (VMs), such as VAG, Ford, Renault and Fiat, as well as showing how LuK’s 2CT repair solution can offer new profit opportunities to independent workshops.

The delegates will then be offered the opportunity to complete an IMI-approved assessment on one of the systems, which allows them to add double clutch repairs to their workshop menu.

Spaces are limited, so visitors are advised to sign-up quickly to avoid disappointment.

Sticking with clutch technology, fellow REPXPERT, Bob Carter, will be showcasing some new innovations from LuK, including the latest advances in self-adjusting clutches, concentric slave cylinders, damped flywheel clutches and dual mass flywheels equipped with centrifugal pendulum absorbers.

Meanwhile, Tim Adams, who presented at last year’s Autoinform Live in Glasgow, will be joined by REPXPERT Andy Walters.

They will share their accumulated wisdom and experience on INA and FAG products, demonstrating how to avoid the most common timing belt and wheel bearing installation issues experienced by most workshops.

Belt and hub system developments

They will also advise delegates on the latest technological developments in belt and hub systems.

Schaeffler Managing Director and OESAA Chairman, Nigel Morgan, said: “Autoinform gives independent workshops everything they need to successfully defend and grow their business in an ever-changing market, where vehicle technology evolves on an almost daily basis.

“The people best suited to delivering training for these new technologies are the OE suppliers that actually develop the latest components and systems for the VMs, including the members of OESAA, which powers the event.”

With several carefully-selected partners and renowned industry figures also in attendance, Autoinform provides a fantastic opportunity for technicians and workshop owners to meet and network – whilst enjoying a a whole year’s worth of training in just one weekend.

For further information about tickets for the event, please click here.

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Automechanika Birmingham opens visitor registrations for 2019 show

Visitors now able to sign up for free tickets and take advantage of a number of new offers and initiatives

Automechanika Birmingham has announced that visitor registration is now open.

Jack Halliday, Event Director, said: “Last year saw a high number of registrations for the 2018 event from across the whole industry.

“As part of visitors’ feedback from 2018’s event, we’ve streamlined the registration process this year, to make it easier than ever for both returning and new visitors to sign up for their free tickets.”

The event will see leading suppliers returning to Birmingham to launch new products and technology for the last time until 2021 as the event will take a biennial frequency after 2019.

This year’s event will see the launch of many new initiatives covering all aspects of the automotive industry, including; a new Bodyshop Zone, Aftermarket Innovation Showcase and ‘The Big Garage Event’, all designed to deliver an enhanced visitor experience.

The big garage event will include exclusive show offers, free parking for independent garages, free breakfast on arrival and a daily ‘Happy Hour’.

There will also be fast track entry where over 100 leading suppliers will be showcasing the latest tools and equipment, as well as free CPD accredited training and demos from the industry’s top speakers at dedicated training hubs.

Visitors can register to attend the event, taking place from 4 to 6 June 2019, https://www.automechanika-birmingham.com/by clicking here.

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Valeo urges garages to discover the benefits of Tech Assist

Services available include training, technical data and support hotline to help garages access training on demand

Valeo says its new technical assistance service Tech Assist is “unparalleled”

To find the right parts and up to date technical information, technicians can simply enter the car model or product reference in the Tech Assist interface and get the results in seconds.

Valeo’s technical assistance consists of in-depth technical training, Tech Assist, the Tech’Care program, technical data and a support hotline.

A Valeo spokesperson said: “Learn in your own time with Valeo’s technical training webinars.

“If you’re like a lot of workshop professionals, there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete your current workload, let alone train yourself and your team in new technologies and procedures.

“In fact, a recent study showed that only 27 per cent of independent workshops had given their employees training in the previous 12 months.

“To solve this problem, Valeo has developed a series of technical webinars for industry professionals.”

The webinars, which cover topics including air conditioning, wiping systems and clutch repairs, can be accessed online from anywhere, at any time.

For further information about Tech Assist, click here to visit the website.

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Delphi Technologies’ brake pads excel in high-performance vehicle testing

Pads reported to deliver exceptional stopping power, control and brake fade stability

Delphi Technologies recently put its brake pads to the test against the OE and four other leading competitors on a VW Touareg II V6 TDI, a high-end vehicle equipped with the same platform as the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7.

The Delphi Technologies’ pad outperformed four aftermarket brands, stopping quicker and under control, even at high temperatures, braking quietly and wearing less, for an all-round, high-performance brake pad.

Equally impressive results were achieved in earlier tests on a VW Passat 2.0 TSI.

As engine power increases, and with it the potential for higher speeds, so do the demands on the braking system, and the subsequent risk of brake fade, one of the biggest challenges associated with high-performance braking.

Emergency stops

To replicate these same conditions, emergency stops were performed at five different operating temperatures, ranging from 50°C to 400°C.

At speeds of just over 105 miles per hour (mph), the vehicle equipped with Delphi Technologies’ pads stopped sooner than all four aftermarket brands in every test.

It also stopped under control and recorded only a small variation in performance over the temperature range, taking 114 metres to stop at 50°C and only two metres more at 400°C.

In contrast, two competitors stopped considerably slower, with a noticeable decline in responsiveness as temperatures increased.

At 400°C, for example, the vehicle equipped with Delphi Technologies’ pads stopped three metres ahead of the next best placed aftermarket brand, 17 metres ahead of the second and a staggering 52 and 56 metres ahead of third and fourth – the latter taking an extra 37 metres to stop at 400°C compared with 50°C.

When the Delphi Technologies equipped vehicle had stopped, the two worst performing brands would have still been travelling at more than 54 mph, with potentially major consequences.

Neil Fryer, vice president, global marketing, product and strategy, Delphi Technologies Aftermarket said: “We routinely select the very best friction materials for the application they are designed to fit.

“And for high-performance vehicles, that means a pad compound that can deliver both a high and stable braking coefficient, for optimal stopping power and control, whilst also accommodating the higher energy generated during braking at higher speeds.

“The tests have proven, that unlike some brands, our pads consistently deliver OE-level braking power and control, with minimal brake fade.”

Low noise properties

Fitting a pad with low noise properties is also key.

Delphi Technologies proved once again, that its brake pads are amongst the quietest on the market, and critically, quieter than the OE, registering noise above 70db on very few occasions.

Similarly, on the noise index, its pads recorded a near-silent 9.0 – where seven or below is audible and ten is silent.

“Noise related comebacks are an issue for many garages and this is why all our pads feature proven noise fixes such as OE shims, chamfers and underlayer technology.

“Clearly these do their job, delivering a pad that’s even quieter than the OE,” continues Fryer.

Delphi Technologies’ brake pads achieved equally strong wear results.

On the front axle where most of the braking is performed, it wore 0.1mm less than the next closest aftermarket brand, and 1mm less than the worst, after 2140 stops at different speeds and pressures.

On the rear, the results were similar, this time bettering the OE too.

On both front and back the Delphi Technologies’ pad also caused significantly less wear to the disc.

Fryer added: “On the VW Touareg, our pads achieved the optimal balance between noise, wear and stopping performance, whilst also meeting the additional demands that come with high-performance vehicles.

“This ensures a superior quality pad, that both technicians and drivers know will perform on every level.”

For further information on both tests, please click here to read more.

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VRM Search added to Lesjöfors’ Mobile Catalogue App

Lesjöfors’ free catalogue app now includes VRM look-up, making it even easier to find the right spring for any vehicle.

Built using extensive catalogue and cross reference data,
the Lesjöfors app offers motor trade professionals a variety of powerful
features, including:

VRM Search (available for all
British and Irish vehicles) – simply enter a registration number to find every
spring suitable for the vehicle. Search results include all coil springs, gas
springs, leaf springs, and sports lowering springs.

Search via Part Number – enter any Lesjöfors
number to find a wealth of useful information, including linked vehicles,
product photos, and relevant OE information.

Cross Reference – use the Search
function to find Lesjöfors alternatives of original equipment (OE) or
competitor springs – just enter the part number to find the Lesjöfors
equivalent.

Search via vehicle – select the make
and model to view all Lesjöfors springs available for a specific vehicle.

Barcode Scanner – Scan the barcode
on any Lesjöfors box label for full details of the spring
within, including any associated technical bulletins.

Locations – find your nearest Lesjöfors
office and all relevant contact details.

The Lesjöfors Automotive app is fast, intuitive, and easy
to use, making it the ideal solution for motor factors, garages, and workshops.

Use the links below to download to try it free today on all iOS and Android devices.

App Store
App Store
Play Store
Google Play

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Dispelling the Myths Behind Polyurethane Bushes

In the first a three part article Polybush look at perhaps the most frequently mentioned myth…

“Polybushes are too hard”

The most common misconception about Polyurethane bushes is that they are too hard and give a harsh or uncomfortable ride.

This simply isn’t the case. Before a bush is created the mechanical properties of the relevant suspension and the bush itself, including its hardness, are tested to ensure that the new product will meet, or more often than not, surpass the original OE part.

In trust, one of the key characteristics of polyurethane is
the range of hardness that can be created.

During manufacturing the hardness can be controlled based on the application and purpose of the product.

So, whilst Polybush’s stiffest grade of polyurethane will give precise steering and a controlled ride at all speeds – ideal solution for fast road driving, track or towing. On the other hand, our more elastic solution will delivers greater longevity and shock absorption than its stiffer counterparts.

If you are new to polyurethane bushings and are unsure of what hardness to choose, then the Polybush website will guide and can recommend the relevant bush required for your application.

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