Tuesday, January 22Serving the aftermarket

Author: Auto Repair Focus

Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Ben launches new campaign to support those struggling with loneliness

Charity, News
This ‘Blue Monday’ which is said to be the most depressing day of the year, Ben has launched its new campaign to support people who are struggling with loneliness. Research shows that a quarter of British people feel at their loneliest in January, however loneliness is often or always a concern for over 9 million people in the UK[1] all year-round. Ben’s own helpline sees an influx in people reaching out for help due to loneliness during January and the winter months. The charity is also highlighting that no-one who works, or has worked in the automotive industry, is alone – Ben is always here for them and their family dependents. In light of this, Ben has launched new resources on its website to support people during the loneliest time of the year.Ra
Autosport International 2019

Autosport International 2019

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpT9rWuBozY&t This year's Autoposrt International and Performance Car Show saw a host of companies descend on the National Exhibition Centre to show off their tools, products and cars that will be involved in the Manu different forms of motorsport taking place in 2019. Here is just a quick look at what we saw...
Throttle up at SMPE

Throttle up at SMPE

Engine, Products
Automotive parts manufacturer and supplier of OE quality parts Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE), has increased its number of applications across its existing Throttle Body range, with over a million more vehicles now covered. The part numbers cover a further 171 models, equating to 1,022,226 vehicles in the UK car parc.  SMPE offers a complete range of more than 166 Throttle Body part numbers covering 3,904 distinct applications, equating to 22,449,170 vehicles on the road. An essential element of the spark ignition process, the throttle body is the intake system component that enables control of the flow of air when applying the accelerator pedal. Following last year’s announcement that the company will supply the Lucas engine management programme to
Outstanding recalls could be added to MOT

Outstanding recalls could be added to MOT

MOT, News, Uncategorized
The DVSA is looking to work with the Department for Transport (DfT) in order to align the MOT with recall data in an effort to improve road safety. The process would lead to a further ‘toughening up’ of MOT rules and would allow testers to check whether a vehicle has been through an important safety recall, should one have been issued, before issuing a certificate.  Vehicle manufacturers regularly issue safety recalls for their cars, and while it is illegal for dealers to sell anything with outstanding work required, there is no legal requirement for owners to get dangerous faults fixed.  The DVSA launched an online checking tool in February last year, yet estimates that one in 13 cars in the UK is subject to an outstanding recall.  The two departments are n
Euro Car Parts introduce Carbon Clean

Euro Car Parts introduce Carbon Clean

Additives and Cleaners, Products
Repairers can now access a complete range of diesel particulate filter (DPF) specialist cleaning equipment through Euro Car Parts due to a new deal with Carbon Clean. The Carbon Clean DCS-16 DPF cleaning system is designed to enable independent repairers to carry out DPF cleaning themselves, without sending the filter away for specialist maintenance. It allows repairers to remove the DPF, perform an internal wash using a detergent-based cleaning agent and flush out harmful ash left over from passive regeneration. And while the Carbon Clean range offers repairers the opportunity to instantly clean DPFs in the workshop, Euro Car Parts is keen to stress that the DPF filter itself is not always at fault, because it may have been blocked due to other components failing within the eng...
Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Andy Savva announced as Brand Ambassador for Philips Automotive Lighting

Lighting, News
Lumileds has announced Andy Savva, The Garage Inspector, as the Philips Automotive Lighting Brand Ambassador for the UK and Ireland. Andy has been involved in the automotive industry for over 32 years having owned and managed some of the most successful independent garages in the UK.  As an automotive aftermarket business expert, he has helped many garage owners take their businesses to the next level, and he has also helped many industry-leading Original Equipment parts suppliers and distributors understand how garage owners think and what they want from their suppliers. “I have always endorsed the use of OE parts, therefore I am pleased to be working with Lumileds and Ph
Absolute Alignment announces approved motorsport centres

Absolute Alignment announces approved motorsport centres

News, Wheel and body Alignment
Absolute Alignment has announced over 20 Absolute Alignment Approved Motorsport Centres across the UK – workshops dedicated to providing the best in race car servicing and set-up.  All Absolute Alignment Approved Motorsport Centres are equipped with the company’s high-end 3D, digital and Bluetooth wheel alignment equipment, which the Farnborough-based outfit showcases via domestic and international motorsport, and is demonstrating at Autosport International at the NEC in Birmingham (10-13 January).   Chris Dear, Absolute Alignment’s Technical Director, said, "These centres bring the benefits of a pro team to both hobby racers and track day drivers. Our relationships with professional motorsport have shown us that our four-wheel alignment equipment wins both in the
Misleading packaging still causing issues for lubricants

Misleading packaging still causing issues for lubricants

News, Oils and Lubes
Overclaiming what a product can do causes consumer confusion and creates unfairness in a marketplace. With this in mind, VLS, the Verification of Lubricant Specifications, has announced the outcome of cases VLS010152 and VLS010156: complaints against two different Vetech 5W30 Multi-Fleet oils, marketed by GSF Car Parts Ltd. The first case related to the Vetech SSL PRO Universal Performance Multi-Fleet ILSAC Standard Service Oil and alleged inconsistencies in the Technical Data Sheet, including that the product claimed to be produced from Group 2 and Group 3 base stocks, that the formulation was suitable for applications requiring VW 504/507, VW 502/505, MB 229.51, WSS-M2C913-A,B,C and Dexos 2 and that there were no additive formulations capable of achieving all of these specificati...
FlexFuel launches Hy-Carbon Connect

FlexFuel launches Hy-Carbon Connect

Additives and Cleaners, Products
FlexFuel Energy Development is unveiling its newest emission control product at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. The Hy-Carbon Connect, which will be available within the next twelve months, offers a fuel-efficient and non-labour-intensive solution to carbon build-ups in vehicles, providing consumers with a unique tool to lower their carbon footprint. FFED is unveiling the product at Stand 830 within CES's Smart Cities Pavilion. Internal combustion engines produce carbon deposits (soot) in cylinders, pistons, and valves within the engine as a result of regular operation. This build-up of carbon over time can decrease fuel efficiency and engine performance, as well as cause difficulties when starting vehicles.  The Hy-Carbon Connect conducts a p...