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DPF cleaning with Ivor Searle

DPF cleaning with Ivor Searle

Diesel, Products
Ivor Searle, the UK’ remanufacturer of automotive products, has launched a professional Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning service for cars and light commercial vehicles. The new service expands Ivor Searle’s existing portfolio of remanufactured engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers, and aims to provide customers with a single source of supply for high quality automotive products. Utilising Flash Cleaning technology, the environmentally-friendly water-based process delivers ‚as new’ levels of cleanliness by removing all soot deposits, including PM10 particles, cerium oxide deposits and oil residues, from the DPF. Ivor Searle’s fast turnaround professional DPF cleaning service offers independent workshops a low -cost alternative to component replacement. In ad
Study claims diesels are more costly to repair

Study claims diesels are more costly to repair

Diesel, News
A UK study has found that used diesel vehicles are less reliable and more expensive to fix than their petrol counterparts. The report by warranty provider Motoreasy analysed 30,000 three to eight-year-old vehicles over a 12-month period and found that diesel models broke down three times more on average. As the diesel market drops in the UK, buyers are moving to the used market to purchase the technology, partially due to older vehicle excise duty (VED) rates remaining favourable. Drivers of diesels are also likely to pay bigger repair bills, partially due to the complexity of the engine and its components compared to petrol vehicles. The average engine repair bill for a diesel was £517 compared with £433 for a petrol vehicle, a difference of 20%. Duncan McClure Fisher, the fo
VIDEO: The development of vehicle paint

VIDEO: The development of vehicle paint

Video
SEAT has released a new video and insight into how much work goes into developing paint tones, as it launches its new Arona SUV. Three years of research, and enough knowledge and sensitivity to market trends. That is what it takes to ensure a paint colour on a new vehicle will not only look good, but be well received by the consumer. Overall, 1,000 days pass between thinking of a colour tone to it being applied to a vehicle. When a new model is launched, for example the new SEAT Arona, the investigation into the colour options is as intense as designing the bodywork, the options and the overall finish. From market research to application, through lab testing, it’s just as intense. 1,000 litres A specialised team analyses market trends and propose the range of colours of new
Increased safety technology coincides with reduction in UK road accidents

Increased safety technology coincides with reduction in UK road accidents

News, SMMT, Vehicle Electronics
New driver assistance technology is aiding road safety in the UK, as research shows that seven in ten new vehicles are sold with systems that mitigate driver errors and prevent accidents. Latest data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and JATO Dynamics shows that around 66.8% of new cars are offered with at least one self-activating safety system, either as standard or as an optional extra. Nearly 1.8 million new vehicles a year are now available with collision warning systems alone, up 20% on the previous year. This is just one of a raft of technologies now in showrooms, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), parking assistance, adaptive cruise control and overtaking (or blind spot) sensors. AEB, for example, which automatically applies the brakes ...
Product update at Brake Engineering

Product update at Brake Engineering

Brakes, Products
Brake Engineering has extended its aftermarket portfolio by introducing several new additions across its product range for passenger cars and LCVs, including new brake calipers, pads and shoe sets. The latest additions include two new brake calipers for Honda Legend IV applications. There are six brake shoe sets for applications including Dacia Dokker Express, Mercedes-Benz Citan Mixto and Renault Zoe, as well as nine brake pads covering BMW 2 Coupe, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe. Brake Engineering carries out in-depth research of the fastest moving products throughout the UK, supporting its product development and allowing it to ensure that additional parts brought to market are both relevant and required. For more information, visit www.brake-eng.com...
Read the latest Insight

Read the latest Insight

Blogs
Auto Repair Focus is more than just a website, as I hope you've noticed by now! In addition to news and features online, we also have the Insight, a fortnightly digest of the latest going ons in the aftermarket direct to your inbox - free of charge. The Insight delivers news, features, video content and product stories, plus any upcoming training courses and events from our online portal. It doesn't require any more than you just filing in the form below, and then sitting back and waiting for the first copy to be delivered. If you want to be kept up-to-date without the need to constantly check online then the Insight is for you. Plus, it contains a link to our podcast, The Tune Up, which features a discussion on the latest automotive industry topics. #mc_embed_signup{backg...
Ben – the Four Pillars Challenge

Ben – the Four Pillars Challenge

Charity, Features
Ben, the industry support organisation, offers its services across what it calls the four pillars: Financial, Social, Physical and Mental. For one of their employees, these areas became not just areas of support, but an opportunity for a fundraising endurance challenge. Dave Garrett recently completed a challenge of 4,000 miles during 2017, 1,000 miles for each of the four pillars. “In November 2016, a set of ‘PRIDE’ [Passionate, Respectful, Inclusive, Driven, Empowered] values were launched for all colleagues working at Ben to underpin its mission of making a positive difference to people’s lives,” says Dave. “I was quite new to the organisation at the time and wanted to do my bit to help launch the PRIDE values, so I decided that a personal challenge would best reflect these whils
SMPE announces Lucas licensing agreement

SMPE announces Lucas licensing agreement

News, Vehicle Electronics
Standard Motor Products Europe (SMPE) has secured the rights to supply its engine management programme under the Lucas brand. Under the new licence agreement, SMPE will develop and grow the Lucas brand in all mainland European countries, as well as non-aligned Scandinavian and Balkan states. The Lucas brand will also reach the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Russia. The new-look Lucas product line-up will feature key engine management ranges including ignition coils, cam/crank sensors, air mass meters, lead sets, coolant temp sensors and oil pressure switches, engineered by SMPE in the UK. SMPE were also the principal suppliers of Lucas branded engine management during the 1990s, which included caps, rotor arms, contact sets and condensers. Richard Morley, SMPE...
Autosport International 2018

Autosport International 2018

Out and about, Video
  View our Autosport International gallery here Autosport International took place at the Birmingham NEC between January 11-14. This year’s show was once again packed with a mix of classic and modern race cars from all corners of the motorsport world. Every year, racing fans flock to the hallowed halls of the National Exhibition Centre to see up close the cars that have been, and will be taking part in competitions on tracks around the world. From Formula 1 to WRC, Endurance to Karts, everything the motorsport addict can want is displayed across seven halls and in a Live Action Arena. This year, Auto Repair Focus was on hand to see just what the show had to offer. Mixed Motorsport The show was more diverse in 2018. Rather than using Formula 1 as the main attraction