Archive | May, 2013




That’s the verdict of a new report from the Centre for Retail Research (CRR) which says 316,000 people could also lose their jobs if the decline of high street is left unchecked.

The Retail Futures 2018 report says shop numbers could fall from 281,930 today to 220,00 by 2018.

“The UK is facing a crisis. Radical changes need to be made by retailers, town centres and the government to preserve what is best in retailing.

“Retailing and retailers will either make clear strategic decisions that permit online retail to coexist with other channels or multiple retailers will disappear or be so mortally wounded that a large minority of business categories become dominated by purely online retailers.”

The CRR report identifies 153 town centres, 41% of the total, which are set to experience a rapid decline unless action is taken.

“Retail Futures 2018 recommends that a pump-priming fund of £320 million is required to start redeveloping these problem town centres to turn failing and empty shops into other facilities for which there may be a local demand.”

The report says the online share of UK sales will increase from 12.7% in 2012, already the highest online share of retail in the world, to 21.5% in 2018.

This shift of consumer activity to the internet means the high street share of spend has fallen from 50% in 2000 to a predicted 40.2% in 2014.

It also means retail chains with strong websites now need 70 high street stores to create a national presence, says the CRR, compared with 250 in the mid-2000s.

As a result vacancy rates have increased from 5.4% in December 2008 to 14.1% in March 2013, a 161% rise. Without intervention the CRR says it will rise to 20% and more over the next five years,

While local neighborhood stores are likely to be hardest hit, with a predicted decline of 26.2%, the CRR reckons that 164 major or medium-sized companies will go into administration over the five-year period.

Major retailers like Tesco, Asda and B&Q are also not immune, it says, noting the reduction in the number of large stores being opened and plans to sub-divide others and lease space to other retailers.

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Wilco to roll into new site in Scunthorpe

Wilco to roll into new site in Scunthorpe

IMG-20111110-00364The retail store and fitting centre chain has taken the two empty units, land and car park on Mannaberg Way in Scunthorpe. Both had stood disused for some time, Godfrey’s last using one of the units before the company entered into administration.

Wilco Motosave has been in Scunthorpe for nearly 20 years at its current leased premises on Snowdonia Avenue. The lease expires there in January, so the team plan to move in at the end of June after renovations are completed. The other unit requires more work, but this will be let out when ready.

Richard Shortis, Director of Wilco Motosave: “The new site will require some alterations but we feel its position in the town and its visibility from the roundabout on Mannaberg Way are excellent assets.”

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Following the purchase of the intellectual property rights of QH from Klarius in February, Tetrosyl has now bought the French distribution arm of the business for an undisclosed sum.

A statement from the company reads: “Tetrosyl Group has purchased the former Quinton Hazell business operating from a 72,000 sq ft distribution warehouse in France for an undisclosed sum.

Peter Schofield, Chairman, says “We bought the worldwide IP rights for Quinton Hazell (QH) from the administrators of Klarius earlier in the year and we are now pleased to announce that we have employed 36 of the previous team to operate the newly formed Quinton Hazell Europe operation based in Lille. The expertise and commitment of the team is a real inspiration and we will put all our resources into ensuring this highly mechanised warehouse is fully operational again by August.”

Tetrosyl will be supplying Quinton Hazell products from a 65,000 sq ft dedicated parts logistics warehouse in Trafford Park, Manchester. This site has had substantial investment in the infrastructure and technology to ensure modern high-speed picking and distribution throughout the UK.

Quinton Hazell was established in 1946 and is one of the largest aftermarket parts brands in Europe. It is easily identified by its use of the dragon logo. After being owned by two American conglomerates Dana and Affinia for many years, it is now securely back in British hands with the Tetrosyl Group based in Lancashire.

Tetrosyl is also appointing new distributors throughout the world to reach the 140 countries Quinton Hazell previously supplied. For more information, please email:”

More to follow

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UAN shows ‘a big hit’ for Manbat

UAN shows ‘a big hit’ for Manbat

The United Aftermarket Network says it has had a positive reaction to each of its trade shows run so far this year.

UAN member Manbat has been present with a stand at each of the group’s shows in 2013, and says the recent show in Lancashire was a big hit with the team and visitors.

UAN members enjoyed a five percent discount on any products from its Varta, Lucas or Numax brands and also enjoyed discussing industry issues with the team. In particular the Manbat team was advising on the challenges workshops are beginning to face as the latest battery technology starts to be seen in workshops.

Marketing Manager Myles Pemberton said: “There is always a lot to do to prepare and set up for these type of events, but they are invaluable when it comes to actually getting face-to-face with the members, and we are delighted to be able to report that they were a success for us.

“There is nothing like meeting customers in an environment when they have time to talk and give us feedback when it comes to the brands we represent and the way that we can continue to support them as they try their best to help their own customers. We’ll certainly be back against next time and I’m sure the new contacts we made during the show will develop into long standing business relationships.”

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Audi’s A4 gave us plenty of opportunities to discuss fault finding and diagnosis last month, with more of you getting in touch to tell us about your experiences with the popular car.

This month our friends in the market turn their attention to French manufacturer Peugeot and its versatile 308. Currently available in hatchback, estate, cabriolet and saloon version, the car was unveiled in June 2007 to serve as a replacement for the outgoing 307.

We’ve already seen how the 1.6-litre PSA turbodiesel used in the 308 is also in the Ford Focus, so there’s some recap over how carefully it’s oil consumption needs to be monitored.

Unlike Ford, Peugeot and Citroën recommended semi-synthetic oil early on in the engine’s use in its models, so keep a beadier eye.

There are plenty other issues with the car and some really golden tips that should help you avoid making the wrong diagnosis and get things fixed up in double-quick time.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Vauxhall Corsa introduced in 2006. If you have expertise, knowledge and insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. It will make our Inside Line an even more powerful tool for our workshop readership. Contact

Click below to see technical contributions on the Peugeot 308 from:

Castrol – recapping why oil plays such an important part in the Peugeot engine

CES – a whole host of issues and instructions on how to solve them

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

Denso – takes us through some important air conditioning fault finding tips

Exol Lubricants – shows off its new oil developed specifically with the 308 in mind

First Line – talks through wheel bearing replacement

Forte – how to avoid costly failures

Cambiare – technical solutions to technical problems

Gates – advises on belt replacements

Meyle – common suspension faults sorted

Remaned – IMA issues solved

RMI – The RMI’s Technical Helpdesk shares its knowledge of the 308

TecDoc – engine troubles diagnosed and fixed

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CAT’s Inside Line: TecDoc

Both factors and workshops can benefit from the systems that TecDoc and sister company AuDaCon can provide those that need to correctly identify and supply replacement parts and those actually undertaking repair or service work.

The examples below are common faults that occur on various versions of the Peugeot 308 and which have been sourced using the AuDaCon system in conjunction with its SOS service recall option. Not only does it identify likely faults, it also points the technician in the right direction in those instances where the most obvious solution may in fact be the wrong one.

PEUGEOT 308 SW 1.4 16V – Gearbox

Fault symptoms: Noises in 4th, 5th and 6th gear from the transmission region 54.000 miles

Causes: Production defect

Remedy: Replace selector cable bracket

Concerns the following vehicles:

Peugeot 308 gearbox code: BVA AM6C

Required parts: Part number:

Selector cable linkage OE 2437 C7

Screws (x3) OE 6912 G8

A franchised dealer would check whether the vehicle is affected by this job. This should be documented in the service booklet if it has already been undertaken.

Required labour times: Task Scheduled Time:

Peugeot 308 Replace selector cable bracket 1.4 hours

PEUGEOT 308 (4A_, 4C_) 1.6 HDi – Toothed Belt

Fault symptoms: Noises in the region of the engine

Causes: Oxidation by water ingress

Remedy: Replace the toothed belt and clean the immediate area around the components

Concerns the following vehicles:

Peugeot 308 engine code: DV6TED4, DV6ATED4

Required parts: Part number:

Cleaning agent OE 9736 66

Toothed belt OE 0816 G7

Tensioner OE 0829 88

Deflection pulley OE 0830 48

A franchised dealer would check whether the vehicle is affected by this job. This should be documented in the service booklet if it has already been undertaken.

Required labour times: Task Scheduled Time:

Peugeot 308 Replace the toothed belt 2.6 hours and clean the immediate area around the components

Please note: Light coolant residue on the bore is normal

PEUGEOT 308 (4A_, 4C_) 2.0 HDi – Hydraulic Lines

Fault symptoms: Noises in the clutch actuator region

Causes: Production defect

Remedy: Replace the hydraulic lines

Concerns the following vehicles:

Peugeot 308 engine code: BVM6, DW10BTED

Required parts: Part number:

Hydraulic line OE 2156 G4 or 2156 G5

A franchised dealer would check whether the vehicle is affected by this job. This should be documented in the service booklet if it has already been undertaken.

Required labour times: Task Scheduled Time:

Peugeot 308 Replace the hydraulic line 1.5 hours


Remove the retaining clips (1), replace the hydraulic line (2)

PEUGEOT 308 (4A_, 4C_) 2.0 HDi – Auxiliary drive belt tensioner

Fault symptoms: Noises in the region of the engine at ambient temperatures below 5˚C on vehicles up to two years old in excess of 25,000 miles

Causes: Production defect

Remedy: Replace the auxiliary drive belt tensioner

Concerns the following vehicles:

Peugeot 308 engine code: DW10BTED4

Required parts: Part number:

Auxiliary drive belt tensioner Check with Dayco parts catalogue

A franchised dealer would check whether the vehicle is affected by this job. This should be documented in the service booklet if it has already been undertaken.

Required labour times: Task Scheduled Time:

Peugeot 308 Check whether the job is required 0.1 hours

Replace auxiliary belt tensioner 0.7 hours


Check the tension (1) and if necessary remove and replace the auxiliary belt tensioner

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CAT’s Inside Line: RMI

The RMI’s Technical Helpdesk see the following issues with the 308:

Diesel with particle filter system, a good add on to a service is to check the additive tank quantity. This is often missed and left until the warning light comes on, this is a good “add on” to a service. (RMI Technical subscribers can request the correct procedure for this operation from the helpline).

  • Another good extra is to advise customers with the 1.6 Hdi to have an extra oil and filter change between services to reduce the possibility of premature turbo failure that is quite common on these engines.
  • Check the rear brake pads for sticking when hot causing noise, there is a modified pad kit available.
  • Road test and check for knocking/metallic noise from front suspension, modified front hub available.
  • Visual check inside the fuse/relay boxes for water ingress, quite common on these models.

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CAT’s Inside Line: Remaned

The Peugeot 308 HDI is equipped with a sophisticated Injection System. To maintain the high accuracy of this Injection System throughout the Vehicle’s life, it utilises a system to compensate for variations in Injector fuel flows, called “IMA”.


IMA coding increases the injector’s accuracy in delivering fuel for both input and out flows. This software enables each injector to be individually programmed according to the manufacturers guidelines. Each injector can then operate within tolerances as specified.

During the production of these injectors values are measured showing the performance of each injector. These are the difference between the production and the theoretical values which are printed on every injector.

Additionally, these values are also printed as a matrix code on each injector.


When some injectors with IMA code are fitted, the code has to be input in the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) to assure the proper working of the vehicle. The values which have been inputted, are used to compensate for differences in the performance of fuel flows in the injector CR.

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CAT’s Inside Line: Meyle

Sven Nielsen, Technical Director from MEYLE, says the Peugeot 308 has serious following problems:

1. Frequently worn out brake discs (11-15 521 0018/PD)


Worn out brake discs affect the braking behavior of the vehicle. Rust may play a major role in this case.

MEYLE Solution: Thinking beyond – corrosion-resistant platinum brake disc for Peugeot (11-15 521 0018/PD)

The MEYLE solution is a brake disk covered with a specially developed zinc multi-layer coating.  The MEYLE PD coating simply provides better anti-corrosion protection.

–       MEYLE subjected their MEYLE PD brake disc to a ten day comparative test with a conventional brake disc from the aftermarket and an original disc which was also coated. The salt spray test designed to simulate the influences of corrosion was carried out in the quality laboratory at MEYLE in Hamburg.

Compared to the conventional brake disc which showed intense rusting over the entire surface area after 240 hours, the MEYLE PD brake disc displayed only a small amount of white rusting and isolated patches of rust on the surface and on the bores of the inner surface. The coated original brake disc also showed severe rusting close to the bores, increased rusting at the edges and also white rusting.

–       The highlight: unlike uncoated discs which must have the grease removed before fitting, MEYLE PD brake discs save the workshops time, as they are ready to be assembled.

–       Cross-grinding guarantees the bedding-in process.

–       Furthermore, MEYLE offers support through an additional service feature. This includes instructions on how to replace brake discs and brake pads.

–       MEYLE brake pads feature damping shims fitted to the reverse side of pad’s support plate. These shims are designed to decouple vibration and prevent brake squeal.

2. Often worn out stabiliser links (11-16 060 0000/HD)


Intense strain and high surface pressure wears and stresses on the ball joint (head Ø 16-20 mm). This causes to a premature failure of the ball joint, makes noise from the front axle.

MEYLE-HD Solution (11-16 060 0000/HD):

Increased diameter of the ball head of the tie rod end to 22 mm. Ball joints with ultra wear-resistant synthetic ball sockets with high-tech grease. The reduction of the surface pressure ensures a significant longer lifetime.

3. Weak rubber to metal bushing on the front axle (11-14 610 0016/HD)


Excessive strain of the rubber to metal compound due to increased dynamic forces makes loud noise and reduced driving and braking safety.

MEYLE-HD Solution (11-14 610 0016/HD):

Strengthening and optimizing the rubber to metal compound consistency and the use of higher quality elastomer. You will have a longer service life without impairing safety or comfort.

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CAT’s Inside Line: Gates

Synchronous Belt Drive System (SBDS):

On some models, (including 1.6 HDI, DV6TED4), problems with rust inside the SBDS have been reported. In certain cases, this has been found to cause excessive noise inside the drive system. Gates, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of belts and tensioners, points out that this requires extra vigilance on the part of the mechanic when making the diagnosis. Increased noise is often a symptom of an operational issue within the SBDS . For example, component wear, misalignment or incorrect tension of the belt are all likely sources of excessive SBDS noise. Careful inspection is required to rule out all alternative causes.

Auxiliary Belt Drive Systems (ABDS):

As the OE manufacturer of the ABDS belt on the 1.6 e-HDI, DV6TED, Gates points out that this engine is equipped with a belt-driven stop-start system. This requires a specific type of ABDS belt, one that has been specially designed for use with a stop-start system. This is because stop-start belts are designed to cope with the greater stresses and strains that are particular to these applications. An example is the (6PK1020EMD), the only suitable belt for this specific drive is the Gates aftermarket replacement. EMD stands for Electro-Mechanical-Drive.

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