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PROMO: CORTECO HAS RELOCATED

PROMO: CORTECO HAS RELOCATED

PROMOTIONAL CONTENT WRITTEN BY CORTECO

Corteco has successfully moved from Lutterworth to Rugby. The move has completed the largest expansion for the brand in the UK and emphasises the rate of annual growth for the company.

New site in Rugby is part of firm’s expansion plans

The new location places Corteco alongside its parent company Freudenberg Sealing Technologies (FST) allowing Corteco to reap knowledge and expertise from the Original Equipment Manufacturer and to pass it onto their customers. This is still proving to be a fruitful year for Corteco, with the expansion of the team, the new state of art location and additional stock enabling Corteco to serve customers instantly.

The move has brought access to a bigger warehouse, a more central location, more office space, improved facilities, a strong source of OE knowledge and a brand new ordering system. All of this helps to benefit the team and the customers greatly proving a seamless service from start to finish.

Corteco asks all customers to ensure the new address is updated to reflect the completed transition.

For any queries on this matter please call 01455 550000 or email a member of the customer service team on service@corteco.co.uk

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PROMO: HELLA HENGST – THE FILTRATION EXPERTS

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE FROM HELLA-HENGST

 

Workshops have a responsibility to their customers, not just when it comes to the standard of the work they undertake and the quality of replacement components they fit, but also in terms of service and advice they offer. In addition to these customer-facing benefits, this principal will also help workshops both in their reputation and the bottom line.

In terms of vehicle performance, engine emissions and to minimise fuel costs, ensuring the regular replacement of the air, fuel and oil filters with an original equipment (OE) quality substitute, such as a HELLA Hengst filter, is of the utmost importance and any workshop that would even consider straying from either the vehicle manufacturers (VM) specified service schedule or turn to a low quality alternative replacement, would be considered as to have made a reckless decision.

Where workshops can fall down however, is with the replacement – or lack of replacement – of the cabin filter, which effects the health and well-being of the vehicle’s occupants, an equally

Hella Hengst portfolio

important part of a customer-focussed outlook.

Air quality is always in the headlines and providing a healthy environment for their customers is one of the ways that workshops can distinguish themselves from their competitors. Many studies have shown that the air quality inside a vehicle has a significant influence on safety; when it is thick with pollutants for example, the driver’s concentration can suffer, resulting in a higher risk of an accident.

Incredibly, up to 540,000 litres of air can enter the cabin for every hour of driving and research has shown that this air is approximately five times more contaminated by exhaust gases, pollutants and allergens than air at the roadside.

Workshops therefore, have a large part to play when it comes to the air quality within their customers’ vehicles. By specifying a HELLA Hengst Blue.care® cabin filter, they can optimise the air quality for the direct benefit of their customers in terms of a reduction in pollutants within the vehicle, which aids the driver’s concentration, makes them feel less tired and subsequently reduces the risk of accidents due to driver fatigue.

A standard cabin filter is certainly a good first step as, in addition to its protective role over the air conditioning system, it will remove pollen and fine dust, whereas a carbon activated version goes one further by filtering out bad-smelling odours and hazardous gases such as ozone, smog and exhaust gases. However, the HELLA Hengst Blue.care® filter also neutralises allergens and bacteria, making the environment particularly suitable for the family car.

Its first line of defence comes through an electrostatic medium that keeps out coarse particles, which is supported by a filter fleece that increases its dust retention capacity. An active carbon layer separates out vapours, odours and harmful gases, while so called ‘meltblown’ medium filters out fine dust including micro-particles with diameters smaller than 2.5 mm. Finally, the biofunctional layer contains nanosilver, which has an anti-microbial effect and jointly provides the five level protection from pollen, dust, mould/spores, odours and bacteria that makes the Blue.care® the filter of choice for the discerning workshop.

Due to the sheer quantity of air cabin filters have to cope with, HELLA Hengst recommend that they are replaced annually or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. However, vehicles that spend most of their time being driven in busy traffic – like the typical school run – should have them changed twice a year, irrespective of their annual mileage.

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA Hengst, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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PROMO: WHEN DURABILITY MATTERS, MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

PROMO: WHEN DURABILITY MATTERS, MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE

Promotional content written by Corteco

When seals become contaminated, vehicle performance and reliability is quickly compromised.

Lorries are expected to operate around the clock while exposed to moisture and general physical debris and still produce as little down time as possible. Operating conditions are harsh, but reliability remains vital for the driver and the customer. Cassette seals for axles provide the perfect solution and form part of a new generation of ‘closed sealing’ solutions that protects against contamination in working conditions and tough operating environments. Corteco has a comprehensive seal range for axle applications that now includes almost every sealing option, from traditional gaskets and O-rings to the latest low-friction Cassettes for CV and LCV.

Cassette Seals were developed for vehicles working continuously in extremely physical environments on a daily basis. Cassette sealing system technology is now used in a wide number of applications and available for a broad range of different sizes. The most important aspects for the selection of Cassette Seals are:

  • Temperature
  • Circumferential speed
  • Axial play
  • Fitting procedure
  • Degree of contamination of the surrounding area

Choice of sealing materials

In addition to its product design and innovative capabilities, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies has access to resources that include thousands of different types of raw materials. Each individual component may comprise of combinations of many different rubber or plastic compounds that are used in association with various coatings and adhesives. OE manufacturers rely on FST in the selection of raw materials, product design, as well as the development and production processes of the seals that are fitted to their vehicles.

The choice of sealing materials used in individual cassette seals is based upon:

  • Operating environment
  • OE requirements
  • FST experience

FST is a name that OE manufacturers know they can trust and that’s the reason why they manufacture billions of seals each year. By working closely with FST, Corteco has developed a Cassette Seals product range to match the needs of the aftermarket – and thanks to extensive logistical experience, the correct sealing solution for almost every application is never very far away.

Product Reliability

Cassette Seals deliver reliable first time fit solutions that fleet operators can depend upon. Each Cassette Seal includes:

  • Static sealing system
  • Dynamic sealing system
  • Dust lips for dirt protection

Fleet operators rely on the parts that are installed into their vehicles to withstand excessive pressure from everyday operating life. Fitting OE Cassette Seals ensures peace of mind and reduce costs and downtime making sure everything runs smoother.

Applications 

Automotive applications are characterized by contamination, intensive utilization and high speed for long distances and periods. The utilisation of Cassette Seals covers many fields including; pick-up, commercial vehicles and on-road trucks. 

General Industrial applications are characterised by the presence of severe contamination, intensive utilisation, continuous start and stops with short distances and high repair costs. The utilisation of Cassette Seals cover many fields including; off-road trucks, agriculture, earth moving machines, implements and many more.

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PROMO: CORTECO AT AUTOMECHANIKA

Promotional content on behalf of Corteco

 

The FST subsidiary Corteco showcased its product portfolio – now expanded to include steering and suspension components – from September 11 to 15 at the Automechanika trade fair in Frankfurt. Corteco has been offering ball joints, control arms, tie rods and hydraulic and conventional bushings and stabilizer links for the replacement parts market since the start of the year. “We are seeing an ongoing trend toward cars that offer greater comfort thanks to an improved ride. We wanted to address this in the replacement parts business with our expanded product portfolio,” said Jason Meier, Senior Vice President at Corteco.
The new products generated considerable interest among the trade fair visitors. Detailed information on Corteco’s complete range including belt pulleys, engine mounts and interior air filters was in demand as well. Visitors were able to personally feel the impact of high-performance steering and suspension products on a vehicle’s ride: In a vehicle simulator, they experienced how well Corteco damping parts perform compared to those of the competition – a highlight for many visitors to the stand.
Corteco made a strong visual impression at the event with its striking new motifs. “We show the people behind our products in the photos on our website as well as in advertising, brochures and catalogs,” Meier said. “They identify strongly with our products, and we are illustrating this in our images. Without the technical expertise of our employees, we would not have thrived for more than twenty years in the Independent Automotive Aftermarket.”

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PROMO: HELLA CORE-FREE RANGE OFFERS PEACE OF MIND

PROMO: HELLA CORE-FREE RANGE OFFERS PEACE OF MIND

Promotional content from HELLA

Hella core-free range

Motorists are almost completely reliant on their cars, as many simply have no alternative means to get about, which is why dependability and a long service life, are prerequisites for replacement starter motors and alternators. With these requirements at the forefront, renowned original equipment (OE) manufacturer and systems supplier HELLA, is therefore the ideal partner for motor factors and their valued workshop customers.

To provide added peace-of-mind and as a demonstration of its confidence in the premium quality products it supplies, HELLA offers an extended warranty on its rotating electrics range, which, for maximum convenience, is also core-free.

The HELLA programme, which encompasses more than 1,000 references and covers both passenger car and commercial vehicle applications, simplifies life for both motor factor and workshop, as it dispenses with the need for them to return the faulty unit and comes without the complication of a surcharge. As a result, neither party has to deal with a complicated payment process and technicians can fit and relax in the knowledge that the extended warranty allows workshops to offer their customers a market-leading level of product security.

To ensure their exceptional quality and reliability, all HELLA starter motors and alternators undergo rigorous testing to stringent OE specifications, with more than 40 check points on critical parts and processes carried out at the company’s competence centre.

By providing OE quality core-free units, HELLA enables motor factors and workshops to offer their customers a reliable ‘fit right first time’ product that minimises the time the vehicle is off the road and simplifies the order process.

 

For more information about the OE quality products available from HELLA or for Behr Hella Service, please call customer services on: 01295 662400 or email hella.sales@hella.com

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LUBRICATION THAT CAN DAMAGE OIL SEALS

LUBRICATION THAT CAN DAMAGE OIL SEALS

PROMOTIONAL STORY ON BEHALF OF CORTECO

Today’s cars are becoming increasingly powerful but are still retaining the convenient size which fits with the chaotic world we live in. With cars becoming more demanding, the engines have to do more while trying to meet efficiency targets, this is helped by the engine oil that we put in to keep the car ticking over. However, although this oil is beneficial for many parts within the engine it also causes a lot of harm to components such as oil seals.

Oil additives are chemical components that improve the lubricating performance of the base oil. These additives are vital for the proper lubrication and prolonged use of engine oil in modern combustion engines. Without many of these the oil would become contaminated, breakdown, leak out or not properly protect the engine parts at all operating temperatures. Some of the most important additives include those used for viscosity and lubricity, contaminant control, for the control of chemical breakdown and for seal conditioning. The viscosity of oil also changes with temperature, becoming more viscous when cold and less viscous when hot. So the viscosity of the oil can be affected both by the weather and how hot your engine is.

Although the additives in the oil are extremely beneficial for most engine components, the additives being used today have an adverse effect on oil seals, often causing them to wear or leak causing early repairs being done to fix the problem. One way a seal can fail from oil additives is due to chemical compatibility, this is an issue that arises when changes are made to the formula of lubricants. Sometimes even though the base fluid remains the same an additive causes the seal to fail. However, the effect is not always predictable as the seal may wear out faster than expected or simply not perform as it should.

Alternatively the seal material can break down when it encounters a corrosive fluid. This will occur when the improper seal material is chosen for an application. The use of non-compatible materials can lead to chemical attack by oil additives, hydrolysis, and/or oxidation of seal elements. This will result in the loss of the seal lip interface, softening of the seal durometer, swelling, and/or shrinkage of the seal. Discolouration of the seal is an indicator of chemical erosion.

To avoid the seal from wearing early or not performing as expected then certain things need to be looked at. The fluid pressure range needs to be checked, this includes not just the operating range of the fluid system pressure, but also the severity and frequency of the system pressure peaks.

Another crucial factor is the temperature range as this will be effected by the additives within engine oil and can also be effected by the engine temperature and even the weather. The resting and operating temperature range of the fluid and the cylinder assembly are important with seal selection.

The fluid type due to the fluid media and viscosity are important for seal efficiency and effectiveness. Getting this right will ensure the long life of an oil seal as well as reduce the need for early repairs.

The size of the seal will determine the size of the cylinder. This includes the rod and bore dimension, seal groove dimensions, gaps, cylinders overall length, surface finish specifications and the stroke length. How the cylinder is used will impact how long it can last under certain operating conditions. This includes cylinder installation, environmental factors, and exposure to harsh conditions.

With oil additives being added to engine oil it is becoming ever more crucial to ensure the right seal is chosen not just for the application but for operating conditions and to work well alongside the additives.

Corteco offers a range of more than 7,000 gaskets and over 6,500 different shaft seals Simmering® and valve stem seals in OEM quality for a wide range of vehicle applications to ensure you can get the right seal for the job.

For more information on Corteco’s range of products head to www.corteco.com/en/products/sealing alternatives head over to Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn and follow Corteco to get all the latest new, technical information and promotions.

 

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PROMO: OIL SEAL FAILURE DIAGNOSIS

PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF CORTECO

 

 

Oil Seal Failure Diagnosis

Often, when parts such as oil seals fail prematurely they are replaced and returned under warranty; however, in most cases the seal itself isn’t the reason the failure has occurred. In this guide, we will take you through the causes and how to avoid premature leaks and failures in the future.

Lip Leakage Diagnosis

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If the lip has worn out then this is often caused by the seal not being sufficiently lubricated before installation causing abnormally high temperature, the presence of foreign matter, disproportionate internal pressure or an excessively rough shaft surface. Similarly if when removing a seal, if the lip has hardened and there are visible cracks, you can be sure that this has again been caused by abnormally high temperatures, excessive internal pressure or insufficient lubrication. The cause for the abnormally high wear has occurred due to friction as the amount of lubricant was below the specified level and therefore did not reach the seal lip. Alternatively, insufficient lubrication can come from dry-wear conditions because the vehicle’s oil levels are low. Another sign of this is if the lip wear band is smooth and glossy.

Alternatively, if the lip has softened, then the main cause of this is the lip having the incorrect material required for the application. In order to prevent this from reoccurring make sure the correct seal is sourced for the specific application before installation.

If you notice the lip of the seal has worn unevenly then this is due to cocked seal installation or an excessive shaft offset. As before, both should be checked during installation but crucially before the vehicle is out on the road.

Installation errors tend to be a big factor in automotive parts failing prematurely. This is apparent if you can see that the lip of the seal is scratched, caused by improper assembly, improper handling, an incorrect shaft chamber or the presence of foreign matter entering the seal. The scratches are often caused by being assembled over burrs or other defects in the shaft chamber, the lip coming into contact with sharp metal parts during transit or storage or if the seal was handled with gloves contaminated with metal particles.

As stated improper handling can be a factor in causing a seal to fail prematurely, the tell-tale sign is the seal lip being swollen or soft. The swelling is caused by the lip being soaked in solvents or petrol before installation. Alternatively, if when removing a seal you see the fit trace is disconnected locally then the seal could have been deformed because of an improperly designed assembly jig or a gap in the press-fit occurred due to rough handling.

However, although problems during fitting can contribute to the part failing, other issues may be the key factor. If the lip’s waist (flex area) is broken, then this can be because of improper assembly but can also triggered by excessive internal pressure. Similarly if the lip is turned-under, the lip edge is severely worn and the wear band is concave then this is connected to an incorrect shaft chamber, improper assembly and excessive internal pressure meaning the oil seal area exceeded the maximum pressure it was originally designed for. To prevent this reoccurring, identify the maximum pressure for the seal and check it is compatible with the vehicle. However, if the lip edge is severely worn but there are circumferential grooves on the wear band then the cause is that the shaft finish was rougher than the specified range again this can be prevented by sourcing the correct part for the specific application.

Similarly, if the lip edge is severely worn and there are grooves or indentations on the surface. Foreign matter can affect the seal in many ways whether the cause is due to a shaft or seal that has been contaminated with foreign particles being used or the contaminants were embedded in the seal lip. The cause can be triggered when the seal is assembled in the presence of dirt and/or dust causing the contaminants to become embedded in the sealing lip. In addition, if the seal or the housing was assembled with silicone, the sealant will have contaminated the shaft or seal.

If, when removing a seal the garter spring has become disconnected then this has likely been caused by an incorrect shaft chamber or improper assembly, checking the installation can ensure you and you customers are happy with the finished job.

However, if there isn’t an obvious fault with the oil seal, the cause is often difficult to diagnose, but before you prematurely condemn a good seal first check if the shaft is scratched or the diameter is incorrect, if the shaft rotational direction does not match the helix on the seal, there is excessive shaft offset or runout, the shaft is worn or the seal has been installed incorrectly.

Press-Fit area leakage diagnosis

Below we identify four common causes of premature leaks due to incorrect handling/installation.

If the oil seal is cocked then this can be caused by an improperly sized bore diameter, incorrect shaft chamber or improper assembly jig.

Like with the lip leakage diagnosis if the oil seal is problem free, check if there is a scratched or an improperly sized bore or excessive bore surface roughness. Similarly if the seal OD is damaged or chafed the bore is often the cause. Ensure you check if there is an improper sized bore diameter, incorrect shaft chamber or improper assembly jig before installation.

All the causes mentioned can be avoided if the correct steps are taken when assembling, ordering and fitting a part.

Head over to www.corteco.com/en/products/sealing/ to view our sealing range.

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REMOVING TRICKY SEAT BELT BOLTS WITH INDUCTION HEAT

REMOVING TRICKY SEAT BELT BOLTS WITH INDUCTION HEAT

PROMOTIONAL POST ON BEHALF OF INDUCTION INNOVATIONS

Ever had problems removing a stuck seat belt bolt? Induction heating makes difficult tasks like this easier and safer. With the Mini-Ductor® Venom® handheld induction heating tool from Induction Innovations, removing those stuck seat belt bolts becomes a much easier and safer process. Using Invisible Heat, the Mini-Ductor Venom releases metal from corrosion and thread lock compounds without the dangers of open flame in seconds.

The innovative Mini-Ductor Venom provides a safer, quicker and less damaging alternative to naked flame heating and a great return on investment.

For more information: 01953 859138 or www.theinductor.co.uk

Four Easy Steps to Remove Seat Belt Bolts

 

  • Step 1: Select the right coil (the pre-formed coils come in different sizes and can be bent to shape to suit the job).

 

 

 

 

  • Step 2: Secure the coil onto the Mini-Ductor Venom with twist lock.

 

 

 

 

  • Step 3: Place the coil around the bolt and heat (be cautious not to overheat or turn bolt red hot).

 

 

 

 

  • Step 4: Remove the bolt.

 

 

 

 

Induction Innovations has produced a series of step-by-step video guides to demonstrate some key applications for the Mini-Ductor Venom. You can view demonstration videos at www.youtube.com/user/theinductoruk

 

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THE GREEN SUPPLIER: BATTERY TECHNOLGIES

THE GREEN SUPPLIER: BATTERY TECHNOLGIES

PROMO ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF ECOBAT GROUP

 

There is a lot more to the ECOBAT group than meets the eye. Besides being Europe’s largest specialist battery distributor, the group is also a leading collector and recycler of used batteries on three continents. In the EU it fulfils battery collection services through operations in Germany, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, and the UK, collecting batteries from all over Europe.

ECOBAT’s processes ensure that more than 97% of material is recovered from the ‘End of Life’ battery during the recycling process.

Battery recycling typically generates three main elements:

  • Lead
  • Plastic
  • Sulphuric acid.

At ECOBAT’s recycling operations, batteries are broken under controlled conditions to release acid, then crushed in a hammer mill and broken into smaller pieces for physical separation using water. Through the separation process, plastics float to the surface where they are removed for further separation before recycling. The lead components (plates, poles and paste) sink in the hydro-separation tanks and are removed for smelting. Before the paste can be smelted however, it is dewatered.

The battery paste and other lead-containing materials are fed into furnaces together with a reducing agent and smelted to produce lead metal. The grids and poles are also smelted in the same way. The lead recovered through the smelting process is then refined to produce various bespoke lead alloys, primarily for the battery industry.

In Europe up to 75% of the lead material consumed is derived from secondary recycling rather than primary production.

The recovered sulphuric acid can be processed to produce sodium or calcium sulphate which can be used in a variety of applications. Sodium sulphate, for example, can be used in detergent, glass and textile manufacturing. Calcium sulphate has a wide range of industrial uses from the construction industry to the food industry.

Plastics recovered from the recycling operations are further sorted into various fractions and of these the most valuable is polypropylene from the battery case. This is processed and cleaned and is then broken into chip, dried, compounded, melted and extruded to form plastic pellets. New battery cases and other automotive products are produced from these pellets, with several vehicle manufacturers among the list of ECOBAT’s customers.

 

In the UK, ECOBAT Battery Technologies, formally Manbat, utilises the group’s expertise to provide a fully compliant battery scrap collection service. All collections are then recycled through its own group smelting facilities. This is not only complementary to its core specialist battery supplier activity, but also positions it as a true ‘closed loop’ green supplier.

 

For further details, please contact ECOBAT Battery Technologies on: 01743 218500 or visit: www.ecobat.tech

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REINVENTING THE WHEEL

Promotional article on behalf of Euro Car Parts

 

 

Helen Robinson, Marketing Director at Euro Car Parts, explains how the independent aftermarket can tap into additional revenue streams through its new Intelligent Repair Programme.

 

A recent survey by RAC Insurance* found that two-thirds of UK motorists have suffered damage to their vehicles in small car park scrapes, with scuffed alloy wheels one of the most common results.

 

For independent workshops, this sort of repair work is an excellent profit opportunity. The ability to restore scuffed and kerbed wheels to pre-collision condition is a unique selling point that helps customers stay on the right side of Personal Contract Purchases (PCP), and return their vehicles in good condition. By offering this as a remote, portable service, technicians can carry out repairs wherever the customer happens to be, making the process even more convenient for motorists.

 

Euro Car Parts recently launched our new Intelligent Repair Programme for repairers and bodyshops, enabling technicians to complete minor body repairs in rapid time. Since then, the number of small businesses carrying out intelligent repair work across the UK has grown; a demand largely driven by rising insurance excesses. Customers involved in a minor scrape are now looking to the independent aftermarket to carry out small repairs and managing the cost themselves, rather than paying a sizeable insurance excess.

 

Bringing together the vast stock range and availability of Euro Car Parts and LKQ Coatings, along with the specialist service and support provided by our Workshop Solutions team, our Intelligent Repair Programme helps workshops respond to this demand. The programme allows repairers to access the latest equipment for wheel refurbishment, windscreen and interior repair, cosmetic paint and paint-less dent work, in addition to both static and mobile spray booths. IMI-accredited training is also provided.

 

We also work closely with repairers to install additional intelligent repair equipment on site at the workshop, to upsell minor repairs as part of a routine service. Our Workshop Solutions team assesses an existing premises, installs wheel preparation units, aquablast machines and powder coating tools, in addition to training technicians in this specialist area, bringing the machinery and skill of the bodyshop into independent workshops.

 

Not only does our Intelligent Repair Programme help repairers offer additional work, it also provides existing bodyshops with an effective way of reducing key-to-key times.

 

Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme is just another way that we are helping independent repairers to satisfy the ever-changing needs of customers. With experience throughout the aftermarket, and both parts and support instantly available, we’re helping independent repair booths pop up all around the country, making accident repair accessible to a whole new audience.

 

For more information about Euro Car Parts’ Intelligent Repair Programme, visit https://omnipart.eurocarparts.com/

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