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A/C IN NEW VEHICLE MODELS REQUIRE A GREENER GAS

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A/C IN NEW VEHICLE MODELS REQUIRE A GREENER GAS


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTODATA

R134a is 1,430 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2). New vehicles are required by law to use a greener refrigerant. Is your workshop prepared?

R134a has been used in the automotive industry for over 20 years. When compared to the progressive development of today’s vehicles and advances in other fluids and lubricants used in the motor industry, change in AC refrigerants is long overdue.

In 2011, the European directive 2006/40/EC came into effect. The new law required all newly designed cars and vans built for use in the EU, and equipped with air conditioning (AC) must use a refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) of 150 or lower.

The GWP scale measures how much energy a gas absorbs compared to the same quantity of carbon dioxide (CO2), over 100 years. The higher the number, the bigger the problem! CO2 has a GWP of 1, so the limit set by the European directive for new vehicle refrigerants is 150 times more damaging to the atmosphere than carbon dioxide (CO2).

R134a, the automotive industry’s refrigerant of choice before the new law was introduced, has a GWP of 1,430. With its global warming potential significantly higher than the amount set out by the new law, a new refrigerant had to be sourced to replace R134a.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) was considered due to its extremely low GWP, but test results revealed that it worked poorly in very hot climates and required much higher operating pressures. This raised concerns in the industry about safety and the increase in fuel consumption. A new refrigerant that met the requirements set out by the directive was eventually identified. HFO-1234yf or R1234yf, as it is commonly known, has a GWP of just 4. So, it’s easy to see why this refrigerant was selected to replace R134a.

When R1234yf was first introduced into the automotive industry, there were safety concerns about the new refrigerant’s flammability. However, due to the environmental benefits of a gas with such a low impact on the atmosphere, simple solutions have been adopted to utilise this gas. To ensure that the repair industry is aware of R1234yf’s flammability, refrigerant labels contain a flame and some manufacturers have even included this symbol on the service connector cap.

The service connectors are almost identical to those used on the R134a predecessor, but subtle differences ensure dedicated R1234yf charging systems must be used to prevent cross contamination, as these refrigerants cannot be mixed.

Can you spot the subtle differences between R1234yf (left) and R134a (right) service connectors?

Due to the large number of R134a equipped vehicles, dual charging stations are available to cater for the legacy refrigerant as well as the ‘new kid on the block’, R1234yf. These consist of separate refrigerant tanks and hoses for evacuating and charging the AC circuits.

For those that already own an R134a charging station, specific R1234yf equipment is also available, making it an attractive proposition for workshops looking to delve into the R1234yf market.

However, the cost of the new refrigerant is currently significantly higher than R134a. Workshops offering recharge services should be mindful of this when planning any fixed price offers. For those looking to offer AC charging for the first time, any technician carrying out this work will also need to be F-Gas certified.

Autodata’s dedicated Service Air Conditioning module, provides technicians with all the manufacturer approved technical information required to safely and effectively service AC systems using both types of refrigerants. To find out more and to try Autodata today, visit www.autodata-group.com.

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EVERY 7.5 SECONDS A TECHNICIAN VIEWS A WIRING DIAGRAM

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EVERY 7.5 SECONDS A TECHNICIAN VIEWS A WIRING DIAGRAM


PROMOTION ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTODATA

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In only three months, Autodata has added 336 new wiring diagrams – now delivering a total of 30,000 technical wiring diagrams to workshops.

As one of Autodata’s most popular features – viewed by a technician every 7.5 seconds, wiring diagrams are one of Autodata’s top priorities. Autodata has completely revamped the design of their wiring diagram module, by enhancing the navigation to save technicians even more time. Autodata’s enhanced wiring diagrams are now even more interactive, giving technicians the ability to search and locate a specific component within the diagram. New features such as the ‘find on diagram’ button, the zoom and drag-scroll functions, and the enhanced component information panel, facilitates easier access to the specific information technicians need on any diagram.

As well as providing workshops with the flexibility to work across various devices by being mobile and desktop friendly, the new design optimises the visibility of the wiring diagrams by giving technicians the ability to make them full-screen. With the enhancements to Autodata’s wiring diagrams, it’s now much easier and more convenient for technicians to work straight from devices.

We are creating diagrams at the fastest rate ever. Even though our technology and innovative processes are second to none, it still takes our wiring diagram team a considerable amount of time to prepare diagrams for the workshop application. Our wiring diagrams are all drawn directly from manufacturer circuit diagrams and transformed into Autodata’s easy-to-use, standardised, and interactive format that saves technicians valuable time. The accuracy of each diagram is vital, so our rigorous and systematic procedures ensure that the information workshops receive is always precise.
Mark Trepte, Content & Operations Director at Autodata

At beginning of this year, Autodata pledged to introduce one new technical feature every month. Just three months into 2017 and Autodata has already launched 3 new time-saving features and made 49 enhancements to existing key features in the workshop application.

Workshops that subscribe to Autodata have unrivalled access to manufacturer approved technical information, with 99.9% of vehicle models covered. Autodata’s ongoing advancements are designed by industry professionals to enhance workshop efficiency and competitiveness.

Try Autodata today.

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BRAND NEW SERVICE TRANSMISSION MODULE

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BRAND NEW SERVICE TRANSMISSION MODULE


PROMOTIONAL ARTICLE ON BEHALF OF AUTODATA

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Autodata has launched an important time-saving Service Transmission module that makes it even easier for technicians to identify the service operations required in a simple and efficient way. The new module provides technicians with instant access to all the technical information needed to carry out servicing to manual, automatic, and auto-shift manual (ASM) transmissions, as recommended by the vehicle manufacturer.

In addition to providing technicians with the relevant tightening torques for drain and filler plugs, as well as oil grades, and capacities in one easy to use module. The new module has step-by-step instructions and illustrations that guide technicians as they carry out model specific drain and refill procedures. Autodata’s service transmission module helps to protect workshops from making simple but costly mistakes by technicians with cautionary notes, that if ignored may cause damage to the vehicle during maintenance and repair procedures.

Transmissions are a time-consuming and awkward aspect of vehicle servicing. Get it wrong, and your workshop could end up with a hefty bill. Unlike standard manual transmissions which generally have straightforward fluid drain and refill procedures, automatic transmission systems can be more complicated.

When servicing automatic and ASM transmissions, it isn’t as simple as just removing the drain plug, draining the fluid, and then refilling the transmission. Various additional factors need to be considered, such as the special tools and diagnostic equipment required, the specific drain and refill procedures – set by vehicle manufacturers that need to be followed, and of course, the specific grade and capacities of transmission fluid required. With Autodata’s new service transmission module, technicians will have all this information at their fingertips to help them complete transmission servicing more efficiently.

This new module joins 34 other Autodata modules, more than 550,000 procedures, over 125,000 diagrams and illustrations, which cover over 32,000 models across 136 car and van manufacturers worldwide.
Subscribe to Autodata today.

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AUTODATA ACQUIRED BY SOLERA HOLDINGS

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AUTODATA ACQUIRED BY SOLERA HOLDINGS


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Vehicle info firm Autodata has been acquired by Texas-based software company Solera Holdings Inc. The transaction amount is reported to be £340m.

Solera acquired the firm from private equity firms Bowmonk Capital and Five Arrows who in turn bought the company for a reported £143m through a competitive auction in 2014.

The Texan firm already owns Carweb which is the company behind E3 Technical, one of the other vehicle info services in the UK.

Founded in 1975, UK-based Autodata has evolved from publishing  do-it-yourself manuals for car enthusiasts and garages, to delivering  cloud-based diagnostics and repair info for professional technicians.

“Today’s motorists expect automotive service professionals not only to understand every vehicle make and model, but also to provide a faster and more accurate service at highly competitive prices,” said Rod Williams, CEO of Autodata. “Joining the Solera family will not only amplify Autodata’s ability to meet the growing needs of the industry, but will also provide our customers and partners with access to Solera’s highly innovative mindset and forward-thinking solutions.”

“Vehicles are not only being driven longer than ever before, but are becoming more technologically advanced and digitally sophisticated,” said Tony Aquila, Solera’s founder, Chairman and CEO. “The SMR industry must be prepared to manage this evolution in mobility with the right mindset, equipment and training. Solera’s integration of Autodata will accelerate delivery of the data and software that the global SMR marketplace needs today, as well as the innovative technologies and solutions that the industry will need tomorrow.”

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AUTODATA LAUNCH MOTORCYCLE APPLICATION


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Motorcycle application

Autodata has launched an application specific to motorcycles. The launch happened at Automechanika and in common with all of the firm’s current data products it will be cloud based only.

Indeed, the brand has confirmed that the days of handing out CD discs are all but at an end. Tom Endean, Head of Marketing, said: “The problem with CDs is they are limited to the amount of data they can store and they go out of date very quickly”.

“The online product means that at any time you’ve always got the latest information especially for garages because they need that business protection. If it says to do a certain procedure at a certain mileage they need to know that, that is the current recommendation set by the manufacturer”. Endean also notes that the complexity of bikes used to be relatively simple however, this is no longer the case meaning there is a heavier demand for more technical information and procedures when servicing these vehicles, something a CD can no longer facilitate.

Endean explained that the firm’s next priority is pushing its custom Application Programming Interface (API) for users of large data. “We also have a lot of developers working on more technology for our API solution that isn’t coming to market just yet”, he concluded.

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AUTODATA SOLD TO INVESTMENT FIRMS

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AUTODATA SOLD TO INVESTMENT FIRMS


Autodata_5v1Automotive technical information provider, Autodata has been acquired by investment firms Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows for an undisclosed sum.

Bowmark Capital is a name with experience in the information and data industry, while Five Arrows is the principal investing arm of the Rothschild Group.

Established more than 40 years ago, Autodata is known for

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providing information covering more than 80 vehicle manufacturers and 17,000 models.

Autodata Chief Executive, Rod Williams, said: “A major factor in the selection of Bowmark and Five Arrows was their agreement and desire to maintain Autodata’s complete independence going forwards. This, coupled with their ability to make available significant additional funding to support our continued growth and expansion, made for the most compelling business case.”

News of the change in ownership comes as the company rolls out its new web application that differs from the firm’s existing offerings by providing a different platform and the option of pay-as-you-go access.

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