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THE COMPLETE BATTERY SOLUTION FROM HELLA

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THE COMPLETE BATTERY SOLUTION FROM HELLA


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With the UK currently enduring some fairly hostile weather conditions, for the country’s motorists, it’s the battery that takes the brunt. This fact was underlined by the RAC as it issued a stark warning this week stating that they expected to receive more than 3,000 battery related callouts on the first day back after Christmas alone.

The weather is however an opportunity for HELLA customers as its supply agreement with ECOBAT Battery Technologies ensures that the HELLA battery offering meets the challenge, because alongside excellent availability, it is both comprehensive and incorporates the latest products to reflect current technology. In addition, with the market-leading Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS) mega macs range of diagnostic tools, which possess the software required to correctly install the batteries used for start/stop enabled vehicles, HELLA has all the necessary elements to provide a full battery replacement programme.

Bearing in mind that battery related issues remain the most common cause of breakdown, whatever the season, battery health should be a priority for workshops. Therefore, as a matter of course, technicians should carry out a battery check on every vehicle that enters their premises, which allows preventative maintenance to be undertaken. Alongside this practical action, technicians should be recommending that customers who use their vehicles infrequently or make only short journeys, charge the battery on a regular basis, which will substantially reduce the risk of electrical related breakdown.

Due to the competitive nature of the sector, proactivity is the watchword for batteries, so it is vital for factors to make sure they are supplying the correct replacement for the vehicle, which is why an accurate application guide is a must. However, it is good practice for counter staff to check whether any extra high demand electrical equipment has been added to the vehicle, as this could affect the specification.

As the number of vehicles incorporating a start/stop function will only increase, the demand for AGM/EFB batteries is projected to grow rapidly and these must be installed correctly to prevent their premature failure. Unlike the traditional SLI battery, AGM/EFB batteries require a specific fitting procedure and the use of a specialised tool to integrate them into the vehicle’s complicated electronic system. Moreover, as vehicles become evermore reliant on electronics and the demands on the battery subsequently increase, the correct diagnosis of the cause of electrical related issues is vital.

This is where HGS users benefit, as all mega macs diagnostic tools have the capability to introduce an AGM/EFB battery into the battery management system (BMS) of a start/stop enabled vehicle, to correctly initialise the replacement. Without this process, the battery will fail prematurely.

Further advantages come with their ability to diagnose other battery related problems, such as issues with the IBS (intelligent battery sensor), which is a vital component in the BMS and, will sometimes also need replacing. Usefully, in addition to its aftermarket range, HELLA is an original equipment (OE) IBS supplier, so has particular expertise with this increasingly used product.

In short, as a respected supplier of premium quality components and diagnostic equipment, HELLA’s battery programme naturally reflects the requirements of the market and provides the solution technicians need to undertake every battery related challenge.

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

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SUPPLIER UPDATE: WINTER DEALS

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SUPPLIER UPDATE: WINTER DEALS


New supply deal for Pro-Align

A couple of important supply deals have been signed this month. First, around-the- wheel kit dealer, Pro-Align, has arranged with diagnostic tool maker Texa to supply the latter’s new aftermarket ADAS system. As the wheel alignment company has a contacts book full of past and existing customers in the crash repair and tyre fitting markets, it seems like an obvious add-on.

Pro-Align will also carry Texa’s range of diagnostic equipment.“Texa is pleased to welcome Pro-Align to its’ distribution network, where they are ideally placed to offer a complete service to OE and professional workshops facing the challenges of repairing newer vehicles fitted with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems,” commented Dave Gordon, Texa’s OE and National Accounts Sales Manager.

Meanwhile, Poland-based supplier of new and remanufactured rotating electrics, AS-PL Limited has struck a deal with the Nexus trading group. The brand’s products will be available through factors that buy with the group, initially through Nexus Automotive’s Central Europe representative. Tomasz Kaszubowski VP of AS-PL said: “When joining the Nexus Automotive Central Europe group, we gain not only the ability to share knowledge and mutual experience. At the same time, we can carry out actions that will improve our competitiveness and contribute to satisfying our customers’ needs.”

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GO OE THIS WINTER FOR SAFE BRAKING


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The winter can be harsh. Treacherous conditions are rife, and driving in the rain, snow or ice can bring about many accidents. While driver skill plays a part, equipment often plays a bigger role. There’s no point in having the reaction speed of a caffeinated fox when the vehicle’s brakes are shot.

To help explain this to your customers this winter, Pagid is working with garages across the UK to help them give the best care and advice to their customers, whilst also providing upsell opportunities. One such opportunity is for brakes, and ensuring brake pads are up to scratch for those awful winter conditions.

Sludge, dirt and salt, during winter, are not a brake’s best friend. They can all build up inside vital brake parts, affecting performance and corrosion. So, the best friction is required to prevent this from happening, and ensuring brakes work effectively, even in the wet, snow and ice.

Pagid’s first recommendation is to ask customers if they have felt or heard any symptoms that may alert you to worn or damaged brakes. Squeaking, clicking or grinding noises can all point to issues, as would a shuddering or pulling sensation when braking. These are clear signs that brake maintenance (and likely replacement) is in order.

Another opportunity to ensure customers are ready for anything this winter, is to offer to check through customer brake parts as part of a winter check. Looking especially close at the condition across the axle to avoid a potential spin. Ask your customers if they’d like a full brake check when they come in for other work, to help make sure they are as safe and ready for winter elements.

Of course, if new parts are required, always choose the OE-approved braking solutions, such as Pagid. These will ensure that your customers will be best placed to avoid or safely negotiate hazards during the tricky winter conditions. They’re OE-approved for a reason.

With cover for 99% of vehicle makes and models, and have excellent availability, service and support, Pagid delivers the complete braking solution for winter brake parts. Explaining this to your customers will reassure them that Pagid is the best choice for winter braking. For more advice on winter braking, visit www.pagidprofessional.co.uk.

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ESSENTIAL WINTER VEHICLE CHECKS – BRAKE CALIPERS


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With the onset of Autumn and Winter, garages have a key part to play in ensuring cars are fit for purpose.

The most common failure during this season is of course the battery, and it goes without saying, frozen coolant and screen wash due to insufficient additive, or out of date antifreeze.

With the roads clogged with ice, it is even more important that the brakes are operating efficiently and more importantly, evenly across an axle. Locking up of a front or rear wheel can lead to a nasty spin and accident. Salt and grit can also lead to issues with corrosion.

A visual inspection of the mechanical and hydraulic parts is the first step, looking for in particular leaking, cracking and wear of all associated parts.

Having completed the visual checks, now check the physical operation of the caliper, in particular, the free sliding action of the guide bolts in the carrier. The piston should push its pad into contact with the disc, and the carrier should pull the other pad into contact.

If this fails to happen, and there are any signs of corrosion or damage, dismantle the caliper and remove the pads. Take the carrier, and clean using brake cleaner and a wire brush. Pay particular attention to the guide pins, and guide pin bores and make sure you don’t damage the rubber components.

Under no circumstances must any attempt be made to “re-work” the carrier, i.e. using a file to “clean out” corrosion. Any work of this nature can lead to excessive clearances to the pad abutments, which will result in clanking and rattling noises on braking. If necessary fit new guide pins and dust covers.

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