mann-cat-2018Hot of the press this month are the brand new MANN-FILTER 2018/2019 catalogues. The catalogues list compatible products for more than 48,000 vehicles and machines, including over 260 new filter types.

They new catalogues are also available now as DVD, online at and via the MANN-FILTER app.

The yellow and green catalogues are one of the most important filter lists in the industry, because, with market coverage of over 97% in Europe, the MANN-FILTER range offers compatible filters in original equipment quality for almost every passenger car and truck on the road plus a whole host of off-road and industrial applications.

The current catalogue for the European market contains filter elements for more than 12,300 passenger cars and vans, 9,200 trucks and buses and 25,500 applications in off-highway and industrial applications.

The comprehensive product information includes detailed illustrations, dimension and cross references, all presented in where do you buy viagra a clear and simple way that has become the benchmark standard for the industry.

Meet growing AGM demand with Lucas Batteries

lucas-agmThe freezing winter weather has seen a big rise in demand for batteries as cars fail to start in the exceptionally cold conditions. One of the big differences this year has been that there is now volume demand for batteries on vehicles with start/stop systems.

These start/stop or micro-hybrid cars have raised little battery demand in recent years. In many cases the original batteries were over specified and also the start/stop function is not fully utilised on many cars meaning up to now these batteries have out performed expectations. However, a combination of natural deterioration and the extreme cold has seen many of these types of batteries failing for the first time.

Our Lucas Battery range includes a full selection of high quality Fusion AGM batteries to meet this demand at competitive prices. Remember if a car is fitted with an AGM battery in cannot be replaced with a normal lead acid unit.

Brake warning advice from Jurid

brake-warnWhen a brake warning light comes on the dashboard of a car it usually has a red colour to indicate that there is an immediate risk, potentially compromising the general safety of the vehicle. It important that this is never ignored. There are several reasons why the brake system warning light may light up, but almost half of drivers don't recognise the risk and consequently don't react accordingly.

The most common reason for the brake system warning light to come on are:

Brake fluid level low. - This will increase the risk of vapour lock causing a loss of braking performance. In this instance the fluid level needs to be topped up and it is critical that the right fluid spec is used.

Brake pad thickness below minimum. - This may gradually lead to brake pad underlayer contact with the brake disc and eventually, in the worst-case scenario, to back plate contact with brake disc. The pad thickness needs to be checked and pads replaced if necessary.

False reading due the component issue. - A corroded or broken ABS ring may generate a false signal from the drive shaft or wheel bearing. In case of corrosion under the sensor mounting points, the sensor may be forced closer to the ABS ring and give false reading to the ABS module. The complete ABS system needs to be checked for corrosion or broken rings and items need to be replaced where needed.

False reading caused by oversensitive brake warning system. - In some instances the dashboard warning light keeps flashing, even after changing the pads and related wear sensors. Here the technician should push the brake pedal several times to ensure contact between brake pads and brake discs. Then switch the dashboard off for a few seconds. Switch the dashboard back on and check if the light still remains. In most instances this will turn the light off, but If not then a further diagnostic check will be required.

Are you ready for the busiest pothole season ever?

fai-potholeAfter the snow comes the thaw and as every driver knows, snow, ice and flooding can play havoc with road surfaces creating new potholes and making existing ones wider and deeper. Potholes can cause serious damage to a car and it is often the steering and suspension components that take the biggest hit. The initial impact of hitting a pothole is transferred from the tyre directly to the shock absorber which is designed to absorb impacts but can often bottom out within itself. The shock is then transferred to suspension components such as strut mounts, wishbones , control arms, link rods and ball joints. Damage to these parts can lead to wheel alignment issues affecting  the geometry of the car and cause serious steering problems.

FAI recommends that suspension and steering components should be checked by a qualified mechanic if a driver suspects there is damage. If there is damage, then the quality of the replacement component is vital. All of FAI’s steering and suspension parts are subject to a rigorous testing programme. For example, ball joints are 100% checked for visual defects and dimensional compliance using laser scanning. Also, cataphoresis coating is applied to wishbones to protect them from salt spray , water and dirt, increasing service life.  

Durability tests, including vertical and pull and push load tests are in place to test the part to destruction. This means when a factor supplies an FAI part, they can have 100% confidence in the quality.

FAI recommends that garages should always replace steering and suspension components in pairs. You can replace a rack end, tie rod end or ball joint on one side only, however, it is highly recommended to replace both sides. Both parts would have covered the same amount of miles so it is inevitable that the car or van will soon be back in the garage to have the other side replaced if this is not done at the same time. On a more technical view replacing the worn parts on both sides will provide a fully functional and secure steering and suspension system. The geometry of the vehicle will be aligned correctly resulting in a safe and comfortable drive for the driver. After any replacement of a steering and suspension part the vehicle should have a four wheel alignment. This ensures correct alignment reducing tyre wear or damage for the future.

Dayco — OE High Tenacity Technology for the aftermarket

daycohtDayco HT timing belts are designed to cope with the extreme demands of lastest generation common-rail diesel engines. These unique belts guarantee the efficient and constant coupling between the various components of the transmission, making use of advanced materials and a special PTFE film that is coupled with the teeth covering fabric.

The HT belt can be easily identified with its unique white covering on the internal side, resulting from the presence of the PTFE film, an exclusive Dayco patent. With this new technology, Dayco has succeeded in significantly increasing the belt wear resistance.

HT timing belts are used on the latest generation engines of car manufacturers such as VW, Ford, Renault, Fiat, Volvo, GM and PSA. today, two timing belts out of three produced by Dayco for the OE market are HT belts.

A full range of replacement Dayco HT timing belts is available in loose or in kit form, including a water pump.


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