MANN explodes the cabin filter cleaning myth

mann-cabinCabin filters should now be an all year round service item but there tends to be a demand spike in the spring as the pollen count rises. They perform a vital task filtering the air that enters a passenger cabin and providing protection against pollutants and bacteria as well as pollen. This helps maintain driver and passenger health and is especially important for allergy sufferers.

 Cabin filters work hard and will clog over time making their performance less effective. When this happens replacement with a new high quality replacement filter is essential.

 ADE filter supplier MANN has highlighted how in some garages, instead of buying a new cabin filter, they just clean and brush the old one down. The belief is that this is just as effective as replacement. This is a common myth about cabin filters, but he truth is very different.

 By using water and a brush it may make a cabin filter look cleaner, but tiny particles, such as pollen, fungi and mould spores, cannot just be brushed away. The cleaning process may in fact loosen them so that they enter the passenger compartment next time the ventilation system is operated.

Residual moisture from washing the filter can also cause dangerous window misting problems that will be recurring in damp weather, because particles retained in the filter material do not allow the fresh air to pass through freely. The cooling effect of the air is also reduced as residual dirt particles can block the air flow from the air conditioning system.

 Cleaning will also destroy the filters electrostatic charge meaning its ability to trap pollen, dust and dirt particles will be lost.

 In short, cleaning instead of replacement means the filter offers very little protection and puts driver’s and passenger’s health at risk.

 MANN recommends that cabin filters are replaced either once a year or every 15,000 km. The motorist will notice and difference and the garage benefits from an additional business boost.

LIQUI MOLY explains the trend to low viscosity oils

LM-viscosityCar manufacturers are increasing moving to low viscosity oils and ADE oil supplier LIQUI MOLY has recently launched two new oils Top Tec 6100 and Top Tec 6200. But why do car makers want to use less viscous lubricants?

Oliver Kuhn, deputy head of the LIQUI MOLY oil laboratory says that the reasoning is all about reduced fuel consumption. He says, “In order to achieve the goal of reduced fuel consumption and emissions, manufacturers have made many adjustments and oil is one of these. Oil does lubricates but it also restricts. A thick, viscous oil restricts the motor more than a thin oil. Thanks to a low viscosity oil the fuel consumption can be reduced by 2 or 3%.

However, Oliver says low viscosity motor oil should only be used as specified by the car manufacturer. A low viscosity oil in a conventional engine can lead to massive wear and catastrophic motor failure. He says, "If it was important to check you were using the right motor oil before, now it's getting really dangerous. That's why you should always check first in the manual or in our Oil Guide at whether the oil is approved for your car."

Oliver also explains that the days of a “one size fits all” oil are long gone. He comments, “Oil is a liquid spare part nowadays, which is precisely aligned to a specific engine type. Just as there are no standard brakes for all cars, there is no oil for all cars.”

With regard to the future Oliver says the trend is towards even lower viscosity oils, with 0W-16 and 0W-12 grade viscosities on the horizon.

New from FAI

lm-valveNow available from FAI are two new Rocker Arms:

R222S - Rocker Arm

1.2 Petrol engine

Audi - A1, A3. 03/10 - 05/13

Seat - Altea, Ibiza, Leon, Toledo. 02/10>

Skoda - Fabia, Octavia, Rapid, Roomster, Yeti. 09/09 - 05/15

VW - Beetle, Caddy, Golf, Jetta, Polo, Touran. 11/08 - 05/15

R226S - Rocker Arm

1.4 Diesel engine:

Mini - One. 06/03 - 09/06

Toyota - Auris, Corolla, IQ, Urban Cruiser, Verso, Yaris. 07/04 - 04/14

New Valve Train Catalogue

FAI has introduced the 2017 edition of its Valve Train Catalogue. This covers 1300 pages including all make applications, including 182 new part numbers.

These new part numbers consist of 86 new valves, 15 new followers, 21 new rocker arms and 60 new camshafts. There is also a new engine code buyers guide. This new feature will help to identify the correct part for your car by engine code. There is also a full OE cross reference along with images in the buyers guide to help identify the correct part for the vehicle.

The SACHS clutch kit advantage

SACHS-CLUTCHIn addition to high-quality individual clutch products our SACHS range offers a number of practical installation kits.

These kits offer a number of benefits and are more convenient for workshops.

If a clutch needs to be replaced in a vehicle, it is recommended that all relevant components be replaced in order to make sure that all parts work together well. This ensures optimum transmission reliability of the torque at engine clutch to the transmission and the longest possible service life of all clutch components.

Other advantages of kits over individual products are:

  • Easier and more accurate ordering, with a single part number supplying all the required components in one pack. This also reduces the possibility of order errors and increased waiting time.
  • Having all new components makes assembly much easier, means the installer can have complete confidence in the job and complete it in far less time.
  • All new components optimises the clutch durability and means increased customer satisfaction.
UFI - True OE pedigree

ufi-factsDID YOU KNOW?

6 OUT OF 7 - OF THE MAJOR WORLDWIDE CAR MANUFACTURERS - Choose UFI Filters including: VW, GM, Renault-Nissan, Hyundai, Ford, FCA.


6 OUT OF 7 - OF THE MOST SOLD CARS IN GERMANY IN 2015 - were equipped with UFI Filters, including: Golf, Passat, Polo, Tiguan, Octavia, A3

9 OUT OF 11 - F1 TEAMS Are equipped with UFI Filters

In these days when you can never be quite sure if what you are reading is really the truth, many aftermarket suppliers often imply that their OE and motor sport pedigree is a little more impressive than the actual reality.

So it is reassuring to know that when ADE filter supplier UFI talks about its OE credentials and top flight motor sport involvement it is all based on fact.

The impressive statistics above are not plucked from any spurious internet source, but come from KBA, The German Federal Motor Transport Authority and the highly respected global automotive industry analysts, IHS.

In OE terms thanks to continuous technological innovation UFI Filters has strengthened its reputation as an original equipment supplier of filtration systems for both the automotive and commercial markets and special applications. Today, UFI works with six of the world's seven biggest car manufacturers and one out of every four OE diesel filters in the world bears its name.

This is because car makers recognise UFI for its pioneering innovation and investments in product development to meet the very latest demands of modern vehicle systems.

This ground-breaking technology has been chosen for many years by the highly demanding German car makers which means that UFI OE filters were found on six of the seven top selling cars in Germany in 2015.

All of this expertise and know-how goes in to the UFI aftermarket range that features 2500 references, covering more than 96% of the European car parc.

It all means that when you choose a UF filter you really are putting faith in a filter that is chosen by the best.


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