Brake Fluid Testing

brake-testElectronic devices to test automotive brake fluid when in service are becoming increasingly popular. Correctly designed and used, they can make a real contribution to road safety, while providing profit opportunities for garages.

However, customers should be aware that these testers are not all of the same design  and some are very much better than others. We are aware of many incidents where electronic brake fluid testers have incorrectly failed new product straight out of a bottle, while under different circumstances passing product as acceptable which had become dangerous for use.

 In our experience any brake fluid tester which does not actually heat the fluid is likely to give misleading or even dangerous results. Such testers will estimate the water content electronically by measuring the conductivity (or occasionally the capacitance) of the fluid, which in theory increases as water is absorbed. The tester then converts this measurement to supposed boiling point and indicates the result commonly as a display of green, yellow or red lights, depending on the conductivity.

Unfortunately, this measurement principle is fatally flawed as the conductivity of new brake fluids varies substantially, from not only between DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5.1 types but also from formulation to formulations within a DOT grade depending on the additives used. This means that unless a conductivity tester is calibrated on one manufacturer’s product and then used for that product only, it is likely to give very inaccurate results.

In contrast to this type of equipment testers are available which actually heat a sample of the fluid to establish the boiling point, thereby getting away from the problem of varying conductivities. In our experience these provide the best balance of performance and economy currently available. Even so caution is needed, careful handling and regular calibration being required if results are to be reliable.


Delivering the goods

deliver-montGetting quality components from ADE when you need them just got easier with our new delivery schedules now in operation. These feature additional deliveries and extended ordering times, which all adds up to a further improved service for you the customer.

Here are some of the improvements we have made:

Dublin Deliveries : Now at least 3 deliveries per day :

  • Order before 9.45am for delivery before 12.00pm
  • Order before 12.15pm for delivery before 3.00pm
  • Order before 2.30pm for delivery before 4.30pm

Deliveries to Cork / Fermoy / Midleton / Cahir / Mallow / Charleville. - Order before 10.45am for delivery before 3.00pm

Deliveries to East Coast areas / Midlands / North East  Order before 10.45am for delivery before 3.30pm

Deliveries countrywide: Order up to 6.00pm for delivery before 12.00pm the following day (Saturdays included)

Remember we are now also open on Saturdays for your added convenience from 9.00am to 2.00pm.


OE quality on new battery technology

fiamm-agmStart stop functions on new cars are becomingly increasingly popular, but have now also been around long enough for them to be impacting on the aftermarket. Many manufacturers have been using micro hybrid technology for a number of years including Citroen, BMW, Mini, VW and many Japanese car makers.

When a vehicle utilises  micro hybrid or  Start & Stop functionality, Brake Energy Regeneration and other technologies designed to reduce fuel consumption it will have very different battery requirements from a normal car.

AGM (Absorbent Glass Material) technology is recognised as the most effective battery solution for such technology and the good news is that ADE battery supplier Fiamm is a leader in this field. EcoForce batteries from Fiamm provide the perfect solution for when a new technology battery is required building on Fiamm’s OE battery supply pedigree.

“Stop /Start”  Fiamm batteries are now available from ADE. We have large stocks and excellent application coverage. Don’t take chances with new battery technology. Only sell and fit OE quality batteries from Fiamm.


FAI Updates

New Timing Chain Applications

fai-tckIn addition to the stated applications in the FAI Timing Chain Kit Catalogue, TCK3, TCK5 and TCK5NG can also be used in the following applications: ALFA ROMEO 159 1.9 JTS, 159 Sportwagon 1.9 JTS / 159 Sportwagon 2.2 JTS,  / BRERA 2.2 JTS, SPIDER (939) 2.2 JTS.  FIAT CROMA (194) 2.2 16v.

TCK84 now available for SMART CITY-COUPE  & SMART FORTWO Coupe

TCK96 now available for TOYOTA AVENSIS, CAMRY AND PICNIC Models (2.0 VVT-i)

TCK62 now available for SUZUKI BALENO,  GRAND VITARA  & VITARA Models

See full application details at

FAI Timing chain catalogues also available now.

Please call telesales for your copy.


Beru on the Net

beru-webADE ignition component supplier Borg Warner BERU Systems has recently relaunched its website at The newly expanded site features 11 languages including Polish, Russian and Hungarian and is packed with useful tips and product information. This includes the Aftermarket Product Finder which allows you to search for BERU components by vehicle type or manufacturer covering cars, trucks, buses, tractors, bikes, in-and outboard boat motors, lawn mowers, chain saws and stationary engines.

There is also a Technical information Centre with a comprehensive library of   brochures, technical bulletins and posters designed for automotive professionals. New to the site as well is an enhanced videos section featuring latest BERU products and technology.

Click here to vist



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