Polyurethane suspension bushes for greater longevity and performance

Polybush is the world leader in polyurethane suspension bushes.

Benefits of Polybush parts include:

✓ Greater longevity and performance than rubber bushes
✓ Fit and forget
✓ Increased tyre life
✓ Constant ride and handling

The partnership with The Parts Alliance means you can now offer your customers long-lasting suspension bushes. The advantages of a longer lasting quality product to the end consumer are many and well established; the advantages Polybush offer your business are even greater:

  • Increased margins
  • Greater profits
  • Reduced labour time
  • Customer loyalty
  • Quicker vehicle turnaround
  • Increased customer retention

Polybush bushes fitted to Tesco & Asda Iveco Daily fleets

Case Study

Premature failure of original rubber bushes was causing the supermarket giants excessive workshop and downtime costs, as rubber bushes had to be replaced every 6 to 9 months. With only a 1% spare vehicle capacity, a huge reduction in failure rate was required.

Polybush redesigned and manufactured new bushes, offering a cost-effective, long-lasting solution. Tesco’s fleet of 3,500 Iveco Daily vans has now been fitted with Polybush bushes, with the Asda fleet fitting now underway.

Spring Into Action | Fitting in Pairs

As the potholes take their toll, customers are facing a time when their vehicles could need replacement springs.

When you’re fitting new springs, we recommend that you always suggest to the customer to replace them in pairs.

Fitting in Pairs

There are many benefits to fitting coil springs in pairs. Failure to do so can result in a number of issues, including:

  • Uneven ride height
  • A negative effect on steering and handling
  • Increased tyre wear
  • Increased braking distances
  • Increased fuel consumption

It can also be prudent to replace shock absorbers when replacing springs, as these are subject to the same wear as springs. Weak shock absorbers can also reduce the life-span of the new springs. At The Parts Alliance we stock coil springs and leaf springs (and shock absorbers) for a huge range of vehicles, meaning you can be confident of getting the right pair of springs for your repair jobs.

✓ Shot-peened for strength
✓ Protected from corrosion by zinc phosphate & epoxy powder
✓ Made from parallel wire for durability
✓ TUV certified

Diesel demonisation: What does it mean for independents?

Demand for diesel is falling and the gov is now likely to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme

A scrappage scheme for diesel cars could be introduced within months, according to officials in the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), despite the DfT previously denying plans for such a scheme last year.

The government may offer a cashback payment or money off low-emission vehicles as part of a plan to lower emissions and improve air quality, according to The Telegraph.

It follows renewed, dramatic warnings about the toxic pollutants emitted from diesel engines and also came as Westminster introduced a 50 per cent surcharge on parking for diesel cars – a move which is thought to be replicated in cities across the country.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling told the BBC: “The irony is that a decade ago, because of concerns about carbon emissions there was a drive towards diesel, that we now know has a different set of negative effects and the department for the environment is currently preparing, and will launch shortly, our strategy to take tackling the diesel problem to the next level.

‘Tackling the diesel problem’

“There is no question that in the future we are going to have to move to lower-emission vehicles.

“We need to do it soon.

“I would like to see a migration of people away from current technologies to lower-emission technologies.

“We are providing incentives to do that now and we will be doing more in the months ahead.”

However, in a recent BBC Radio 4 interview, SMMT chief executive, Mike Hawes said the way to address the issue of diesel air pollution was to “make diesels cleaner”.

‘Make diesels cleaner’

“The diesel engines of today have got immeasurably cleaner than those of yesterday,” he explained.

“What we need to do is continue to improve them so that you can address the NOX emissions in the same way that we’ve addressed the particulate emissions, sulphur emissions, lead in petrol and so forth – it’s an evolution in technology.

“The challenge to the industry is to get the newer vehicles on the road as quickly as possible.”

However, some would argue that by ‘making diesels cleaner’, VMs will only add to the current complication of diesel maintenance, diagnostics and repair – making the second-hand diesel car even more unaffordable for the majority.

GW reader, Denis Jenkins said: “The independents, the aftermarket spares manufacturers, the motor factors and the sector of the motoring public that can’t afford the newer cars or are not prepared to take out credit arrangements can obviously get stuffed, or so it would seem.

“As long as the motor manufacturers and then the dealers get their way, then to hell with the rest of us.”

MOT emissions

Another reader, Keith Davis said: “The manufacturers already think that a seven/eight-year-old car is almost at the end of its life, let alone the older vehicles which still use the highways of our country, and yet they are the ones who produce modern cars with or without cheats that at three-years-old, already struggle to pass the ministry emissions test.

“Yet they want to increase the period to four years?”

Chris Oakham of Trend Tracker, automotive industry research provider, said: “Given all the drama in recent years about ‘carbon footprints’, and how we were encouraged to buy diesels because of lower CO2 emissions, discouraging diesels seems to be the new plan.

“The UK Labour Party is apparently discussing banning sales of cars with internal combustion engines from a certain date in the future.

“Only electric vehicles, or similar zero or low carbon, for example hydrogen, cars would be on sale.

“The trouble is the UK’s national grid spare capacity is very marginal, soon to become even more marginal as further requirements of the 2008 Climate Change Act kick in and all coal power stations are forced to close – by 2025, we believe.

“Also by that date, several nuclear power stations will close, having reached the end of their life.

“So going forward, just keeping the lights on will be hard enough, never mind charging millions of electric cars.

“Pollution is a problem, but we have to find better solutions than another ‘picking winners’ campaign by politicians.”

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Ford Fuel Vapour Valves | New Product Range

Introducing a brand new range of Ford Fuel Vapour Valves to complement The Parts Alliance’s existing Engine Management offer to market. The 13 new part numbers are all OE, so the part you are fitting is exactly the same part as on the customer’s vehicle.

Ford repair specialists nationwide estimate that around 80% of Ford DPF issues are linked directly to the failure of these components.
This is formerly a ‘dealer only’ range and The Parts Alliance is the very first to market. Now is your chance to take advantage of our lower costs and speedier deliveries.