The Parts Alliance Introduces New Braking References

The Parts Alliance has recently added an array of new references into its brake friction and brake hydraulics ranges

Over 200 new part numbers including new brake pads, discs, shoes, drums, fitting kits, wear sensors and Electronic Parking Brake calipers are now being stocked by the distributer.

Many of the popular brands within its multi-brand braking programme have seen their ranges grow.   18 new brake discs and 7 new brake pads from Brembo have been added, including discs for the BMW 1 Series (2014 onwards), Jaguar XE and XF (2015 onwards), Land Rover Discovery (2012 onwards) and Porsche Panamera (2016 onwards).

Garages fitting Delphi also benefit with over 50 new brake fitting kits, more than 30 new pads and 17 new wear sensors being stocked. This includes pads for the BMW 5 series and X5 (2015 onwards), BMW 3 series (2018 onwards), Citroen Berlingo (2018 onwards), Hyundai i30 (2014 onwards), Kia Sportage (2015 onwards) and Mercedes Sprinter (2018 onwards). 

The Bendix range of calipers has also increased. Over 40 Electronic Parking Brake caliper references are now available, covering popular VAG vehicles, BMW 5 series including. Active Hybrid, Mercedes A-Class/B-Class/CLA series/GLA series, Ford Kuga/Mondeo, Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport, Nissan Qashqai, and many Renault, Citroen, Peugeot applications.

The Parts Alliance explain that the introduction of new references is an ongoing process, to ensure their customers are well positioned to service and repair newer models. “Our product teams are continually reviewing demand and work closely with our suppliers, such as Brembo and Delphi, to introduce new part numbers when they see requests for particular references growing,” explains Simon Moore, Head of Marketing.

The braking programme from The Parts Alliance provides a choice of brands to suit all budgets. Brembo with its extensive OE pedigree is stocked across the group, along with Delphi brakes, which are engineered to provide OE levels of performance. Two further OE matching quality brands, Bendix and DriveTec, are exclusively supplied by the distributer in the UK.

Throughout April, The Parts Alliance latest promotion, ‘Too Good To Share’ will see garages receive a snack bag packed with sweet goodies, with every brake caliper they buy. Inside each bag there’s chocolate bars, crisps, a packet of sweets and a soft drink – contents that will provide a timely energy boost and are ideal for consuming at break time.

Garages interested in finding out more about The Parts Alliance braking programme or the ‘Too Good To Share’ brake caliper promotion should contact their local branch.

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ZF Services celebrates Global Reman Day with its eight millionth caliper

Remanufacturing process at Centre of Excellence in Wrexham

ZF Services Ltd has kicked 2021 off in style, producing its eight millionth remanufactured caliper, highlighting the continued importance of remanufacturing on Global Reman Day on 8th April.

The aftermarket remanufacturer has grown considerably to become an established braking specialist within the automotive industry, which is highlighted with this landmark achievement.

Carrying out its remanufacturing processes at its Centre of Excellence in Wrexham means ZF Services can eliminate the impact of transportation and the brand is protected from the potential risk of extra tariffs when importing due to Brexit.

This growth, thanks to its continual investment in research and development at its UK base, enables the brand to successfully refine its processes and ensure every unit is of the highest possible quality before entering the market.

As an example, when remanufacturing calipers, ZF Services only reuses the core, having been subject to strict acceptance criteria and undergoing a stringent quality remanufacturing process that involves its inspection, dismantling, cleaning, rebuild and test.

ZF Services calipers are also electroplated with a chrome 6 free finish to extend the life of the caliper.

All wearing parts are replaced with brand new components and the caliper housing is also given a corrosion resistant, zinc-plated finish that abides by current EU legislation.

The caliper is then pressure tested to strict quality guidelines, with batch marking being used for essential traceability.

ZF Services is committed to remanufacturing high-quality components, which takes place at its Wrexham-based facility 24 hours a day, five days a week.

Paul Davies, senior manager of operations at ZF Services Ltd Wrexham, said: “We’re incredibly proud to roll out our eight millionth caliper right here in the UK, as it highlights our continued commitment to supporting the local community, while only providing customers with quality products.

“UK remanufacturing remains as relevant and economically important as ever.

“We are very grateful to our employees, customers and the rest of the supply chain who have contributed towards this success and look forward to remanufacturing the next eight million calipers.”

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Delphi first-to-market OE-spec brake pads for new Citroën and SsangYong models

New brake pads are immediately available from all Delphi Technologies stockists

Delphi Technologies has continued its first-to-market brake pad offensive with two more applications now available to the aftermarket.

The company has announced that new OE-specification brake pads are now available for the 2020 Citroën C4 Cactus and the 2019 SsangYong Tivoli.

The new brake pads are immediately available from all Delphi Technologies stockists, continuing the company’s focus to help factors and garages to remain stocked for the latest versions of the most popular models and provide support to customers who look after large fleets.

The applications build on Delphi Technologies starting 2021 with first-to-market brake pads for the 2020 Volkswagen Transporter, which in turn followed the company being the first to launch a host of aftermarket OE-specification brake pads in 2020 for the likes of new Land Rover models, the Mk8 Golf and 2020 Honda Jazz.

Delphi Technologies uses its OE supplier status to optimise its first-to-market brake pad offering.

With its insight into upcoming aftermarket trends and requirements, plus its extensive testing and development facilities, it can quickly transfer its knowledge to extend its first-to-market brake pad portfolio.

However, the accelerated speed to market does not compromise Delphi Technologies’ quality: its brake pads feature 100% in-house friction manufacturing that has been rigorously tested against competition materials.

The special OE underlayer technology reduces noise, lowers heat transfer and increases the pad’s strength – just like the original part.

The Delphi Technologies components match the OE part 100% in terms of quality, performance and durability.

Delphi Technologies offers over 99% brake pad coverage of all vehicle manufacturers in the EU.

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Number of motorists missing MOT expiry dates on the rise

Nine per cent of drivers wait three weeks or more after their MOT expiry before getting a test

The number of drivers missing their MOT expiry date by more than three weeks tripled in the last six months, compared to the equivalent period the previous year, data suggests.

One in eleven drivers (9 per cent) booking their MOT test in the last half year only did so three or more weeks after their current MOT had run out – this compares with a figure of just 3 per cent in the whole of 2019, Kwik Fit data shows.

Some 26 per cent of car owners think the authorities should have the powers to impound a car if it is being driven without a valid MOT.

This figure rises to more than a third (35 per cent) of people in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Meanwhile, 14 per cent of UK motorists think that those stopped in a car with an expired MOT should face a driving ban of at least six months, while 12 per cent think that the courts should be able to impose fines of up to £2000.

The government introduced six month MOT extensions in the early stages of the first lockdown and this shifted the pattern of when many cars’ MOTs become due.

However, not only has this changed the time of year when drivers need to get their car MOTed, there has also been a significant change in when drivers book their MOTs in relation to their expiry date.

As well as the number of drivers taking much longer to get their MOT carried out, and driving illegally as a result, there has been a similar increase in the number of drivers planning ahead.

Kwik Fit has seen the number of drivers booking their test five or more weeks in advance of their expiry date also triple.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “It may be a result of the MOT extension or people having greater flexibility of when to book their MOT but the booking pattern has become much more spread out.

“We are seeing many more drivers plan in advance, and get their MOT sorted well ahead of its expiry, which is great news.

“Unfortunately, we are also seeing a big increase in owners not getting their car tested until three or more weeks after it has become illegal to drive.

“This is especially dangerous at the moment as people will not have been driving their cars as much over the last year.

“As a result, any safety issues may not be as apparent to them as they would be with more frequent use of their car.”

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Unique E-sports competition launch for Yuasa’s real-life Matt Edwards British Rally livery

First glimpses of the latest livery which also features Swift and Volkswagen Group parts giant, TPS

In a first-of-its-kind motorsport launch Yuasa have unveiled the new livery for British Rally Champion Matt Edwards’ 2021 title challenger inside a computer game and launched a corresponding E-Sports rally championship.

Computer generated images of the Volkswagen Polo R5, which features Yuasa’s iconic white, red and black livery, have been revealed on Codemasters’ DiRT Rally 2.0 game.

In addition to this, the game will also host the Yuasa Matt Edwards E-sports Championship on PlayStation, Xbox and PC.

The Game of the Year title sees gamers tackle iconic rally stages across the world.

The championship will consist of three rounds.

There will be points awarded for each round and an overall championship winner.

Prizes will be given to the competitor who sets the fastest stage time for each round with the overall championship winner claiming the grand prize of a passenger ride with Matt Edwards.

To enter, players must follow Yuasa & Matt Edwards on social media and complete a registration sign-up form online.

All entry details can be found online.

Edwards’ real-life challenger, a Volkswagen Polo R5, prepared by the South Wales-based Melvyn Evans Motorsport, will be fully launched on 21 April.

It will then go to compete for championship glory, travelling to iconic locations across the country.

Jon Pritchard General Sales & Marketing Manager at GS Yuasa Battery Sales UK said: “We’re thrilled to launch our new 2021 BRC challenger on Dirt 2.0. It’s a very unique launch that aims to capture both the real world and E-sports communities.

“It’s been fantastic to work with Codemasters to present the inaugural Yuasa Matt Edwards E-sports Championship, we are very excited to see some quick stage times.

“With everyone in the UK still facing restrictions, we hope the competition will bring some joy by allowing fans to race the new car before it hits the gravel in real life – good luck to everyone competing.”

The battery brand is joined by both Swift and TPS with all three brands excited to support the reigning champion as he contests for his third consecutive British Rally title.

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UK new car registrations ‘grow’ for first time since August

Around 8,300 registrations a day needed for a return to average pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year

The UK new car market recorded its first ‘growth’ since August 2020, with 29,280 more units registered during March compared to the same month last year, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

However, the month represents the anniversary of the first lockdown in March 2020, when the pandemic brought Britain to a standstill and registrations fell by 44.4%.

Compared with the 2010-2019 March average of 450,189, registrations were down 36.9%, with 283,964 units registered.

So far, 2021 has seen 58,032 fewer cars registered compared to January to March last year, equivalent to a loss of £1.8 billion in turnover during the first quarter.

For the sector to return to its pre-pandemic levels, around 8,300 new cars will need to be registered every single trading day for the rest of the year.

By comparison, the industry has averaged around 7,400 a day during the past decade and current levels are closer to 5,600 a day.

While overall registrations were slightly up compared to last year, growth came almost entirely from fleets, which saw a 28.7% increase in registrations.

Retail consumer demand remained depressed, falling by 4.1% compared to March 2020 as showrooms remained closed for the duration of the month.

The shift to new technologies is continuing, however, with plug-in vehicle demand reaching its highest ever volume. Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) took a combined market share of 13.9%, up from 7.3% last year as the number of models available to customers increased from 72 to 116.

Registrations of BEVs increased by 88.2% to 22,003 units, while PHEVs rose by 152.2% to 17,330.

Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) also rose 42.0% to reach 21,599 registrations.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “The past year has been the toughest in modern history and the automotive sector has, like many others, been hit hard.

“However, with showrooms opening in less than a week, there is optimism that consumer confidence – and hence the market – will return.

“We know we will see record breaking growth next month given April 2020 was a washout, but a strong, sustainable market is possible if customers respond to the choice and competitive offers the industry provides within the safest of showroom environments.

“New plug-in models are already helping drive a recovery but to convince more retail consumers to make the switch, they must be assured these new technologies will be convenient for their driving needs and that means, above all, that the charging infrastructure is there where they need it, and when they need it.

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Parts Alliance ‘Too Good To Share’ Promotion Promises Breaktime Rewards

Throughout April, technicians can look forward to enjoying some delicious snacks

The Parts Alliance new promotion, ‘Too Good To Share’ will see garages receive snack bags packed with sweet goodies. Running throughout April, technicians can look forward to enjoying a selection of snacks with every brake caliper purchased from their local branch.

Inside each bag there’s chocolate bars, crisps, a packet of sweets and a soft drink – contents that will provide a timely energy boost and are ideal for consuming at break time, lunch time or simply throughout the working day. 

The Parts Alliance stocks Bendix brake calipers, which are exclusively available in the UK from the distributer. The huge range covers most of the UK car parc and all units are remanufactured to OE Matching Quality.

All remanufacturing uses OE castings, with bleeder screw and rubber parts being 100% replaced. All other parts are inspected and replaced as required, with units thoroughly tested using high and low pressure, with the handbrake mechanism being tested on handbrake calipers as well. The calipers are supplied with rubber parts for easy installation, including a copper washer and grease where applicable.

The range has recently been expanded, with the introduction of Electronic Parking Brake calipers. Over 40 references are now available, covering popular VAG vehicles, BMW 5 series including. Active Hybrid, Mercedes A-Class/B-Class/CLA series/GLA series, Ford Kuga/Mondeo, Land Rover Range Rover/Range Rover Sport, Nissan Qashqai, and many Renault, Citroen, Peugeot applications.

“The Bendix range of brake calipers has been very popular with customers since being introduced a few years ago,” says Simon Moore, Head of Marketing. “The combination of OE matching quality, a wide range covering most applications and competitive pricing has been a real hit with garages.”

The Parts Alliance are also keen to point out the environmental benefits of fitting a remanufactured caliper. Being remanufactured, Bendix calipers save up to 85% of the energy consumption compared to the production of OE units.

The ‘Too Good To Share’ promotion will be running at branches of Allparts, Bromsgrove Motor Factors, BBC Superfactors, BMS Superfactors, Car Parts & Accessories, CES, GMF Motor Factors, GSF Car Parts, SAS Autoparts, SC Motor Factors, The Parts Alliance (South West) and Waterloo Motor Trade.

In addition to calipers, The Parts Alliance has a full braking programme to provide a single source for all brake related repairs. This includes an extensive range of Brembo, Delphi, Bendix and DriveTec pads and discs, along with fitting kits and sensors.   

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REPXPERT videos highlight correct stud and tensioner installation processes for VAG diesel applications

Two new INA technical videos released sharing critical instructions and specifications

The Schaeffler REPXPERT team has produced two new INA technical videos to highlight the correct processes needed to accurately install the timing belt tensioner on popular TDI engines used in multiple VAG applications.

Both videos are short and to the point, but still contain all the critical instructions and specifications needed to carry out a professional replacement.

One of the most common causes of premature belt system failure on 1.9 and 2.0 TDI engines is the incorrect replacement of the tensioner stud.

The stud is steel, whilst the cylinder head to which it attaches is alloy, which can create issues.

Extreme care needs to be taken to ensure there is no damage to the stud hole or thread, and any aluminium deposits are removed so that the stud can be fully inserted.

If the stud extends too far from the block, it can act in a similar way to when you ‘twang’ a ruler on the side of a desk – the more it protrudes the more vibration is created.

Also, if the stud is not installed absolutely square to the engine block, the tensioner will be misaligned, causing excess friction, vibration and premature failure.

The tensioner stud replacement video shows how both the installation angle and depth of the stud can be easily checked by using the INA stud tool available from the REPXPERT bonus shop.

Technicians using the tool to confirm the accuracy of the stud installation can then move on to the tensioner itself, which also needs to be fitted with extreme care.

The tensioner setup video highlights the fact that there are two interchangeable tensioners originally fitted by VAG to 2.0 TDI engines, but that the installation procedure is slightly different depending on the manufacturer – Litens or INA.

Currently, some data providers are only showing the setup procedure for the OE Litens unit, but as both of the popular INA timing belt kit options listed for the engine obviously contain an OE INA tensioner, following the correct INA setup instructions is critical.

The video demonstrates clearly and in detail, the procedure and specifications that must be followed when fitting the OE INA tensioner which, when combined with an accurate stud installation, will ensure a professional and reliable replacement of the entire timing belt system.

Information on Schaeffler products and systems, fitting instructions, labour times and much more can be found on the REPXPERT workshop portal or by using the REPXPERT app, which is available free for all iOS and Android devices from the relevant app store.

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Ring launches “on-the-go” tyre inflator

Compact and lightweight design enables Ring’s handheld rechargeable inflator to be stored in a glove box or a bag

Ring Automotive has launched a handheld rechargeable inflator to meet the needs of today’s on-the-go consumer.

The new RTC2000 does not need to be operated via a 12V socket.

Instead, it operates from a rechargeable lithium battery, making it ideal for motorcyclists and cyclists where there is no 12V socket available.

This flexibility makes it truly versatile for use across numerous applications, including cars, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, air beds and sports balls.

Featuring a built-in LED light and digital display with four programmable settings, Ring’s portable tyre inflator is the latest product addition to its award-winning RTC Tyre Inflator range.

It will inflate a tyre from flat, but the real benefit is its ability to top up the pressure in tyres quickly, wherever you are – 3 minutes to inflate between 25psi-35psi and it can fully inflate a bike tyre in 2 minutes.

Being rechargeable, means that the lithium battery can be used as a portable powerbank for charging mobile devices.

For cyclists, it comes with a handy storage harness, similar to a water bottle holder, allowing it to be carried on the bike.

Plus, two adaptors, stored in the base of the unit are for inflating sports equipment and Presta valve tyres.

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MANN-FILTER is continuing with its junior sponsorship and competing for the first time with Audi at the ADAC GT Masters

The premium filter brand will continue with its junior sponsorship by supporting up and coming talent Luci Trefz in 2021.

Rising star Luci Trefz has been an integral part of the MANN-FILTER motorsport program since 2019. Last season, Trefz narrowly missed winning the final race of the ADAC GT4 Germany. MANN-FILTER is also backing the emerging star in his next step into GT3 racing.

Trefz has repeatedly attracted attention in recent years as a “Mini-Mamba” driver. Already in his very first year in the MANN-FILTER colors, he became champion of the GT4 European Series before battling for the ADAC GT4 Germany title right to the very end last year. At only 19 years old, he will move up a league in the 2021 season. MANN-FILTER is fully behind his decision to compete for the Land-Motorsport team at the ADAC GT Masters. “I’ll never forget the day when my manager Norbert Brückner called to tell me that Land-Motorsport had sent an offer,” says the young racer excitedly about the new challenge. “I’ve been a fan of this team since I was 15. Back then, I watched on TV as Land-Motorsport narrowly won the legendary 24-hour race on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. That was phenomenal! I am especially grateful to my sponsor MANN-FILTER, who has been supporting me for three years now! This great package would not otherwise be possible. I’m going to give it everything so I can be around for a fourth year!”

Experienced Audi Sport driver Christopher Haase (34, Germany) will be Trefz’ new team-mate. He is tasked with providing advice and support to the up-and-coming talent. Among other things, Haase is a two-time champion of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring and winner of the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps.

Junior sponsoring is not just part of MANN-FILTER. Land-Motorsport team boss Christian Land is also excited about his new protégé: “Giving young talent a chance is part of our philosophy. Connor De Philippi and Sheldon van der Linde are but two successful examples from the recent past. Both succeeded in becoming factory drivers after their time with us. Luci Trefz also has a great opportunity to make it in the professional ranks.”

A second MANN-FILTER Mamba will be “unleashed” at the ADAC GT Masters with an Audi R8 LMS GT3, boasting an impressive 585 hp. Trefz will be on the starting line together with Haase in the well-known yellow-green Mamba design. Using a GT3 race car under the Audi flag fits the MANN-FILTER sponsoring concept very well. Uwe Hartmann, Director of Brand Management at MANN-FILTER reinforces this assertion: “Our proven Mamba design transfers beautifully because it can be used completely independently of sports car manufacturers. That’s why Luci’s request to join him on his way into the GT3 series with an Audi met with great approval from us.”

Team manager Wolfgang Land about the collaboration:
“The MANN-FILTER brand is an established name at the ADAC GT Masters. The image is professional and well-thought-out. That’s why we are looking forward to the collaboration and are proud to become part of the MANN-FILTER family.”

The starting signal for Trefz in his new Audi Mamba will be in mid-May at the ADAC GT Masters season opener at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. 

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