Valeo extends oxygen sensor range

123 new Oxygen Sensors added to range

Valeo, a global powertrain sensors specialist for more than 40 years, provides the Independent Aftermarket with a high quality sensor range.

The range is being enriched with 123 new Oxygen Sensors, a newly introduced technology in the portfolio.

The Valeo Engine Sensors range now consists of more than 580 references, covering 10 categories of Engine Management Systems sensors.

The range is engineered and produced according to original specifications.

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OSRAM shines light on new additions for 2021

New comprehensive catalogue featuring the full OSRAM product portfolio released

Automotive OE lighting specialist, OSRAM, has released its latest ‘Light Range’ catalogue for 2021, offering customers a first look at its new-to-range products, including its LEDriving SL collection.

OSRAM’s 2021 complete catalogue covers all products in its portfolio, including Halogen, HID and LED bulbs, point of sale materials, demo units and displays.

The catalogue also unveils OSRAM’s latest additions across its product groups.

These include: LEDriving SL range, LEDriving Working and Driving Lights, and LEDriving Dymanic Mirror Indicators (DMIs).

OSRAM’s new LEDriving SL collection has been launched to replace its previous ranges of auxiliary LED retrofits, offering greater choice to customers and bringing its innovative lighting technology to a wider market.

These new products are ideal for a variety of applications and can help illuminate exteriors and interiors with high colour temperatures of up to 6,000K.

Customers will also find details of OSRAM’s Trust Program as part of the brand’s commitment in fighting fakes in the aftermarket.

The OSRAM Trust program checks and verifies all HID (Xenon) bulbs and, new for this year, OSRAM’s range of Halogen upgrades in duo packs, which can also be verified to confirm genuine OSRAM quality.

The ‘Light Range’ catalogue features technical data and diagrams for all products in the range to provide further support to customers.

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Yuasa launches search to find longest serving motorcycle battery

Free replacement battery for anyone with a Yuasa motorcycle battery over 15-years-old

GS Yuasa has launched a social media search for the longest lasting Yuasa motorcycle batteries still in service and are giving a free replacement to anyone who has one over 15 years old!

Entrants simply need to share a picture of their battery and bike on social media.

Yuasa will then get in contact asking for the battery’s date code.

The offer is open to UK and Ireland residents.

The first person has already been revealed.

Tony Donnelly, owner of a Yuasa branded Original Equipment (OE) YTX12-BS battery fitted to his 1998 Yamaha YZF600R Thundercat lasted an extraordinary 22-year service life.

Tony has spent the last twenty years racking up an impressive 35,000 miles all powered by the YTX12-BS.

From touring Europe’s Alpine passes to some of the roads used for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, the Thundercat has also done multiple runs all over the UK and one visit to the Isle of Man for the TT.

When asked about the secret to maintaining good battery health, Tony Donnelly, said: “The battery finally breathed its last breath on November 4th, 2020.”

The bike is always stored in a garage overnight.

Over winter I put a blanket over the bike, but the battery is always left connected. I run the bike up once a month or so if I have not been out over winter.

Tony continues: “The bike is completely the same as when it came out the factory and always started first time.

“The battery finally breathed its last breath on November 4th, 2020.”

GS Yuasa would always recommend maintaining the battery with a smart charger whilst the bike is in storage, so the service life achieved by Tony’s battery is even more remarkable.

James Douglas, European Group Marketing Manager for GS Yuasa Battery Europe Ltd said: “Our motorcycle batteries are fitted as Original Equipment by the world’s motorcycle manufacturers precisely because of their long service life and exceptional reliability.

“Over the years we have had occasions of our motorcycle batteries providing exceptionally long life, so we are on the hunt for more examples around the country.

“We are encouraging all motorcyclists to check their battery, not just for the service life but to look after and maintain it correctly.

“If your battery is over 15 years old, whether it’s a YTX, YTZ, or GYZ then your replacement is on us.”

Yuasa batteries are made to last longer and deliver more power.

That’s why all major motorcycle manufacturers fit them as standard.

With over 40 years of development, every Yuasa motorcycle battery also provides high performance, exceptional quality and proven reliability.

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Charlie Martin to race NGK-themed race car

365bhp race car which will compete in the Praga category of the championship later this month

Racing driver Charlie Martin is set to compete in the 2021 Britcar Endurance Championship behind the wheel of a fantastic Praga R1 car sporting the iconic NGK colours.

Charlie – who is sponsored by ignition and sensors specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd – designed the livery of the stunning 365bhp race car which will compete in the Praga category of the championship which gets underway on April 24 at the Silverstone International circuit.

She said: “I was really grateful to be asked to design the car wrap and chose a red, black and white design.

“I love the way the design has turned out, it’s been so exciting seeing the car out on track.”

Charlie has been testing the Praga R1 on Anglesey and is looking forward to the first round of the championship.

She said: “Testing has gone pretty well. My teammate Jack Fabby narrowly missed out on the championship last year and I’m running just a second behind his times.

“However, the Silverstone circuit is a lot different than the one I’ve been testing on.

“The Praga R1 generates a lot of downforce and it will be a case of edging up the speeds when we get to test there.”

The Leicestershire-born driver last year achieved a fourth place finish in her first-ever 24-hour race at the World-famous Nürburgring circuit in Germany when she became the first transgender competitor in the history of the race.

Mark Hallam, marketing manager, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “The car looks absolutely stunning and will look fantastic on the track.

“As well as being a fine driver, Charlie is a great ambassador for motorsport and NGK is proud to be supporting her for the 2021 season.”

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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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