A CHANGING AUSTRALIAN CAR PARC
AAAA LEADS INDUSTRY CHARGE AGAINST ANTI-COMPETITIVE PROPOSAL
BILSTEINâ€™S ULTIMATE TEST BED
ABOUT THE COVER Century Batteries says it continues to defy the negativity of 2020 by rolling out yet more benefits for retailers and consumers, launching a new series of extended warranties as further commitment to manufacturing in Australia.
REGULAR DEPARTMENTS Calendar................................................ 4 New Members........................................ 4 AAAA Report ......................................... 5 News..................................................... 6 Products.............................................. 30
Inside Business.................................... 84 Consumer Law...................................... 86 HR Matters.......................................... 87 Performance & Racing.......................... 88 4WD.................................................... 90
KEEPING YOU INFORMED 100,000 new apprenticeship positions to lead the COVID-19 economic recovery.............. 6 AAAA appears at Holden Senate Inquiry........................................................................ 7 HSP plans Victorian mega factory................................................................................. 8 AAAA leads industry charge against anti-competitive proposal......................................... 9 AAAA calls on Federal Government to set a date for Right to Repair............................... 10 Updates to specialised classes of MVR Work............................................................... 11 Servicing small fleets................................................................................................ 12 Real parts supply...................................................................................................... 15 COVID-19 fast tracking destigmatisation of mental health in automotive........................ 19
FEATURES Special Feature - A changing Australian car parc........................................................... 20 Cover Feature - New era for Century Batteries............................................................... 22 Technofile - Low pressure and EGR cooler blockages..................................................... 24 R&D - Bilstein’s ultimate test bed............................................................................... 26 Member Feature - Personal customer relationships drives Snap-On forward...................... 66 Air Conditioning - Looking after your customers’ air conditioning needs........................... 68 Accessories & Car Care - The latest in accesories and car care....................................... 76 Future Auto - Aussie innovators leading the EV charge................................................... 82 Industry Awareness - Workplace diversity project........................................................... 85 In the workshop - AAAA puts Senate spotlight on Mandatory Data Sharing....................... 92
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THE FIGHT CONTINUES
Every day, the AAAA continues to fight for you on issues such as mandatory data sharing and anti-competitive behaviour With all that is going on in the world, you could be forgiven for assuming work on issues such as mandatory data sharing might no longer be a top priority for the AAAA. I am here to tell you unreservedly that this is not the case. In fact, mandatory data sharing and other action against anti-competitive activity remains our number one priority on a day to day basis. We have been actively undertaking numerous activities across 2020 in pursuit of our goal and you can rest assured that while we have been working diligently to support our members through this time of crisis, we have not taken our eye off the ball. Indeed, all at the AAAA remain keenly focused on all possible opportunities for furthering our cause and are actively seeking out ways to drive this message forward with those who can make mandatory data sharing law a reality. For example, the AAAA was recently invited to participate in the Senate’s Inquiry into Holden’s withdrawal from the Australian market and we took this chance to unashamedly talk about data sharing. By doing so, we not only ensured mandatory data sharing law stays on the Federal Government’s agenda, but we also secured a commitment with an official motion in the Senate that calls for the law to be established by the end of 2020. Our dialogue with government is not limited to activities such as this Senate Inquiry either. For instance, I recently wrote to Federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar asking the Federal Government to set a date for the introduction of mandatory data sharing law. I am pleased to report Minister Sukkar responded
exceptionally positively, stating to me that not only is mandatory data sharing law still important to the Federal Government, but it is even more important than it has ever been. This is greatly encouraging, and I am grateful to the Assistant Treasurer for his commitment, his continued engagement, and his support. At the same time we have been outraged, as I am sure you are also, by the recently announced intent of Mitsubishi to seek ACCC permission to introduce a restrictive 10-year warranty under the ACCC Exclusive Dealing regulatory framework, which will be conditional on consumers not using independent repairers or aftermarket parts. There is no doubt this exclusive dealer notification goes too far – we have long been concerned about extended warranties because consumers already worry they do not have a choice, and now this move straight up says they will not. This is easily the most trade restrictive move we have seen from a car manufacturer and represents the beginning of a practice that I expect, if not stopped now, will flow on to every other major brand in our market. I can tell you wholeheartedly that we will not stand for it and so we have swiftly taken action, coordinating more than 133 major submissions to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to formally object to this proposal. Mitsubishi may argue they are only seven percent of the market, but it will not take long before 80 percent is controlled by these extended warranties if we do not act. Moves such as this is why we dedicate so much of our resources to ensuring we are not only always ready to identify these threats but also able to respond quickly, professionally and comprehensively.
We are also fighting on a global level, with myself and AAAA’s Director of Government Relations, Lesley Yates, being Australia’s representatives on the Global Automotive Right to Repair Committee. This Committee most recently met in September, with Canada, South Africa and the US joining us in reporting significant progress in our worldwide labours to protect automotive consumer rights and counter the efforts of large multinational car companies to deny access to critical repair information. I understand that when you aren’t reading about mandatory data sharing every day, it can be easy to think that it isn’t what we are waking up every single day thinking about, but I can assure you that is not the case. No matter what this global pandemic throws at us, mandatory data sharing law and the fight against anti-competitive behaviour remains our number one focus as we know it is absolutely critical to your future success. From taking advantage of opportunities such as the Holden Senate Inquiry to our strong response to Mitsubishi trying to do wrong by consumers and the aftermarket industry, to our regular outreach and dialogue with Ministers, Departments and Associations and our participation in global meetings, there is not a day that goes by that the AAAA isn’t actively fighting for you, your customers, and your Right to Repair. Afterall, having choice is in the best interest of all consumers. It has always been our biggest priority and will continue to be the biggest priority until we get it – I promise you; we will not let up.
STUART CHARITY Chief Executive Officer Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
OCTOBER OPPORTUNITIES 100,000 NEW APPRENTICESHIP POSITIONS TO LEAD THE COVID-19 AT CAPRICORN ECONOMIC RECOVERY In this column, Capricorn Society’s Group Chief Executive Officer, David Fraser, updates us on all things Capricorn
With so many reasons to be part of the cooperative it is easy to lose track of all the business building benefits that come with membership in Australia’s largest automotive cooperative. To help our Members take full advantage of everything that is available to them, Capricorn has a number of new promotions running through October and November. This includes the opportunity to win free fuel for a year from Caltex. To enter the draw, Members simply need to use their Capricorn Fuel Card to make a purchase of $30 or more at participating Caltex service stations. Capricorn Fuel Cards are yet another benefit that make doing business more convenient. Through the use of the fuel cards, Members can consolidate more of their business expenses on their Capricorn Trade Accounts, saving time when it comes to doing the end-of-month accounts. Like all purchases from the Capricorn Preferred Supplier network, all fuel card transactions earn Members Capricorn Rewards Points on every dollar spent. Combined with the special Caltex fuel discount, this can save up to four cents per litre off fuel purchases (excluding LPG) at participating service stations. Speaking of Capricorn Rewards, many Members like to redeem their points to purchase Christmas gifts for their staff and families (or even themselves). To ensure these gifts are delivered in time via Australia’s COVID19 affected postal services, Capricorn is hosting “Purple Day” on Wednesday, 21 October. This one-day only event encourages Members to get their Christmas redemptions done early with some big savings available on selected products in the new Capricorn Rewards website.
The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Since 5 October 2020, businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice are eligible for a 50 percent wage subsidy, regardless of geographic location, occupation, industry or business size. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said apprenticeships are an important pathway to get young people into jobs and to ensure there is a skills pipeline to meet the future needs of employers. “During this pandemic the Federal Government has been focused on supporting and creating jobs as well as identifying the skills we need in the economic rebuild,” the Prime Minister said. “Already 760,000 jobs that were either lost or reduced to zero hours as the COVID crisis hit, have come back into our economy. We want to continue to recover what has been lost and get young people into work. “Whether it’s the manufacturing, housing and construction, arts or mining sectors – this new wage subsidy gives businesses certainty to hire and provides a career path to aspiring, young tradies.” The subsidy is now available to employers of any size or industry, Australia-wide who engage/have engaged an Australian apprentice or trainee from 5 October 2020 until the 100,000 cap is reached. Under the new measure, employers will be eligible for 50 percent of the wages for a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee for the period up to 30 September 2021, up to $7,000 per quarter.
Finally, following on from the release of Capricorn’s State of the Nation report, Capricorn will be hosting a series of webinars that explore some of the more thought-provoking insights from the research.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the measure builds on the existing $2.8 billion Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy that is helping employers to retain their apprentices and trainees.
This series will bring together a range of industry leaders with upcoming topics including “How to Win a Customer for Life,” “Building an Online Reputation” and “Secrets of the Most Successful Workshops.” These webinars will be available to both Members and Non-Members via www.capricorn.coop/caphub
“The Australian Government has already invested significantly to ensure that apprentices are retained where possible and supported to re-engage if they lose their job,” Minister Cash said.
The more Members join Capricorn, the more Members benefit. If you were interested in strengthening your business by being part of the Capricorn cooperative, I encourage you visit www.capricorn.coop Yours cooperatively, David Fraser Group CEO, Capricorn Society Ltd For more on Capricorn Society membership, visit www.capricorn.coop 6
New wage subsidy available to employers Australia-wide who engage/have engaged an Australian apprentice or trainee from 5 October 2020 until cap reached
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Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the new measures we are announcing today will build on the already significant investment to support apprentices and trainees. “Through the existing Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure, as many as 90,000 businesses employing around 180,000 apprentices throughout Australia will continue to be supported,” Assistant Minister Irons said. More information on the measure is available at www.employment.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements For more on apprentices and training, see page 84 of this magazine.
2020-21 BUDGET BACKS MANUFACTURING The 2020-21 Budget includes significant investment for the Modern Manufacturing Strategy The Morrison Government says it is backing Australian manufacturing, as well as the science and research that underpins it, as part of its Economic Recovery Plan to lead the nation out of the COVID-19 crisis by creating the jobs needed now and for generations to come. The 2020-21 Budget includes an investment of $1.5 billion over four years for the Modern Manufacturing Strategy to allow Australian manufacturers to scale up, compete internationally and create more jobs. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the investments highlight the Government’s commitment to making science and technology work for industry, which is a key pillar of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy. “A resilient and competitive manufacturing sector should be at the heart of a modern Australian economy and this Strategy will create jobs, drive our economy forward and make Australia more secure,” Minister Andrews said. “When you combine our new Modern Manufacturing Strategy with the increased funding for the CSIRO, you have a powerful base from which to turbo-charge job creation.” The centrepiece of the Modern Manufacturing Strategy is the $1.3 billion Modern Manufacturing Initiative, which will see the Government strategically invest in projects that help manufacturers to scale up and create jobs. “We are putting our money where our mouth is, to galvanise investment in Australian manufacturing,” Minister Andrews said. The Modern Manufacturing Initiative will support
projects within six National Manufacturing Priorities: resources technology and critical minerals processing, food and beverage, medical products, recycling and clean energy, defence, and space. Industry will be engaged to help develop tailored road maps for each of the priority sectors. The Strategy will also address the competitiveness of individual manufacturers in priority sectors, with a $52.8 million expansion of the Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. Earlier this year the Government invested $48.3 million to support around 200 projects worth $215 million, which are expected to create 2,600 jobs. The COVID-19 crisis has also highlighted supply chain issues and opportunities. A $107.2 million Supply Chain Resilience Initiative will support projects that address an identified supply chain vulnerability. The Budget also includes an additional $459.2 million in funding for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) over four years to address the impacts of COVID-19 on its commercial activities and ensure it is able to continue essential scientific research. The 2020-21 Budget also includes measures to support the goal of Australia becoming a leading digital economy by 2030, with $29.7 million to help Australian businesses better use digital tools to readjust their operations and processes in a post-COVID economy. This investment will accelerate the adoption of digital technologies by businesses, create jobs in sectors with high potential for growth, support
the use of technology to make business regulatory compliance easier, and boost Australia’s influence over the development and deployment of digital standards. The Morrison Government says it is also committed to realising the potential of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). As such, the Budget includes: • $35.9 million to expand the Boosting Female Founders Initiative. • $10 million to extend the successful Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grants program. • $2 million to extend the Women in STEM Ambassador initiative. This is also an important part of the Government’s Women’s Economic Security Statement. The Government is also building sovereign capability in life-saving nuclear medicines with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) receiving an additional $238.1 million over the next four years. Also recently announced by the Morrison Government is the investment of an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan. For more information on this subsidy, see page 6 of this magazine.
AAAA APPEARS AT HOLDEN SENATE INQUIRY The AAAA successfully championed mandatory data sharing law during the Inquiry AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, and AAAA Director of Government Relations, Lesley Yates, recently appeared at the ongoing Senate Inquiry into the withdrawal of Holden from the Australian market. Holden is currently the only vehicle manufacturer which is truly sharing data with independent repairers. As part of their submissions, Stuart and Lesley assisted the Inquiry members to understand that Holden’s participation in data sharing means that its withdrawal will not have a noticeable impact or effect on the owners of Holden vehicles, as the Australian auto aftermarket will be able to source parts and provide regular service and repair for these vehicles into the future.
At the same time, they demonstrated to the Inquiry that the Holden withdrawal underscores and amplifies the need to expedite government commitments to introduce mandatory data sharing legislation. To do so, Stuart and Lesley explained to the Inquiry that the withdrawal of any other brands from the Australian market in the future will leave the owners of these vehicles without the ability to choose their preferred repairer, driving up the costs of car ownership and potentially rendering people’s assets worthless. The AAAA’s efforts to shine the spotlight on mandatory data sharing on the Senate floor proved successful, with Stuart and Lesley’s message not only well received but also followed up with a
formal Senate motion calling for mandatory data sharing law to be in place by the end of 2020. For more on the Senate Inquiry and AAAA’s participation, please go to page 92 of this magazine. For more from the AAAA, please visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
PRI CANCELLED The show was to have been held in Indianapolis in December In a statement released on September 16, PRI President Dr Jamie Meyer announced that the 2020 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show has been cancelled. “Despite the great efforts of PRI staff, the city of Indianapolis, and industry members from around the world to produce a first-class event for motorsports professionals, PRI made the tough decision to cancel the 2020 PRI Trade Show. While this is quite a setback for the racing industry, I do want to take this opportunity to share some insights with you,” Dr Meyer said in the statement.
“Getting this far was only possible through the hard work of our partners at Visit Indy and the Indiana Convention Center, as well as the people of Indianapolis. And while we certainly respect the tough job that local public health officials have in keeping their community safe, it became clear that we wouldn’t be able to provide a trade show environment in 2020 with the business and networking opportunities you’ve come to expect. “Our goal will always be to deliver a world-class event that helps racing and performance businesses succeed, and we share your disappointment over the outcome of this year’s show. That said, I do want to express our thanks and gratitude to the hundreds of exhibiting companies that stayed committed to the show through these unprecedented times. “To the many exhibitors who sent me letters offering support and suggestions, and selflessly trying to help the industry that you love so much, I am humbled by your passion for this industry. Others stepped up and offered PRI additional support, often at their own expense. “Our talented trade show team has already started planning for 2021 and what will be the comeback year of our lifetimes. Until then, we remain your valued partner in facilitating the business of racing. “Wishing you, your families, and your employees the very best. Be safe, and please support your local race tracks.” For more information, visit www.performanceracing.com 8
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HSP PLANS VICTORIAN MEGA FACTORY The innovative ute accessories company is looking to bring back Aussie manufacturing HSP 4x4 Accessories has announced plans to establish a Victorian manufacturing hub including a ‘mega factory.’ Negotiations are currently underway for a 200,000 square metre parcel of land in the Goulburn Valley region of Victoria, on which HSP plans to eventually establish a number of factories. While the company currently employs 40 staff across its Melbourne and Alexandria locations, its ambitious plans could eventually see it double or triple staff numbers. “I would say the state of Aussie manufacturing right now is concerning, but also hopeful,” HSP 4x4 Accessories Director, Massih Aimaq, said. “If we look back at the 50s and 60s where manufacturing in Australia was at its peak, we had just shy of 30 percent of the economy employed in manufacturing which is four times our current figures. “In saying this, there are incredible opportunities to bring back manufacturing to Australia and really push some good products out to the world. “We want to be a part of this, and so we are currently in the planning stages for our new manufacturing hub. “We feel so lucky to be in Australia, and even if there are uncertainties throughout the world, the only way we will overcome these is by pushing forward. We think it is so sad to see some companies who were Australian manufacturers move some or all of their business overseas – we think that now is a better time than ever to have confidence in our economy.” With its plans, HSP hopes to deliver much-needed jobs to its community.
“By achieving our goals and retaining our manufacturing here in Australia, we plan on creating more jobs. For every job we create internally, we are also supporting so many other industries who support our business also,” Massih said. HSP 4x4 Accessories produces a range of leading accessories, with many of its aftermarket products currently being used or considered for use by a number of major car manufacturers, including Mitsubishi. “We are so focused on offering innovative products that offer a unique user experience that it almost takes over our daily lives,” Massih said. “Take for example our Roll R Cover: it was the first electric, ladder rack, rhino rack sports bar compatible unit on the market. And while others have caught up to the electric part, we are able to now integrate it with voice command or phone applications and due to our patents we have been able to ensure this is a feature specific to HSP products. “We have six projects currently that we are working on which will revolutionise the market we are in. When making product decisions, we look to the customer, not our competitors, and that allows us to be truly innovative.” For more information, visits www.hsputelids.com
BAPCOR LAUNCHES ALCIUS A premium quality air-conditioning parts, tools and equipment range Bapcor says the new range offers the most comprehensive range of climate control parts, tools and equipment for air conditioning specialists and general automotive repairers. The range services the full vehicle spectrum and is backed by Bapcor’s resources and extensive distribution network. All products have been designed for Australia’s harsh conditions and are backed by a 24-month extended warranty (terms and conditions apply). The launch of the new range is being celebrated with the ‘Keep Your Cool and Summer On with Alcius’ promotional campaign and the release of what Bapcor says is the industry’s most comprehensive
category catalogue, boasting more than 6,500 SKU applications. The Alcius range is available exclusively from Bapcor’s automotive aftermarket trade outlets across Australia. For the full details, see page 72 of this magazine. For more information and a list of stockists, visit www.alcius.com.au
AAAA LEADS INDUSTRY CHARGE AGAINST ANTI-COMPETITIVE PROPOSAL The AAAA and 133 of its members have rallied together to ensure the most trade-restrictive proposal seen in recent times is rejected by the ACCC
Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) has lodged an exclusive dealing notification with the ACCC, seeking permission to introduce a 10-year warranty for purchasers of new Mitsubishi vehicles which requires all servicing to be conducted by a Mitsubishi dealer. As the practice of putting conditions on warranties is prohibited, Mitsubishi has asked the ACCC for an exemption from Australian Consumer Law (ACL). In response, the AAAA has moved quickly to file its own comprehensive and legally-based objection to the notification; encourage and assist its member base to file their own submissions; gain an extension to October 9 for those submissions; and reach out to other parts suppliers and repair groups to ensure they were aware and able to register their own opposition. AAAA Director of Government Relations, Lesley Yates, spearheaded the AAAA’s campaign; working around the clock ahead of the October 9 deadline for submissions with the support of the AAAA and its partner, Industry Legal Group. At the time of printing this edition of AAAM Magazine (October 16), a decision was yet to be made by the ACCC on this issue, but it is expected one will be made public before the end of October 2020. “If this application is waved through by the ACCC this would set a very dangerous precedent that would most likely be followed by other car brands and would have a damaging impact on the aftermarket industry and on consumers,” Yates said. “This intention to restrict customer choice is a significant threat to our industry and requires consumers to trade away their statutory rights to avoid potential issues with one of their most valuable assets while reinforcing the myth that the only protection a consumer has on their vehicle is under a manufacturers’ warranty. “Everyone at the AAAA and many of our members have worked exceptionally hard to show the ACCC what will happen to competition and to consumer rights if this notification is allowed to stand. “We have been greatly encouraged to have so many of our members of all sizes, locations and specialities come together to stand side by side with us in this critical fight. Well over 100 member businesses, despite their individual competitive
interests, have pulled together to protect consumer rights and the future of our industry and we are very thankful for their efforts. “It is our hope that the ACCC will seek to reinforce the competitive nature of our market and not restrict consumer choice or reduce consumer rights. We now eagerly wait to see if our work, and the amazing work of our members and other interested parties, has been enough to sway the ACCC away from facilitating this terrible move by Mitsubishi Motors.” Pedders, Bapcor, J&F Motors and Davies, Craig are four of the 133 members who have joined the AAAA in this important fight. “Pedders Suspension and Brakes would like to pass on its thanks to the AAAA staff and members for their quick and decisive action in regards to the MMAL 10-year warranty application,” Pedders Suspension and Brakes Director, Mark Pedder, said. Mark, who is also Chairman of the AAAA board, continued, “this has the real potential to set a precedent for other manufacturers to follow and without the support of the Association plus the enormous ground swell of support from Industry this would now be a reality. To Stuart, Lesley and all at the AAAA, it is great to know you have our backs so we can continue to forge forward even through difficult times.” Bapcor Limited Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Darryl Abotomey, echoed Mark’s comments. “We believe this warranty offer and the conditions linked to it places consumers in a situation where they are restricted from having any choice of who can service and repair their cars,” Darryl, said. “The vehicle manufacturers will know these customers are forced to always service their vehicles directly with them for that entire period
or their customers will risk losing their warranty. In the end consumers will be paying more for their car servicing as it is well known that servicing a car at a dealer is more costly and less convenient for most compared to using independent workshops. “We are proud to stand alongside our team members, fellow AAAA members and Australian motorists in raising our concerns against this latest move by a vehicle manufacturer to lock out independent repairers.” J&F Motors Director, Steven Grocl, agrees that it is important to avoid a precedent that could undo the work of the Right to Repair campaign. “If this exclusive dealing notification is allowed to proceed it is highly likely that most other manufacturers will follow suit, therefore preventing Independent Repairers from competing on an even playing field and undoing all of the previous hard work. Subsequently this will threaten the future for Independent Repairers as an industry,” Steven said. Australian Electric Fan and Electric Water Pump Manufacturer Davies, Craig was another pleased with how the industry has pulled together for this cause. “Davies, Craig sees this proposed scheme as a vastly broader public issue given such relationships are highly susceptible to abuses of power and can be seen as a form of entrapment. It was great to see such strong action from fellow AAAA members,” Davies, Craig Sales and Marketing Manager and AAAA Director, John Benson, said. “Our industry is strongest when it stands together and this response is just another example of why Davies, Craig is such an avid supporter of the Association.” For updates on the ACCC decision from the AAAA as they become available, members should keep an eye on their email inboxes. Alternatively, visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
CLASSIC AND VINTAGE CARS MEAN JOBS In this COVID-19 crisis we need all the jobs we can get Research by the Australian Historic Vehicles Interest Group (AHVIG) shows that old car owners spend $5,000 a year on average on maintenance, restoration, storage, transportation and so on. It says the restoration of some cars can cost many hundreds of thousands of dollars, all going to small businesses with many of these being located in regional Australia. AHVIG says the luxury car tax blocks the importation of many historic cars and costs Australian jobs. It states its research has also found that imports of cars which are more than 30 years old contributed only $1.1 m annually to government import taxes over the last decade. As such, it says that instead of protecting jobs for local car manufacturers, this tax is now costing Australian jobs.
To correct this anomaly, the Historic Vehicle movement is asking for the removal of luxury car tax from the importation of cars over 30 years old. It says this will help create jobs that the Prime Minister is looking for and states that the Federal Treasurer’s office has been supplied with all the data to justify this exemption. The UK reportedly has a similar number of Historic Vehicles on the road and their “cottage industry” contributes over four billion pounds per year to the UK economy. The Australian Historic Vehicle movement represents more than 150,000 enthusiasts, committed to preserving this important part of our heritage. The specialist resources of a network of suppliers and workshops are utilised throughout metropolitan and regional Australia to support this commendable objective. For more information, contact Doug Young on 0418 719 430 or firstname.lastname@example.org 10
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AAAA CALLS ON FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO SET A DATE FOR RIGHT TO REPAIR The new law is now expected before the end of 2020 The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA) wants the Federal Government to set a date for the introduction of the mandatory scheme for the sharing of vehicle service and repair information. In October last year, the Federal Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar committed the Federal Government to establish a new law that would compel car manufacturers to share mechanical repair and service information with the auto repair sector on fair and reasonable commercial terms. The Minister’s decision to commit to a standalone law was based on a mandatory system as recommended by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in 2017 after it found considerable consumer detriment and potential abuse of market power could now occur and that existing voluntary systems are ineffective. The new law is now expected before the end of 2020 and it will be designed to provide a fairer playing field for the repair and service of the 74 brands of vehicles available in Australia in an industry worth $25 billion annually. AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, said he was encouraged by recent communication from the Assistant Treasurer which said in part that: “Progressing the Motor Vehicle Scheme remains a priority for me and for the Government. As the Government’s priorities are now shifting toward the recovery of the Australian economy, supporting small businesses, such as independent repairers, is as important as ever.” Stuart said he was grateful for Minister Sukkar’s commitment, his continued engagement with the industry, and his support for the new Motor Vehicle Scheme. “I know COVID-19 has the government occupied but now more than ever 30,000 independent repairers and workshops need access to this information so they can recover from the economic consequences of the pandemic quicker,” Stuart said. Stuart and AAAA Director of Government Relations, Lesley Yates, are Australia’s representatives on the Global Automotive Right to Repair Committee. The committee met earlier this month to collaborate in the worldwide movement for automotive consumer rights and to counter the efforts of large multinational car companies preventing consumer efforts to repair products by denying access to critical repair information. Canada, South Africa, and the US all reported significant progress.
“Australia is on the verge of a new law to protect Australia’s 18 million car owners from the potential price gouging that can occur when drivers must return to the car dealer for repair and service,” Stuart said. “The amount of control that vehicle manufacturers exert over the aftermarket is a global issue. Every nation is working to limit the power these companies have to capture the consumer for the life of the vehicle, reducing competition and driving up the price of car ownership. “What we are looking to do in Australia is nothing more than the Americans have had in place for the past eight years. “Both the authorised dealers and the independent sector continue to operate in parallel offering choice and quality services to consumers who are free to select a repairer based on their own preferences and circumstances. “No car owner should be forced to take the car back to a dealer because the car manufacturers have artificially manipulated the market by withholding software updates and reinitialisation codes.” Stuart said another compelling reason to have the change come into effect as soon as possible was the massive increase in the sale of used vehicles. “Most industry experts believe the increase is because commuters are preferring to drive to and from work rather than risk infection while taking public transport,” Stuart said. “We are really pleased to be hearing that this law will happen before the end of this year. “We expect that with no international travel, Australians will be getting into their cars and exploring the country over the Christmas holidays. “Our members have suffered significant decreases in their turnover for the past six months and getting the scheme in place before Christmas will be vital for them to get back to a sustainable commercial position and more importantly, to support Australian families to travel safely in reliable, well serviced vehicles.” For more information, visit www.aaaa.com.au
UPDATES TO SPECIALISED CLASSES OF MVR WORK New Certificate II specialised classes of motor vehicle repair work introduced in NSW There have recently been changes to the scope of work and qualifications required in some repair classes in New South Wales, including the removal of wheel balancing from the steering, suspension, and wheel alignment repair class. The changes commenced on 1 September 2020 following the publication of the Motor Dealers and Repairers Amendment (Tradesperson’s Certificate) Regulation on 19 June 2020. The Amendment Regulation introduces specialised classes of motor vehicle repair work to allow employees to work unsupervised for certain types of motor vehicle repair work only; and permits employees with a relevant Certificate II qualification to apply for a tradesperson’s certificate under the Act. Employees who apply for a tradesperson’s certificate with a Certificate II qualification will be permitted to perform repair work in one (or more) of the new specialised classes of repair work only. NSW Fair Trading said the changes – which are part of the Better Business Reforms package which aims to create opportunities for small businesses by reducing costs and complexity without reducing consumer protections – will reduce the cost and time required to qualify for a tradesperson’s certificate because employees will no longer have to obtain unnecessary qualifications for work they will not perform. The following classes of repair work have been introduced: electrical accessory fitting; exhaust repair; glazing; radiator repair and steering, suspension and wheel alignment (this does
not include work done on hybrid and electric vehicles, where a Certificate III qualification is still required.) The classes of electrical accessory fitting and glazing have however been withdrawn and will not come into force until November 2021. Tradespersons who do not currently hold a relevant tradesperson’s certificate but want to do glazing work or electrical accessory fitting work will therefore need to complete the prescribed qualification and obtain a tradesperson’s certificate by 1 November 2021. “It is great to see the New South Wales government introducing these initiatives as there is interest in our industry in more formalised and nationally accredited training, however unfortunately this has been done without industry consultation which has meant there are some issues with some Certificates not currently existing,” AAAA Director – Government Relations and Advocacy, Lesley Yates, said. “There is a lot of good in what has been introduced, but also some downsides. For instance, for those positions that previously required a Certificate III but now require only a Certificate II, this is a great opportunity for workers and employers. However, for positions where previously no Certificate was needed, there are now some new obstacles for hiring in this area. “With industry consultation we feel we could be doing some of these things in an even greater capacity like we have with other states such as Western Australia, and we look forward to working with the New South Wales government on future
developments to ensure they are as effective as possible.” Mike Carnemolla of 313 Automotive in Sydney welcomed the changes. “Under the previous award system, I couldn’t employ someone just to do tyres – they had to be a qualified mechanic or an apprentice mechanic. Unfortunately we have been seeing second and third year apprentices who could only change tyres as that was all they had done – they were missing out on the varied learning opportunities they should have been experiencing in those years. Or on the other hand, you had highly qualified mechanics whose skills were being greatly underutilised,” Mike said. “Now, you can employ someone under that award to do a specific task which I think is really good and is elevating qualified mechanics to the pedestal they should be on.” More information about Certificate II and III licensing requirements, including the scope of work for the new classes of repair work, is on the NSW Fair Trading website. For more information about these changes, please email email@example.com
TERRAIN TAMER OPENS CAPE TOWN BRANCH The South African warehouse is the seventh international warehouse for the company Australian 4WD parts brand Terrain Tamer has recently opened an exciting large-scale branch in the Cape Town suburb of Bellville to service the wider African community. Still owned and operated by Frank Hutchinson, who started the company in Melbourne in 1969, Terrain Tamer’s origin was found in supplying 4WD parts to tour operators who took tourists through rough, uncharted terrain in the Australian outback, to destinations such as Uluru. The company now boasts a product range of over 40,000 unique part numbers, essentially formed by parts that will keep a 4WD running, right through the gearbox, transfer case, CV joints, filters, suspension, bearing kits, brake, clutch and thousands of other parts. Terrain Tamer says each one goes through rigorous
research, development and testing to ensure it is at least equal in quality and strength to its original equipment equivalent before it can bear the Terrain Tamer stamp, often far exceeding the required standard. Terrain Tamer says this proven reliability means its parts are now used in mining, military, farming and emergency service applications, as well as by recreational 4WDrivers in over 80 countries around the world. Operating for more than 50 years, Terrain Tamer now has branches in every state of Australia, as well as New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and France. The South African warehouse becomes the seventh international warehouse for the company, and will be managed by Marinus Potgieter, an experienced 4x4 business owner who has
previously acted as a Dedicated Stockist into the area for Terrain Tamer for the past five years. The new warehouse will service the South Eastern African countries, while the North-Western African region will continue to be serviced by the company’s French warehouse. For more information, visit www.terraintamer.com or contact General Manager Brent Hutchinson on firstname.lastname@example.org Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
SERVICING SMALL FLEETS ACA Research, our partner in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard, says average fleet lives are being extended, marking an opportunity for the aftermarket In 2019, Australian fleet buyers bought almost 440,000 new vehicles. 2020 is obviously a different story though, with YTD sales to business down to just over 260,000 new vehicles. While the final number will vary depending on how the final quarter of this year plays out, this leaves fleet sales down about 100,000 units year on year. Given this decline, fleets will obviously be extending the life of their existing assets, which suggests an opportunity for the aftermarket. This is however only one part of the story, as we need to understand their existing fleet to know how much of an opportunity there truly is. According to the upcoming ACA Research Fleet Insights research, there are now 460,000 Australian businesses that own and operate company vehicles. Between them, they have almost four million vehicles on Australian roads. When it comes to managing these fleets, we spend a lot of time talking about the larger ones (typically 20+ vehicles), but the reality is that it is hard for an independent workshop to meet all of their needs. Let’s have a look then at the smaller end of the market. There are about 400,000 businesses with less than 10 vehicles, but they still have almost 1 million passenger, light and heavy commercial vehicles, so how are they servicing them? Looking at the data in Chart One, we can see that the servicing splits out three ways:
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Chart one: How fleets with <10 vehicles are servicing their fleets (Source: ACA Fleet Insights 2020)
This is a good result for the aftermarket and demonstrates that many independent and chain workshops are already effectively tapping into the fleet market. As we have seen before, this includes a mix of independent and chain workshops, as well as mobile mechanics. Given fleets cannot afford to have their vehicles off the road for extended periods of time, that feels like one area to keep an eye on over the next few years. Similarly, there might be interest in servicing outside of typical business hours, or pick-up and drop-off services, to avoid employees losing time during the day. Looking at the other major fleet servicing expenses, we can see an even stronger skew to the aftermarket when it comes to replacing or repairing tyres, with more than three quarters of our fleets preferring aftermarket workshops. The key point this demonstrates is that around half of the fleets taking their vehicles back to the dealership for servicing are still interacting with the aftermarket when it comes to tyres – does this provide an opportunity to expand the relationship into other areas of vehicle maintenance?
performed well across both servicing and maintenance and tyre replacement and repair. Additionally, while there were some suggestions made around how they could improve further (free coffee is always popular!), in many cases, customer feedback just told us how happy they are.
TYRE REPLACEMENT AND REPAIRS: Chart three: Satisfaction with aftermarket workshop amongst fleets with <10 vehicles (Source: ACA Fleet Insights 2020) Chart two: How fleets with <10 vehicles are replacing and repairing their tyres (Source: ACA Fleet Insights 2020)
Based on the data in chart two, we know that aftermarket providers are getting a solid share of fleet business. To do that consistently, they are obviously providing a good service, and we can see that reflected in the satisfaction scores. As shown in chart three, aftermarket workshops
Ultimately, while the aftermarket already has a strong position in the fleet market, COVID-19 has disrupted many of the plans fleets had going into this year. As we move towards 2021 though, there is a significant opportunity to grow fleet business, with independent and chain workshops well placed to cater to these customers. As we’ve said before, it then becomes a case of understanding your local community, so you can tailor your specific services to their needs. Also, don’t forget to use the AAAA postcode tool if you need more information about the type of vehicles in your area. This column was prepared for AAA Magazine by ACA Research, our partners in the AAAA Aftermarket Dashboard which is delivered to AAAA members each quarter. For more information, visit www.acaresearch.com.au or contact Ben Selwyn on email@example.com
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NEW FACE OF AFTERMARKET PARTS ON THE PENINSULA NAPA Auto Parts Mornington is now open at 8 Elite Way, Mornington NAPA Auto Parts has made its way to the Mornington Peninsula to support trade and industrial automotive specialists. Conveniently located in Mornington, the new branch is a prime location for any specialist working on the Peninsula, from Frankston and Hastings to Flinders and Sorrento. NAPA Auto Parts Regional Manager, Gary Downs, is no stranger to the region, having spent years overseeing sales with R&E Auto Parts to many of the local automotive specialists and mechanics. “There’s a huge opportunity for us to show locals what we can do for their business, from reliable brands to knowledgeable teams and a high level of customer service,” Gary said. “As R&E Auto Parts is coming together with Ashdown-Ingram to become NAPA Auto Parts, I’m excited to be able apply a local business approach to customers but with the backing, expertise and support of a large international business.” The new location is over 1,000 square metres and houses more than $1 million in stock including everything you need for braking, electrical, engine cooling, air conditioning, driveline, 4x4 fit outs
and logbook servicing, while also providing the tools and workshop equipment to perform the task. Branch Manager, Brad Atkinson, says the right stock is key to ensure customers are supported. “Filling almost 1000 square metres with racking and smarter storage means the brands and depth of range our auto electrical, thermal and mechanical specialists want is right where they need it,” Brad said. “We’re not a retail store, we are a business opening to support the local automotive specialists and mechanics, so we’ve got minimal space out front so we can fit more products in the warehouse.” Like Gary, Brad has a long history with the Peninsula, having managed Ashdown-Ingram Sandown for the past 14 years and living locally. With this experience, and the experience of his five team members, the trade-focused team has the ‘Know How’ for any project. NAPA Auto Parts states ‘NAPA Know How’ is a driving principle of the business, ensuring value through technology such as its industry leading online catalogue, NAPA PROLink, the right range and industry and product application knowledge.
“We carry a lot of stock, but we’ve made sure it’s the right parts that are required here,” Brad said. “This means we’ve got a wider range of European parts compared to other locations as well as brakes and components from RDA Brakes.” There are now three NAPA Auto Parts servicing Victoria – Mornington, Traralgon and Heidelberg West – with more planned to open in the coming year. The Mornington branch is the 25th NAPA Auto Parts location nationally. NAPA Auto Parts Mornington is now open at 8 Elite Way, Mornington, and you can contact Brad and the team on 03 5978 2300. For more information, visit www.napaparts.com.au
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REAL PARTS SUPPLY Auto Parts Group opens new ultramodern Sydney facility For more than the last 25 years, Auto Parts Group says it has been quietly working away to build a high quality and timely automotive panel and parts supply service.
APG says the latest in Warehouse Management Systems are the brains driving efficiency in the parts receival, storage, pick and dispatch life cycle.
It says this has been no mean feat, with this toil bearing the fruit of major warehouse facilities now located in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
This WMS also automates the parts locating process, optimising which parts are a best fit for each physical bay size and location.
had modern touch-ups with the facility fitted with translucent roof panelling (allowing natural light), water tanks and a 100kW solar panel system.
Parts to person pick strategies have also been optimised into the design, with conveyors reducing the need for manual handling of parts.
These features have seen the facility granted a Green Star Site Approval and APG says are a measurable action of its work towards a near zero carbon footprint.
However with a desire for continuous improvement at the core of the company, over the last 18 months plans have been set in motion to upgrade the Sydney facility, a process that APG says involved an end-to-end parts life cycle evaluation to achieve its high customer service and satisfaction targets. The resulting state-of-the-art facility has a 100 percent capacity increase over the previous location and is designed for 24,000sqm of storage. It houses a modern warehouse design encapsulating everything from racking positioning and combining the likes of shelving and hanging locations.
Even the external building design combines on grade and recessed roller doors, further improving the goods receival and dispatch processes. APG says efficiency has been created in every touch point of the part’s ‘life’ in the APG supply chain to enhance its service. Located in Smithfield, it capitalises on transport benefits deriving from proximity to the port, airport, and several motorways. APG explains that it isn’t all panels and lights, as it’s not just the goods supply design which has
APG says the new Sydney facility reaffirms its longterm commitment and service level to the region’s customers, through increased product capacity, faster supply, and reduced parts handling in the supply process. It states that time saved equals cycle time benefit to you and money in your back pocket, now and into the future. APG extends a thank you to all clients for making this transition possible. To take a site tour, go to https://youtu.be/-QrKGn1JbO8
AUTOMECHANIKA SHANGHAI 2020 INTRODUCES NEW DIGITAL PLATFORM Automechanika Shanghai will be one of the few large-scale automotive trade shows held in 2020 Automechanika Shanghai is tackling global sourcing needs for the automotive industry by launching AMS Live, a new integrated platform that looks beyond the geographical boundaries of onsite and online participation. The value-added service will be available from the 30th of November to the 6th of December 2020 and will run alongside the physical show itself. During the fair from the 2nd to the 5th of December 2020, more than 5,000 exhibitors will continue to display their latest products and services across 300,000 sqm of space in the National Exhibition and Convention Center, Shanghai. Automechanika Shanghai will be one of the few large-scale automotive trade shows held in 2020. Show organisers say buyers around the world are relying on the fair to inform their next purchasing decisions, capture the latest market information and find the latest solutions that have come into fruition as a response to COVID-19. They say these business needs will make the final exhibition on the circuit even more valuable for next year’s industry development. With this in mind, the show is radically transforming its webbased tools to meet market demand, so that it not
only takes place onsite, but also simultaneously in a virtual setting. Its latest innovation, AMS Live, aims to unlock imperative knowledge-based sharing and collaborative opportunities along the supply chain that empower remote participants to become a part of the show. “By creating a digitally hybrid event, AMS Live is a lifeline for overseas visitors who cannot physically attend the show,” Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd Deputy General Manager, Fiona Chiew, said. “Exhibitors at the exhibition ground can still take advantage of in-person interactions, as well as engage with global stakeholders online, whether it be for business exchange, marketing, trade or education. After all, it is the synergy of auto players that allows businesses, as well as the fair itself to thrive.” AMS Live will allow participants to: • Access networking opportunities utilising live chats, video calls and more • Create enquiries to match with the right exhibitors • Get involved with live streamed onsite activities
• Access tools to help plan a physical and virtual visit efficiently AMS Live allows users to re-watch conferences on-demand and record noteworthy products and exhibitors for future reference. On top of this, the personal online calendar can help manage meetings and has a built-in notification function for appointments. Automechanika Shanghai will become one of the first exhibitions in the brand’s portfolio to present this type of digital stage. Mindful of the COVID-19 outbreak, organisers are also working with local authorities to ensure appropriate safety parameters are upheld. To find out more about AMS Live, please visit www.automechanika-shanghai.com/ams-live Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
ACL LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE The RACE Series Performance Engine Bearings website boasts an array of new features On the eve of the final Supercars event for 2020, the Bathurst 1000, ACL launched its eagerly awaited upgraded performance website: www.aclperformance.com.au Supercar drivers Rick Kelly and Andre Heimgartner of Kelly Racing, ACL’s Supercars Championship partner, launched the new website from the Kelly Racing team garage at Mount Panorama.
ACL explains the site features an on-line catalogue page which is searchable by vehicle make and engine or by ACL part number; technical specifications for all part numbers including drawings illustrating bearing features; a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions; downloadable technical bulletins; updates on ACL partners and much more. The new website has been in development since early 2020. “Our customers and followers have been very patient as we have worked through the process,” ACL Bearing Company (Australia) General Manager, Chris Brooks, said. “We believe that the new site is contemporary and easy to navigate and we are confident that the enhancements made to the site will further enhance the ACL experience. “ACL has a long and rich history in motorsport across most racing categories, with our range of RACE Series Performance Engine Bearings being the first choice for discerning engine builders the world over. “Our new website will be an invaluable tool for customers, followers and motorsport enthusiasts alike, who will all be able to keep abreast of news and events, product developments and partner activities.” To visit the new website, go to www.aclperformance.com.au 16
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DBA RECOGNISED FOR DRIVING AUTOMOTIVE INNOVATION The company has received a grant to develop a word-first brake disc rotor Disc Brakes Australia has been awarded an Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grant in excess of $100k by the Australian Federal Government for a new research project in the field of disc rotor thermodynamics and pillar design. The project will reportedly deliver a brake disc rotor that is a world first in its specific design, which DBA says will allow it to generate a first mover advantage and maintain its position as a global leader in brake rotors. Faculty resources and facilities of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) are being utilised to conduct computational fluid dynamics studies coupled with materials investigations, to complete the initial design prove-out process. Real-time dynamic simulation will then be undertaken before prototype testing commences at Melbourne’s state-of-the-art Automotive Innovation Centre (AIC), which was launched by the AAAA in 2019. Through its long-standing affiliation with the AAAA, DBA will be utilising the full range of the AIC’s services and equipment, including robotics, 3D scanning, and advanced workshop equipment. Final product testing will then be conducted at the 1000-hectare Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) proving ground near Anglesea, Victoria; consisting of road tests, potential product modification and ADR compliance testing.
Fiona Martin and Phillip Joseph visiting DBA’s production facilities
From left: Phillip Joseph (DBA GM Operations), Dr Fiona Martin MP, Brian Johns (DBA Head of Research and Development).
Upon her recent visit to the DBA facilities in Silverwater (Sydney), Federal Member for Reid, Dr Fiona Martin MP, said the grant was one of only 17 awarded across the nation. “This is great news for our local economy as we work together in the COVID recovery period and I congratulate Disc Brakes Australia on their initiative and success,” Dr Martin said. “Innovation and testing new ideas are hallmarks of Australia’s advanced manufacturing sector and this sort of Aussie ingenuity is vital to growing our economy and creating jobs. “We’re backing businesses who back themselves – it is all about developing high-value products for both local use and to expand our overseas exports.” Disc Brakes Australia General Manager Operations, Phillip Joseph, is pleased by the Government’s investment into the innovative project. “Disc Brakes Australia has been at the forefront of the automotive industry as a strong advocate of innovation and Australian manufacturing over its 40-year history,” Phillip said. “This Federal government innovation grant will contribute to DBA’s ongoing investment in research and development and bolster our export opportunities as a leading supplier of performance and safety critical automotive parts.” Dr Martin said the Automotive Innovation Lab Access Grants represent the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to supporting automotive manufacturing operations in Australia. “We’ve seen a renewed interest in local manufacturing and people are looking to back ‘made in Australia’ products,” Dr Martin said. “While there is a long road ahead, there are opportunities at this time for innovative businesses looking to grow and to export.” For further information contact DBA on 1800 730 039, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dba.com.au
COVID-19 FAST TRACKING DESTIGMATISATION OF MENTAL HEALTH IN AUTOMOTIVE Increasing usage of mental health services indicates people are increasingly likely to seek help While many understand the impact the workplace can have on people’s mental health, and conversely, how mental health illnesses can impact productivity and relationships at work, many business managers and team leaders don’t have the tools, strategies and confidence to best manage mental health issues and create a mentally healthy workplace.
provoking ideas and strategies for our members who took part to learn and develop themselves.
As part of the AAAA’s commitment to mental health support for the automotive aftermarket industry, the peak body for automotive businesses recently arranged a special presentation from Beyond Blue, with contribution from GPC Asia Pacific and Bapcor representatives.
From Beyond Blue, Michael shared that the organisation had seen a significant increase this year in the number of helpline calls and visits to website resources – including its Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Beyond Blue has responded to a 30 to 40 percent increase in demand – which peaked at 60 percent in May – for their counselling service and other mental health support organisations have also seen similar trends.
The webinar not only provided insights and advice but also unveiled signs the pandemic is helping to break down barriers around mental illnesses in the automotive industry and across society. Facilitated by AAAA Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, this member-exclusive webinar featured three stand-out speakers on mental health in the workplace: Beyond Blue Workplace Engagement Manager, Michael O’Hanlon; GPC Asia Pacific People and Culture Executive General Manager, Aileen Hayes; and Bapcor Executive General Manager for Human Resources, Alison Laing. “Changes in how society, workplaces and individuals view and deal with mental health issues is going to be a continual process over many years, but we are encouraged by the changes we are seeing,” Stuart said. “This webinar was full of fantastic, thought
“The insights from Michael, Alison and Aileen were relatable and clear and I thank them for their contributions. As the leader of the AAAA team, there were learnings I have taken away that can assist our team as we live through these challenging times.”
Although these increases certainly underscore the challenging times we are facing, they also indicate that people are increasingly likely to seek help, which is a big change from previous years and catastrophic events. It appears that COVID-19 is serving to fast-track a significant increase in awareness, understanding and normalisation of mental health illness. Michael also emphasised that for small business owners and managers, getting to know employees is more important than ever. Even small inroads in this domain can make a profound difference for employees and break down barriers that can more easily enable conversations around mental health. Alison and Aileen agreed with this recommendation, stating that a key to successfully supporting team members with mental health is to ‘get to know your people’. The closer working relationships seen in smaller business settings allow managers to identify changes in behaviour and demeanour and perhaps more easily enable them to ask, ‘are you ok?’ This can lead to a supportive conversation that can help resolve issues or the employee can be guided toward professional help services. Both HR experts shared that you don’t need to be a mental health expert or psychologist to provide support that is helpful and relevant. Providing contact details for Beyond Blue or other organisations such as LifeLine and The Black Dog Institute allows you to refer your staff member to an expert quickly and easily. Aileen advocated that all businesses should visit Beyond Blue’s website.
“Businesses of any size can benefit from the fantastic free resources provided by Beyond Blue,” Aileen said. Such resources help business owners and managers to carefully step through conversations that they may be nervous about with some confidence and peace of mind. Alison and Aileen shared that they have seen increased anxiety across their organisations because of uncertainty about the future, corresponding with an increased usage of their respective employee assistance program hotlines. While everyone is impacted by the pandemic, everyone’s experience of it is different. “Across society, and depending on businesses, roles and locations, people seem to be overwhelmed. Some are working harder than ever before while others have no work,” Alison said. “We will continue to promote mental health across the industry through our communication channels, member services such as webinars and our Employer Assist hotline. The importance of this issue can’t be underestimated,” Stuart said. This AAAA mental health member webinar forms a small part of the Associations’ support to members and the aftermarket industry throughout these challenging times. The Association offers a dedicated COVID-19 resource centre, Employer Assist and Legal hotlines, and powerful business management and growth tools. Members also have access to the AAAA’s Advocacy team for regulatory issues affecting their businesses, and the AAAA continues to fight for the industry by championing mandatory data sharing. Members looking to access Mental Health resources are encouraged to contact: • Beyond Blue - 1300 224 636 www.beyondblue.org.au • LifeLine – 13 11 14/www.lifeline.org.au • The Black Dog Institute www.blackdoginstitute.org.au For more from the AAAA, visit www.aaaa.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
A CHANGING AUSTRALIAN CAR PARC Continuing from last monthâ€™s article about the changing automotive landscape, in this article we take a deeper dive into the composition of the Australian car parc and its effects on the aftermarket with the help of ACA Research and a number of our members Looking at the top makes and models across the past 15 years (based on the vehicles registered as at the start of 2020), there are some key trends that can be called out and will impact the aftermarket. Before we do that though, we need to recognise the position of strength that Toyota has achieved in the Australian market. Looking back at vehicles first registered in 2004, Holden is clearly number one, some 30,000 cars ahead of Toyota and Ford. Fast forward 15 years though, and Toyota has more than twice as many registrations in 2019 as Holden and Ford combined.
single year, from an aftermarket perspective it is more important to know how these numbers stack up over time. Splitting our data out into five-year blocks lets us see how this evolves, telling us which makes are most likely to currently be turning up in aftermarket workshops, and which we can expect to see in the future. When planning for the future, the key focus for the aftermarket (other than Toyota) should be brands that are heavily skewed to newer vehicles. These are the ones that will either come out of warranty, or change hands in the next few years,
that we should also call out Kia (46 percent of registrations in the last five years) and Isuzu with 52 percent of registrations in this period as brands that should be supported by aftermarket manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and workshop operators.
ACA Research reminds us that we need to remember though that this is not just about Holden and Ford. While they were starting to decline, other brands such as Mazda, Hyundai and Kia have all moved more strongly into market, building up their presence. Toyota has however managed to maintain its position against all comers, outperforming its closest competitor by a relatively consistent margin over the past decade. While it is interesting to look at performance in a
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making them more likely to move out of dealer workshops. Given they are likely to have travelled 40 â€“ 75,000km in that time, they will also be getting to more significant servicing milestones, which has implications when it comes to the parts required. Brands that particularly stand out on this measure are Mazda, Hyundai and Mitsubishi (ranked second to fourth in registrations in the past five years), as well as Volkswagen and Subaru at the bottom end of the top 10. Looking beyond this list, ACA Research notes
Marque Total Registrations
2015-2019 (<5 yrs old) Registrations
9 Volkswagen 10 Subaru
Applying a similar logic to vehicle models, it is again no surprise that growth is coming from SUVs, utes, or small cars. While the Hilux is our leader regardless, the third placed Commodore and sixth placed Falcon are clearly on the way down. Similarly, even though the Mazda 3 has over 100,000 registrations â€“ it was down to 14,967 in 2019, dropping it out of the top 10. Given the CX-3 is performing well, and Mazda now also has the CX-30 in market, it this trend that is likely to continue to trend down going forward. Looking at the models on the way up, the Ford Ranger and Mazda CX5 both stand out, heavily weighted to the last five years. If we only consider the last five years, the Nissan X-Trail and VW Golf would both also jump into the top 10, with more than 90,000 registrations during that period. The industry needs to consider these shifts, understanding the consumers who own these vehicles, and their needs (now and into the future).
Marque Total Registrations
2015-2019 (<5 yrs old) Registrations
1 Toyota Hilux
2 Toyota Corolla
3 Holden Commodore
4 Mazda 3
5 Toyota Camry
6 Ford Falcon
7 Ford Ranger
8 Mitsubishi Triton
9 Hyundai i30
10 Mazda CX5
Ultimately, this all brings us back to the same point. The Australian car parc is changing, with some traditional makes and models in decline. This needs to be factored into business planning, so the aftermarket can cater to tomorrow’s customer, and not just those that we are seeing today. Also, while we do often talk in terms of servicing and maintenance, this is clearly much broader, with growth in sectors like recreational 4WD parts and accessories. Speaking with AAAA members, it is clear that already the effects of this changing landscape is being felt and adaptions are already being made. For South Australia’s Blackwood Dyno Tune and Service, the ‘typical vehicle’ they service has most certainly been changing over time. “We have seen a significant increase of European and Korean vehicles at Blackwood Dyno Tune and Service, along with what has been an expected decrease in Australian brands,” Blackwood Dyno Tune and Service Manager, Michelle Monserrat, said. “To keep ahead of these changes, our technicians are continuously updating their skills, particularly in relation to diesel engines. Training that relates to the latest diagnostic equipment and techniques has also been essential for our team, due to the variety of vehicles we see on a day to day basis. “The range of oil and coolants we keep on hand has also grown dramatically over the past 15 years in response to car parc changes, and we have
also been sourcing parts from a larger selection of suppliers, which sometimes includes genuine. Parts availability can be very limited in some cases, so forward planning is key to meeting the expectations of our customers. “No matter what the future holds, we believe the future success of our business will be reliant on good quality specialised training programs, the right tools and access to OE manufacturer data.” For Australian Clutch Services, a shift in not only applications but also technology is being experienced, with greater moves expected to come. “There has been a slight change in our most popular kit sales with a shift from Australian built to European and Korean vehicles, however our range has also developed significantly over this time and clutch components generally wear over long periods so the full effects are yet to be seen,” ACS Managing Director, Brenton Jordan, said. “Whilst clutch technology has continued to evolve alongside the changes to the car parc, we have seen a shift towards more advanced actuation and clutch technology as well as the shift in the associated applications. “The changing market has also brought significant opportunities for us, particularly in our performance division where we have launched world first performance upgrades for applications such as the Hyundai i30N. We have also been working hard to offer the largest range of Dual Clutch Transmission clutch components and tools and can already see a significant shift in that direction. “While our product development process can be influenced by a number of factors, I can say that with more European, Korean and Chinese vehicles in the market, one of the biggest changes we have experienced is the timeframe between the vehicle being available in other markets and its availability in Australia. “Sometimes we are able to develop the product before the vehicle is available in the Australian market and other times, we are forced to wait for a test vehicle to arrive here. We have also found that there are opportunities to develop products before any other manufacturer simply by being proactive and looking for areas of the market that are not being effectively covered such as heavy duty upgrades for Chinese and Korean built vehicles. “Every aspect of our business, from engineering and quality control through to logistics, marketing and sales have seen changes.” Bendix is another AAAA member which has succeeded through various car parc evolutions. “The first Bendix brake pads back in the 60s were very simple – they were an OE design on the early Holden, just a rectangular shaped pad with guide pins. We still sell them today, but the materials then were very simple compared to what you see now,” Bendix Manager of Product Engineering, Andrew French, said.
“Over the decades we have adapted and expanded to the evolving market and today we offer a lot of different products, as we develop product segments based on the market’s needs. As such, the growing diversity of the car parc has been one of our challenges over the years. “The 4WD market for instance is quite frankly it is going nuts and with people using them for so many different things, it is not about having just one 4WD box and it has one formulation, it is about having up to seven formulations depending on the vehicle type. “Looking ahead to the next 20 years we expect there may be more electric vehicles and hybrids, there will be increased focus on the environment, and a continuing focus on the user experience. We also expect further evolution in product weight loss and changing materials as vehicles are getting heavier – if you take the old Holdens of the 60s they were about a tonne, and today the SUVs are around three tonne.” For Pedders Suspension and Brakes, a long history of investing in R and D has allowed it to pivot quickly. “We have seen a shift over the last five to ten years away from sports and performance to SUV, 4WD and light commercials and Pedders was quick to identify and adapt to these changes. As such we have been able to tailor superior products for this changing automotive aftermarket,” Pedders Suspension and Brakes Managing Director, Scott Pedder, said. “In particular, solutions that meet the needs of carrying extra weight on a vehicle as a result of more cargo, accessories or towing requirements have been a key growth area for Pedders. “With more than 40 new products released by Pedders every year on average, it is no surprise that our R&D team has grown considerably over the last few years and we are constantly updating our strict processes (including adherence to ISO guidelines) to ensure the quality and relevance of our products in a changing market. “Pedders will continue to capitalise on our strong R&D capabilities, which allows us to continuously release new products to the market. We encourage feedback from the store network as they remain a key driving force behind our additions to our product range. We also continue to look at complete solutions for different driving conditions and scenarios which enable us to offer new and unique products and services to a wide range of vehicles and markets.” If you wish to learn more about this subject, AAAA members have access to data intelligence services and support as part of their membership. To find out more, contact email@example.com
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NEW ERA FOR CENTURY BATTERIES
Iconic Australian battery manufacturer Century Batteries continues to power ahead in 2020 with the roll out of a new look product range and extended warranty offer as part of the company’s commitment to manufacturing in Australia In September Century Batteries unveiled its new state-of-the-art plate making machine, which will increase battery production by 20 percent to more than 1.3 million batteries a year: production rates never before seen at the factory. Proving it had more up its sleeve, recently the company also unveiled a range of enhancements to its product portfolio, including a series of new product introductions, new branding and extended warranties across the majority of the Century product range. Century’s Ultra Hi Performance car and passenger vehicle range will now come with a 40-month warranty (up from 36 months) and the increasingly popular Idle Stop Start AGM range is now backed by a 36-month warranty (up from 24 months). Century Batteries National Marketing Manager (Automotive), Andrew Bottoms, said while Factory 2020 was dual fold in its ambitions – to improve and expand Century’s Australian based manufacturing facility – it was also important for the company to offer its customers something new. “That meant a commitment to Australia’s motoring public that they could purchase a battery designed and built right here in Australia for our extreme conditions,” Andrew said. “We worked extensively with consumer focus groups, our retail partners, stakeholders and
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specialists in the auto electrical trade as to what else customers’ valued. “Australian made, a quality brand and warranty were the key factors identified. However, the warranty period was only valued if it was supported in the marketplace and without this support, the warranty period carried no value irrespective of the period offered. “Our customers can be assured this is a true product warranty. “At Century we continually review the design, quality and performance of our products. End users, stockists and resellers can be confident that our products will last and last. “Our new branding is sharper and unashamedly promotes our Australian heritage: this has never been more important than in the current cultural and retail environment.
“We are launching all of this to the public with a creative campaign that celebrates all things Australian. “Apart from our proud Australian manufacturing heritage, we are celebrating Australians for their loyalty: mates supporting mates. “We are on track to be the first company in the country to chalk up a ‘century’ in manufacturing and we would not be on that road if not for the support of both the retail industry and customers.” As part of the new initiative, Century Batteries has undertaken an extensive review of all product categories resulting in a series of range amendments as well as the introduction of new products. This includes the addition of new DIN EFB products for the growing Stop/Start vehicle
market, a series of new 4x4 specific DIN and NS70 products to service a SUV and 4x4 market that shows no signs of slowing down. Gavin Cribb, the education manager at Kangan Institute in Victoria – one of the largest trainers of auto electricians and mechanics in Australia – said that for resellers like auto electricians and mechanics, using good brand products protected their reputation. “If you are a customer who comes to me for repairs then you have to be comfortable that I am delivering a service to your standard,” Gavin said. “The quality of my work must meet your expectation, so my reputation is on the line every time I service your car. “Extended warranty that comes with the very latest of technology is an investment in my business and peace of mind for the customer. “We literally have thousands of automotive apprentices at our institute, we have close contact with their employers. “The industry has a genuine appetite for quality and Australian made technology. “Providing further warranty on the best available parts will give these employers even more confidence in their ability to meet customer expectations. “This is a win/win for business owners – and their customers.” For more information on the new and improved range of Century batteries, visit www.centurybatteries.com.au
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LOW PRESSURE AND EGR COOLER BLOCKAGES In this article, Opus IVS details its support of a customer with a 2L diesel ingenium engine with low pressure and an exhaust valve cooler blockage Opus IVS explains that its IVS 360 is an “invaluable diagnostic support resource uniquely designed to empower technicians to repair vehicles with confidence.” Through its dedicated team of OEM-Trained Master Technicians, the Opus IVS team provides brand-specific diagnostic support to technicians and workshop owners all over the world. It says customers can quickly and easily request support from the IVS 360 team directly from their DrivePro device. Following is an example of a customer support request and guidance provided from the IVS 360 Land Rover OEM-Trained Master Technicians. Vehicle Type Affected: Land Rover/Jaguars (and any vehicle fitted with the 2.0 diesel ingenium engine). Model types: Including but not limited to: Range Rover Evoque, Discovery Sport, Land Rover Defender, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport. Vehicle Fault: Vehicle in restricted performance and DTC P049B-00. Fault codes: P049B-00 EGR “B” Flow Insufficient Detected - No sub type information. Also, other low pressure EGR related DTCs. Low Pressure EGR (LPEGR) explained: Opus IVS explains that the LP EGR system is used on EU5 and EU6 market vehicles only. The LP system takes exhaust gases from the exit of the Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) system and mixes it with the fresh air intake into the turbocharger. The gases are transported from the DPF outlet to the LP EGR cooler via a pipe. The LP cooler has no bypass mode, and so only cools. There is a simple mesh filter fitted before the gasses reach the outlet of the cooler that prevents larger particles of soot etc from entering the turbo charger system. The mesh filter is a nonserviceable component. The cooled gases are then directed through the LP EGR valve, via a butterfly flap. The valve consists of a tube between the fresh air duct and the turbocharger, with the butterfly valve covering the EGR inlet, in the center bottom of the EGR valve. The butterfly valve opens into the fresh air stream, promoting both thorough mixing before the gas enters the turbocharger, and also provides ‘suction’ to drive the LP EGR gas through the system. Possible Causes: • Excessive undetected soot in the DPF • Charged air induction system leak • Low pressure EGR cooler blocked/filter blocked 24
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• Low pressure EGR valve mechanical integrity • Low pressure EGR differential pressure sensor mechanical integrity • Connector is disconnected, connector pin is backed out, connector pin corrosion • Vehicle is fitted with Two EGR valves, a LP and HP unit. One is DPF side to turbo the other is exhaust manifold to intake manifold. Repair: 1. Using a HP smoke detector, visually inspect the air intake system for leaks. Repair any that are found. 2. If there are no signs of soot particles, this is not the cause of the customer’s concern. 3. Remove low pressure EGR cooler housing lid and visually inspect for soot particles. 4. Is the cooler blocked? Opus IVS has seen filters internally block as per the image shown to the top right. This would require a new filter set (LR126126) and cleaning of the EGR/Throttle body and the Low pressure EGR cooler. 5. Look at low pressure EGR pipe on the nearside – is it blocked? 6. Look for signs of sooting around the clamp. 7. Is there black soot around the tail pipe? 8. Loosen the SCR assembly, look up into the cooler and check for excessive levels of soot. 9. Check to see if the DPF/SCR canister is cracked internally. 10. Using the JLR process, change the LP EGR and cooler. 11. Change cooler pressure sensor and SCR/DPF unit. The pressure sensor is bolted to the intake side of the engine, it looks like a DPF pressure sensor, one goes to the cooler pack and the longer pipe goes to cooling unit this measures the pressure either side of the unit. 12. If the cooler also shows signs of being excessively blocked, then the cooler may need replacing as well. 13. The DPF may also need inspecting for cracks that can draw in air from the outside causing excessive sooting. 14. After the repair, reconfigure existing PCM with latest software using a dealer tool.
Replacement Kit Where possible, visually inspect downstream of the DPF and LPEGR exhaust pipe for soot using a bore scope or visually check with the exhaust separated and look for soot content in the exhaust system. If soot is not visible downstream of the DPF and the LPEGR exhaust pipe, then do not replace the DPF.
The above picture shows a blocked LP EGR cooler filter LR126126 covered in soot particles.
DPF filter internal collapse/failure.
Blurred outer edging shows output side of the DPF, clearly with soot present, which indicates a DPF problem.
Inside view showing the DPF internal collapse/break down.
If soot is visible downstream of the DPF and the LPEGR exhaust pipe, replace the DPF. Also be sure to visually check for any potential signs of cracking or leaks. Leaks can be evident from rusting water marks or even carbon build up at the exterior seams. For information on IVS 360 support, visit www.opusivs.com or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 8561 7600.
BILSTEIN’S ULTIMATE TEST BED Suspension company’s ingenuity drives 24-hour race comeback It has been said time and time again that motorsport is the ultimate test bed for automotive development, and you will be hard pressed to find a racing test much more gruelling than the 24hour race at the Nürburgring. It is agreed widely in the industry that the Nürburgring is probably not comparable with any other race in the world, with many stating that no race track is more challenging than the “Green Hell.” Nowhere else do as many vehicles start as here. Nowhere else can you find such extreme weather events as here in the Vulkaneifel region. And no other race in the world writes as many stories as the legendary Eifel race. They are stories of boundless passion and absolute dedication. One such story unfolded recently for the Bilsteindriven Haupt Racing Team (HRT). On the Thursday evening of the event, two and a half hours into night qualifying for the 2020 24-hour race, the Number 2 Bilstein-wrapped Mercedes-AMG GT3 of the newly formed HRT suffered heavy damage not long after Nico Bastain set one of the fastest laps of the session before handing over to co-driver, Yelmer Buurman. Thankfully Yelmer was unhurt; however the same could not be said for the GT3 which had crashed into a guard rail after control was lost on a wet track on one of the fastest sections of the Nordschleife. At first it seemed the journey had come to a premature end for the HRT outfit, however instead Bilstein and its team ensured this was
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not to be the case despite the entire paddock agreeing it seemed the race had already claimed its first prominent victim. A new Bilstein livery order was rushed overnight to HRT while a whole new race began in the Bilstein motorsport truck on-track. While they awaited the chance to examine the damaged GT3, Bilstein Head of Motorsports Road Racing Engineering, Daniel Pitsch, and his team were left considering which nuances still had to be adjusted so that Bilstein’s technology would again be two seconds faster on the Nordschleife than the competition and questioning what has possibly broken down and needing to be repaired. Amazingly, despite the crash occurring at more than 200km/h, only one Bilstein Evo RT had “conked out” and for Daniel, this was not too much of a surprise. “Our new Bilstein Evo R shock absorbers have very high strength, making them very stable,” Daniel said. “And this despite the fact that we placed great emphasis on weight optimisation during development.” When it comes to performance, Daniel says the brand-new Evo RT shock absorbers are beyond reproach anyway. “Hydraulically and technically, we are also using the proven Bilstein principle for our new fiveway system: large areas and low pressures for maximum performance,” Daniel said. And so, the technicians got to work in the Bilstein
motorsport truck, quickly building new shock absorbers for the Bilstein GT3. On the other side of the street in Meuspath, the phones were also running hot and the tools were being used at the speed of light, because a new chassis from Affalterbach was organised and brought to the workshop by “night jump.” In record time, the still usable components of the damaged vehicle were installed and the replacement livery affixed on the vehicle with many helping hands during the following day.
It was a night in which technology partner Bilstein and racing team HRT become one unit, ready to re-join the running by Friday afternoon after 14 hours of tireless teamwork in a move many thought impossible. Nico Bastian took the wheel for the return to the track, completing the first functional test and completing important set-up during the first top qualifying session. A qualifying position of 20th was recorded, although the Number 2 still laid claim to the fifth
fastest time for the event overall. After the HRT mechanics had fought so sacrificially for their comeback, it was up to the drivers Nico, Yulmer, Hubert Haupt and Phillip Ellis on Saturday to do the same and make up ground. And they did so in an impressive way.
from Saturday to Sunday, the Mercedes-AMG in Bilstein colours resumed the race in the morning in eleventh place. By the end of the race, the team had fought its way into the top 10 and finished the 24-hour race at the NĂźrburgring 2020 in ninth place.
In the first third of the race, they conquered place after place before an interruption of the race due to bad weather stopped their progress.
Not surprisingly, Bilstein reflects on this race as a comeback that will probably be talked about â€œon the ringâ€? for many years to come.
After this interruption of the race in the night
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NEW PHILIPS CATALOGUE Available to view online or download now Blending new product releases with user friendly layout and technical data, Philips Automotive has recently released its 2020/21 automotive catalogue. The comprehensive catalogue features up-todate information on the entire Australian product range, as well as a handy part number index at the end of each chapter. The part number index is listed by type and includes part numbers, technical data and bulb drawings. Philips Automotive Country Manager, James Grehan, said updating a catalogue with a range as large as Philips is no small undertaking, with the Australian team working tirelessly to get it right.
PEDDERS PARTNERS WITH BREMBO Pedders is now the official partner of Brembo brakes Pedders Suspension and Brakes says it is pleased to announce the official integration of Brembo brake products into its product portfolio. With a global sales presence and production plants in Europe, USA, Mexico, Brazil and China, Brembo supplies a complete range of original equipment (OE) products for all of the major international categories of car and motorcycle and for many construction vehicles. Brembo’s client portfolio includes some of the world’s largest carmakers such as Ford, GM and Fiat along with prestigious manufacturers of sports and luxury automobiles such as Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and Mercedes. Pedders, Australia’s largest undercar parts family-owned franchise operation, says Brembo offers its clients the combined advantages of a centralised product development process and localised production to maximise competitiveness and service quality. For all of the world’s most important automobile
manufacturers, Pedders says Brembo is a dependable partner that responds to their needs with products that ensure driving comfort, safety, protection and durability. The initial parts offering will see Pedders Suspension and Brakes integrate a selected range of Brembo brake products designed for the European vehicle car park. Lines such as the Brembo ceramic nao brand pads and the exclusive UV coated brake disc rotors will play a pivotal role in the brand’s integration with Pedders Suspension and Brakes. “I’m extremely pleased about this latest product integration between Pedders Suspension and Brakes and Brembo,” Pedders Suspension and Brakes Managing Director, Scott Pedder, said. “Brembo is an acknowledged world leader and innovator in the field of automotive disc brake and pad technology. “For us it’s a natural fit and we strive to enhance our product portfolio with quality and innovation. “Consumers and the trade will now be able to purchase a selected range of Brembo braking products from over 120 Pedders outlets nationwide.” For further information contact your local Pedders outlet or visit www.pedders.com.au/store-finder
BAR’S BUGS “From the guys in workshops to customers on the retail floor who just want to have a browse, there is relevant information for everyone,” James said. This year, Philips new Ultinon Essential Gen 2 LED range makes its debut along with the newly released X-tremeVision GForce, WhiteVision ultra and MotoLEDs. “The catalogue has turned out to be a really nice blend of useful information about how Philips is a leader in the automotive lighting space as well as the more detailed side of thing that installers require on a day-to-day basis,” James said. The 2020/21 catalogue is available as a digital version online where it can be bookmarked or downloaded from the Philips Automotive page on Issuu.com. The catalogue will also be available on the www.philips.com website soon. For more information, visit www.philips.com 30
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New sanitser value bundles The Bar’s Bugs team has introduced sanitiser value bundles to its car care product range, starting from only $14.99. Bar’s Bugs explains it is part of the wellknown Bar’s Leaks family and says it locally manufactures and markets some of the most trusted names in automotive chemicals whilst also offering a wide range of custom products specifically produced for Automotive dealerships and wholesalers.
knowledge and that’s why our windscreen concentrate is number one across Australasia.
“Manufacturing has been the backbone of both our Australian and New Zealand companies since the 1900s and we pride ourselves on producing products locally – supporting local suppliers and various industries,’’ Bar’s Leaks General Manager, Geoff Wiles, said.
“The success of our windscreen concentrate has allowed our team to continuously develop new products, such as our non-flammable sanitiser range which has been tried and tested locally.”
“Our team consists of passionate, dedicated staff that bring years of experience and industry
“Our Bar’s Bugs brand has been the leading name in windscreen additives for more than 40 years.
For more information, to shop online, or to locate your nearest stockist, please visit www.barsbugs.com.au
MILWAUKEE: CUTTING THE CORD Milwaukee Power Tool has a rich history of pioneering innovative automotive and workshop solutions As the original industrial solution for Henry Ford and the production of the Model T, Milwaukee says it has been at the forefront of power tool technology and innovation for over 95 years. Today, with an extensive range – including what it calls the “world’s most advanced battery platforms” – Milwaukee says it continues to deliver nothing but “heavy duty performance, legendary durability and the safest tool solutions in the world.” Milwaukee says its M12 platform, with 90+ solutions, has quickly become the preferred option for specialist mechanics, workshops and automotive trades.
Portable, powerful and ergonomically designed, these lightweight tools have been specifically built to go anywhere so working in even the tightest spaces is no longer a challenge. Meanwhile Milwaukee says its M18 platform, with 120+ solutions, represents the ultimate synergy of professional grade power, lightweight, extreme performance, and superior ergonomics. It says these tools stand alone, with patented technologies, innovative motors and advanced electronics powered by REDLITHIUM battery technology for unmatched run-time focusing on improving productivity for trade professionals. Further, both the M18 and M12 platforms provide users with innovative advancements. M18 is driven by cutting the cord and replacing high demand corded and air tools with cordless solutions, while M12 provides users a compact and lightweight performer, transforming manual tools into advanced, cordless solutions. Milwaukee says leveraging both the M18 and M12 platforms offers users unmatched benefits which is why it has a range of dual platform
battery chargers to suit both systems, providing maximum productivity on job sites and in workshops. Complementary to the M18 and M12 Power Tool platforms, Milwaukee Tool delivers innovative Hand Tool and Storage solutions to expand and complete the automotive professional’s repertoire. Removing cords and hoses from the jobsite and workshop has made every trade safer, more efficient and removed the traditional limitations, says Milwaukee, which states cordless solutions will continue to improve the lives of users, in every trade, and on every jobsite. For more information, visit www.milwaukeetools.com.au
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TUFF TONNEAUS CLIP ON 2.0 “Drill-less, tool-less, flaw-less” Tuff Tonneaus says its Tuff Tonneaus Clip On 2.0 has reinvigorated the Clip On cover with a host of new features and is now even easier to install and simple to use. It says the Clip On 2.0 has sleek lines and soft curves, can be taken on and off in seconds, and features a smart new no drill clamping system. It has been designed, manufactured and assembled in Melbourne, Australia. The Tuff Tonneaus Clip On 2.0 reportedly takes 15 minutes to install, with Tuff Tonneaus stating that everyone is an expert fitter with the Tuff Clip On 2.0.
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It states the professionally created, easy to read fitting instructions means you can finish the job in under 15 minutes, even with no experience.
Key features: • Genuine “No Drill” clamp-on design removes the need to drill holes both inside and outside of your ute; no drill, no rust, no worries. • Patented adjustable tonneau support bar design allows the cover to maintain a tight fit and great looks in extreme temperatures and all weather conditions. • Carrying over-size loads is not a problem with a stretch cord, clip on system. Attached to the underside of the cover, the system enables you to secure your cover, and handle over-size loads with ease. • The 2.0 Tonneau covers come with everything you need to fit including a bonus six-in-one multi-tool. • Unlimited five-year warranty. • Comes complete with a bottle of 303 Aerospace Protectant to keep your tonneau looking great.
With over 25 years’ experience in the industry, Tuff Tonneaus says it has mastered the design of its tonneau covers, so it can guarantee with confidence that its covers are a perfect fit for your ute. Made to order and dispatched in less than 24 hours, Tuff Tonneaus says its extensive tonneau cover range provides excellent value and premium quality to both customers and retailers. The 2.0 range reportedly offers customers and retailers a simple install at the right price – one that is made and backed by “Australia’s leading tonneau cover manufacturer.” For more information, visit www.tto.com.au or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 8720 0700.
NEXT-GEN BATTERY MASTER ISOLATION SWITCH New from REDARC REDARC says it is proud to announce the release of its next generation Battery Master Isolation Switch that fulfils the requirements of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard. Since its launch in 2016, REDARC says the proudly Australian Made BMIS (Battery Master Isolation Switch) has been trusted by OEs like Kenworth to safely isolate vehicle batteries when required and ensure a reliable performance while the vehicle is operating.
standards, and this is why REDARC has ensured that the BMIS meets the criteria and enables the vehicles to operate safely in those conditions. “We have been working for over 30 years (since 1989) with the truck original equipment manufacturers, supplying products they can rely upon,” Anthony said. “We continue to work closely with our customers to provide products that meet their needs as well as industry standards.
During the development of the BMIS, it underwent extensive independent testing and validation including rugged field trials to ensure the unit could be fitted as OE equipment.
“The upgraded compliance of the BMIS is another example of how our design engineers strive to set the industry benchmark for innovation in electronic vehicle technology.”
REDARC says this is a prime example of collaboration and cooperation with an OEM to ensure a world best product outcome.
The BMIS V2 is now available in Australia to comply with AS2809:2020 and in New Zealand where vehicles are required to meet the DG Tank wagons requirements. Two BMIS models are available. The 4PN (positive, negative isolation - part number BMIS4PNV2KIT) and the 4PP (positive, positive isolation - part number BMIS4PPV2KIT).
Now with the recent release of the new Australian Dangerous Goods Standard AS2809:2020, REDARC says it is proud to release the next generation BMIS (V2) fulfilling the requirement for a Master Isolation Switch under that standard. The new Australian standard is referred to within the Australian Code for the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (ADG Code) which sets out the requirements for transporting dangerous goods by road or rail. The Heavy Vehicle Industry Association affirms that compliance to the Australian standard is required to make road tank vehicles conformant to the legislated standards. Owners and operators of Road Tank vehicles rely upon the manufacturers of the safety components like REDARC to assure compliance and reliable safety. REDARC Managing Director, Anthony Kittel, explained isolation switches are assessed as part of the full vehicle safety system under these
There are also supporting accessories in the BMIS-AP Adaptor plate and BMIS-CK connector kit. Designed and tested to meet stringent industry standards, REDARC says the BMIS reassuringly exceeds the requirements of large diesel engines in 12V and 24V systems and features an ISO 26262 rated dual redundancy system to avoid false triggering that can cause unnecessary electric shutdowns. The BMIS is easy to install from new or as a retrofit. The BMIS-AP Adaptor Plate reportedly makes retrofit installation as simple as possible. For new installations, REDARC recommends the BMIS-CK Connector Kit used on vehicles where a factory harness is not available.
Key features: • Meets requirements of the new AS2809:2020 Dangerous Goods Standard • Durable, UV resistant housing which is resistant to rocks and fluids • Dual redundancy feature to avoid false triggering • Continuous self-checking function with an inbuilt LED diagnosis tool • Lockable in the off position for improved safety and theft prevention • Easy to install from new or as a retrofit • Compatible with existing roll-over sensors • Reviewed by independent safety experts REDARC says you can pair the BMIS with a roll over sensor for an enhanced safety solution, explaining that the BMIS can be complemented by REDARC’s Roll Over Sensor (ROS - part number ROS1224.) The ROS enables trucks to meet roll-over sensing requirements by signalling the isolation switch to disconnect power to the truck system in the event of a truck rollover while the BMIS is designed to safely isolate the vehicle batteries. For more information, visit www.redarc.com.au/heavyvehicle
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DENSO SENSORS The company has experienced strong sales growth for its OE quality aftermarket oxygen and air/fuel sensors Used in many of today’s more advanced vehicles, Denso says it has been a leader in the field of Oxygen Sensor design since the technology became widely adopted by vehicle manufacturers in the mid-1990s. “Through our industry reputation for reliability and quality, we have become one of the largest OE suppliers of these parts worldwide,” Denso Australia Manager Aftermarket Sales, Con Stogiannou, said. “Our aftermarket sensors are manufactured to the same high standards of its OE range. They incorporate a unique aluminium oxide double trap layer around the sensor’s ceramic element which helps protect them from contaminated fuel – one of the most common causes of premature sensor failure. “This feature helps our sensors maintain their lifespan and performance, and make them sought after in the vehicle repair marketplace.”
Oxygen Sensors Oxygen Sensors (O2) work together with the vehicle’s fuel injection system, Catalytic Converter and engine management system or
electronic control unit (ECU) to help achieve the lowest possible output of environmentally harmful engine emissions. “Our sensors offer superior design which maximises engine performance and fuel efficiency while reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions,” Con said. “Our range delivers wide coverage and unique applications for Asian and European cars with original equipment quality and reliability.”
MAF Sensors The mass air flow sensor measures the amount of air volume flowing into a car’s engine and sends the electronic control unit (ECU) a voltage that represents the airflow. “Our improved air flow meter features a new sensing element bypass structure, which significantly reduces contamination of the sensing element for more accurate detection,” Con said. “Our plug-in type sensors allow for easy installation, while being smaller, lighter and easier to mount; and its platinum wire sensing element responds quickly to changes in air flow.”
Ignition Coils Denso explains that its space-saving ignition coil design has been adopted by many of the world’s leading automakers, requiring no high-tension ignition cable whilst fitting neatly into the engine’s spark plug bore. “Our improved coil efficiency reduces the need to generate high voltage. The driving circuit is integrated into the top of the coil and as the coils are small in size, they are light in weight and easy to install,” Con said. Denso is continually expanding its engine management range and has recently released a YouTube video on the topic of Oxygen v O2 Sensors. To see this video, visit to the Denso Australia YouTube Channel. For more information, visit www.denso.com.au
CTEK MXTS 40 CTEK says it leads the way on battery maintenance With almost 50 percent of all vehicles arriving in the workshop with a battery that needs attention, it is important to ensure the battery is properly supported by dedicated battery support equipment. “Battery Support is vital for the supply of ‘clean’ constant voltage for vehicle diagnostics and programming,” CTEK Asia Pacific Director of Sales and Marketing, Robert Briggs, said. “By opting to use a stand-alone battery charger, or not providing any sort of battery support at all, workshops are risking programming failures and damage to vehicle ECUs that can affect workshop efficiency, profitability and reputation.” CTEK explains choosing the right equipment is important for the modern workshop for the following reasons: • Voltage specific: diagnostic work, flashing and reprogramming requires a fixed voltage and ripple free current throughout. For many vehicles, a specified voltage is required across the vehicle system before it will even start communication with diagnostic and/or reprogramming equipment. 38
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• Reaction: during diagnostic and flashing and reprogramming work there may be certain ‘spikes’ in power demands. In order to maintain constant voltage across vehicle systems, any battery support needs to react immediately to avoid voltage drop that can result in diagnostic or programming failure or damage to vehicle ECUs. CTEK says a standard battery charger/maintainer will not react quickly enough. • Using a battery charger: however smart a standard battery charger/maintainer is, it will be working on pre-programmed charging algorithms that will see voltage rise and fall to achieve optimum charge levels – good for charging but not so good when constant voltage is required. This means there may be certain times when battery voltage is above (and of course below) operating levels for diagnostic work, flashing and reprogramming. • De-rating: battery support units deliver high levels of power over a relatively long period of time, and therefore they can generate a lot of heat which can make a unit de-rate. De-rating is where the unit will reduce output levels and charge levels, and at really high temperatures
reduce current output – this can affect the unit’s ability to maintain battery voltage. The CTEK MXTS 40 has both 40A/12V and 20A/24V output and provides selectable constant voltage settings to avoid ECU damage due to voltage fluctuation during programming. As well as the eight-step charge progress display, the MXTS 40 also has an easy to read OLED display to give clear readouts of key charge parameters, including current, voltage and amps charged. It also has a ‘Recond’ mode for reconditioning deeply discharged batteries and a temperature sensor for optimised charging regardless of weather conditions. The CTEK MXTS 40 is available to purchase from Repco/NAPA. For more information, visit www.ctek.com
PROJECTOR HEADLIGHTS NEED DIFFERENT BULBS JW Speaker offers the EVO4000 projector optimised bulb Projector headlights have been with us since the 1980s where they were used in luxury vehicles to deliver an improved performance over traditional reflector style headlights. The combination of the elliptical reflector and the projector lens, which acts as a magnifying glass concentrating the light, creates a more intense pattern in front of the vehicle. This concentration of light has the effect of making the headlight look brighter. Projector headlights also have a more defined, glare reducing, cut-off compared with reflectors, making them safer for oncoming drivers. “Projector headlights were primarily developed for HID Xenon globes for a couple of reasons,” Invision Sales Managing Director, Wayne Blackman, said. “Firstly, the precise cut-off beam ensured no glare to oncoming drivers as Xenon is substantially brighter than Halogen. “Secondly, the regulations require that Xenon lights are self-adjusting and the compact nature of the projector lamps allowed for easy fitting of servo motors to control the aiming of the lamp either
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dynamically or in some cases through a manual switch controlled by the driver. “The design and look of the projector headlights were appealing and they have been adopted by many car manufacturers but using halogen globes. “The negative is that projector headlights don’t perform well with Halogen globes as the light source.” The lighting engineers at JW Speaker understood this and saw LED as the opportunity to create a light source that would see the full potential of projector technology being achieved. The specifically designed projector LED bulb has a V-shaped configuration which is very different to the two-sided LED bulb used in reflector style headlights. The way the light is being reflected and then directed into the glass lens has a two-fold effect. While the reflector is able to focus more of the light evenly into the beam pattern, it also allows the headlights internal shield and lens to function at its optimal level and deliver a precise, clean cut-off.
“Recent testing conducted in a lighting laboratory shows a traditional halogen bulb compared to a JW Speaker EVO4000 projector optimised bulb,” Wayne said. “The results are simply incredible. For a start there is 180 percent more light which is fantastic, but it’s the even distribution over the whole beam pattern that sets a new benchmark. “Added to that is the precise beam cut-off and you become aware that there is no wasted light in this technology. It’s an amazing advancement that will improve the safety of night driving.” For more information, visit www.invisionsales.com or contact Invision Sales on 03 9336 2066.
XTREME OUTBACK EXTRA HEAVY-DUTY UPGRADES SEE MAJOR GROWTH Xtreme Outback says the upgrades have excelled in the market due to high dampening characteristics With the significant changes recently seen in the Australian market, the heavy duty 4x4 and SUV division of Australian Clutch Services, Xtreme Outback, has seen major growth in its Extra HeavyDuty clutch kit range. The significant growth was mainly seen in its 70 Series LandCruiser Extra Heavy-Duty kits which have reportedly proven popular in the tuning market. “We have seen significant growth in the sales of our Extra Heavy-Duty upgrades to suit the VDJ 70 series LandCruiser which we attribute to an increase in the amount of regional travel throughout Australia as well as our significant stock holding around the country,” Australian Clutch Services Managing Director, Brenton Jordan, said. “We have been a consistent supplier of these kits throughout the recent challenges that the Australian aftermarket has experienced. Our VDJ kits have also been in high demand from the tuning market due to their exceptional noise dampening characteristics combined with the significant increase in torque capacity.” The new kits provide 1300kg in clamping force
which is a 58 percent increase over the factory unit. ACS says it achieves this increase without a significant change in pedal effort and without losing the driveability expected for a daily driven vehicle. “These kits have been designed and engineered in-house to provide a great balance between driveability and performance,” Brenton said. “They have also been specifically designed to work with the factory flywheel, although we do offer replacement flywheels where required.” The kits come complete with an Extra Heavy-Duty pressure plate, sprung organic friction disc, release bearing, slave cylinder, alignment tool and pilot bearing. Also included in the range is an optional replacement flywheel, clutch fork, pivot ball and hydraulics including master cylinder and braided clutch line. Xtreme Outback says its Extra Heavy-Duty upgrade for the VDJ 70 Series has excelled in the market due to its high dampening characteristics. “We have received a lot of enquiries from people looking for an upgrade kit that can handle the
increases in torque expected with an aftermarket tune but that can achieve this without significant gearbox rollover noise,” Brenton said. “We utilise an OE style disc that provides exceptional dampening characteristics, minimising any increases in noise, vibration or harshness from the upgrade.” With 2020’s rapidly changing market, Australian Clutch Services says it has been working to enhance its stock holding around the country and is quickly evolving to meet the needs of its nationwide distributor network. “Our extensive stock holding of all clutch components has helped our distributors get fast access to stock over the recent months and we are working hard to ensure our customers continue to have access to the clutch system components they need, when they need it,” Brenton said. For more information on the Xtreme Outback Range of Extra Heavy-Duty upgrades, please call 1800 CLUTCH or email email@example.com
FLEETGUARD FILTERS WITH NANONET Cummins says: there’s media, and then there’s media Today’s tougher governmental regulations mean fuel systems have to be more efficient. These stringent standards have led to the use of High Pressure Common Rail (HPCR) fuel injection systems which require ultra-clean fuel. HPCR systems are more susceptible to damage by contaminants because of smaller component clearances, meaning that clean fuel is more important than ever. Cummins explains that Nanofiber media is the latest technology in filtration. The nanofibers woven into the media help capture and retain contaminants more efficiently, reportedly improving performance by up to 13 times that of standard filters. Unlike traditional media, Cummins says NanoNet media contains no cellulose and is essentially waterproof with a unique composition which will not become waterlogged, and unlike conventional filters, provides the structural integrity needed for a high level of performance throughout filter life. Under real world operating conditions, Cummins says NanoNet has been proven to provide the 42
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ultimate protection for high-pressure common rail fuel systems by eliminating wear-causing contamination and maximising the life of the fuel injection components. It says this substantially improves the reliability of the engine fuel system to reduce downtime and maintenance costs. With 100 percent synthetic NanoNet media that is engineered to last, Cummins says Fleetguard filters have become “the superior choice,” especially in challenging environments. It says the technology is the best at keeping injectors cleaner and optimising fuel atomisation for more complete combustion; and states NanoNet fully protects injectors against the release of particles during engine vibration and fuel surge. As part of Cummins Inc, Cummins Filtration has developed proprietary tests in addition to industry standard testing to evaluate fuel filtration, even in the most adverse conditions. NanoNet media works to remove particles with high efficiency and then retains the particles, even during flow surge and vibration during operating conditions. The testing has led to the development
of greatly improved particle removal and retention under both static and transient conditions. Cummins Filtration says it raises the bar by going above and beyond industry requirements, exceeding standards and setting new levels of performance. It says other manufacturers make claims about their filters and base those claims on results from relatively easy tests that do not simulate real world operating conditions. Cummins Filtration states it utilises a vast array of customised rig-tests, engine test cells and real world on/off Highway fleets to test and prove Fleetguard products under the harshest conditions, with proven field results setting NanoNet media apart from the competition. For more information, visit www.cumminsfiltration.com/ south-pacific/nanonet-fuel-filters
STEERING: BRAKE JUDDER TIPS From TRW TRW has provided the following information about brake judder, defined as rotational vibrations of the steering wheel that can occur during braking, usually accompanied by a booming noise. Depending on the cause, it can be divided into thermal judder, which occurs during deceleration from high speeds, and cold judder, which can occur at any speed.
Hot/thermal judder ‘Thermal judder’ is a booming noise in a frequency range between 100 and 250 Hz. The intensity of the booming can vary during deceleration but does not affect braking. It is normally accompanied by vibrations in the steering wheel and a pulsation in the brake pedal. The effects of hot judder can usually be identified by a circular arrangement of spots on the friction surfaces of the brake disc. This martensite formation is harder than the basic structure of the disc material and can be removed only by machining. When repairing a disc with martensitic spots, make sure to completely remove the hardened areas without reaching or falling short of the minimum thickness of the brake disc.
Cold judder ‘Cold judder’ occurs during normal braking and can be identified by pulsation in the brake pedal, torque fluctuations in the steering wheel and/or vibration of axle and chassis components. Cold judder can occur virtually every time the brake is applied, regardless of temperature, and has a much lower frequency range (about five to 50 HZ) than thermal judder. These noises can be louder or quieter depending on the speed. The main cause of cold judder is the thickness variation in the brake discs. Defective bearing parts and wheel imbalances can also increase the effect, as with thermal juddering.
Analysis In most cases, judder is caused by several factors, making it difficult to clearly identify the root cause. Below are some general steps to follow: • Determine whether the judder is coming from the front or rear axle. • Check brake components (brake pedal, brake booster, master cylinder, brake lines, brake hoses, wheel brakes). If replacing components, make sure to replace brake pads and brake discs, brake drums and brake shoes in complete axle sets. • Check the wheels for balance, axial runout, radial runout and the condition of the tyre tread. • Check the axle settings, wheel suspension, steering components and adjust/ repair as necessary. For more information, visit www.aftermarket.zf.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
WORLD-FIRST HYDRAULIC ABS TESTING TECHNOLOGY Invented by local manufacturing innovator, Injectronics Injectronics says it has invented a world-first technology that fully function tests both the electronic and hydraulic components within the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) modules. Injectronics’ in-house research and development team has reportedly exclusively designed and developed the Electronic and Hydraulic ABS Tester (eHAT) equipment that accurately diagnoses faults within the ABS modules and hydraulic brake boosters. Uniquely testing the electronic and hydraulic components, eHAT performs comprehensive full function analysis that includes pump motor current, valve actuation operation, accumulator function, pressure sensor and speed sensor input testing. The diagnostic procedures create a thorough report that pinpoints the fault or issue within the system; like internal fluid leaks, pressure sensor or switch faults, pressure accumulator leakage or defective solenoid valves. Injectronics says that prior to this groundbreaking technology, technicians were able to test the electronic system of the ABS using a Virtual
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Automotive Simulator (VAS) – as well as limited hydraulics testing – but there was no such thing as a combined electronics and hydraulic test system. It says this meant that hydraulic blocks were generally replaced with a new or second-hand unit without truly understanding what the problem was or whether it could be fixed. Now, the eHAT system checks hydraulic circuits by feeding brake fluid through the ABS hydraulics. It then function tests the motors, valves, pressure sensors and accumulators under simulated vehicle driving conditions. “We are very proud of the initiative shown by our first-class team of engineers to identify and develop this ground-breaking testing and analysis technology,” IM Group Executive General Manager, Gino Ricciuti, said. “The eHAT system is a solution focussed technology that will benefit workshops and customers globally and meet the future needs within the ever-changing Automotive aftermarket industry.” Injectronics has developed full eHAT testing
procedures for the Toyota Camry 40 series, Toyota Prius Gen2 Hybrid Brake Booster (HBB) and the Mercedes Benz E Class’s Sensotronic Brake Control (SBC) unit, while testing is being developed for Toyota Landcruiser Prado, Lexus, and Mitsubishi Pajero HBB models. Matched to passenger vehicles and heavy-duty trucks, Injectronics eventually plans to have eHAT protocols for every major car and truck brand. It says the technology is also perfectly suited to all ATE branded ABS modules such as MK60, MK61 and MK70, as well as Bosch branded ABS modules such as ABS/ESP 8.0 and 8.1, plus the ESP 9 system. For more information, visit www.im-group.com.au
NEW TIME SAVING TOOL G & G Technics launches GGT-150 Ford Mustang V8 Harmonic Balancer Puller G & G Technics is a designer and manufacturer of tools for Automotive repairers and says it is pleased to announce the release of a new tool, the GGT-150 Balancer Puller to suit the late model Ford Mustang V8. Based in Brisbane for nearly 20 years, G & G Technics is proudly Australian and explains that it designs a range of time saving tools which all enable workshops to save time on repairs and help to increase profitability. G & G Technics explains that the new V8 Mustang (model year 2018 – current model) features a new style of balancer, requiring a completely new design approach to solve the problem.
It says the new GGT-150 design works in a similar format to its existing pullers, that clip-in and remove the Balancer without having to remove the radiator. Previously, removing the Balancer required the use of a three-jaw type puller, which also put pressure on the outside of the balancer and can put unnecessary strain on the balancer. Complementing G & G Technics’ range of tools, the GGT-150 will reportedly be perfect for Ford workshops, performance specialists and any general workshop that services the Mustangs. The GGT-150 is the latest in the G & G Technics range of Harmonic Balancer Pullers, that covers most vehicles requiring a specialised Puller. G & G Technics products also include Ball Joint removers and Installers, Axle Bearing Removal tools and Bush removal/replacement tools, including the “very popular” GGT-400S2 Mini Press which G & G Technics says has found a home in almost every workshop in Australia. Designing quality tools since 2003, G & G Technics
products are available from all leading outlets in Australia and New Zealand. A select range of tools is also available in the USA through both major retailers of auto parts, and Automotive specialty shops. G & G Technics is also proud to be part of AAAA, and says it appreciates the support it has received when promoting the products in trade shows in the United States. To review products from G & G Technics, please visit www.ggtechnics.com.au
ECO FRIENDLY CAR CARE From Carcadia With more than 35 years of experience in servicing the automotive industry, Carcadia says it offers an extensive range of products including air fresheners, EV car cables, waterless car wash products and more.
Waterless car wash products: No-H2O Todays’ customer expects car mechanics will not only service their car, but also return them clean. With No-H2O it says you can wash the car anywhere at anytime, without even taking the car off the hoist – offering a solution that saves time and money while ensuring you stay aligned with industry trends. Carcadia explains that its No-H2O product is an innovative waterless car washing product that emulsifies dirt particles and then safely absorbs those particles into a microfibre cloth. The positive charge in the product combined with a negative charge in the microfibre cloth reportedly creates a highly effective solution to washing cars, motorbikes and bicycles. Carcadia says the product is scratch-free and does not use water compared to traditional car washes that it says can waste approximately 132 litres per wash.
Special offer for AAAA members Carcadia is offering a special AAAA members offer – buy a Pro Detailer waterless carwash kit that lasts around 40 car washes and you will receive 36 air fresheners for free. The package is valued at $279 however AAAA members can access it for $135. For more information, visit www.carcadia.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
MAXILAMP SEQUENTIAL INDICATOR With all new glow track design Generally reserved for high-end European vehicles and becoming ever-increasingly popular within Australia are dynamic style rear lighting for vehicles and trailers. LED Autolamps, in their efforts to continue to innovate and release new products, says it now has a comprehensive range of modern rear lighting with the flagship of the range being its latest Maxilamp series. LED Autolamps says this new benchmark for style and design will have your customer’s vehicle and trailer looking amazing but more importantly, will make you shine brighter than everyone else. It states these lamps include specially designed integrated circuitry with the latest in LED lighting technology and a quality “that’s second to none.” “The first thing you notice is its sleek black chrome clean lines surrounded by the outer ring of the diffused lens tail function,” LED Autolamps Managing Director, Tony Ottobre, said.
and trailers measuring 387mm x 105mm and the 520 series for larger vehicles and trailers which measures 520mm x 141mm. LED Autolamps says any signs of screws or fittings have been cleverly hidden with an innovative new mounting base design. This feature allows surface mounting with screws and permits the main lamp to be clipped securely into place, completely concealing the base for a neat, clean finish. As well as exceeding the required standards with stringent ECE approvals, LED Autolamps says these lamps will not only enhance and make your particular application shine but also ensure your vehicle/trailer is road legal and compliant in all states of Australia. The lamps possess a serviceable 9-32 Voltage range, as well as low operational current draw, which LED Autolamps says makes them perfect for a wide variety of applications and battery systems.
“The real magic happens when in active mode, the sequential indicators light up in a dynamic sequence. Super bright stop lamps, as well as reverse lamps, give all road users clear notice of your vehicle’s intentions.
“LED Autolamps as always produce products designed and manufactured to last, so don’t worry, these lamps are extremely tough, constructed using UV resistant high impact plastics and are sealed and tested to IP67 testing standards,” Tony said.
It will not matter if you have a 4x4, tray truck, caravan or semi-trailer, there is an option that will suit your needs. LED says it offers two handy sizes with the 385 series for small to medium vehicles
“Vibration and impact resistance with no moving parts ensures these lights are made fit for purpose and up to any challenge in Australia’s harshest road environments.
“Our entire operation is certified to ISO9001:2015, the internationally recognised Quality Management Standard and our main production facility are certified to IATF16949:2016 standards, your guarantee of conformity of production, exceptional service, technical expertise, and dedicated after-sales care.” The lamps are available in bulk as well as a twin retail blister pack with a handy function simulator button included, so your customers can see a sample of the dynamic sequential Indication as well as incredible light output of the diffused tail functions. LED Autolamps says this is an excellent sales feature, perfect for the aftermarket parts resellers. Distinctive in design and with “unparalleled quality,” the new Maxilamp Rear Combination offers a five-year warranty. “If you want to provide your customers something different that will give you the WOW factor you are after, then check out our website and search for sequential or give us a call,” Tony said. For more information, visit www.ledautolamps.com or call 03 9466 7075.
EXTEND ENGINE AND TURBOCHARGER LIFE Introducing the Hummingbird Idle Timer Hummingbird Electronics says its Idle Timer (HMLI003) keeps an engine running for a prespecified period after the ignition has been turned to the off position, allowing the engine and its turbocharger to cool down safely. It says this avoids premature turbo wear and failure and saves you money on costly repairs or replacements. The timer is also settable and lockable, putting you in control, and it has an override switch if an immediate engine shut down is required.
Powerful performance The Idle Timer is designed for a quick and easy installation with the ignition input and output wire connected directly in series with the vehicle’s ignition supply. Idle time can be set between one and five minutes using four dip-switches that can be found under the lid of the device. 50
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An optional override input allows an operator to bypass the cool-down period and instantly turn the engine off. A key-off output signal is available for auxiliary power functions. An LED output allows for a visual indication for the operator. When the ignition is turned off, the LED will flash, indicating the idle time in minutes and will then stay on for the idle time.
Rugged Designed for harsh automotive environments, the module features transient voltage protection on the supply and short circuit protection. The Idle Timing module is suitable for use in both 12V and 24V vehicles. It is supplied in a rugged aluminium enclosure with provision for screw mounting when required, and a red LED inside is provided to give the user status information.
Key features: • 12/24V vehicle compatibility
• Connected directly in series to the existing key ignition output wire • Key off output for auxiliary power • Internal 10A relay • Bypass switch • Lockable device Hummingbird says it offers a range of userconfigurable idle timers and isolation trip switches to tailor vehicle specific actions to suit any worksite or environment. It says these are Australian Made and backed by its “unmatched customer service.” Hummingbird is proudly part of the REDARC Group. To view the full range, visit www.hmbe.com.au/idle-timers
COMPUTER-BASED BOSCH DAS 3000 CALIBRATION DEVICE Complete professional solution for efficient adjustment and calibration of front radars and cameras An increasing number of modern passenger cars, vans and LCVs are equipped with driver assistance systems which detect critical situations via camera systems and radar sensors, warning the driver and intervening in case of imminent danger. Automotive workshops thus have to calibrate these systems more frequently once they complete repair or maintenance tasks. Utilising its DAS 3000, Bosch now provides a universal, computer-based calibration and adjustment device for driver assistance systems. Its vehicle specific calibration targets make DAS 3000 suitable for vehicles of all common manufacturers. The system works in combination with the Bosch diagnostic software Esitronic 2.0 and a diagnostic tester. Bosch says this flexible and complete solution provides workshops with quick access to different diagnostic procedures for the calibration of driver assistance systems for different vehicle manufacturers.
Digital distance measurement and alignment towards the vehicle The scope of delivery includes a multi-functional XL VW-group calibration target, used for both the calibration of front cameras and vertically installed for radar calibration. Coloured retainers allow quick and easy mounting of the calibration targets at predefined vehicle-specific positions. Bosch says this results in very short set-up times. Digitally integrated cameras and guided software
routines measure the distance towards the vehicle and the alignment towards the driving axle. Bosch explains this ensures quick and accurate positioning of the DAS 3000 in front of the vehicle, thus increasing the efficiency of workshop routines. It also includes a high-precision measurement bar, taking up the vehicle-specific calibration targets of the Bosch multi-target shop. The calibration device is said to be easy and flexible to set up on headlight test bays and on ground-mounted lifts alike, due to the height adjustable offset. For comfortable and easy manoeuvring at the workshop, the unit is equipped with large wheels by a spring-loaded stamp brake to ensure firm and stable positioning. In addition, there is also a large rack for the diagnostic computer. Specifically developed for everyday use at workshops, Bosch says it also offers robust tablet computers and diagnostic testers complementing the DAS 3000.
The calibration of driver assistance systems is supported by the integrated Esitronic 2.0 workshop software. KTS 5-series communication modules work with both OBD vehicle interfaces and new Ethernet-based (DoIP) interfaces. With their optimised â€œpass-thru interface,â€? the KTS modules also provide straightforward access to the vehicle manufacturer portals.
For body shops and workshop professionals Calibration of camera systems and sensors have become an increasingly common part of everyday workshop life. After accident repairs, windshield replacement and replacement of defective sensors or even after performing tuning measures, the systems require readjustment. Bosch says its DAS 3000 supports the workshop staff if troubleshooting occurs on the assistance systems, general adjustment or service tasks, thus ensuring high efficiency, and quality at the workshop. For more information, contact Bosch Automotive Service Solutions on 1300 783 031 or AA-AS.firstname.lastname@example.org Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
ENHANCING LED HEADLIGHT PERFORMANCE JW Speaker LED Bulb Kits have been engineered to offer a precision beam pattern Invision Sales says JW Speaker understands a single bulb design cannot meet the wide and varied requirements of each vehicle, which is why the company embarked on a range of specifically designed products. The engineered globes reportedly achieve the ultimate LED performance in each vehicle application with bulbs optimised for projector and reflector headlights, high beam and low beam and specific vehicles. “A one globe fits all is simply not good enough with today’s vehicles as it can mean the headlight system won’t perform correctly,” Invision Sales Managing Director, Wayne Blackman, said. “A globe that is not engineered for a specific headlight system can pull down the overall lighting performance and be dangerous to oncoming drivers. “Without precisely positioned LED chips and shields, the high and low beam cut off is not exact and can cause uncontrolled light flare.” Invision Sales says the JW Speaker LED Bulb Kits have been engineered to offer a precision beam
pattern, meaning there is no glare for oncoming traffic and gives the driver a full spread of light on the road in the areas they need it. The spread of light is also said to be incredibly even, meaning there are no hot-spots or dark patches across the road. LED lighting delivers massive advantages to professional drivers, 4WD enthusiasts, transport and mining industries in bulb life, driver comfort and financial savings. On top of that, JW Speaker LED lighting is said to be vibration resistant, will operate in extreme high and low temperatures and delivers the highest quality precision light source for an optimal beam pattern.
Harness Kits available which may be required for some vehicles.
Invision Sales says the Model 4000 Evolution is “the ultimate in LED bulb performance, improving headlight output up to 180 percent compared to standard halogen bulbs while the Direct Fit range replaces a standard halogen bulb without extra cabling.”
Invision Sales says JW Speaker is a world leading LED lighting manufacturer which produces technologically advanced products for leading OEM and aftermarket customers around the world, with its range of LED products reportedly covering “just about every application imaginable.”
The range also includes specialist kits, fog, signalling and a comprehensive line-up of round and rectangular inserts. There are also Canbus
To see the range of LED conversion kits and heavy-duty LED lighting solutions, visit www.invisionsales.com or for further information, contact Invision Sales on 03 9336 2066.
With so many options in the range, the JW Speaker LED headlight bulbs are said to be ideal for the car, 4WD, transport, mining and agricultural markets – simply take out the old bulb and plug in the new LED, it’s that easy.
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NEW 0W-20 OFFER FROM CASTROL
Available from Motorsport Brakes
Giving workshops the edge
Many performance minded drivers with performance cars like to use their cars as they were designed – thankfully! Many of these drivers take these cars to track days and club events and need all the braking they can muster, but Motorsport Brakes says these cars are often under-braked from factory and fitted with friction material not intended for this type of work. Motorsport Brakes says this means they fall short in terms of temperature ability and wear rates, so the friction material needs to be upgraded. Motorsport Brakes explains that Winmax W3 brake pads are a semi-steel based compound suitable for performance and light trackday use. It says low steel properties mean this pad is popular for those looking to upgrade to exceptional performance without compromising on too much comfort.
With the lubricant demands of the Australian carparc evolving faster than ever, multi-spec SAE 0W-20 engine oils have rapidly become a “must have” on workshop floors across Australia. It is for this reason Castrol says it has just launched its “most advanced 0W-20 product” to date: Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5. Carrying the latest API SP and ILSAC GF-6 specifications, as well as the ACEA C5 industry specification, Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5 is suitable for a wide range of vehicles including the likes of Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Reportedly going further than equivalent 0W-20 products in the Australian market, Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5 also holds an extensive range of the latest OEM approvals from Mercedes-Benz, Ford and GM. While using the right product for the right vehicles is vital to maintain warranty validity – and to avoid increasingly common challenges in new vehicles like Low Speed Pre-Ignition (LSPI) – Castrol says its Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5 goes further to unlock true engine performance.
Naturally with increased friction and temperature ability, the chances increase of some brake noise and increased ‘dust’. But this is not always the case though, says Motorsport Brakes, which states Winmax W3 is the perfect cross-over pad that will perform when needed most. Further, it says the bonus is that they work from ambient temperature as well, so there is no need to warm them up before the daily commute. Motorsport Brakes carries Winmax W3 in over 100 pad shapes including standard OEM calipers right through to upgrade kit options. Motorsport Brakes explains it was established to supply premium brake friction products to the Australian and NZ performance and competition markets. The company says it is now the world’s largest brake pad distributor for Winmax Corp and it also distributes world class racing brake pad brand, Circo Racing Brake Pads. All Australian distribution of Winmax and Circo products is warehoused at the MSB base in Yatala, Queensland. The business operates inventory management software which allows for B2B access by Trade and Wholesale partners for all stock and ‘overnight’ purchases. For more information, visit www.motorsportbrakes.com.au 56
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An advanced full synthetic engine oil, Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5 is formulated with patented Fluid TITANIUM which Castrol says transforms its physical structure to be stronger under
pressure to keep metal apart and reduce friction for maximum engine performance when drivers need it most. If further proof of the performance credentials of Castrol EDGE 0W-20 C5 was required, Castrol explains that the product has also been pushed to the very limit by Kelly Racing in their Supercars during the team’s 2019 campaign where it was used during the grueling Bathurst 1000. In the words of Rick Kelly: “Castrol’s commitment to innovation gives us the confidence that we can perform at the top of Australian motorsport.” To discover the full Castrol range, visit www.castrol.com.au or speak to Castrol’s Technical Helpline team on 1300 557 998.
TUNGSRAM GLOBES Manufactured in Europe Invision Sales says Tungsram is a European manufacturing success story that began over 120 years ago. It says the company has held true to its principles and maintained the highest quality standards while resisting the temptation to manufacture in Asia as many other brands have. “In a world where the term premium quality is used regularly, Tungsram are able to back it up with their European manufacturing and the highest OE standards. So when they say Premium, they mean European Premium,” Invision Sales Managing Director, Wayne Blackman, said.
you’re fitting original equipment quality that has been manufactured in Europe.
“The Tungsram slogan, Innovation is our heritage, is the core belief of the company as they continue the proud tradition of European creativity and innovation.
Even in these uncertain times, Invision Sales says Tungsram is looking to the future with investment continuing into new technologies for a dynamically growing global market.
“When you fit Tungsram globes to your customer’s vehicle, you can be assured that
For further information visit www.invisionsales.com or call Invision Sales on 03 9336 2066.
“What this means to the Australian market is the return of the Tungsram brand, with made in Europe bulbs, manufactured in the same GE plants.”
EGR ROLLTRAC New smart electric roll cover launched by EGR Group EGR Group has launched the EGR RollTrac – a smart electric roll cover for dual cab utes. EGR Group says the new EGR RollTrack is “described as the world’s best electric tonneau cover that fully integrates into a vehicle’s electrical system.” The cover features a lightly textured black powder coat, is both water resistant and scratch resistant, and boasts a host of design features to keep cargo safe and secure from the harsh conditions in Australia. EGR RollTrac has reportedly been tested in extreme conditions to OEM standards to deliver what EGR Group calls the best all-weather performance. It features an innovative aluminium interlocking slat system that prevents water from penetrating and is flush mounted to the tailgate panel to ensure any surface water is immediately displaced. The same interlocking slat system design is also what gives the tonneau cover its “incredible” strength, preventing it from being slashed or cut. EGR Group explains the cover also locks in the
vehicle tailgate via claw hook style catches, affording users “the best security in the market” while an anti-pinch feature prevents anything from being caught between the cover and the tailgate. EGR Group says this new product is the result of more than three years of Research and Development and has been built to the same exacting standards shared by leading automotive manufacturers. It states the EGR RollTrac integrates with remote central locking, so a separate key is not required. Onboard buttons are neatly integrated into the rear corner on both side rails so that the cover can be opened/closed from either side of the vehicle. The cover only works when the vehicle is unlocked, and a smart ECU-controlled operation is pre-programmed to the vehicle and includes onboard fail safes to prevent using valuable energy if the vehicle battery is running low. A manual override feature is included, and an automatic internal LED light provides visibility in the rear in poor lighting conditions.
EGR Group General Manager – Sales and Marketing, Noel O’Malley, believes the roll top tonneau cover is the world’s best. “We’ve looked at all of the issues that dual cab owners have with ‘traditional’ tonneau covers and designed and innovated our way around them,” Noel said. “We know drivers are principally concerned about safety/security and water ingress, and the costs of stolen tools or damaged equipment, and so our interlocking slat system addresses these issues and more. “We know they need to be tough, but look good, and the black powder finish looks stylish enough to complement any vehicle.” For more information, visit www.egrrolltrac.com.au
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PHILIPS ULTINON ESSENTIAL GEN 2 LED LAUNCHED Philips says its new generation LED headlight can give your car a new stylish look Philips says its stylish new Philips Ultinon Essential Gen 2 LED is the surefire way to get your car looking like a million dollars without spending a fortune. It says the new headlight not only looks great but will help you see better too, providing up to 50 percent more vision compared to the minimum legal standard for halogen bulbs.
Light, right where you need it The 6,500 Kelvin light has the razor-sharp brightness that only LED can offer and the precise optical design projects the beam, ensuring the beam is projected onto the road, right where it is needed. The adjustable connector rings that are included with Philips Ultinon Essential LED are said to provide optimal performance through the correct bulb positioning in the headlamp unit. Philips says this means you will be able to spot obstacles faster and drive with more confidence, plus you will avoid blinding other drivers with dangerous glare.
A light that can take the heat To perform at its best, an LED bulb must be able to handle the heat. Philips says that it is failure to do that which makes so many inferior LEDs fail. Philips Ultinon uses dual heat-management technology, cooling the bulb to help it function at peak efficiency. An in-built fan provides active cooling while a large, radiating aluminium heatsink maximises airflow to dissipate the heat. So, explains Philips, the heat escapes quickly and the bulb always performs at the brightest level. It says superior heat management also means a longer lasting bulb.
Easy fit for most types of car Philips Ultinon Essential LED integrates the driver-box electronics into the bulb body, with Philips stating that even the smallest headlamps have space to take the compact footprint of these bulbs. It says installation is quick and easy for professional mechanics, and states the Philips Ultinon has the added versatility of working with
both 12 and 24 volt electrical systems, helping make them compatible with most types of car. Philips says the Ultinon Essentials Gen2 is the latest addition to its “world-leading” LED range, with a bulb to suit most needs including the Philips X-treme Ultinon LED with patented ‘SafeBeam’ technology, allowing you to project a 200 percent brighter light wherever you need it. Philips Ultinon Essential LED bulbs are available in headlight LED-HL [≈H1], [≈H3], [≈H4], [≈H7], [≈H11], [≈HB3/HB4], [≈HIR2, and LED-FOG [≈H8/H11/H16]. For more information, visit www.philips.com.au
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HSP’S SILVERBACK COOLDRIVE CHARGES UP Now even more affordable Every tradie needs a reliable cover to protect their goods, and by extension, their livelihood. Thankfully with the popularity of utes in Australia there is an enormous range of goods on offer. There are so many ways you can cover your tub from canopies, to hard lids and roll tops as well as soft covers. All of these have different advantages and disadvantages. HSP says to get a reputable locking cover that is secure and has a list of features similar to the Silverback lid costs generally from around $2,000 to $3,000. “At HSP we wanted to even the playing field for people out there,” HSP 4x4 Director, Massih Aimaq, said.
“Not everybody can afford or justify that kind of money for a cover, so they generally settle for a soft tonneau, which is extremely susceptible to theft, so we created the Silverback Hard lid. “The Silverback Range is a brand-new line of hard lids from HSP. It has been designed for the user that wants a multipurpose cover offering outstanding security, visual aesthetics, and load carrying capability at a cost-effective price of just $1,299.00. “The unit is made from tough and strengthened fiberglass and boasts a huge list of additional features such as a carpeted interior, quick release pin hinges, and cross bar compatibility while also allowing the user to load items in and out of their tub via the tailgate. “Installation is also extremely simple and takes less than an hour, which makes the Silverback a fantastic option for those who want all the great features of a cover at a cheaper product and fitting price. “The other fantastic thing about the Silverback Hard lid is that it is 100 percent manufactured and made in Australia, so you are actively helping keep jobs in Australia.” For more information about HSP products, visit www.hsputelids.com
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With HULK Professional Series Battery Chargers New to CoolDrive Auto Parts’ comprehensive product offering is a brand-new range of Battery Chargers from the HULK Professional Series. CoolDrive says the range is considered to be amongst the most powerful and reliable units on the market. It explains that all six battery chargers in the range are MCU controlled, which enables the units to charge batteries much faster and safer than traditional battery chargers. Each of the units feature a XB2 smart processor which automatically diagnoses, recovers, charges and maintains batteries. These new offerings from the HULK Professional Series are multi-stage, fully automatic, switch mode battery chargers and maintainers, capable of charging a variety of Lead Acid batteries including Wet/Flooded, GEL, AGM, MF, Calcium and EFB, as well as Lithium rechargeable batteries on selected models. The range consists of a 1 Amp 6/12V Battery
Charger Maintainer; 3.8 Amp 12V Versatile Battery Charger Maintainer; 7.5 Amp 12/24V All Purpose Battery Charger; 15 Amp 12/24V Powerful Battery Charger; 25 Amp 12/24V Workshop Battery Charger; and a 12V 16 Amp 4 in 1 Battery Charger Maintainer. The 7.5 Amp to 25 Amp units also feature a power supply mode. The HULK Professional Series battery chargers can be purchased on an optional branded merchandiser display stand, perfect for resellers and workshops. Also available from CoolDrive are accessories to suit the HULK Professional Range. For further information and specifications, visit www.cooldrive.com.au
REPEATED CSC HOLDEN CRUZE FAILURES Exedy Australia has received reports of repeated concentric slave cylinder failures in Holden Cruze models Exedy says these failures are occurring during bleeding of the hydraulic circuit following clutch replacement and initial investigations confirmed the replacement clutch and dual mass flywheel were like for like with the originals. A focus on the overall clutch operating system was undertaken and inspection of the failed slave cylinders found them to have over-stroked, causing fluid to leak from the front of the cylinder body. As the hydraulic circuit under normal condition operates with a 1:1 fluid transfer, the over-stroking of the cylinders indicate an obstruction within the hydraulic circuit. Exedy says further discussions with the workshop revealed the clutch master cylinder had already been replaced in an effort to eliminate this as a contributing factor. The circuit had also been flushed several times to rule out contamination, leaving only the hydraulic delivery line and associated fittings as areas for concern. After further detailed inspection, Exedy was able to verify that during removal of the original
concentric slave cylinder, a rubber seal/grommet situated on the end of the inlet fitting had dislodged and remained within the bleeder fitting (or elbow) of the hydraulic delivery line. The vehicle was successfully re-assembled and drove away following removal of this obstruction. Exedy explains while it is possible for fluid to pass into the cylinder during the bleeding process, forced fitment of the replacement concentric slave cylinder (including new grommet) had subsequently created a check valve like situation. In this condition where the fluid could not return back through delivery line, the end result is that the cylinder over fills and leaks because it has exceeded its limit of travel. Technical Bulletin (Note 107) is included in all related Exedy clutch kits to inform fitters of this concern. For more from Exedy, visit www.exedy.com.au
DAYCO CONTINUES EXTENSIVE PRODUCT RANGE GROWTH Timing Chain Kits and Heavy Duty range Dayco says it continues to lead the way with its premium quality range of engine belts, engine belt kits and more recently, with its Timing Chain Kits. The extensive range of direct-fit Dayco Timing Chain Kits reportedly combine the benefits of the company’s world class design and engineering expertise in toothed belt power transmission systems along with Dayco’s in-depth knowledge of functional requirements of popular local Asian and European vehicle makes and models. All Dayco Timing Chain Kits include: • Synergic design of each entire kit (chain, guides, tensioner, gears and seals); • High robustness and proven reliability on test benches and in vehicle fleet testing; • High strength steel, precision machined tensioners to ensure reduced internal clearances for optimum control and management of the timing chain tension; • High strength plastic guides manufactured with glass fibres for additional strength; and • High strength moulding steel or sintered steel manufactured gears with specific heat treatments applied for the hardening of the toothed area surfaces. In addition to Dayco’s range of Timing Belt Kits, the global company has extended its Heavy Duty vehicle aftermarket product range to include premium quality water pumps, coolant expansion tanks, thermostats and radiator caps. Covering the most popular Heavy Duty vehicle brands including Western Star, Kenworth, Mercedes, Scania DAF, MAN, Dayco says the Heavy Duty range also continues to grow in line with repairer and operator demand. The new Dayco Heavy Duty range of water pumps, coolant expansion tanks, thermostats and radiator caps cover most Heavy Duty commercial vehicles used in Australia. Dayco says it has a renowned history in the design and manufacturing of Heavy Duty engine drive systems, thermal management and performance components. The company developed its first Heavy Duty Poly Rib Belt for Diesel engines back in 1959. Dayco also designed and developed the first ever flat spring belt tensioner for heavy duty engine applications in 1984. Globally, Dayco supplies more than 90 percent of the Heavy Duty Original Equipment market with engine belts and tensioners, providing Australia’s Heavy Duty repairers and fleet operators with the same or better quality than that demanded from the world’s leading Heavy Duty vehicle manufacturers. All Dayco Heavy Duty replacement engine components have been designed to meet the higher torque and power pulses exerted by today’s diesel engines. Dayco says that its application range, premium quality engineering and manufacturing along with constant application updating combine with unrivalled product availability and distribution to place Dayco Australia in a field of its own in relation to all of your engine drive and thermal management component requirements. To find out more, visit www.dayco.com or contact Dayco Australia customer service by calling 03 9794 4466 or speak to your Dayco distributor. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
PERSONAL CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS DRIVES SNAP-ON FORWARD Snap-on Tools take pride of place in thousands of professional automotive workshops across Australia
Every day, mechanics and service technicians rely on Snap-on Tools to get the job done quickly, correctly and safely the first time; without fail. “Snap-on was started in 1920 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by Joseph Johnson, who had an idea that would revolutionise automotive repair and make work easier for professional technicians,” Snap-on National Product and Marketing Manager, Adam Wright, said. “He invented five unique handles and ten sockets that snapped on interchangeably, and this is how our legendary Snap-on wrench and brand was started.” Joseph Johnson was certainly an innovator. His vision extended beyond tool design when he decided to develop a unique distribution model in which Snap-on Tools would be sold directly to technicians at their place of work. “Our unique distribution model, combined with our extensive range of quality tools, sets us apart,” Adam explained. “We are committed to building robust relationships and by taking our products and visiting customers every week, we get deep insights that help drive new product development and provide a level of service that other brands just can’t match.” In 1931 Snap-on expanded internationally and is now represented in more than 130 countries worldwide with more than 4,900 mobile stores globally.
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Snap-on expanded into Australia over 30 years ago and today has 180 mobile stores spread across Australia and New Zealand. “Over the last 100 years, Snap-on’s resilience has seen us overcome several global crises including the great depression, WW2, various conflicts around the world, the GFC and now the COVID-19 pandemic,” Adam said. “Throughout all of these events, our fundamental business model has remained unchanged, and technicians can still rely on Snap-on to get the right tools for the job so they can keep essential transportation systems running, even in the most challenging times.” Today, Snap-on says it is considered by many as
the world’s foremost professional tool brand. “Our business has evolved into a complete mobile retail showroom that brings Power Tools, Hand Tools, Diagnostic Tools and Software, Tool Storage and workshop equipment directly to technicians at their place of work,” Adam commented. “Our main product groups are Hand Tools, Power Tools, Tool Storage, Diagnostics, and Workshop Equipment. From the initial offering of five handles and ten sockets, today Snap-on has more than 65,000 SKUs. “We have developed a deep product offering. For example, we have more than 100 different ratchet models available to cover every ratcheting need. “In just our sockets alone, we have over 3,500 different sizes and configurations ranging in size from 1/8-inch to eight-inch.” While the range of Snap-on hand tools such as wrenches and sockets are iconic, its 14.4v and 18v power tools and high-quality tool storage solutions have also become a staple in the automotive industry. “We have also become the market leader in Diagnostic Scan Tools,” Adam said. “Our latest innovation, Zeus, is the smartest scan tool in the market, providing guided tests to eliminate guesswork and avoid customer comebacks. And our new Solus Legend essentially combines two tools in one by providing vehicle and motorcycle coverage.” To show its commitment to attracting new talent into the automotive industry, Snap-on recently released its updated Starter Kits, which it says provide excellent value for apprentices starting
out in the industry or anyone building their tool collection. “We have an extensive range of Starter Kits, each specifically designed to suit a variety of needs, requirements, and budgets,” Adam said. “There are 20 options available that range between 170-piece tool kits to 318-piece tool kits. “Our latest Starter Kit offering comes with our 55” Classic Series Rollcab plus tool control foam for hand tools and power tools; which allows technicians to work more efficiently.” As you would expect, Snap-on’s primary customers are professional technicians. “You won’t find our products at your local hardware; our products are for professional technicians and workshops,” Adam commented. “We also have an Industrial Division that services Aviation, Defense, Mining, and many other industrial markets.”
Snap-on says it sets itself apart from the competition by offering a massive range of products and through a heavy investment in R&D to drive constant innovation that is unrivaled. “But it’s not just about the quality of our products, it’s also about the customer experience,” Adam said. “Our franchisees visit our customers every week at their workshops, and we believe that if a customer is going to be on our truck for 10 minutes every week, we want that 10 minutes to be the highlight of that technician’s week! “We believe that as long as our franchisees are doing this every week, with every customer, then our customers will stick with us.” This unique distribution model provides franchisees with the opportunity to develop personal relationships with customers. “They all know their customers by name and often
they’ll be invited to customer parties and BBQs,” Adam said. “I can’t imagine many retail staff from other industries or trade suppliers developing these kinds of relationships with their customers.” Since it began with an idea that would revolutionise the auto industry in the boom time of the 1920s, Snap-on’s primary goal has been to provide productivity solutions for technicians. “Innovation is key to our continued success,” said Adam. “From our initial offering of five handles of different configurations and ten sockets of varying dimensions that would ‘Snap-on’ to each other interchangeably, our commitment to innovation has been unwavering. “That small range of innovative hand tools launched our business and changed the industry forever.” Today, Snap-on says it remains at the forefront of R&D and product innovation, with more than 3,300 active and pending patents throughout the world. “Our business model combined with the strength and heritage of our brand is a key competitive advantage,” explained Adam. “The strength of our brands comes from 100 years of heritage and our franchisees visiting customers every week and telling our story. Because of the quality of our tools, often they are passed down through generations.” Snap-on is currently focusing on expanding its franchise network so that they can reach more customers across Australia and New Zealand to meet their growing demands. “We are well known for the premium quality of our tools, but what is less known is the strength of our award-winning franchise opportunity,” Adam explained. “For anyone looking for a business opportunity and to be part of our legendary brand, we offer low start-up fees, no ongoing royalty fees or expensive property leases, and a business that typically trades from Monday to Friday.” When a new franchisee joins Snap-on, they attend four to six weeks of training with specialist-trainers and the Snap-on support team so that they hit the ground running. When quizzed about the value of Snap-on’s AAAA Membership, Adam provided a great insight into the value the association offers. “The AAAA provides many services, but their ability to help us network with our members and supporting them with up-to-the-minute industry information delivers huge value,” Adam said. “In addition, attending and participating in tradeshows is a great benefit to us.” To find out more about Snap-on’s extensive range or to enquire about franchise opportunities, please visit www.snapontools.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
CoolDrive showcases air-con solutions in latest catalogue Maintaining its aim to be a one-stop shop for workshops, CoolDrive Auto Parts has released its annual Tools and Equipment catalogue. CoolDrive’s latest catalogue details its comprehensive offerings, with over 300 individual products featured across 60 pages. Air-conditioning, engine cooling, electrical and diagnostic tools feature alongside larger items such as vehicle hoists, tyre changers and wheel balancers.
AC SOLUTIONS FROM INTEREQUIP Air conditioning services can be a great add on sale or stand-alone profit centre Interequip, which has been involved with AC machines for many years, says getting the right machine can help or hinder the profitability of this service. “It became apparent early on that one of the most susceptible parts of the machine was the actual gauges. They need calibration, are not vibration tolerant and are vulnerable to physical damage,” Interequip Director, Alex Visser, said. “We decided to see if we could find a product that was one step above the competition in relation to this weakness. “It needed to include all the features our customers came to love about our existing range but the machine needed to be fast, faster than our competition. “We understood that vacuum pump specifications and speed were completely irrelevant to what the AC machine was actually capable of delivering. “So we set about looking for a machine which could deliver real world evacuation volume and speed data”. As a result of this, Interequip introduced a new line up to its already robust range.
A family business, CoolDrive was founded over 40 years ago on automotive air-conditioning expertise and equipment and has grown to become one of Australia’s largest automotive parts distributors – with air-conditioning remaining at its core. Detailed in the 2020 catalogue is a broad range of air-conditioning system repair and recovery machines. Of particular note is the range of Charging Stations from leading brands including Ariazone, Bosch, CPS and Robinair with fully automatic, semi-automatic and compact stations available through CoolDrive. “We are coming into the peak season for air conditioning, with units being used right across the nation,” CoolDrive Auto Parts Chief Executive Officer, John Blanchard, said. “Workshops need to make sure they have the latest equipment to service, repair or replace these units and that’s where our latest catalogue is a must-have.” The Tools and Equipment: Workshop Solutions catalogue is available online at www.cooldrive.com.au or from CoolDrive branches from October. 68
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The A1000 and A2000 each feature screen displays with graphical gauges running off of very accurate pressure transducers; are fully automatic machines; and most importantly can be operated manually or in full auto mode. “Many of our customers appreciate this feature as it means they can evacuate a system to replace a component before charging,” Alex said. “Older technology machines are fully automatic only, meaning the operator needs to run over and switch the machine off after the evacuation process has been completed to change system components. “Our two new machines can be set to evacuate then set to full auto mode to complete the system vac down and charge. “Other great features include a heater for the colder States, automatic measurement of oil removed and automatic addition of the same amount of oil added into the new charge. “Both machines feature an automatic service counter. This ensures the easily changeable internal filter won’t get blocked or inadvertently induce particles to a new system. “The AutoCool A1000 and A2000 are both supplied with printers and vehicle databases. These new machines also do an automatic leak test on the car’s system and all charging data is
recorded to ensure compliance with Government inspectors.” The A1000 is a touch screen LCD display while the A2000 is a monitor style display. QUICK COMPARISON CHART Feature A1000 A2000 Flushing ability NO YES Recovery speed 11 g/s 40 g/s Recycle speed 13 g/s 40 g/s Charge speed 38 g/s 38 g/s Graphical gauge display YES YES R134A or Y1234YF YES YES
HLD100 Portable Automatic Halogen (A/C Refrigerant) Leak Detector
AC refrigerant licensing requires the licensee to have a AC refrigerant leak detector. Interequip supplies the HDL100 leak detector at under $200 to the trade. Features include: • Microprocessor control, with Advanced Digital Signal Processing • Dual-color LED visual display and audible alarm • Seven levels of adjustable sensitivity • Battery Test function • Battery voltage indication - more than 50 hours in normal detecting status. • Cordless and portable, operating on two Alkaline batteries • Probe length: 36mm The product detects Halogenated refrigerants, including Chlorine and Fluotine refrigerants. This includes but is not limited to: • CFCs: R12, R11, R500, R503, etc • HCFCs: R22, R123, R124, R502, etc • HFCs: R134a, R404a, R125, etc • Mixtures such as AZ-50. HP62.MP39, etc • Ethylene Oxide (hospital sterilizing equipment) • SF-6 in high voltage circuit breakers. • Most gases that contain chlorine, fluorine, and bromine (halogen gases). • Cleaning agents used in dry cleaning applications such as perchlorroethylene. For more information, please contact Interequip on 18000EQUIP, 02 96717811 or visit www.interequip.com.au
MORE AC PARTS AND MORE WARRANTY With Adrad Every vehicle repairer has experience with explaining about warranties – it is an important part of the customer service process. This is especially true when you consider the growing impact that reviews and ratings can have on your business. A longer warranty gives both the repairer and the customer peace-of-mind and can be the deciding factor when choosing between similarly priced alternatives. Adrad says it has earned a reputation for having an extremely well-supported and comprehensive national warranty system. It explains this covers all the parts it manufactures
and distributes and is a foundation component of Adrad’s ISO9001:2015 quality accreditation.
Koyoair Condensers Adrad says high quality Koyoair condensers are well-known to air conditioning specialists and automotive repairers. Adrad introduced Koyoair condensers back in 2010 and has a long-established relationship with the brand. This year Adrad has introduced an exclusive two-year warranty on Koyoair condensers and encourages repairers to use this extra warranty cover to benefit their customers.
AC Compressor Kits Over the last couple of years, Adrad says its AC Compressor Kits have been a huge success. It says the convenience of having all essential replacement AC parts packaged together in a range that covers more than 1,400 vehicle applications is something that air conditioning repairers have really embraced. As well as saving time and money when ordering,
Adrad says these kits include the benefit of a “huge” three-year national warranty. Adrad says that again, it is a benefit that can be passed on to the vehicle owner by the repairer and used as a valuable tool to boost trade without compromising on price.
New Sanden Compressors Adrad continues to grow and expand its AC parts on offer. The latest additions to its range of compressors includes a range from Sanden that Adrad says are ideal for truck, heavy vehicle, agricultural and industrial vehicle applications. Adrad says Sanden compressors are yet another of the high-quality products distributed by Adrad and supported nationwide. For more information and details of your nearest stockist, contact Adrad on 1800 882 043.
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PAO-BASED OILS Ariazone and The Refrigerant Company say they have been pioneering new practices in auto air conditioning for more than 20 years Ariazone says that twenty years ago, following 15 years of research and development, The Refrigerant Company pioneered the use of PAObased oils in refrigeration. In June 2006, Ariazone International and The Refrigerant Oil Company joined forces, and now it explains it is pioneering PAO-based lubricants for thermal management in hybrid and electric vehicles. It explains it is doing so because the users of the products have found they recognised the advantages of the stability, purity and lubricity of polyalphaolefins (PAOs) for the industry. Further, the electrical properties of PAO make it suitable for high voltage electrical systems, it says.
Why should you use PAO-based Oils (PAOIL) in your workshop? Ariazone says there are many reasons you should consider using PAOIL in your workshop, including: • PAOIL is useable with all automotive compressor types including hybrid vehicle compressors. • PAO is also compatible with R134a and the new R1234yf refrigerant, meaning you only need one oil to use for most auto A/C applications.
• PAOIL is suitable for the use in hybrid and electric vehicles (AA series is preferred but PL series may be used). • PAOIL has a high Viscosity Index meaning that the oil maintains its viscosity and lubricating properties at high operating temperatures. • Unlike other lubricants PAO is nonhygroscopic: it does not readily absorb moisture. • The special packaging and equipment needed with other oils to ensure that moisture does not enter the refrigeration circuit along with the oil is not necessary with PAOIL. • Due to the inertness and inherent stability of PAO, PAOIL has a five-year shelf life. • PAOIL is also available with an added UV dye to help with leak tracing. • PAOIL is universal: you need to stock one, rather than carry many different types of oil. • Safe to use: PAOIL is a non-hazardous, non-toxic product safe to have around the workshop. It is also safe on painted surfaces, so there are no worries if it is accidentally spilt on vehicles. When it comes to the differences between the normal and the UV versions of PAOIL, Ariazone explains the PAOIL PL series offers the same
positive properties as the PAOIL AA series, meaning it can be used as a complete oil replacement for A/C systems.
PAOIL = Money Saving Ariazone explains that with PAOIL you can buy in bulk* and with its five-year shelf life, not worry about the oil being unusable a couple of hours after opening. It says you also do not need to stock multiple types of oil when using PAOIL, since PAOIL is suitable for use with a wide variety of automotive compressors and refrigerants. As such, it says that PAOIL helps you to save money. Ariazone and The Refrigerant Oil Company are based in Melbourne and are part of the ROC Group. They are fully-owned Australian companies with products currently used in workshops in more than 40 counties worldwide. For more information, go to www.rocoil.com or www.ariazone.com or call 03 9338 7522. *PAOIL is available in 1L, 5L, 10L and 20L container sizes.
MAHLE AIR CONDITIONING Combining quality and coverage With the seasonal demand for air conditioning components expected to be greater than ever, Mahle says its recently extended range of premium quality air conditioning parts offers a comprehensive AC service solution. Air conditioning service represents a significant proportion of revenue for many workshops over the spring and summer months, and as the mercury begins to rise the demand for AC components inevitably follows.
and light commercial vehicles (including vans and utility vehicles), with a particular focus on European brands. Mahle says its parts can be found in every second vehicle globally, a claim that few other manufacturers can make. It explains that its Premium Line air conditioning products draw on this vast Original Equipment expertise and are manufactured to precise OE specifications.
Mahle says its air conditioning programme, recently relaunched following last year’s acquisition of BEHR Hella Service, offers a wide range of premium quality AC components that includes all the major system components, from compressors, condensers and evaporators, to filter driers and accumulators, expansion valves and orifice tubes, interior blowers, switches, regulators and resistors.
Mahle says finding the right part is quick and easy thanks to its online catalogue. It states this cutting-edge, web-based catalogue system allows users to search by Mahle part number, OE or cross reference numbers, vehicle or engine code, and provides detailed data covering the entire Mahle product range. It also allows users to compare parts, create a favourites list, download fitting instructions and find technical announcements in the Mahle Technical Messenger.
The range covers current models across various vehicle applications including passenger cars
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New Zealand by Hella Australia, continuing the close partnership that began when the two brands came together in 2005 to form the BEHR Hella Service joint venture. Mahle says BEHR-branded components are widely recognised for their exceptional quality and remain an integral part of Mahle’s comprehensive thermal management programme. The Mahle online catalogue is available at catalog.mahle-aftermarket.com/eu For more information or to find the nearest stockist, please contact Hella Australia’s Customer Service team on 1800 061 729 or email email@example.com
CHOOSING THE RIGHT HEAVY-DUTY COOLING NAPA Auto Parts says Red Dot has the right combination for your needs Red Dot says its range of HVAC units for transport and heavy machinery is unparalleled in the global market. With units developed for trucking, industrial, construction and agriculture applications, each Red Dot thermal solution is said to be built to last in our rugged and demanding environment. NAPA Auto Parts Senior Product Manager, Tim Boyd, says to ensure you get the performance you need from your air conditioning system, it is important to select the correct Red Dot unit for your application. “This could be a self-contained rooftop unit, a ceiling mount evaporator, one that sits between the seats or elsewhere in the cab. With these units it is vital to pair the selected evaporator with the optimum condenser,” Tim said. “Once you decide that you’re using a wall or ceiling evaporator, then match the condenser based on capacity, style and available mounting space.” One of the most popular and iconic Red
Dot rooftop units, the R6100, is perfect for on-highway applications while the recently redesigned R9727 is better suited to off-road use. The benefits of both these units include low-profile protrusion into the cab, maximising headroom and attractive aerodynamic designs which look great on the roof of your truck or machinery. For cabs with a lot of glass and not suited to roof mounted units, ceiling mount units like the R2000 or R9715 are all about performance with minimal space; match them to a remote mount condenser unit to ensure they perform to your requirements.
be matched with the selected evaporator. The R4500 and R5045 can be mounted behind the cab, on engine covers or frame rails. The R6160 and R8500 are typically mounted on the roof.
For cabs with available wall and floor space then wall mounted units can be positioned between seats or anywhere alongside the operator. The R6840 or R7830 are compact designs for smaller cabs, while the R5045 and R8500 are suited to larger cabs which require plenty of cooling.
NAPA Auto Parts says you can rest assured that Red Dot has the right combination of units available for your vehicle, no matter the voltage or whether it is designed for off- or on-highway applications. It says Red Dot designs, tests and manufactures complete HVAC units and offers a wide range of spare parts including condensers, compressors, filters, thermostats, switches and fans for its own units and many OEM applications.
Remote condenser units, which are installed away from the cabin and commonly used in agricultural and off-road applications, should
For more information about Red Dot products, see the team at your local NAPA Auto Parts or Ashdown-Ingram branch, with locations at www.napaparts.com.au
ALCIUS: FOR COMPLETE CONTROL Bapcor has launched a new premium air-conditioning parts, tools and equipment range Australasia’s largest automotive aftermarket specialist, Bapcor, says its newly launched Alcius brand is the cooling and climate control expert with the most comprehensive range of climate control parts, tools and equipment for air conditioning specialists and general automotive repairers. “The Alcius climate control product range provides Australian automotive repairers with a total onestop air conditioning parts solution,” Bapcor Group Category Manager, Mark Caldone, said. Designed to supply the full spectrum of vehicle types, the Alcius range is the result of more than 18 months of air-conditioning component sourcing and development. The comprehensive and accessible range of Alcius cooling and climate control components are specifically designed to withstand the demands of the Australian climate and Bapcor says you can be confident that the technical quality and performance perfectly matches the OE parts. Further, it says this commitment is underpinned by a 24-month extended warranty*. Backed by its resources and extensive distribution network, Bapcor says Alcius products can be delivered swiftly, reliably and affordably to your workshop virtually anywhere around Australia. 72
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In fact, it says Alcius is “primed to become an industry leader with its extensive reach, superior service and quality offering setting a new benchmark in the field.” “Bapcor’s premium quality product, our highly skilled air conditioning and related climate control product experience, combined with our unparalleled national distribution footprint, make Alcius the complete climate control parts solution,” Mark said. The launch of Alcius’ new premium quality air-conditioning parts, tools and equipment range is being celebrated with the ‘Keep Your Cool and Summer On with Alcius’ promotional campaign and the release of the industry’s most comprehensive category catalogue. Boasting more than 6,500 SKU applications, across a broad range of genuine OE brands and aftermarket components, the catalogue showcases the extensive offering of Alcius products, which Bapcor says have been constantly redeveloped and updated over 50 years to ensure they meet the requirements of Australian automotive repairers and air conditioning specialists. “We are steadfast in our commitment as leaders and progressive product innovators to continually expand and improve existing products,” Mark said.
“The comprehensive Alcius product range meets the needs of our valued customers along with the ever-evolving number of vehicle makes and models on our roads.” Bapcor says the Alcius range is supported by a professional team of automotive air conditioning specialists and customer service teams around Australia, offering personal service, unrivalled expertise, competitive pricing, technical advice and on-demand delivery. The Alcius range of cooling and climate control components is available exclusively from Bapcor’s leading automotive aftermarket trade outlets across Australia, including Burson Auto Parts, JAS Oceania Australia and BaxtersMTQ. For more information and a list of stockists, visit www.alcius.com.au *Refer to www.alcius.com.au for terms and conditions
UAP EXPANDS RANGE Unique Auto Parts has a number of air conditioning and car care solutions in stock Unique Auto Parts has been in the automotive industry as a family run company for more than 25 years. The company says it continues to expand and grow its already extensive range of spare parts. With multiple large shipments recently landing at the head office, Unique Auto Parts states it is stocked up and ready with all the parts you may need Australia wide.
Your air conditioning needs sorted With the summer season approaching us, now is the time to quickly ensure your air conditioner is working at its optimal behaviour and Unique Auto Parts says it stocks a range of parts to help you do that. From cabin filters to ensure that incoming air is clean and that no dirt can get into the vehicle, to compressors and condensers to keep the cold air blowing, all of Unique Auto Partsâ€™ products are supplied by well-known European manufacturers.
An extensive car care range Unique Auto Partsâ€™ car care range has slowly been
growing and recently some new products have been added to the inventory. Demon Foam Wash and Demon Car Shine are now in stock in 2L bottles and both come with a hose nozzle that allows you to completely cover the car without the extra work normally involved. The foam wash will help remove all the stuck-on dirt and grime whilst the shine is used afterwards and leaves a top-gloss wax finish. If you are looking for a quicker solution to washing your car, Unique Auto Parts also stocks Liquid Gold Car Wash. Once the car has been shampooed and hosed down using Liquid Gold, Unique Auto Parts says it simply dries without any water marks or streaks. If you are looking for something to keep your car looking pristine, Unique Auto Parts has also re-stocked the quite popular Black Trim Wax. The wax cleans and restores black trim such as bumpers, mouldings, radiator grilles, door mirrors, spoilers, rubber and plastic trim to its former glory. With the current pandemic and constant need
to disinfect to avoid the risk of bacteria, Unique Auto Parts has also brought in a brand-new product. The new two-stage antibacterial car cleaner and sanitiser runs through your air conditioner and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria, and the second stage spray allows you to continually disinfect more common areas such as the steering wheel or door handles. The 150ml set is available today. Unique Auto Parts says it has five stores Australia wide located in Victoria, Brisbane and Perth that are able to provide quick delivery in surrounding areas, as well as many relationships with many couriers that allows it to ship Australia wide. Unique Auto Parts is trading under a COVID-safe plan and all incoming parts and delivery drivers are on strict notice to follow guidelines. For more information, call Unique Auto Parts on 1300 864 864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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ALEMLUBE KEEPS YOU COMFORTABLE Four air conditioning recharge machines are available from Alemlube Alemlube Automotive, a division of Alemlube, says a very distinct and unique advantage of purchasing automotive air conditioning service units from Alemlube is the country wide installation, service and support network it offers, coupled with its “real industry experienced” people. Alemlube says it delivers unequalled product service and states it offers an industry leading approach to product knowledge, advice and after sales support.
ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE Davies, Craig says it is an all-round air conditioning industry performer Who would have thought that back in the ‘60s two young Aussies, Daryl Davies and Bill Craig, would carve out a niche in Australian automotive aftermarket history with their innovative work developing Australian automotive and air conditioning electric fans? From very humble beginnings Davies and Craig, both of whom were qualified commercial airline pilots, formed Davies, Craig Pty Ltd almost 50 years ago. This Australian owned and operated company commenced as a manufacturer in the automotive and air-conditioning condenser cooling fan industry sectors producing a range of innovative Thermatic Electric Fans. Davies, Craig says that the role played by its Thermatic Electric Fans in the world of air conditioning is significant, based on its 50+ years of innovation, research and development. Following, the company examines the air conditioning system and puts forward some frequently asked questions relating to electric fans, which it says along with the evaporative cooler and compressor is the most vital A/C component.
Size of the condenser Does size matter? Davies, Craig says yes – stating that the larger the condenser, the better as you want to fill as much of the radiator core size as possible. Four air conditioning recharge machines are available from Alemlube. The AA1000, AA1500P, AA2000 and AA5000R are said to provide true cutting edge technology and superb efficiency when it comes to recovery, recycling, evacuating and recharging of R134A refrigerant (AA5000R for use with refrigerant type R1234YF). The four units available from Alemlube reportedly make the recharge process quite simple, which involves recovering the old refrigerant gas from the air-con system and recycling it before replacing this with the correct amount of new refrigerant and lubricant as per the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendation. A vacuum test is also performed to ensure there are no cracks or damage in the customer’s vehicle air conditioning system that could cause the gas to leak out. Alemlube says that within 30 minutes, the whole recharge process is completed, resulting in once again having refreshing cool air on demand. For more information, visit www.alemlube.com.au 74
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Mechanical or electric fans? Which is more efficient in an air conditioning system? Davies, Craig says airflow supplied by a mechanical fan changes with engine RPM and can be insufficient at low-engine rpm while also absorbing horsepower. It says the key is air flow and that either of Davies, Craig Thermatic Electric Fans (14-inch high performance or 16-inch Electric Fan) mounted flush with the radiator core and set up as ‘pullers’, requiring a minimum of 2100 CFM ft3/min of airflow, will be sufficient. Further, it says if you can also install a ‘pusher’ fan as a secondary fan on the condenser core, this will increase the air-conditioning performance at low speeds or at idle (for instance, in traffic). With most cars and light trucks, Davies, Craig says the installation of one of its Thermatic Electric Fans is a great choice to free up horsepower and decrease fuel consumption.
Evaporator size What determines the size of an air conditioner evaporator? Davies, Craig says you should install the largest unit possible that will fit into the available
space, keeping in mind that when the system is on high and working to its maximum capacity-say, on a 40°c day, it is easier to turn the A/C down than to turn it up.
Suggested modifications Are there any suggested engine/cooling system modifications necessary when adding air conditioning? Davies, Craig says you should ensure you have a high-performance, high CFM ft3/min Davies, Craig Thermatic Electric Fan, and a high volume flowing mechanical water pump. Alternatively, it suggests you install a suitable Davies, Craig Electric Water Pump and, finally, at least a double row aluminium radiator. Should you select the Davies, Craig Electric Water Pump, Davies, Craig says you should opt for the Combo Pack which offers the LCD EWP/ Fan Controller. The digital ‘adjustable thermostat’ controls the coolant flow commensurate with engine temperature.
Internal or external? Most vehicles today have some form of factoryfitted transmission oil cooler. These may be adequate for normal driving, but Davies, Craig says they can prove to be inadequate under heavy load or towing conditions. As such, Davies, Craig recommends an external or auxiliary Davies, Craig Transmission Oil Cooler which transfers damaging heat.
Interior modifications Engine heat and outside heat must be kept out of the vehicle’s interior. Efficient air-conditioning systems assisted by tinted windows, proper weatherstrip and door/glass seals will also help isolate the interior and lessen the load on the A/C system.
Most common installation errors Davies, Craig says not preparing for air conditioning in the planning stages, lack of insulation, not allowing for appropriate space, overcharging or undercharging the A/C system, not seeking advice from a fully qualified specialist, and under-sizing the evaporator to the vehicle are just some of the most common installation errors that it sees. For more information, visit www.daviescraig.com.au
GAIN MORE AIR CONDITIONER SERVICE BUSINESS With Ecotechnics Now is the perfect time to consider the state of your workshop’s air conditioner service equipment. Precision Automotive Equipment explains it is the exclusive Australian importer of the premium quality Ecotechnics air conditioner service equipment range. It explains this new product range includes both sole and dual gas air conditioning service models that are suitable for the servicing of both R134a and HFO1234yf refrigerant equipped vehicles. Ecotechnics, with more than 20 years of experience, is said to be a leading manufacturer of quality air conditioning service equipment. Globally, Ecotechnics’ products are distributed to 80 countries, making this leading Precision Automotive Equipment brand “the international benchmark for the maintenance of automotive air conditioning systems.” Manufactured in Italy and committed to continual product innovation and development, Precision Automotive Equipment says all of Ecotechnics’ models are fully automatic in
operation, recovering, recycling and recharging air conditioner refrigerant at the touch of a button. Featuring bright colour control displays, touchscreen functionality, thermal printers and integrated hybrid functions on some models, the Ecotechnics range is reportedly easy to use and has been designed specifically for use by professional automotive technicians. Ecotechnics has invested significantly in the research and development of its products in line with continued technological development in the automotive industry. Precision Automotive Equipment says this has ensured these products meet the growing performance and efficiency requirements of automotive air conditioning systems, coupled with the introduction of HFO1234yf refrigerant in recent years across today’s vast and constantly expanding car parc. The Ecotechnics air conditioning service product range from Precision Automotive Equipment is innovative, safe, ecological and very easy to use, says Precision Automotive Equipment, which states this exclusive new air conditioning service
equipment range provides your workshop with the best possible automotive climate control service solution. With Instant Asset taxation write-offs available, Precision Automotive Equipment says the timing is right to update your air conditioning service equipment and increase the scope of your air conditioning service business with the help of its team, a part of Australia’s Bapcor Group of automotive aftermarket companies. For more information regarding the Ecotechnics range, please contact Precision Automotive Equipment on 1300 366 252 or visit www.precisionautomotive.com.au
VASA, SUPERCOOL ASIA PACIFIC DIRECTOR LAUNCHES NEW BOOK The book details the history of air conditioning manufacturer, Unicla ‘Unicla and the Midnight Technician’ by VASA Director Mark Mitchell – who is also the owner of SuperCool Asia Pacific – is a colourful story about the fascinating people who supplied and shaped the vehicle air conditioning and transport refrigeration technology we now take for granted. In the 1960s, a small Japanese company forged strong Australasian and North American connections that would influence many of the early pathways to the vehicle air conditioning and transport refrigeration technology we enjoy today. What followed is a story of resilience and tenacity, from a small workshop in Nagoya Japan to the streets of Texas USA; from a factory in the hot climate of Australia to building the business all over again in Hong Kong, China and Brisbane on the way to becoming an original equipment supplier to the world’s most fastidious vehicle maker, Daimler of Germany. In the book, Mark describes how Unicla built a global reputation in the pioneering days of vehicle air conditioning, because its meticulous design and innovative technology meant the systems always fitted and worked properly.
Woven into the human interest and swashbuckling business threads of Unicla and the Midnight Technician are insights into various engineering and technical developments pioneered, redefined or perfected by Unicla over five decades. Australasia’s pivotal role in the Unicla story is also described in the book, including Mark’s own 38 years of involvement from customer to supplier and eventually major shareholder. The term Midnight Technician comes from Unicla’s company culture and design ethos, which has always been to embrace the plight of engineers and technicians who work in the field to install and maintain systems and keep them running, often late at night. The self-published book will be available from November. Early reviews of the book are positive. “Mitchell’s skilful storytelling ensures there is something for everyone here, whether you’re into technology, entrepreneurship, biographies or even post-war industrial history,” News Editor of automotive electrical and thermal management journal SightGlass News, Haitham Razagui, said.
“With an engineer’s attention to detail, this entertaining and enlightening narrative not only captures the nuts and bolts, but also the heart and soul of an industry,” Mobile Air Conditioning Society Worldwide President, Elvis L. Hoffpauir, said. “Unicla and the Midnight Technician is an inspirational story of people, dedication, leadership and enduring relationships, a story to be proud of,” Automotive Air Conditioning, Electrical and Cooling Technicians of Australasia President, Ian Stangroome, said. For more information, visit www.unicla.hk/book Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
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TOUGH-AS MATS For working on, around and under vehicles Tough-As Products says it is the Australian market leader in premium padded work mats and covers, manufactured in South Australia, from Australian sourced materials. Tough-As Products specialise in a range of work mats for Automotive, Commercial, Mining and Crash sectors. The company says its Work Mats are the best solution for working on, around and under equipment no matter what the surface. It states they keep you, your tools and parts clean and organised, whilst providing comfort and protection. Tough-As Products says specially designed work mats allow you to become more efficient and keep healthy at work, reducing fatigue and making the job more comfortable.
Key benefits: • Protecting your knees, hips and back • Keeping your clothes, tools, and parts clean and organised • Convenience and ease of use
Key features: • Durable, premium grade PVC outer • Closed cell, soft high-density foam inner • Welded Seams for long life (no stitching) • Chemical and stain resistant • Waterproof • Made for Australian conditions - five-year UV warranty • Tear and cut resistant Tough-As offers work mats in a range of sizes from a small Kneeling Pad to a full-sized Large Work Mat at 2m x 1m. The company says: “remember if it isn’t Tough-As, it probably isn’t Tough-As!” For more information about Tough-As work mats and covers, visit www.tough-as.com.au Tough-As Work mat distributors are also being sought in key territories around Australia – call 1800 775 843 for more information. 76
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MILD TO HEAVY HEADLIGHT RESTORATION KITS From Invision Sales Whilst the headlights of many cars are heavily damaged and require a full restoration that includes fine grade sanding, many suffer from mild damage and are still functional but have a slight amount of yellowing. Invision says this yellowing looks pretty bad on a nice clean car and if not treated, will continue to deteriorate. To meet the needs of these two levels of damage, Invision has introduced a new product that is designed to restore mildly damaged headlights to as new condition. It says it is faster and cheaper than a full headlight restoration, so you can make great margin on the service. “Most of today’s vehicles feature headlights that wrap over with a horizontal surface at the top that will display damage after a few years,” Invision Sales Managing Director, Wayne Blackman, said. “The first sign of damage is a slight yellowing across the top of the lens which is easily fixed with this new product.” The program is now clearly divided into two categories, Mild and Heavy. As the names suggest, Mild is for slightly
damaged headlights while Heavy is for badly clouded ones that need the full process. The DIY Mild kit (part number HRK05) includes convenient sachets with pre-soaked applicators for both Yellow X cleaner and the UV Clear Coat. Invision says these make it fast and easy to service a slightly damaged headlight. The DIY Heavy kit (part number HRK01) is a complete headlight restoration and fully restores badly damaged headlights. The Heavy kit removes the layer of discoloured plastic and smooths it back to its original state. The kit also includes a protective gloss UV coating that effectively restores the headlight to as new condition. Invision says this UV coating is unique to the Invision system and delivers long lasting protection. For further information, contact Invision Sales 03 9336 2066 or visit www.invisionsales.com
OVER 100 YEARS OF CARING FOR CARS Simoniz was founded in 1910 Filpro Automotive brings Simoniz to the Australian market, with an offering to clean and protect paintwork, wheels, interiors and more. Filpro explains that Simoniz was founded in 1910 and has been taking care of cars for over 100 years. The Simoniz brand was founded by George Simons and Elmer Rich in the United States when they launched a cleaner and carnauba wax to help car owners protect their paintwork and is now the oldest car care brand in the United States. Filpro says the carnauba wax and its small gold tin would later become an icon and an industry benchmark for long lasting protection and brilliant shine. Simoniz Original Wax has been verified for its quality from Auto Express, receiving the Auto Express four star 2018 award. Hand in hand with shining brilliance, Filpro explains that Simoniz became part of the language when in the 1930s the word simonize was added to the dictionary, as a verb, meaning “to shine or polish to a high sheen.”
Today, Filpro says Simoniz tests its products for more than 2,000 hours, with 18 scientists using 58 methods, to deliver the quality that Simoniz is known and loved for. Filpro believes that the expansive Simoniz range is the perfect choice for valeting, with a quality that is trusted by professionals to provide market leading performance every time. Filpro Automotive invites re-sellers nationwide to explore the Simoniz range that keeps car interiors and exteriors clean, protected and shining like new. For more information, visit www.filpro.com.au or contact Filpro Automotive on 0400 878 837 or email@example.com
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EV ACCESSORIES Different from traditional aftermarket items The amazing technology being developed in the electric vehicle sector is sparking some very cool aftermarket accessories, particularly for lucky Tesla owners. As discussed in the Performance edition earlier this year, traditional accessories like chrome delete kits, wheel centre caps and ceramic paint is commonplace. Many EV drivers are also installing wireless phone charging pads, floor mats, roof racks and, as developed by EVolution, tow bars. What’s interesting though, are the EV early adopters designing accessories to enhance the performance and pleasure of silent, low-emission driving. EVUp says its specialist EV mechanic at its Melbourne workshop recently installed an American-designed and manufactured microdisplay that fits snugly within the Tesla Model 3 and Y dashboard air vent, without cluttering the minimalistic aesthetic of the interior.
This modular wifi unit can show a huge range of different signals from a Tesla, but is programmed for the client to show the battery power bargraph, battery kW, speed, motor torque and a torque bargraph. While versions of drag performance meters have been around forever, the Tesla microdisplay is a crowd-tested LED bargraph that’s been grassroots prototyped by an enterprising Tesla owner. EVUp says if it can be modified and applied to other EVs and the highly visual style could help drivers new to electric driving feel more confident about the most common concern: battery state of charge. From a workshop perspective, starting to think about how you’ll service the growing EV market is important. EVUp says its ownership data from FCAI figures shows a low 0.1 percent market share for electric and plug in hybrid electric vehicles in 2020, but a huge annual compound growth rate of over 70 percent.
One simple step is to install reliable EV charging at your workshop to provide a battery top up following servicing. EV drivers will preference businesses and locations that offer charging, often sharing these sites on social media. EVUp says its AURIGA EV unit supplies a 7kW charge rate and can be purchased as a portable unit for neat storage in a busy workshop environment. It is made right here in Australia and supports local greentech jobs and innovation. EVUp says it is building a network of EV charging infrastructure across Australia. It says that to future proof your business, you should give its team a call to find out more about Australianmade electric vehicle charging products. For more information, visit www.evup.com.au or contact Emma Sutcliffe on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 EVUP 00.
LINX UPDATE 1.6 Monitor up to nine tyres at a time with the new LINX TPMS module ARB has announced the highly anticipated release of the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) module for LINX has arrived with update 1.6.
different trailer symbols, so after hitching up the boat, caravan or horse float, it’s just a click of difference. The trailer module also allows for four pre-set customised settings.
By combining LINX with the ARB TPMS sensors and the TPMS Comms box, ARB says you can now monitor up to nine tyres at a time via the two new visual modules (vehicle and trailer) with the version 1.6 update.
The LINX module even allows an easy swap of tyres at the press of a button in the instance of a flat swapped to the spare or a tyre rotation, without having to manually re-sync.
The easy-to-read display shows the pressures of all tyres currently in use while monitoring tyre temperatures and sensor battery status. The TPMS module will accommodate one vehicle and up to three trailers. Each set of sensors can be programmed with up to four different pre-set modes each with customisable names, which makes it easy when changing between terrains such as highway, gravel, rock and sand. When setting up the trailer display, you have the option of customising and selecting three
ARB encourages you to update your LINX unit today with the new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System module to make travelling and exploring easier than ever.
What is LINX? Fitting out a modern 4×4 with a range of accessories such as driving lights, Air Lockers, dual batteries and air compressors can quickly lead to a dash full of out of place, hard to reach switches and a myriad of gauges and monitors either stuck to the windscreen or drilled into the dashboard – not to mention all the associated fuses and wiring.
ARB explains that LINX is a unique modern controller that declutters the dashboard and centralises the command of vehicle accessories by replacing classic switches, gauges and monitors with one sleek and smart driver interface. LINX offers a single point of control via its user-friendly, Bluetooth enabled, mobile touch screen display. The LINX mobile display mounts conveniently and unobtrusively within reach of the driver while the main control hub lies neatly out of sight under the dash or seat; taking care of all accessory wiring. Built on an expandable platform, LINX will reportedly continue to evolve your on and off road driving experience both now and into the future. For more information, visit www.arb.com.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
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CARE FOR YOUR CAR From Command Auto Group Command Auto Group has a range of products for your car care needs.
Blizzard Wizzard Foam Cannon The new Mothers Blizzard Wizzard is designed to deliver a powerhouse of suds over your vehicle to reduce the possibility of wash induced scratches. The Command Auto Group explains that the Blizzard Wizzard is not just a pre-wash, as the included Mothers Triple Action Foam Wash dissolves and suspends dirt and contaminants from the surface ensuring your finish is protected from the possibility of marring, swirling or scratching the paint surface. It is a perfect tool to complement your detailing efforts in pre-wash and/or touchless wash use, especially with heavy dirt and mud. The kit
contains a Premium Foam Cannon with durable brass fittings; an adapter for top selling pressure washers (Karcher, Gerni, ¼” Quick Connect); a one litre dispenser bottle with precise volume markings; and a 473ml Mothers Triple Action Foam Wash. The Command Auto Group recommends you use the Blizzard Wizzard with Mothers Triple Action Foam Wash (included) and other Mothers vehicle wash products. It says the adjustable spray nozzle provides incredible accuracy for delivering the right ratio of air, wash and water; while the heavy duty container has been designed with a large base for maximum stability and volume measure markings on the side of the bottle make it easy to mix the optimal desired dilution.
Wax Attack Cordless Polisher and Kit The Command Auto Group says the Wax Attack brand has made polish and wax detailing jobs easier and quicker for over 15 years. Now, it says the detailing process has just become a whole lot better with the next generation Wax Attack Cordless, “the best cordless polish/waxing machine yet.” It boasts a variable speed, featuring a random
orbital action, 1000-5000 rpm; and is small and lightweight with the polisher weighting only 1kg, with great ergonomic design. The Command Auto Group says it is great for use on paint, gel coat, fibreglass and more and perfect for applying rubbing compounds, polishes, glazes, sealants, waxes and Mothers CMX Ceramic Spray Coating. The Command Auto Group says the polisher provides a highly efficient and smooth polishing process due to its new state of the art motor. The fast charging 12V Lithium Battery ensures you have power when you need, with a battery charge indicator on the polisher (spare batteries sold separately). It says the European Foam Application Pad (two in Kit version) ensure the quality of your work. The additional value of the Mothers Car Wash and Cleaner Wax, with MLH detailing pack included in the Wax Attack Cordless Kit, reportedly provides a great solution for the detailing enthusiast. For more information, visit www.commandauto.com.au or contact email@example.com or 02 8853 2900.
TRICO TECH MULTIFIT BEAM BLADES Not all beam blades wipers are created equal Trico explains while some brands require 20-30+ SKUs to cater for today’s modern Australian car parc, Trico Tech allows workshops to dramatically reduce inventory with upwards of 70 percent less SKUs to cover more than 96 percent of demand with just 11 part numbers. Over the past twenty years the aftermarket has seen service intervals lengthening from 5,000kms for minor services and 10,000kms for major services to 15,000km intervals. Many drivers will even go beyond the recommended 15,000km and can get closer to 20,000km or servicing annually. During modern service intervals, wipers are exposed to Australia’s harsh seasons with extreme UV levels, dust, ice and rain. All of these conditions combine to reduce the life of wiper blades. It is not a matter of just changing refills. Trico says the Refill market is declining as the Australian car parc ages and today more than 75 percent of new vehicles are designed with beam style wiper blades. Beam blades are said to provide improved 78
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performance due to their sleek, modern styling; they reportedly suit most vehicles and are designed for highly curved windshields. Trico says its Trico Tech beam blades provide smooth, silent operation and all-weather performance with no corrosion points while the Trico Tech flat beam blade range provides fast, simple installation, with patented ‘Swift Easy Connection Technology.’ Each blade is supplied with three simple multifit connectors, enabling fast and easy installation on J-Hook, Pinch Tab, Push Button Wide, Push Button Narrow, Side Pin Wide and Side Pin Narrow wiper arm mounts. All Trico Tech blades feature a UV stabilised, 100 percent natural rubber element which Trico says provides quiet operation and superior wipe quality. The blades are available in 11 blade length options from 380mm to 700mm. Trico says it is the world’s leading wiper blade company, dedicated to providing clear vision to drivers for over 100 years. It is a supplier to leading car manufacturers and focused on
meeting the needs of the automotive industry in just one category: visibility products. For more information or to find out what wiper fits your vehicle, visit www.tricoproducts.com.au or call 03 9271 3288.
ACCESSORIES & CAR CARE
LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINIUM SERVICE BODIES The CSM Full Service Body has been designed with weight, durability and quality in mind CSM Service Bodies says it is a leading Australian manufacturer of ute service bodies, canopies, trays and associated products. It says a desire for a combination of function and form has allowed its team to create a distinctive design that is now well-known for its innovative versatility and durability. With vehicle weight at the forefront of the design, CSM aluminium bodies reportedly help reduce the payload penalty of a service body while remaining tough for Australian conditions. “We are so confident in our product, that we offer a three-year/100,000km warranty on all our service bodies,” CSM Service Bodies Sales Manager, Andrew Caton, said. “In the past two decades, we have been continually improving our design and manufacturing processes to cut down lead times and ensure the quality of our service bodies.” CSM Service Bodies’ flagship product is the CSM Full Body Service Body. The service body is fully enclosed to ensure it is secure, weather-proof and dust-proof while providing functional storage for trade and service equipment. The CSM body can also be customised with various accessories and accessibility points to
suit your specific needs, including but not limited to, shelving, drawers, cabinets, roof racks, spare wheel holders and rear ladders. There are also a variety of underbody options including water tanks, toolboxes, and underbody drawers, which are specially designed to suit each of the service bodies. “Depending on your needs and requirements, CSM can offer multiple service body designs made to order. Our most popular design is the Full Body Service Body,” Andrew said. “The Full Body Service Body is designed for the discerning buyer that requires the best, most reliable, top quality storage and protection for their equipment. “We also have various other Service Body options, including Half Half, Open Centre, Half Open Centre, and Ledge.” CSM Service Bodies says each of those options boast the following standard features: • Flush floors for easy and safer loading. • Lift-up doors on gas struts providing weather protection. • Large door openings for increased usable workspace. • Recessed doors for added security and enhanced aesthetics.
• 100 percent dust and waterproof. • Unique multi-fit channels for mounting accessories and running accessory wiring harnesses. • Integrated roof rails for easy accessory mounting (no hole drilling in the roof required). • 2mm aluminium construction for reduced weight and added strength. • Warranted 2 Pak primed and paint finish, colour matched to vehicle. • Heavy duty ergonomic latching with two-point bars for added security. • Heavy-duty stainless-steel piano hinges for durability. • Serial number traceability for warranty and spare parts. For more information visit www.csmservicebodies.com.au or contact CSM Service Bodies on 1800 618 332 or firstname.lastname@example.org
COMPLETE CAR CARE With the Formula 1 experience The Formula 1 brand offers a complete range of car care products that covers the whole scope of cleaning, polishing and protection for motor cars. These products are formulated and manufactured in the USA and imported and distributed in Australia by HPP Lunds. At the top of the Formula 1 range is the Premium Auto Care collection to shine and protect the exterior with a premium wax, liquid wax, fast wax and a wash and wax. Each offers a slightly different aspect with the wax to remove light surface blemishes, while the liquid wax is able to be used on all surfaces including rubber and leaves no residue. Another exterior cleaner is the Formula 1 Color Wax, which comes in four base colours: black, white, silver and red. This product can restore older paintwork and contains UV stable colour pigments that hide minor scratches and swirls; these nano polymers and dyes fill in and smooth paint finishes. Carnauba wax is a well-known technology that provides a deep shine and long-lasting protection
to car paintwork. Formula 1 has a series of carnauba-based products – Paste Wax, Liquid Wax and spray on Fast Wax as well as three sizes of Wash and Wax which clean and wax all in one action. To keep paint and headlights looking like new, Formula 1 has a range of scratch and haze removers starting with two types of Scratch Out which remove paint blemishes as well as problems such as bird droppings and tree sap. The Headlight Restorer and Sealant restores cloudy, dull and yellow headlights to clear lens and provides a protective sealant all in one easy step. For wheels and tyres, Formula 1 has Black Gold Tyre Shine and Foaming Wheel and Tyre Cleaner with both in a handy spray pack for easy application. Interior cleaners and protectants are on the Formula 1 list with Dry Clean for carpets and upholstery and Protectant for dashboards and other surfaces that are often hit by the sun. There is also a spray or liquid version of Mr Leather cleaner and a range of fragranced protectants
that will clean and leave a pleasant fresh scent – available in six fragrances. To finish the cleaning job there’s also Formula 1 Glass Cleaner and also Bug and Tar Remover, with HPP Lunds stating both are essential products for maintaining your vehicle in pristine condition. HPP Lunds is the Australian distributor for all Formula 1 car care products and trade enquiries can be made direct to HPP Lunds. For more information, please visit www.hpplunds.com.au or call Ben Leonard on 07 3722 1111. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
AUSSIE INNOVATORS LEADING THE EV CHARGE Many in the automotive industry will be familiar with OE and aftermarket product manufacturer Lumen Up until very recently this family-owned Australian business’ latest venture, Lumen Freedom, has been a closely guarded secret. “Lumen, the traditional side of the business, has been manufacturing genuine accessories, wiring harnesses, and a range of electronic components for more than 30 years,” Lumen Freedom General Manager, Rod Wilson, said. “Lumen is always looking to stay ahead of the curve.” In 2016 a separate company, Lumen Freedom, was established specifically to drive innovation in Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging (WEVC). In the same year, Lumen Freedom secured a license from Qualcomm for the development of WEVC. Since that time, Witricity from Boston in the USA bought the patents from Qualcomm and added these to its already extensive portfolio of patents, ensuring Witricity as the preeminent Patent holder in this area. Lumen Freedom now holds a license with Witricity for the development of WEVC. Over the ensuring years, Lumen Freedom has been approached by many car companies as news of its innovative wireless charging technology started to gain traction in boardrooms across the globe. “Due to the sensitive nature surrounding the IP of our wireless charging system, we have basically been working in total secrecy since 2016,” Rod said. “Car companies want to keep their plans under
wraps, and it’s only in the last six to eight weeks that we’ve been able to come out from the shadows and share our successes in this space.” In what is truly a win for Aussie ingenuity and hard work, Lumen Freedom has been awarded the first and only original equipment contract for fitment of a wireless charging system in the world. “We have 40 world-class engineers onsite in our Hallam facility, all of whom are dedicated to developing our wireless charging technology,” Rod said. “We see this as disruptive technology 101 and are committed to driving innovation in the Electric Vehicle Recharging market.” Lumen Freedom is the only company in the world to receive full UL and IEC certification for its wireless charging system. “We’re punching well above our weight and
are determined to keep ahead of the pack of development in this highly technical space,” Rod commented. “In the future, you’ll see vehicle to grid and vehicle to home. As access to wireless charging becomes more widespread, you’ll be able to go home with a full battery and switch to running your LEDs, your TV, and other things in your house, or feed it back into the grid from your vehicle battery. “This technology is evolving now and is under test.” In addition to being heavily embedded with several car companies, Lumen Freedom is also working closely with energy providers and infrastructure companies to speed up the transition from internal combustion to electric-powered vehicles. “The majority of our work is focused on overseas markets at the moment,” Rod explained. “We are involved with customers in the UK, USA, Europe and China; with more recent enquiries coming from Brazil, Israel and India.” Lumen has 12 facilities globally and says it is well placed to support the uptake of WEVC. Currently, petrol and diesel excise generate approximately 16 billion dollars a year in federal taxes, but the transition to EV transportation is on the move, with wireless charging technology driving it forward at an ever-increasing rate. “The transition to EV transport inevitable,” Rod said. “The world is making electric cars, there are billions of dollars being invested, and they’re coming, like it or not.” When compared to traditional internal combustionpowered vehicles, the reduction in operating costs is significant. On average, electric vehicles cost three to four dollars per 100 kilometers to run, while running
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FUTURE AUTO an electric motor and battery pack to provide astonishing acceleration and regenerative braking,” Rod explained. Billed as the “fastest McLaren road car ever,” the hand-built Speedtail Hyper-GT has Lumen Freedom’s wireless charging receiver unit built into the nose of its 5.2m-long, 1430kg carbon-fibre body. This on-board unit corresponds with a ground pad, measuring roughly 66cm wide and 78cm long and weighing 26kg, which comes standard with the purchase of the Hyper-GT. “The ground assembly element is a derivative of our 11kW system, which can be de-rated to suit the consumers’ needs and the specific requirements of the vehicle,” Rod said. “Charging times for this vehicle to reach full charge are very short, with power transfer efficiencies at the same levels as plug-in cabled chargers.” costs for internal combustion vehicles often exceed 12 dollars per 100 kilometers. Lumen Freedom says the environmental benefits are unquestionable. “If you look at the service costs of an internal combustion engine vehicle compared to electric vehicles, electric vehicles are one percent of the cost,” Rod added. Currently, there are three wireless charging technologies: static, semi-dynamic, and dynamic. Dynamic charging allows electric vehicles to be charged wirelessly at highway speeds of 100+ kilometers an hour and has been proven successful in an experimental program run over several years called “Fabric” in Versailles, France. “Dynamic wireless charging is a game-changer,” Rod said. “Imagine driving from Melbourne to Sydney and you get a notification on your car that you have 120 kilometers left in your battery. “Then you are notified by your onboard GPS or an appropriate road sign indicating that there is a 50-kilometer charge zone coming up in two kilometers, just like an overtaking lane. “When you hit the charging zone, you just move into the green zone and recharge without having to pause your trip.” Lumen Freedom is part of several consortiums overseas evaluating semi-dynamic charging technology with taxi fleets, with expected positive results. “If you consider how taxis rotate through airports, our semi-dynamic wireless charging system is fit for purpose,” Rod explained. “As the taxis move through the rank, they go over our semi-dynamic charging pads. You can’t have a plug-in charging system for electric taxis because
you can’t have someone jumping out every two seconds to plug in their car and move along the lane or the rank.” The UK has already flagged that the iconic London Taxis will go zero emissions in the future, so Lumen Freedom’s semi-dynamic charging system is a natural fit. Lumen Freedom says the world is embracing wireless charging technology, noting that plug-in charging stations are intrusive, and councils overseas are resistant to install plug-in stations in the future as they are considered ugly and add to urban visual pollution. “Plug-in charging stations get graffitied, damaged, and they are dirty and maintenance-hungry,” Rod said. “People cut the cable and sell the copper. If you try and utilise existing parallel parking spaces, you have got to pull the cable across the roof of the car to the other side if you have got an offset plug. “Cities are forced to invest in expensive dedicated plots of City real estate to accommodate plug-in stations; and handicapped drivers are unable to perform the plug-in requirements and are greatly disadvantaged. “Our wireless charging systems eliminate all these issues.” As the world transitions to Autonomous Mobility, Wireless Charging completes the circle of integration, eliminating the need for any human intervention. One of the most exciting projects in which the team at Lumen Freedom has delivered is the 2020 McLaren Speedtail Hyper-GT – a hybrid hyper sports car that is the first vehicle in the world to rely solely on wireless charging. “It utilises Formula 1 racing technology, with a powerful internal combustion engine paired with
The Speedtail’s twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre, V8 engine, and parallel hybrid system is capable of producing a maximum power output of 1036hp, or 772kW, boasting a top speed of 403km/h and the ability to hit 300km/h in just 12.8 seconds from a standing start. Only a small volume of Speedtail Hyper-GTs is being built as a tribute to the original number of McLaren F1 cars made and all examples have already been sold. “The future for electric vehicles is total elimination of range anxiety,” Rod explained. “As investment in wireless charging technology infrastructure increases, so will the number of electric vehicles in our car parc. “We are on the brink of a massive shift in personal and mass transportation globally, and Lumen Freedom is leading the charge.” There is no doubt Lumen Freedom provides us with a window to the future of transport and insight into the Australian automotive industry’s roadmap. An innovator who is quick to market, with a real ‘can-do’ attitude, its talented team is world-class and, as proven already, stands head and shoulders above the rest. Lumen Freedom says the support of the AAAA has been critical to its success. “We’ve been a member of the AAAA right back from the early days when Lumen started,” Rod said. “I’m also on the Automotive Product Manufacturers Export Council committee (APMEC), which is a part of the AAAA. This has proved extremely valuable as we are actually exporting from Australia. “We’ve always found that there’s good value in AAAA. They do a lot of good work for the industry,” he added. To find out more about Lumen Freedom, visit www.lumenfreedom.com Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
ALTAIR 2020 SOFTWARE RELEASED
Altair’s software suite has been updated with significant enhancements Engineering software heavyweight Altair has released the latest 2020 updates to its HyperWorks suite of programs. Bremar Automotion is a Channel Partner for Altair HyperWorks software sales and training in Australia and says this release has been touted as “the most significant software update release in company history.” All of Altair’s software products have been updated with significant enhancements in user experience and “countless” new features, including intuitive workflows that empower users to streamline product development, allowing customers to get to market faster.
Bremar Automotion Managing Director, Brett Longhurst, says the team at Bremar has been eagerly anticipating the 2020 release. “We have been really excited to see the 2020 update to the software suite,” Brett said. “With this release we see a host of new features and optimisations that will improve productivity and analysis capability for both Bremar and our HyperWorks customers. “Another exciting aspect of this release is the cascade of capability and functionality and features that were previously only available in the more advanced software packages are now making their way down to designer level programs with simplified user interfaces, meaning you don’t need to be a CAE veteran to get meaningful results.” With a vast and varied portfolio of end to end integrated solutions from Smart Product Development, Solution-Driven Design and Advanced Simulation, right through to Manufacturing Simulation Tools and Data Analytics, Altair says it is “the simulation software of choice for leading companies across the globe.” For more information about the range of CAE software solutions available, or to discuss individual analysis activities, please contact Bremar Automotion on 03 9029 3323 or visit www.bremarauto.com 84
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WHERE TO FIND YOUR WORKSHOP’S NEXT APPRENTICE Box Hill TAFE has a strong reputation for automotive training and producing some of the brightest young stars of the industry The Box Hill Institute of TAFE is a leading provider of automotive apprentice training in Victoria and offers automotive training courses from Certificate II through to Diploma level. The automotive industry has changed as technology has advanced and what used to require purely mechanical skills now demands skills in electronic programming, researching, and vehicle specific training. The TAFE can assist members of the automotive aftermarket who are looking to take on apprentices with relevant skills. It achieves this by connecting them with students who have completed Certificate II preapprenticeship training and who are seeking employment. The TAFE can also provide ongoing guidance and support. This is particularly relevant given the Federal Government’s announcements out of the recent Budget around subsidies for industry to employ apprentices and trainees (see page 6 of this magazine). One of the companies Box Hill TAFE has been working with is Ritters, Australia’s largest independent Land Rover and Range Rover specialist. For many years, Box Hill TAFE has trained all of Ritters’ apprentices – an important job, given that the company’s hand-picked staff are the heart of its business. Ritters Service Manager Owen Grace believes taking on apprentices is a key strategy to ensuring the business has specialised mechanics, which are otherwise difficult to find, and he has been impressed with the quality of apprentices who have completed their training at Box Hill TAFE. “The most important thing (in an apprentice) is an enquiring mind, a willingness to learn, and a good work ethic. Ideally (they have) some mechanical talent,” Owen said. “The apprentices supplied to us from Box Hill TAFE have always had these attributes in spades. “Box Hill TAFE ensures that its apprentices leave its faculty with the skills needed to perform the job and their ongoing support has been second to none. “We would highly recommend Box Hill TAFE to anyone in the automotive aftermarket looking to employ an apprentice.”
Box Hill TAFE offers automotive courses from certificates to diplomas, including specialist automotive courses like the VicRoads licenced vehicle courses which allow for qualified automotive technicians to become licenced vehicle testers able to issue roadworthy certificates in Victoria. The TAFE also provides the opportunity for existing mechanics and apprentices to enhance their skills by taking on extra training. With summer approaching, it’s the perfect time to enrol in the popular Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology (AUR20218) course to qualify for the ARCTICK refrigerant handling licence needed to service and repair air conditioning systems in automotive vehicles. The theory component of this course is available online and the course is currently a part of the Victorian Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative. Alternatively, Box Hill TAFE has a number of students that have just completed their Certificate II in Automotive Air Conditioning Technology and are ready for work. Box Hill TAFE teaches almost 40,000 students around the world each year, preparing them for rapidly-changing industries, teaching skills that are in demand and ensuring they are ready for the jobs of the future. It works hand-in-hand with industry and leading brands to create world-class facilities that simulate the workplace and its teachers are industry experts, dedicated to their students’ success. If you are interested in hiring an apprentice, or enrolling in further training, visit www.boxhill.edu.au/industry/apprenticeship-hub-employers for more information.
WORKPLACE DIVERSITY PROJECT In this article, AAA Magazine discusses Tradeswomen Australia’s recently launched Mental Health Pilot project with its Managing Director, Fiona McDonald As announced in September’s AAA Magazine, Tradeswomen Australia is currently piloting a project which explores how increasing diversity within automotive workplaces can drive improvements in mental health and wellbeing while reducing mental injury. The industry-first Workplace Diversity Project aims to support automotive businesses to create environments that embrace diversity and inclusion through their recruitment, employee support, and workplace practices. “The aim of the project is to support automotive industry executive teams and management to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their frontline workers and to reduce preventable injury,” Tradeswomen Australia Managing Director, Fiona McDonald, said. “Each year, 7,200 Australians are compensated for work-related mental health conditions, equating to around six percent of workers’ compensation claims, and approximately $543 million is paid in workers’ compensation for workrelated mental health conditions. “During 2010-11 and 2014-15, one out of every 1,470 full-time employees claimed for a mental health condition every year. Forty one percent of claims were caused by harassment, bullying or exposure to violence; 91 percent were attributed to mental stress; and 60 percent of claims were awarded to workers aged 40 and over. “Work-related mental health conditions have become a major concern in Australian workplaces due to the negative impact on individual employees, and the costs associated with the long periods away from work that are typical of these claims. “In addition, COVID-19 has certainly been tough on the automotive industry. The long-term
impacts on workers and employer’s mental health and wellbeing is yet to be measured, but already we know the industry has experienced job loss, slowdowns in maintenance repairs and sales. “It is obviously a critical time to be thinking about how you can support yourself and your employees.” Fiona asserts that workplace diversity, and in particular gender diversity, is a key element that this program from Tradeswomen Australia will seek to address as part of its efforts to turn the mental health tide in the automotive industry. “The 2019 ‘One of the Boy’s?’ report by Dr Sarah Oxenbridge, Professor Rae Cooper and Professor Marian Baird – which highlighted the work and career experiences of Australian women in the automotive trades – found that women represented just 15 percent of motor vehicle parts interpreters, 1.1 percent of motor mechanics and 0.8 percent of panel beaters,” Fiona explains. “While conducting our new project, Tradeswomen Australia is consolidating the research and project outcomes from past attempts to increase the participation of women in automotive workplaces. “There are many examples of the benefits of gender diversity and increasing female participation in the automotive industry – just one example can be found by looking at Omnitracs, a fleet management solutions company that found female truck drivers get into fewer preventable accidents than men and generally drive more cautiously. They also state that they found women are less likely to quit driving, which is particularly critical as turnover rates among truck drivers reach 95 percent.” The Workplace Diversity Project will support 100 automotive managers and 500 workers, with the backing of Worksafe Victoria’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund. “Our project aims to create long term culture change by assessing the work-related factors that impact mental health,” Fiona explained. “Tradeswomen Australia will measure the relationship between diversity, mental health and wellbeing during the program; and employers and workers engaged in the program will be supported by us to build a robust support system and improve on existing policies and procedures. “As part of the program, 100 automotive managers will receive a mentor to assist in the implementation of the support system and 500 workers will gain access to free training and resources to support them at work.” Fiona says it is her expectation that the 100
participating workshops will record greater staff retention and a reduction in workplace accidents alongside the improved mental health and wellbeing of workers. Tradeswomen Australia is working closely with key major industry bodies including the AMA Group, WPC Group, VACC, MEGT, G Force and the AAAA, and will be increasing engagement with small to large businesses during the project. “We are proud to interact with all levels of the industry from young apprentices to small and large automotive businesses to major organisations such as the AAAA,” Fiona said. Those who sign up for the project will be contacted by a Tradeswomen Australia Industry Liaison Officer to welcome them to the program and answer any questions they may have. Workshops will be asked to nominate a manager and at least five workers to partake in the program. The Industry Liaison Officer will run through a checklist with the manager and then set up a follow-up meeting to map out the year of support and address any critical areas of need highlighted by the manager. “We only have 100 spaces for employers and we want to work with organisations that are willing to be leaders and champion change for the entire automotive sector,” Fiona said. “If you want to support your workers and advocate for diversity in automotive then please get in touch through our website or by emailing email@example.com.” Tradeswomen Australia is the peak body of women in trades; a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to gender equality and empowering girls and women to access, participate, and succeed in skilled trades. To register visit www.tradeswomenaustralia.com.au/workwell Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
WHEN DOES THE REPAIRER’S LIEN APPLY? The repairer’s lien is a right under the common law that may assist a business to secure payment by customers However, this common law right does not apply in all circumstances. It is important to have an understanding of when the repairer’s lien applies to assist your business to retain vehicles lawfully. For example, it is highly unlikely the repairer’s lien will apply where a vehicle is only assessed to diagnose the issue and repair work is not conducted despite the skilled work involved in making the assessment. It is important to note that this article considers the common law repairer’s lien, it does not consider a lien agreed to under contract which may apply differently to the common law repairer’s lien.
What is a repairer’s lien? For a mechanic, the repairer’s lien enables a mechanic to retain a vehicle as security for payment for improvements made to the vehicle. Put simply the mechanic can refuse to provide the customer with the vehicle until the customer pays the invoice but only if all the required elements are satisfied.
What elements must be satisfied for the repairer’s lien to apply? Generally, the elements required to establish that a repairer’s lien applies are: • a repairer receives goods for repair/ improvement; and • the goods have been provided by the owner or a person with authority; and • the goods have been repaired/improved (or increased in value), by a person with the required skills; and • possession of the goods has remained with the repairer at all times.
The requirement for improvement In order for the repairer’s lien to apply, an improvement must be made to the vehicle. Caselaw distinguishes between ‘improvement’ and ‘maintenance,’ noting that a lien arises where a vehicle is improved or increased in value, but not where the good is merely maintained (even where labour and skill are expended in maintaining the good). Putting this in terms of work on a vehicle, although assessing a vehicle to identify the issue required to be repaired is skilled work there is a high risk that if the repairer retains the vehicle where repair work has not been conducted that the repairer unlawfully retains the vehicle as it is highly likely the repairer’s lien will not apply. If you have any concerns, please contact Industry Legal Group.
Retaining the vehicle in the possession of the business If the business releases the vehicle so that the business no longer has possession of the vehicle, then the repairer’s lien is lost. The vehicle cannot be retrieved at a later time. For this reason, it is important that the business does not release the vehicle before payment is made.
What if the customer also has other outstanding debts? The repairer’s lien only extends to work carried out on the vehicle and cannot be used to obtain payment for the customer’s other outstanding debts, including outstanding debts relating to the same vehicle.
Storage fees cannot be charged The repairer’s lien does not give the repairer the
right to charge the customer storage fees. If the business would like to have this option, then this should be appropriately addressed through the terms and conditions of the business.
Disposal of the vehicle The repairer’s lien does not give the repairer the right to dispose of the vehicle. If the repairer is considering disposing of the vehicle the repairer should consult the uncollected goods legislative regime applicable to the state or territory in which the business is located.
Key takeaways The key takeaways relating to the repairer’s lien arising under common law are: • the repairer’s lien only applies if an improvement is made to the vehicle; • the vehicle must be received for repair and the vehicle must have been provided by the owner or a person with authority; • the vehicle must remain in the possession of the repairer (to retain the repairer’s lien); • the repairer’s lien applies to work carried out on the vehicle and the vehicle cannot be retained to satisfy the customer’s other debts; • the repairer’s lien does not give the repairer the right to charge storage fees or to dispose of the vehicle. This document is intended for general information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Industry Legal Group if you require legal advice
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QUEENSLAND CRIMINALISES WAGE THEFT On the 9th of September, the Queensland Parliament passed the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Act 2020 (Wage Theft Act), criminalising wage theft The Wage Theft Act amends the Queensland Criminal Code (Code) and other legislation. The Code was amended on the 14th of September 2020. Now employers who commit wage theft may face criminal prosecution and a penalty of imprisonment.
What is wage theft? Generally, a person will commit the crime of ‘stealing’ if they fail to pay an employee (or a person on behalf of the employee) an amount payable to the employee (or other person) in relation to the performance of work by the employee. This may include wage theft through, for example, underpayment of wages for hours worked, unauthorised deductions, unpaid superannuation, withholding entitlements and underpayment through intentionally misclassifying workers under an award or by a sham contract.
Who investigates the crime? Queensland Police has been given jurisdiction to investigate claims of wage theft. Workers can make a complaint to the Queensland Police who will consider the information provided in the complaint when deciding whether to investigate whether a crime of wage theft has been committed and initiate prosecution. However, the Queensland Police do not pursue and recover unpaid wages.
What is the maximum penalty? The Wage Theft Act amends the Code to add the following punishment for wage theft from 14 September 2020: Stealing by employers If the offender is or was an employer and the thing stolen is the property of a person who is or was the offender’s employee, the offender is liable to imprisonment for 10 years.
The Office of Industrial Relations has stated that the amendments to the Code are intended to “capture deliberate, intentional behaviour leading to under or non-payment of entitlements as a criminal offence” and not honest mistakes.
Further the Wage Theft Act amends the definition of fraud in the Code to include when the offender is or was an employer of the victim.
However, judicial consideration is required to understand the scope of wage theft claims.
The maximum penalty for employers who defraud their employees is 14 years of imprisonment.
An individual employer or a corporation may be charged with wage theft. While both individuals and corporations may face financial penalties, the penalty of imprisonment will apply to individuals. Where the employer is a corporation, it is important to note that other persons (e.g. a director or company officer) may be found liable if they aid, counsel or procure the employer to commit wage theft.
What about other states and territories? Victoria and the ACT have already criminalised wage theft and Western Australia has introduced a bill to address wage theft.
What do employers need to do? Employers must ensure that they are paying their employees in accordance with their legal obligations. If any underpayment is identified, employers should rectify promptly. This article is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Please contact Employer Assist for tailored advice.
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SUMMERNATS 34 RE-SCHEDULED YOUNG has been moved to January 2022 AUSTRALIAN WINS Theand event a new exciting event series for 2021 has been announced INTERNATIONAL CROWN Oscar Piastri claims 2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship Oscar Piastri won this year’s FIA Formula 3 Championship after a strong final round at the Tuscan Formula 1 Grand Prix in September. Leading the Championship heading into the final round, Oscar secured the right results to see him edge out his nearest competitors and stand on the top step for 2020 and cement his status as one of Australia’s next top prospects. Formula 3 teams have been racing as part of the condensed Formula 1 calendar, sharing the paddock with leading Formula 1 teams and drivers, including Motorsport Australia Ambassador Daniel Ricciardo.
The Melburnian was understandably elated with his win. “I think the last few weeks have put me through a test emotionally...I still can’t believe we won this,” Oscar said post-race. “I have been consistent over the year. We bounced back from all setbacks we’ve had. (We) had quite a few technical issues and other problems to deal with but keeping my head cool and my consistency has been the biggest thing.” “To win a Championship at this level on the world stage is such an impressive feat and every Australian should be proud of Oscar’s efforts this season,” Motorsport Australia Chief Executive Officer, Eugene Arocca, said. Oscar, 19, was one of four Australian drivers competing in the F3 Championship this year, alongside Alex Peroni, Jack Doohan and Calan Williams. Photo supplied by PREMA Racing/Veracity Media 88
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The 34th edition of Summernats (Summernats 34) has been rescheduled to January 2022, but as always the Summernats team is moving forward positively and has announced an exciting program of events for 2021. “Summernats has made the difficult decision to re-schedule Summernats 34 to January 2022,” Summernats Managing Director, Andy Lopez, said. “ACT Health is using Exhibition Park as a COVID19 testing facility until the end of November and can’t confirm we’ll have our venue back, which is an unmanageable risk to our event. Combined with ACT Health’s recently released protocols that exclude outdoor multi-day festival events of more than 5,000 people, a pathway to a January Summernats is impossible. “We’ve fought really hard for our event for the last six months, but we just can’t find a way to get it over the line. Our team is very disappointed, the street machine community is devastated, and the same goes for our loyal staff, contractors, and the accommodation, hospitality and associated businesses that normally benefit from the $30m the ‘Nats brings to the ACT economy every January. “But everyone across Australia is suffering, and ACT Health and other agencies are doing their best to keep everyone safe. We respect the great job that’s been done to get the ACT to such a good position.” While Summernats attracts over 100,000 auto fans and 2,000 vehicles to Canberra’s Exhibition Park each year, organisers will be staging a reduced capacity Summernats-style event – Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll – in March as part of its national program of COVID safe events. “The Summernats isn’t in the doom and gloom business, we’re in the good times business, so we’re moving forward and announcing a calendar of exciting, COVID-safe events for 2021,” Andy said.
“This includes the new Summernats Rev Rock ‘n’ Roll festival at EPIC in March, and we’ll be bringing the full Summernats festival back to Canberra in 2022. “We’ve just delivered a sensational Red CentreNATS in Alice Springs on Fathers Day and staged our first Burnout Masters event at Sydney Dragway the week after. We proved to ourselves and our fans that we can do COVID-safe events and still have a great time.” The full Summernats 2021 national program of COVID-safe events has been confirmed as the following: • Summernats Slam – Sydney Dragway January 8 – 10, 2021 • Meguiar’s MotorEx – Melbourne Showground February 6 – 7, 2021 • Summernats Rev Rock n Roll – Canberra March 5 – 7, 2021 • Rare Spares Rockynats – Rockhampton April 2 – 5, 2021 • Red CentreNATS – Alice Springs September 3 – 5, 2021 More info on each of these events can be found at www.summernats.com.au “We want to thank our partners, including Street Machine, Rare Spares and all our fantastic sponsors for sticking with us through this process,” Andy said. “Most importantly, a huge thank you to the Summernats faithful, the guys and girls who bring the cars, and the fans who come to appreciate them every year.” Spectators and entrants tickets already purchased for Summernats 34 will be transferred to the 2022 dates, and all purchasers have been sent ticket transfer and refund info. For more information, visit www.summernats.com.au
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ACL BEARINGS ASSISTS BRUMBY TO WORLD RECORD
Aussie drag ute celebrated as world’s quickest Subaru Brumby and world’s fastest Subaru four-cylinder vehicle ACL Bearing Company (Australia) says when its management heard there was a Subaru Brumby (Brat in the US) producing more than 1200hp that required reliable engine bearings, they knew they could assist. ACL came on board five years ago as a supporter of ‘Drag Brumby’ and says it is now very pleased to extend that partnership. The missile covers the quarter mile (approximately 400 metres) in just 7.61 seconds and is said to leave big block supercharged V8s in its wake. The Subi launches to 100 km/h in just 1.3 seconds, pulling 2Gs; and at 400 metres the vehicle is clocking 286 km/h and requires a parachute to assist the brakes to help pull her up safely. Errol Brittain, the owner of the vehicle, required some quality crank and connecting rod bearings to handle the 1200hp being produced and Aussie company ACL came to the party.
“When we read about Errol’s achievements with the Drag Brumby, we decided to come on board,” ACL Bearings’ Mark Shadbolt said. “We are very proud to now extend our partnership with the Drag Brumby and to have our RACE Series product in the World’s Fastest Subaru Four Cylinder. There is no better test lab than the racetrack environment.” “Since we fitted the 2.5 litre Subaru EJ25 engine with the ACL bearings we have gone from strength to strength and we improved our PB (personal best) immediately,” Errol said. “Others strip engines down and replace components often after every race and tweak this or that, we hardly touch anything. The engine is amazingly reliable and in fact we have found the ACL bearings last years! “Since we broke into the seven second range, we have had congratulations from fellow Subaru racers and enthusiasts from all over the world.
“We did not know we had so many followers worldwide and our Facebook page now has thousands of followers, not bad for basically an unsponsored team! “Thanks to ACL for helping us out with bearings, they last and last.” For more info about the Drag Brumby, visit the team’s “Drag Brumby” Facebook page or Google “Drag Brumby.” For more info on ACL RACE Series performance engine bearings, visit www.aclperformance.com.au
NEW MOTORSPORT AUSTRALIA PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED Andrew Fraser will take over the role from 1 January 2021 The Motorsport Australia Board has unanimously elected Andrew Fraser as President from 1 January 2021, following the impending retirement of current President, Andrew Papadopoulos. Papadopoulos announced his retirement in late August, to take effect on 31 December 2020. In accordance with Motorsport Australia’s Constitution, the Board fills the casual vacancy before the next scheduled election is held in October 2021. Having sat on the Board of Motorsport Australia since 2001, Andrew Papadopoulos will leave an impressive legacy. Upon his retirement, he will become the longest serving Director and join the late John Large as the longest serving President in the organisation’s history. “I am certainly proud of what we have achieved as a Board in the past 20 years, and during my Presidency of this wonderful organisation, which means so much to me,” Andrew Papadopoulos said. A lifelong motorsport fan whose family has been in the motor vehicle industry for generations, Andrew Fraser has significant sports governance experience, including as a former Commissioner
of the Australian Sports Commission. Previously he has served in executive and governance roles in rugby league in Australia and New Zealand. A former Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland, he is also currently the Chair of SunSuper and Orange Sky Australia. He was appointed to the Motorsport Australia Board in 2019. “I’m honoured to have the unanimous support of Motorsport Australia to serve as President and Chair,” Andrew Fraser said. “Firstly, I want to acknowledge Andrew Papadopoulos’ extraordinary contribution to motorsport and I look forward to working with him during the transition period as I complete his term. “I want to thank him for facilitating the succession in the best interests of Motorsport Australia, an organisation I know he loves and will continue to support upon his retirement from the Board. “Like many organisations, and many sporting bodies, Motorsport Australia is facing a range of challenges as we deal with the consequences of the ongoing pandemic. What won’t change
however, is our focus on growing our sport and focusing on safety for all our participants, officials and fans. “I am committed to growing our grassroots events. Now is the time to focus on our own backyard to ensure we have the fundamentals in place for the future.” Following Andrew Fraser’s appointment as President, the Board will appoint a replacement Director to fill his existing director role in the coming months, when that position becomes vacant on 1 January 2021. For more information, visit www.motorsport.org.au Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
THE WEIGHT IS OVER! ECB says Australia’s strongest bullbars are also the lightest in class East Coast Bullbars says its exclusive light weight alloy materials allow you to add frontal protection to almost any passenger vehicle, including Australia’s largest selling segment: the small and medium size SUV market. ECB says every product manufactured in its Brisbane facility is 100 percent ADR complaint, airbag compatible and supports the vehicle’s factory safety and crash avoidance technology without voiding the vehicle manufacturer’s warranty. ECB is so confident, that it offers its entire range with a “Lifetime Warranty.” ECB states that its large range of frontal protection products is the smart choice when adding protection to your vehicle. It explains this is because adding unnecessary weight on any vehicle is the enemy, with the average steel Bullbar weighing approximately 85kg. Instead, it says an East Coast Bullbar will add less than half of this weight, yet still offer superior protection to your vehicle and its occupants.
Less weight over the front wheels also means less tyre wear, less fuel costs and unnecessary weight over the front axle and steering components. As an example, ECB explains that Australia’s largest selling SUV, the all new Toyota RAV4 (including the Hybrid), can be fitted with an ECB Big Tube Bullbar with less than 38kg added to the vehicle. All ECB products are manufactured from a HighTensile alloy plate to be “Lighter, Stronger, Better” than an imported steel product, says ECB. Its onsite Research and Development department works closely with vehicle manufacturers which allows them to work on as many as 45 new vehicles each year, with over half of these being the latest release SUV and passenger vehicles. Being 100 percent Australian Made also enables ECB to react quickly to model updates and changes and technology improvements. Importantly, ECB states that all products support the many new vehicle features such as
Autonomous Emergency Braking Systems, Lane Departure and Keep Assist, Parking Sensors and Cameras, which is now a minimum standard to achieve an ANCAP five-star safety rating, says ECB. “East Coast Bullbars, manufacturers of The World’s Best Alloy Bullbar, engineers its products to be ‘Lighter, Stronger and Better’ with the largest range of frontal protection products to suit a variety of vehicles from the 1990s through to the latest release,” says ECB. For more information, visit www.ecb.com.au
SAVE ON SERVICING With new Greasable Pins ARB has added an additional range of serviceable components to its Old Man Emu suspension packages for leaf spring vehicles. ARB explains that your suspension is one of the hardest working components of your 4WD – regardless of whether you are cruising down the freeway or traversing your favourite off road track, your suspension is always working. Due to their mechanical nature, suspension components require an additional level of servicing and maintenance to prolong their life and ensure the optimal level of performance. Pins and shackles are used in all vehicles which utilise leaf spring suspension; most commonly found on the rear axle of modern utes. Pins and shackles are the parts which affix the front and rear of the leaf springs to the chassis; swivelling and swinging, these components allow the springs to lengthen and contract. While some common moving parts like wheel hubs are kept operational with bearings, others (including many suspension components) are lubricated with greased polyurethane bushes (sleeves). Bushes are rarely sealed, and during normal operation are subject to becoming dry or affected by dust and dirt ingress into the grease, reducing their performance and longevity. 90
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To maximise the life of these parts, regular servicing is required by keeping the area clean and replenishing old grease. In the case of a standard leaf spring, this is generally undertaken by completely detaching the spring from the chassis at both ends; a job that requires no less than a car jack, wheel stands, tools and time.
A streamlined solution By using greasable pins and shackles, ARB says servicing Old Man Emu leaf spring suspension becomes that much quicker and easier. It explains that with the simple use of a grease gun, Old Man Emu greasable pins and shackles can be serviced on the vehicle without the removal of suspension parts or additional tools (other than a grease gun). So, whether you are looking at installing a new suspension package or are looking at a way to reduce the cost associated with ongoing servicing of your current leaf spring set up, ARB says it is worth considering upgrading to Old Man Emu greasable pins and shackles. ARB has offered greasable shackles for the most popular 4WDs for many years as well as a small number of greasable pins for select vehicles. In late 2019 ARB released greaseable pins to suit a range of popular 4x4 utes including current model Ranger, HiLux, D-Max and Colorado with
additional product due to be released soon to support other current and older vehicles. ARB recommends having your suspension bushes lubricated no less than every 5,000kms for normal on-road use and as regularly as every 2,500kms for offroad use. While leaf springs (with ARB’s maintenance-free liners) should be serviced every 10,000km or 12 months for general on-road use or every 5,000kms or six months for offroad use. ARB explains that servicing is more than just greasing and includes checking wear on all components including bushes, shock absorbers, springs, spring seats and more. It warns that it is an unfortunate reality that some vehicle manufacturers’ workshops will not service aftermarket suspension; so, while you might be getting your 4WD serviced as per the service book, it states it is worth checking with your service centre that your suspension is getting the attention it needs. For more information, visit www.arb.com.au
SUZUKI JIMNY GJ 2018+ GVM UPGRADE Ironman 4x4 says it now offers the first and only federally approved GVM Upgrade to suit Suzuki Jimny GJ 2018+ Released to the market on the 18th of September, Ironman 4x4 explains its GVM kit provides Suzuki Jimny owners with more loading capacity for accessories and gear to cater for their towing and off-road needs. With the new kit, the original GVM of 1435kg is increased to 1785kg with revised axle loading limits of 800kg front and 1100kg rear – Ironman 4x4 explains that this is up from the OE figures of 680kg and 880kg respectively. Ironman 4x4 says the suspension upgrade
boasts exceptional ride quality and handling characteristics, as well as an increase in ride height 45mm above standard. Ironman 4x4 explains that the usable payload of many 4x4 vehicles today is minimal. By adding basic vehicle accessories and having two or three adult passengers, the vehicle will be brought close, if not over, its legal maximum weight, also known as the Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM). With an existing payload of 340kg, a GVM Upgrade allows Suzuki Jimny owners to fit bull bars, winches, roof racks, recovery gear and carry camping equipment, without exceeding the new GVM. With each accessory carried by the vehicle, the responsiveness of the Original Equipment (OE) suspension changes. The OE manufacturer designs their suspension kits for comfort above all else and the addition of load can compromise ongoing performance. GVM Upgrades assist in satisfying insurance and road transport regulation requirements, as
Ironman 4x4 has conducted all required testing to ensure complete integration with all safety systems and requirements as well as compliance with federal laws. Ironman 4x4 GVM Upgrades to suit the Suzuki Jimny are available through approved GVM installers across Australia, in pre and postregistration kits (Federal Approval CPA 50688 MC Category). Prices start from $2571*. For more information, visit www.ironman4x4.com *Prices plus freight and fitting; plus engineering sign off (post reg only) and subject to state compliance. NOTE: Post registration, state approval: vehicle must be inspected and approved by a state authorised automotive engineer for the issue of modification plate.
NEW UPPER CONTROL ARMS From Terrain Tamer Terrain Tamer has recently released a range of Upper Control Arms for vehicles with Independent Front Suspension. IFS systems traditionally allow only a very small adjustment range for successful wheel alignment, and Terrain Tamer says this has proven to be particularly true of lifted vehicles, causing issues with camber, caster, ball joint articulation and clearance of the coil assembly. The Terrain Tamer Upper Control Arm reportedly provides a solution for any lifted IFS vehicle up to 70mm, allowing greater clearance to the coil assembly and more articulation of the arm, thanks to its extended length. The design of the arm allows the shock absorber to restrict full droop, minimising any strain put on the ball joint when the vehicle is lifted. Terrain Tamer says they also provide an increase in caster level and negative camber, working to correct any issues by compensating for body roll and distortion and tyre roll when cornering, improving turn-in response and increased directional stability. Resistant to oil, grease and weathering, Terrain Tamer’s Upper Control Arms are finished in a powder coating to withstand corrosion and provide the strength typically required in heavy duty and high load bearing applications. The new Terrain Tamer Upper Control Arms are currently available for a range of popular Ford, Mazda and Toyota models. For more information, visit www.terraintamer.com or call 1300 888 444. Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine October 2020
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AAAA PUTS SENATE SPOTLIGHT ON MANDATORY DATA SHARING In this article, ARCA’s Mike Smith takes a look at the recent Holden Senate Inquiry and how the AAAA used this opportunity to promote the importance of mandatory data sharing As you may have heard, the Senate recently launched an official Inquiry into Holden and its withdrawal from the Australia market. This Inquiry may have been largely prompted by questions about what happens to consumers and their ability to service their Holden vehicles following the vehicle manufacturer’s withdrawal, but it also provided the AAAA with an important opportunity to raise the issue of mandatory data sharing. Ironically, Holden is the only vehicle manufacturer that has been truly sharing service and repair information with independent repairers under the voluntary data sharing scheme. So of course while everyone at ARCA and the AAAA are sympathetic about what has happened to the authorised Holden dealers and how they have been treated in terms of their ongoing commercial viability, we know that Holden’s withdrawal will not ultimately stop Holden owners (I too drive a VF Commodore) from having their cars serviced or repaired, as independent repairers have access to the required data to undertake this work for them. What Holden’s withdrawal has highlighted is the risks to consumers that exist if other vehicle manufacturers, who are not participating in data sharing and will continue to refuse to do so until a mandatory data sharing law is in place, decide to withdraw from the market. These consumers will be left high and dry, with independent repairers severely hobbled from providing service and repairs to them without access to the requisite information. It was with this key message that AAAA’s Chief Executive Officer, Stuart Charity, and AAAA Director of Government Relations, Lesley Yates, attended the Senate Inquiry lead by Senator Pratt and Senator O’Neill, and I am pleased to report that they were very successful in putting mandatory data sharing law in the spotlight at this hearing. Not only was their message well received on the
day of their appearance, it was followed up with a formal Senate Motion which states that they want to see mandatory data sharing law in place before the end of this year – undoubtably another positive step forward in our fight for the right to data for independent workshops throughout Australia. The AAAA’s appearance also ensured the correct information about how OEMs are sharing their data was put forward, given it is in the interest of others to give the impression that vehicle manufacturers as a whole are sharing their data when we all know this not to be the case. It may be hard at times to keep the issue of mandatory data sharing out there, but workshops should be assured that ARCA and the AAAA remain totally focused on this campaign and our action in the Senate recently is just one example of the continuous work that is going on to make sure the law becomes a reality, and soon. In our participation in the Senate Inquiry and in our fight for mandatory data sharing law in general, we have been very grateful for the support of Senator Pratt and Senator O’Neill. Both Senator Pratt and Senator O’Neill have been very encouraging of our efforts and when I asked them to comment on these issues following AAAA’s participation in their Inquiry, they were emphatic in their statements of support. “It is unsurprising that mandatory data sharing became a prominent issue during the inquiry proceedings so far, given the Government has yet to act on a promise to introduce a mandatory data sharing code,” Senator Pratt said. “As highlighted in the AAAA’s submission to the inquiry, the ACCC reported in 2017 that competitive aftermarkets for repairs and servicing are in the best interest of Australian vehicle owners. “Consumers should have the ability to choose their local independent repairer and those independent repairers should be able to compete on an even playing field.” Senator O’Neill in particular was passionate about her calls for change. “Labor went to the last election with a mandatory data sharing code. This Government has not done a thing in relation to data sharing. This is the same Government who chose multinational car manufacturers over Holden dealers across Australia and they are taking the same approach with data sharing for independent mechanics,” Senator O’Neill said.
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“I met with Mindy and Jon who run an Ultra Tune in Wagga Wagga who are struggling with accessing data from large overseas car manufacturers. Their local member is the Deputy Prime Minister and I am pretty confident that he would have no idea the struggles they are going through. “This Government is all talk. The National party claim to stand up for regional Australians but they can’t even help out to acknowledge the role that small business such as independent mechanics have to play across regional Australia. “I call on Michael McCormack to actually stop chasing the headlines. It’s time for the Nationals leader to listen to small businesses across Australia. Start with the mechanics in your own backyard, Mr McCormack.” We have also been pleased to have the support of Federal Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar, who recently stated in a return letter to Stuart that mandatory data sharing law is more important than ever (for more on this, please see page 10 of this magazine). I hope this update can assure you that we continue to fight for your right to access data from all vehicle manufacturers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In this series of articles, Automotive Repairers Council of Australia (ARCA) convener, Mike Smith, will take a look at issues that will affect automotive repairer workshops and topics of interest to the sector including occasional profiles of mechanics and other key personnel. email@example.com