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Schaeffler offers more practical advice in Day in the Life of a Workshop video series

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

The mismatch of parts, training and an eye on the future were the key talking points for REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, Schaeffler Brand Ambassador, Andy Savva, and Oldfields Garage Director, Tim Benson, as the trio completed their Day in the Life of a Workshop video series.

After discussing workload efficiency, special tooling and budgets in parts one and two, Andy, also known as The Garage Inspector, quizzed Tim on the “mix and match” of products from different suppliers, like brake pads and discs or flywheels and clutches, and how Tim overcomes this, as the components may not match and fit correctly because of design and quality discrepancies.

He responded: “We always try to match the parts together, and there are a lot of factors, the first of which is quality. Particularly on a clutch job, the last thing my team want to be doing is to get the vehicle off the ramp, which they’re not going to do until the end, and then notice there’s a problem.”

Alistair said, “Schaeffler prides itself on the fact everything required for a clutch replacement is in one box. We’ve now introduced LuK RepSet DMF kits, which contain both a complete clutch and matched original equipment dual mass flywheel, while, for timing belt replacements, any bolts that are taken out should be replaced, so we will always put the bolts in the box, along with the timing belt, idlers and tensioners.” He added, “In training we always emphasise that point, and we are reprofiling motor factors’ stock constantly to ensure they have the latest products available for independent workshops.”

On training , Tim revealed that despite Oldfields Garage rural location creating accessibility issues, he tries to arrange for him and his team to attend technical evenings and training events, stressing the importance of staying up to date.

Tim was also asked about how longer service intervals, hybrid and electric vehicles will affect Oldfields' approach in the future. He replied, “We want customers to keep coming back, that’s how we’ve set-up everything from the front end, in terms of perception, accessibility, using all the tools etc. In terms of the future, we can’t hide from the fact the hybrid era is coming and we need to develop our skills within. In terms of mechanical repairs, when it comes to fully-electric cars, there’s little we can do on them from a maintenance point of view – it will really reduce that part of our business, so we need to think because although it’s not happening now, it’s coming and we need to plan for the future.”

Andy, The Garage Inspector, highlighted his courses as a way of helping workshops adapt. “I hope I give workshops the confidence to know there’s enough resource around. If they want to stay in business and thrive, they have to continually invest in all aspects. The support Schaeffler and REPXPERT give Tim and his team, allowing them to access new technologies and training, plus my skillset in business, gives him a better chance to succeed in an ever-changing climate.”

The final two videos are now available on the REPXPERT social media channels – Facebook (@repxpert.co.uk) and Twitter (@REPXPERT_UK) – as well as the REPXPERT website (www.repxpert.co.uk)

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