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Commercial Repairs For Trailer Faults

October 12th, 2019 No comments

With the growing need for fault finding the modern way, Code Talk Trailer Diagnostics is becoming more and more of interest to the commercial vehicle trade.

Cooks Commercials, based in Taunton consulted aide automotive of the available tools to determine faults on trailers, reviewing TrailerCheck, The EBS ABS Sensor Master & Code Talk it became obvious the full trailer diagnostic system Code Talk was the correct tool.

Code Talk is a world-renowned Diagnostics Handheld Fault Code Reader for all Trailer Manufacturers including WABCO, HALDEX, KNORR-BREMSE and specifically their trailer ABS/EBS Brake systems. This product is used by being plugged into the braking ECU and will read out and clear any fault codes that the trailer may have. The Code Talk can also show live air pressures, wheel speeds, and system voltages which also helps with the diagnostics on the trailer. It can also act as a remote to our VTC allowing you to work from inside an HGV Service Van.

With NO annual software fee with Code Talk, this trailer diagnostics tool is by far the best on the UK market. Up gradable for future proofing, the Code Talk will outlast and beat any Texa or JalTest system.

Code Talk Trailer Diagnostics is an aftermarket engineers’ diagnostic tool, designed by UK trailer maintenance engineers for engineers.

Contact aide automotive on 0115 8456471 To Discuss Trailer Diagnostics for a Haulage Trailer Fleet

 

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Code Talk is the next generation of trailer diagnostics from aide automotive ltd.

Caravan Electrical Lights Tester

October 7th, 2019 Comments off

Caravan & Trailer 12 Volt Lighting Tester

TestaTow Becomes The Ultimate Towing Tester

Testing and serving caravan electrics is of major importance for road safety.

The Caravan Electrical Tester TestaTow will cover all the functions on the 12N and 12S as well as the modern Pin Plug.

The Caravan Lights & Fridge Tester, TestaTow incorporates a AMP Current draw of power for the Fridge and Battery Charging / Permanent Live.
TestaTow the Ultimate 12 Volt Caravan Lights Tester will hold power on the faulty circuit leaving both your hands free while you trace the problem. Then if you need to work on the circuit you can use the handset to switch the power to another light or off altogether.
With the Remote Handset repairs can be carried out without risking a short circuit, switch the power to re-do the test without needing to move from the place where you are working. As there is no need to keep walking back and forth to tow a vehicle, the test and repair times are really very quick even when you have more than one faulty light.
Further TestaTow will test the pulling vehicles Tow Bar Electrics, testing of a Tow Bar is now part of that compulsory MOT test, having the option to test a Tow Bar upon a customers fault report covers all potential links in the vehicles electrical fault chain.
TestaTow is well constructed for any workshop and is powered by internal batteries, re chargeable via the mains charger supplied.
Caravan Electrics tester, TestaTow can be used by caravan dealer workshops to a single caravan maintenance engineer.
Contact aide automotive to purchase the TestaTow or ask any further questions.
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Caravan Electrical Lights Tester
TestaTow Becomes The Ultimate Towing Tester

Purchase Truck HGV Fresnel Lens Online

September 26th, 2019 Comments off

Truck Fresnel Lens Blind Spot Mirror – Purchase Online
Purchase The Truck Fresnel Lens Via PayPal

A Truck Fresnel Lens press-fits inside the truck’s passenger side window, like a mirror, a Fresnel Lens affords the driver a normal, (through the window) view of what’s close to his cab, not a reversed or inverted mirror image. That means the driver will assimilate any danger much faster and react far more quickly.

Due to a blind spot, drivers of trucks cannot see smaller vehicles or other vulnerable road users which are immediately next to the passenger side door of their HGV. These unseen road users can be hit if the truck changes lane in their direction.

London has become the first city in Britain to fine the drivers of HGVs not fitted with equipment to protect cyclists.

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1 x Truck Fresnel Lens – £9.99 + VAT = £11.99 Purchase Via PayPal Now

2 x Truck Fresnel Lens – £19.98 + VAT = £23.98 Purchase Via PayPal Now

5 x Truck Fresnel Lens – £47.50 + VAT = £57.00 Purchase Via PayPal Now

To purchase multiple Fresnel Len’s, use the open value PayPal link below, multiply the price against the required quantity, don’t forget to add the VAT.

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Prefer to purchase using a credit card? Please call on 0115 8456471, all cards accepted.

We aim to dispatch your order within 48 working hours, VAT invoices will be emailed upon dispatch.

All orders are bound by aide automotives terms & condition’s, copies supplied upon request.

Truck Blind Spot Lens Receives Excellent Feedback

Fresnel lenses are now accepted by Transport for London

Purchase Bowmonk Printer Paper Rolls

September 26th, 2019 Comments off

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Supplied in Packs of 10 or boxes of 20, these Printer Paper Rolls are Thermal Paper.

10 x Bowmonk Printer Paper Rolls – £15 + Shipping (£5.95) + VAT = £25.14

Box of 20 Bowmonk Printer Paper Rolls – £30 + Shipping (£9.95) + VAT = £47.94

We aim to dispatch your order within 48 working hours, VAT invoices will be emailed upon dispatch.

Wishing to purchase using a credit card? Please call on 0115 8456471, all cards accepted.

All orders are bound by aide automotives terms & condition’s, copies supplied upon request

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Commercial Vehicle Caliper Tester

September 24th, 2019 Comments off

HGV Brake Caliper Tester

The tester is used to check the potentiometers (wear indicators) in brake calipers and for the determination of the wear of the brake disc and brake pads.

The practice of checking a potentiometer for faults and replacement could save a commercial vehicle operator thousands instead of complete caliper replacements!!

The reported practise of replacing a complete calipers rather than testing and replacing a potentiometer is in the past if you own an aide automotive Potentiometer Tester.

The procedure for checking the potentiometer can be carried out with the caliper installed on the vehicle or with the caliper removed, simply connect the supplied correct cable to the brake potentiometer, power the tester and choose which type you are testing, MAN / Mercedes 3 Wire Gold DAF / Mercedes 2 Wire Scania / Iveco /
Mercedes 3 Wire Silver

The display will show the voltage, pad wear percentage & bar graph.

To set a new potentiometer simply wind the potentiometer until the display show 0 %, done!!

To test a potentiometer, wind the potentiometer until about 2.75 volts, this will show low pads warning and then to 100% for failure warning. SIMPLE!!

So start testing & replacing potentiometers to save money today!!
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Truck Potentiometer Tester For Brake Calipers

DVSA Suggests More HGV Brake Tests ??

September 11th, 2019 Comments off

aide automotive explains why its portable Bowmonk BrakeCheck solution is a viable alternative to roller brake testers when carrying out a non-MOT brake test.
Regular brake tests are currently being requested by the DVSA on all commercial vehicles of 7.5 tonne and over, as part of an interim safety inspection. At the absolute minimum, the agency is asking for a quarterly voluntary brake test to be carried out in addition to the annual MOT test.

Fortunately, most commercial operators have taken heed of this request and are having their brakes checked more frequently, as it is a means of monitoring braking efficiency more closely. However, in some cases, it would appear that this frequency of testing is still not enough, as the level of deterioration is a cause for concern.

In most cases, the DVSA would prefer this test to be carried out as part of the six-weekly inspection. This would have thebenefit of highlighting a decrease in braking performance considerably sooner than those performed once every three months, and in doing so, afford more effective preventative maintenance opportunities.

Evidently, there are a great number of commercial workshops who are still of the misconception that all of the aforementioned brake tests have to be performed on a roller brake tester. This is not the case! The Traffic Commission has allowed the use of a DVSA-approved brake tester, like Bowmonk’s BrakeCheck, for all non-MOT brake tests.

Aside from the mandatory requirements, there is also the upsell opportunity. Workshops providing a brake overhaul service, where components are in need of replacement, can offer a ‘before and after’ brake test report; an opportunity to show their customers the level of efficiency achieved prior to and following any necessary repair work.

A user guide to BrakeCheck

Position the BrakeCheck unit on a level surface, such as the passenger side foot well. Switch the unit on by pressing and holding the ‘Menu’ button until ‘Sbr’ appears in the display.
Confirm Service Brake choice by pressing ‘Enter’.
When the unit is level enough to start the test, a symbol (pictured left) will be shown on the display. Once the symbol is displayed, press ‘Enter’.
The unit is now ready for the test. When the test area is clear, accelerate the vehicle to an appropriate test speed (e.g. 20 mph).
Once the vehicle is travelling at an appropriate test speed, check for traffic approaching from behind. If safe to do so, apply the footbrake as a controlled emergency stop, without skidding.
Once the vehicle has been brought to a complete stop, the unit will generate and display a braking efficiency value.
Once the Service Brake test is complete, change to Hand Brake mode by pressing the ‘Menu’ button (so that the hand brake test LED is illuminated). As before, confirm this choice by pressing ‘Enter’, which will take you to the levelling display. Press ‘Enter’ when the level indicator is shown.
As before, accelerate the vehicle to the test speed, this time applying the hand brake to stop the vehicle. Note: please check with your vehicle manufacturer if this type of procedure is acceptable.
Once the vehicle has come to a complete stop, the display will show the braking efficiency of the hand brake.
To view the service brake test report, press the ‘Menu’ button until the last test result and service brake test LEDs are illuminated. Then press ‘Enter’ to display the result, which can now be printed using the optional wireless printer.
With the BrakeCheck unit positioned approximately 2 to 3cm in front of the infra-red printer, switch on the printer and press the ‘Print’ button on the BrakeCheck to print the test result.
To view or print the hand brake test, carry out the same procedure, but use the ‘Menu’ button to illuminate the hand brake test and last test result LEDs.

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HGV  / Commercial Vehicle Brake Testing 

September 3rd, 2019 Comments off

Although the DVSA states a preference for roller brake testers during safety inspections, it does allow the use of portable decelerometers. What are their advantages and limitations of using portable decelerometers?

Every safety inspection must assess the braking performance of a vehicle or trailer. It’s a key part of any maintenance regime and demonstrates that operators are running their fleets in a compliant manner and protecting other road users. The DVSA’s Guide to Maintaining Roadworthiness states that using an approved and calibrated decelerometer is acceptable to measure overall brake efficiency values for vehicles as part of the yearly maintenance scheme.

We do hear that testers are “strongly advised” to use a calibrated roller brake tester (RBT) at each safety inspection to measure individual brake performance and overall braking efficiencies for the vehicle or trailer according to the annual test standards.

Why is this? And when should each type be used?

There are two main types of portable decelerometer: digital and mechanical. Both are straightforward to use, although care has to be taken: “To use a decelerometer, the vehicle must be driven on the road, or in a yard with enough space. This should be a good surface, which is suitable in wet or dry conditions, with little traffic.

As the guidance states the use of an RBT or calibrated decelerometer can be used, it is obvious to most that a roller brake tester is far better way of determining brake efficiency. Very true would be an educated response although a combination of Roller Brake Tests and regular decelerometers test is as good a record of brake tests as possibly can be offered.

So is a portable decelerometer vulnerable to mis-testing?, a DVSA spokesman explains: “Anecdotally, the DVSA is aware of potential risks due to user error, although the DVSA has no data on this. Also, roller brake testing provides a more consistent test, whereas decelerometer use may involve some environmental variations such as test speed, road surface, weather, or gradient of the road.”

Speaking about the restriction on using decelerometers with tractor-trailer combinations, the spokesman adds: “Assessing different parts of a tractor and trailer combination can be difficult with only a decelerometer. For this reason, rigid vehicles such as buses and non-articulated lorries are more acceptable uses of decelerometers.”

The DVSA spokesman says that manufacturers provide guidance on the use of decelerometers. Risk assessments need to be in place where decelerometers are being used for brake testing, and the tests must be carried out under controlled and safe conditions.

Another decelerometer supplier is Bowmonk. Its portable brake testing kit, BrakeCheck, is also approved by the DVSA. Bowmonk says RBTs are not more accurate, but are preferred for annual tests because they “provide a means of recording each individual brake performance, whereas a decelerometer records the overall braking performance”. He adds: ”DVSA allows all operators to use a BrakeCheck for all of their interim brake tests that form part of their scheduled safety inspections.”

Bowmonk’s equipment was approved because it was able to demonstrate that the readings of overall braking efficiency and percentage of braking imbalance recorded by the device were within a specified level of tolerance, compared to that of an RBT. “BrakeCheck records the rate of acceleration from vehicle rest to the point where the brakes are applied. At this point it detects the forces being shifted forward, and then records the rate of deceleration to the point where the vehicle comes to a complete stop. From this, BrakeCheck then calculates the stopping distance, test speed and ultimately the braking efficiency.”

Any competent vehicle technician can use a BrakeCheck decelerometer without training, although training can be offered.

Adds Dave Wood, DVSA enforcement policy manager: “Under controlled and limited situations, decelerometer testing still has a place. As electronic braking performance monitoring systems gain popularity, we would like to encourage operators to use such systems as part of their vehicle defect monitoring and maintenance regime.”

FIXED BRAKE TESTERS

DVSA says it strongly advises calibrated RBTs “because this is the method of brake testing used by the MOT and is supported by legislation“.

Steve Coles, head of MOT operations at the Retail Motor Industry Federation, confirms that an RBT measures a greater number of elements of brake performance than a decelerometer. He states: “Performance efficiency, binding, fluctuation, increase and reduction of brake effort can all be measured, whereas a decelerometer can only check efficiency and a very rudimentary check of imbalance, which is subjective rather than measured.”

One reason DVSA prefers RBTs is road safety: “Having vehicles conduct emergency stops on public roads using a decelerometer carries a certain risk to other road users that is alleviated if the vehicle is tested in a workshop using an RBT.”

Approved MOT stations must have a fixed brake tester, either roller brake (pictured above) or plate brake tester. Boston’s Tabor says: “Roller brake testers are the most commonly used, since they require less space. The only exception to a fixed brake tester may be a remote part of the country, for example some Scottish islands, but this is rare, if not now a discontinued practice.”

To meet DVSA criteria, all equipment used in the test lane – fixed or otherwise – has to be approved by, for example, the Garage Equipment Association (list of approved equipment: ). Explains Tabor: “The reason for this is to make sure that regardless of where the vehicle is tested and on what make of equipment, the result will be the same. To maintain accuracy, fixed brake testers must be calibrated every six months and certificates to prove accuracy are issued to the test station. Decelerometers must meet mandatory standards and also need calibrating every two years. The longer period between calibrations is because they are only there for temporary use.”

FURTHER INFORMATION

For a meaningful brake test, DVSA recommends that the vehicle should be at least 65% loaded, where possible.

BOX: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

In 2017, the boss of Grittenham Haulage and its mechanic were jailed after one of their tipper trucks crashed, killing four people, due to faulty brakes. The judge at Bristol Crown Court said Matthew Gordon and Peter Wood had a “cavalier“ attitude to vehicle maintenance at their firm before the incident in 2015.

Gordon told the court that he had been unaware brake checks had to be carried out every four months and admitted that he didn’t have a transport manager in place. Gordon was jailed for more than seven years; Wood for more than five.

After the sentencing, DCI Richard Ocone said: “Detailed and complex investigations showed many of the faults on the vehicle were longstanding – highlighted by the fact that the brakes on the lorry at the time of the crash were totally inadequate, having an overall efficiency of just 28%.”

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BrakeCheck is DVSA (VOSA) accepted & MOT approved.

Fresnel Lens / Truck Anti Siphon / Sender Unit Safe / Sensor Master Purchase Online

August 26th, 2019 Comments off

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Truck Fresnel Lens PVC
The Fresnel Lens is a clear, thin, flat plastic lens that is press fitted to a truck’s passenger door window.

Due to a blind spot, drivers of trucks cannot see smaller vehicles or other vulnerable road users which are immediately next to the passenger side door of their HGV. These unseen road users can be hit if the truck changes lane in their direction.

Truck Fuel Tank Sender Protection
Sender Safe is a new product to help with fuel security around a Truck Diesel Fuel Tank.

Sender Safe is a robust and easy to fit protective shield for a Truck Fuel Tank Sender unit, increased protection of the fuel tank filler entry by fitting anti siphon devices has meant the Sender Unit is now the way to steal fuel.

The Sender Safe unit sits on top of the fuel tank attached by the fuel tank mounting straps, Sender Safe prevents access and damage to the Fuel Tank Sender Unit.

TP UltraPlus – Anti Fuel Theft Device
TP UltraPlus is a high quality Truck Anti Fuel Theft device that helps to prevent the Fuel Theft from commercial vehicles.

This device is simple to fit, taking no more than a few minutes, with no drilling or gluing to a fuel tank.

TP UltraPlus can be fitted to all types of tank: bayonet, screw type & bus /coach.

Truck Manufacturers include, Volvo, MAN, DAF, Iveco, Scania, Renault, Foden, Hino & Mercedes

EBS ABS Sensor Tester
The EBS ABS Sensor Tester is one of aide automotive’s best selling products.

Any workshop requires fast, accurate and effective tools to diagnose faults easily and quickly. A high percentage of brake EBS/ABS faults are around the sensor or the sensor itself.

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HGV Fuel / Diesel Protection

August 15th, 2019 Comments off

HGV Fuel Theft Advert In Commercial Motor


The July edition of Commercial Motor highlighted a feature on Fuel Theft from commercial vehicles, titled “An Inside Job?”

The feature advised that fuel theft doesn’t just take place in laybys, its likely to happen much closer to home.

Commercial motors article explained on how to spot & deal with internal HGV fuel pilfering.

Below are some reported incidents of Commercial Vehicle Diesel Theft in the UK.

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Fuming Over Stolen Truck Diesel?

Hauliers have been advised to be on their guard after a load worth £18,000 was stolen from a truck in Northamptonshire last week.

Thieves broke into the lorry, which was parked in an A14 lay-by overnight on Wednesday 19 February, and took around 1,000 bottles of Bombay Sapphire gin.

The thieves are believed to have used a van in the raid, which occurred between 8pm on Wednesday and 5am on Thursday 20 February.

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North Yorkshire Police are urging hauliers to keep their vehicles properly secured overnight after a truck was stolen in Leyburn earlier this week.

The Scania truck with a curtainsided trailer was taken from Moor Road, sometime overnight between Monday 12 August and Tuesday 13 August.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police was unable to confirm which company operated the truck and hauliers in the area seemed unaware that the theft had taken place.

Police have advised that vehicles are kept in locked compounds when not in use and are fitted with GPS or tracking devices, enabling operators to locate vehicles if they are stolen.

 

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Re Calibration BrakeCheck MOT Bowmonk

August 8th, 2019 Comments off

If you require your Bowmonk BrakeCheck to be recalibrated or if its in need of repair, please follow the information below:

 

If you require your Bowmonk BrakeCheck to be tested for calibration, please see below instructions & relating charges for the calibration check.

With all tools in your workshop, you need to know they are working correctly and in test situations supplying the correct information. With this, we advise that your BrakeCheck is recalibrated.

We will aim to complete the recalibration of your BrakeCheck within 48-72 hours of receipt of the unit.

Option 1 – BrakeCheck Recalibration (ONLY)

Price
BrakeCheck Re calibration – £82.00 per unit
Carriage Options – £6.45 per unit by Signed for Royal Mail Or £9.95 by next day courier. (Not including Ireland)
Also:
New Batteries Are Recommended Every 4-6 Years, if required – £55.00
Need Any Paper For the Printer ? – Box of Paper Rolls – £30.00 If ordered the return carriage would be £14.50

For BrakeCheck recalibration (ONLY), you will need to return the BrakeCheck only. Please note chargers, cases, printers are not required.
It is suggested that you use a royal mail recorded delivery service / special delivery or courier to ensure that the unit(s) reach us safely.

Returns address: –
aide automotive Limited
Service Dept
Foxhall Business Centre
Foxhall Road
Nottingham, NG7 6LH

Option 2 – BrakeCheck recalibration with Service and test

Price
BrakeCheck Recalibration – £82.00 per unit
If your Kit is Older Than 4 years, You May Require & Service & Test – £55.00
Service & Test Checks All Items As preventive Maintenance & Cleaned To A Best Possible Standard

If you have lost or found to be faulty, you may require:
New BrakeCheck Or Printer Charger – £24.95
New BrakeCheck Batteries Are Recommended Every 4-6 Years, if required – £55.00
New Printer Batteries Are Recommended Every 4-6 Years, if required – £14.50
Box of Paper Rolls – £30.00
Return Next Day Courier – £14.50

All prices exclude VAT.

For BrakeCheck recalibration, service & test, you will need to return your BrakeCheck, Case, Printer & Accessories such as Chargers.
It is suggested that you use a royal mail special delivery service or signed for courier to ensure that the unit(s) reach us safely

Returns address: –
aide automotive Limited
Service Dept
Foxhall Business Centre
Foxhall Road
Nottingham, NG7 6LH

Please be so kind as to provide a full postal address so that we can return your tester efficiently!

Payment, once the required work is completed, our accounts dept will email a proforma invoice with options of online payments, card / PayPal / BACS.

If you would like to book your Bowmonk BrakeCheck in, please replay to this email.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office on 0115 845 6471

Prices are correct as 08.08.19, for latest prices please confirm before returning your Bowmonk BrakeCheck to us.

 

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