Archive for January, 2011

Have you ever put diesel in a petrol car?

January 30th, 2011 No comments

Misfueling is a common problem, with an estimated 150,000 people doing it each year.  As diesel cars become more popular this is a growing problem. It’s so easy to forget you’re driving a diesel car especially if you own one diesel and one petrol car.  For those people who do misfuel it’s an expensive mistake to make.

However by making a small investment in Dieselkey, a device that prevents misfuelling you’d be saving money by not having to repair the car each time you misfuel.  Dieselkey is simple and easy to fit., as it just replacews the filler cap.  If you try and put a petrol nozzle in the car it won’t allow you to. 

So why keep paying to rectify the situation each time you misfuel when you can prevent the problem with Diesel Key!

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Prevents putting petrol in a diesel car

Prevents putting petrol in a diesel car

Broken Airlines

January 27th, 2011 No comments

Broken airlines are reported to be the cause of 10% of truck breakdowns, this is an expensive problem to transport firms as breakdown fees and down time could lead to missed delivery slots and fines. As transport companies struggle to survive in the current economic climate, any investment in products to assist this problem need to aid productivity by saving money and reducing vehicle downtime.

The Bessie Air Line Replacement System is designed to reduce breakdown down time, fees and missed delivery slots. As Bessie is effectively a normal airline with a quick release coupling on both ends a driver can replace a broken line within minutes and then be on the way to make that all important delivery time slot.

A quick and easy solution there is no need for tools or on road repairs just replace the faulty line with the Bessie Ait Line Replacement System. Bessie complies with all relevant technical standards including hose from an OEM supplier and has been tested by Mira with a formal high quality acceptance.

From a Health & Safety perspective the inspectorate are stating that no problems can be foreseen with using this replacement device as long as drivers are given an induction to the system. Bessie also complies with the latest European legislation as the tractor end is secured by pilfer-proof locks.

So aide automotive are offering a first purchase introductory offer for a limited period, take this offer to fit and test a Bessie to see how a Bessie could save thousands of pounds.

Van Blind Spots addressed with van view

January 23rd, 2011 No comments

Blind spots in your mirror are a common problem for any driver but especially in a van.  Address these blind spots with VanView! The blind spot  in vans is the area directly after the door often means drivers are leaning over their steering wheel because they cannot see beyond the panel. VanView is a half sized lens that press fits snugly to the van’s passenger side window glass allowing you to see down that side of the van. It can be used on all vans, although it particularly addresses the issue that the larger end of the LCV marketseem to have.

Similar to the HGV lens, VanView attaches to the nearside window, mitigating the blind spot that standard mirrors and window views do not cover, and helps when changing motorway lanes, manoeuvring into a tight loading bay or avoiding concrete bollards.

Contact aide automotive for more details

Truck and Trailer Diagnostics

January 20th, 2011 No comments

Truck and Trailer diagnostics are a crucial element in maintaining vehicles especially as the engines and electrics become increasingly sophisticated. One recent customer “CPA Commercials” realised that as they worked with several maintenance contracts on multi brand vehicles, they needed to support their customer’s diagnostic needs. CPA’s mobile fitter, Chris, had been referring vehicles to main dealers for fault code reading and programming, making this referral each time was costing his customer more money and adding time to repairs – meaning the vehicle was out of service for longer than and having the truck off the road!
CPA placed an enquiry with aide automotive to consider purchasing a diagnostic tool so they could do it themselves in house.  We provided an on site demonstration to show him how easy our diagnostic kit is to operate. This cost effective solution means they can now diagnose all fault codes themselves, saving both time and money.

I have been using the aide automotive tool for a few months now, I am extremely impressed, especially with the level of support for DAF and Mercedes. It’s also helped to diagnose faults on several trailer braking systems. The tool is well on its way to paying for itself and I would recommend it to anyone!”
Chris, CPA Commercials.


If you’d like to arrange a no-obligation site demonstration click Truck Diagnostics to contact us

Fuel theft common problem as fuel prices rise

January 17th, 2011 No comments

As fuel prices increase so does the cases of fuel theft, as it’s value increases it becomes even more of a commodity for thieves looking to syphon fuel from an engine.

Matthew Burke of aide automotive says that enquiries for his fuel theft device increase when the price of fuel increases too. In a recent interview with he tells of the demand for fuel theft devices.  He also explains about the problems organisations face when they’re targeted by thieves wanting to siphon fuel from fleets of vehicles.

In a question and answer session with the website, Matthew Burke says the following

Q: Fuel prices rose again January with additional fuel duty and VAT increase piled on. Do you think this will lead to an increase in fuel siphoning?

A: Every time fuel prices rise our enquiry ratio rises with it and ultimately anti-siphon device orders. A common phrase of “we had diesel siphoned last night” is included in most enquiries. With fuel price rises operators see how much fuel siphoning is hurting the financial side of the business and a small outlay could save thousands in the long run. Fuel siphoning is here to stay in the UK with more incidents reported every month. New reports of fuel station bunkers being hit by the thieves shows that by protecting one sector another is targeted, this is also the case if a transport yard has been targeted and then fitted anti-siphoning devices as the next local transport business is usual hit by siphoning

To read the full interview click interview with fuel theft device interview or click aide automotive to find out more on the full range of products that the company offers.

Fuel theft device to prevent thieves siphoning fuel from a vehicle

Fuel theft device to prevent thieves siphoning fuel from a vehicle

Tyre pressure monitoring to prevent underinflated tyres

January 15th, 2011 No comments

Tyre pressure monitoring of fleets of vehicles improves safety and saves cash.

TyreSafe is currently reminding organisations that running car and vans on their correct tyre pressure can optimise safety, cut CO2 emissions and fuel consumption as well as resulting  in longer tyre life.

TyreSafe chairman, Stuart Jackson, comments: Reduced fuel bills are possible by simply making sure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, so at a time when every penny counts for many motorists, just a few extra minutes taking these simple steps can pay real dividends.”

It is a fact that under inflated tyres cause higher fuel consumption. The tyres have an increased rolling resistance, which means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the car less economical. Calculations from one TyreSafe member show that when tyres are under-inflated by just 20 percent or around 6psi, 3 percent more fuel is used.

Jackson adds: “Vehicle safety is always paramount, but making sure tyres are correctly inflated has the very attractive benefit of reduced fuel bills, which is especially important in tough economic times. Motorists needn’t be throwing money away just by making a few straight forward tyre pressure checks.”

A recent TyreSafe survey showed that an astonishing 36% of vehicles were found to be driving with tyres considered to be dangerous as they were under-inflated by more than 8psi.

To monitor your tyres on a regular basis, try a product such as Pressurepro or Air Alert  and you too could start saving on your fuel consumption

Tyre pressure monitor to avoid underinflated tyres

Tyre pressure monitor to avoid underinflated tyres

Bessie The New Suzie Repair System

January 13th, 2011 Comments off

Bessie is a quick-fit airline replacement system.

Broken airlines cause around 10 per cent of lorry breakdowns and are a persistent problem meaning delays while they are fixed and sometimes incurring financial penalties if deliveries are not made on time.

Bessie is effectively a normal airline, but with quick release couplings on both ends, enabling the driver to change a broken line in seconds without the need for tools.

This product will revolutionise the truck and trailer market and save transport companies thousands of pounds a year.

Enquire further about Bessie at aide automotive.

AdBlue Contamination No More With AdBlue Key

January 13th, 2011 Comments off

In order to comply with new emission standards, the automotive industry has decided to introduce SCR technology to diesel powered vehicles. SCR stands for Selective Catalytic Reduction and simply put means that the catalytic convertor transforms harmful exhaust gases into naturally occurring substances.

AdBlue Key will soon be in production with expected sales to outstripe any imediate stock level.

It only takes 5ml of Diesel to 20 litres of AdBlue in the AdBlue tank to turn it into a harmful paste.  A problem that is any vehicle owners worst nightmare.  The first bit of advice that I can offer you is dont attempt to drive off the forecourt and call your breakdown company right away!

To avoid a very expensive repair bill sue to AdBlue Contamination with Diesel contact aide automotive now to enquire about AdBlue Key.

Misfueling – ever put petrol in a diesel car?

January 9th, 2011 No comments

Many people misfuel their diesel cars with petrol, it’s a common occurance with an estimated 150,000 people misfuelling each year.  Puting petrol in a diesel car is an expensive mistake to rectify. However by a small investment in a simple device such as Diesel Key, you can prevent the problem quite easily.

Diesel Key is a simple device that is easy to install. It acts as a simple replacement for the filler cap. Simply unscrew and replace with Diesel Key. Then if you try and put a petrol nozzle in the device it won’t fit and you’ll be unable to put petrol in the vehicle. Simple and effective!

Diesel Key - prevents misfuelling a diesel car with petrol

Diesel Key - prevents misfuelling a diesel car with petrol

Fuel theft device that prevents diesel spillage

January 6th, 2011 No comments

There’s a new fuel theft device on the market that has the added bonus of preventing diesel spillage.

With ever increasing fuel prices, fuel theft becomes more common as fuel becomes a valuable commodity. There are many fuel theft devices on the market to give organisations the opportunity to prevent diesel theft from their fleet of vehicles. The new TP Spill Valve not only deters against the siphoning of fuel but also prevents diesel spillage. 

TP Spill Valve is a retro fit valve for the TP Anti Syph product range to stop diesel spillages. Easy to fit and ideal as an environmental proactive measurement, this simple step will make roads safer for all users. With Corporate Responsibility being top of most organisations’ agendas, this retro fit Spill Valve device gives businesses the chance to comply. Diesel spillage is a dangerous problem to all road users. Diesel spills can be as slippery as black ice and a potential hazard in particular to motorcyclists; just a few litres can cause a potentially lethal accident. Causing such a spillage can result in a  £5,000 fine, along with six points on your licence is the penalty for UK Spillages. You may also be liable for the costs of cleaning up the spill and repairing the road surface with your insurance premiums being affected. The worst case scenario can be a charge of corporate manslaughter.

Vist aide automotive to find out more