Workshop Solutions June 2017 SR




The chances of a vehicle pulling up outside your garage with the new HFO-1234yf refrigerant in its air conditioning (AC) unit are fast increasing so you need to make sure you’re ready to service it. However, this doesn’t mean you can forget about its predecessor, R134a, just yet. Experts predict that vehicles requiring the R134a refrigerant will be in the marketplace for at least another decade. So, what does this mean for you? Put simply, if you haven’t done so already, you should invest in a new air conditioning machine fitted with the latest technology capable of servicing HFO-1234yf to the highest of standards. It may also be the right time to replace your existing R134a machine. Or if you’re currently outsourcing AC servicing because you don’t have the right machine at your garage, consider purchasing one for the first time. This will ensure you avoid turning away loyal customers and will enable you to maximise revenue streams. While some older cars might not be equipped with AC units, it’s more or less a given in new cars. Identifying the right AC machines to enable your garage to service them effectively is an area that needs your full attention. A popular choice for smaller outfits is the ECK Twin. With two machines in one unit to service both refrigerant types, this option offers excellent value for money.

AC is not part of a routine vehicle service. Consequently, it often becomes an after-thought despite manufacturers recommending that the system should be serviced every 12 months. While many of your customers will see AC as invaluable, skimped maintenance could be at the detriment of the car’s health, resulting in costly repairs. Taking the opportunity to remind your customers of this and encouraging them to have their AC serviced with you every 12 months will result in increased repeat business and customers who feel valued. To keep your AC machines in top working order, you should consider purchasing the following accessories: Refrigerant, PAG oils, UV dye and vacuum pump oil for routine maintenance. A thermometer, sniffer and UV torch for performance checks and finding leaks

Nitrogen kits and the Marksman ll for more advanced leak finding. They are easy to use and will pinpoint any leak of anti-bacterial treatments. Finally, anybody using an R134a machine must hold an F-Gas certificate. It’s the law. Speak to a member of the Euro Car Part team who all have an in-depth knowledge of the various machines on offer and the accessories needed for their respective up-keep No-one knows AC machines better than we do. At Workshop Solutions, we provide not only the AC equipment and tools you need for your garage, but expert consultancy to help you chose the right machines. But it doesn’t stop there. We have a network of engineers covering the UK servicing, installing and repairing machines as required. We offer an end-to-end solution so you can focus on running the rest of your business.

†Finance example typically based on a 5 year lease purchase agreement. Finance subject to status, full terms and conditions available on request. Other finance options available. All prices exclude VAT at 20%. Price, availability and specification may change without prior notice. Warranty subject to manufacturers terms and conditions of use. Errors and omissions excluded. Offers valid until 30th September 2017. Prices correct at time of going to press: June 2017.



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