Encourage wiper blade replacement this winter

First Line is urging technicians to promote the importance of checking and potentially replacing wiper blades this winter.

The company says it is best practice to change wipers annually as a matter of course and not leave them to deteriorate to the point where smearing impacts the driver’s visibility. Every Borg & Beck wiper blade is supplied with a complete selection of fitting adaptors to ensure the widest possible vehicle coverage for minimum stock investment. All the blades are manufactured from 100 percent natural rubber with a liquid graphite coating for long-lasting smooth, streak-free and silent operation.

Conventional blades are available in sizes from 11 to 28 inches, while the spoiler blades, which are mainly fitted on the driver’s side and ensure extra contact, are available from 18 to 28 inches. Both feature a high strength zinc galvanised steel frame and stainless-steel backing, which means they are robust, while remaining corrosion free. The Borg & Beck flat blade design features a flatter spoiler to minimise drag and enhance screen-clearing. They are supplied with a multi functioning mounting base and clips for easy fitment and are available from 15 to 30 inches.

Also in range are the 16 to 28 inch hybrid blades, a modern replacement to a conventional blade, featuring an integrated spoiler that runs the whole length of the blade, providing a chatter free, smooth wiping action. A rear blade replacement is also available, sizes range from 8 to 16 inch.

To support garages to encourage drivers to replace their wiper blades, First Line has produced a poster outlining key information on when to replace wiper blades, available on request by filling in the online form https://mailchi.mp/firstlineltd.co/posterswww.firstlineltd.com

Timing belt kits with water pumps

When replacing a timing belt that drives the water pump, it is common practice to replace the water pump at the same time – First Line supplies a range of Timing Belt Kits containing belts, tensioners, idlers and water pumps, under the company’s First Line and Borg & Beck brands.

The range consists of more than 40 references, covering over 3,000 applications, including many popular manufacturers such as Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Seat, Renault, Volvo, Toyota and Vauxhall. In addition to the timing belt, the kits contain all the necessary parts required when changing a synchronous drive system. They are supplied, as standard, with the water pump, pulleys, tensioners and fixing components, where applicable, meaning technicians receive everything they need from one source.

Technical layout drawings aid the identification process, available in its online catalogue webcat.firstline.co.uk, where the full range can be looked up via application or cross reference. The kits are backed by a comprehensive two-year/24,000-mile warranty against manufacturing defects, if replaced in line with the manufacturers schedule.
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Remember to check the hoses

Within the turbo system are several hoses that play a vital role in maintaining performance and the engine’s emissions. As they are exposed to large changes in temperature and pressure, if they are not replaced when they show signs of wear, they will inevitably fail. When changing the turbo, you should automatically check the condition of the turbo hoses and the engine’s other hoses. 

They are still sometimes thought of as a dealer-only product, but First Line has a comprehensive range, offering more than 700-part numbers. Amongst the most popular applications are VAG A3, Leon, Golf V 1.9 TDI (First Line part number FTH1078), Ford Focus 1.6 TDCI 2004> (FTH1295) and BMW E46 320D 1998-2005 (FTH1190). When it comes to recent new to range additions, these include Audi A1 1.6 TDI 2010> and Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI 2012> (FTH1543), as well as Mercedes Viano 2.2 and Vito 2.1 2003>16 (FTH1601). 

Twenty hose clips, available in both ‘standard’ 1000 series and ‘heavy duty’ 1100 series specification, ensure an effective seal. 

Turbo hose identification can be a challenge, sometimes proving difficult to explain to a supplier which one is required. To help overcome this, First Line has created technical layout drawings for every application, which can be accessed through the company’s WebCat and can also be viewed in MAM AutoCat and TecDoc. 

All hoses are covered by a two-year/24,000-mile warranty. 

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