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CEM DT-5500 Digital Insulation Tester

** New Equipment Update **

Our new CEM DT-5500 Digital Insulation Tester arrived in the post this morning.

It’s designed to test the insulation of electrical equipment by introducing a high voltage, low current signal whilst monitoring the equipment’s ability to remain electrically insulated from that signal. This is invaluable for testing our workshop equipment to ensure it remains safe to use and the first thing I tested this morning using the DT-5500 was one of the workshop’s portable battery chargers which has a metal case and is often used outside in the car park. I’m pleased to say it passed with flying colours!

Its main use in the workshop however will be for testing electronically the insulation and the condition of the Piezo stones in both diesel and petrol engine fuel injectors.

Quite often an electrical leak into the body of the injector is an early sign of injector failure so being able to detect this quickly and easily can save many hours of work trying to detect intermittent drivability faults.

The following video shows the DT-5500 in use by ASNU Corporation Europe Ltd when bench testing a gasoline direct injection piezo injector, the type fitted to BMW cars.

Deodorising and Sanitising by CarSmart

Our friends at local bodyshop CarSmart are now offering a vehicle deodorising and sanitising service using their new fogger machine.

This technique is effective against a wide range of pathogens and remains effective for up to 30 days.

For further details contact CarSmart directly on 01482 223998.

Precautions in place:

  • The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only.
  • Initial customer contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging only.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to ensure there is only one customer present at the workshop at any time.
  • We are not providing a while-you-wait service and there will be no waiting at or in the vicinity of the workshop.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with disposable floor mats and seat covers.
  • The controls and handles of all vehicles are sanitised both on arrival and before they leave with Smartsan-V, a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Items in the workshop which come into contact with customers such as the card machine will be sanitised after each use with Smartsan-V.
  • When necessary and for high-risk customers I will increase my level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to include a 3M FFP3 respirator and disposable nitrile examination gloves.

Coronavirus MOT Updates

Car, van and motorcycle MOT expiry dates will be extended by 6 months if it’s due on or after 30 March 2020 – but you must keep your vehicle safe to drive.

  1. Eligibility
  2. First MOT Due
  3. How the 6-month Extension Works
  4. If you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails

The government announced back in March that MOTs due to expire after the 30th March 2020 will be extended by six months. Since then there has been little demand from the public for MOT tests and as a result most MOT Stations and repair workshops have temporarily closed.

I have been in constant contact with the MOT Station I use for my customer’s MOT tests and I’m now pleased to announce that they have reopened but with reduce staffing and reduced operating hours. This means I can now take bookings for MOT tests when they fall due.

New guidance issued by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency on May 27th 2020 clarifies the rules regarding vehicles which fail the MOT test. This will have implications for my customers as their vehicle will be unusable until a repair and retest have been carried out.

I will keep this page updated with any changes or new information as an when it released.

A brief outline of these changes is detailed below. You can read the full guidance here.

1. Eligibility

Your MOT certificate will be extended by 6 months if it was due to expire on or after 30 March 2020 and your vehicle is a:


2. First MOT due

The extension also applies to these types of vehicles that are due their first MOT test on or after 30 March 2020.


3. How the 6-month extension works

Your vehicle’s MOT expiry date will be automatically extended by 6 months if it’s eligible. This will be done about 7 days before it’s due to expire.

This means that:

  • your vehicle will still have a valid MOT certificate for an extra 6 months
  • you can still tax your vehicle – you might need to wait to do this until later in the month if both your MOT and vehicle tax run out this month
  • your insurance will still be valid
  • your vehicle’s record will be updated so the police can see you have a valid MOT

You will not get a new paper MOT certificate with the new expiry date on it.

You must still keep your vehicle safe to drive.

Example

Your vehicle’s MOT was due to expire on 3 May 2020.

This will automatically be extended to 3 November 2020. You will need to get your MOT by this date.


4. If you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails

Your MOT extension will no longer apply if you take your vehicle for its MOT and it fails.

Your vehicle will need to be fixed and pass its MOT before you can use it again.

Example

Your vehicle’s MOT was originally due to expire on 3 May 2020, but has been extended to 3 November 2020.

You take your vehicle for its MOT in August and it fails. You must stop using the vehicle until it’s fixed and passes another MOT test.


Precautions in place:

  • The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only.
  • Initial customer contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging only.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to ensure there is only one customer present at the workshop at any time.
  • We are not providing a while-you-wait service and there will be no waiting at or in the vicinity of the workshop.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with disposable floor mats and seat covers.
  • The controls and handles of all vehicles are sanitised both on arrival and before they leave with Smartsan-V, a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Items in the workshop which come into contact with customers such as the card machine will be sanitised after each use with Smartsan-V.
  • When necessary and for high-risk customers I will increase my level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to include a 3M FFP3 respirator and disposable nitrile examination gloves.

COVID-19 Update w/c 25-05-2020

The workshop will be closed on Monday for the bank holiday but will be open again on Tuesday 26th May. I am already 80% booked up for the week but there is room to accommodate emergency jobs if required.

The workshop remains closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only. Initial contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging. I will be staggering drop-off and pick-up times to ensure only one customer is present at the workshop at a time.

I will continue to sanitise all vehicles when they arrive and before they leave with a suitable anti-microbial disinfectant.

Precautions in place:

  • The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only.
  • Initial customer contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging only.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to ensure there is only one customer present at the workshop at any time.
  • We are not providing a while-you-wait service and there will be no waiting at or in the vicinity of the workshop.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with disposable floor mats and seat covers.
  • The controls and handles of all vehicles are sanitised both on arrival and before they leave with Smartsan-V, a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Items in the workshop which come into contact with customers such as the card machine will be sanitised after each use with Smartsan-V.
  • When necessary and for high-risk customers I will increase my level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to include a 3M FFP3 respirator and disposable nitrile examination gloves.

COVID-19 Update

The workshop will reopen at 9.00am on Monday 18th May to deal with breakdowns and a few jobs which have accumulated over the past few weeks. The workshop will remain open all week and I’ll decide at the end of the week whether to stay open or close again depending on demand.

The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only. Please phone the workshop on 01482 521201 or the workshop mobile and leave a voicemail message. Alternatively send a text message to the workshop mobile, a WhatsApp message to 441482521201 or use the message function on the company Facebook page. Please don’t send work-related messages to my personal Facebook account as I won’t see these on the workshop computer.

I’ll advise customers of the new procedures in place at the time of booking. As has been the case since the 13th March all vehicles are sanitised on arrival and before they leave with an appropriate anti-microbial disinfectant.

Precautions in place:

  • The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only.
  • Initial customer contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging only.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to ensure there is only one customer present at the workshop at any time.
  • We are not providing a while-you-wait service and there will be no waiting at or in the vicinity of the workshop.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with disposable floor mats and seat covers.
  • The controls and handles of all vehicles are sanitised both on arrival and before they leave with Smartsan-V, a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Items in the workshop which come into contact with customers such as the card machine will be sanitised after each use with Smartsan-V.
  • When necessary and for high-risk customers I will increase my level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to include a 3M FFP3 respirator and disposable nitrile examination gloves.

COVID-19 Precautions

Important COVID-19 Update:

From tomorrow I will be treating the controls and door handles of all vehicles on their arrival at the workshop and before they leave with Smartsan V anti-microbial disinfectant. Controls are items such as the steering wheel, gear lever, parking brake lever and commonly used switches. I will also extend that treatment to items in the workshop such as the credit card machine.

Smartsan V is a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi. It passes BS EN1276:1997 & BS EN 1650:1998 disinfection standards.

You can read more about the product I will be using and download its datasheet at the link below.

I’m being proactive with this so I can help protect both myself and my customers.

https://autosmart.co.uk/products/csmv114c-smartsan-v

Precautions in place:

  • The workshop is closed to visitors and all work is carried out by appointment only.
  • Initial customer contact is by telephone, email or social media messaging only.
  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered to ensure there is only one customer present at the workshop at any time.
  • We are not providing a while-you-wait service and there will be no waiting at or in the vicinity of the workshop.
  • All vehicles will be fitted with disposable floor mats and seat covers.
  • The controls and handles of all vehicles are sanitised both on arrival and before they leave with Smartsan-V, a non-staining broad spectrum sanitiser that is effective against a wide range of pathogenic virus, bacteria, yeast and fungi.
  • Items in the workshop which come into contact with customers such as the card machine will be sanitised after each use with Smartsan-V.
  • When necessary and for high-risk customers I will increase my level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to include a 3M FFP3 respirator and disposable nitrile examination gloves.

TPMS Diagnostic Health Check

Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) have been fitted to cars for many years but recently TPMS has become mandatory for all new vehicles and has become a testable item for the annual MOT inspection.

Two main technologies exist; indirect and direct TPMS. Indirect systems detect wheel speed rotation differences resulting from a deflated tyre by using inputs from the ABS wheel speed sensors. This technology was unreliable and could not detect tyre deflation in more than one wheel. All modern vehicles are fitted with direct TPMS which includes a pressure sensor in each wheel which transmits readings to a control unit using radio signals. The driver’s information display can then, in most cases display the tyre pressures for each wheel and warn the driver if a tyre suffers an unexpected pressure loss.

Like with all complex electronic systems, faults can occur with TPMS components resulting in the TPMS warning lamp illuminating. We have designed our TPMS Diagnostic Health Check to help identify the most common causes of unexplained TPMS warnings both quickly and cost effectively.

Our TPMS Diagnostic Health Check uses the latest dedicated TPMS diagnostic equipment and covers the following tests:

  • Checking and adjusting the tyre pressures in accordance with the tyre pressure placard.
  • Carrying out a scan of all TPMS sensors to check they are responding and reporting the correct tyre pressure.
  • Checking the sensor battery level*.
  • Carrying out a TPMS module fault code scan.
  • Carrying out a TPMS sensor ID comparison with the TPMS module*.
  • Carry out a TPMS sensor relearn procedure if required*.

* When vehicle is equipped with this function.

Our TPMS Diagnostic Health Check is suitable for vehicles equipped with direct TPMS. We can also carry out diagnostic work on indirect TPMS systems, please contact us for details. Further chargeable diagnostic and/or mechanical work may be required to resolve some TPMS faults.