Schaeffler’s latest training day has been rated “10 out of 10” by one of the attending technicians, as delegates learnt about INA belt system and FAG wheel bearing technology, best practice, installation and problem diagnosis at the REPXPERT Academy in Hereford.
Members were given some practical demonstrations before being set a number of tasks by REPXPERTs Tim Adams and Andrew Vaux. One invaluable session was how to accurately install an INA timing belt tensioner on either a VAG 1.9-litre or 2.0-litre TDi, using the INA-designed stud alignment tool to help avoid potentially expensive belt system failures.
Adams and Vaux also showed the group how to change the timing belt on a Ford 1.8TDCi, illustrating how using best practice can help avoid system failure. The pair revealed that the method can also be applied to Vauxhall, Honda, Renault, VAG, Range Rover and Iveco applications.
The delegates were also presented with INA front end auxiliary drive (FEAD) systems, incorporating multi-ribbed belts, overrunning alternator pulleys (OAP) and overrunning alternator decouplers (OAD), as well as the INA crankshaft pulley decoupler fitted to BMW, Volvo and Vauxhall applications.
Another aspect of the training was an analysis of different timing drive configurations, as well as the latest intelligent water pump designs and thermal management technology.
Switching to FAG, the REPXPERTs gave practical demonstrations of the Hub 2.1 (Gen.2) wheel bearing, showing how to use the special tools that are required to guarantee a safe and correct installation. There was also a presentation about wheel bearing evolution, and how this humble part has evolved to help to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Schaeffler will be exhibiting at Automechanika Birmingham between June 4-6 (19S140), and amongst the augmented and mixed reality exhibits, which will offer visitors the chance to experience the ‘garage of the future’, a series of new training dates will be announced.
As well as the popular INA and FAG module, there will be several new sessions that focus on LuK double clutches, which proved successful throughout 2018 and the early part of this year. All these workouts are designed to prepare technicians for work entering their workshop now and in the future.