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SKF extends product range and technical support in vehicle aftermarket

2013 February 15, 12:00 CET

During 2012, SKF significantly improved its European product market coverage and developed innovative technical tools to help customers meet market demands and facilitate correct repairs.

In the automotive repair market it is vital for distributors, local dealers and repair technicians to have a complete range of products available and the expertise to make an efficient and correct repair.


SKF product range expansion and new editions:

  • Extended European coverage: over 700 products were added to the European market range bringing the total assortment to over 9000 products;
  • Over 300 engine products were created during last year bringing the total European coverage to 78 percent including over 90 percent coverage for timing belt kits and water pumps;
  • Unique to the vehicle aftermarket – SKF has added 6 new multi-V belt kits with water pump bringing the total range to 27 kits – these days34% of the water pumps are driven by the auxiliary system. To avoid prematuremechanical failure such as loss of power steering or engine breakdown, SKF recommends changing the water pump at the same time as the auxiliary system.
  • 25 new timing belt kits with water pump bringing the total range to over 200, which covers more than 70% of the car parc in Europe.
  • Asian range focus: over 270 new kits for Asian cars were developed in 2012 including a wide assortment of multi-V belts for Asian engines bringing the range coverage in the European car parc to 78 percent;
  • Three new driveline tools were developed to help simplify and speed-up boot fitting for vehicle technicians: two clamping tools (VKN 400 & 401) and one expander tool (VKN 402); 
  • New boot kit packaging with a horizontal opening that is easier for technicians to open and takes up less space on distributors’ shelves;
  • A 20 percent increase in the SKF suspension range occurred during 2012 which now includes 231 top mount kits and 75 protection kits.
  • The range of belt tensioner pulleys for trucks has grown to 86 kits covering popular vehicles such as the Scania P, G, R, T-series, Mercedes Actros and the MAN GTA series;

Garage support material:

  • Five new vehicle specific educational videos on the SKF Vehicle Aftermarket channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/skfaftermarket) bringing the total number of videos to eleven and five new SKF Pole Position bulletins.The videos and bulletins aim to provide technicians with as much information as possible to carry out a tricky repair correctly the first time around.

  • QR codes on wheel bearing kit packaging giving immediate access tokit specific technical content. Thesehelp customers improve business efficiency while enabling SKF to reduce its carbon footprint by minimising the volume of printed material.

  • In order to help identify small differences in products and assist in using the correct part the first time, SKF has developed over 1700 product pictures showing the component from different angles and indicating specific features and measurements

SKF coverage of the top 10 sold car models in Europe:

 

ManufacturerCar modelSKF kits available
FordFiesta

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit, Suspension bearing kit

Engine:Freewheel alternator pulley kit, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Multi-V tensioner kit, Crankshaft damper kit, Timing belt kit, Timing tensioner kit, Timing idler kit, Timing belt kit with water pump, Water pump kit

Driveline:Driveshaft kit, CV-joint kit, Boot kit
FordFocus
Engine:Timing belt kit, Water pump kit, Crankshaft damper kit, Timing pulley, Timing tensioner
NissanQashqai

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump, Timing tensioner kit, Water pump kit, Multi-V Belt, Multi-V belt kit, Multi-V tensioner kit, Freewheel alternator pulley kit

Driveline:Boot kit
OpelCorsa

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump, Timing tensioner kit, Timing idler kit, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Multi-V tensioner kit, Freewheel alternator kit, Multi-V belt kit with water pump, Crankshaft damper kit, Water pump kit,

Driveline:Driveshaft kit, CV-joint kit, Boot kit
OpelAstra

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing idler, Timing tensioner, Multi-V idler, Multi-V tensioner, Multi-V belt, Water pump kit
RenaultClio

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Wheel bearing and brake disc kit, Suspension bearing

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump , Timing idler, Timing tensioner, Multi-V idler, Freewheel alternator pulley kit, Multi-V tensioner, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Water pump kit

Driveline:Driveshaft kit, CV-joint kit, Boot kit
RenaultMegane

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump , Timing idler, Timing tensioner, Multi-V idler, Multi-V tensioner, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Water pump kit
VolkswagenPassat

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit, Suspension bearing kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump , Timing idler, Timing tensioner, Multi-V idler, Multi-V tensioner, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Freewheel alternator pulley kit, Crankshaft damper kit, Water pump kit
Volkswagen

Golf

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, timing tensioner kit, timing idler kit, Timing belt kit with water pump, Multi-V belt, Multi-V belt kit, Multi-V tensioner kit, Crankshaft damper kit, Water pump kit
VolkswagenPolo

Chassis:Wheel bearing kit, Suspension strut kit

Engine:Timing belt kit, Timing belt kit with water pump , Timing idler kit, Multi-V belt, Multi-V tensioner kit, Freewheel alternator pulley kit, Crankshaft damper kit

Driveline:CV-joint kit, boot kit

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