Mechanex 2017

Ex­hi­bi­tion re­port.

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Contents -

There has been a trend in re­cent years for fewer ma­jor in­dus­try names to dis­play at Mechanex, with the ex­hi­bi­tion space taken up by smaller play­ers, niche equip­ment sup­pli­ers and parts spe­cial­ists, par­tic­u­larly in the re­man­u­fac­tur­ing arena.

Among the big­gest names at the Novem­ber show was Scha­ef­fler, bet­ter known for its lead­ing brands LUK, INA, FAG and Ruville, which ran some ex­cel­lent Q&A ses­sions. An el­e­vated floor area was given over to dis­plays of its prod­ucts, with tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ists on hand to an­swer ques­tions and of­fer ad­vice. I never knew that the hor­rors of a dual mass fly­wheel could be so rea­son­ably dealt with!

There were also hands-on lec­tures and demon­stra­tions by Dayco on tim­ing belts, in­clud­ing their belt-in-oil to re­place tim­ing chains, as well as the usual sem­i­nar ses­sions run­ning through­out the day.

Bat­tery man­u­fac­tur­ers were also om­nipresent and ea­ger to sat­isfy the in­creas­ingly com­plex and de­mands of mod­ern cars, par­tic­u­larly the stop-start va­ri­ety where the weird re­quire­ments of al­ter­na­tor, bat­tery and brake en­ergy re­cov­ery sys­tems need sat­is­fy­ing. Com­pa­nies such as Eco­bat were avail­able to present di­ag­nos­tic so­lu­tions to stop ECUS from crash­ing when the bat­tery is dis­con­nected.

With the nifty cor­po­rate slo­gan of ‘Drive, Steer, Stop’, Shaftec boasted a wide range of re­man­u­fac­tured trans­mis­sion, steer­ing and brak­ing parts. Should an item not be in stock, the com­pany of­fers a col­lec­tion and re­man­u­fac­tur­ing ser­vice of your ex­ist­ing com­po­nent within five work­ing days, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from brake calipers to drive­shafts and steer­ing pumps.

Pass­ing the BTN Turbo stand, we paused to reflect on the diminu­tive size of the Gar­rett tur­bos on dis­play, many in cut­away form, be­fore mov­ing on to in­ter­est­ing stands from Bosch, Va­leo, Del­phi, Brembo, Sykes-pick­a­vant, Sealey and oth­ers.

The 2018 Mechanex shows will be held at Alexan­dra Palace in Lon­don in March, Event City in Manch­ester in May, and the Ri­coh Arena in Coven­try in Oc­to­ber, be­fore re­turn­ing to Sandown Park in Novem­ber. En­try is free with ad­vance ticket or sign in at the gate. Also free for ev­ery at­tendee is a ba­con bun and a T-shirt, plus var­i­ous good­ies from ex­hibitors.

First thing to catch the eye was this well-belted Audi A8 en­gine on the SNR/NTN stand. No need for braces with this!

Tu­ition and Q&AS re­gard­ing tim­ing belts on the Dayco stand. The nitty-gritty can be com­plex these days.

The fit­ting of a dual mass fly­wheel was made sim­pler, if not ex­actly eas­ier, thanks to ex­pert demon­stra­tions by Scha­ef­fler tech­ni­cians.

Ad­vice and in­struc­tion on Scha­ef­fler’s huge range of prod­ucts from its spe­cial­ists.

A clean turbo is a happy turbo, so chem­i­cal clean­ers are bet­ter to use early than late.

Chang­ing a bat­tery these days can de­mand tools such as these de­vices from Eco­bat to main­tain in­tegrity of the car’s elec­tron­ics.

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