Specialist warns over lack of diesel reman standards

Leading aftermarket specialist Feather Diesel Services (FDS) has spoken out to warn an independent market increasingly focused on price to be careful over what they are buying and fitting to customers’ cars.

The simple fact is that words like ‘remanufactured’ or ‘reconditioned’ in the context of diesel engine components mean exactly what each supplier decides they should, making it virtually impossible to accurately compare quality and value between suppliers.

“The root cause of the problem is the lack of universal build specifications from the OE manufacturers,” said Steve Smith, Managing Director of FDS. “They don’t define what should be done when their products are remanufactured, and the market can fall into the trap of assuming it’s all the same.

“It’s just easier for people to look at a price, rather than the processes involved in top-quality remanufacturing.”

FDS have identified four key areas where costs are being cut in diesel remanufacturing. These are first, not replacing some components, secondly, not cleaning properly, thirdly, not testing and fourthly, through use of non-genuine components. All of these directly impact quality and reliability.

Feather Diesel is approved by the world’s leading diesel OEMs to repair a full range of diesel components and carries car and CV vehicle manufacturer approvals. Independent garages can benefit from a free UK collection and delivery service for repairs, with reconditioned service exchange units available from stock.

For further information, or technical advice, please call 01422 387800.

Katherine Thompson | Account Manager | katherine@autotechcomms.co.uk

About Feather Diesel

Feather Diesel Services is Britain’s leading centre of excellence in the supply, maintenance and repair of diesel fuel injection systems. The business aims to make a real contribution to the efficiency and cleanliness of diesel-engined cars, vans, buses and trucks.

Serving its clients for over 50 years, Feather Diesel’s quality of product and service has led to growing VM business with MAN ERF, Volvo Truck and Bus, Volvo Construction Equipment, Iveco, Nissan, Isuzu, Ford and Mazda as well as with diesel technology OEMs like Denso, Delphi and Bosch.

Feather Diesel is accredited to the Quality Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000, Environmental Standard BS EN ISO 14001 and to the Health & Safety Standard BS EN ISO 18001.

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The root cause of the problem is the lack of universal build specifications from the OE manufacturers. They don’t define what should be done when their products are remanufactured, and the market can fall into the trap of assuming it’s all the same. It’s just easier for people to look at a price, rather than the processes involved in top-quality remanufacturing.
Steve Smith, Managing Director of FDS