Our Top Blogs in 2020

As we are nearing the end of 2020 we thought we would do a roundup of the blog posts which have been viewed the most this year.

1. WHAT DIFFERENCE DO SILICONE HOSES MAKE?

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In this blog from back in 2018 we answer some of the most common questions regarding silicone superiority and effects on performance. We even discuss applications that silicone may not be the best for. Read full blog here.

2. ARE SILICONE HOSES FUEL RESISTANT?

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We are not surprised that this blog made it into the top 3 this year its a a question we know gets asked often. Can you use silicone hoses for fuel hoses? Well this blog answers this question and provides the more suitable alternative hoses. Read full blog here 

3. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN STAGE 1,2 AND 3 TUNING

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Tuning companies often talk about stage 1,2 and 3 mods. But what are these mods and what do they mean? This blog gives you the low down Read full blog here 

4. HOW DRIVING THROUGH WATER AFFECTS YOUR CAR

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Rain is something that we are very familiar with here in the UK. When possible, it’s best to avoid deep puddles, or at least drive slowly through them, to prevent water from splashing into the upper part of the vehicle. But, if you are unlucky enough to stall in water, this blog may give you an insight into what happened. Read full blog 

5. HOW DOES A FUEL SURGE TANK WORK?

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A surge tank is an important part of any turbo’s fuel system as it stops your engine from starving of fuel. This blog goes over how a fuel surge tank works. Read full blog

Troubleshooting issues with your silicone hoses

Upgraded silicone hoses

Silicone hoses are supple, chemical-resistant, anti-conductors, and can withstand a wide range of temperature extremes and therefore really do a great job at replacing rubber hoses. Whilst they are durable and long-lasting, there are a few things which can fail and these are mostly down to user error or lack of maintenance so we thought we would run through some issues you could come across.

Clogged hoses

You do not want your silicone hoses to clog, solidify, or get damaged in their operation. It is therefore imperative that you select the correct diameter the wrong one can render your operation ineffective. Temperatures, velocity, and pressure all change throughout production, so it’s important to factor these variables and be certain that you are you using the right diameter of silicone hose for your application.

Vibration

Although vibration is a normal part of production too much vibration can compromise the lifespan. Heavy vibration can shake loose silicone hoses from their clamps or cause them to become tangled and warped over time. If you think you are getting too much vibration then ensure that you’re inspecting it regularly for worn or loose bearings, rotating components and misalignments.

Hoses Degrading

Not all hoses are created equal. While silicone hoses have longevity they still succumb to wear and tear over their lifespan. It’s important that you choose a silicone hose that’s compatible with your industry’s requirements. There are industries that require a fluorocarbon-lined silicone hose to handle specific liquids such as oil and fuel or the food and beverage industry that needs food-grade silicone. If your hose is degrading consider whether it has been selected properly for the job it needs to do.

Christmas Gift Ideas for car enthusiasts

We have a range of specialist tools that make great gifts for mechanics or car enthusiasts

6 piece AN wrenches -4 to -16 SETwrench

Anodised colour coded wrenches sized to fit the swivel nuts on hose ends. These wrenches have a fully rounded edge to fit your hand. Machined from heat treated 2024 aluminium. This set offers excellent value for money.
with wrenches for -6,8,10,12,16 AN sizes.

Wrenches can also be purchased individually here

silicone hose cutterSilicone Hose Cutting Tool

This cutting tool is an excellent vice mounted workshop accessory. With the ability to cut 18 stock internal size non-steel reinforced silicone and rubber hose from diameters 1” internal diameter to 6” Internal diameter in height increments of 7.5mm, with a minimum height cut of 20mm to a maximum height cut of 127mm.

 

Tube Flaring Tool

Professional quality heavy duty tube flaring tool to make perfect 37degrees flares, ideal for hard brake lines or fuel applications and for hard line style JIC AN fittings.

 

Tube Straightening Tool

Great quality Heavy Duty tool (weights 4.7kgs) for straightening out coiled aluminium, mild steel, copper, and stainless steel tubing to a professional finish, very handy for making hard lines etc.. The thick aluminium body is now double anodised in Black, with adjustable rollers

 

View all of our specialist tools here

The 2030 diesel and petrol car ban – what does it mean for you?

diesel carThe sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will end in 2030 the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said. It’s part of what he’s calling a “green industrial revolution” and he’s pledged to invest more than £2.8bn in electric vehicles. But what do these changes mean for motorists?

Does it mean I’ll have to scrap my petrol or diesel car by 2030? 

Put simply no. The ban is only on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars. The average life of a car before it’s scrapped in 13.9 years, so we’re going see petrol and diesel cars bought just before the 2030 deadline will be on the road until well into the mid-2040s. What it does mean is that numbers will dwindle as car makers won’t be investing in the technology over the next decade. Petrol and diesel fuel will still be available at filling stations, but again expect pumps to gradually be replaced with chargers.

What about my classic car, will I still be able to drive it?

Unfortunately the jury is still out on this one. Some classic car experts predict that the bottom may fall out of the mainstream classic market, with classics becoming gallery pieces. While others predict a boom as petrol heads who can no longer get their fix with a new car switch to classics. But what is likely is an increase in taxes on classic cars and potentially bans from urban areas.

What areas are currently in the Very High Tier

stop signOne of the restrictions in the very high tier areas is that you should try to avoid travelling into them other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey. We therefore wanted to inform drivers which areas of the Country are currently in the Local COVID alert level: very high.

At the time of writing this blog the areas in the very high tier were:

Liverpool City Region

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Wirral
  • St Helens
  • Sefton
  • Halton

Lancashire

  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Blackpool
  • Burnley
  • Chorley
  • Fylde
  • Hyndburn
  • Lancaster
  • Pendle
  • Preston
  • Ribble Valley
  • Rossendale
  • South Ribble
  • West Lancashire
  • Wyre

Greater Manchester

  • Manchester
  • Bolton
  • Bury
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan
  • Salford
  • Rochdale
  • Oldham

South Yorkshire

  • Barnsley
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Sheffield

Winter car preparations

winter carLast years blog on ‘Preparing your car for winter’ was very popular and therefore we wanted to update our key tips ready for the cold weather coming round again.

Here’s our guide to preparing for Winter driving

1. Breakdown cover

After the year that we have had one of the most important this going into this winter is ensuring you can get home if the worst was to happen and you breakdown. With it looking more likely that restrictions will still be in place over the winter it is no longer a given that all garages, hotels and other amenties would be open to you. Therefore investing in breakdown cover is a sensible option. Even during the national lockdown earlier in the year the Rescue & Recovery Industry was recognised as ‘Key Workers’ within a critical sector.

2. Get your Car Serviced before Winter

Cold causes problems for cars but up to half of the problems could have been prevented by a regular servicing. Save yourself the cost and inconvenience and if possible book your car in for a service now. In winter, lots of garages offer discounted or even free ‘winter car checks’ so take advantage of some of these which may be local to you.

3. Battery check

Lights, heaters and blowers suffer from almost double the use in winter. Checking your battery should always be priority. If your car is having trouble when starting, get the battery checked out as soon as possible.

4. Check those Tyres

Your vehicles tyres are important for both braking and steering. It is essential to keep them in good condition. Despite the legal minimum of a 1.6mm depth, we advise that you stick to a minimum of 3mm during winter. This just helps improve the grip of your car on ice and snow.

5. Give your Windscreen a check

Before winter, give your windscreen a thorough check for any cracks and chips. During winter, water can seep into these cracks, freeze and then cause expansion. Getting anything repaired before this can happen can save lots of money.

6. Breakdown Kit

In case of emergency, we advise carrying a breakdown kit in your car during winter. This kit should include some of these essentials if not all:

  • Torch
  • Blanket
  • Shovel
  • Hi-vis vest
  • Food and water
  • De-icer and scraper
  • Phone charger/Power bank

7. Prepare!

If you know you need to be somewhere at a specific time, plan your journey ahead. Check for any road closures or delays and allow plenty of time for your journey. Being in a rush when the weather is bad increases your chances of being in a road car accident – so be prepared!

Reduce connections, reduce leaks with Super-Flex hoses

superflex silicone hosesInstead of buying and joining multiple joiners, elbows and hose clamps buy 1 length of Super-Flex silicone hose. The more joins you have the more potential for a leak. Often used for marine engines, power generators, science labs and machinery.

With an average life expectancy of 6 times longer than rubber hoses these silicone flexible hoses are a great investment. Manufactured with a steel wire spiral embedded inside the reinforcement plies, allows for a flexibility not possible with most standard straight hoses, and will also take higher pressures compared to standard silicone hoses.

Resistant to glycol and other coolants that are non-organic acid based. Hand build wuth 5mm wall including 1mm inner liner and 3 plies of reinforcement made from high tear strength fabric.

Buy your flexible hoses here

Please see video for demonstrations on how flexible our Super Flex hoses are:

Elbows, Elbows Elbows

aluminium elbowsViper Performance Aluminium Hose Joiners are designed to fit perfectly with any universal silicone hose. We have a range of elbows available from 15° to 180°.  With such a vast array of bends and sizes available you are sure to find what you need.

Our mandrel bends have the tightest bend radius on the market, most of the mandrel bends are 1.2D. A range of wall thicknesses available and all our pipes have roll beaded ends for the best hose retention out there.

Take a look at the range here

Checkout our blog why choose our aluminium pipes for your next build?’ to find out what sets our aluminium pipes apart.

Former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali is set to be next F1 CEO

f1Senior sources have confirmed that Former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali is set to replace Chase Carey as the sport’s chief executive before next season.

Domenicali, 55, is currently chairman and chief executive of Italian sportscar maker Lamborghini. He also serves as head of the governing FIA’s single-seater commission.

The appointment would leave three of the sport’s top jobs in the hands of former Ferrari men. The FIA is run by a former Ferrari team boss, Frenchman Jean Todt, while Formula One’s managing director for motorsport Ross Brawn is a former Ferrari technical director.

Racing car driver from Sunningdale wins Le Mans

le mans trackPhil Hanson, a racing car driver from Sunningdale Maidenhead, has won the famous 24 hour endurance race Le Mans.

The highly anticipated 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans took on the weekend of September 19th, after a three-month postponement due to the COVID 19 crisis.

While significantly condensed and held behind closed doors this year, the prestigious competition was just as intense. The 21-year-old racing driver, Phil Hanson finished in first place and his team United Autosports won the entire race.

Le Mans is won by the car that covers the greatest distance in 24 hours. Participating teams made up of three drivers must balance the demands of speed with the cars’ ability to run for 24 hours.

This year there was no official test day or driver parade due to the shortened schedule, however, the ACO introduced a new qualifying format called Hyperpole, where the top six in each class after the qualifying session on Thursday afternoon went on to a further qualifying shootout on Friday morning ahead of the race start on Saturday.

United Autosport’s Hanson came into the race leading both the World and European championships in LMP2 in #22 Oreca 07 with teammates Filipe Albuquerque and Paul Di Resta and they were eager to remain at the top of the victory board.