First Line is advising workshops and motor factors to prepare as demand for gear control cables rises.
It suggests business owners keep a number of the most popular references in stock.
The brand’s top five most popular references FKG1003 to fit Nissan Primastar, Vauxhall/Opel Vivaro, Renault Trafic 2001>15; FKG1076, FKG1077, FKG1078 and FKG1079 to fit Ford Transit FWD / RWD 2006>12 applications, covering 5 and 6 speed gearboxes; FKG1075 to fit Fiat Ducato, Citroën Relay 244, Peugeot Boxer 244 2002>08; and FKG1009 to fit Citroën Dispatch, Fiat Scudo, Peugeot Expert 2007>17.
A First Line spokesperson said: “In the lead up to Christmas, more people this year are turning to online shopping, which means there are significantly more light commercial vehicles on the roads making deliveries.
“As a result, this naturally increases demand for the service and repair of these vehicles and subsequently the components that are worked hard and are known to fail as a result, and gear control cables is one such component.”
Similar to a traditional gear linkage, the gear control cable selects and engages the different gears within the transmission system.
To ensure a smooth gear selection, it needs to be in good condition and replaced with a premium quality product when it becomes worn.
Traditionally thought of as a dealer only part, First Line offers a comprehensive range of gear control cables containing more than 250 references that cover popular right hand and left hand drive passenger car and light commercial vehicle applications, all of which can be found in Webcat, First Line’s online catalogue.