Schaeffler REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, and Schaeffler Brand Ambassador, Andy Savva, continue their visit at Oldfields Garage to learn more about a typical day in the life of a modern-day workshop, while also lending their expertise and support to a valued brand customer.
In this second clip, within the workshop, the trio debate the importance of special tooling and budgeting for them.
Tim said: “Keeping up-to-date (with tooling) isn’t easy for an independent, but we invest in it.
“If there are jobs on a repeat basis that are a challenge, it is not efficient to keep doing it slowly, so we need to buy the tools to enable us to do it faster and accurately.
“When we’re fitting a self-adjusting clutch kit, for example, we use a Schaeffler tool, and, yes, we could do the job without it – but it makes it so much more difficult and there’s the possibility of doing the job wrong.”
On the topic of budgeting, Andy added: “Tooling and equipment, as well as training, should be an ongoing process.”
He then asked what Oldfields’ budgeting strategy is – Tim replied: “We don’t have a fixed budget, but I’m aware that we need to factor it within our costs.
“We don’t buy a new diagnostic kit every year, for example, but we subscribe to it and keep it updated.”
From Schaeffler’s point of view, it offers a range of tools to help clutch, bearing and timing belt fitments, to ensure technicians can ‘fit and forget’.
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