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SACHS clutches provide safety and quality

Clutch products from ZF Aftermarket’s SACHS brand tick every box: safety, quality, innovation, performance and range. As well as individual products, SACHS offers a number of practical installation kits that simplify assembly and offer a safer drive by including everything that’s necessary in one box.

This includes a special grease for assembly that guarantees perfect, long-term car clutch functioning after the replacement.

SACHS clutch kits are available in various combinations. In addition to the modern XTend clutch pressure plate for cars, the most advanced kit also includes a dual-mass flywheel (DMF). Apart from the clutch kit with DMF and XTend, there are additional combinations, for example with concentric slave cylinder (CSC). These are also available from ZF Aftermarket’s SACHS brand.

Innovative technology
Even the highest-quality and most durable car clutch is subject to operational wear and tear. This is where the technology of the XTend clutch pressure plate made by ZF Aftermarket under its SACHS brand comes in: It provides automatic wear compensation.

How it works: The XTend clutch pressure plate for passenger cars separates the wear of the facing from the movement of the diaphragm spring. The compensation mechanism constantly registers reduction in the lining and compensates for the created gap by reliably turning an adjustment ring.

This keeps the clutch from becoming vulnerable to extreme temperatures, soiling and aging. Furthermore, the pedal-force conditions remain constant over the entire service life. At the same time, the service life is extended, since the facing can be worn down further. Another advantage of XTend is in its design: The installation space required axially in the clutch system with operational wear is reduced through the use of XTend.

Toolbox for mechanics
ZF Aftermarket, under its SACHS brand, provides customers with regular fitting tips for its products, with advice available through the SACHS workshop tips section on the website.

These practical tips offer guidance on professionally replacing SACHS car parts, inspecting them for potential damage and reinstalling them such as the right technique for replacing clutch release bearings or assessing whether shock absorbers or dampers are leaking.

Customers can simply use the car workshop tips for installing and repairing the SACHS products and parts in their own auto workshop, thus guaranteeing professional service for vehicle part replacement.

Top tips in action: Spotting defective shock absorbers

Roughly one in seven vehicles will need to have at least one shock absorber or damper repaired. SACHS’ workshop tips on shocks absorbers and dampers will tell customers not only why to change shock absorbers and when to replace shocks, but also how to pinpoint the damage causes, and how to properly change conventional and innovative, electronic shock absorbers and dampers.

The repair tips for shock absorbers also cover topics such as impact damage, leakage and environment- friendly disposal when replacing shocks and struts.

Accidents or serious installation errors can cause impact damage to shock absorbers. It is therefore advisable to look for damage to car axles and damper attachments and to carry out professional wheel alignment. The ramifications of defective shock absorbers include various negative effects on vehicle handling and safety. That is why competent damage evaluation and repair by a mechanic are especially important.

Whether it is spotting defects in the suspension or the actual repair of a shock absorber or damper, the ZF Aftermarket tips provide professional support for the customer. They can benefit from the clear, simple instructions that make the job easier and can also save time and money in the process, as well as not least, make sure their own customers go away satisfied.

The workshop tips on shock absorbers and dampers not only describe how to replace shocks, but also their possible defects, the associated ramifications and how the customer can rectify these. Suitable illustrations also support the repair tips so that they can simply carry out the relevant steps.