Parts to compete on price

Bearings from First Line

Published:  11 March, 2014

The First Line range of wheel bearings includes over 1,000 part references and recent kits cover the Ford Focus III (2011 on), Nissan Juke (2010 on) and the Land Rover Evoque. The parts are backed by a two-year or 24,000 mile warranty. A full repair can be undertaken with these kits as they include all the necessary accessories such as locking nuts, stretch bolts and oil seals. The firm has also introduced a Key Parts brand for when price is the primary concern. The range includes over 150 bearing kits and hub units and covers most of the UKs popular applications including the Ford Transit and VW Golf.

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    The Key Parts steering and suspension range was introduced by First Line last September and now comprises almost 500 part numbers including wishbones, rack ends, tie rod ends, stabiliser links and ball joints. Popular applications include stabiliser links for Peugeot 206 and Vauxhall Vectra, Corsa and Saab 9-5, tie rod ends for Vauxhall Corsa and ball joints for Renault Megane II and Scenic 2003 onwards. The Key Parts range were introduced as a cost-effective repair option and come with a 12-month or 12,000 mile warranty from time of fitment.

  • Able to find that cable? 

    The 2014 cables catalogue is available from First Line, which claims to be the largest supplier of replacement cables for passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. The tome contains more than 700 new references, including over 2,000 brake cables, 364 clutch cables (many self-adjusting) in addition to 90 accelerator and 57 speedo cables. Schematic drawings and technical data are provided for each part number.

  • Long term relationship 

    The Mann-Filter range, available from First Line for the past 30 years, encompasses air, cabin, fuel and oil filters from brand owner Mann+Hummel - one of Europe's largest OE suppliers. Official distributor First Line says the depth of the range is considerable and its stock availability exceeds 95%. New popular references include a cabin air filter for the Renault Scenic/Grand Scenic II, an oil filter for the BMW X5 and X6 and an air filter for the Peugeot 206, 307 and 308.

  • Unlimited mileage 

    The growing range of Blue Print's wheel bearing kits now encompasses over 900 references for 4,500 applications. The products are supported by a three year unlimited mileage warranty. Kits added this month are for the Toyota Auris 2010>2012, Nissan Sunny 1998>2004 and the Nissan Cabstar 2000>2007.

  • Do you have the right tool? 

    If you have your bearings, you will know all about Generation 1 type single row ball and tapered roller bearings, oh and there's the double row ball too, you also have the double row tapered roller bearings known as Gen 1T and let's not forget hub units! The Gen 2 bearing from Schaeffler's FAG programme is used as original equipment in models made by Ford, Land Rover, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Smart, Volkswagen, the Audi Group and Volvo. Its simple construction combines a pre-assembled hub flange combined with a Gen 1 bearing but most applications require an encoder seal which sends a signal to the ECU to activate systems such as ABS, traction control and ESP. It is possible to damage them during fitment so specially designed tools are available to prevent this from happening. The two-piece collar comes in a range of sizes and sits in the space between the rear of the hub flange and the retaining ring - all of the force applied is then evenly distributed through the outer race. Tool kits specifically for Gen 2 bearings are available from Hazet, Klann and Sykes Pickavant.


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