REPXPERT member takes the ‘INA Torque Challenge’ and wins VIP weekend at Brands Hatch!


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REPXPERT member Eddie Nazarov, of Chapman’s Auto Centre in Coventry, has become the first INA Torque Challenge champion after demonstrating his skills at Automechanika in Birmingham.

Schaeffler bearing specialist Tim Adams came up with the idea of a fun competition, but with a serious ‘best practice’ message, to remind mechanics about the importance of using the correct tools and torque settings whilst replacing belt system components;
“If a tensioner stud is installed by guesswork, without using a torque wrench or accurate torque settings, a premature failure of the entire belt system becomes almost inevitable.”

“We decided to demonstrate to mechanics, in a simple and fun way, why a simple understanding of torque settings is really important. This knowledge will help them to save no end of trouble in the future, as well as time and money for both them and their customer.”

Tim and the team were concerned that mechanics would think that they were being taught to ‘suck eggs’, but their fears were proved unfounded; “I asked the same questions to everybody, from master mechanics to senior technical trainers and college lecturers, and almost everyone was confused when it came to some aspects of torqueing – such as the effect of adding extension bars or angle joints.”

After getting some hints and tips from Tim, visitors then had to tighten up 5 tensioners and pulleys using a standard wrench with a hidden Torque adapter displaying the results. The best 4 performers on each morning and afternoon of the show took away a torque wrench, with Eddie winning the grand prize of a VIP DTM weekend for two.

Eddie said, “I was happy to win a really good torque wrench while I was at the show, so winning the main prize was a very big bonus!”. He is now looking forward to taking his wife to London and enjoying a full-on VIP DTM experience courtesy of Schaeffler and BMW, where they will hopefully see Marco Witmann pilot his M4 to further success at Brands Hatch on the 10th - 11th August 2019.