The below information applies to businesses in metropolitan Melbourne areas affected by the Stage 4 lockdown. It has been interpreted from publicly available information and advice compiled by the Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association (AAAA). Please call Business Victoria on 13 22 15 if unsure about your situation. Note: Full COVID-19 resources in the VASA members Continue reading Stage 4 lockdown advice for automotive businesses in Melbourne

AAAA COVID-19 Webinars

AAAA COVID-19 webinars

The Australian Automotive Aftermarket Association produces excellent, informative webinars to help its members navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and related government support. AAAA has kindly agreed to share these webinars with VASA members through the members-only section of the VASA website. VASA will update this page every time a new webinar is posted. Please also see Continue reading AAAA COVID-19 webinars

R1234yf label

Much of the global automotive industry has adopted R1234yf as the standard refrigerant in new cars, primarily due to tightening overseas legislation over the global warming effect of refrigerants released into the atmosphere. R1234yf has a far lower global warming potential than R134a, which has been the sole industry standard refrigerant in automotive air conditioning Continue reading R1234yf Facts

Hydrocarbon refrigerant hose warning label

This warning label attached to a cylinder of hydrocarbon refrigerant could be the manufacturer’s admission that its product is no longer considered a direct ‘drop-in’ replacement for R134a. The warning criticises major hose brands and hose types used by major motor vehicle manufacturers and recommends the retrofit to a ‘full barrier hose’ in order to Continue reading Hydrocarbon refrigerant hose-down

US EPA Approves HC Refrigerants

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved hydrocarbon refrigerants R170 (ethane), R600a (isobutane), R290 (propane) and R441A (a blend of all four) for use in certain stationary refrigeration and air conditioning applications. The EPA has not changed its position on the use of hydrocarbon refrigerants in motor vehicle air conditioning (MVAC) systems, with Continue reading US EPA Approves HC Refrigerants

EV Batteries Charging Ahead

Within five years the batteries used to power electric cars will hold twice as much energy, at half the cost compared with today, according to Bosch chairman Volkmar Denner. Exponential advances in battery technology will make electric cars more affordable and viable for everyday use, accelerating their uptake, while hybrids and plug-in hybrids will become Continue reading EV Batteries Charging Ahead

Ozone layer cycle

A rapid increase in atmospheric concentrations of dichloromethane – an ozone-depleting substance not controlled by the Montreal Protocol – has been discovered by scientists from the University of Leeds in Britain. While the current rate of ozone-depletion by dichloromethane is small, because it attacks ozone at the lowest altitudes of the stratosphere it has a Continue reading New ozone threat

Autodata wiring diagram designer Adam Maynard

Behind the scenes: A painstaking wiring diagram process Talent, dedication, patience and time. A lot of time. This is just a fraction of what goes into creating the Autodata wiring diagrams used daily in thousands of workshops across Australia and New Zealand, plus countless more around the world. SightGlass News discovered just how much work Continue reading Inside Autodata