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We are facing the most challenging economic conditions at the moment. South African businesses using diesel engines must refocus on preventative maintenance and quality remanufacturing.

We need to ensure that your engines deliver optimal uptime and business continuity at a time when margins tight. 

“Catastrophic failure of a diesel engine are fatal for the profitability of a company,” says Yorke. “More than ever, reliable and economical engine operation is now key to survival.”

Cutting corners

Cutting corners on maintenance programs will lead to failures and costly unplanned downtime. An essential aspect of this is regular oil sampling. It helps to identify coolant contamination and other factors that lead to high wear on engines and components.

“Companies should empower their technical departments to ensure that best practices in fleet maintenance are applied,” he says. “This is not a function that is outsourced to a purchasing department.”

Early warning measures

Prevention means you can plan for timeous and cost-effective repair. Remanufacturing of large diesel engine components is done at skilled and well-equipped facilities. Metric Auto’s world-class service is particularly relevant, with the exchange rate contributing further to the high cost of importing new engines and components.

With 50 years of experience, Metric Auto refurbishes large diesel engine components. They offer cylinder head remanufacture, cylinder block line boring, milling, and honing. It also grinds camshaft and crankshafts, assembles engines, and conducts dynamometer testing.

“Staying abreast of the latest technology means we are one of Africa’s leading crankshaft grinding facilities. We can grind shafts up to 4,7 meters long and up to two tonnes in weight,” says Yorke.

Metric Auto deals with crankshafts from industrial compressors through to V16 locomotive diesel engines. The well-equipped workshop houses two state-of-the-art, three-axis CNC machines. There is only one of this type in Africa. They use it for line-boring, surfacing, and blue-printing of engine block up to six meters in length.

Remanufacturing large diesel engine components in South Africa makes better sense as many replacement parts are no longer on hand in the country. If you need new parts, shipping or flying in parts becomes expensive.

Metric Auto offers diagnosis and fault analysis of fuel injection systems. Reef Fuel Injection Services, their sister company, includes the remanufacturing of the latest fuel systems generation. You can save substantial costs on new components.

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