Technology company Continental is expanding its aftermarket product portfolio to include components for better temperature regulation in modern engines. That is important in increasing engine efficiency, which in turn can reduce environmentally damaging emissions and extend the engine’s lifetime. The company is therefore releasing two new kits to coincide with Automechanika 2018, while at the same time adding 23 new types to its range of standalone water pumps. These are particularly intended for use in the ancillary drives of modern vehicles, in which the water pump is driven via the multi V-belt.
Increasing engine efficiency thanks to water pumps with added functionality
The reason for expanding the product portfolio is that in many modern engines the drive system components, e.g. the water pump, are responsible for broader temperature regulation functions in the engine. This has enabled the engine developers to resolve a dilemma: Whereas relatively high coolant temperatures are required at low loads to ensure the engine efficiency is as high as possible, the lowest possible coolant temperature has to be achieved in continuous operation when the engine is under a high load so that the ever more stringent emissions, efficiency and lifetime specifications can be met through the engineering design. That is only possible by means of components that perform control functions in addition to transporting water. These include, for example, water pumps with electric actuators.
These regulatable water pumps can dynamically adapt the coolant volumetric flow rate to the vehicle’s operating state at any given moment. That increases the engine’s efficiency and, in doing so, helps cut emissions and fuel consumption. However, this integration of functions makes the engineering of the components very complex, as a result of which the products are increasingly patent-protected. The outcome is that products offering this complexity and functionality are almost non-existent in the independent aftermarket. “We’re resolving this dilemma by means of our thermal management product offensive. At long last, workshops can access premium-quality aftermarket parts that conform to, or even exceed, the manufacturers’ specifications for these components, too,” explains product manager Adrian Rothschild.
New kit variants for the aftermarket
Whereas the water pump driven by the ancillary drive in older engines only has to be changed if it is really worn, in more modern engines it ought also to be replaced whenever the multi V-belt is changed because of the high labor input involved in the fitting job. The new multi V-belt kit plus water pump from Continental means that mechanics now always have everything they need for that operation immediately to hand. For the first time, therefore, the successful concept of the all-in-one kits plus water pump is also available for the ancillary drive, i.e. with multi V-belts.
The PRO kits plus water pump are also new. Whereas distributors or workshops previously had to buy two different products, they now just need a PRO kit. Apart from the water pump, this contains all the power transmission belts for engines which require one timing belt for the timing gear and another belt, for example to drive the balancer shaft. In total, more than 30 different PRO kit variants are already available for various vehicle models in Europe. The CT1167WP1 PRO and CT1167WP2 PRO kits are designed for the Volkswagen Group’s EA211 engine family – which makes Continental the only manufacturer to offer an all-in-one solution of this kind for these engines.
The range for thermal management applications is being constantly expanded. “Apart from drive system components, this could also include other complex technical products in the future,” says Rothschild, looking ahead. “The strategy we are following is, as far as possible, to offer our distributor and workshop customers all the products for the thermal management of modern engines – as they have come to expect – from a single source.”
ContiTech’s five-year manufacturer’s guarantee is applicable to all of them. The digital parts catalog contains details of Continental’s entire range for the automotive aftermarket. Continental is also exhibiting its thermal management solutions at Automechanika 2018 in Frankfurt from September 11 to 15.