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Form, Fit and function

Partinform Mamelodi

By Tristan Wiggill

No attendee felt like a spare part when the well-oiled and squeak-free Partinform training machine rolled into Mamelodi, Pretoria in mid-September for two days of parts information sharing and parts fitment training.

Without wanting to stroke any egos, Partinform trainers are truly vital industry components, and when it comes to giving advice, there’s no shortage of suppliers of the highest tier.

Partinform organiser’s clearly put their heads together, got the timing right and covered all their overheads. Gaskets, oils, filters, diesel and gasoline systems, bearings, the complete engine, batteries, clutches, shocks, belts, brakes and general car care were all carefully unpacked. And since the firing order of the topics changed on day two, everyone left feeling advanced to some degree.

Informal mechanics that would otherwise lose their bearings, compressed themselves into the training halls to absorb as much information from the trainers as possible. And the trainers ensured that their information filtered through uncontaminated, having accurately diagnosed the audience’s competency levels.

Partinform trainers always put a stop to bad practices that can score the industry and which fuel erroneous fitment fires. Naturally, Partinform’s braking experts pulled out all the stops in this regard, as they beat the tried and tested drum.

One shudders to think what happens roadside, which is why the clutch experts engaged the crowd - on the fly and at a constant velocity - to eradicate information slip.

Bright sparks kick-started a discussion on batteries, which guaranteed a positive experience for all.

While some questions shook things up, the shocks guys absorbed the pressure. Many a mechanic realised they needed to tighten their belts, while others were just happy to have more knowledge under theirs.

Of course, no question is misaligned at Partinform, despite the widely held belief that the squeaking wheel gets the grease. So there would be no slapping - piston or otherwise - but instead plenty of back patting, since this type of training always hits dead centre and rings true for many.

And because the information injected throughout was so interesting, attendance never tapered off. No-one blew a gasket, and nobody put a spanner in the works. All-in-all an event that once again oiled the industry’s training wheels.

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