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New hands-free suspension arm lever from Laser Tools

When removing ball joints, control arms and suspension struts it’s always a struggle to hold the lower suspension arm out of the way; even with a dedicated suspension arm lever, you’re wrestling against the anti-roll bar and it feels like you need a third hand. Laser Tools to the rescue! With this new hands-free suspension arm lever (part number 6936), once it’s fitted, simply wind down the lower suspension arm and it is held there under tension as you release the lower ball joint or the suspension strut. And once the suspension is dismantled, the lower arm stays in place...
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Meyle offers Porsche control arm kit

Meyle Original control arms including a full set of mounting parts are now available for Porsche models. Featuring bolts and nuts carefully matched to one another, the new kits provide repair professionals with every component required for spare part assembly from a single box. Catering for the Porsche 911, Boxster and Cayman models, the all-in-one control arm kit allows workshops to offer swifter repair services by eliminating idle time caused by mounting parts being sold separately. Hamburg-based manufacturer Meyle is currently the only aftermarket supplier to offer full-service kits for the Porsche control arm repair. The exceptional levels of driving...
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Drum brake issues: remedy or replace?

Vital to the proper operation of a commercial vehicle's braking system, a brake drum is a crucial component. Excessive wear of the brake drum can lead to potential brake failure, which is why regular inspection and periodic replacement when needed is so important. Brake friction supplier Lumag advises CV workshop technicians on what signs of wear to spot. Scorches (heat spotting) and heat cracks Signs: Scorches or heat cracks occur on the brake contact surface and are caused by thermal stress or overloading. This can be shown, for example, with white colouration of the burnt coating, or a prominent reddish...
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DENSO ignition system troubleshooting tips to maximise lifetime

DENSO explains the key to effective combustion and how to accurately diagnose faults in ignition systems. In today’s low emission and high-efficiency engines, the key to effective combustion is a consistent, high-energy ignition output. The high voltage required for ignition is provided by the Ignition Coil – a type of transformer that features primary and secondary coils of wire wrapped in layers around an iron core. The role of the Ignition Coil is to transform the low voltage in a car’s battery into the thousands of volts which are used by the Spark Plug to generate sparking. These sparks ignite...
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Brits fear their car could be controlled by hackers

As the London Motor Show is set to showcase the latest in motoring tech, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) is revealing people's fears about the security risks of today's  'connected' vehicles. Their study reveals over half of Brits fear their car could be accessed and controlled by a hacker. I suspect it is no different in Ireland. The latest advances in motoring technology provide important benefits, giving drivers alerts about vehicle faults and servicing as well as insight into vehicle performance.  However, as the latest data from motor industry professional body, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) suggests, many drivers and passengers are unaware of the security risks of today's connected vehicles. 50 per...
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Fuel Bleed Tool

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