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Stargas continues nationwide expansion

Stargas Limited is an Irish owned business which has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2010. (more…)
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New profile clamp withstands temperatures of up to 900 °C

Norma Group has developed the VPP Compact High Temperature, a new VPP profile clamp that can withstand component temperatures of up to 900 °C. (more…)
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Timing belt failure investigated by Gates

Gates has investigated the cause of premature timing belt failure in the Synchronous Belt Drive System (SBDS) for number of Ford, Peugeot and Citroen models with 1.6L petrol and PSA diesel engines. (more…)
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Ireland produces over half a million tonnes of hazardous waste annually

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its latest hazardous waste (including lead-acid batteries) figures for Ireland. (more…)
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ZF supplies chassis parts for numerous LCV models

High mileage, heavy loads, constant use – the light commercial vehicle is the automotive workhorse. With this class of vehicle subjected to considerable pressure and stress, this segment of the vehicle parc offers significant service and repair opportunities for workshops. ZF Aftermarket helps independent garages position themselves in this segment and here, under its Lemförder brand, the business offers repair tips for one of its most popular vehicles, the Volkswagen T5. LCVs are often used daily to carry high payloads meaning they are also subject to high wear. Failure rates for LCV safety inspections are higher in all age categories...
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Technicians benefit from Hella TechWorld update

Hella’s website, TechWorld (https://www.hella.com/techworld/uk/), is designed to educate technicians by providing them with a myriad of useful information, which includes step-by-step repair guides and an online product catalogue, as well as new products and fault diagnoses. Its most recent update includes a new feature that allows technicians to search by vehicle registration number or enter …

July
11
2020

Schaeffler advises against fitting mismatched clutch components

Schaeffler engineers have always advised against fitting mismatched clutch components, and have now identified a specific case where the installation of a non-LuK clutch, combined with a genuine LuK concentric slave cylinder(CSC), can result in clutch release system leakage. Schaeffler has updated its packaging to include a warning label, advising against this practice. The affected …

July
10
2020

Meyle offers tie rod assembly advice

Meyle is offering technicians advice on the the proper assembly If and how precisely a vehicle steers, depends on numerous components. One crucial vehicle part for precise steering is the tie rod end. It ensures that the power is transferred from the tie rods to the steering knuckle during steering and that the wheels consequently …

July
9
2020

Lighting upgrades offer a win -win for workshops and for customers – says the Garage Inspector

Since Andy Savva was announced by Lumileds as a brand ambassador for Philips Automotive Products, the “Garage Inspector” – as he is known throughout the automotive aftermarket businesses, has tackled a number of different subjects. As a highly successful former independent garage owner of more than 25 years, Andy now offers aftermarket businesses advice on …

July
8
2020

Toyota Prius Brake Bleed

Toyota Prius brake bleed process. You may need to bleed the brakes as part of a routine service (e.g. brake fluid change – as outlined by the manufacturer’s service schedule) or when completing other jobs such as replacing the brake calipers, brake lines or hoses.

July
3
2020

Superkit Installation

This video demonstrates how to replace brake shoes and wheel cylinders using a TRW Superkit (pre-assembled brake shoe kit).

July
1
2020

Ignition Coil Function

The ignition coil is a high voltage (low current) transformer that converts the vehicle’s 12 volt power supply to the 25-30,000 volts required to jump the gap of the spark plug, thus instigating combustion. How Ignition Coils Work With the development of engine management, ignition coils have undergone a complete redesign. Gone are the traditional …

June
29
2020

Rear Disc and Pad Change

This video demonstrates the steps required to change the rear brake discs and pads of a Hyundai i40. Unlike most disc and pad changes this process requires input from suitable diagnostic equipment as the i40 has an Electric Parking Brake or EPB.

June
25
2020

The low down on Thermostats

Gates identifies thermostats as an area of strong product growth. A prolonged period of cold weather, principally in February and March 2013 extended the replacement season for thermostats and caused a surge in sales. Gates is already reporting a sales rise of more than 50% in this sector compared with figures for 2012 – and 2012 …

June
19
2020

Corrosion and how it affects braking systems from Apec

Corrosion is a natural process that deteriorates metal or its properties because of a reaction with the environment. The corrosion that we are most familiar with is the formation of rust on the surface of metals when they are exposed to Oxygen and moisture. Rust is Hydrated Iron Oxide which is the by-product produced by …

June
15
2020