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European Parliament endorses new rules to prevent emissions cheating

A stronger European supervision of the car approval system to ensure rules are applied uniformly and effectively throughout the EU was approved by Parliament yesterday (Thursday). New “type approval” rules to guarantee that cars on the roads are clean and safe, as well as environmental and safety testing to be more independent are some of the changes following the adoption of the Dalton report. As part of this, every EU country will have to conduct a minimum number of checks on cars each year. In addition, it will allows for the possibility to maintain the standardised on-board diagnostics (OBD) connector...
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Top-of-the-range technical data for less than a pound a day

Technical service and repair data is an invaluable resource for the modern workshop as they bid to retain their share of the business in an increasingly competitive market. To further assist them in this task, renowned diagnostics specialist Hella Gutmann Solutions (HGS), is backing up its market-leading range of mega macs tools with an exceptional offer on its comprehensive technical service data package. “As a special promotion in the lead up to and throughout this year’s Automechanika Birmingham, we shall be offering our superb technical data for half its normal cost and provide an annual subscription for just £249 +...
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JATO Dynamics monitors transition to WLTP

JATO Dynamics, the global leader in automotive business intelligence, has been monitoring the transition to WLTP since its initial introduction in September 2017. Although this transition is still ongoing, JATO is releasing its insights on the results of its initial impact, which is already affecting the current business model of the automotive industry. The major finding of JATO’s early research is that the new NEDC declared values – either calculated via Co2mpas (the model developed to convert WLTP CO2 measurements to an NEDC equivalent) or via double testing for new engine calibrations (which have been re-homologated using the WLTP test...
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Hella launches new diagnostic tool at Automechanika

Central to its appearance at Automechanika Birmingham in June, original equipment (OE) manufacturer and system supplier Hella, will be unveiling the new mega macs 77 diagnostic tool from Hella Gutmann Solution (HGS). Although all the company’s lighting and electronics programmes will also be represented on its stand in Hall 19 (M148), HGS will be to the fore as the diagnostics specialist has particular resonance with the many technicians predicted to visit during the three-day event. In addition to the much-anticipated mega macs 77, HGS has two other ‘box office’ draws in the form of a technical talk and accompanying display...
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New training courses set for launch

For many years now, Continental has offered sales training plus theoretical and practical technical training on all aspects of power transmission components for workshop and aftermarket dealership staff. The training program has now been revised and expanded from three to eight modules. Theoretical and practical train-the-trainer courses plus trainers’ and mechanics’ clubs are new additions with effect from this spring. The clubs will provide a forum where members can find out about new products and features and share experience with others on a regular basis. A course on the guarantee has also been added. “Complaints are becoming ever more comprehensive...
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INA Overrunning Alternator Pulley/Decoupler

Belt drive systems in motor vehicles perform two tasks:

April
23
2018

Conversion of 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt to 6PK1070 for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI (common rail)

The 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt (OE no. 03L903137G) is being dis-continued. The 6PK1070 replacement belt (OE no. 03L903137) cannot however be installed directly.

April
19
2018

Cat efficiency light

Our Technical Support Co-ordinator at EEC, Stuart Still, was recently called to a garage in Scotland to help overcome an issue associated with the cat efficiency light.  “I was asked by a distributor in Dundee if I would visit one of their customers, Iain Hutcheon of Muirhead Garage. He was in a dilemma, as the car he …

April
17
2018

Wrench Hit – Spark Plug Install

NGK Spark Plugs explains the importance of proper spark plug installation and result if incorrectly installed. Wrench Hit can occur under improper Spark Plug installation

April
12
2018

Identifying and remedying damage to the chassis and steering system

Careless driving and dirt accumulation greatly increase the risk of wear on safety-relevant chassis and steering components. Workshops need to pay attention to typical damage patterns and remedy defects as required. If chassis or steering components are damaged, the person steering needs to expect handling of their vehicle to be critical. Experts at ZF Aftermarket …

April
10
2018

Transmission line pressure testing with Pico’s WPS500 Pressure Transducer

Transmission line pressure testing made easy with the PicoScope and the WPS500 pressure transducer.

April
6
2018

Torque and Gun tips and trouble tracing

A torque value is the applied turning force when tightening a nut or bolt.

April
2
2018

Technical Tips For The Lighting Professional

If complaints are made about the above issue, this does not necessarily indicate the presence of a fault.

March
30
2018

Denso offer A/C fault-finding help

With Spring in motion, more and more drivers will be switching on their air-conditioning systems expecting a breath of fresh air. However, after months of non-use, many will be greeted by the unpleasant surprise of a failed compressor which is often down to the wrong type of refrigerant being used. A compressor is the main …

March
29
2018

Our How To for checking the EGR on K9K engines

How To Make                      Model                           System Renault                 1.5 K9K (08-10)          Diesel systems Microdiesel : EGR valve status This function allows the EGR status to be read and the operation of the valve to be checked. The EGR valve status is indicated in a list with a status number. IFR-50: Test preconditions Key on or engine running. …

March
28
2018