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Autoelectro issues starter motor warning

Autoelectro, has urged technicians servicing the Nissan Micra to check for a ‘burnt out’ starter motor following a vehicle recall. The push start ignition switch on the K13 series (2010-onwards) has a known fault, which can cause the switch to remain in the pressed position and not return after the engine is switched on. Consequently, this can result in the starter motor not disengaging from the mesh and burning out. Additionally, a separate recall was issued for the vehicle’s ignition coil, as it was not built to the correct specification, leading to poor starting. Helpfully, Autoelectro has highlighted some useful...
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Employer responsibility to employees who drive for work highlighted

The Road Safety Authority (RSA), Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and An Garda Síochána have launched a joint TV led campaign to underline the importance of putting proper measures in place to ensure the safety of all employees who drive for work. This includes both professional drivers and those who drive as part of their job. It is estimated that 1 in 3 road collisions every year involve people who were driving for work at the time of the collision. This means that up to 63 lives could have been lost in work related road collisions in Ireland in 2016....
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Chicago Pneumatic launches guides to improve pneumatic tool performance

Chicago Pneumatic has launched a series of Expert Corner Technical Guides to help improve pneumatic tool performance and workplace safety. Aimed at specifiers and users of pneumatic tools in the automotive, construction, fabrication and manufacturing industries, each Expert Guide has been compiled by a Chicago Pneumatic expert and offers practical advice for selecting, using and maintaining a particular type of pneumatic tool. Louis Clement, Vice President of Chicago Pneumatic, says: “We’re committed to developing and delivering pneumatic tools that offer great performance, durability and comfort. Sharing our expertise with our customers through a series of Expert Technical Guides is a...
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The anatomy of a battery

Of the myriad of commercial vehicle (CV) components, the humble battery is possibly one of the most difficult to evaluate in terms of its quality, as visually, whether premium or substandard, they all look virtually identical. However, with batteries, the phrase “you get what you pay for” is particularly pertinent, because it’s what’s in the case that makes all the difference. Although absorbed glass mat (AGM) and enhanced flooded battery (EFB) batteries are very much in the spotlight, the traditional starter, lighting & ignition (SLI) battery is still by far the most common aftermarket replacement, not just here in Ireland,...
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Renault Trucks develops 3D printed engine

French truck maker Renault has produced a pioneering prototype 3D-printed engine. A team of engineers and designers at the Renault Trucks Lyon Powertrain Engineering Department focused on using metal additive manufacturing – metal 3D printing – as a future engine manufacturing process, creating a prototype DTI 5 4- cylinder Euro-6 step C engine designed exclusively by 3D printer. Although the complete engine was already designed virtually, rocker arms and camshaft bearing caps were manufactured by metal 3D printing and successfully bench-tested for 600 hours inside a Euro-6 engine. “The aim of this project is to demonstrate the positive impact of...
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Coil on Plug Ignition

Investigation of a coil on plug ignition system using a four-channel PicoScope and their coil-on-plug ignition probe.

February
24
2017

Brake warning system

In general, the dashboard light that indicates a problem with the brake system has an alarming red colour (depending on the vehicle model) to indicate that there is an immediate risk, potentially compromising the general safety of the vehicle. It should never be ignored.

February
23
2017

Mintex – Common faults – Disc thickness variation

This video shows – Common faults – Disc thickness variation

February
20
2017

How it works: Alternators

An alternator works together with the battery to supply power when the vehicle is running. The output of an alternator is direct current (DC). When the alternator pulley is rotated alternating current (AC) passes through a magnetic field an electrical current is generated and converted to DC via the rectifier. The current is controlled through …

February
20
2017

Why a faulty turbo can lead to DPF damage

I regularly receive calls from workshops complaining that a customer’s vehicle is suffering from a ‘faulty’ or ‘blocked’ DPF. Now let’s get one thing straight: it’s very unusual for a DPF itself to be ‘faulty’, and in the vast majority of circumstances a DPF related issue will be caused by something else upstream of the …

February
17
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #6 Power, ground, current

In Frank’s sixth video, he looks at the relationship between current, voltage drop and ground reference. Frank discusses the theory of the test, what is being tested and the use of PicoScope software in detail. He covers timebases, current and voltage ranges, channel options, and scaling.

February
16
2017

Installation Tip for WPS3025 Coolant Pump for BMW

The electric coolant pump which has been removed may have prefitted dampers at the three screw-fastening points (Fig. 1). The new WPS3025 coolant pump does not have these. The old fastening bolts are not suitable for reuse.

February
15
2017

Dayco – PV Belt Diagnostics

PV belt: Broken Ribs Causes: Progression of cracks Presence of foreign matter in the pulley groove Incorrect assembly, ribs outside the pulley misalignment, ribs untracking Actions: Check the correct installation of the belt, the absence of foreign matter in the pulley grooves and the correct operation of all the transmission components Replace the damaged belt …

February
15
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #5 Ignition Profiling PicoScope Automotive

In Frank’s fifth video, he looks at the evaluation of the ignition circuit, Ignition Profiling. Frank discusses the theory of the test, what is being tested and the use of PicoScope software in detail. He covers timebases, current and voltage ranges, channel options, and scaling.

February
13
2017

Toyota Prius Brake Bleed Process

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.

February
12
2017