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Irish millennials rely on vehicle technology for safe driving

Irish millennials (circa 24 to 39 year-olds) are the generation most reliant on in-vehicle technology for safe driving, according to new research published by Liberty Insurance. (more…)
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Hyundai and Kia to co-develop electric commercial vehicles

Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation have revealed a strategic investment of €100 million in a new partnership with Arrival, a UK-based electric vehicle startup. Through the partnership, Hyundai and Kia plan to introduce competitively priced small and medium-sized electric vans and other products for logistics, on-demand ride-hailing and shuttle service companies. Arrival’s scalable electric platform can be adapted for multiple vehicle categories and types which Arrival, Hyundai and Kia will explore for the development of a range of Purpose Built Vehicles (PBV). The partnership with Arrival will help Hyundai and Kia meet the rapidly growing demand in Europe for eco-friendly...
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World’s first road noise active and control technology

HMG (Hyundai Motor Group) has just announced the development of the world’s first Road Noise Active Noise Control (RANC) system. The first-ever system dramatically reduces noise within the cabin of a vehicle. RANC builds on the Group’s current Active Noise Control (ANC) technology, which actively reduces noise by emitting soundwaves inverted to incoming noise. ANC is a software-driven technology that analyses the in-cabin sound to decrease engine and road noise, versus than the passive method of blocking noise through sound insulation. The existing noise insulation method involved sound insulations and dynamic dampers, which not only increased weight but also failed...
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SIMI says thousands of motor industry jobs under threat

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has today issued their Quarterly Motor Industry Review Q2 of 2019 composed by Economist Jim Power. It makes for stark reading, despite the economy performing strongly, the environment for new car sales continues to remain very challenging. (more…)
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New Goetze and AE catalogues launched

Tenneco and Federal-Mogul Motorparts have launched two new catalogues from its Engine Expertise brands, Goetze and AE.  Coverage has been significantly expanded by both brands, each aiming to provide vehicles across Europe with OE-quality engine components. The catalogues feature intuitive catalogue formatting and incorporate additional material and information on installation, troubleshooting and technical details. “The new Goetze and AE catalogues not only bring a host of new part references, but the design has been improved to be more useful and instinctive to navigate,” explains Massi Milani, executive director, marketing, EMEA aftermarket, Tenneco/Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA. “We have successfully increased coverage across...
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The Importance of Identifying Turbo Failure Modes

A short video giving you advice on turbocharger failures, why they occur, the effects of failure, and what you can do to minimize the risk of repeated turbo failure.

January
20
2020

Checking Fuel Vapourising Systems

Our Technical Department is commonly made aware of issues with the vehicle emissions system when speaking with garages and technicians. We have recently been dealing with a number of Diesel Particulate Filter issues for customers which diagnosis shows to be a common issue with fuel vapourising technology that is shared across a number of platforms …

January
17
2020

A guide to diagnosing car braking problems -2

Your vehicle’s braking system is critical to the safety of you and your passengers. Learn about brake efficiency and what you can do to improve it with this insightful video.

January
15
2020

Oxygen Sensor Diagnosis and Replacement Simplified

A simplified overview of Oxygen Sensor diagnosis and replacement. This is a simple approach and brief overview.

January
13
2020

Understanding Diesel Additives

Over the years I must have dealt with every DPF related issue you could imagine, but still the majority of customers when I contact them say that the new DPF which has been fitted is faulty! After looking into the issue I would explain that the problem was not the DPF but, more often than …

January
10
2020

Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering – Replacing the power steering pump

Traditional hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering systems are still frequently used in vehicles today. In this type of system, the power steering pump is driven directly and therefore permanently by the motor. These systems are extremely reliable, but as the vehicle’s mileage increases they become prone to leaking and generating noise when the driver steers. If the …

January
10
2020

Guided Test: PicoScope CAN Bus Serial Decoding

Pico’s Barnaby Donohew takes us through the PicoScope Automotive Guided Test for decoding CANBus. From opening the Guided Test (GT874) within PicoScope, to connecting the scope to the vehicle, taking your capture, and then interrogating that capture.

January
6
2020

Flushing the Air Conditioning System – MAHLE Installation Video

In this MAHLE installation video, learn why and how a car air-conditioning system is flushed.

December
20
2019

Frozen diesel – how modern diesel gels

The formulation of diesel has changed dramatically in recent years. Regulations introduced mean that the levels of sulphur in diesel must be reduced. Biofuel and FAME (Fatty Acid, Methyl, Ester) are added to diesel up to 7 per cent. Although this reduces the sulphur content, FAME tends to form sludge and engine deposits with the …

December
17
2019

COMPARING STEERING PRINCIPLES: Cars and Bikes

Steering principles for bikes Steering is crucial to bike stability. If the steering is locked in any way, it becomes virtually impossible to balance while riding. But it’s not the only factor that influences stability. The bike’s design also plays a role. For example, a customised chopper with its front wheel far in front of …

December
17
2019