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Restoration of the Year award winner’s epic 6,725-hour job

The epic 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) won the Restoration of the Year award at the Octane Awards, presented yesterday (16th November) in London. This is the second time that CMC takes home the Restoration of the Year accolade; having done so previously in 2011 with the restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight, a legendary Jaguar that many thought to be beyond repair. The restorers are the only company to have won this award twice. Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars, said: “CMC are tremendously grateful...
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Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK-based clean-tech development company, Controlled Power Technologies Ltd (CPT). The purchase provides a timely route for Federal-Mogul Powertrain to expand into the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization that complement the company’s existing capabilities. Financial details of the acquisition have not been released. The new unit will offer its solutions under the name “Federal-Mogul Controlled Power Ltd”. Headquartered in Laindon, Essex and with a further site in Coventry (UK), CPT specializes in the development of 12V and 48V electric motor-generators for start-stop applications, mild hybridization, exhaust-driven electrification technologies, e-boosting...
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Genuine Parts Company acquires of Alliance Automotive Group

The Genuine Parts Company (GPC) from the United States has announced today that it has completed the purchase of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) for a total purchase price of approximately US $2 billion, including the repayment of AAG's outstanding debt, effective today. AAG is the second largest parts distribution platform in Europe, with a focus on light vehicle and commercial vehicle replacement parts. Headquartered in London, AAG has approximately 8,000 employees and 2,100 company-owned stores and affiliated outlets across France, the U.K., Germany and Poland. It is a leading distributor of light and commercial vehicle parts to the independent aftermarket...
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Consider the potential real cost of part worn tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, is currently reminding Britain’s motorists to make safety their primary concern when replacing their tyres. Irish motorists should also take heed of this very good advice. Part worn tyres may appear to be the cheaper option but numerous studies and investigations by TyreSafe and Trading Standards have highlighted significant concerns as to their roadworthiness. In fact, 93% of part worns inspected in the most recent activities have been sold illegally with more than half having safety-critical faults....
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Autoelectro unveils live chat messenger

Autoelectro, the UK’s largest independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators, has introduced upgrades to its popular live chat facility, as it aims to increase the communication channels between the company and technicians. Previously, users of Autoelectro’s online chat have had to turn away from their repair job and access their desktop computer before speaking to a technical expert; however, this has now been made easier because their queries can be answered from the palm of their hand by grabbing their smart phone or tablet. Once the user lands on the Autoelectro home-page, they will notice a red ‘speech bubble’ icon on the right-hand side. Once clicked on and after they’ve entered their name and e-mail address,...
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Wheel End Bearings with ABS functionality

Wheel End Bearings often have impulse wheels which allow sensors to send a signal to the car’s ECU (Electronic Control Unit). The ECU calculates the wheel rotational speed based on this signal.

November
12
2017

Kit installation on PSA diesel engines

During several garage visits we learned there are potential installation issues with the tensioner included in these kits. Although this tensioner looks very easy to install, there is one error often made.

November
2
2017

Diagnosis of worn wheel end bearings

Wheel end bearings are vital components of a car. They are crucial for safe, quit operation, minimising rolling resistance and assuring proper ABS function. On average the replacement cycle is around 150.000 Km.

November
1
2017

EGR Valves Tech Tip

tegral to the vehicle’s engine management system, the exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve recirculates a metered quantity of exhaust gas to the engine intake system, helping to increase engine efficiency, lower fuel consumption, and reduced NOx in diesel and petrol engines. The symptoms associated with an EGR valve failure are similar to those of many …

November
1
2017

VW Sharan – Engine warning light illuminates

There has been a complaint of a drop in performance during the acceleration phase in the above vehicles.

October
27
2017

Lambda Sensor fault-finding boosts workshop customer satisfaction

DENSO is helping workshops identify signs of faulty Oxygen Sensors with expert servicing tips As a leading manufacturer of Oxygen Sensors, DENSO is providing workshops with expert fault-finding tips to improve fuel efficiency and reduce exhaust emissions for environmentally-aware customers. A combination of ever-tightening environmental regulations and environmentally-aware motorists over the last decade has made …

October
26
2017

Best Practices for Steering & Suspension Diagnostics and Repairs

Why is it important to check steering & suspension? A vehicle’s steering and suspension system is an intricate network of linked components designed to work both together and independently to provide a smooth, stable, and safe ride. Since the suspension is typically the first system affected when it comes to road abuse, its components can …

October
20
2017

New time-saving tech tip video for commercial vehicle clutch cylinders

Diesel Technic UK & Ireland brand, DT Spare Parts, has released a new ‘Parts Specialists’ video detailing how to replace commercial vehicle clutch cylinders. The two mechanics, Björn and Lars, provide helpful tips along with a walkthrough on how to safely replace the component. The latest video sees the experts educate technicians by using DT …

October
17
2017

Autoelectro presents trio of diagnosis and solution examples in latest technical bulletin

Autoelectro, the independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators for car and commercial applications, has diagnosed and resolved three specific issues affecting three different applications. Vehicle manufacturers, Renault, Fiat and Mercedes, all feature in the Bradford company’s latest technical bulletin, available free-of-charge on Autoelectro’s website, and demonstrates the level of its considerable technical expertise. Focusing on the Renault Clio 2.0 …

October
16
2017

VW Touareg – Terminal 15 fails sporadically

The cause of failure for terminal 15 (switched plus) relates to a defective relay holder in the main fuse box in this case.

October
15
2017