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Battery Maintenance: 4 steps on cleaning

This week, let's take a look at another auto part that is often forgot; the auto battery and it's connections.  Here is the second of four 'under the hood' cleaning tips that can help give your vehicle a fresh start for the new season, and hopefully not have to use those jumper cables anytime soon. Clean the battery’s connections Your vehicle’s battery survived the winter, but even though temperatures are rising, your battery seems a bit sluggish, a common sign of battery terminal corrosion. Corrosion disrupts the electricity flow from the automotive battery to the battery terminal, which can affect...
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Starter System Diagnosis

The following general information has been assembled as a guide for starter circuit diagnosis. Refer to the appropriate Original Equipment Manufacturer’s service manual for specific information pertaining to starting system diagnostic procedures and safety precautions for your vehicle. Bench testing If a starter test bench is available, follow the procedures found in the bench tester’s instruction manual to conduct a starter performance test. This test will determine if the starter’s operation is within its performance specification, preventing unnecessary starter replacement. If the starter’s performance is within specification during bench testing, resolve problems in the remainder of the vehicle’s starting system...
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Risk of mixing up the tensioner and deflection pulleys

Risk of mixing up the tensioner and deflection pulleys in the CT1038K1 and CT1038K2 kits during fitting Problem: The deflection and tensioner pulleys are mixed up during fitting, resulting in incorrect tensioning. This can lead to increased noise and even engine damage. Cause: The two pulleys look almost identical with only a small difference in diameter. As a result, it is easy to mix up the two pulleys. Solution: The deflection pulley V55826 has a diameter of 67mm. The tensioner pulley V55822 has a smaller diameter of 63.7mm.
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Get to know your vehicle warning lights

With the increasing electronic content in modern vehicles comes a multitude of new dashboard warning lights. And since cars can now effectively self-diagnose, these lights will communicate important error messages and faults, alongside less critical information. Worryingly, however, a recent survey suggested that nearly half of all motorists don’t understand what they mean. Do you? Here, we provide a quick overview of the most important lights and explain why you should never ignore them. Some warning lights aren’t cause for concern; they’ll simply go out once the car’s running. Others are a sign, usually the first sign, that something’s not...
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Cooling system cannot be bled properly on vehicles with an electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump

Examples: Audi / Seat / Skoda / VW 1.4l, 1.6l, 2.0l TDI - CT1168WP1 Problem: Noise or temperature problems as a result of incorrectly bled cooling system. There is still air in the system following replacement of the electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump. Cause: On vehicles with an electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump, the cooling system must be bled after being refilled using our vacuum filling device (Tool Box W01) and an additional diagnostic device with the necessary functionality. The reason for this is the thermal management system, which has additional valves that supply different heating circuits. The valves need to be...
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Poor Cooling Performance in a Vehicle With Dual A/C

CONDITION: Poor cooling performance in a vehicle with a dual (front/rear) A/C system. The system uses a joint type expansion valve* in the rear cooling unit, with no magnetic valve. The compressor has been confirmed to be ok, and the front expansion valve was replaced recently. CAUSE: The thermosensitive tube of the rear expansion valve …

September
29
2022

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Get to know your vehicle warning lights

With the increasing electronic content in modern vehicles comes a multitude of new dashboard warning lights. And since cars can now effectively self-diagnose, these lights will communicate important error messages and faults, alongside less critical information. Worryingly, however, a recent survey suggested that nearly half of all motorists don’t understand what they mean. Do you? …

September
26
2022

How to install Trico Exact Fit Beam Blade – V notch

TRICO Exact Fit Watch & learn how to efficiently remove windshield wiper blades with our step-by-step instructional videos. View our videos now! Trico Exact Fit Beam Blade – V notch

September
23
2022

Mounting instruction U2005 ‐ 48021

Mounting instruction U2005 ‐ 48021

September
16
2022

VAG 1.6 & 2.0 TDi Water pump

The popular 1.6 and 2.0 litre TDi engine, which is fitted to many Volkswagen, Audi group vehicles, has a thermal management system that is designed to shorten the warm-up phase after a cold start and channel the heat produced by the engine, to where it can be utilised to improve vehicle efficiency. In this video, …

September
12
2022

Catalog section: Sequential Gearbox

You may have come across a section like this in the catalog and wondered: What exactly is a sequential gearbox? How do I recognize one? Many motorcyclists will be familiar with this type of transmission, where gears usually only change “sequentially”, i.e. in “order”. In the car world, we also refer to automatic gearboxes as …

September
9
2022

Oil quantity distribution in air conditioning circuits

Finding out the correct oil quantity is absolutely key to avoiding consequential damage when replacing an air conditioning compressor.

September
2
2022

Dayco – Diagnosing Belt Noise Training

Diagnosing Belt Noise Training

August
29
2022

Cabin Air Filter Installation Precaution

CONDITION: Field reports indicate the vehicle air conditioning system uses only outside air, even if the recirculation mode is engaged or the recirculation mode doesn’t operate at all. CAUSE: It is most likely that the vehicle cabin air filter was replaced with the air blend door in the ‘Fresh Mode’ or the blower assembly door …

August
26
2022

A quick guide to ADAS

As the world’s leading automotive companies continue to develop safer, future-ready vehicles, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, ADAS for short, will become increasingly common place. Here we talk you through the main systems available on the market today. And just how these smart, connected technologies are helping to both assist drivers, and improve road safety. Anti-Lock Brake …

August
22
2022