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Author archives: Frank Massey

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    Nissan Pathfinder

    This topic is written with many recent repairs in mind and reflects a change in attitude when dealing with common rail repairs. Im not quite sure where crd is going , but without a remarkable improvement in systems technology , and with euro 6 and beyond in mind , its not got a bright future.

    November
    11
    2016

    BMW 318i

    Diagnostics by nature can be quite repetitive, and am tempted to say boring; the obvious danger is omission or complacency in your process. This risk becomes greater with experience, the temptation to pre judge or take short cuts is always there. Sometimes the challenge is down to incomplete information, or the dreaded been worked on …

    November
    9
    2016

    Base Vehicle Electrical Circuits

    As automotive technology continues to evolve and become even more complex, mechanical systems are being enhanced or even replaced with electronic components and systems. Electronic suspension and anti-lock brakes are two of the major changes that have taken place under today’s vehicles. Electronic brake by wire systems have already arrived and magnetic brake retarders may …

    November
    2
    2016

    DPF

    I find myself writing about success in diagnosing and repairing vehicle faults. With this in mind I thought it would make a change to discuss a case of failure. We base our success on experience gained from our willingness to adopt new products and evolution of our techniques. So when presented with a new product …

    October
    25
    2016

    Problem solving on rough and erratic Audi TTRS

    Faced with an Audi TTRS from a well-respected Audi specialist we just know it’s not going to be straight forward. Let’s begin with the facts, a new injector had been fitted, not sure why! And the good old chestnut a new intake swirl flap motor. Following which the vehicle ran badly, by badly I mean …

    May
    16
    2016

    BMW EGR

    A couple of interesting workshop repairs are my focus in this month’s edition, the first involves a bmw 530 common rail diesel.

    April
    9
    2016

    RS6 Tech Topic

    The badge on the boot displays the magic letters RS6. Then you look to the other side and it’s the big one, V10! This one is bigger than most due to the previous tuning work by – Revo software and Milltek exhaust delivering 700 bhp. The problem is simple enough; a battery that is losing …

    November
    3
    2015

    50 shades of carbon with Frank Massey

    Hoping to improve on my personal finances I decided to write something dirty for a change. I have written many times reflecting on problems associated with diesel combustion and it’s post combustion treatment failures. Also I recall referring to the close similarities with direct petrol injection principles. When dealing with our diesel car owners, a …

    September
    16
    2015

    Scope school with Frank Massey

    Frank Massey is one of the UK’s leading experts in vehicle Diagnostics with over 40 years of industry experience. He is renowned in the motor industry for his unrivalled expertise and knowledge as well as running a successful commercial workshop. I have written many times about adapting skills and choice of tools long before vehicle …

    September
    15
    2015

    Gm vivaro pt. 2

    The first part of our assessment of the vivaro was to say the least a little confusing, not least to us. Several facts were unknown to us and as such had to be factored in to our conclusions. This leaves an element of uncertainty on our part. The dpf had been removed and modified software …

    September
    14
    2015