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Author archives: Padraic Deane

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    MEPs back life-saving vehicle safety standards in key vote

    A key committee of MEPs last week voted through a range of new mandatory vehicle safety standards that could apply to new vehicle models within three years. Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) voted to approve a range of new vehicle safety standards initially proposed by the European …

    February
    28
    2019

    Major step forward for heavy duty vehicle emissions test in UK

    The expansive Millbrook complex in the English north midlands provides provides vehicle test and validation services and systems to customers in the automotive, transport, tyre, petrochemical and defence industries. It is independent and impartial in everything it does. Millbrook tells us that it is now increasing its operational capacity to support the heavy duty and …

    February
    25
    2019

    End-Point Assessment – new Light Vehicle Technician Standard

    I came upon this interesting story where Mitsubishi Motors in the UK has become the first vehicle manufacturer to have a group of apprentice vehicle technicians complete an End-Point Assessment (EPA) skills task for the new Light Vehicle Technician Standard. The End-Point Assessment (EPA) was carried out at the Mitsubishi Training Academy in Cirencester, scrutineered …

    February
    14
    2019

    HGV clutch and flywheel fitment and removal made easy by Laser Tools

    New to the Laser Tools’ HGV range is this clutch & flywheel jack (part number 7249), designed to remove, install and transport (in the lowered position) 14 inch and 15½ inch double-disc clutches and/or flywheel assemblies as fitted to HGV vehicles.

    December
    6
    2018

    Multi-purpose diagnostic tool launched

    Launch has unveiled the CRP MOT PRO, a multi-purpose vehicle diagnosis tool, set to boost support for professional technicians, available with over ten special functions. The diagnostic device provides full OBDII & EOBD diagnostic functions for a comprehensive list of American, Asian, and European vehicle manufacturers, making it one of the most reliable, all-encompassing diagnostic …

    August
    10
    2018

    Sealey unveils new American pro workshop modular system

    Supplied flat packed, Sealey’s new red and black range of units provide a number of ways to create your perfect work area in a durable metal finish. The modular design enables easy upgrading and bespoke configurations. Standard features include ball bearing slides on the drawers and metal handles and pulls. Cabinets are supplied with a …

    July
    23
    2018

    Mercedes-Benz reveals fuel cell Sprinter

    Mercedes-Benz has revealed a new hydrogen fuel cell concept based on the all-new Sprinter van. The Sprinter F-CELL is based on a Sprinter chassis cab, fitted with a camper van body, though the technology could be deployed in any of the van’s chassis and body options. The technology is derived from that already seen in …

    July
    23
    2018

    The seven mechanic jargon terms that baffle motorists

    Nearly half of motorists (47 per cent) feel they’ve overpaid for car repairs because of confusing jargon used by mechanics. Drivers hearing their ‘big end’ has gone or they’ve got ‘mayonnaise’ under their oil cap is causing them to lose faith in their garages. MotorEasy, a UK-based cloud-based garage-to-consumer trading platform says that it is …

    July
    2
    2018

    ZF unveils new eAMT technology

    ZF’s new eAMT (electrified Automated Manual Transmission) technology is an innovative concept for the hybridization of front-transverse vehicles that integrates the company’s electric axle drive system (eVD) and an automated manual transmission (AMT) into one system. The transmission actuator and the electric rear axle operate together with intelligent interaction. This results in the eAMT concept …

    June
    26
    2018

    Biggest ever fuel cell trial to begin next year

    Toyota has announced it is to begin development of fuel cell powered delivery trucks in association with global convenience store operator Seven-Eleven. The joint project will see the two companies develop new fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, with the first stage of the project going live next year. The initiative aims to introduce …

    June
    25
    2018