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Clutch Installation in Passenger Cars and Utility Vehicles – Greasing the hub spline

December 5, 2022 • News • Views: 50

 Lightly grease the inside of the clutch disc hub spline (Fig. 1) with SACHS high performance grease.  Lightly grease the splines of the transmission input shaft (Fig. 2) with SACHS high performance grease.  Move the clutch disc axially on the transmission input shaft, making sure that it can move freely.  Remove …

Why headlights can become suddenly misaligned

December 1, 2022 • News • Views: 92

Headlights becoming misaligned all by themselves shouldn’t really happen. Once they’ve been aligned, they should stay that way until the owner or repair shop decides to intervene. But, like many other things that “shouldn’t really” happen, it does occur from time to time. The most important causes are as follows: Something has broken. The internal …

It’s rattling in the box – DMF axial and tilt clearance

November 25, 2022 • News • Views: 46

Many workshop employees have already heard the technical explanation and had their nerves calmed, but the topic remains current. There is a wide variety of designs and generations of the DMF. In all cases, however, the secondary mass must be able to move in relation to the primary mass. Depending on the design, this may …

Oxygen sensor failure and replacement tips

November 20, 2022 • News • Views: 57

The oxygen sensor, otherwise known as the O2 sensor, does what its name suggests – it measures the amount of oxygen in the exhaust. Whilst this may sound like a fairly modest task, the O2 sensor is actually one of the most important sensors on any vehicle, responsible for keeping the right balance between air and …

Proven mechanical fixes for those trickier jobs

November 18, 2022 • News, Technical Articles • Views: 91

Autodata, part of the Solera group, has provided the following technical article which tackles two tricky mechanical faults on the Citroen DS3 and the Ford Mondeo.

How to test alternator overrunners

November 15, 2022 • News • Views: 41

Alternator Overrunners from Bosch Designs OAP (Overrunning Alternator Pulley) OAD (Overrunning Alternator Decoupler) Both OAPs and OADs have a simple overrunning clutch. OADs also have a torsion spring to absorb energy. This enables rotational irregularities in the crankshaft to be evened out better. Testing of Alternator Overrunners While the engine is running, a faulty alternator …

Battery Health & Safety Guide

November 10, 2022 • News • Views: 29

The handling and proper use of lead-acid batteries is not hazardous provided appropriate facilities are available and reasonable care is taken. Below we have listed potential hazards that may arise, the precautions to taken to minimise such hazards and the action to be taken in the event of an accident or emergency situation. Sulphuric Acid …

New tensioning pulley is different from the old one

November 5, 2022 • News • Views: 24

New tensioning pulley is different from the old one and can’t be tensioned. Timing belt kit CT1168K1/ WP1/ WP2 for Audi, Seat, Skoda and VW. Various models of 1.4 – 2.0 TDI common rail, EA288 Problem: The supplied tensioning pulley V56390 looks different from the one installed in the vehicle. It obviously cannot be tensioned …

There’s a lot in it – the torque converter

October 30, 2022 • News • Views: 24

The high demand for fuel-saving solutions for vehicle engines will lead to increased use of automatic transmissions in future. This is made possible by increasingly more powerful transmissions and innovative torque converters. With modern converters, it is now possible to combine excellent driving comfort with minimal fuel consumption. This was not always the case. Vehicles …

The INA chain drive – will the chain last the entire life of the car?

October 25, 2022 • News • Views: 15

The market share of engines with timing chains is set to increase significantly in the future. Currently, the ratio is about 50:50 (belts to chains). Industry experts predict that the chain will achieve around 80% share in 2030. Based on the assumption that around 30% of new registrations will be electric and the proportion of …