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Pandemic restrictions lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions from Transport in 2020

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its provisional greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland for 2020. (more…)
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Quality ATF extends the life of automatic transmission

The importance of ATF quality The quality of the Automatic transmission fluid (ATF) used is key to extending the life of the automatic gearbox, and therefore that of the vehicle. (more…)
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Experts recommend workshops brake check while tyre changing

The brake professionals from Otto Zimmermann GmbH in Germany want to increase the safety of drivers. They say this can easily be ensured by a brake check when changing tyres. (more…)
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Continental delivers full EV training

Continental Automotive is an approved IMI (Institute of Motor Industry) Centre and delivers a full electric and hybrid electric vehicle training programme from its Birmingham headquarters. Stuart West, tachograph product manager and training centre co-ordinator at Continental Automotive said that these EV training courses are "crucial" given the direction of the automotive industry towards electrification. “There is currently a serious deficit in the number of automotive technicians trained to work on electric and hybrid vehicles – latest data suggests just over five per cent are currently qualified," said West. "We have, therefore, invested in enhancing our training to bring these...
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Banner’s six top tips for long battery life

For drivers of all ages, whether experienced or inexperienced, probably the most frustrating thing to encounter is a car that simply won’t start! However, as one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of batteries and battery accessories, Banner, is quick to point out its six top tips, which when adopted prevent possible starting problems, whilst also ensuring full power, increased performance and a long service life are achieved in the process. 1. Stay active and mobile A battery that remains inactive for a longer period will discharge, as lead sulphate that gathers on the lead plates begins to hinder current flow. This...
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Be Particular About DPFs

Klarius explains why type-approved replacement Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) are essential and points to consider in order to avoid costly warranty returns. The rise in demand for type-approved replacement DPFs is becoming more apparent as more vehicles are emerging with DPFs as standard fitment. If one is fitted at the factory, it is a legal …

December
3
2020

Denso: Glow plugs and emissions

Governments, drivers and automotive manufacturers are more aware than ever before of the need to reduce vehicle emissions. We are still some time away from the widespread adoption of zero-emissions vehicles – but in the meantime, action can be taken to ensure the engines we are using are as efficient as possible. This article investigates …

December
2
2020

ContiTech: Torsional vibration damper

Problem – Diagnose – Cause Torsional vibration damper

December
1
2020

Best Practise -Audi A6 (C5)

Installation tips for the Audi A6 (C5) 2.4 – V6 (AML) – it’s best practice to replace the thermostat while servicing the timing belt drive.

November
26
2020

Temperature Management

Nowadays, most cars are equipped with climate control which has imposed greater demands on temperature management inside the car. Valeo, a key supplier at OEM level, is supplying all of its know-how to the aftermarket. Let’s start with the basics to understand what the blower motor function is and the constraints that exist. On any …

November
23
2020

ABS Operation

This short video demonstrates the hydraulic function of the ABS system. The main elements of the ABS system : Wheel, with brake caliper and wheel speed sensor ABS control unit (ECU) ISOlation valve DUMP valve LPA (low pressure accumulator) Motor pump unit Brake servo, master cylinder and brake pedal Normal Braking: ABS Operation not Required …

November
19
2020

Replace a Valeo wiper motor pantograph system

Replace a Valeo wiper motor pantograph system easily! Example with Valeo wiper motor 579159 for: Renault Twingo phase 1. Required tooling: • a wiper arm extractor • ratchets & extensions • appropriate set of sockets • appropriate screw drivers 1- Turn the engine off and please wait 5 minutes to ensure a complete shut-down of …

November
16
2020

Bosch Disc Brake Installation

Bosch automotive technician demonstrates how to do the proper front disc brake job to ensure optimal braking performance.

November
6
2020

Micro-V® Belt Troubleshooting Guide

As the Micro-V® XF belt does a tough job in a demanding environment, it is very important to detect belt wear in time and to have the belt replaced before it fails. The recommended replacement interval is 4 years. Heat, stress and abrasion affect Micro-V® XF belts. Slipping belts cause heat build-up, leading to potential accessory damage …

October
30
2020

Superkit Installation

This video demonstrates how to replace brake shoes and wheel cylinders using a TRW Superkit (pre-assembled brake shoe kit). The initial sequence shows the pre-assembled Superkit; brake shoes and adjuster. Sequence of operation: Remove road wheel Release/disengage the self adjust mechanism Remove the brake drum Remove the hold down springs using correct tools Release brake …

October
29
2020