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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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Timing Chain Failure

In recent years there has been a definite trend of car manufacturers moving back to timing chain engine design. Timing chain set-ups are generally very reliable provided the engine oil is changed regularly. However, over time a chain can stretch to beyond its tensioner’s adjustment capability at which point it will rattle. From this point …

September
25
2020

Belt & Water Pump Replacement

In a tough economic climate, everyone wants to keep costs down. Gates explains that it is all for cost savings – but only if it makes sense. Garages want customers to return because the service is good, rather than because it is cheap. Carrying out inappropriate repairs based on the end user’s assessment of what …

September
21
2020

Cracking into Valve Head Failure

FEDERAL-MOGUL speaks about the various problems associated with valve heads as a result of modern automotive technology. Today’s downsized, turbocharged engines place enormous stresses on many engine components. One component that can suffer from these stresses more than others is the valve. Some of the most common failures and their causes are listed below. VALVE …

September
18
2020

Good Vibrations with Febi Rubber-Metal Parts

Due to the increasing complexity of the vehicle chassis, more importance is being placed on rubber-metal parts, such as mountings for control arms, stabilisers, engine, gearbox and strut top mountings. These parts ensure that all components are solidly connected to the chassis; additionally, mounting bushes provide strong connection points between the components and firmly fix …

September
17
2020

Cat-ching Up with The Future

KLARIUS shares some thoughts about what the future holds for catalytic converters (CATs) because of the current, post-Brexit political landscape. Whilst Brexit may cause a number of EU laws to be replaced by domestic legislation, the safeguarding of emissions components and standards are unlikely to change much. Euro emissions standards and type-approval will still remain …

September
14
2020

How to Service Engine Mounts

A faulty or worn engine mount is one of the main causes of engine vibration and noise. And whilst this can be concerning for the vehicle owner, by understanding why they fail, what to look out for and how to replace them, you can help keep your customer’s car running smoothly, for a quiet and …

September
11
2020

Curve Ball Discovered

FIRST LINE sheds light on the common challenge of replacing the lower suspension arms on the Land Rover Discovery III/IV or Range Rover Sport. When motorists complain of a clunking noise or a progressively loose steering, it may be indicative of a worn bush or ball joint. Under normal conditions, suspension arms typically need to …

September
9
2020

The Shocking Cold!

With winter around the corner, BOGE inputs the impact of the colder months on a vehicle’s shock absorbers and the importance of OE quality standards. Salt, grit and a legacy of roads in disrepair thanks to frost can take a toll on vehicles. Evidence of shock absorbers bearing the brunt of these challenges emerge as …

September
7
2020

Sachs ZMS Modul DMF Kits

Sachs, leading supplier of driveline and chassis technology, explains how its ZMS Modul Range is simplifying the sourcing and fitting of DMFs. These kits contain all of the parts required for a clutch and dual-mass flywheel (DMF) renewal on a variety of vehicles. Manufactured by Sachs, each ZMS Modul kit contains the clutch cover, clutch …

September
4
2020

Valve Stems and Guide Failures

FEDERAL-MOGUL EXPLAINS VALVE STEMS AND GUIDE FAILURES Excessive valve stem and guide wear can occur on inlet and exhaust valves. Whilst there is a large number of potential causes for failure, some are actually symptoms of another problem. Whilst some causes are easier to spot than others, the most likely causes for excessive valve stem …

August
28
2020