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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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Waterpump Technical Tip

An inside look in to water pumps and some hints when fitting

July
20
2020

Quality starts at the base with lubricants

Engine oils must be able to lubricate the many intricate moving parts in a vehicle. As they are operating under constant duress it’s imperative that engines are always protected.   Therefore, engine oils must be able to perform several essential functions such as protecting the engine against corrosion and tear as oil oxidises, educing metal …

July
20
2020

Volvo D5 timing belt kit installation

The 2.0 and 2.4-litre diesel D5 engines used over time by Volvo in almost every variant in the manufacturer’s range, but notably in the popular XC60 and XC90 siblings,features a timing belt driven water pump. As replacing the belt also requires the auxiliary drive system to be removed, Dayco best practice recommends that all the …

July
17
2020

Key grades for gear oil

Gears are found in a vast amount of the machinery we see today and are essential components as they perform several key functions including, gear reduction and adjusting the direction of rotation. If a gear didn’t have a lubricant, it wouldn’t be able to perform these key functions. Whether in your car, truck or heavy …

July
16
2020

ZF Aftermarket: Why is changing the brake fluid so important?

High-quality brake fluid is crucial in ensuring that the brakes can function properly. With this in mind, the experts at ZF Aftermarket recommend workshops regularly remind their customers to drop in and have their brake fluid changed. Always check with the Vehicle Manufacturer, but regardless of how many miles the vehicle has run it’s wise …

July
15
2020

Borg & Beck’s brake disc installation tips

Known for its technical expertise, Borg & Beck is dedicated to sharing its knowledge on the array of premium quality aftermarket components it supplies. As more and more vehicles are being fitted with technology to assist drivers, this is impacting the way technicians work. One of these components is the ABS sensor, which is often …

July
14
2020

Thermal management best practice with Dayco

As technicians will be acutely aware, in order for vehicle manufacturers (VMs) to achieve the engine emission and fuel consumption reductions that have been imposed by worldwide legislation, every aspect of engine performance is minutely examined to ensure that all its systems work in unison. Central to this objective is effective thermal management, which is …

July
13
2020

Technicians benefit from Hella TechWorld update

Hella’s website, TechWorld (https://www.hella.com/techworld/uk/), is designed to educate technicians by providing them with a myriad of useful information, which includes step-by-step repair guides and an online product catalogue, as well as new products and fault diagnoses. Its most recent update includes a new feature that allows technicians to search by vehicle registration number or enter …

July
11
2020

Schaeffler advises against fitting mismatched clutch components

Schaeffler engineers have always advised against fitting mismatched clutch components, and have now identified a specific case where the installation of a non-LuK clutch, combined with a genuine LuK concentric slave cylinder(CSC), can result in clutch release system leakage. Schaeffler has updated its packaging to include a warning label, advising against this practice. The affected …

July
10
2020

Meyle offers tie rod assembly advice

Meyle is offering technicians advice on the the proper assembly If and how precisely a vehicle steers, depends on numerous components. One crucial vehicle part for precise steering is the tie rod end. It ensures that the power is transferred from the tie rods to the steering knuckle during steering and that the wheels consequently …

July
9
2020