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Restoration of the Year award winner’s epic 6,725-hour job

The epic 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) won the Restoration of the Year award at the Octane Awards, presented yesterday (16th November) in London. This is the second time that CMC takes home the Restoration of the Year accolade; having done so previously in 2011 with the restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight, a legendary Jaguar that many thought to be beyond repair. The restorers are the only company to have won this award twice. Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars, said: “CMC are tremendously grateful...
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Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK-based clean-tech development company, Controlled Power Technologies Ltd (CPT). The purchase provides a timely route for Federal-Mogul Powertrain to expand into the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization that complement the company’s existing capabilities. Financial details of the acquisition have not been released. The new unit will offer its solutions under the name “Federal-Mogul Controlled Power Ltd”. Headquartered in Laindon, Essex and with a further site in Coventry (UK), CPT specializes in the development of 12V and 48V electric motor-generators for start-stop applications, mild hybridization, exhaust-driven electrification technologies, e-boosting...
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Genuine Parts Company acquires of Alliance Automotive Group

The Genuine Parts Company (GPC) from the United States has announced today that it has completed the purchase of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) for a total purchase price of approximately US $2 billion, including the repayment of AAG's outstanding debt, effective today. AAG is the second largest parts distribution platform in Europe, with a focus on light vehicle and commercial vehicle replacement parts. Headquartered in London, AAG has approximately 8,000 employees and 2,100 company-owned stores and affiliated outlets across France, the U.K., Germany and Poland. It is a leading distributor of light and commercial vehicle parts to the independent aftermarket...
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Consider the potential real cost of part worn tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, is currently reminding Britain’s motorists to make safety their primary concern when replacing their tyres. Irish motorists should also take heed of this very good advice. Part worn tyres may appear to be the cheaper option but numerous studies and investigations by TyreSafe and Trading Standards have highlighted significant concerns as to their roadworthiness. In fact, 93% of part worns inspected in the most recent activities have been sold illegally with more than half having safety-critical faults....
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Autoelectro unveils live chat messenger

Autoelectro, the UK’s largest independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators, has introduced upgrades to its popular live chat facility, as it aims to increase the communication channels between the company and technicians. Previously, users of Autoelectro’s online chat have had to turn away from their repair job and access their desktop computer before speaking to a technical expert; however, this has now been made easier because their queries can be answered from the palm of their hand by grabbing their smart phone or tablet. Once the user lands on the Autoelectro home-page, they will notice a red ‘speech bubble’ icon on the right-hand side. Once clicked on and after they’ve entered their name and e-mail address,...
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Working on Hybrids – Safety Tips

Auto IQ Regulatory demands for better fuel economy and reduced emissions will continue to drive the increase in hybrid vehicles on the road today and for the future. In fact, by 2020, it is projected that volumes will nearly triple from the 2M vehicles produced in 2012. So there is no doubt we will continue …

October
10
2017

Tension setting procedure for PSA 2.2 HDI engines

In order to achieve optimum belt performance, it is always important that the correct installation tension and tensioning procedure is used.

October
2
2017

Peugeot 307 – ABS warning light illuminates

If the error mentioned above is identified in conjunction with an illuminated ABS warning light, a faulty power supply to the ABS/ESP control unit may be one possible cause.

October
1
2017

Causes and Effects of a Deformed Inner Tie Rod

Causes and Effects of a Deformed Inner Tie Rod

September
29
2017

DAYCO – Timing kit installation Lexus RX 400 H – Engine: 3MZ-FE

Timing kit installation. Timing belt and water pump replacement. Vehicle used as example for the KTBWP8330 kit assembly: Lexus RX 400 H

September
29
2017

Dayco – Timing kit installation Volvo XC70 2.4TDi– Engine: D5244T4

Dayco – Timing kit installation Volvo XC70 2.4TDi – Engine: D5244T4 Timing kit installation.

September
20
2017

The Hybrid Compressor: Know the Difference

HVAC differs from one hybrid to the other and some systems, such as Honda & Prius 2001-2003, have used a scroll compressor which can be powered via belt when the engine is running or electrically when the engine is off. Most of the newer hybrids have changed to an inverter compressor which is a high …

September
17
2017

Ford B-Max – ABS warning light illuminates

If the above error is discovered together with an illuminated ABS warning light, this may be due to the brake pressure sensor.

September
15
2017

Why Oil balancing is critical when replacing a compressor

When installing a new service compressor on a vehicle it is important to make sure the compressor is oil balanced correctly with the correct type and amount of lubricant. The purpose of oil balancing is to make sure the amount of oil in the air conditioning system remains at the correct level.

September
8
2017

Timing kit installation Renault Megane II 1.5 dci – Engine: K9K 732

Timing kit installation. Timing belt and water pump replacement. Vehicle used as example for the KTBWP5320 kit assembly: Renault Megane II 1.5 dci.

September
8
2017