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Jaguar Land Rover announces 150 Irish R&D jobs

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to open a software engineering centre and create 150 jobs in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, in 2018. Working alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team in the UK, the Shannon facility has an important role to play in realising the company’s vision for electric and automated driving vehicles. It will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent. Jaguar Land Rover Software Engineering Centre...
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Technicians now able to sign-up for training courses on REPXPERT

REPXPERT members are now able to sign-up online to attend live hands-on training events which will be held regularly at the REPXPERT Academy in Hereford. This means that over 10,500 active REPXPERT users in the UK can register for these sessions on the free garage portal, which also features comprehensive technical information and training videos on its LuK, FAG, INA and Ruville brands. The first session takes place on January 30th, when the well-known REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, will be delivering a course entitled ‘LuK Clutch Basics’. This anything but basic course, though, will contain an introduction to Schaeffler before delving...
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IAAF and FIGIEFA delighted with provisional Type-Approval legislation

The IAAF and FIGIEFA have welcomed the news that crucial provisions on the OBD connector and access to RMI have been included in the proposed EU legislation on Vehicle Type-Approval Regulation, signifying a huge step forward for the aftermarket regarding access to in-vehicle data. The EU Council's main preparatory body, COREPER, recognised the need for the independent automotive aftermarket to maintain access to diagnostic and RMI-related data. It also clarified that access will be granted whilst the vehicle is in motion. This is essential to perform diagnostic, repair and maintenance services, at least until a solution is found for telematics...
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2017 sees Record Low of Road Fatalities

Provisional road collision statistics for 2017, published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) following an analysis of fatal collision reports supplied by An Garda Síochána, show that there has been a 15 per cent drop in road deaths in 2017 compared to 2016. Up to the 31 December 2017 a total of 158 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads as a result of 143 fatal crashes, compared to 186 lives lost in 174 fatal crashes in 2016. This represents 28 fewer fatalities or a 15 per cent drop in deaths and 31 fewer fatal crashes or an 18 per...
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FER AGM fuelled by diesel ban talk

The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, has grown this year with the addition of further members and held regional meetings that have proved to be very successful, giving members an insight into FER activity and discussing key policy. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos...
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NTN-SNR launches new 2018 suspension catalogue

NTN-SNR has just released its new 2018 suspension catalogue, which contains 360 pages and over 500 references including 160 new kits. The new catalogue covers all the major European and Asian vehicle manufacturers offering a comprehensive range of suspension products to both the retailer and garage workshops. A complete range containing 100% original quality parts. …

December
20
2017

Did you have problems starting your diesel engine this morning?

With the temperatures continuously dropping, a common issue for diesel-powered engines is problems starting in cold weather as diesel freezes. This can occur for a number of reasons and can be disastrous for the everyday driver. The good news? Actioil Diesel Treatment can not only treat your diesel system but it can also lower the …

December
20
2017

Checking clutch disks

Only install clutch disks that have been tested. ZF Aftermarket recommends always checking clutch disks for lateral runout before they are installed in the vehicle. The clutch disk is the component that makes the connection in the center of the clutch. It is a compact, very complicated component which is subjected to heavy loads. Together …

December
20
2017

Installing Clutches

Professional clutch replacement Replacing the clutch of a manual transmission so expertly that the gears can be shifted again perfectly is mere routine for an automotive technician. However, as manufacturer analyses of some clutches that are subject to complaint show there are exceptions in certain cases. In these cases, the damage pattern proves that observing …

December
14
2017

Causes of slipping clutches

Clutch slip may have various causes. Besides the clutch pressure plate and the clutch disk, the problem is often found in the release system. Additional causes include an incorrectly remachined flywheel or installation of the wrong clutch. Therefore, check: Release system wear, freedom of movement, adjustment Verify that the parts are correct for the vehicle …

December
11
2017

Expert Tips for Changing Timing Belts

Detailed instructions for timing belt kit CT999WP1 in a Fiat Panda MY 2004, 44 kW 1.2-liter engines up to engine number 2533528 with engine code 188.A4.000 ContiTech shows how to avoid errors when changing belts

December
11
2017

Timing belt tensioner installation and setup

The newly designed Gates timing belt tensioner, part number T43143, differs from the OE in that the Gates pulley does not come pre-tensioned and therefore does not require a securing pin

December
8
2017

Clutch does not disengage.

Causes If the clutch does not disengage, the problem is not necessarily the clutch itself. Frequent causes include faults in the release system, a jammed pilot bearing, or non-compliance with important installation requirements. Therefore, check: Were all professional check points observed during installation? Clutch release system Worn parts? Cable, hydraulics, pivot points. Correct setting?   …

December
7
2017

Pre-bleeding the hydraulic brake system

If you have vehicles in your workshop with EDS, EDS/ASR or EDS/ASR/ESP where a chamber in the brake fluid reservoir is completely empty, or if you need to undertake special bleeding because leaks have been found, this clip is ideal for you.

December
4
2017

Fitting tip for the front axle stabilizer link bar for the popular Toyota Yaris

MOOG part number TO-LS-4733 is supplied with the rubber bushes and washers which are assembled in a specific sequence for correct fitment. In order to fit the replacement stabiliser link bar to the vehicle it is necessary to dismantle the kit, connect to the wishbone and the anti-roll bar and then re-assemble.

December
1
2017