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Mercedes-Benz introduces its first UK female CV breakdown specialist

A nice story from the north-west of England - Fallon Hignett has graduated as the UK’s first female Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle breakdown specialist. The 19-year-old from Liverpool works as a commercial vehicle technician at North-West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. She joined the company after finishing school three years ago, earning a place on the Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme. Although her apprenticeship does not finish until October, she has already taken the next step on her career path by achieving the qualification required to become a mobile breakdown technician, joining the Service 24h team at Roanza’s branch in her home city. Fallon spent time shadowing a senior colleague before embarking...
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Ford inspection drones keeping engine plant workers safely grounded

Ford employees are now using cameras mounted on drones to safely and efficiently inspect high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas at the company’s Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK. Previously, the team carried out this important maintenance work by using automated extendable platforms and scaffolding to check 40-metre-long gantries that support the plant’s heavy machinery. Each inspection area would take a laborious 12 hours to complete. Now, with feet firmly on the ground and controlling drones equipped with GoPro cameras, maintenance staff can thoroughly inspect each area in just 12 minutes. The whole production facility can be covered in a...
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Preventing NVH in vehicle braking systems

When deciding what car to buy, one of the highest priorities for potential customers is the cabin experience. Layout, comfort, technology and audio are all major influencers of customer perception, and are areas where automotive manufacturers can significantly differentiate their vehicles. This is why manufacturers spend vast sums on R&D to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). NVH is a critical focus in the automotive industry that engineers address at the earliest stage of the design process, including NVH generated by the braking system. Specialist brake development During the development of a new model, vehicle manufacturers depend on their brake...
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German Sound Quality Finals to take place at Automechanika Frankfurt

On September 15, Automechanika will play host to a hotly contested competition for the best vehicle sound system in Germany. This year’s show will offer amazing sound experiences ranging from discreetly integrated high-end sound systems to supercharged bass speakers for those who really love it loud. Automechanika Frankfurt will be commencing its 25th edition in just three weeks, and this year it says it is focusing more than ever before on cars that have already found its owners. Examples of this include the extensive treatment of classic cars, Reifen and the expansion of CarMediaWorld to include the German Sound Quality...
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Road Safety Authority urges parents to ensure children are properly restrained in vehicles

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety, in particular seatbelt safety, is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. RSA research shows that 10 per cent of children traveling in the back seat of vehicles are not using proper restraints such as child car seats or seat belts. In 2017, the RSA conducted a nationwide study that observed seatbelt usage by 3,861 children both in the front and the rear seats of the vehicle. As part of the study, 93 per cent of...
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Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking

Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking Causes: Wear Liquid infiltrations in the bearing Incorrect tension of the belt Presence of sealant in the system Presence of foreign matter, rust, plastic residues in the system Actions: Replace the pump Thoroughly clean the system Check the correct tension of the timing belt and other transmission components

June
29
2018

What killed the cat?

Although folklore may claim the feline variety has 9 lives, the vehicle ‘cat’ certainly does not. In this article published in May’s PMM magazine, our Technical Trainer Stuart Still explains why a comprehensive diagnostic routine should be undertaken before condemning emissions components. A great deal of my time is spent fault finding and diagnosing emission faults, …

June
27
2018

SACHS useful tip: Clutch slips.

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 …

June
25
2018

Brake discs and wheel speed sensors in ABS systems

The advent of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) made it possible to improve safety during critical braking situations. Different road conditions (wet and slippery roads, for example) or suddenly appearing obstacles caused the wheels of vehicles without ABS to lock up and skid during emergency braking.

June
18
2018

Listen up! Top tips for solving brake noise.

You know that annoying sound you get when you pull up at the lights? Could be a high pitch squeal, screech, groan or rattle? Well that’s brake noise and it can be one of the first signs that something is wrong with your brakes.  It’s also one of the biggest sources of customer comebacks for …

June
13
2018

Dual Mass Flywheel Technology / Failure Diagnosis Testing tool / User Instructions

The rapid development of vehicle technology over the last few decades has brought ever higher-performance engines paralleled by an increased demand for driver comfort.

June
11
2018

New idler in the kits CT1014K2/ K5/ K3 and CT1078K1 for diverse Opel/ GM 1.7 DI/ DTI/ CDTI

The idler in the kit is different from the one previously installed in vehicles.

June
7
2018

Checks before fitting a new Diesel Particulate Filter

Before fitting a new Diesel Particulate Filter, you should check the following components on a vehicle: * EGR valve or EGR pipe blockage * Oxygen sensors * DPF pressure pipes and valves * Air flow meter * Intake manifold * Pressure switch * Engine temperature sensor * Engine oil – is it the correct specification …

May
31
2018

Proper disposal of shocks and dampers.

Environmental protection and disposal Our company places a high priority on protecting the environment. As a result, our concept of product quality includes not only optimum operating properties, long service life and convenient installation, but also saving resources and preserving the environment. For us, this means developing, producing and disposing of products in environmentally compatible …

May
30
2018

EricTheCarGuy and ScannerDanner Solve A Misfire (Part 2)

EricTheCarGuy and ScannerDanner Solve A Misfire (Part 2)

May
28
2018