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DMF Stress Test tips from ZF Aftermarket

In spite of ever greater horsepower and higher torques, today’s vehicles actually run very smoothly. The dual-mass flywheel (DMF) plays a crucial role in this by absorbing and almost completely eliminating torsional vibrations with its integrated spring and damping system. If a mechanic does hear unusual noises, the DMF is usually the first port of call even though in many cases it isn’t the source of the problem. Here, ZF Aftermarket experts explain how to identify the possible cause of an unusual noise; before leaping to the wrong conclusion and exchanging the component unnecessarily. (more…)
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Debunking common HID myths

A new site providing information on Xenon HID bulbs, including debunking common HID myths has been launched. www.ringautomotive.com/en/refit-hids has been launched by vehicle lighting specialists Ring to give technicians and HID stockists all the resources and information they need about replacing xenon HIDs. Xenon HIDs are fitted on around ten per cent of the UK car parc, yet there remains myths and concerns around them in the aftermarket. With the new site, Ring says it wants to provide the facts around how HID headlight systems work, how often HID bulbs should be replaced, how to identify a quality bulb and...
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Meyle’s five steps for a clean cooling system

Thorough and regular flushing is one of the decisive steps in the maintenance of cooling systems. Contamination, e. g. due to the incorrect use of sealing compound in the cooling system, reduces the cooling capacity in the long run and can lead to premature failure of the water pump mechanical seal. (more…)
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HGV clutch and flywheel fitment and removal made easy by Laser Tools

New to the Laser Tools’ HGV range is this clutch & flywheel jack (part number 7249), designed to remove, install and transport (in the lowered position) 14 inch and 15½ inch double-disc clutches and/or flywheel assemblies as fitted to HGV vehicles. (more…)
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New Motorservice packaging defeats counterfeiters

The Motorservice Group is the sales organization of Rheinmetall Automotive’s global aftermarket activities. It is a leading supplier of engine components for the spare parts market, encompassing the Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg, BF and TRW Engine Components brands. (more…)
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ContiTech: Expert Tips on Replacing Timing Chains

Detailed instructions for a TC 1003K1 in a 1.2 l VW Polo with engine code BMD, model year 2010

October
10
2018

Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 110 kW M9R

Timing kit installation KTC1020: Nissan X-Trail 2.0 dCi 110 kW M9R

October
1
2018

How to correctly install a camshaft

If you want to prevent early wear and breakage of a new camshaft, learn how to install it correctly, here.

September
28
2018

Recognize Damages to the Chassis and Steering System

Careless driving and dirt accumulation significantly increase the risk of wear on safety-relevant chassis and steering components. Workshops need to pay attention to typical damage patterns and remedy defects as required. If chassis or steering components are damaged, the person steering needs to expect the handling of their vehicle to become critical. Experts at ZF …

September
24
2018

Brake adjustment: Running clearance

Achieving the optimum running clearance between the brake pad and disc will help avoid overheating.

September
21
2018

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #2 Actuator Duty Current

In Frank’s second test he looks at a Turbo Control actuator, measuring control duty and current.

September
18
2018

Technical information: Brake pad wear indicator

The wear indicator is a monitoring device used to inform the driver promptly when the brake pad has reached its minimum thickness/wear limit.

September
7
2018

Replacing defective suspension springs

Chassis springs – together with shock absorbers and spring strut support bearings – fulfill decisive safety and comfort functions. We therefore recommend regularly checking the component and, in the event of corrosion, cracks or breaks, replacing it. Defective springs negatively affect the vehicle handling and road safety: They extend the braking distance because they can …

August
29
2018

Causes of low compression, no start from a stuck closed IAC (part 1) – Toyota/Lexus

This was one of the weirdest causes of a no compression, no start problem that I have ever seen. Someone could have easily condemned the engine itself for this problem. Every other time I have heard an engine crank like this (no compression has a unique sound), it has always been a jumped or broken …

August
24
2018

How to correctly install ball joints

Learn how to correctly install ball joints with this instructional video.

August
20
2018