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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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Blue Print instruction on ABS System Diagnostics | Part 3

ABS System Diagnostics | Part 3 This article is the third in a series being written to assist the workshop technician in the development of electrical and electronic diagnostic skills; the previous articles being ‘Essential electrical skills’ and ‘Multiplex’. A thorough understanding of the two-part ‘Essential electrical skills’ is as the title suggests, essential in …

July
2
2015

Blue Print instruction on ABS System Diagnostics | Part 2

ABS System Diagnostics | Part 2 This article is the third in a series that are being written to assist the workshop technician in the development of electrical and electronic diagnostic skills; the previous articles being ‘Essential electrical skills’ and ‘Multiplex’. A thorough understanding of the first, two-part article ‘Essential electrical skills’ is, as the …

July
2
2015

Blue Print instruction on ABS System Diagnostics | Part 1

This article is the third in a series that are being written to assist the workshop technician in the development of electrical and electronic diagnostic skills; the previous articles being ‘Essential electrical skills’ and ‘Multiplex’. A thorough understanding of the first, two-part article ‘Essential electrical skills’ is, as the title suggests, essential if a thorough …

July
2
2015

Delphi Training Series video: How to Replace a Fuel Pump Wiring Harness

A step-by-step guide for how to connect the new wiring harness that may be supplied with your new fuel pump.

July
2
2015

Delphi Training Series video: Diagnosing GDI – Gas Direct Injection

GDI – Gas Direct Injection has been steadily making its way into mainstream for well over a decade. The miles accumulating on these state of the art fuel injection systems can often lead to customer drivability concerns. This in turn means service opportunities for the independent aftermarket repair business ready to tackle this latest technology …

July
2
2015

Ferodo technical tips on brake judder N°2

Brake judder is the vibration felt through the steering wheel and suspension when the brakes are applied at certain speeds and pressures. In the previous leafl et Brake Judder N°1 we already discussed a few causes of brake judder and provided you with the appropriate solutions. But apart from hub and/or disc run-out and severe …

July
2
2015

Ferodo technical tips on brake judder N°1

Brake judder N°1 Brake judder is the vibration felt through the steering wheel and suspension when the brakes are applied at certain speeds and pressures. It can vary from a barely noticeable vibration to a violent judder, and can be experienced in two ways: • a pulsing feeling in the brake pedal – almost as …

July
2
2015

Ferodo instruction on correct fitting of brake pads and caliper

Avoiding Noise Problems – Tips for Correct Assembly   The easiest way to avoid problems is to ensure that the brake pads and caliper are correctly assembled from the start. Following these extra instructions for reassembly should help avoid vibrations and the associated noise, and allow drivers a smooth comfortable ride. Strip and clean all the caliper …

July
2
2015

Fitting instructions FIAT Punto 188 front shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the front of Fiat Punto 188 (09.99-06.03) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8jiFEqqSsA

July
1
2015

Fitting instructions VW Golf lV, Bora, Jetta IV; Audi A3, Seat Leon, Toledo; Skoda Octavia front shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the front of: Audi A3 2WD (09.96-05.03) Seat Leon (11.99-06.06) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubXke-QpV8

July
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2015