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Textar launches premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads. As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises. An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent...
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Annual holidays

The editorial team is now on annual holidays and will return on Monday, July 17, when normal service will be resumed. For accounts / admin queries call + 353 (0) 90 66 25 676 or email info@autopub.ie
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Continental teaches vehicles to park Independently

Normally, it is people that have to  learn how to park their cars – and it is certainly not the most popular  task among drivers. Therefore, technology company Continental has  developed a solution, which can, at least, relieve drivers from recurring parking routines. Upon request, the new Trained Parking  function records and stores the sequence of a parking procedure. When the procedure is to be repeated, the driver drives the vehicle  near where the recording began and, at the touch of a button, the  vehicle independently performs the previously learned parking  procedure. “Parking procedures, such as from the house door into...
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VW to enable vehicles to vehicle communications by 2019

Connectivity between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents, or minimise their consequences. From 2019, Volkswagen tells us that it will therefore start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange of selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure (car-to-X). In both cases that presupposes that...
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Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2017: the winners!

With an inspiring shortlist and a world-renowned international jury, 2017 is another great year for the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, where Ireland is represented by Padraic Deane, our managing editor. These are the vehicle dynamics innovations, professionals and technologies that have won this year’s honors… Car of the Year: - New BMW 5 Series Dynamics have been a key focus for the 2017 5 Series, for which the dynamics team has designed a new chassis, lowered the center of gravity, increased torsional stiffness, and reduced body weight through the increased use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steels – indeed the...
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Damper pulley fitting instructions from NTN-SNR

The damper pulley has an essential role to play, as it drives all of the engine accessories. Here NTN-SNR offers advice on changing the damper pulley.

February
24
2015

Having a good process – Polo GTI

This month I would like to pick up on several issues which I’m sure affect us all. It’s not often to feel satisfaction over a technical challenge, a vw polo TSI was dropped off suffering a problem with delayed crank starting. A local independent car dealer had presented the car to a friend working in …

February
24
2015

Jim Investigates…

Being Blue Print’s in-house Technical Consultant, Jim Gilmour spends a large portion of his time on the road visiting customers and workshops. Recently hewas faced with a 2003 Toyota Avensis 2.0 diesel with a running problem. The complaint was of an intermittent and sudden loss of power. Only one thing for it, time for a …

February
23
2015

Solving diminishing cooling capacity in Mazda3

In the course of a longer journey in a Mazda3 (model year 2006 onwards ) with the air-conditioning running at full speed, it is possible that the cooling capacity of the air- conditioning system begins to diminish. Hella Ireland looks at possible reasons.

February
20
2015

Getting to the cause of underpowered Renault Megane II

Willie Barry of AGE explains how he got to the root of the problem on an underpowered 2005 Renault Megane II 1.9Dci.

February
20
2015

LuK advises on Kia Cee’d 1.6 CRDi clutch replacement

The Kia Cee`d is a small family hatchback with various engine and body style options available to choose from. Launched in 2006, it has become increasingly popular on Irish roads so these handy hints from LuK will be of great use to any technician carrying out a repair.

February
20
2015

Air Conditioning Compressors

The AC compressor is driven by the engine via a poly-V-belt or multiple V-belts and compresses or pumps the refrigerant in the system. Hella Ireland explains, there are different types of compressors. Function The refrigerant coming from the evaporator is sucked into the compressor in the gaseous state at low temperature and low pressure, compressed …

February
19
2015

NGK offers Lamda sensor tips

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd offers some advice on when Lambda sensors should be replaced. NGK Spark Plugs is the world’s largest manufacturer of Lambda sensors under the NTK brand name and supplies a comprehensive range of Lambda sensors to the UK aftermarket. The experience …

February
19
2015

How to fit modern car batteries

The days of connecting and forgetting a car battery are coming to an end. Today’s batteries need to be installed correctly or the customer may soon need to return to the garage. This step-bystep guide will help you to correctly fit the right battery in the right way. Without battery coding, the car’s battery management …

February
19
2015

KTS tricks & tips

The Bosch KTS family is celebrating 25 years of helping technicians quickly diagnose and fix vehicle faults. It’s vital that you get the best from your diagnostic equipment, and these tricks and tips will help you improve efficiency and help customers. Automatic VIN Look up A lot of people don’t know it’s there, or how …

February
19
2015