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Philips how-to-guide when changing headlight bulbs

Cars vary hugely in complexity. For some cars, it’s relatively simple to open the bonnet and get to the back of the headlight, remove the old bulb and replace it with a new one. As technology has advanced, the space within the engine compartment has been filled, making it more and more difficult to replace the bulbs. On other cars, it can be fiddly and with some cars, you may have to remove the whole front bumper, grille and wheel arch inners to get to the lights – it is not inconceivable for it to take a couple of hours...
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Toyota backing fuel cell power for vehicles of the future

If you have had any doubts that fuel cells (FC) and hydrogen will be what powers our cars in the medium to long-term, then Toyota’s moves to expand mass-production of fuel cell stacks and hydrogen tanks towards ten-fold increase post-2020 should banish those doubts. Toyota has big sales expansion plans within Japan and overseas. Toyota sees global sales of fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) increasing significantly after 2020, to at least 30,000 per year from today’s 3,000. To prepare for this growth, the company unveiled plans for two major new facilities The first is a brand-new building near its original...
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Volvo is first car maker here to comply with new WLTP Fuel Consumption and Emission Testing Protocols

Volvo has become the first car manufacturer in the UK and Ireland to homologate its entire model range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP). All Volvo petrol, diesel and hybrid models now comply with the stringent ‘Euro 6d-temp’ standard for tailpipe emissions, as part of the firm’s model-year 2019 range update which started production in April. It also puts Volvo well ahead of the 1 September 2018 deadline where only WLTP-homologated cars can be sold in Europe. The aim of the new WLTP cycle is to ensure published fuel economy and emissions – which all manufacturers...
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OESAA delivers yet another successful Autoinform

More than 100 delegates from across Scotland, northern England and Ireland attended this year’s Autoinform Live at the GTG Academy in Glasgow last month, declaring the event a resounding success. The Scottish event aimed to make the wealth of knowledge shared at Autoinform Wolverhampton available to the industry professionals north of the border, giving them access to OESAA-approved, high quality training. ADS Automotive’s Dave Massey delivered an interactive, ‘how-to’ workshop on the benefits of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), giving garage owners the tools to enhance their business’ online presence themselves. Commenting on Autoinform Live Scotland, Dave said: “The show has...
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Schaeffler reveals closer ties between REPXPERT and The Garage Inspector

Schaeffler (UK) has described Andy Savva as the ‘perfect role model for any workshop owner’ after the original equipment manufacturer revealed that The Garage Inspector will be working closer with its REPXPERT members. Andy supported the REPXPERT team at the recent Autoinform Live event in Glasgow by providing visitors with valuable advice on how to build their workshop brand and profile, while also offering tips and best practice techniques on how to make their business as profitable as it can be. REPXPERT users can now find free and exclusive clips on the REPXPERT portal, where The Garage Inspector can be...
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ContiTech shows how to avoid errors when changing belts

Significant errors are frequently committed when changing the timing belt. To ensure that the belt change operation goes smoothly, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group provides fitters with a detailed installation guide. In this, ContiTech experts provide a step-by-step explanation of the correct change procedure.

May
26
2016

Explaining the role of Lambda sensors

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs explains the role of lambda sensors. The Lambda or oxygen sensor supplies the engine management system with information about the quantity of residual oxygen within the exhaust gas. As this value is intrinsically linked to the degree of complete combustion attained by …

May
26
2016

Compressors – the heart of air conditioning systems

As we move towards summer, the market-leader in original thermal products, DENSO, explains the importance of compressors, and highlights the most common, avoidable error made during installation and servicing. A/C systems are a fundamental part of every modern vehicle, and now an essential feature rather than a luxury for most drivers. The compressor acts as …

May
26
2016

LuK clutch clinic – Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.6 petrol

In this article the LuK technical team takes a closer look at the Suzuki Grand Vitara which has covered close to 130,000 miles with quite harsh use through its life. Because of this it is important that particular attention is made to the whole transmission system for possible wear. The Suzuki in question is the …

May
26
2016

Don’t take a risk with braking

Braking components are absolutely vital to the safe running of your vehicle and the safety of those around you. ‘Lightweight’ brake discs are advertised in the market place to increase fuel economy but is this really the best option? In order to be competitive, some manufacturers cut their production and distribution costs by reducing the …

May
26
2016

TRW Aftermarket examines the power of steering

The demands on global vehicle manufacturers (VMs) to reduce vehicle weight, cost and hydrocarbon emissions are omnipresent. In turn, this places more and more pressure on parts and systems manufacturers to develop new fuel-saving technologies or to improve existing ones. A leader in this field is the ZF Group, owner of the TRW brand. The …

May
26
2016

DENSO explains common lambda sensor queries & exhaust gas temperature sensors

Why replace the Lambda sensor? Ageing Lambda sensors worsen engine performance, increase fuel consumption and may wear out the catalyst. An ageing or fouled sensor tends to have a slower response time, which can degrade system performance, so it’s vital to replace them in time to keep the engine performing as well as it should. …

May
26
2016

LuK Clutch Clinic Toyota Yaris 1.3 VVT-I

As a major OE supplier to Toyota, LuK is in a good position to offer handy hints and tips to any independent aftermarket garage looking to undertake this repair. Pic1 The first generation of Yaris was launched in 1999 and it has since gone on to become a popular city car, with the model used …

May
26
2016

Ryan’s Automotive solves power issues on 2003 Opel Astra 1.7DTI

Ryan’s Automotive recently ran the rule over an 2003 Opel Astra 1.7DTI that arrived with a complaint of no power and the customer had been told that the engine ECU was suspected of being faulty as it wasn’t switching the boost control solenoid. On an initial test drive the car was indeed slightly low on power. …

May
26
2016

Cheap electronics do not mean more profit

Keith Walsh of MKW Motors & Training warns technicians not to fit cheap electronic sensors or actuators In this article I will talk about a recent case we diagnosed in MKW Motors, which will prove the mistake. Yes the cheap part will give you more profit at the end of the job “so we think …

May
26
2016