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Jaguar Land Rover announces 150 Irish R&D jobs

Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed plans to open a software engineering centre and create 150 jobs in Shannon, Republic of Ireland, in 2018. Working alongside Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering team in the UK, the Shannon facility has an important role to play in realising the company’s vision for electric and automated driving vehicles. It will develop new technologies to support electrification and self-driving features on future Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles. Jaguar Land Rover has selected Shannon as it is globally recognised as a centre of excellence for current and future software engineering talent. Jaguar Land Rover Software Engineering Centre...
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Technicians now able to sign-up for training courses on REPXPERT

REPXPERT members are now able to sign-up online to attend live hands-on training events which will be held regularly at the REPXPERT Academy in Hereford. This means that over 10,500 active REPXPERT users in the UK can register for these sessions on the free garage portal, which also features comprehensive technical information and training videos on its LuK, FAG, INA and Ruville brands. The first session takes place on January 30th, when the well-known REPXPERT, Alistair Mason, will be delivering a course entitled ‘LuK Clutch Basics’. This anything but basic course, though, will contain an introduction to Schaeffler before delving...
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IAAF and FIGIEFA delighted with provisional Type-Approval legislation

The IAAF and FIGIEFA have welcomed the news that crucial provisions on the OBD connector and access to RMI have been included in the proposed EU legislation on Vehicle Type-Approval Regulation, signifying a huge step forward for the aftermarket regarding access to in-vehicle data. The EU Council's main preparatory body, COREPER, recognised the need for the independent automotive aftermarket to maintain access to diagnostic and RMI-related data. It also clarified that access will be granted whilst the vehicle is in motion. This is essential to perform diagnostic, repair and maintenance services, at least until a solution is found for telematics...
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2017 sees Record Low of Road Fatalities

Provisional road collision statistics for 2017, published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) following an analysis of fatal collision reports supplied by An Garda Síochána, show that there has been a 15 per cent drop in road deaths in 2017 compared to 2016. Up to the 31 December 2017 a total of 158 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads as a result of 143 fatal crashes, compared to 186 lives lost in 174 fatal crashes in 2016. This represents 28 fewer fatalities or a 15 per cent drop in deaths and 31 fewer fatal crashes or an 18 per...
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FER AGM fuelled by diesel ban talk

The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017, has grown this year with the addition of further members and held regional meetings that have proved to be very successful, giving members an insight into FER activity and discussing key policy. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos...
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Why do modern wheel bearings utilise magnetic encoding technology?

Did you know that there is a lot more going on inside the modern wheel bearing than just balls or rollers? To offer evidence, many FAG wheel bearings now incorporate magnetic encoding technology that provides essential data to various vehicle safety systems, helping drivers keep control of their vehicle in hazardous conditions. “Many modern safety …

July
27
2015

Why do hybrids use high voltage A/C compressors?

Vehicles with full-hybrid technology use high voltage compressors that are not dependent on the running of the combustion engine. This makes for greater A/C comfort in such vehicles. A vehicle’s interior that has become overheated can now be cooled down to the desired temperature before the start of any journey by using a remote control. …

July
27
2015

Why a reference library of ‘known values’ makes sense

Creating a reference library of ‘known’ vehicle behaviour in a variety of conditions can help garages to overcome emissions problems relating to Lambda sensors, as Daniel Barker, TEXA’s Technical Manager, explains.   Looking at the calls logged through our technical helpline recently I was amazed to find that one of our most popular reports still …

July
27
2015

How to use a 4 gas analyser to spot potential problems

Although the humble 4 gas analyser is seen as an essential tool to carry out an MOT, I’m still surprised at how little information is retrieved by the technician after completing an emissions test, to aid with fault diagnosis. The problem is that the MOT only requires values of CO and HC plus a Lambda …

July
27
2015

Blue Print instruction on Essential Electrical Skills – Part 1

Essential electrical skills

July
22
2015

Solving noise problems: Ferodo Tips for correct brake removal

If a road test is possible, carry this out first, and note the conditions under which the noise occurs.

July
21
2015

Spark Plugs Feature – The Small Giant

When it comes to automotive components the spark plug is the small giant of the powertrain. If someone else has coined that phrase before I apologise, but it is an extremely good description of the component that is the pacemaker at the heart of every petrol engine, the spark plug. Precise control of ignition  has …

July
20
2015

Glowplug overview

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager – Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd give an overview of the main types of glow plugs, and which ones a Motor Factor should stiock.

July
20
2015

Ford S-Max – TDCI

The Ford S-Max is the clutch fitter’s dream. Really easy to do and with a few pointers from LuK it should be easy to beat the book time of around five hours. The S-Max has proved a popular purchase in the UK and Ireland after gaining a reputation for reliability and quality and as a …

July
20
2015

Toyota Aygo 1.0 – Semi Automatic Transmission

The LuK technical team looks at the Toyota Aygo, which was launched in 2005, and advises independent garages undertaking the four hour clutch repair, tackling the semi automatic transmission in this article. If the vehicle has alloy wheels then it is a good possibility that they are secured with anti theft bolts so make sure …

July
20
2015