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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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Fitting instructions AUDI A6, A4, A5, Q5, A7: rear shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the rear of: Audi A6, A6 Quattro (11.10- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLzloYuVm8

July
1
2015

Blue Print instruction on Air Con System Diagnostics | Part 5

Servicing Air conditioning and the Law You cannot now service or repair vehicle air conditioning systems unless you have proved your competence to do so – it’s the law. Proving your competence can be done through the IMI’s F Gas ATA qualification ‘Automotive Technician Accreditation – Air Conditioning Refrigerant Handler’. This process involves proving your …

June
30
2015

Blue Print instruction on Air Con System Diagnostics | Part 3

This is the third in a series of articles written to provide technicians with an improved understanding of manual air conditioning systems and diagnostic procedures for efficient repair. Early detection of trouble can result in prolonged component life as well as the customer not being bothered by unnecessary problems. Before you commence with a full …

June
30
2015

Blue Print instruction on Air Con System Diagnostics | Part 2

This is the second in a series of articles written to provide technicians with an improved understanding of manual air conditioning systems. The A/C electrical system consists of an ECU, (usually referred to as an amplifier), a selection of inputs – earths, lives and sensor values – with the primary output control function being the …

June
30
2015

Blue Print instruction on Air Con System Diagnostics | Part 1

This article is the first of a new series written to assist the workshop technician in developing an understanding of automotive air conditioning systems.

June
30
2015

Want to test the chain drive of Mercedes-Benz models with M271 engine (EVO)? No problem!

Rattling noises may be heard after a cold start in models with M271 engine (EVO). This may be caused by wear of the chain drive, sprockets, or elongation of the timing chain. This can lead to incorrect timings and, in the worst case, to engine damage. It is advisable to check the chain drive if …

June
30
2015

Efficient repair solution for Mercedes Benz Sprinter, Vito, Viano and VW Crafter, LT!

Initial warning signs that indicate trouble and faults in the area of the propshaft: • Noises coming from the direction of the vehicle’s underbody, mostly at specific revs/speeds • Unusual vibrations • Knocking noises in gear change situations The reason for this may be a faulty or worn universal joint. This may result in complete …

June
30
2015

Fitting instructions FIAT Ducato; CITROEN Jumper / Relay; Peugeot Boxer: rear shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of KYB shock absorbers and coil springs to the rear of: Fiat Ducato (01.94-12.01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVKITWhCuZo

June
30
2015

Fitting instructions FIAT Ducato; CITROEN Jumper / Relay; PEUGEOT Boxer front shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of KYB shock absorbers and coil springs to the front of: Fiat Ducato (01.94-12.01) Citroen Jumper / Relay (01.94-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG80k9NdRQU

June
30
2015

Fitting instructions RENAULT Megane II rear shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of KYB shock absorbers and coil springs to the rear of: Renault Megane II, Megane II Grandtour (10.02-11.08) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EV0B3Fpo8LY

June
30
2015