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Denso issues injector repair warning

Denso is warning workshops against carrying out injector repairs in unclean conditions. The fuel injection system is at the heart of any diesel engine, pressurising and injecting the fuel to power an estimated 12.4 million vehicles across the UK. Yet like any essential component, it can often suffer the effects of wear and tear over time, eventually encountering problems which will require an injector repair. And with the average UK diesel car nearly seven years old* and diesel engines accounting for 40% of all licensed cars, fuel injection system repair can prove a fruitful source of revenue for repairers. However,...
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The seven mechanic jargon terms that baffle motorists

Nearly half of motorists (47 per cent) feel they’ve overpaid for car repairs because of confusing jargon used by mechanics. Drivers hearing their ‘big end’ has gone or they’ve got ‘mayonnaise’ under their oil cap is causing them to lose faith in their garages. MotorEasy, a UK-based cloud-based garage-to-consumer trading platform says that it is calling time on confusing mechanic jargon with the launch of its new ‘Lost in Translation’ campaign to promote “plain English” in car garages. It’s even worse for women with baffling workshop lingo causing a third (32%) of female drivers to stop using a garage because...
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Pagid’s manufacturing excellence highlighted in new video

Leading brake brand Pagid, has created a new video highlighting the manufacturing excellence that goes into making every one of its brake pads. The video, which can be viewed at www.pagid.com/video shows the stringent quality processes that are present at each stage of the manufacturing journey, from the receipt of raw materials, through production, quality control and testing, and finally to assembly and despatch to workshops. TMD Friction manufactures over one million-brake friction products across its world class manufacturing locations in Europe every single day - and invests €30 million in R&D annually. Every friction formulation is road tested for...
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ZF unveils new eAMT technology

ZF’s new eAMT (electrified Automated Manual Transmission) technology is an innovative concept for the hybridization of front-transverse vehicles that integrates the company’s electric axle drive system (eVD) and an automated manual transmission (AMT) into one system. The transmission actuator and the electric rear axle operate together with intelligent interaction. This results in the eAMT concept no longer experiencing tractive force interruption. The electric motor bridges the gap in accelerative force of the AMT, thanks to its design. In addition to the hybrid functions of electric drive and recuperation and boost, eAMT also features electric all-wheel drive. ZF software regulates the...
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Biggest ever fuel cell trial to begin next year

Toyota has announced it is to begin development of fuel cell powered delivery trucks in association with global convenience store operator Seven-Eleven. The joint project will see the two companies develop new fuel cell trucks and fuel cell generators, with the first stage of the project going live next year. The initiative aims to introduce technologies and systems developed by Toyota in the running of Seven-Eleven stores and the company’s distribution services. Stationary fuel cell generators and rechargeable batteries will also be introduced in the stores, managed centrally by building energy management systems. This will increase the proportion of renewable...
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Opel Astra J – Airbag indicator lamp lights up

Airbag indicator lamp lights up. The criticism has been made that the airbag indicator lamp lights up in the above vehicles.

April
14
2016

BMW EGR

A couple of interesting workshop repairs are my focus in this month’s edition, the first involves a bmw 530 common rail diesel.

April
9
2016

Vauxhall Zafira B – Recirculation air flap malfunction

In the above vehicles, a damaged drive (Figure 1) between the recirculation air flap shaft and the recirculation air flap itself can lead to a malfunction

April
7
2016

Toyota Auris Hybrid – Reduced drive power (emergency operation mode)

The complaint has been made that the warning lights in the instrument cluster light up and emergency operation mode is activated when the above vehicles are in motion.

March
24
2016

PEUGEOT 307 / 308 / Expert – Malfunction of the lighting system

The light switch position in the above vehicles may not be detected by the control electronics in certain cases. If this happens, the lighting system may not switch on due to faulty software.

March
16
2016

Toyota Verso-S – Smoke generation

Smoke generation may be experienced when driving one of the vehicles listed above. Engine oil can collect in the charge-air cooler and get into the combustion chamber, thus causing smoke to be generated during operation

March
3
2016

Technical Information – Damper weights on the brake caliper

When a moving vehicle brakes, oscillations occur at the brake caliper. These oscillations generate vibrations, which can lead to unpleasant breaking noises. In order to dampen (eliminate) these unwanted oscillations, additional weights are attached to the component in question. These weights are known as damper weights.

January
4
2016

Five Steps for Powering Down a Hybrid/EV (Promoting and Profiting with Hybrids)

What steps should you take when powering down a hybrid vehicle? The Delphi Training Series breaks it down for you. To see the full webinar promoting and profiting with hybrids, visit https://youtu.be/ZRy75nLZjRU

December
16
2015

What is brake noise?

Brake noise typically originates from vibration on a part within the wheel end section of the vehicle – between the tyre and the connection to the chassis. Noise is often blamed on the brake pad itself, but can come from any part, from the wheel bearing to the ball joint. Within the brake system, it’s …

December
16
2015

ContiTech: Detailed instructions for Fiat 500 1.2 Timing belt change

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. The ContiTech expert provides a step-by-step explanation of how to change the belt correctly in a Fiat 500.

December
6
2015