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Mercedes-Benz introduces its first UK female CV breakdown specialist

A nice story from the north-west of England - Fallon Hignett has graduated as the UK’s first female Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle breakdown specialist. The 19-year-old from Liverpool works as a commercial vehicle technician at North-West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. She joined the company after finishing school three years ago, earning a place on the Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme. Although her apprenticeship does not finish until October, she has already taken the next step on her career path by achieving the qualification required to become a mobile breakdown technician, joining the Service 24h team at Roanza’s branch in her home city. Fallon spent time shadowing a senior colleague before embarking...
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Ford inspection drones keeping engine plant workers safely grounded

Ford employees are now using cameras mounted on drones to safely and efficiently inspect high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas at the company’s Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK. Previously, the team carried out this important maintenance work by using automated extendable platforms and scaffolding to check 40-metre-long gantries that support the plant’s heavy machinery. Each inspection area would take a laborious 12 hours to complete. Now, with feet firmly on the ground and controlling drones equipped with GoPro cameras, maintenance staff can thoroughly inspect each area in just 12 minutes. The whole production facility can be covered in a...
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Preventing NVH in vehicle braking systems

When deciding what car to buy, one of the highest priorities for potential customers is the cabin experience. Layout, comfort, technology and audio are all major influencers of customer perception, and are areas where automotive manufacturers can significantly differentiate their vehicles. This is why manufacturers spend vast sums on R&D to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). NVH is a critical focus in the automotive industry that engineers address at the earliest stage of the design process, including NVH generated by the braking system. Specialist brake development During the development of a new model, vehicle manufacturers depend on their brake...
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German Sound Quality Finals to take place at Automechanika Frankfurt

On September 15, Automechanika will play host to a hotly contested competition for the best vehicle sound system in Germany. This year’s show will offer amazing sound experiences ranging from discreetly integrated high-end sound systems to supercharged bass speakers for those who really love it loud. Automechanika Frankfurt will be commencing its 25th edition in just three weeks, and this year it says it is focusing more than ever before on cars that have already found its owners. Examples of this include the extensive treatment of classic cars, Reifen and the expansion of CarMediaWorld to include the German Sound Quality...
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Road Safety Authority urges parents to ensure children are properly restrained in vehicles

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety, in particular seatbelt safety, is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. RSA research shows that 10 per cent of children traveling in the back seat of vehicles are not using proper restraints such as child car seats or seat belts. In 2017, the RSA conducted a nationwide study that observed seatbelt usage by 3,861 children both in the front and the rear seats of the vehicle. As part of the study, 93 per cent of...
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Clutch clinic – Citroen C5 2.0HDI (RHZ)

In this article LuK’s technical team takes a closer look at the 2.0HDI engine (RHZ) from a Citroen C5. The specific vehicle is fitted with a Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) and pull type clutch which still today give some issues when being installed. This article will also refer to some applications from Peugeot, Fiat, passenger …

October
22
2015

Getting to the heart of the problem

As a diagnostic specialist business, we are often asked to look at vehicles which have had previous repair attempts made. Sometimes the customers find us by themselves, as they may be frustrated with the performance of the previous repairer, or, the other repairer may choose to engage our services directly when they have run out …

October
12
2015

Dayco offers advice on replacing timing belt in Ford C-MAX

The 1.6-litre TDCi diesel engine used in the Ford C-MAX, as well as several Citroën, Mini, Peugeot and Volvo models, features a timing belt driven water pump. As replacing the belt also requires the auxiliary drive system to be removed, Dayco recommends that all the systems’ components – timing drive and auxiliary drive – be …

October
5
2015

febi bilstein offers a complete solution on wiper motor repairs

All you need for professional repairs The most frequent cause for windscreen wiper motors to fail is the motor overheating or rotating too much. Also, age-related wear can lead to the wiper linkage binding. Since the wiper motor has no threaded holes, in order to replace it, usually additional self-tapping screws have to be sourced. …

September
16
2015

febi Cost-effective repair solutions! The rear trailinga arm bush on the Ford Mondeo 07, Galaxy 06 and S-Max 06

The rear trailing arm bush on the Ford Mondeo 07, Galaxy 06 and S-Max 06 is not available separately from the manufacturer. Previously, if this bush failed, the whole unit would have to be replaced as the components could not be bought separately. febi bilstein has the solution for a timely and efficient repair: The …

September
16
2015

Delphi Training Series video: How to Remove a Fuel Tank

A simple, step by step process for removing a fuel tank. A safer and effective fuel pump repair job begins here. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOejsuF72vE

September
16
2015

50 shades of carbon with Frank Massey

Hoping to improve on my personal finances I decided to write something dirty for a change. I have written many times reflecting on problems associated with diesel combustion and it’s post combustion treatment failures. Also I recall referring to the close similarities with direct petrol injection principles. When dealing with our diesel car owners, a …

September
16
2015

febi cost-effective repair solutions: Do the ESP light or cornering lights not function as they should?

Do the ESP light or cornering lights not function as they should?
One cause of this can be a faulty steering angle sensor.

September
16
2015

Blue Print technical tip: Mitsubishi Pajero – Starter Motor options

Blue Print currently catalogue a choice of two starter motors on some of the Mitsubishi Pajero (grey import) applications. They are listed as 2.0kW or 2.2kW power ratings. It is imperative that the correct part is identified from the original unit. ADC412502 and ADC41217 are NOT interchangeable. There is a difference in the pinion protrusion …

September
16
2015

Blue Print Brake Caliper Fitment Guide (Handbrake Mechanism Type)

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE FITMENT Blue Print brake calipers are supplied pre-set to fit with new brake pads and discs without adjustment. If disc or pad wear has taken place (or the piston is retracted during fitment), MANUALLY ADJUST THE PISTON TO WITHIN 1MM OF THE PADS. If the piston is forced to adjust further than …

September
16
2015