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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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Timing kit installation – Renault Laguna 1.9 dci Diesel F9Q 750

Timing kit installation. Timing belt and water pump replacement. Vehicle used as example for the KTBWP4650 kit installation: Renault Laguna II 1.9 dci.

August
9
2017

1996 FORD 7.3L DIESEL WATER PUMP

1996 model year Ford trucks and vans with the 7.3L diesel require an additional seal and fitting for a complete install of the 45000 water pump, due to the presence of a different heater return hose.

August
6
2017

Audi & Volkswagen timing belt drive service infromation

Due to durability issues with the original OE synchronous drive system, the manufacturer has reengineered the drive to achieve a more reliable setup that provides worry free performance. Refitting the synchronous drive with the reengineered component is the recommended service procedure for these vehicles. Gates Timing Component Kits and Timing Component Kits with Water Pump …

August
4
2017

Timing kit installation Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 TB – Engine: 940A2000

Timing kit installation. Timing belt and water pump replacement. Vehicle used as example for the KTBWP2853 kit assembly: Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4 TB.

August
4
2017

Timing belt kit for Opel, Alfa, Fiat, Saab, Chevrolet from 2003 onwards

Timing belt kit CT 1077K2/WP2 for Opel, Alfa, Fiat, Saab, Chevrolet Various 1.6/1.8 models from 2003 onwards

August
3
2017

Timing kit installation – Fiat Ducato 120 MJT Diesel F1AE0481D 2008

Timing kit installation. Timing belt replacement. Vehicle used as example for assembly of kit KTB339: Fiat Ducato 120 MJT with air conditioning.

July
30
2017

Multi-Stage Torsional Dampers for Commercial Vehicles

Misunderstandings regularly occur when installing clutches with a permanent PTO as, for design reasons, the springs of the torsional damper sit loosely in the spring recesses. ZF Services would like to point out that this is not a fault.

July
29
2017

Changing belt inspection methods

Standard industry belt diagnostics call for replacement of a serpentine belt if it shows three cracks in a three inch section. This is a good rule of thumb for Neoprene, but not so good for EPDM. EPDM belts inherently resist cracking because of the increased elasticity, so a visual check for cracks is not a …

July
27
2017

Common rail Injector coding

The amount of fuel injected is proportional to the injector duration (opening time), fuel rail pressure, fuel temperature and fluid viscosity. A target value for injector duration under specific conditions is programmed into the control unit (ECU) engine control map. The fuel injectors are machined to very fine tolerances but because of individual characteristics such …

July
22
2017

Hyundai or Kia timing belt tensioner

After performing a thorough analysis of the timing system on these vehicles, Gates Engineers have determined a need to highlight proper installation and setup procedures of the timing belt tensioner. This tensioner is a spring type automatic tensioner with eccentric adjustment for setting the initial tension. Tension in the drive is increased by rotating the …

July
21
2017