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Textar launches premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads. As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises. An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent...
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Annual holidays

The editorial team is now on annual holidays and will return on Monday, July 17, when normal service will be resumed. For accounts / admin queries call + 353 (0) 90 66 25 676 or email info@autopub.ie
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Continental teaches vehicles to park Independently

Normally, it is people that have to  learn how to park their cars – and it is certainly not the most popular  task among drivers. Therefore, technology company Continental has  developed a solution, which can, at least, relieve drivers from recurring parking routines. Upon request, the new Trained Parking  function records and stores the sequence of a parking procedure. When the procedure is to be repeated, the driver drives the vehicle  near where the recording began and, at the touch of a button, the  vehicle independently performs the previously learned parking  procedure. “Parking procedures, such as from the house door into...
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VW to enable vehicles to vehicle communications by 2019

Connectivity between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents, or minimise their consequences. From 2019, Volkswagen tells us that it will therefore start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange of selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure (car-to-X). In both cases that presupposes that...
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Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2017: the winners!

With an inspiring shortlist and a world-renowned international jury, 2017 is another great year for the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, where Ireland is represented by Padraic Deane, our managing editor. These are the vehicle dynamics innovations, professionals and technologies that have won this year’s honors… Car of the Year: - New BMW 5 Series Dynamics have been a key focus for the 2017 5 Series, for which the dynamics team has designed a new chassis, lowered the center of gravity, increased torsional stiffness, and reduced body weight through the increased use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steels – indeed the...
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Serpentine System – Why belt misalignment is bad

Belt misalignment is bad. Find out why in this short video

May
14
2017

Single steps of removal and installation of a double clutch

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly. It has a modular design and consists of a basic tool kit and several vehicle-specific tool kits. The range of tools can be easily adapted to new and future double clutch systems. This enables tools to be put together as required. Ralf Kuhlmey, technical …

May
8
2017

How to use the Gates belt wear gauge to check serpentine belts for wear

This is a short video showing how to use the Gates Belt Wear Gauge. This easy-to-use tool was designed with input from professional automotive technicians and gives instant pass/fail results. You can use it on or off the vehicle, one-handed, and even in places where you can’t see! – See more at: http://www.gates.com/catalogs-and-resources/resources/repository/videos/check-serpentine-belts-with-gauge#sthash.tH1pozqj.dpuf

May
6
2017

Fuel Bleed Tool

Some modern vehicle diesel systems are prone to air-locks when the fuel line is disconnected e.g. During a fuel filter replacement, air in the fuel system will prevent the engine from starting. In this video we show a fuel filter change on such a system, and how to use the Blue Print fuel bleed tool …

May
3
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #8 Direct fuel injection – high-pressure pump testing

Frank looks at the function of the electronic control unit and hydraulic pump performance of pressure over time.

May
2
2017

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly. It has a modular design and consists of a basic tool kit and several vehicle-specific tool kits. The range of tools can be easily adapted to new and future double clutch systems. Additionally, tools can be put together as required. Ralf Kuhlmey, technical trainer …

April
29
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #7 Common rail pressure sensor testing

Frank looks at the performance of the high-pressure pump under full load.

April
28
2017

Identifying faults in the release system

Specialized knowledge helps prevent damage Many clutch deficiencies in commercial vehicles can be traced to the influence of faulty release systems. These deficiencies also include “capital” failures such as burnt-out clutches or poor disengagement performance, for which one might not initially suspect the release system. Therefore a precise inspection is very important. There are not …

April
26
2017

Picoscope version six

A movie showing picoscope software version six in action. Vehicle tested had a P0340 camshaft position sensor signal fault.

April
25
2017

Understanding the Accessory Belt Drive System

A new and improved Accessory Belt Drive System training video for Automotive Professionals.

April
23
2017