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Our Editor and News Editor will be away on holidays until the 18th of July. Our office will remain open for all other business.
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How to Install a Harmonic Balancer

10 easy steps to balancer removal and replacement Harmonic balancers are used to help lessen the vibration of the engine. Maintenance and replacement are important. Below are the key steps necessary for proper removal and installation. Step 1 – Remove the belt or belts from the front of the engine. Step 2 – If your vehicle requires it, drain and remove the radiator to gain access to the balancer. Step 3 – Remove any pulleys bolted to the balancer. Step 4 – Use an impact wrench to remove the large bolt in the center of the balancer. Step 5 –...
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Brake Warning System In Detail

A. Brake warning system In general, the dashboard light that indicates a problem with the brake system has an alarming red colour (depending on the vehicle model) to indicate that there is an immediate risk, potentially compromising the general safety of the vehicle. It should never be ignored. There are several reasons why the brake system warning light may light up. The problem is that according to the survey mentioned below, almost half of the people on the road don’t recognise the risk and consequently don’t react accordingly. Many drivers can’t identify mission-critical dash lights According to a recent survey...
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Changes on the horizon for air con servicing, Waeco warns

Back in March, the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) welcomed air conditioning (AC) specialist Waeco to the organisation. Its territory sales manager for workshop equipment, Andrew Bastable, has called the group’s determination to prioritise education in the automotive aftermarket “refreshing”. Waeco’s desire to align itself with the membership, so workshops can be prepared for a mixture of internal combustion engines (ICEs) and electric vehicles (EVs) coming through their doors, is evident. Waeco boasts more than four decades of AC engineering and manufacturing prowess, delivering systems and consumables suitable for passenger, truck, bus, agricultural and construction vehicle markets. Bastable said...
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Cabin Air Filter Failure and Diagnosis

We rely on our cars more today than we ever have done; they are used for minor tasks and for the big moments in life. We all tend to look after our cars keeping them clean and tidy, getting them serviced yearly, but some parts are prioritised more than others. If the Cabin Air Filter is not replaced this can lead to an inefficient clean air flow and protection of the driver and passengers from a build-up of outside contaminants, eventually completely blocking the filtration process as the debris continue to build up, to avoid this there should be regular...
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Auxiliary & Back-up Automotive Batteries Explained

Auxiliary Battery Overview Modern vehicles with CO2 reduction technologies, high levels of specification, and new electronic driver aids may feature an auxiliary battery alongside the main vehicle starter battery or high voltage system battery on Hybrid and electric vehicles. Auxiliary batteries vary in size and specification dependent on the demands placed on it by the …

April
22
2022

Workplace

Troubleshooting: Oil Filter Fitment

As one of Europe’s leading filter brands, Comline is well placed to observe some of the fitment issues that arise in this product segment. Whilst filters are a regular source of work for mechanics and may appear simple, there are some common fitment problems which have the potential to cause vehicle faults. Adhering to the …

April
20
2022

Jump start a car – the step by step guide to follow!

A dead battery can often be revived with a jump start. You just need to know how. For the assistant as well as the driver of the broken down vehicle, it is therefore useful to know what to do in this case. According to ADAC breakdown statistics, up to 40% of all breakdowns are caused …

April
18
2022

Exchange the oil seals

A clutch replacement is the ideal opportunity to retain the functionality as well as the value of a vehicle with minimal additional effort. Minimisation of leakage! The dismantling of the defect clutch offers a simple and cost effective opportunity to replace both the oil seals Simmerring® on the crankshaft as well as the oil seals …

April
18
2022

Requirements of wheel bearing greases

The Schaeffler Group has been developing high-quality rolling bearing lubricants in co-operation with renowned lubricant manufacturers for a long time. At first glance, special rolling bearing greases cost a bit more. However, if you want to accommodate the high requirements placed on a rolling bearing, you need to use special greases. FAG not only conducts …

April
15
2022

Watch and Work Know-how – Belt in Oil

Whether you are replacing a timing belt or timing chain, the “Watch and Work” video series provides practical tips on how to replace drive components correctly. Videos are easy to understand, can be replayed at any time and are always geared to the requirements of technicians in auto repair shops. Topic of the video: Belt …

April
13
2022

NGK Lambda Sensor standardisation

A simple guide of the changes to new additions to certain part numbers in our lambda sensor range

April
11
2022

Brake pad replacement

Important steps to change brake pads and disc Clean thoroughly! Clean all mating parts on wheel hub and caliper with Textar tools and brake cleaner. Check the disc run-out (max 0.07mm) Lubricate properly! Lubricate with Textar CeraTec. Lubricate with Textar Hydra Tec. Note: Do not use copper paste! Accessories must be replaced! New accessories must …

April
8
2022

Engine timing chain drive inspection and replacement

Fast running engines, which are used in passenger cars and light commercial vehicles commonly, use a metal timing chain, which is located within the engine and lubricated by the engine oil. This connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, which in turn controls the opening and closing of the intake and exhaust valves. Over extended periods …

April
5
2022

Release mechanisms with self-centring thrust rings

Both complex CSCs (concentric slave cylinders) and simple release bearings are now equipped with radially moving thrust rings and guided by a sleeve on the gearbox side. They are the link between the rotating diaphragm springs on the engine side and the fixed release mechanism on the gearbox side.   Today the guide sleeves of …

April
1
2022