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DMF Stress Test tips from ZF Aftermarket

In spite of ever greater horsepower and higher torques, today’s vehicles actually run very smoothly. The dual-mass flywheel (DMF) plays a crucial role in this by absorbing and almost completely eliminating torsional vibrations with its integrated spring and damping system. If a mechanic does hear unusual noises, the DMF is usually the first port of call even though in many cases it isn’t the source of the problem. Here, ZF Aftermarket experts explain how to identify the possible cause of an unusual noise; before leaping to the wrong conclusion and exchanging the component unnecessarily. (more…)
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Debunking common HID myths

A new site providing information on Xenon HID bulbs, including debunking common HID myths has been launched. www.ringautomotive.com/en/refit-hids has been launched by vehicle lighting specialists Ring to give technicians and HID stockists all the resources and information they need about replacing xenon HIDs. Xenon HIDs are fitted on around ten per cent of the UK car parc, yet there remains myths and concerns around them in the aftermarket. With the new site, Ring says it wants to provide the facts around how HID headlight systems work, how often HID bulbs should be replaced, how to identify a quality bulb and...
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Meyle’s five steps for a clean cooling system

Thorough and regular flushing is one of the decisive steps in the maintenance of cooling systems. Contamination, e. g. due to the incorrect use of sealing compound in the cooling system, reduces the cooling capacity in the long run and can lead to premature failure of the water pump mechanical seal. (more…)
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HGV clutch and flywheel fitment and removal made easy by Laser Tools

New to the Laser Tools’ HGV range is this clutch & flywheel jack (part number 7249), designed to remove, install and transport (in the lowered position) 14 inch and 15½ inch double-disc clutches and/or flywheel assemblies as fitted to HGV vehicles. (more…)
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New Motorservice packaging defeats counterfeiters

The Motorservice Group is the sales organization of Rheinmetall Automotive’s global aftermarket activities. It is a leading supplier of engine components for the spare parts market, encompassing the Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg, BF and TRW Engine Components brands. (more…)
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Repair notes for brake lines and hand-brake cables

August
14
2018

Why was the VW Passat ‘smoking’?

EEC Technical Trainer Stuart Still investigates a VW Passat 2.0D – Black Smoke Emitted and Misfire on Idle I was recently presented with a VW Passat 2.0 D that had 225K miles on the clock and was fitted with a Bosch EDC 1.5 system. The main symptoms were hesitation and misfire on idle and I …

August
9
2018

Reading a Spark Plug-NGK Spark Plugs

Have you ever wondered how to “read” a spark plug? This video describes in detail the best process to examine a spark plug and assess its condition.

August
6
2018

1995 Camaro starting problem

Case study of a 1995 Camaro that has difficulty starting at times.

August
3
2018

How to Remove and Replace a Starter in Your Car | DIY Starter Installation

Learn how to remove and replace a starter in your car or truck. When your car doesn’t start, it’s time to change your starter. In this video we give you a lot of tips and tricks to install a Mahle starter in an easy way.

July
31
2018

Diesel know-how Electronically controlled diesel injection systems for cars

The diesel engine has a high degree of efficiency. this makes it economical and cost-efficient. No other internal combustion engine is as versatile as the compression-ignition engine.

July
26
2018

Valve Train Components Technology and Failure Diagnosis

Internal combustion engines require a cyclic supply of fresh air and the exhaust air produced during combustion must be removed. In a 4-stroke combustion engine, the intake of fresh air and removal of exhaust air is called charge exchange. In the course of several charge exchange cycles, the cylinder control devices (inlet and outlet ports) …

July
19
2018

Retrofitting of the V-ribbed belts on Renault 1.4 /1.6 16 V engines with K4J/ K4M air conditioning

The belt is very noisy, wears quickly and exhibits signs of abrasion. Because of the sideways oscillation, the tensile member, including the ribs, might rip out of the belt. If a timing belt starts slipping as a result, this can, in turn, lead to serious engine damage.

July
16
2018

Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking

Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking Causes: Wear Liquid infiltrations in the bearing Incorrect tension of the belt Presence of sealant in the system Presence of foreign matter, rust, plastic residues in the system Actions: Replace the pump Thoroughly clean the system Check the correct tension of the timing belt and other transmission components

June
29
2018

What killed the cat?

Although folklore may claim the feline variety has 9 lives, the vehicle ‘cat’ certainly does not. In this article published in May’s PMM magazine, our Technical Trainer Stuart Still explains why a comprehensive diagnostic routine should be undertaken before condemning emissions components. A great deal of my time is spent fault finding and diagnosing emission faults, …

June
27
2018