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Subaru wins ‘Best Manufacturer For Safety Features in 2019’

Subaru has been voted 'Best Manufacturer for Safety Features' in the '2019 Driver Power Survey', the UK’s number one car ownership survey. Beating off stiff competition from 29 other manufacturers to take the no.1 spot, all three Subaru SUVs were rated highly for safety features, with the Outback coming 11th out of 100 cars for safety, XV fifth and the Forester finishing second in this field. Steve Fowler, Auto Express editor-in-chief said: “Subaru has long been known as a maker of tough, well-built, all-wheel drive models. More recently, Subaru has placed its EyeSight system at the heart of its model...
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Range Rover Evoque to comply to stricter RDE2 emissions tests

Range Rover tells us that their new Evoque has become the first luxury compact SUV to be certified under stringent new NOx emissions targets, ‘Real Driving Emissions’ stage 2 (RDE2), ahead of the official legislative introduction for new models in January 2020. All Jaguar and Land Rover models already meet the standards required by the first phase of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) testing procedure, which came into effect in September 2018. However, the new Range Rover Evoque in D150 manual Front Wheel Drive (FWD) trim, now complies with the even more rigorous second phase requirements (RDE2). This states that...
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UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race – if BREXIT roadblock removed

The UK claims to be in pole position in the global race to market for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with a £62 billion boost to the UK economy by 2030 up for grabs, according to a major new report published today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and Frost & Sullivan. Crucially, however, the UK’s departure from the EU must be orderly with a deal that supports both the industry and technological collaboration, especially in data. A ‘no deal’ Brexit will result in lasting damage to the UK’s reputation as a politically stable destination for inward...
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World experts to speak here on the future of hi-tech electric mobility

Electronomous, the car tech summit taking place in Killarney, Co. Kerry,  May 2-3  will provide a unique glimpse at how technology will affect the automotive, insurance and car finance industries, as well as car sales and motoring into the future. One commentator described it as where "the automotive and tech worlds converge”. (more…)
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Conti to expand timing belt and water pump range

The debate continues: Should you also replace the water pump when changing the timing belt or not? For Continental, it’s a no-brainer: Always replace the water pump at the same time as changing the timing belt! Why? Changing a timing belt is a very time-consuming repair. It would therefore be irresponsible towards the customer not to change the wear parts at the same time and risk more fitting work – and therefore additional costs – if the water pump fails. With its kits, Continental makes it easy for workshops to change everything in one go. Because they contain all the...
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Blue Print instruction on ABS System Diagnostics | Part 1

This article is the third in a series that are being written to assist the workshop technician in the development of electrical and electronic diagnostic skills; the previous articles being ‘Essential electrical skills’ and ‘Multiplex’. A thorough understanding of the first, two-part article ‘Essential electrical skills’ is, as the title suggests, essential if a thorough …

July
2
2015

Delphi Training Series video: How to Replace a Fuel Pump Wiring Harness

A step-by-step guide for how to connect the new wiring harness that may be supplied with your new fuel pump.

July
2
2015

Delphi Training Series video: Diagnosing GDI – Gas Direct Injection

GDI – Gas Direct Injection has been steadily making its way into mainstream for well over a decade. The miles accumulating on these state of the art fuel injection systems can often lead to customer drivability concerns. This in turn means service opportunities for the independent aftermarket repair business ready to tackle this latest technology …

July
2
2015

Ferodo technical tips on brake judder N°2

Brake judder is the vibration felt through the steering wheel and suspension when the brakes are applied at certain speeds and pressures. In the previous leafl et Brake Judder N°1 we already discussed a few causes of brake judder and provided you with the appropriate solutions. But apart from hub and/or disc run-out and severe …

July
2
2015

Ferodo technical tips on brake judder N°1

Brake judder N°1 Brake judder is the vibration felt through the steering wheel and suspension when the brakes are applied at certain speeds and pressures. It can vary from a barely noticeable vibration to a violent judder, and can be experienced in two ways: • a pulsing feeling in the brake pedal – almost as …

July
2
2015

Ferodo instruction on correct fitting of brake pads and caliper

Avoiding Noise Problems – Tips for Correct Assembly   The easiest way to avoid problems is to ensure that the brake pads and caliper are correctly assembled from the start. Following these extra instructions for reassembly should help avoid vibrations and the associated noise, and allow drivers a smooth comfortable ride. Strip and clean all the caliper …

July
2
2015

Fitting instructions FIAT Punto 188 front shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the front of Fiat Punto 188 (09.99-06.03) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8jiFEqqSsA

July
1
2015

Fitting instructions VW Golf lV, Bora, Jetta IV; Audi A3, Seat Leon, Toledo; Skoda Octavia front shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the front of: Audi A3 2WD (09.96-05.03) Seat Leon (11.99-06.06) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yubXke-QpV8

July
1
2015

Fitting instructions AUDI A6, A4, A5, Q5, A7: rear shock absorbers and coil springs

KYB has launched a video showing the correct fitment of shock absorbers and coil springs to the rear of: Audi A6, A6 Quattro (11.10- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXLzloYuVm8

July
1
2015

Blue Print instruction on Air Con System Diagnostics | Part 5

Servicing Air conditioning and the Law You cannot now service or repair vehicle air conditioning systems unless you have proved your competence to do so – it’s the law. Proving your competence can be done through the IMI’s F Gas ATA qualification ‘Automotive Technician Accreditation – Air Conditioning Refrigerant Handler’. This process involves proving your …

June
30
2015