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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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It’s logical Captain!

Component testing hints and tips from James Dillon Often the difficulty when facing a broken vehicle which is presenting a fault code, is working out quickly and accurately exactly what the root cause of the problem is. Our resident diagnostic trouble-shooter, James Dillon, has put together this short ‘hints and tips’ piece to help technicians …

June
30
2015

ContiTech Expert Tips: Detailed instructions for Audi A3

Significant errors are frequently committed when changing the timing belt. To ensure that the belt change operation goes smoothly, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group provides fitters with a detailed installation guide. The ContiTech expert provides a step-by-step explanation of how to change the belt correctly in an Audi A3 1.8-liter T with engine code ARZ.

June
23
2015

Be in the know

Why an independent garage should demand more than just technical information from its technical information supplier…

June
8
2015

ContiTech shows how to avoid errors when changing timing belts

Significant errors are frequently committed when changing the timing belt. To ensure that the belt change operation goes smoothly, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group provides fitters with a detailed installation guide. In this, ContiTech experts provide a step-by-step explanation of the correct change procedure for a timing belt on an Audi A3 1.8-litre T with …

May
20
2015

50 shades of carbon

Hoping to improve on my personal finances I decided to write something dirty this month. Having written many times reflecting on problems associated with diesel combustion and it’s post combustion treatment failures. Also I recall referring to the close similarities with direct petrol injection principles .when dealing with our diesel car owners, a process of …

May
15
2015

How to diagnose misfires

Willie Barry of AGE offers some top tips on diagnosing misfires. Air/fuel ratios caused by leaking fuel pressure regulators and other fuel control issues can also cause general misfires on other vehicles. Freeze-frame data obtained by a scan tool can be used to determine the conditions under which a general misfire has occurred. In these …

May
8
2015

Knock sensor advice from ADS

Automotive Diagnostics Services (ADS) offers advice on how to determine, where the problem lies when a Knock Sensor or Knock Control fault appears on the diagnostic equipment When we see a Knock Sensor or Knock Control fault on our diagnostic equipment its not always clear as to whether the fault is coming from a faulty …

May
6
2015

MKW Motors explains Selective Catalytic Reduction (Part 2 of 3)

The NOx sender consists of two chambers, two pump cells, several electrodes and a heater. The sensor element consists of zirconium dioxide. This substance has the characteristic that, when electrical voltage is applied, the negative oxygen ions migrate from the negative electrode to the positive electrode.

May
6
2015

Opel Astra J – loss of coolant

The Opel Astra J can experience a loss of coolant near the exhaust gas recirculation cooler (EGR cooler). Here Hella Ireland offers some tips on fixing the problem. If you suspect a leak in the cooling system, special attention should be paid to the EGR cooler. A crack in the housing can lead to a …

April
27
2015

Scope School Part 3

In the final chapter of Pico’s three-part clinic we cover capture and analysis features that technicians will find invaluable during diagnosis procedures. Steve Smith is a former Toyota Master Technician and winner of the 2013 Top Technician competition. He now puts his extensive knowledge to good use as an Automotive Application Specialist for Pico Technology. …

April
22
2015