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Mercedes-Benz introduces its first UK female CV breakdown specialist

A nice story from the north-west of England - Fallon Hignett has graduated as the UK’s first female Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle breakdown specialist. The 19-year-old from Liverpool works as a commercial vehicle technician at North-West Dealer Roanza Truck & Van. She joined the company after finishing school three years ago, earning a place on the Mercedes-Benz Apprenticeship Programme. Although her apprenticeship does not finish until October, she has already taken the next step on her career path by achieving the qualification required to become a mobile breakdown technician, joining the Service 24h team at Roanza’s branch in her home city. Fallon spent time shadowing a senior colleague before embarking...
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Ford inspection drones keeping engine plant workers safely grounded

Ford employees are now using cameras mounted on drones to safely and efficiently inspect high-rise gantries, pipework and roof areas at the company’s Dagenham Engine Plant in the UK. Previously, the team carried out this important maintenance work by using automated extendable platforms and scaffolding to check 40-metre-long gantries that support the plant’s heavy machinery. Each inspection area would take a laborious 12 hours to complete. Now, with feet firmly on the ground and controlling drones equipped with GoPro cameras, maintenance staff can thoroughly inspect each area in just 12 minutes. The whole production facility can be covered in a...
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Preventing NVH in vehicle braking systems

When deciding what car to buy, one of the highest priorities for potential customers is the cabin experience. Layout, comfort, technology and audio are all major influencers of customer perception, and are areas where automotive manufacturers can significantly differentiate their vehicles. This is why manufacturers spend vast sums on R&D to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). NVH is a critical focus in the automotive industry that engineers address at the earliest stage of the design process, including NVH generated by the braking system. Specialist brake development During the development of a new model, vehicle manufacturers depend on their brake...
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German Sound Quality Finals to take place at Automechanika Frankfurt

On September 15, Automechanika will play host to a hotly contested competition for the best vehicle sound system in Germany. This year’s show will offer amazing sound experiences ranging from discreetly integrated high-end sound systems to supercharged bass speakers for those who really love it loud. Automechanika Frankfurt will be commencing its 25th edition in just three weeks, and this year it says it is focusing more than ever before on cars that have already found its owners. Examples of this include the extensive treatment of classic cars, Reifen and the expansion of CarMediaWorld to include the German Sound Quality...
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Road Safety Authority urges parents to ensure children are properly restrained in vehicles

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) and An Garda Síochána are appealing to parents, guardians and teachers to ensure road safety, in particular seatbelt safety, is on the back to school lesson plan for all school children. RSA research shows that 10 per cent of children traveling in the back seat of vehicles are not using proper restraints such as child car seats or seat belts. In 2017, the RSA conducted a nationwide study that observed seatbelt usage by 3,861 children both in the front and the rear seats of the vehicle. As part of the study, 93 per cent of...
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Common Rail Injector Programming for Mercedes

How To Vehicle Applications Engine Model System Mercedes Class C W204, E W212, E Coupé W207 and GLK X204 Diesel Systems Summary This function is used to program the DCU with the new injector codes after replacing injectors. The injector code is printed on the body. The code has 20 to 24 characters (framed in …

April
25
2018

INA Overrunning Alternator Pulley/Decoupler

Belt drive systems in motor vehicles perform two tasks:

April
23
2018

Conversion of 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt to 6PK1070 for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI (common rail)

The 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt (OE no. 03L903137G) is being dis-continued. The 6PK1070 replacement belt (OE no. 03L903137) cannot however be installed directly.

April
19
2018

Cat efficiency light

Our Technical Support Co-ordinator at EEC, Stuart Still, was recently called to a garage in Scotland to help overcome an issue associated with the cat efficiency light.  “I was asked by a distributor in Dundee if I would visit one of their customers, Iain Hutcheon of Muirhead Garage. He was in a dilemma, as the car he …

April
17
2018

Wrench Hit – Spark Plug Install

NGK Spark Plugs explains the importance of proper spark plug installation and result if incorrectly installed. Wrench Hit can occur under improper Spark Plug installation

April
12
2018

Identifying and remedying damage to the chassis and steering system

Careless driving and dirt accumulation greatly increase the risk of wear on safety-relevant chassis and steering components. Workshops need to pay attention to typical damage patterns and remedy defects as required. If chassis or steering components are damaged, the person steering needs to expect handling of their vehicle to be critical. Experts at ZF Aftermarket …

April
10
2018

Transmission line pressure testing with Pico’s WPS500 Pressure Transducer

Transmission line pressure testing made easy with the PicoScope and the WPS500 pressure transducer.

April
6
2018

Torque and Gun tips and trouble tracing

A torque value is the applied turning force when tightening a nut or bolt.

April
2
2018

Technical Tips For The Lighting Professional

If complaints are made about the above issue, this does not necessarily indicate the presence of a fault.

March
30
2018

Denso offer A/C fault-finding help

With Spring in motion, more and more drivers will be switching on their air-conditioning systems expecting a breath of fresh air. However, after months of non-use, many will be greeted by the unpleasant surprise of a failed compressor which is often down to the wrong type of refrigerant being used. A compressor is the main …

March
29
2018