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Textar launches premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads. As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises. An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent...
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Annual holidays

The editorial team is now on annual holidays and will return on Monday, July 17, when normal service will be resumed. For accounts / admin queries call + 353 (0) 90 66 25 676 or email info@autopub.ie
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Continental teaches vehicles to park Independently

Normally, it is people that have to  learn how to park their cars – and it is certainly not the most popular  task among drivers. Therefore, technology company Continental has  developed a solution, which can, at least, relieve drivers from recurring parking routines. Upon request, the new Trained Parking  function records and stores the sequence of a parking procedure. When the procedure is to be repeated, the driver drives the vehicle  near where the recording began and, at the touch of a button, the  vehicle independently performs the previously learned parking  procedure. “Parking procedures, such as from the house door into...
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VW to enable vehicles to vehicle communications by 2019

Connectivity between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents, or minimise their consequences. From 2019, Volkswagen tells us that it will therefore start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange of selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure (car-to-X). In both cases that presupposes that...
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Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2017: the winners!

With an inspiring shortlist and a world-renowned international jury, 2017 is another great year for the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, where Ireland is represented by Padraic Deane, our managing editor. These are the vehicle dynamics innovations, professionals and technologies that have won this year’s honors… Car of the Year: - New BMW 5 Series Dynamics have been a key focus for the 2017 5 Series, for which the dynamics team has designed a new chassis, lowered the center of gravity, increased torsional stiffness, and reduced body weight through the increased use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steels – indeed the...
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Frank Massey – Diesel Emissions

Sometimes it’s difficult to decide whether technological evolution or political dictate drives our industry. For some time it has been my opinion that the future of the small diesel engine vehicle has a short and limited future.

April
20
2017

Spark output

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

April
20
2017

Toyota and Lexus Hybrid ‘high voltage’ shutdown procedure

This video shows the shutdown process that needs to be carried out when working on, or in the close proximity of, any part of the high voltage system on the Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus CT200h models (e.g. air conditioning compressor, rear suspension, etc). Under no circumstances should you work on the high voltage …

April
15
2017

Pico’s Can Test Box

Pico’s Can Test Box in action on a GM class II bus.

April
15
2017

Operation and testing coil over plug ignition (4 wire) – Toyota/Lexus

This case study is perfect for anyone interested in the working details of Toyota/Lexus coil over plug ignition system, and the very similar three-wire designs used by many other manufacturers. We spend a lot of time with the Pico on this one, but don’t forget the other basic checks I discuss, including the spark output, …

April
10
2017

Removal and installation of a dry Renault double clutch

The video ensures professional replacement of a Renault double clutch by demonstrating in detail the individual steps required and even addresses the challenges you could face during repair. The video shows the technical trainer from Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket using both the LuK RepSet 2CT and the LuK special tools, which have been individually customized for …

April
9
2017

Understanding running compression waveforms

Viewing the pressure waveforms from inside the cylinder of a running engine can provide a great deal of diagnostic information. Understanding these waveforms will help you spot valve issues, blocked catalytic converters and restricted air intakes.

April
5
2017

Preventative System Maintenance for the Consumer

The average car owner may not know about some of the preventative system maintenance concepts relating to systems. Protect yourself from breakdowns by having your serpentine, timing and cooling systems checked.

April
2
2017

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 …

April
1
2017

Enables the independent workshop to repair vehicles with double clutches.

Leading manufacturers increasingly equip their vehicles with double clutches which are fun to drive and while at the same time offering fuel-efficiency and reduced CO² emissions. A double clutch consists of two clutches which allows a quick switch between gears. The LuK RepSet 2CT repair solution enables garages to repair dry double-clutch systems fast, efficiently …

March
31
2017