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New Goetze and AE catalogues launched

Tenneco and Federal-Mogul Motorparts have launched two new catalogues from its Engine Expertise brands, Goetze and AE.  Coverage has been significantly expanded by both brands, each aiming to provide vehicles across Europe with OE-quality engine components. The catalogues feature intuitive catalogue formatting and incorporate additional material and information on installation, troubleshooting and technical details. “The new Goetze and AE catalogues not only bring a host of new part references, but the design has been improved to be more useful and instinctive to navigate,” explains Massi Milani, executive director, marketing, EMEA aftermarket, Tenneco/Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA. “We have successfully increased coverage across...
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TPMS simplified

TPMS Sensors can become confusing with all the various models and types on the market and all the different procedures for programming / learning the sensors. Here Ryan's Automotive  explains  some of the differences. Sensor Types OE Direct Fit The application list for OE Direct Fit sensors has many different part numbers specific to certain vehicles. Whether purchased from the vehicle manufacturer or from aftermarket OE suppliers like HUF Intellisens, these sensors come with the specific protocol and the ID Code for that vehicle already programmed into the sensor. The ID code then needs to be learned to the car...
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The ABC’s of ACEA specifications with Finol Oils

Understanding engine oil can be complicated and making the right choice for your vehicle can be time-consuming. In fact, many of us will pick up the first bottle we see without understanding what we are putting into our vehicles. As difficult as it may be, it is incredibly important to choose the right oil as it can have various effects on the running ability and longevity of your engine. Choosing the right type of engine oil not only increases the life of your engine, but it can also allow your engine to run much more efficiently. This can increase your...
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Carbon clumps and timing chain fragments removed during engine clean

Pictures of a broken timing chain tensioner, extracted during an EDT Automotive engine clean, reveal the hidden contaminants lurking in our engines. The fragments were caught in the EDT engine cleaning machine’s filter, which is renowned for collecting up to half a litre of black sludge containing carbon, metallic particles and other contaminants.   David Holmes, Managing Director at EDT Automotive said: “It’s not unusual for our partner garages to find metallic fragments following an EDT machine service – we’ve even seen broken dipsticks before now. “It just goes to show what would have otherwise been left inside the engine...
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Brake noise – can an age-old problem still affect your business?

The answer is simple yes; brake noise causes anxiety and although such noise rarely indicates an actual performance or safety-related issue, its presence will always raise concerns over the quality of braking components. In this safety critical category, noise can result in a damaging lack of confidence in the supplying garage, motor factor, and parts manufacturer. Of course, there are occasions where noise is there by design. Pads may feature acoustic wear indicators or “screech clips”. This is a clip a little like a tuning fork which is designed to touch the disc during braking when the pad reaches around...
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More scope school tips

This second instalment in an exclusive trilogy of oscilloscope guidance clinics from Steve Smith of Pico and Robert Keith of Woodford Diagnostics and Training who target those that fall into the category of users who are competent, but don’t yet fully know how to get the best from their tool… or, in other words, the …

March
19
2015

The evolution of DENSO’s Starter & Alternator technology

Starters and Alternators have a vital role to play – from starting the motor to keeping the vehicle running – no vehicle is complete without them. True pioneers of leading Starter and Alternator technology for modern cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles, DENSO has become the world’s largest OE rotating machine manufacturers, with 33.4 percent global …

March
10
2015

DENSO offers radiator installation tips

With its original thermal technology fitted to almost 40 per cent of European cars, DENSO is the ideal choice for crash repairers when it comes to replacement Radiators.  The 850, OE quality Cooling Radiator references offered by DENSO Aftermarket Sales UK & Ireland for 4,600 vehicle applications are smaller, lighter and offer greater heat exchange …

March
9
2015

The season of politics

The combustion of diesel is so inefficient it now requires three post combustion processes to meet current emission standards .

March
7
2015

Top tips on A/C servicing from DENSO

As we move towards warmer weather this spring DENSO is highlighting the benefits of regular and effective servicing of air-conditioning systems. Vehicle manufacturers worldwide have come to rely on DENSO – the world’s number one in original thermal products – for efficient, reliable Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) components. DENSO’s outstanding engineering knowledge is …

February
24
2015

Damper pulley fitting instructions from NTN-SNR

The damper pulley has an essential role to play, as it drives all of the engine accessories. Here NTN-SNR offers advice on changing the damper pulley.

February
24
2015

Having a good process – Polo GTI

This month I would like to pick up on several issues which I’m sure affect us all. It’s not often to feel satisfaction over a technical challenge, a vw polo TSI was dropped off suffering a problem with delayed crank starting. A local independent car dealer had presented the car to a friend working in …

February
24
2015

Jim Investigates…

Being Blue Print’s in-house Technical Consultant, Jim Gilmour spends a large portion of his time on the road visiting customers and workshops. Recently hewas faced with a 2003 Toyota Avensis 2.0 diesel with a running problem. The complaint was of an intermittent and sudden loss of power. Only one thing for it, time for a …

February
23
2015

Solving diminishing cooling capacity in Mazda3

In the course of a longer journey in a Mazda3 (model year 2006 onwards ) with the air-conditioning running at full speed, it is possible that the cooling capacity of the air- conditioning system begins to diminish. Hella Ireland looks at possible reasons.

February
20
2015

Getting to the cause of underpowered Renault Megane II

Willie Barry of AGE explains how he got to the root of the problem on an underpowered 2005 Renault Megane II 1.9Dci.

February
20
2015