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Ireland produces over half a million tonnes of hazardous waste annually

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its latest hazardous waste (including lead-acid batteries) figures for Ireland. (more…)
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ZF supplies chassis parts for numerous LCV models

High mileage, heavy loads, constant use – the light commercial vehicle is the automotive workhorse. With this class of vehicle subjected to considerable pressure and stress, this segment of the vehicle parc offers significant service and repair opportunities for workshops. ZF Aftermarket helps independent garages position themselves in this segment and here, under its Lemförder brand, the business offers repair tips for one of its most popular vehicles, the Volkswagen T5. LCVs are often used daily to carry high payloads meaning they are also subject to high wear. Failure rates for LCV safety inspections are higher in all age categories...
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Volkswagen rolls out augmented reality headsets in UK

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VCV) in the UK is rolling out augmented reality headsets for technicians across its Van Centre network to help speed up complex repair work. It claims this will deliver potential savings to customers over five years of downtime equal to Stg.£1 million. The innovative system allows experts based at the Technical Support Centre (TSC) to send precise visual instructions remotely to technicians at Van Centres and Mobile Service Clinics to ensure any maintenance issues can be fixed as quickly and efficiently as possible, minimising the time a van spends off the road. VCV UK claims that the...
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The new MINI is Electric

As the world faces new environmental, social and economic challenges, MINI tells us that that it has unveiled its first fully electric model - the MINI Electric. (more…)
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Unemployment rate down to 4.8 per cent at end of January

RecruitAuto.ie welcomes the news that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from five per cent in the third quarter of 2019 to 4.7 per cent in the fourth quarter. (more…)
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Checking the lateral runout of the brake disc

In order to avoid the problem of brake judder when driving as early as possible, the axial runout of the new brake disc should be tested using a suitable dial gauge. The check of lateral runout is performed with the brake disc installed. The vehicle-specific specifications of the respective vehicle manufacturer are binding.

June
14
2016

Installation notes for brake discs

Please always observe the installation instructions or information leaflet that accompanies the product.

June
7
2016

Hella Pagid brake shoes and brake shoe kits

For a long time, drum brakes have been a fixed component in automotive construction and are still installed today in modern vehicles. Within the framework of repair activities, the brake shoes and brake shoe kits from Hella Pagid are the optimum solution. Superlative quality is a given, as are optimum brake performance and service life.

June
2
2016

How to use a 4 gas analyser to help diagnose NCT emission failures

Although the humble 4 gas analyser is seen as an essential tool to carry out an NCT, I’m still surprised at how little information is retrieved by the technician after completing an emissions test, to aid with fault diagnosis. The problem is that the NCT only requires values of CO and HC plus a Lambda …

May
27
2016

Febi offers advice on timing chain replacement

Whilst the timing chain is a fairly wear-resistant part compared to other components, it will eventually wear out as the chain stretches over time. It is vital that the timing chain is replaced at intervals recommended by the manufacturer, as failure can cause severe damage to the engine. To replace the timing chain, you will …

May
27
2016

ContiTech shows how to avoid errors when changing 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.

May
26
2016

Explaining the role of Lambda sensors

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs explains the role of lambda sensors. The Lambda or oxygen sensor supplies the engine management system with information about the quantity of residual oxygen within the exhaust gas. As this value is intrinsically linked to the degree of complete combustion attained by …

May
26
2016

Compressors – the heart of air conditioning systems

As we move towards summer, the market-leader in original thermal products, DENSO, explains the importance of compressors, and highlights the most common, avoidable error made during installation and servicing. A/C systems are a fundamental part of every modern vehicle, and now an essential feature rather than a luxury for most drivers. The compressor acts as …

May
26
2016

LuK clutch clinic – Suzuki Grand Vitara 1.6 petrol

In this article the LuK technical team takes a closer look at the Suzuki Grand Vitara which has covered close to 130,000 miles with quite harsh use through its life. Because of this it is important that particular attention is made to the whole transmission system for possible wear. The Suzuki in question is the …

May
26
2016

Don’t take a risk with braking

Braking components are absolutely vital to the safe running of your vehicle and the safety of those around you. ‘Lightweight’ brake discs are advertised in the market place to increase fuel economy but is this really the best option? In order to be competitive, some manufacturers cut their production and distribution costs by reducing the …

May
26
2016