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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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Technical Information – Brake hoses and brake lines

In hydraulic brake systems, brake hoses and brake lines are used to transfer brake fluid. Brake lines connect the actuation device, such as the brake master cylinder, to the hydraulic components of the wheel brake. Brake hoses are used as flexible connecting lines in all moving areas between the body and chassis. With the integration …

May
4
2016

Vauxhall Insignia – Loss of coolant/EGR radiator

The above vehicles may experience a slow coolant loss due to a defective exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) radiator housing.

May
3
2016

Toyota Prius + – Reduced drive power (emergency operation mode)

The complaint has been made that the warning lights in the instrument cluster light up and emergency operation mode is activated when the above vehicles are in motion.

April
28
2016

BMW 1 series (F20) – Loss of coolant/coolant sensor

The above vehicles may experience a slow coolant loss due to a defective coolant sensor. Troubleshooting coolant loss is often a complicated procedure, as some components are difficult to access.

April
21
2016

Opel Astra J – Airbag indicator lamp lights up

Airbag indicator lamp lights up. The criticism has been made that the airbag indicator lamp lights up in the above vehicles.

April
14
2016

BMW EGR

A couple of interesting workshop repairs are my focus in this month’s edition, the first involves a bmw 530 common rail diesel.

April
9
2016

Vauxhall Zafira B – Recirculation air flap malfunction

In the above vehicles, a damaged drive (Figure 1) between the recirculation air flap shaft and the recirculation air flap itself can lead to a malfunction

April
7
2016

Toyota Auris Hybrid – Reduced drive power (emergency operation mode)

The complaint has been made that the warning lights in the instrument cluster light up and emergency operation mode is activated when the above vehicles are in motion.

March
24
2016

PEUGEOT 307 / 308 / Expert – Malfunction of the lighting system

The light switch position in the above vehicles may not be detected by the control electronics in certain cases. If this happens, the lighting system may not switch on due to faulty software.

March
16
2016

Toyota Verso-S – Smoke generation

Smoke generation may be experienced when driving one of the vehicles listed above. Engine oil can collect in the charge-air cooler and get into the combustion chamber, thus causing smoke to be generated during operation

March
3
2016