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SIMI says thousands of motor industry jobs under threat

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has today issued their Quarterly Motor Industry Review Q2 of 2019 composed by Economist Jim Power. It makes for stark reading, despite the economy performing strongly, the environment for new car sales continues to remain very challenging. (more…)
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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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Injecting Some Sense

Developments in automotive technology, driven mainly by emission legislation, have challenged not only the way we approach problems but also how we run, market and develop our skills and invest in what has become a complex, lucrative and rewarding industry. Clint Eastwood put it much better – ‘The good, the bad, and the ugly’, ‘A …

February
3
2015

Caution V Common sense.

Diagnostics by nature can be quite repetitive, and I’m tempted to say boring; the obvious danger is omission or complacency in your process. This risk becomes greater with experience, the temptation to pre judge or take short cuts is always there. Sometimes the challenge is down to incomplete information, or the dreaded been worked on …

January
25
2015

ContiTech: Detailed instruction for Ford Focus

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.

January
20
2015

Volkswagen Polo

I have written many times about adapting skills and the choice of tools long before vehicle systems became ever more integrated, I can reflect back over several years where many respected diagnostic organisations scorned the use of the oscilloscope.

January
12
2015

Knowing when to stop

Many of you will know from our training programme and presentations around the country that knowing when to stop is as important as knowing what you are doing. This story hot from our workshop just last week is a tale about both. David my son , has over many years become recognised as an expert …

January
11
2015

CBS Reset E60

Please read these instructions fully prior to attempting any Reset Functions Ignition on Set the odometer trip meter back to zero by pushing it once. Switch the ignition back off again. 1. Switch the ignition on (so that the battery, Oil and Parking brake lights are displayed) and the key is ready to start the engine – …

December
21
2014

Citroen Relay

A second-hand engine, a replacement gear box, and a new egr valve, I’m sure there was more to consider. The owner specialised in transporting vehicles across the country, and offered to drive the vehicle to Preston.

November
5
2014

The next technical era

I was tempted to call this feature new technology, it is however not all that new. What’s remarkable is the way in which the chosen technologies are fully integrated, even in vehicles of a more modest price range.

October
9
2014

Clutching at straws

13 plate Audi 1s don’t often go wrong, when a dual control driving instructors vehicle time is in short supply. Clutch and brake pedal switches have been around for some time. Their purpose has expanded for several reasons.

August
5
2014

Mercedes E350

This month’s story is becoming more and more commonplace this week alone has seen two vehicles, with identical faults. Both man made involving different manufacturers. A Mercedes e 350 212 blue motion. had been presented to us from a local independent technician.

November
29
2013