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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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How to check for a jumped timing chain or belt

The method of timing verification shown in this video can be used on any car. Even on old school, non-computer controlled systems. I am also showing in this video how to properly align the timing chains on a 2003 Suzuki Aerio 2.0

March
30
2017

Nissan Navara D40 – Transfer switch fault diagnosis and replacement

In this video we investigate a common issue involving water ingress into the transfer box on Nissan Navara D40 and Pathfinder R51 models, the faults that it causes and the steps required to fix the problem.

March
28
2017

Serpentine System – What makes a belt slip?

This short video explains what makes a belt slip

March
28
2017

Parts attack BMW 530

This particular repair challenge was interesting for many reasons; a BMW 530i e39 was referred to us with an abs\stability control dtcs. The dtcs specifically referred to a problem with the abs priming pump.

March
26
2017

Mick Jones Secondary Analysis

Secondary ignition analysis by Mick Jones, a veteran PicoScope Diagnostician. This video demonstrates the power of PicoScope, along with some of the advanced features.

March
25
2017

The role of Lamda sensors explained

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, explains the role of NTK 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 …

March
21
2017

How to test an idle air control valve (IAC) using a Picoscope – Ford

How to test an idle control valve (2-wire solenoid type) using a lab scope. This video is for Automotive Picoscope users, but no matter what type of scope you have, the information contained in this video will help. Even if you do not have a scope, you can still follow this material and measure IAC …

March
20
2017

DAYCO Controlling and replacing distribution belts and fixed tensioner

Controlling and replacing distribution belts and fixed tensioner.

March
18
2017

Air Mass Meter Evaluation

This video shows how PicoScope can be used to evaluate an air mass meter. First a good air mass meter on a Ford Mondeo 2.0 is tested, then an air leak is simulated to show the effect on the air mass meter and the performance of the engine.

March
15
2017

The DMF – what it is and how it works

Why are modern vehicles equipped with a dual-mass flywheel or DMF? This video explains the function and benefits of our LuK DMFs in less than 2 minutes. Watch the video to learn all the basics about dual-mass flywheels. Dive even deeper with our elaborate brochures and technical videos or participate in one of our professional …

March
12
2017