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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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LuK DMF – solid flywheel replacement

Replacing a DMF with a solid flywheel can cause, among other things, follow-on damages and higher fuel consumption. Ralf Kuhlmey, Technical Trainer at Schaeffler in the Automotive Aftermarket, explains the risks of a conversion.

January
22
2020

The Importance of Identifying Turbo Failure Modes

A short video giving you advice on turbocharger failures, why they occur, the effects of failure, and what you can do to minimize the risk of repeated turbo failure.

January
20
2020

Checking Fuel Vapourising Systems

Our Technical Department is commonly made aware of issues with the vehicle emissions system when speaking with garages and technicians. We have recently been dealing with a number of Diesel Particulate Filter issues for customers which diagnosis shows to be a common issue with fuel vapourising technology that is shared across a number of platforms …

January
17
2020

A guide to diagnosing car braking problems -2

Your vehicle’s braking system is critical to the safety of you and your passengers. Learn about brake efficiency and what you can do to improve it with this insightful video.

January
15
2020

Oxygen Sensor Diagnosis and Replacement Simplified

A simplified overview of Oxygen Sensor diagnosis and replacement. This is a simple approach and brief overview.

January
13
2020

Understanding Diesel Additives

Over the years I must have dealt with every DPF related issue you could imagine, but still the majority of customers when I contact them say that the new DPF which has been fitted is faulty! After looking into the issue I would explain that the problem was not the DPF but, more often than …

January
10
2020

Hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering – Replacing the power steering pump

Traditional hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering systems are still frequently used in vehicles today. In this type of system, the power steering pump is driven directly and therefore permanently by the motor. These systems are extremely reliable, but as the vehicle’s mileage increases they become prone to leaking and generating noise when the driver steers. If the …

January
10
2020

Guided Test: PicoScope CAN Bus Serial Decoding

Pico’s Barnaby Donohew takes us through the PicoScope Automotive Guided Test for decoding CANBus. From opening the Guided Test (GT874) within PicoScope, to connecting the scope to the vehicle, taking your capture, and then interrogating that capture.

January
6
2020

Flushing the Air Conditioning System – MAHLE Installation Video

In this MAHLE installation video, learn why and how a car air-conditioning system is flushed.

December
20
2019

Frozen diesel – how modern diesel gels

The formulation of diesel has changed dramatically in recent years. Regulations introduced mean that the levels of sulphur in diesel must be reduced. Biofuel and FAME (Fatty Acid, Methyl, Ester) are added to diesel up to 7 per cent. Although this reduces the sulphur content, FAME tends to form sludge and engine deposits with the …

December
17
2019