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Restoration of the Year award winner’s epic 6,725-hour job

The epic 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) won the Restoration of the Year award at the Octane Awards, presented yesterday (16th November) in London. This is the second time that CMC takes home the Restoration of the Year accolade; having done so previously in 2011 with the restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight, a legendary Jaguar that many thought to be beyond repair. The restorers are the only company to have won this award twice. Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars, said: “CMC are tremendously grateful...
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Federal-Mogul Powertrain acquires Controlled Power Technologies

Federal-Mogul Powertrain has completed the acquisition of UK-based clean-tech development company, Controlled Power Technologies Ltd (CPT). The purchase provides a timely route for Federal-Mogul Powertrain to expand into the development and manufacture of powertrain technologies for electrification and hybridization that complement the company’s existing capabilities. Financial details of the acquisition have not been released. The new unit will offer its solutions under the name “Federal-Mogul Controlled Power Ltd”. Headquartered in Laindon, Essex and with a further site in Coventry (UK), CPT specializes in the development of 12V and 48V electric motor-generators for start-stop applications, mild hybridization, exhaust-driven electrification technologies, e-boosting...
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Genuine Parts Company acquires of Alliance Automotive Group

The Genuine Parts Company (GPC) from the United States has announced today that it has completed the purchase of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) for a total purchase price of approximately US $2 billion, including the repayment of AAG's outstanding debt, effective today. AAG is the second largest parts distribution platform in Europe, with a focus on light vehicle and commercial vehicle replacement parts. Headquartered in London, AAG has approximately 8,000 employees and 2,100 company-owned stores and affiliated outlets across France, the U.K., Germany and Poland. It is a leading distributor of light and commercial vehicle parts to the independent aftermarket...
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Consider the potential real cost of part worn tyres

TyreSafe, the UK’s charity dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of correct tyre maintenance and the dangers of defective and illegal tyres, is currently reminding Britain’s motorists to make safety their primary concern when replacing their tyres. Irish motorists should also take heed of this very good advice. Part worn tyres may appear to be the cheaper option but numerous studies and investigations by TyreSafe and Trading Standards have highlighted significant concerns as to their roadworthiness. In fact, 93% of part worns inspected in the most recent activities have been sold illegally with more than half having safety-critical faults....
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Autoelectro unveils live chat messenger

Autoelectro, the UK’s largest independent remanufacturer of starter motors and alternators, has introduced upgrades to its popular live chat facility, as it aims to increase the communication channels between the company and technicians. Previously, users of Autoelectro’s online chat have had to turn away from their repair job and access their desktop computer before speaking to a technical expert; however, this has now been made easier because their queries can be answered from the palm of their hand by grabbing their smart phone or tablet. Once the user lands on the Autoelectro home-page, they will notice a red ‘speech bubble’ icon on the right-hand side. Once clicked on and after they’ve entered their name and e-mail address,...
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VAG 2.5 V6 TDI – Timing Belt set-up

Through our field visits we have learned of several possible issues with these engines. In a lot of cases these issues will lead to engine failure.

July
2
2017

Causes of clutch noise

Clutch noise such as whistling or clonking is not always an indication of a defective clutch. Whistling noises may e.g. also be caused by off-center contact of the clutch release bearing, a non-centered transmission input shaft, or a defective pilot bearing. Rattling noises may be due to load alterations if clutch disks are furnished with …

July
2
2017

Understanding running compression waveforms

Viewing the pressure waveforms from inside the cylinder of a running engine can provide a great deal of diagnostic information. Understanding these waveforms will help you spot valve issues, blocked catalytic converters and restricted air intakes.

July
1
2017

General information on fitting water pumps and flushing the cooling circuit

During changing of the water pump and the associated flushing of the cooling circuit, errors are often made, which can result in contamination of the new coolant and can jeopardize the proper performance of the new water pump. It is therefore especially important to flush the entire cooling circuit before changing the water pump, adhere …

June
28
2017

Installing new spark plugs

Learn the correct way to install spark plugs.

June
28
2017

Checking for a jumped timing chain or belt

This video shows how to use your PicoScope to check engine timing.

June
26
2017

New Subaru special service tool

Industry concern has been raised regarding the Subaru hydraulic tensioner (Gates T43138) applications listed within this bulletin. This issue has prompted the Gates Engineers to closely analyze these specific applications. The following information pertains to these findings as well as providing a solution.

June
21
2017

What is a “Fouled” spark plug?

When a spark plug misfires, it may be a result of fouling. This video describes the various factors leading to a fouled spark plug.

June
20
2017

Installation recommendations for timing belt system on Honda 1.7L Engines

Installation recommendations for timing belt system on Honda 1.7L Engines

June
12
2017

How to Check For Faulty Air Mass Sensors

Simple steps to identifying a defective component. Nowadays, almost all vehicles have an on-board diagnostic,which records faults in the vehicle and stores the possible causes in a fault code memory.

June
10
2017