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DMF Stress Test tips from ZF Aftermarket

In spite of ever greater horsepower and higher torques, today’s vehicles actually run very smoothly. The dual-mass flywheel (DMF) plays a crucial role in this by absorbing and almost completely eliminating torsional vibrations with its integrated spring and damping system. If a mechanic does hear unusual noises, the DMF is usually the first port of call even though in many cases it isn’t the source of the problem. Here, ZF Aftermarket experts explain how to identify the possible cause of an unusual noise; before leaping to the wrong conclusion and exchanging the component unnecessarily. (more…)
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Debunking common HID myths

A new site providing information on Xenon HID bulbs, including debunking common HID myths has been launched. www.ringautomotive.com/en/refit-hids has been launched by vehicle lighting specialists Ring to give technicians and HID stockists all the resources and information they need about replacing xenon HIDs. Xenon HIDs are fitted on around ten per cent of the UK car parc, yet there remains myths and concerns around them in the aftermarket. With the new site, Ring says it wants to provide the facts around how HID headlight systems work, how often HID bulbs should be replaced, how to identify a quality bulb and...
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Meyle’s five steps for a clean cooling system

Thorough and regular flushing is one of the decisive steps in the maintenance of cooling systems. Contamination, e. g. due to the incorrect use of sealing compound in the cooling system, reduces the cooling capacity in the long run and can lead to premature failure of the water pump mechanical seal. (more…)
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HGV clutch and flywheel fitment and removal made easy by Laser Tools

New to the Laser Tools’ HGV range is this clutch & flywheel jack (part number 7249), designed to remove, install and transport (in the lowered position) 14 inch and 15½ inch double-disc clutches and/or flywheel assemblies as fitted to HGV vehicles. (more…)
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New Motorservice packaging defeats counterfeiters

The Motorservice Group is the sales organization of Rheinmetall Automotive’s global aftermarket activities. It is a leading supplier of engine components for the spare parts market, encompassing the Kolbenschmidt, Pierburg, BF and TRW Engine Components brands. (more…)
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Conversion of 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt to 6PK1070 for Audi, VW, Seat and Skoda 1.6 TDI and 2.0 TDI (common rail)

The 6PK1140 ELAST V-ribbed belt (OE no. 03L903137G) is being dis-continued. The 6PK1070 replacement belt (OE no. 03L903137) cannot however be installed directly.

April
19
2018

Cat efficiency light

Our Technical Support Co-ordinator at EEC, Stuart Still, was recently called to a garage in Scotland to help overcome an issue associated with the cat efficiency light.  “I was asked by a distributor in Dundee if I would visit one of their customers, Iain Hutcheon of Muirhead Garage. He was in a dilemma, as the car he …

April
17
2018

Wrench Hit – Spark Plug Install

NGK Spark Plugs explains the importance of proper spark plug installation and result if incorrectly installed. Wrench Hit can occur under improper Spark Plug installation

April
12
2018

Identifying and remedying damage to the chassis and steering system

Careless driving and dirt accumulation greatly increase the risk of wear on safety-relevant chassis and steering components. Workshops need to pay attention to typical damage patterns and remedy defects as required. If chassis or steering components are damaged, the person steering needs to expect handling of their vehicle to be critical. Experts at ZF Aftermarket …

April
10
2018

Transmission line pressure testing with Pico’s WPS500 Pressure Transducer

Transmission line pressure testing made easy with the PicoScope and the WPS500 pressure transducer.

April
6
2018

Torque and Gun tips and trouble tracing

A torque value is the applied turning force when tightening a nut or bolt.

April
2
2018

Technical Tips For The Lighting Professional

If complaints are made about the above issue, this does not necessarily indicate the presence of a fault.

March
30
2018

Denso offer A/C fault-finding help

With Spring in motion, more and more drivers will be switching on their air-conditioning systems expecting a breath of fresh air. However, after months of non-use, many will be greeted by the unpleasant surprise of a failed compressor which is often down to the wrong type of refrigerant being used. A compressor is the main …

March
29
2018

Our How To for checking the EGR on K9K engines

How To Make                      Model                           System Renault                 1.5 K9K (08-10)          Diesel systems Microdiesel : EGR valve status This function allows the EGR status to be read and the operation of the valve to be checked. The EGR valve status is indicated in a list with a status number. IFR-50: Test preconditions Key on or engine running. …

March
28
2018

Air bleeding of hydraulic valve lash adjustment components

The beginning of hydraulic valve lash adjustment components dates back to the early 1930s, when the idea was born and patents were first registered in the USA. By the 1950s, hydraulic valve lash adjustment components were already a standard feature in 80 % of US passenger car engines.

March
26
2018