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New profile clamp withstands temperatures of up to 900 °C

Norma Group has developed the VPP Compact High Temperature, a new VPP profile clamp that can withstand component temperatures of up to 900 °C. (more…)
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Timing belt failure investigated by Gates

Gates has investigated the cause of premature timing belt failure in the Synchronous Belt Drive System (SBDS) for number of Ford, Peugeot and Citroen models with 1.6L petrol and PSA diesel engines. (more…)
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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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MAHLE Thermostats – How do they work? | Perfect Performance & Long Life for Combustion Engine

3-D animation of a MAHLE / BEHR thermostat. Construction and function of an expansion element and of the valves of a thermostat.

January
29
2020

How Often Should my Steering and Suspension Systems be Inspected?

The steering and suspension systems are important for both your safety and comfort when driving as they ensure a smooth ride as your car travels over bumpy roads. The two systems are usually talked about together as they are directly related to each other. However, what does each system do? When do you need to …

January
27
2020

HELLA – Installation story LED front flasher BST

The BST LED front flasher distinguishes itself by its flat and firm construction. The front flasher is available in two different case versions and adjustable to four flash sequences – as a synchronous or alternating signal.

January
24
2020

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