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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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Brake Judder N°1

Brake judder is the vibration felt through the steering wheel and suspension when the brakes are applied at certain speeds and pressures. It can vary from a barely noticeable vibration to a violent judder, and can be experienced in two ways.

March
10
2017

PicoScope: Common Funtions Tip Clip

from LBT-215 with John Thornton This video clip will walk you through some of the common funtions of the PicoScope

March
10
2017

Scope Sampling

An illustration of how changing recorded samples from a scope changes the waveform displayed

March
5
2017

A guide to new Start-Stop systems using a reversible alternator in place of a starter motor

A guide to new Start-Stop systems using a reversible alternator in place of a starter motor

March
5
2017

Wheel bearing repair with the FAG SmartSET

After the Repair Insert Unit (RIU), the FAG SmartSET is an additional pre-assembled and simultaneously prepositioned wheel bearing unit that is specially developed for the aftermarket. It is delivered ex works as a pair of wheel bearings, inboard and outboard unit, with the appropriate grease and the appropriate quantity of grease. The video shows an …

March
2
2017

DAYCO Installation of elastic Poly-V belt with Dayco tool (TOOL6)

Installation of elastic Poly-V belt with Dayco tool (TOOL6) New generation of special, self-tensioning Poly V belts.

February
28
2017

How to test a MAF sensor using a Picoscope – GM

In this video I will show you how to test a GM 3-wire MAF sensor using a lab scope. GM uses a frequency or digital type of sensor which will produce signals ranging from 2000 to 10000 Hertz (cycles per second). I will also show you how to identify and clean a dirty MAF sensor.

February
28
2017

Allows you to perform the most important measurements on a Dual Mass Flywheel in a workshop environment.

The testing of the characteristics of the arc springs in the DMF during compression usually requires a testing facility. The LuK DMF special tool allows to perform the most important DMF measurements – freeplay angle and rock – in a common workshop environment. The freeplay angle is the angle at which the DMF’s primary and …

February
27
2017

A guide to the different connections found on alternators

A guide to the different connections found on alternators

February
27
2017

Coil on Plug Ignition

Investigation of a coil on plug ignition system using a four-channel PicoScope and their coil-on-plug ignition probe.

February
24
2017