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Battery Maintenance: 4 steps on cleaning

This week, let's take a look at another auto part that is often forgot; the auto battery and it's connections.  Here is the second of four 'under the hood' cleaning tips that can help give your vehicle a fresh start for the new season, and hopefully not have to use those jumper cables anytime soon. Clean the battery’s connections Your vehicle’s battery survived the winter, but even though temperatures are rising, your battery seems a bit sluggish, a common sign of battery terminal corrosion. Corrosion disrupts the electricity flow from the automotive battery to the battery terminal, which can affect...
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Starter System Diagnosis

The following general information has been assembled as a guide for starter circuit diagnosis. Refer to the appropriate Original Equipment Manufacturer’s service manual for specific information pertaining to starting system diagnostic procedures and safety precautions for your vehicle. Bench testing If a starter test bench is available, follow the procedures found in the bench tester’s instruction manual to conduct a starter performance test. This test will determine if the starter’s operation is within its performance specification, preventing unnecessary starter replacement. If the starter’s performance is within specification during bench testing, resolve problems in the remainder of the vehicle’s starting system...
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Risk of mixing up the tensioner and deflection pulleys

Risk of mixing up the tensioner and deflection pulleys in the CT1038K1 and CT1038K2 kits during fitting Problem: The deflection and tensioner pulleys are mixed up during fitting, resulting in incorrect tensioning. This can lead to increased noise and even engine damage. Cause: The two pulleys look almost identical with only a small difference in diameter. As a result, it is easy to mix up the two pulleys. Solution: The deflection pulley V55826 has a diameter of 67mm. The tensioner pulley V55822 has a smaller diameter of 63.7mm.
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Get to know your vehicle warning lights

With the increasing electronic content in modern vehicles comes a multitude of new dashboard warning lights. And since cars can now effectively self-diagnose, these lights will communicate important error messages and faults, alongside less critical information. Worryingly, however, a recent survey suggested that nearly half of all motorists don’t understand what they mean. Do you? Here, we provide a quick overview of the most important lights and explain why you should never ignore them. Some warning lights aren’t cause for concern; they’ll simply go out once the car’s running. Others are a sign, usually the first sign, that something’s not...
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Cooling system cannot be bled properly on vehicles with an electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump

Examples: Audi / Seat / Skoda / VW 1.4l, 1.6l, 2.0l TDI - CT1168WP1 Problem: Noise or temperature problems as a result of incorrectly bled cooling system. There is still air in the system following replacement of the electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump. Cause: On vehicles with an electrically/pneumatically controlled water pump, the cooling system must be bled after being refilled using our vacuum filling device (Tool Box W01) and an additional diagnostic device with the necessary functionality. The reason for this is the thermal management system, which has additional valves that supply different heating circuits. The valves need to be...
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Toyota Verso-S – Smoke generation

Smoke generation may be experienced when driving one of the vehicles listed above. Engine oil can collect in the charge-air cooler and get into the combustion chamber, thus causing smoke to be generated during operation

March
3
2016

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Technical Information – Damper weights on the brake caliper

When a moving vehicle brakes, oscillations occur at the brake caliper. These oscillations generate vibrations, which can lead to unpleasant breaking noises. In order to dampen (eliminate) these unwanted oscillations, additional weights are attached to the component in question. These weights are known as damper weights.

January
4
2016

Five Steps for Powering Down a Hybrid/EV (Promoting and Profiting with Hybrids)

What steps should you take when powering down a hybrid vehicle? The Delphi Training Series breaks it down for you. To see the full webinar promoting and profiting with hybrids, visit https://youtu.be/ZRy75nLZjRU

December
16
2015

What is brake noise?

Brake noise typically originates from vibration on a part within the wheel end section of the vehicle – between the tyre and the connection to the chassis. Noise is often blamed on the brake pad itself, but can come from any part, from the wheel bearing to the ball joint. Within the brake system, it’s …

December
16
2015

ContiTech: Detailed instructions for Fiat 500 1.2 Timing belt change

Significant errors are frequently committed when changing the timing belt. To ensure that the belt change operation goes smoothly, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group provides fitters with a detailed installation guide. The ContiTech expert provides a step-by-step explanation of how to change the belt correctly in a Fiat 500.

December
6
2015

Blue Print adds video to Blue Print TV

Blue Print has posted a new video on its YouTube channel that shows the shutdown process that needs to be carried out when working on, or in the close proximity of, any part of the high voltage system on the Toyota Prius, Toyota Auris and Lexus CT200h models. Blue Print says that under no circumstances …

November
12
2015

RS6 Tech Topic

The badge on the boot displays the magic letters RS6. Then you look to the other side and it’s the big one, V10! This one is bigger than most due to the previous tuning work by – Revo software and Milltek exhaust delivering 700 bhp. The problem is simple enough; a battery that is losing …

November
3
2015

ContiTech Changing Timing Belts: Detailed instructions for Fiat Doblò

Large numbers of the 1.6 D Multijet diesel engine are installed in Fiat vehicles. Significant errors are frequently committed when changing the timing belt. To ensure that the belt change operation goes smoothly, the ContiTech Power Transmission Group provides fitters with a detailed installation guide. In this, ContiTech experts provide a step-by-step explanation of the …

October
30
2015

Clutch clinic – Citroen C5 2.0HDI (RHZ)

In this article LuK’s technical team takes a closer look at the 2.0HDI engine (RHZ) from a Citroen C5. The specific vehicle is fitted with a Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) and pull type clutch which still today give some issues when being installed. This article will also refer to some applications from Peugeot, Fiat, passenger …

October
22
2015

Getting to the heart of the problem

As a diagnostic specialist business, we are often asked to look at vehicles which have had previous repair attempts made. Sometimes the customers find us by themselves, as they may be frustrated with the performance of the previous repairer, or, the other repairer may choose to engage our services directly when they have run out …

October
12
2015