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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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Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #9 Compression testing

Frank looks at real-time dynamic compression testing with the WPS500X pressure transducer.

May
15
2017

Serpentine System – Why belt misalignment is bad

Belt misalignment is bad. Find out why in this short video

May
14
2017

Single steps of removal and installation of a double clutch

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly. It has a modular design and consists of a basic tool kit and several vehicle-specific tool kits. The range of tools can be easily adapted to new and future double clutch systems. This enables tools to be put together as required. Ralf Kuhlmey, technical …

May
8
2017

How to use the Gates belt wear gauge to check serpentine belts for wear

This is a short video showing how to use the Gates Belt Wear Gauge. This easy-to-use tool was designed with input from professional automotive technicians and gives instant pass/fail results. You can use it on or off the vehicle, one-handed, and even in places where you can’t see! – See more at: http://www.gates.com/catalogs-and-resources/resources/repository/videos/check-serpentine-belts-with-gauge#sthash.tH1pozqj.dpuf

May
6
2017

Fuel Bleed Tool

Some modern vehicle diesel systems are prone to air-locks when the fuel line is disconnected e.g. During a fuel filter replacement, air in the fuel system will prevent the engine from starting. In this video we show a fuel filter change on such a system, and how to use the Blue Print fuel bleed tool …

May
3
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #8 Direct fuel injection – high-pressure pump testing

Frank looks at the function of the electronic control unit and hydraulic pump performance of pressure over time.

May
2
2017

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly

Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers a future-proof tool system for correct assembly/disassembly. It has a modular design and consists of a basic tool kit and several vehicle-specific tool kits. The range of tools can be easily adapted to new and future double clutch systems. Additionally, tools can be put together as required. Ralf Kuhlmey, technical trainer …

April
29
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #7 Common rail pressure sensor testing

Frank looks at the performance of the high-pressure pump under full load.

April
28
2017

Identifying faults in the release system

Specialized knowledge helps prevent damage Many clutch deficiencies in commercial vehicles can be traced to the influence of faulty release systems. These deficiencies also include “capital” failures such as burnt-out clutches or poor disengagement performance, for which one might not initially suspect the release system. Therefore a precise inspection is very important. There are not …

April
26
2017

Picoscope version six

A movie showing picoscope software version six in action. Vehicle tested had a P0340 camshaft position sensor signal fault.

April
25
2017