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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 warning system

In general, the dashboard light that indicates a problem with the brake system has an alarming red colour (depending on the vehicle model) to indicate that there is an immediate risk, potentially compromising the general safety of the vehicle. It should never be ignored.

February
23
2017

Mintex – Common faults – Disc thickness variation

This video shows – Common faults – Disc thickness variation

February
20
2017

How it works: Alternators

An alternator works together with the battery to supply power when the vehicle is running. The output of an alternator is direct current (DC). When the alternator pulley is rotated alternating current (AC) passes through a magnetic field an electrical current is generated and converted to DC via the rectifier. The current is controlled through …

February
20
2017

Why a faulty turbo can lead to DPF damage

I regularly receive calls from workshops complaining that a customer’s vehicle is suffering from a ‘faulty’ or ‘blocked’ DPF. Now let’s get one thing straight: it’s very unusual for a DPF itself to be ‘faulty’, and in the vast majority of circumstances a DPF related issue will be caused by something else upstream of the …

February
17
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #6 Power, ground, current

In Frank’s sixth video, he looks at the relationship between current, voltage drop and ground reference. Frank discusses the theory of the test, what is being tested and the use of PicoScope software in detail. He covers timebases, current and voltage ranges, channel options, and scaling.

February
16
2017

Installation Tip for WPS3025 Coolant Pump for BMW

The electric coolant pump which has been removed may have prefitted dampers at the three screw-fastening points (Fig. 1). The new WPS3025 coolant pump does not have these. The old fastening bolts are not suitable for reuse.

February
15
2017

Dayco – PV Belt Diagnostics

PV belt: Broken Ribs Causes: Progression of cracks Presence of foreign matter in the pulley groove Incorrect assembly, ribs outside the pulley misalignment, ribs untracking Actions: Check the correct installation of the belt, the absence of foreign matter in the pulley grooves and the correct operation of all the transmission components Replace the damaged belt …

February
15
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #5 Ignition Profiling PicoScope Automotive

In Frank’s fifth video, he looks at the evaluation of the ignition circuit, Ignition Profiling. Frank discusses the theory of the test, what is being tested and the use of PicoScope software in detail. He covers timebases, current and voltage ranges, channel options, and scaling.

February
13
2017

Toyota Prius Brake Bleed Process

Toyota Prius brake bleed process. You may need to bleed the brakes as part of a routine service (e.g. brake fluid change – as outlined by the manufacturer’s service schedule) or when completing other jobs such as replacing the brake calipers, brake lines or hoses.

February
12
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #3 Air mass meter conversion digital to analogue

In Frank’s third test, he looks at a converting a digital air mass value to an analogue value. Frank discusses the theory of the test, what is being tested and the simplicity of using a scope for this test. He covers timebases, current and voltage ranges, and of course the physical connections required.

February
10
2017