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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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Guided Test: PicoScope CAN Bus Serial Decoding

Pico’s Barnaby Donohew takes us through the PicoScope Automotive Guided Test for decoding CANBus. From opening the Guided Test (GT874) within PicoScope, to connecting the scope to the vehicle, taking your capture, and then interrogating that capture.

January
6
2020

Flushing the Air Conditioning System – MAHLE Installation Video

In this MAHLE installation video, learn why and how a car air-conditioning system is flushed.

December
20
2019

Frozen diesel – how modern diesel gels

The formulation of diesel has changed dramatically in recent years. Regulations introduced mean that the levels of sulphur in diesel must be reduced. Biofuel and FAME (Fatty Acid, Methyl, Ester) are added to diesel up to 7 per cent. Although this reduces the sulphur content, FAME tends to form sludge and engine deposits with the …

December
17
2019

COMPARING STEERING PRINCIPLES: Cars and Bikes

Steering principles for bikes Steering is crucial to bike stability. If the steering is locked in any way, it becomes virtually impossible to balance while riding. But it’s not the only factor that influences stability. The bike’s design also plays a role. For example, a customised chopper with its front wheel far in front of …

December
17
2019

HELLA – Crimping of an ABS/EBS Connection

In this video we show you the installation of an ABS/EBS connection with the correct crimping tool.

December
13
2019

Common Rail 101: How Solenoid Injectors Work

This Delphi Training Series video walks you through how solenoid injectors work. Watch the video to find out the dos and don’ts.

December
5
2019

Investigation on a Vauxhall Vivaro van DPF Issue

As part of our commitment to providing education around the emissions system, we are pleased to bring you a case study and investigation below into a recent Vauxhall Vivaro DPF problem, as explained by our Technical Trainer, Stuart Still. “I recently visited one of my distributors who were having an emissions issue with a Vauxhall …

November
29
2019

A guide to diagnosing car braking problems -1

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.

November
25
2019

Under Torque – Spark Plug Installation – NGK Spark Plugs

NGK Spark Plugs explains the importance of proper spark plug torque when installing spark plugs and result if incorrectly installed. Under Torque during installation can cause multiple problems.

November
22
2019

How to replace a brake hose

Whether or not a brake hose is worn or damaged as shown, TRW recommends that hoses should be changed every 50,000 km or after 5 years at the latest. This is because the rubber from which these hoses are made is a perishable item and has a defined lifetime.

November
18
2019