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Our Editor and News Editor will be away on holidays until the 18th of July. Our office will remain open for all other business.
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How to Install a Harmonic Balancer

10 easy steps to balancer removal and replacement Harmonic balancers are used to help lessen the vibration of the engine. Maintenance and replacement are important. Below are the key steps necessary for proper removal and installation. Step 1 – Remove the belt or belts from the front of the engine. Step 2 – If your vehicle requires it, drain and remove the radiator to gain access to the balancer. Step 3 – Remove any pulleys bolted to the balancer. Step 4 – Use an impact wrench to remove the large bolt in the center of the balancer. Step 5 –...
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Brake Warning System In Detail

A. 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. There are several reasons why the brake system warning light may light up. The problem is that according to the survey mentioned below, almost half of the people on the road don’t recognise the risk and consequently don’t react accordingly. Many drivers can’t identify mission-critical dash lights According to a recent survey...
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Changes on the horizon for air con servicing, Waeco warns

Back in March, the Original Equipment Suppliers Aftermarket Association (OESAA) welcomed air conditioning (AC) specialist Waeco to the organisation. Its territory sales manager for workshop equipment, Andrew Bastable, has called the group’s determination to prioritise education in the automotive aftermarket “refreshing”. Waeco’s desire to align itself with the membership, so workshops can be prepared for a mixture of internal combustion engines (ICEs) and electric vehicles (EVs) coming through their doors, is evident. Waeco boasts more than four decades of AC engineering and manufacturing prowess, delivering systems and consumables suitable for passenger, truck, bus, agricultural and construction vehicle markets. Bastable said...
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Cabin Air Filter Failure and Diagnosis

We rely on our cars more today than we ever have done; they are used for minor tasks and for the big moments in life. We all tend to look after our cars keeping them clean and tidy, getting them serviced yearly, but some parts are prioritised more than others. If the Cabin Air Filter is not replaced this can lead to an inefficient clean air flow and protection of the driver and passengers from a build-up of outside contaminants, eventually completely blocking the filtration process as the debris continue to build up, to avoid this there should be regular...
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SACHS: Self-Adjusting Clutches XTend PC Type I, II, III, IV

Self-Adjusting Clutches XTend PC Type I, II, III, IV

December
13
2021

Workplace

Textar reveals best practice tips for CV brake pad replacement

Braking specialists, TMD Friction, via its Textar brand, has issued its best practice advice and handy tips designed to help technicians with the efficient replacement of commercial vehicle brake pads to ensure optimal performance and safety for fleet operators. Textar recognises that in any vehicle, changing brake pads is a strenuous activity as the technician …

December
10
2021

NGK: Knocking & Pre-ignition

This video explains knocking combustion and pre-ignition and the reasons for this irregular combustion.

December
10
2021

Philips: Improve your lights easily

Despite lighting technology such as Xenon and LED, most cars on the road currently still use halogen lights. Questions about better lighting solutions regularly arise on the forum, but there are simple and legal ways to improve halogen headlights. Simply replacing the bulb, for example with a H4 or H7 X-tremeVision, can generate a light …

December
8
2021

Focus on suspension

The Ford Focus was introduced in 1998, and has proved to be very popular with its owners. However, it is also reported to be one of the most popular vehicle models visiting workshops for repair work. With this in mind, SWAG has identified some wear items that are of note when repairing the suspension system …

December
6
2021

LuK: Clutch slave cylinder

Two different clutch slave cylinders can be supplied under part number 512 0050 10. One version corresponds to the original equipment in terms of appearance and handling, the other differs in both cases.

December
6
2021

NTN-SNR: Disassembly/assembly recommendations of accessory belt tensioner roller GA357.24

Disassembly/assembly recommendations of accessory belt tensioner roller GA357.24

December
3
2021

Dayco: Solutions to Belt Squeal

Belt Squeal – A high pitched noise, typically lasting several seconds in duration. This type of noise will typically increase in volume as the engine speed increases, and is caused by relative slip between the belt and pulleys. Check out our video walking you through the troubleshooting process.

November
29
2021

MAHLE: Air Conditioning Compressor Explained

Learn how the MAHLE air conditioning compressor works in this 3D animated video.

November
26
2021

Delphi: How to Clean Your Fuel Tank

Check out our Delphi Technologies website for more tips on how to clean your fuel tank!

November
22
2021