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Auto Trade EXPO 2022 postponed from May to October

A well considered decision has been made to postpone the Auto Trade EXPO 2022 to later this year from the scheduled May 7-8th. The new dates are October 22nd & 23rd. (more…)
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Checking the Vehicle electrical systems & surfaces

Rough engine running and noises when starting or switching off the engine are in some cases too quickly associated with a possible dual-mass flywheel (DMF) defect. Often though the cause of these faults can be found in an unexpected place – in the vehicle electrical system. In this workshop tip we look at this issue and show you that, for instance, dirty ground stubs may be the cause of a fault with the vehicle electrical system. If, for instance, you have a fault with the ignition system, this becomes apparent with noises such as rattling or chattering from the area...
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Oil Consumption: What Is Normal?

Having to pull over because a warning light appears on the dashboard? The oil light may come on at the most inconvenient times. This pesky light can indicate, among other things, that the oil level is too low. But it can also indicate an abnormal oil pressure, a clogged oil filter, a malfunctioning oil pump or even a faulty sensor or wiring. If the oil level is too low, this is easily solved by topping up to just below the maximum permissible level. Always use the type of oil prescribed by the car manufacturer and top up as much as...
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How Do I Know When My Wiper Blades Need Changing?

Windscreen wipers are a vital but often overlooked safety feature of your car. Specifically, the wiper blade which contacts your windscreen removes dirt, ice, rain, snow, ice, and road grime from your view. It’s imperative this humble device is operating at its best to ensure you have a clear and unimpeded view when driving. But like many consumable parts, windscreen wiper blades have a limited life. They are constantly exposed to the environment and can be degraded over time by cold, dirt, frost, heat, ice, insects, and road grime to a point where they lose their effectiveness. As most of...
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How to extend the life of your battery

When it comes to charging a battery outside of the vehicle or application, the right treatment can make all the difference. To get the most out of your VARTA battery, there are a few tricks to keep in mind. 1. Disconnect the cables This is very important: Disconnect the cable leading to the negative terminal first! This will prevent a short circuit between the positive terminal and ground. Then proceed to disconnect the red cable from the positive terminal. 2. Check the battery’s state If you are dealing with a lead-acid battery that is not considered maintenance-free, please visit a professional...
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Getting to the cause of underpowered Renault Megane II

Willie Barry of AGE explains how he got to the root of the problem on an underpowered 2005 Renault Megane II 1.9Dci.

February
20
2015

LuK advises on Kia Cee’d 1.6 CRDi clutch replacement

The Kia Cee`d is a small family hatchback with various engine and body style options available to choose from. Launched in 2006, it has become increasingly popular on Irish roads so these handy hints from LuK will be of great use to any technician carrying out a repair.

February
20
2015

Air Conditioning Compressors

The AC compressor is driven by the engine via a poly-V-belt or multiple V-belts and compresses or pumps the refrigerant in the system. Hella Ireland explains, there are different types of compressors. Function The refrigerant coming from the evaporator is sucked into the compressor in the gaseous state at low temperature and low pressure, compressed …

February
19
2015

NGK offers Lamda sensor tips

Tim Howes, Deputy General Manager, Supply Chain & Technical Service, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd offers some advice on when Lambda sensors should be replaced. NGK Spark Plugs is the world’s largest manufacturer of Lambda sensors under the NTK brand name and supplies a comprehensive range of Lambda sensors to the UK aftermarket. The experience …

February
19
2015

How to fit modern car batteries

The days of connecting and forgetting a car battery are coming to an end. Today’s batteries need to be installed correctly or the customer may soon need to return to the garage. This step-bystep guide will help you to correctly fit the right battery in the right way. Without battery coding, the car’s battery management …

February
19
2015

KTS tricks & tips

The Bosch KTS family is celebrating 25 years of helping technicians quickly diagnose and fix vehicle faults. It’s vital that you get the best from your diagnostic equipment, and these tricks and tips will help you improve efficiency and help customers. Automatic VIN Look up A lot of people don’t know it’s there, or how …

February
19
2015

Change in manufacturer of tensioning pulley V55881 from CT 1148 K1

Change in manufacturer of tensioning pulley V55881 from CT 1148 K1 for various Fiat Ducato / Iveco Daily models; all 2.3 D

February
16
2015

Injecting Some Sense

Developments in automotive technology, driven mainly by emission legislation, have challenged not only the way we approach problems but also how we run, market and develop our skills and invest in what has become a complex, lucrative and rewarding industry. Clint Eastwood put it much better – ‘The good, the bad, and the ugly’, ‘A …

February
3
2015

Caution V Common sense.

Diagnostics by nature can be quite repetitive, and I’m tempted to say boring; the obvious danger is omission or complacency in your process. This risk becomes greater with experience, the temptation to pre judge or take short cuts is always there. Sometimes the challenge is down to incomplete information, or the dreaded been worked on …

January
25
2015

ContiTech: Detailed instruction for Ford Focus

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 correct change procedure.

January
20
2015