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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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Volkswagen Polo

I have written many times about adapting skills and the choice of tools long before vehicle systems became ever more integrated, I can reflect back over several years where many respected diagnostic organisations scorned the use of the oscilloscope.

January
12
2015

Knowing when to stop

Many of you will know from our training programme and presentations around the country that knowing when to stop is as important as knowing what you are doing. This story hot from our workshop just last week is a tale about both. David my son , has over many years become recognised as an expert …

January
11
2015

CBS Reset E60

Please read these instructions fully prior to attempting any Reset Functions Ignition on Set the odometer trip meter back to zero by pushing it once. Switch the ignition back off again. 1. Switch the ignition on (so that the battery, Oil and Parking brake lights are displayed) and the key is ready to start the engine – …

December
21
2014

Citroen Relay

A second-hand engine, a replacement gear box, and a new egr valve, I’m sure there was more to consider. The owner specialised in transporting vehicles across the country, and offered to drive the vehicle to Preston.

November
5
2014

The next technical era

I was tempted to call this feature new technology, it is however not all that new. What’s remarkable is the way in which the chosen technologies are fully integrated, even in vehicles of a more modest price range.

October
9
2014

Clutching at straws

13 plate Audi 1s don’t often go wrong, when a dual control driving instructors vehicle time is in short supply. Clutch and brake pedal switches have been around for some time. Their purpose has expanded for several reasons.

August
5
2014

Mercedes E350

This month’s story is becoming more and more commonplace this week alone has seen two vehicles, with identical faults. Both man made involving different manufacturers. A Mercedes e 350 212 blue motion. had been presented to us from a local independent technician.

November
29
2013

Under pressure

The first interesting challenge this month reflects directly on my involvement in the oe quality campaign. A very concerned and select group of oe manufacturers feel the need as I, to bring awareness to the risks of using components that simply do not match the original build specification.

November
29
2013