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Proven mechanical fixes for those trickier jobs

Autodata, part of the Solera group, has provided the following technical article which tackles two tricky mechanical faults on the Citroen DS3 and the Ford Mondeo. (more…)
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Additives & Oil Seals

Today’s cars are becoming increasingly powerful but are still retaining the convenient size which fits with the chaotic world we live in. With cars becoming more demanding, the engines have to do more while trying to meet efficiency targets, this is helped by the engine oil that we put in to keep the car ticking over. Today’s cars are becoming increasingly powerful but are still retaining the convenient size which fits with the chaotic world we live in. With cars becoming more demanding, the engines have to do more while trying to meet efficiency targets, this is helped by the...
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The INA Decoupling Tensioner (534 0707 10)

The shift toward e-mobility doesn’t stop at the spare parts market. Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket is gearing up for the demands of tomorrow. On 48-V hybrids, the conventional alternator is replaced by an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG). While switching from the charge phase to the boost phase, the direction of the belt drive’s torque is reversed. In addition, this directional change and the higher output of the generator result in higher loads acting on the V-ribbed belt, bearings and other components. Therefore, the INA FEAD KIT repair solution (FEAD = Front End Auxiliary Drive) for 48-V hybrids developed by Schaeffler now...
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Repair manual LuK GearBOX for Ford DPS6/Renault DC4 Transmission

Gearbox series: 6DCT250 Gearbox type: DPS6, DC4 Manufacturer: Getrag Application: Double clutch transmission The 6DCT250 6-speed double clutch transmission was developed by Getrag for vehicles with a maximum torque of up to 280 Nm. Ford is one of the vehicle manufacturers to use this gearbox under the DPS6 designation in the compact and medium-sized vehicle segment. Typical failures: The main reason for failure of the Ford DPS6 gearbox, usually at a high mileage, is wear of the main bearings. This form of wear can be caused by wear debris in the gearbox oil. Wear of this nature on the DPS6...
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Battery Maintenance: 4 steps on cleaning

This week, let's take a look at another auto part that is often forgot; the auto battery and it's connections.  Here is the second of four 'under the hood' cleaning tips that can help give your vehicle a fresh start for the new season, and hopefully not have to use those jumper cables anytime soon. Clean the battery’s connections Your vehicle’s battery survived the winter, but even though temperatures are rising, your battery seems a bit sluggish, a common sign of battery terminal corrosion. Corrosion disrupts the electricity flow from the automotive battery to the battery terminal, which can affect...
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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. The systems I have chosen are from the Audi range. In writing this feature the real challenge …

August
26
2015

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ContiTech Replacing Timing Belts: Detailed instructions for Ford Galaxy

When the timing belt is replaced, serious mistakes are often made. To ensure that the belts are replaced without any problems, ContiTech Power Transmission Group is providing fitters with detailed installation tips. Step by step, the ContiTech expert explains the proper procedure for replacing belts.

August
14
2015

ContiTech: Expert Tips for Changing Timing Belts

• Detailed instructions for Audi A3 1.8-liter T with engine code ARZ • ContiTech shows how to avoid errors when changing belts 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. The ContiTech …

July
29
2015

Ferodo technical tips: No. 8 – Loss of braking efficiency

SPONGY PEDAL FEEL Spongy pedal feel is the experience where upon depressing the brake pedal, the brake is slow to respond, and the pedal feels spongy – sooner than it should be, with excessive force required to decelerate the vehicle and excessive stroke of the pedal. WHAT CAUSES SPONGY PEDAL FEEL AND HOW CAN YOU FIX IT? Faulty …

July
28
2015

Ferodo technical tips: No. 5 – Loss of braking efficiency

Vapour Lock N°2 VAPOUR LOCK In the previous leaflet Vapour Lock N°1 we discussed the cause of vapour lock and provided some insights into choosing the correct fluid according to needs and highlighted the wet and dry boiling points. However, it is just as important to check brake fluid regularly and, when moisture content is too high, to …

July
28
2015

Why do modern wheel bearings utilise magnetic encoding technology?

Did you know that there is a lot more going on inside the modern wheel bearing than just balls or rollers? To offer evidence, many FAG wheel bearings now incorporate magnetic encoding technology that provides essential data to various vehicle safety systems, helping drivers keep control of their vehicle in hazardous conditions. “Many modern safety …

July
27
2015

Why do hybrids use high voltage A/C compressors?

Vehicles with full-hybrid technology use high voltage compressors that are not dependent on the running of the combustion engine. This makes for greater A/C comfort in such vehicles. A vehicle’s interior that has become overheated can now be cooled down to the desired temperature before the start of any journey by using a remote control. …

July
27
2015

Why a reference library of ‘known values’ makes sense

Creating a reference library of ‘known’ vehicle behaviour in a variety of conditions can help garages to overcome emissions problems relating to Lambda sensors, as Daniel Barker, TEXA’s Technical Manager, explains.   Looking at the calls logged through our technical helpline recently I was amazed to find that one of our most popular reports still …

July
27
2015

How to use a 4 gas analyser to spot potential problems

Although the humble 4 gas analyser is seen as an essential tool to carry out an MOT, I’m still surprised at how little information is retrieved by the technician after completing an emissions test, to aid with fault diagnosis. The problem is that the MOT only requires values of CO and HC plus a Lambda …

July
27
2015

Blue Print instruction on Essential Electrical Skills – Part 1

Essential electrical skills

July
22
2015