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Shedding anxiety about EV travel ranges and charging

I’ve been there many times - wondering will I make it home in an electric vehicle, and finding charging stations out of order when I stop to top-up. It does cause anxiety and seems to be part of the teething troubles that come with any big transition. One positive is that it has caused me to be more aware of my speed, by trying to conserving battery, particularly on motorways. What is being done to overcome the critical barriers to mainstream EV adoption, two of which are range and charging anxiety (the other being costs)? A most interesting news of...
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Repair and maintenance of vehicles with advanced driver assistance systems

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are already part of the basic equipment for many vehicles. The number of these vehicles is growing constantly, which means that workshops have more and more customers who bring vehicles with ADAS for repair. In order to be well prepared for this application, TecRMI provides comprehensive repair and maintenance information on driver assistance systems. TecRMI offers access to extensive information for ADAS If there is an error in the assistance systems, it can cause the system to malfunction. In addition, calibrations often have to be carried out after a repair. It is crucial to know...
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Damage Diagnostics on Chain Drives

Cause: Poor quality oil (e.g. water or dirt in oil, used oil) Lack of lubrication (blocked oil nozzles) Very high mileage Corrosion Blocked or not working tensioners Poor running shafts (do not turn smoothly) Cause: Misalignment between the sprockets Poorly running shafts (radial stroke) Chain not running in the guide Rails mis-mounted Damaged sprocket Cause: Chain not running in the guide Rails mis-mounted Rails not sufficiently secured
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Busy workers: new belts for light commercial vehicles

These are hectic times for light commercial vehicles: The delivery van segment with payloads up to 3.5 t is growing steadily, with the number of new registrations in Western Europe rising continuously in recent years, bar a small dip in 2020. The key reason for this is our changing shopping habits. We are ordering more and more items online and the merchandise has to be brought to our front door somehow. So delivery services and logistics specialists are increasingly relying on the Ford Transit, Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter and the like. Delivery operations mean seriously hard work for the vehicles...
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How the Right Lubricants Can Extend the Life of your Car

  Vehicle Performance: How the Right Lubricants Can Extend the Life of your Car Every car requires lubricants. Whether it is engine oil, transmission fluid or even a coolant, the car you are driving will need them to operate. But not every car is the same and a one product fits all approach cannot be taken. If we take an engine as an example, the viscosity, additive pack and composition will all impact your choice and whether you can use a specific product in your car. To emphasise this, our technical team has put together an article highlighting the benefits of...
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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

Workplace

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

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