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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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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

Workplace

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

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