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SIMI says thousands of motor industry jobs under threat

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has today issued their Quarterly Motor Industry Review Q2 of 2019 composed by Economist Jim Power. It makes for stark reading, despite the economy performing strongly, the environment for new car sales continues to remain very challenging. (more…)
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New Goetze and AE catalogues launched

Tenneco and Federal-Mogul Motorparts have launched two new catalogues from its Engine Expertise brands, Goetze and AE.  Coverage has been significantly expanded by both brands, each aiming to provide vehicles across Europe with OE-quality engine components. The catalogues feature intuitive catalogue formatting and incorporate additional material and information on installation, troubleshooting and technical details. “The new Goetze and AE catalogues not only bring a host of new part references, but the design has been improved to be more useful and instinctive to navigate,” explains Massi Milani, executive director, marketing, EMEA aftermarket, Tenneco/Federal-Mogul Motorparts EMEA. “We have successfully increased coverage across...
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TPMS simplified

TPMS Sensors can become confusing with all the various models and types on the market and all the different procedures for programming / learning the sensors. Here Ryan's Automotive  explains  some of the differences. Sensor Types OE Direct Fit The application list for OE Direct Fit sensors has many different part numbers specific to certain vehicles. Whether purchased from the vehicle manufacturer or from aftermarket OE suppliers like HUF Intellisens, these sensors come with the specific protocol and the ID Code for that vehicle already programmed into the sensor. The ID code then needs to be learned to the car...
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The ABC’s of ACEA specifications with Finol Oils

Understanding engine oil can be complicated and making the right choice for your vehicle can be time-consuming. In fact, many of us will pick up the first bottle we see without understanding what we are putting into our vehicles. As difficult as it may be, it is incredibly important to choose the right oil as it can have various effects on the running ability and longevity of your engine. Choosing the right type of engine oil not only increases the life of your engine, but it can also allow your engine to run much more efficiently. This can increase your...
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Carbon clumps and timing chain fragments removed during engine clean

Pictures of a broken timing chain tensioner, extracted during an EDT Automotive engine clean, reveal the hidden contaminants lurking in our engines. The fragments were caught in the EDT engine cleaning machine’s filter, which is renowned for collecting up to half a litre of black sludge containing carbon, metallic particles and other contaminants.   David Holmes, Managing Director at EDT Automotive said: “It’s not unusual for our partner garages to find metallic fragments following an EDT machine service – we’ve even seen broken dipsticks before now. “It just goes to show what would have otherwise been left inside the engine...
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Retrofitting of the V-ribbed belts on Renault 1.4 /1.6 16 V engines with K4J/ K4M air conditioning

The belt is very noisy, wears quickly and exhibits signs of abrasion. Because of the sideways oscillation, the tensile member, including the ribs, might rip out of the belt. If a timing belt starts slipping as a result, this can, in turn, lead to serious engine damage.

July
16
2018

Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking

Water pump, Bearing: broken, noisy, leaking Causes: Wear Liquid infiltrations in the bearing Incorrect tension of the belt Presence of sealant in the system Presence of foreign matter, rust, plastic residues in the system Actions: Replace the pump Thoroughly clean the system Check the correct tension of the timing belt and other transmission components

June
29
2018

What killed the cat?

Although folklore may claim the feline variety has 9 lives, the vehicle ‘cat’ certainly does not. In this article published in May’s PMM magazine, our Technical Trainer Stuart Still explains why a comprehensive diagnostic routine should be undertaken before condemning emissions components. A great deal of my time is spent fault finding and diagnosing emission faults, …

June
27
2018

SACHS useful tip: Clutch slips.

Causes of slipping clutches Clutch slip may have various causes. Besides the clutch pressure plate and the clutch disk, the problem is often found in the release system. Additional causes include an incorrectly remachined flywheel or installation of the wrong clutch. Therefore, check: Release system wear, freedom of movement, adjustment Verify that the parts are …

June
25
2018

Brake discs and wheel speed sensors in ABS systems

The advent of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) made it possible to improve safety during critical braking situations. Different road conditions (wet and slippery roads, for example) or suddenly appearing obstacles caused the wheels of vehicles without ABS to lock up and skid during emergency braking.

June
18
2018

Listen up! Top tips for solving brake noise.

You know that annoying sound you get when you pull up at the lights? Could be a high pitch squeal, screech, groan or rattle? Well that’s brake noise and it can be one of the first signs that something is wrong with your brakes.  It’s also one of the biggest sources of customer comebacks for …

June
13
2018

Dual Mass Flywheel Technology / Failure Diagnosis Testing tool / User Instructions

The rapid development of vehicle technology over the last few decades has brought ever higher-performance engines paralleled by an increased demand for driver comfort.

June
11
2018

New idler in the kits CT1014K2/ K5/ K3 and CT1078K1 for diverse Opel/ GM 1.7 DI/ DTI/ CDTI

The idler in the kit is different from the one previously installed in vehicles.

June
7
2018

Checks before fitting a new Diesel Particulate Filter

Before fitting a new Diesel Particulate Filter, you should check the following components on a vehicle: * EGR valve or EGR pipe blockage * Oxygen sensors * DPF pressure pipes and valves * Air flow meter * Intake manifold * Pressure switch * Engine temperature sensor * Engine oil – is it the correct specification …

May
31
2018

Proper disposal of shocks and dampers.

Environmental protection and disposal Our company places a high priority on protecting the environment. As a result, our concept of product quality includes not only optimum operating properties, long service life and convenient installation, but also saving resources and preserving the environment. For us, this means developing, producing and disposing of products in environmentally compatible …

May
30
2018