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Textar launches premium brake pads with unique dampening shim technology

Global leader in OE brake technology, TMD Friction, has developed Textar Q+, an innovative dampening shim to provide the ultimate noise reduction, which is now available on a wide range of its premium Textar brake pads. As an OE supplier, TMD Friction has an established reputation for excellent braking performance and as modern vehicles become quieter, the company is continuously developing new technology to reduce brake noises. An established but also complex possibility to prevent the transmission of brake noise from the brake pad to the brake system is the use of dampening shims on the backing plate. They prevent...
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Annual holidays

The editorial team is now on annual holidays and will return on Monday, July 17, when normal service will be resumed. For accounts / admin queries call + 353 (0) 90 66 25 676 or email info@autopub.ie
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Continental teaches vehicles to park Independently

Normally, it is people that have to  learn how to park their cars – and it is certainly not the most popular  task among drivers. Therefore, technology company Continental has  developed a solution, which can, at least, relieve drivers from recurring parking routines. Upon request, the new Trained Parking  function records and stores the sequence of a parking procedure. When the procedure is to be repeated, the driver drives the vehicle  near where the recording began and, at the touch of a button, the  vehicle independently performs the previously learned parking  procedure. “Parking procedures, such as from the house door into...
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VW to enable vehicles to vehicle communications by 2019

Connectivity between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and transport infrastructure in the vicinity is another important step towards connected motoring that aims to reduce road accidents, or minimise their consequences. From 2019, Volkswagen tells us that it will therefore start fitting its first models with pWLAN as standard in order to serve as an additional communication technology for the exchange of selected information relevant to traffic between cars made by different manufacturers. This will involve information being exchanged both between vehicles (car-to-car), as well as between vehicles and the transport infrastructure (car-to-X). In both cases that presupposes that...
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Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2017: the winners!

With an inspiring shortlist and a world-renowned international jury, 2017 is another great year for the Vehicle Dynamics International Awards, where Ireland is represented by Padraic Deane, our managing editor. These are the vehicle dynamics innovations, professionals and technologies that have won this year’s honors… Car of the Year: - New BMW 5 Series Dynamics have been a key focus for the 2017 5 Series, for which the dynamics team has designed a new chassis, lowered the center of gravity, increased torsional stiffness, and reduced body weight through the increased use of aluminum, magnesium and high-strength steels – indeed the...
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Belt Tension Calculator

Proper belt tension ensures optimum performance of a vehicle’s accessory belt drive system.

February
10
2017

Mintex – The anatomy of brakes

This video shows the anatomy of brakes.

February
7
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #2 Actuator Duty Current

Frank looks at a Turbo Control actuator, measuring control duty and current. Covering the theory of the test, what is being tested and the simplicity of using a scope and current clamp for this test.

February
6
2017

Dayco – Timing Belt Diagnostics

Timing Belt: Clean break Causes: Incorrect handling during installation Use of inappropriate tools during installation Actions: During the installation operations, do not twist or bend the belt excessively During assembly, do not use inappropriate tools or levers to fit the belt on the pulleys; if there are flanges on the pulleys, do not force the …

February
6
2017

Hyundai i40 – Replacing rear brake discs and pads

This video demonstrates the steps required to change the rear brake discs and pads of a Hyundai i40. Unlike most disc and pad changes this process requires input from suitable diagnostic equipment as the i40 has an Electric Parking Brake or EPB.

February
3
2017

Peugeot 206 Diagnostics

This month’s technical topic for techtalk is one which illustrates the need for a proven diagnostic process, the right tools and a logical approach. The vehicle in question a Peugeot 206????

February
2
2017

Drivetrain – Clutch is heavy in operation

Problem: Damaged gearbox snout Causes: Release bearing damaged Incorrect combination No grease used Incorrect grease used Help: Renew release bearing Check combination Grease bearing and snout Use correct grade of grease

February
2
2017

Drivetrain – Clutch makes noises

Problem: Worn or broken torsion damper Causes: Incorrect driving habits; wrong gear selection Help: Renew clutch disc Problem: Bearing running eccentrically to diaphragm fingers Causes: Bearing not centering Help: Renew bearing

January
31
2017

Frank Massey’s Top Ten Tests with PicoScope: #1 Cranking current

In our first video, Frank discusses using PicoScope to observe voltage drop against load, measured as current by the consumer. Frank discusses theory of testing, what is being tested and the simplicity of using a scope for this test. Covering timebases, voltage ranges, and of course the physical connections required.

January
31
2017

Mintex – Common faults – Runout

This Video demonstrates – Common faults – Runout

January
30
2017