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Belt & Water Pump Replacement

In a tough economic climate, everyone wants to keep costs down. Gates explains that it is all for cost savings – but only if it makes sense. Garages want customers to return because the service is good, rather than because it is cheap. Carrying out inappropriate repairs based on the end user’s assessment of what …

September
21
2020

Cracking into Valve Head Failure

FEDERAL-MOGUL speaks about the various problems associated with valve heads as a result of modern automotive technology. Today’s downsized, turbocharged engines place enormous stresses on many engine components. One component that can suffer from these stresses more than others is the valve. Some of the most common failures and their causes are listed below. VALVE …

September
18
2020

Good Vibrations with Febi Rubber-Metal Parts

Due to the increasing complexity of the vehicle chassis, more importance is being placed on rubber-metal parts, such as mountings for control arms, stabilisers, engine, gearbox and strut top mountings. These parts ensure that all components are solidly connected to the chassis; additionally, mounting bushes provide strong connection points between the components and firmly fix …

September
17
2020

Cat-ching Up with The Future

KLARIUS shares some thoughts about what the future holds for catalytic converters (CATs) because of the current, post-Brexit political landscape. Whilst Brexit may cause a number of EU laws to be replaced by domestic legislation, the safeguarding of emissions components and standards are unlikely to change much. Euro emissions standards and type-approval will still remain …

September
14
2020

How to Service Engine Mounts

A faulty or worn engine mount is one of the main causes of engine vibration and noise. And whilst this can be concerning for the vehicle owner, by understanding why they fail, what to look out for and how to replace them, you can help keep your customer’s car running smoothly, for a quiet and …

September
11
2020

Curve Ball Discovered

FIRST LINE sheds light on the common challenge of replacing the lower suspension arms on the Land Rover Discovery III/IV or Range Rover Sport. When motorists complain of a clunking noise or a progressively loose steering, it may be indicative of a worn bush or ball joint. Under normal conditions, suspension arms typically need to …

September
9
2020

The Shocking Cold!

With winter around the corner, BOGE inputs the impact of the colder months on a vehicle’s shock absorbers and the importance of OE quality standards. Salt, grit and a legacy of roads in disrepair thanks to frost can take a toll on vehicles. Evidence of shock absorbers bearing the brunt of these challenges emerge as …

September
7
2020

Sachs ZMS Modul DMF Kits

Sachs, leading supplier of driveline and chassis technology, explains how its ZMS Modul Range is simplifying the sourcing and fitting of DMFs. These kits contain all of the parts required for a clutch and dual-mass flywheel (DMF) renewal on a variety of vehicles. Manufactured by Sachs, each ZMS Modul kit contains the clutch cover, clutch …

September
4
2020

Valve Stems and Guide Failures

FEDERAL-MOGUL EXPLAINS VALVE STEMS AND GUIDE FAILURES Excessive valve stem and guide wear can occur on inlet and exhaust valves. Whilst there is a large number of potential causes for failure, some are actually symptoms of another problem. Whilst some causes are easier to spot than others, the most likely causes for excessive valve stem …

August
28
2020

Emission Solutions

Emission Solutions GATES explains how Electro-Mechanical Drive (EMD) stop-start systems can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10% and what it takes to maintain their optimal performance. Legislators are aiming to limit carbon emissions down to 95g CO2/km for all new passenger cars and LCVs fitted with similar engines by 2020. The tightening of emissions …

August
26
2020