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A 360o view of rotating electrics   The car’s electrical system has been designed to tolerate...


IGNITION LEADS Many people believe that ignition leads are “a thing of the past,” yet the UK a...


BLUE PRINT shares a technical case study on electronic tailgate latches for the popular Nissan Micra. &nbs...
2012 MOT Regulations - Springs

New department of transport regulations for the annual MOT went into effect on January 1st 2012. While the i...
5 Wire Lambda Sensor Technology

Since the introduction of Euro 4 emissions standards*, the 5-wire Lambda sensor has become an essential comp...
A Keen Sense for Quality

CAMBIARE speaks about the rigorous testing procedures that their ABS sensors go through to ensure that they ...
ABDS Kits

Gates Auxiliary Belt Drive System (ABDS) kit sales have more than tripled over the last year   sinc...
ABS Sensor Technology

The anti-lock braking system is a safety-critical technology which prevents the wheels from locking and allo...
AGM & EFB explained

What do AGM and EFB batteries offer? Improved active mass efficiency, through better absorption of the aci...
Air Filter Quality & Technology

Ensuring that only the cleanest air is used in the combustion process is vitally important in the never endi...
Air Mass Sensor

  Determines air mass delivered to the engine which allows the ECU to adapt the fuel injection acc...
Air Mass Sensor Function

Installed in every car for more than a decade, the air mass sensor is an essential component in the air supp...
Air Mass Sensor Troubleshooting

They have been installed in many motor cars for more than a decade: the air mass sensor has become...
Air Temperature Sensor

  Monitors the temperature of the air flowing into the engine The sensor can also be used to m...
Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) Sensor

Troubleshooting   Symptoms: ABS warning light will appear Wheel traction decr...
Antifreeze and Coolants

With manufacturers improving engine technologies the need for application specific antifreeze and coolants h...
As easy as A.B.S

Safety concerns have been driving the automotive sensor market towards newer and more effective technology. ...
At The Heart of Engine Efficiency

FEDERAL-MOGUL explains how modern pistons have evolved to meet the demands of greater durability, less fuel ...
Auxiliary and Back Up Batteries explained

Auxiliary Battery Overview Modern vehicles with CO2 reduction technologies, high levels of specification, ...
Battery Technology

Storage and Transfer Battery Technology Fuel Saving Technologies ...
Be Particular About DPFs

KLARIUS explains why type-approved replacement Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) are essential and points to...
Bearing Clear

GLYCO explains the vital role of bearing clearances in modern engines.   As engine builders continu...
Belt & Water Pump Replacement

In a tough economic climate, everyone wants to keep costs down. Gates explains that it is all for cost savin...
Body Repair Maintenance Products

The retail market for car refinish products particularly bodyfillers has seen growth over the past 3 years. ...
Brake Caliper A Growing Market

The number of cars being fitted with brake calipers is growing, and so too is Remy’s range.  To...
Brake Caliper Opportunities

Most vehicles have disc brakes on the front wheels, but a growing number of cars and trucks are also using d...
BRAKE CALIPER REMANUFACTURING – CURRENT AND NEW TECHNOLOGY

                Brake calipers cause of failure   Ther...
Brake Caliper Technical Tips and EPB

Quality remanufactured brake calipers can be as good as the OE equivalent, vitally important for s...
Brake Calipers Ranges

Today’s remanufactured brake calipers are as good as the OE equivalent and represent one of the few or...
Brake Discs

Not all discs are created equal...   The market price of brake discs is being driven down, and in o...
Brake Fluid Exchange and Technology

TRW recommends that brake fluid is changed every year for DOT 3 systems and every 2 years for DOT 4 and DOT ...
Brake Friction Safety Critical

Having recognised a growing need in the market for a quality range of fast moving, low cost braking products...
Brake Hydraulics Developments

As both an original equipment and aftermarket manufacturer, research and development are fundamental aspects...
Brake Light Switch

  Causes brake lights to light up when the brakes are applied Operated mechanically or hydraul...
Braking Business

Specialising in offering high-quality braking solutions, BRAYMANN explains common braking issues and the bes...
Braking Tradition

Once exclusive to the luxury car market, Electronic Parking Brakes (EPBs) are now more common within the mas...
Bright Opportunities with Vehicle Lighting

Replacement bulbs have long been one of the fastest moving, high volume product lines. The technological eme...
Cabin Filter Replacement

Throughout the winter most drivers rely heavily on their vehicles’ ventilation system to keep the...
Cables

Control cables are used in a wide range of automotive applications from safety critical parts to accessories...
Cambiare : An update on service level

Not wanting to settle with what it already had, Cambiare improved its existing range, catalogue, product qua...
Cambiare Decodes Coil Complexities

Cambiare's Coils Ignition Range Caters for a range of Complex Engines   Technical advancements ...
Cambiare EGTS

SENSING THE TROUBLE CAMBIARE elaborates on the workings of an important element within the engine manageme...
Cambiare Oil Level Sensors

SENSING THE TROUBLE CAMBIARE elaborates on the workings of an important element within the engine manageme...
Camshaft Replacement

Intake valves are key engine components that let the air/fuel mixture into the engine’s combustion cha...
Camshaft Sensor / Crankshaft Sensor

Camshaft Sensor: Monitors the positions of the camshaft to allow for correct ignition timing Cranksh...
Car Care Technology

While traditional car care and valeting products remain popular, manufacturers have developed a raft of inno...
CarboGlide Technology

Federal-Mogul has developed the latest sealing technology with Goetze’s CarboGlide piston ring coating...
CAT & DPF Fitting Kits

It is important to remember that every sales opportunity counts. Yet Klarius warns that many motor factors a...
CAT Installation & Technical Guide

This guide provides valuable installation and technical advice when inspecting and replacing catalytic conve...
Cat-ching Up with The Future

CAT-CHING UP WITH THE FUTURE KLARIUS shares some thoughts about what the future holds for catalytic conver...
Centrifugal Pendulum DMFs

Dual Mass Flywheels (DMFs) set a new standard for drivetrain noise insulation and vibration damping when lau...
Charging Modern Vehicles

Fitting Start/Stop and Hybrid batteries. With modern vehicles it is important to ensure that only a battery ...
Check for Blown Bulbs!

New research shows that when it comes to car lights, many motorists are being kept in the dark. The study fo...
Check For Damage

FEBI explains the importance of regularly inspecting high-pressure fuel pump cam followers to protect agains...
Clutch Control Switch

  Notifies the ECU when the clutch is depressed to disengage the cruise control function. Only use...
Clutch Hydraulics-Common Failures

COMMON REASONS FOR FAILURE The most common issue for clutch master and slave cylinders is contamination of...
Clutch Kits Dual Mass Fly Wheels CSC's

LuK is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of clutch systems catering to all of the...
Clutch Replacement Guide

In this article, clutch supplier NAP highlight some important do's and don'ts when fitting a replace...
Clutch Troubleshooting Guide

In this clutch troubleshooting guide, NAP highlight the key components of the clutch system and identif...
CO2 Emissions and Fuel Consumption

Federal-Mogul explains how its technical partnerships with vehicle manufacturers are helping to reduce CO2 e...
Coil Spring Technology

The range and type of coil springs available has grown markedly in recent years, and the ease of availabilit...
Coil Springs Technical Advice

Automotive coil springs are one of the most central and dynamic components of a vehicle’s suspension s...
COLUMN SWITCHES

Column switches have been growing in popularity as they are now a MoT requirement. They are a high value pro...
Common Rail Diesel Opportunities

Sales of diesel pumps and injectors are growing rapidly, but a lot of this business is going through the mai...
Common Rail Diesel Overview

Common rail diesel systems can generate pressure now in excess of 2,000 BAR (29,000 PSi) which offers a numb...
Common Rail Diesel Technology

Due to the way the system is electronically monitored and controlled, common rail fuel injection improves th...
Control Arm and Console Bush Replacements with Febi

Like any steering and suspension component, control arm bushes need to have a durable construction to withst...
Cool Runnings with Nissens

Modern-day engines are put through an enormous strain, meaning the cooling system has become an integral ele...
Coolant and Antifreeze Technology

Comma explains why accurate application data is essential when selecting antifreeze and coolants.   ...
Coolant Temperature Sensor

  Ensures the engine does not overheat by measuring the temperature of the engine coolant Troub...
Cooler Under Pressure

NISSENS explains the common issues faced by intercoolers because of more cars being fitted with turbocharged...
Cooling Hose Troubleshooting Guide

Although hose applications have changed over the years, basic hose design has not. Hoses consist of three pa...
Cooling System Efficiency

The cooling system is a vital element to the reliable running of the engine. Regulating the engine temperatu...
Cracking into Valve Head Failure

FEDERAL-MOGUL speaks about the various problems associated with valve heads as a result of modern automotive...
Curve Ball Discovered

FIRST LINE sheds light on the common challenge of replacing the lower suspension arms on the Land Rover Disc...
CV Boots & Steering Rack Gaiters

CV boots and steering rack gaiters are not the most glamorous (or expensive) components to be found on your ...
Diesel Bleeding/Primer Kit

To account for the rise in the popularity of diesel fuelled vehicles, Laser tools have recently introduced a...
Diesel Fuel Filters Basics

The advancement of engine technology is often the determinant of filter design in vehicles.   Moder...
Diesel Fuel Return Flow Tester

With the continued growth of diesel vehicles in recent years, maintenance and understanding of the...
Diesel Low Pressure Test Kit

With the continued growth of diesel vehicles in recent years, maintenance and understanding of the...
Diesel Pre–flap & Throttle Body

Diesel Pre–flap: Designed for diesel engines, used to increase the vacuum in the exhaust manifold...
Diesel Pre–flap & Throttle Body

Diesel Pre–flap: Designed for diesel engines, used to increase the vacuum in the exhaust manifold...
Dirt contamination costs-how to avoid the bill

  How to spot dirt contamination in engines and ways to counter it.   Abrasive dirt is the s...
Dishing the Dirt on Engine Failure

FEDERAL-MOGUL talks about the key sources of contamination that cause engine damage and failure.   ...
Don't Lose Your Cool: Heater Resistors and Interior Blowers

On top of driver comfort, interior blowers and heater resistors work in tandem with the rest of the HVAC sys...
Door Light Switch

Actuates the door light when the door is opened Troubleshooting: Symptoms:  Door ...
DPF Mot Changes

Klarius explains why we must all take note of the DPF law change   As of February 2014, the MOT tes...
DPF Opportunities & Ranges

Improved parts reliability has taken away some simple exhaust fitment work from garages, but thanks to new e...
DPF Technology and Troubleshooting

The growing popularity of diesel cars and light commercials over the last 4-5 years, means that a wave of ve...
Driveshaft and CVJoint Replacement Parts

Shaftec , launched in February 2014 and have already been incredibly well received by the aftermarket. &nb...
Dual Mass Fly Wheel

Since its launch in 1985, the LuK Dual Mass Flywheel (DMF) has been fitted as original equipment in ever-inc...
Efficient Recirculation

CAMBIARE talks about the technology behind Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) valves and key troubleshooting po...
EGR Technology

Exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) is a reliable and proven method for emission control that is today even more...
EGR Valve

  Efficient way of reducing vehicle emissions Troubleshooting Symptoms: Loss of...
Electric Bypass Valve Technology

Back in 2004 Pierburg was the world's first manufacturer to mass-produce a brand new electric bypass val...
Electric Fuel Pumps Replacing Mechanical

Carburettor engines are typically equipped with mechanical fuel pumps. They are located directly on the engi...
Electric Fuel Pumps Troubleshooting

Whenever there is a malfunction on the fuel pump or even a complete failure it is often very difficult for a...
Electronic Park Brake Tool

Laser Tools has recently introduced an electronic parking brake tool that has been developed to...
Emission Solutions

GATES explains how Electro-Mechanical Drive (EMD) stop-start systems can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10...
Engaging Efficiency-Viscous Fan Couplings

  Despite being part of more than 960,000 vehicles in the UK, viscous fan couplings (also known as vi...
Engine Lubricants & Filters

Engine lubricants and filters are no longer simple commodities; they are ‘designer products’ spe...
Engine Mounts

They are not visibly prominent, and many drivers won’t even be aware of their existence, but RTM compo...
Engine Mounts - The Inside Story

Corteco has developed a reputation for supplying the aftermarket with parts that are often consider as &ldqu...
Engine Oil Selection

Today, over 48% of cars and light commercials on the UK’s roads require an engine or manufacturer-spec...
Engine Sensors Explained

Question: Do you know the difference between a crank angle sensor and a primary engine position sensor? If n...
Exhaust Gas Flap Functions

Exhaust gas flaps can fulfil a variety of functions in the exhaust system. They are used for a wide variet...
Exhaust Sensors for DPF Regeneration

As strides towards a more environmentally-friendly automotive industry are getting larger,   Diesel...
Experience Matters with Remy

REMY shares their experience in working with vehicle manufacturers to ensure high-quality parts for the afte...
Fahren Insight on Wheel Bearing Kit Replacement

FAHREN provides some technical insight on wheel bearing kits (WBKs) as part of their comprehensive and diver...
Fahren Steer The Way

FAHREN sheds some light on the importance of stabiliser links as they introduce the most recent additions to...
Fault Code Awareness

The advent of electronic engine management systems has meant that correctly diagnosing and identifying fault...
Federal Mogul - Exhaust & Inlet Valves

EVALUATING VALVES FEDERAL-MOGUL addresses the various problems associated with the upkeep of exhaust and i...
FILTER OUT THE COMPETITION

FILTRATION EXPLAINED The primary function of any vehicle filter is simple: to prevent particles from enter...
Fitting EGR Valves On Toyota Auris, Avensis & Corolla Models

Designed to recirculate a metered quantity of exhaust gas back into the combustion process, the EGR valve re...
Fuel Hose Selection

Automotive hoses are specialised components, designed to cope with the combined stresses of intense heat, ad...
Fuel Pump Tool

Engine management and emission control supplier Pierburg, offers a new tool to workshop technician...
Fuel System Efficiency & Economy

With the ever-increasing demands on fuel efficiency and fuel economy,   the fuel system has seen dr...
Fuelling Growth

Found on every vehicle, regardless of age or fuel type, the fuel pump is an essential automotive component.&...
Functionality of TVD’s

You may wonder why a torsional vibration damper (TVD), or crankshaft pulley, is required in modern ECU contr...
Gas Springs Replacement

The size of the gas spring market is widely underestimated. Nearly every vehicle has at least two fitted (co...
Gasket & Sealing Components

Federal-Mogul explains how it combines OE insight with decades of working alongside garages to produce marke...
Gates Micro-V® kit range

The accessory belt drive system is not only becoming ever more complex but the system as a whole is playing ...
Gates Play it Smart

PLAY IT SMART GATES offers smart solutions for the Accessory Belt Drive System (ABDS) with Micro-V® Ki...
Gates Power Clean™ Flush Tool

Gates has added a new specialist tool to its range: the Power Clean™ Flush Tool   , for in-de...
Gates PowerGrip® Kit Plus Water Pump

One Kit, One Solution, As trusted OE belt specialists, Gates explains the benefits experienced across the su...
Gates Stretch Fit Tools

Innovations in drive system technology mean that some engine layouts are fitted with elastic belts which are...
Gates Techzone

Go to GatesTechZone.com to register for update or view free advice on timing and accessory belt drive s...
General Safety

Whenever any work is carried out on a vehicle, safety must always be the first consideration. In addition to...
Glow Plug Technology

It probably hasn’t escaped your notice that new car buyers are continuing to change their allegiance f...
Good Vibrations with Febi Rubber-Metal Parts

Due to the increasing complexity of the vehicle chassis, more importance is being placed on rubber-metal par...
Handbrake Cable Replacement

Research from TRW suggests that only 2 per cent (4.2 million) of the European car parc changes parts such as...
Head Gasket Design by Federal-Mogul

Designing Head Gaskets at Federal-Mogul For every Payen® head gasket, there are a myriad of factors wh...
High Pressure, High Performance

CARWOOD elaborates on the most common causes for failure found in common rail pumps and how to prevent them....
How a battery works

What is a Battery? A battery is a device for storing electrical energy in a chemical form, and then r...
Hub & Wheel Bearing Technology

History Prior to the 1970s, wheel bearings and associated components, such as seals and hub nuts, were alw...
Hybrid Technology

WHAT’S NEXT FOR HYBRID? It is now over 15 years since the launch of the first mass production full h...
Ignition Coil

Troubleshooting   Symptoms: Engine misfiring Engine stalling Vehicle failing to start ...
Ignition Coil Developments

Lifting the bonnet of today’s cars presents a totally different view from that of less than two decade...
Ignition Coil Function

The ignition coil is a high voltage (low current) transformer that converts the vehicle’s 12 volt powe...
Ignition Coil Quality

Demand for replacement ignition coils was traditionally satisfied by units sourced from OE suppliers. As the...
Ignition Leads

IGNITION LEADS Many people believe that ignition leads are “a thing of the past,” yet the UK a...
Ignition Systems of the Future

Ignition Innovation For almost 100 years the spark plug has been at the heart of the petrol ignition syste...
Impact of Maintenance Products

With products ranging from Radiator Flush and Petrol Treatment to Engine Degreaser and White Grease, the Add...
Injecting Insights

CARWOOD speaks to PART INFO about fault identifications and preventions affecting common rail injectors. &...
Interpreting Variable Valve Technology

  The Ins and Outs of variable valve timing (VVT) and variable valve lift (VVL)     M...
KEEP TRANSMISSION CLEAN

Although transmission filters are designed to keep the transmission fluid clean, every transmission system w...
Knock & Map Sensors

Today’s modern combustion engines are still relatively inefficient, despite over 150 years of developm...
Knock Sensor

Knock Sensor:   Detects the combustion of pockets of air and fuel outside the normal ignition cy...
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE: Brazed Vs. Mechanically Assembled Radiators

Not all radiators are built the same. NRF explains the difference between brazed and mechanically assembled ...
Lambda Sensor (Oxygen Sensor)

  Monitors the oxygen content of exhaust gas to help maintain the correct air/fuel ratio Ensur...
Lambda Sensor Technology

While the fundamental design of combustion engines has changed very little over the last 150 years, a number...
Lambda Sensors from Cambiare

Cambiare simplifies the science behind lambda sensors   With so many vehicles in use on our roads, ...
LCV Exhaust Systems

Nearly 10% of all vehicles on UK roads are Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs), with a parc of over 3,500,000 v...
LED Lighting

With energy conservation becoming increasingly more important, LED lighting will progressively supersede old...
Lighten Up the Heavy-Duty Tasks

With an extensive range of automotive springs across numerous applications, KILEN explains the significance ...
Lighting Technologies

The evolution of the modern headlamp has increased the comfort of drivers and the safety of all road users. ...
LPG Conversions & LPG Spark Plugs

With petrol and diesel prices soaring at the pumps more people could well consider looking into the benefits...
MAF Sensors: Common Issues and Causes for Misdiagnosis

MAF sensors essentially measure the amount of air that flows into the engine to help create an optimal air-t...
Maintenance for Steering & Suspension Systems

The vehicle’s steering and suspension system comprises of many components and assemblies, including st...
MAP Sensor (Manifold Absolute Pressure)

  Determines the correct air/fuel ratio in vehicles which do not have an air mass sensor Uses ...
Mechanical Vacuum Pump / Combined Vacuum-Fuel Pump

Mechanical Vacuum Pump:   Assists the actuation of crucial vehicle safety components Produce...
Micro-V® Belt Installation Guide

Gates Micro-V® XF belts are designed to meet or exceed original equipment requirements. These high-quali...
Micro-V® Belt Troubleshooting Guide

As the Micro-V® XF belt does a tough job in a demanding environment, it is very important to detect belt...
Micro-V® Horizon™ Belt Technology

September’s Automechanika, Europe’s premier event for the automotive aftermarket, was the stage ...
MIND THE PISTON RING GAPS

Installers occasionally have queries concerning apparent differences in piston ring gaps from those recommen...
MOT Certificate Update

VOSA has announced that the MOT certificate must now record the mileage of a vehicle for the current test, a...
MOT System Maintained

The Department for Transport has issued a statement announcing that it has rejected plans to reduce the freq...
MOT Test Changes 2012

The Department for Transport is adding a number of new mandatory test items to the annual MOT from 1 January...
Mythbusting: XENON BULBS

Awkward, expensive and potentially hazardous to fit? Not true, RING says.   Despite gaining popular...
New Battery Range from GS Batteries

GS Yuasa has recently launched a new range of batteries which provides a comprehensive automotive batte...
New exhaust technologies bring new opportunities

Better quality parts are steadily driving down sales of exhaust parts, and yet Klarius believes that ther...
Nissen Intercoolers

More and more cars are being fitted with turbo-charged systems and intercoolers and most turbo-charged diese...
Nissens Radiators

Nissens Radiator Range As the UK market leader, Nissens is an established brand that will provide an excel...
Not all hoses are rubber

  MATERIAL MATTERS Turbo hoses can be manufactured with a variety of materials. Various factors dic...
OAP Technology and Quality

INA, inventor of the overrunning alternator pulley (OAP) warns factors and garages to beware of cheap import...
OBD and EOBD Systems Explained

Statistically, every passenger car manufactured in Europe contains 3.2 Pierburg components, the majority of ...
OE Excellence Remanufactured

As the market continue to look for a more environmentally friendly approach to automotive parts, remanufactu...
OE Mirror Glass Replacement

The vehicle’s mirror glass is vital for driver safety, ensuring that they have a clear view of the roa...
Oil Pressure Switch/Transmitter

  Warns the driver if the oil pressure in the engine becomes too low Troubleshooting: Symp...
Optimising Performance for Shock Absorbers

Shock absorbers maintain tyre-to road adhesion for good grip and braking. If they, or other suspension compo...
Paint Shop Technology

FINISHING SCHOOL With over 60 years’ experience developing surface finishing solutions, who better t...
Part Info's Master Technician

Part Info is proud to be working with John Tinham, an experienced and well respected motor engineer, to high...
Pick the right oil for the right engine

Oil is one of the most important ‘parts’ of an engine.   It reduces friction and wear, ...
Piezo Fuel Injectors (CRI4)

Manufacturers of the latest common rail engines are relying on piezo-powered fuel injectors.   The ...
Piston Technology

Automotive manufacturers are under growing governmental pressures to reduce CO2 emissions.   Thi...
Power Window Regulators

When it comes to power windows, repair jobs don’t always mean a complete system overhaul.   D...
Precision Wired Up with Cambiare 5-Wire Lambda Sensors

Vehicle manufacturers have been fitting lambda sensors to cars since the late 1970’s.  The sensor...
Pressure/Vacuum Hand Pump Tool

When faults occur in the engine management system, a diagnostic tool may point to a fault with a specific co...
Quality Drives-The benefits of Sensitive Damping Control technology.

Shock absorbers play a critical role in the safety of the vehicle and studies reveal that an average car wou...
Radiator Fan Switch

  When the radiator reaches a predetermined temperature, the switch triggers the electric fan to r...
Reducing Diesel Emissions

While new technologies such as electric cars and hydrogen engines will reduce tailpipe emissions to near zer...
Regulated Illumination

RING AUTOMOTIVE speaks about ECE Regulation 37 and what it means for automotive light bulbs.   Exte...
Replacing Auxiliary Electric Water Pumps with First Line

Modern, low-emission, high-output engines have to run within a very small temperature range in order to main...
Reversing Light Switch

  When the reversing gear is applied the switch will operate the reversing lights on the back of t...
Right 2 Choose Campaign

The R2C (Right to Choose) organisation was established by independent aftermarket suppliers, distr...
Rotating Electrics

A 360o view of rotating electrics   The car’s electrical system has been designed to tolerate...
Rotating Electrics Misdiagnosis

A recent analysis that Remy Automotive undertook of all the warranty returns from across the UK shows that w...
Rotating Electrics Troubleshooting

Remy Automotive is the UK’s largest rotating electrics remanufacturer, having significant ex...
Rotating Products Winter Failure

Remy draws on its 100 years’ of experience to advise on why rotating electrics fail during the winter ...
Sachs ZMS Modul DMF Kits

Sachs, leading supplier of driveline and chassis technology, explains how its ZMS Modul Range is simplifying...
Scrappage Scheme Opportunities

Cars purchased during the UK’s scrappage scheme are coming up to the end of their warranty period and ...
Seatbelt Safety

Seat belts are a safety critical part whose importance should not be overlooked. Securon explain why quality...
Secondary Air Pump

Troubleshooting:   Symptoms: Loud whistling noise from the secondary air pump ...
Secondary Air System

Pierburg was one of the first OEM suppliers to develop a secondary air pump and has since evolved a secondar...
Secondary Air Technology

The use of secondary air is a reliable method for reducing cold-start emissions from petrol engines. ...
Sensing Pressures

BOSCH speaks about diesel pressure sensors and pressure control valves.   Fitted into a diesel engi...
Shaftec Driveshaft and CV Joints

Transmission with Ambition Having built a reputation on offering premium quality products, Shaftec has bec...
Shock Absorber Functionality

Shock absorbers ensure good road-holding and a comfortable ride by slowing the movement of the springs. A go...
Shock Absorber Replacement

The average car is likely to need at least one set of replacement shock absorbers during its lifetime in ord...
Shock Absorber Technology

The average car is likely to need at least one set of replacement shock absorbers during its lifetime in ord...
Side Load Coil Spring Technology

Side load springs, also known as ‘banana springs,’ are becoming commonplace in the suspension sy...
SMART THERMOSTATS, GOOD BUSINESS

The winter season sees a significant rise in the number of vehicles that require thermostat replacement. In ...
Solving the Micra Tailgate Puzzle

BLUE PRINT shares a technical case study on electronic tailgate latches for the popular Nissan Micra. &nbs...
Spill Management

The financial fine for an environmental spill can just be the tip of the iceberg.   With responsib...
Steering and suspension technology

Steering and suspension assemblies are safety critical components and contribute to the effective and econom...
Steering on Course with Solid Suspensions

FAHREN bolsters their steering and suspension range in 2017 and provides some important tips on steering and...
Steering Transmission Solutions

SHAFTEC speaks about the various issues that can lead to premature part failure in transmission and steering...
Stop-Start Micro-hybrid Technology

As the UK’s leading remanufacturer of rotating electrics, Remy fully understands the need to keep the ...
Sturdy Mountings. Sturdy Engines.

With a growing portfolio of engine mountings that covers more than 800 references, FIRST LINE shares updates...
Sump Kits for the Aftermarket

Having identified an unaddressed need in the aftermarket for a quality range of oil sumps, BG Automotive has...
Suspension Spring Replacement

The extremely wet beginning of 2014 will have taken its toll on coil springs.   Fully exposed to th...
Suspension Systems from Boge

With the average age of vehicles on the rise in the UK, the market for suspension systems has seen a sizeabl...
Temperature Management

Nowadays, most cars are equipped with climate control   which has imposed greater demands on temper...
Tensioner Troubleshooting Guide

Tensioners, like any other part, don’t last forever, and automotive technicians will be repl...
The Best of Both Worlds

The increasing demand for hybrid cars has created an emerging market for hybrid compatible components in the...
The Dangers of Replacing a Split Boot

A split boot on a ball joint or track rod end means there is a high chance that the joint will have suffered...
The Importance of Bearing Clearances in Rebuilt Engines

Rebuilding engines should always take place in a sanitary environment to avoid “building-in” dir...
The low down on Thermostats

Gates identifies thermostats as an area of strong product growth.   A prolonged period of cold weat...
The Sense of Going Full Throttle

With a diverse range of throttle position sensors and throttle bodies, CAMBIARE shares some insight on this ...
The Shocking Cold!

With winter around the corner, BOGE inputs the impact of the colder months on a vehicle’s shock absorb...
Throttle Bodies & the Air Supply System

Cambiare : Air supply systems when it comes to driving performance.     Cambiare’s...
Timing Belt Installation Guide

Today’s highly sophisticated car engines operate at higher temperatures and higher speeds. Also, pulle...
Timing Belt Troubleshooting Guide

When a timing belt fails prematurely, it is important to determine why it failed, so that corrective action ...
Timing Chain Failure

In recent years there has been a definite trend of car manufacturers moving back to timing chain engine desi...
Timing Chain Replacement

There is a general misconception that a timing chain will last for the life of a vehicle.   However...
Topping It Up

Safety critical and integral in a vehicle’s suspension system, febi sheds some light on the importance...
TPMS-the why and wherefores

Since November 2014 and any new vehicle in the EU must have a tyre pressure safety device fitted. Here&rsquo...
Transmission Driveshaft & CV joints from Shaftec

Examining Shaftec’s transmission programme for 2015.   Shaftec’s transmission programme...
Troubleshooting oil level sensors

An oil level sensor continuously monitors the oil level and oil quality in your engine. It will alert you if...
TRW Cotec Brake Pads

TRW has recently introduced Cotec - an innovative coating for its brake pads. Independent tests have pr...
TRW EPB MOT Test

TRW were recently asked how to do a MOT test on a vehicle with an Electric Park Brake (EPB), as the customer...
TURBO HOSES- MATERIAL MATTERS

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Year on year the reported number of road casualties in the UK decreases and we now have some of the safest r...
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