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Problems fixed: Kia, Land Rover, Mercedes

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Leading technical supplier Autodata helps you fix three common problems found in passenger cars

The problem

After previously replacing the front anti-lock braking system (ABS) wheel speed sensor on a customer's 2009 Kia Cee'd due to the ABS/Electronic Stability Program (ESP) warning lamp illuminated, the vehicle has returned with intermittent loss of electric power steering (EPS) and the same wheel speed sensor trouble codes stored in the ABS control module fault memory.

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Tue, 09/03/2019
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Could refurbished alloy wheels have a negative effect on the braking system?

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Textar look at the implications of refurbishing alloy wheels

With car modifications remaining ever popular, working on a vehicle that has been updated is something mechanics are accustomed to. However, it’s important to remember that these cosmetic additions can interfere with how the car operates – a factor not all garages often consider. Technical manager for premium brake brand, Textar, Scott Irwin, discusses how alloy wheel refurbishment could be having a detrimental effect on brake discs and what garages can do about it.

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Thu, 08/15/2019
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Problems fixed: Audi, Chrysler, Citroen

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Leading technical supplier Autodata shares fixes to three common problems found in passenger cars

The problem

A customer has a 2015 Audi A3 2.0 diesel and they are complaining of a squeaking noise from the engine bay when the engine is idling. We have heard the squeaking noise when starting the engine from cold but are having difficulty finding the source of the noise in the workshop.

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Fri, 08/09/2019
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Post-repair ADAS calibration: new code of practice

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Thatcham's code of practice to keep safety and convenience features repaired and calibrated correctly. Note: this is not just about windscreen replacement...

Cars have become increasingly complex machines. Now more than ever, their operation depends on not just the driver themselves, but on a suite of sensors that relay information about the vehicle’s environment.

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Fri, 07/19/2019
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Automotive problems fixed: Audi engine stall; Citroen transmission; Fiat odours

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We asked the leading technical supplier Autodata to share fixes on three common problems found in modern motor vehicles

We asked the leading technical supplier Autodata to share fixes on three common problems found in modern motor vehicles

We asked the leading technical supplier Autodata to share fixes on three common problems found in modern motor vehicles.

The problem

We are struggling to diagnose a fault on a 2012 Audi A3 1.4 TFSI. In very cold ambient air temperature, the engine starts immediately after starting when the vehicle is parked overnight. The engine starts and runs fine after the car has been parked in the workshop for several hours. We have carried out some basic checks on the air and fuel systems and checked for any stored trouble codes but none were present. Have you heard of this fault?

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Fri, 07/05/2019
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Semi-active suspension technology: the inside track

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The secrets behind semi-active suspension technology

The secrets behind semi-active suspension technology

The secrets behind semi-active suspension technology

The new Citroën C5 Aircross was launched in 2017 with KYB selected as the original equipment supplier for shock absorbers. The initial reviews in the automotive press were highly commendatory and, following a test drive, one particularly enamoured hack gushed: “Even before we’d driven our first mile, it was manifest that the improvements in comfort and overall refinement are little short of astonishing”.

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Thu, 07/04/2019
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