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Connectivity: back to basics

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As vehicles become increasingly connected MotorPro looks at the onboard communications technologies helping them transfer data between systems

As vehicles become increasingly connected MotorPro looks at the onboard communications technologies helping them transfer data between systems

Vehicles are becoming increasingly connected, whether it’s onboard systems that have direct channels of communication with each other or the vehicle being able to send data off-board, either through a hard connection or wirelessly.

These abilities are making vehicles ever more complex, but those working on them shouldn’t be overawed. We take connectivity back to basics, looking at three onboard communications technologies helping cars talk, to themselves and the outside world.

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Thu, 01/16/2020
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Seven ways to stop you being a crash repair dummy

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As vehicles become more complicated, repairing them after accidents will keep getting trickier. Thatcham Research’s top technical brain, Richard Billyeald, gives us the lowdown

As vehicles become more complicated, repairing them after accidents will keep getting trickier. Thatcham Research’s top technical brain, Richard Billyeald, gives us the lowdown

Cars as we know them are changing fast. Manufacturers and legislators alike are pushing for huge reductions in CO2, NOx and particulate emissions, while also aiming to improve safety for vehicle occupants and other road users.

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Fri, 01/10/2020
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Problems fixed: Honda, Nissan and Audi

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

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

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A customer is complaining that their 2015 Honda CR-V is making a squeaking noise from the rear of the vehicle when pulling away. We suspect the rear differential to be at fault but are reluctant to replace it as it is an expensive part. Have any other Honda CR-V owners reported this squeaking noise before?

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Fri, 01/03/2020
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Problems fixed: Chrysler, Kia and Mini

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

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

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A customer's Chrysler Grand Voyager is in for a routine service and they have complained that the fuel filler nozzle continuously cuts out when re-fuelling the vehicle. We have experienced the fault when re-fuelling and have visually checked the fuel filler pipe for blockages but we can’t find the source of the fault.

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Fri, 12/06/2019
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Out of kilter: recalibrating commercials

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Advanced driver-assistance systems are taking commercial vehicles into a new, safer era, but recalibrating them correctly is a matter of life and death

Advanced driver-assistance systems are taking commercial vehicles into a new, safer era, but recalibrating them correctly is a matter of life and death

For commercial vehicle operators, there’s nothing more frustrating than a chipped windscreen. Although it’s fairly easy to rectify, it’s often just enough to compromise safety and take a truck off the road. However, more and more commercial vehicles now rely on complex advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS), meaning that the technicians servicing these vehicles need to be able to remount and recalibrate high-tech sensors to keep everything running safely.

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Mon, 12/02/2019
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How electrification is changing our approach to vehicle repair

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Powertrain technology is changing as electrification takes hold, but how will it change vehicle repair?

Powertrain technology is changing as electrification takes hold, but how will it change vehicle repair?

Electrified vehicles are becoming more of a common sight on the UK’s roads. Since the first hybrid-electric cars of 20 years ago, the technology has developed rapidly. With carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions targets getting more and more stringent, and the fines for breaching them increasing, most manufacturers now offer hybrids across their ranges. Some are going further still, Hyundai, Jaguar, Volkswagen, Porsche and many others offering purely electric vehicles.

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Fri, 11/22/2019
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Problems fixed: Jeep, Lexus and Jaguar

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

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

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A customer with a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is complaining of a delayed gear engagement when selecting drive or reverse. The vehicle came in with the engine malfunction indicator lamp illuminated and trouble code P0741 stored. We have checked the transmission oil level and this is OK. We suspect the transmission needs reconditioning, but we are hesitant to carry out the reconditioning as this is an expensive repair. Is there anything else we should check first?

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Thu, 11/07/2019
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How to get your truck wheels straight

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Wheel alignment issues in commercial vehicles can make them inefficient, but regular servicing can reduce the impact

Wheel alignment issues in commercial vehicles can make them inefficient, but regular servicing can reduce the impact

It’s hard life for truck wheels, bumped up over kerbs as drivers get as close as possible to their delivery point, and regularly walloped by potholes.
 
Sent scrabbling down un-surfaced roads to the bottom of a quarry, they get an extra-hard hammering if they are attached to tippers. If the vehicle that is running on them is transporting rubbish, then sooner or later they will have to brave a landfill site.

So it isn’t surprising that they are periodically knocked out of alignment. What is more surprising is how infrequently alignment is checked.

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Thu, 10/17/2019
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Problems fixed: Chrysler and Citroën

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

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

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A 2010 Grand Voyager has the engine malfunction indicator lamp (MIL) illuminated and trouble code P2463 stored in the engine control module fault memory. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) was regenerated and the vehicle was OK for a while but has now returned to the workshop with several DPF related trouble codes stored in the engine control module fault memory. Replacing the DPF would be expensive, do you have any advice?

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Mon, 10/07/2019
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How it works… VW's 48V mild hybrid system

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Electrification is coming and more cost-effective, lower voltage systems are starting the charge

Electrification is coming and more cost-effective, lower voltage systems are starting the charge

Volkswagen will soon be introducing a new 48V mild hybrid drive system, combined with its 1.5-litre TSI EVO petrol engine. The 48V system joins the conventional 12V vehicle electrical system, and is designed to improve efficiency and reduce tailpipe emissions.

The 48V architecture powers the belt-integrated starter generator (BSG), which is located where the alternator would typically be housed. It has two operating modes: recuperation and boost.

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Fri, 10/04/2019
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