Saturday, October 20Serving the aftermarket

Author: Auto Repair Focus

Glen Norris: No fault codes, now what?

Glen Norris: No fault codes, now what?

Technical
The vehicle in this article is a Citroen DS3 1.6 Diesel and after a brief chat with the customer regarding driving style,service history and journey types we then discussed the symptoms of excessive black smoke when the revs were increased . Driving the vehicle into the workshop confirmed the symptoms the customer described , thick black clouds of smoke were clearly visible. I carried out some visual checks in the engine bay , oil level was perfect and also coolant level was as expected. Next step was to interrogate the ECU for fault codes , there were none . If you have read my previous posts on this blog you will know I am a great believer in process , which often involves stepping away from the vehicle for 10 minutes and building a test plan so I am not aimlessly testing compon
VIDEO: UK to ban petrol and diesel sales from 2040

VIDEO: UK to ban petrol and diesel sales from 2040

News, Video
The UK is to ban the sale of petrol and diesel engines by 2040, in a move that the Government hopes will allow it to meet air quality targets, which cities in the country have exceeded by high levels for a number of years. Following a high court loss, the UK Government was forced to publish plans to tackle air quality and believes that banning sales would be better than introducing a diesel scrappage scheme, which was originally on the cards. In addition, there will be an investment of £255 million for local councils to tackle air pollution.  The announcement will likely see a further decline in diesel sales in the UK, while petrol vehicle sales may also fall as drivers start to look towards an electric future. Already in the first half of 2017, diesel sales are down by 10% compa
Bull Lane Garage

Bull Lane Garage

In the workshop
Nestled in a residential street on the outskirts of Faversham, Kent, is Bull Lane Garage – which you might guess is named after the street on which it resides. Its home may look fairly small from simply driving past, but the business has done very well with the space available. With three ramps inside, one outside, space for vehicle diagnostics and an MOT bay, the team can carry out necessary work with ease. Business is busier than ever, we’re running around a two-week lead time at the moment with seven or eight MOTs a day as well,” comments business owner Karl Weaver. “There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done, which is one reason why we need more staff!” Work sharing Indeed, it is only Karl and his business partner who do the majority of the
BEN: Watch Mark’s story

BEN: Watch Mark’s story

Charity, Video
Ben is the automotive industry charity, looking after the welfare of all those employed in the sector, and their families. This is Mark’s inspirational story about his recovery from a sudden life-threatening illness. Watch how we supported him after he suffered life-changing injuries as a result of this very serious illness. Find out more about what Ben can do to help you, your family or any of your employees at ben.org.uk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0DVs5a97CE
Diesel – what went wrong?

Diesel – what went wrong?

Diesel, Features, Product features
Until three years ago, diesel was the fuel of choice for drivers. The government backed it, the oil companies backed it and thanks to the complexities of the servicing and intricacies of the parts, the aftermarket backed it. Then, one September morning in 2015, everything changed. During the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, news broke that Volkswagen had been found to be cheating emissions testing in the US, with software fitted to vehicles that could detect when it was being run in a laboratory, and alter the emissions profile accordingly. Therefore, out in the real world, their cars were more polluting that figures showed. The dominoes fell quickly. First, other manufacturers were pointed out, with Renault and Daimler having their offices searched for any evidence of emissions cheating...
Driving the Audi R8 Spyder

Driving the Audi R8 Spyder

Video
Auto Repair Focus Managing Editor Phil Curry took an Audi R8 Spyder for a spin around the famous Hillbrook Alpine Course during the SMMT's Test Day event. This video, prepared for our sister site All Torque, focuses on the driving, and that wonderful engine noise...