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Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Bosch may have saved diesel with new technology

Diesel, News
Vehicle technology supplier Bosch believes it has made a breakthrough in diesel technology that will help manufacturers avoid driving bans in Europe. The new exhaust technology has been tested by the company and in real-world driving conditions (RDE) emits lower levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) than is permitted by new regulations due to be adopted in 2020. Bosch engineers achieved the results by refining existing technologies, meaning no expensive additional components were needed. Since 2017, European legislation has required that new passenger car models tested according to an RDE-compliant mix of urban, extra-urban, and freeway cycles emit no more than 168 milligrams of NOx per kilometre. As of 2020, this limit will be cut to 120 milligrams. Bosch’s readings indicate that with
UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

UK Automotive calls for realistic policies to tackle rising CO2

Diesel, Electric Vehicles, Hybrid Vehicles, News, SMMT
The UK automotive industry has called for realistic policies from the UK Government to support the transition to a low carbon future, with a warning that the anti-diesel agenda and slow take-up of electric vehicles could mean industry misses its next round of CO2 targets in 2021, with negative consequences for the UK’s own climate change goals. The move came as a new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirmed that the fleet average CO2 of newly registered cars rose for the first time on record in 2017 – despite vehicles becoming ever more efficient. The SMMT New Car CO2 Report 2018: Driving the transition to a low carbon future reveals that carbon tailpipe emissions rose for the first time in two decades last year, by 0.8% to 121.0g/km. Th
Fault finding in glow plugs

Fault finding in glow plugs

Diesel, Ignition, Technical
A damaged or broken Glow Plug could spell disaster for a driver, causing a misfiring engine or at worst, failure to start. In turn it is vital for workshops to be prepared to capitalise on replacement demands. To make life easier for workshops and to keep customers on the road, DENSO has produced a diagnostic guide to help spot and fix common glow plug faults. Enlarged probe tip Causes: This is most often caused by excessive voltage being delivered through the glow plug, such as putting a 12 V Glow Plug in a 24 Voltage system. It could also be a result of a failure of alternators and regulators. Storing a glow plug in a damp environment can also lead to a probe tip becoming enlarged. Solution: Ensure you check the Glow Plug voltage is correct. Also look over the charging syste...
The Parts Alliance adds design protection to Vetch DPF cleaner

The Parts Alliance adds design protection to Vetch DPF cleaner

Diesel, News
The Parts Alliance says the Vetech DPF Professional Cleaner launched in 2015 by GSF Car Parts has proved so successful that they will be enforcing recently acquired design protection rights to help garages avoid ‘inferior copy products’, after successfully patenting the product. Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) are a leading technology to reduce emissions of fine particles – named diesel particulates – contained in exhaust fumes. Unfortunately, as garages know, but most motorists don’t, the DPF filters themselves are prone to getting congested with this material. The soot-like particulates are produced in high volumes when engines are cold. DPF ‘regeneration’ cycles, designed to clear the DPF by burning off accumulated soot deposits, rely on prolonged higher engine temperatures
DPF cleaning with Ivor Searle

DPF cleaning with Ivor Searle

Diesel, Products
Ivor Searle, the UK’ remanufacturer of automotive products, has launched a professional Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) cleaning service for cars and light commercial vehicles. The new service expands Ivor Searle’s existing portfolio of remanufactured engines, cylinder heads, gearboxes and turbochargers, and aims to provide customers with a single source of supply for high quality automotive products. Utilising Flash Cleaning technology, the environmentally-friendly water-based process delivers ‚as new’ levels of cleanliness by removing all soot deposits, including PM10 particles, cerium oxide deposits and oil residues, from the DPF. Ivor Searle’s fast turnaround professional DPF cleaning service offers independent workshops a low -cost alternative to component replacement. In ad
Study claims diesels are more costly to repair

Study claims diesels are more costly to repair

Diesel, News
A UK study has found that used diesel vehicles are less reliable and more expensive to fix than their petrol counterparts. The report by warranty provider Motoreasy analysed 30,000 three to eight-year-old vehicles over a 12-month period and found that diesel models broke down three times more on average. As the diesel market drops in the UK, buyers are moving to the used market to purchase the technology, partially due to older vehicle excise duty (VED) rates remaining favourable. Drivers of diesels are also likely to pay bigger repair bills, partially due to the complexity of the engine and its components compared to petrol vehicles. The average engine repair bill for a diesel was £517 compared with £433 for a petrol vehicle, a difference of 20%. Duncan McClure Fisher, the fo
FER discusses proposed petrol and diesel ban

FER discusses proposed petrol and diesel ban

Diesel, News, Remanufacturing
The Federation of Engine Remanufacturers (FER) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday 7th October at IAAF offices in Birmingham, with the proposed petrol and diesel ban firmly placed at the top of the agenda. The Federation, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017, added a number of new members over the past twelve months, and held regional meetings that proved successful in giving both old and new attendees an insight into FER activity, as well as discussing key policies for the months ahead. With technology continuing to evolve, FER is widening its remit having attracted attention from companies involved in wider remanufacturing such as remanufacturing turbos and major units, as well as remanufacturing engines from commercial, agricultural and marine sectors. Wi...
New DPF gun from Launch

New DPF gun from Launch

Diesel, Exhaust system, Products
Launch UK has added a brand new diesel particulate filter (DPF) gun to its extensive range of diagnostic equipment, and is hoping to raise awareness to the importance of maintaining and cleaning a DPF. With DPFs a topical subject at present due to the rising issues surrounding diesel engine emissions, Launch is keen to offer motorists a cost-effective solution and prevent them from falling foul of the law when their vehicle’s DPF warning light appears. The Launch DPF cleaning tool will treat a vehicle’s DPF with a unique cleaning liquid, actively dissolving the soot and carbon content inside the filter. Unlike other DPF cleaning procedures, the Launch DPF tool can be applied directly to a vehicle’s DPF without removal or other unnecessary work. Dave Richards said: “We’ve in
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...