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Car problems

Vauxhall Vivaro: heater not working, starting problems, and other faults

The Vauxhall Vivaro is a versatile vehicle designed primarily for commercial use, such as transporting goods or as a mobile workshop. Here we’ll take a look at some of them.

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Vauxhall Meriva: clutch problems, central locking faults, and common malfunctions

The Vauxhall Meriva is a compact minivan renowned for its unique door design which allows easy access to the rear seats. But like all cars, it does have some problems and faults. Let’s take a look at the most common ones.

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Car engine

Engine piston in a car: What is it and how does it work?

Getting your head around all of the different parts of your vehicle can be a bit overwhelming. Here we will give you some of the essentials of what a piston engine is and what its job is in your car. Basically, it is an integral part of the internal combustion engine. Its main responsibility is to convert the energy created through the combustion process and pass it on to the engine’s crankshaft. Read on to learn more.

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Engine connecting rod: functions, problems, and failure symptoms

The connecting rod, sometimes also referred to as the con rod, is an essential component of internal combustion engines. Due to its function, the connecting rod is exposed to extremely strong forces (tension/pressure and bending/buckling), especially when increasing performance as part of engine tuning. This is why different types of connecting rods are available, each designed for a specific area of application and specific loads. Despite these extreme loads, defects and connecting rod bearing damage are rather unusual in newer cars. However, due to the high costs, repair is not worth doing for newer cars. This is mainly an option for owners of classic cars, whose engines are frequently repaired so that they can maintain their classic car status.

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Car brakes

How does a brake pressure regulator work?

Braking systems use various mechanisms to ensure optimum performance. One such component is the car brake power regulator, also known as the brake force regulator, whose purpose is to limit the maximum pressure applied to the rear wheels.

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Top 5 best brake pads
in 2023

A brake disc only works with pads. On a car, they must be at least 2 millimetres thick. They are wear parts and sooner or later will wear out on all cars and motorcycles. This is why it is important to have your brake pads changed regularly at a specialist workshop – for your safety and that of other road users.

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Steering angle sensor: function, failure symptoms, and testing

Contemporary cars have many sensors, here we’ll specifically address your car’s steering angle sensor, what it does, failure symptoms, how to test it, and more.

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How to fix a leaking sunroof

If your car's sunroof is leaking, you can usually spot the problem quickly. Even a small amount of water can cause unsightly stains. Larger amounts of water will seep into the interior. Wet spots may appear on the seats or carpets, and in the worst cases, the water may run toward the dashboard and into the electrical system. A leaking sunroof does not always need to be replaced. In many cases, you can repair the problem yourself.

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Popular car parts

DPF pressure sensor: what it does, location, and faults

The primary purpose of the diesel particulate filter pressure sensor or exhaust pressure sensor is to monitor how much soot there is in the diesel particulate filter (DPF) and how well the filter performs. It does this by measuring the exhaust back pressure upstream and downstream of the DPF. By calculating the difference between the two pressures, the device helps to determine how much contaminants have accumulated and sends a signal to the engine control unit to trigger the regeneration process when the filter becomes too saturated. A high pressure indicates that there is a higher amount of soot blocking the exhaust flows whereas low pressure indicates a lower soot content.

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Fuel temperature sensor: function and failure symptoms

A fuel temperature sensor is a critical vehicle's fuel system component part that measures the temperature of the fuel and sends this data to the electronic control module (ECM). The sensor is typically located in the fuel rail or fuel line and consists of a resistance temperature detector (RTD) that changes its resistance based on the fuel's temperature. The ECM uses this information to adjust the fuel-to-air ratio, timing, and other engine parameters to optimize performance and fuel efficiency.

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Radial vs Cross Ply Tyres: What's The Difference?

This guide will explain the different structures of these two types of tyres and the pros and cons of each to help you make more informed decisions when choosing your tyres. The internal structure of a tyre can affect every aspect of its performance, such as its traction and wear-resistance. Since Michelin introduced the radial tyre in 1946, it has become the standard type used in new passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and industrial machines due to the increased driving comfort and fuel efficiency it offers. However, you may still find cross ply or “bias ply” tyres on certain classic vehicles, offroad vehicles, tractors and motorcycles.

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Snow chains for tyres: when to use them and how to put them on

There is a common misconception in the UK that it is illegal to install snow chains on your tyres. While there are restrictions placed on the use of snow chains by UK law, they are legal to use under certain conditions. Firstly, you need to make sure that there is a thick enough layer of solid snow or ice before using them, otherwise the chain studs could damage the roads. They also need to be the right size and type for your vehicle.

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Why diesel is losing its popularity in Europe

In these days, contraction of demand on diesel cars is shown in Europe. It is suspected that such tendency will remain in the following years. Let us get all this straightened out.

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Jaguar Wins European Car of the Year for the First Time Ever

The winner of the Car of the Year contest has been announced in Geneva. In 2019, it’s the Jaguar I-Pace electric crossover. It’s the first time a car by this British brand has won this award.

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Ignition module: failure symptoms, problems, and testing

It’s safe to say that your car’s engine wouldn’t get you very far if it weren’t able to ignite fuel. The ignition system has the critical job of producing a spark that is strong enough to ignite the air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chambers and thereby generate the energy needed to power your car. With the development of the electronic ignition system came greater reliability, improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

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Steering rack: what is it and its failure symptoms

Although there are many types of steering systems out there, the vast majority of modern passenger vehicles use a power-assisted steering rack and pinion mechanism. While this simple mechanism is popular thanks to its versatility and reliability, it does have its weaknesses.

This guide will take a look at the most common steering rack problems and their symptoms, as well as top maintenance tips to steer you in the right direction.

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Warning lights indicating activation of various systems

Modern cars are equipped with numerous electronic systems, each with its own warning indicators. In total, there are over a hundred indication symbols in a car. Here we’ll explain them all in detail. Let's start with the signs indicating whether a system is switched on or off.

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The number of
new cars sold
over 20 years

Here is some interesting infographic we’ve prepared for you. From it, you can find out which car body styles were preferred by motorists in Western European countries from 1998 to 2017. For example, the following trend can be observed: demand for saloons in Europe has fallen. Year by year, new cars of this body style are registered less and less frequently: their percentage among the total number of newly registered cars has dropped from 76 to 46 over 20 years.

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