TechASSIST: Brake Disc Shields

ELTA TECHASSIST BRAKE DISC SHIELDS

Although seen on a daily basis, brake shields, otherwise referred to as dust covers, back plates or splash panels, are largely considered an irrelevance and generally ignored by technicians, as they undertake their regular service and repair responsibilities. Perhaps the only exception is when they are sometimes removed on the misconception that without them brake cooling can be improved or benefit the vehicle’s aesthetics.

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TechASSIST: Wiper Blade Troubleshooting Guide

Wiper Blade Troubleshooting Guide

Diagnosing Wiper Blade Issues

Wiper blades may not be something that we rely upon every day (especially through the summer months) but when we do need them, we need them to perform. Your wipers are all that stand between the assault on your windscreen and your driving vision, making them a critical safety component. However, the performance of your blades hangs in a delicate balance. The soft, supple rubber that sweeps away water so effortlessly is not so great at battling other environmental factors. Faced with an onslaught of road tar, tree sap, cleaning chemicals, insects, oils from exhaust gasses and damaging UV rays, wiper blades can quickly deteriorate and that simple, easy-going component becomes the bane of your driving experience. Streaking, chattering, smearing and noise are all common and whilst replacing the old blades can often cure all of these complaints, it is not always the answer. Garages and motor factors frequently report new blade customers returning and reporting the same issues. ELTA believes that in these cases, the root causes of the symptoms have been missed. Here we look at some of the most common wiper blade complaints and identify possible causes and recommended solutions and additional checks to ensure that higher levels of customer satisfaction are achieved.

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TechASSIST: Brake Pad Wear Sensors

Brake Pad Wear Sensor Warning Light

The brake pad wear sensor is a simple component that plays a critical role in vehicle safety. In this bulletin we look at the brake pad wear sensor in depth.

There is a multitude of factors that affect how quickly brake pads wear. Varying driving conditions, speeds and pad compounds make it difficult to predict the lifespan of the brake pad. What we do know,is that below a certain level of wear, the effectiveness of the brake pad reduces significantly. The challenge faced by vehicle manufacturers is how to alert the driver once brake pads reach this point.

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TechASSIST: Fuel Delivery Modules / Fuel Feed Units

Fuel Delivery Modules and Feed Units

What is a Fuel Delivery Module

The fuel delivery module is essentially a combined in tank fuel pump and level sensor. The unit contains a motorised pump, pump controller and fuel level sensor. In this bulletin we'll look at what can go wrong, how to spot faults and offer advice on replacing components.

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HID Guide

TechASSIST: Complete Guide to Xenon HID Headlamps

A Complete Guide to Stocking, Selling, Identifying and Fitting Xenon HID Lamps

Sales of Xenon HID Lamps throughout the aftermarket are certainly on the rise. Although Xenon Lamp lifespans are much larger than halogen bulbs, they do eventually fail and many vehicles are now requiring replacements. Here we look at some of the key facts and misconceptions surrounding this lighting technology to help your business to benefit from the significant rise in demand.

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Update Your MAM AutoCat Preferences

update MAMA AutoCat Preferences

Are you seeing the complete ELTA offering?

ELTA Automotive deliver one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the automotive aftermarket and it's growing every day. Whether you're an ELTA, Xevo, QLUX or Lucas customer we highly recommend setting ELTA as a chosen supplier in your MAM AutoCat preferences. Our ELTA VXPRO and VisionPRO ranges offer every product available from ELTA Automotive so you'll see a wider range of products from a one supplier. In this quick guide we'll show you how to update your AutoCat supplier preferences so that you can take advantage of our huge range and sensible prices.

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EGR Valve Issues

Do you notice a higher than average EGR valve return rate? Do your customers report symptoms reoccurring prematurely after replacement?
In this TechAssist bulletin we look at how the EGR valve works, the causes and symptoms of failure and how to ensure longevity of the replacement valve.

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OBD Scanner to Reset WCU

ELTA reinforce the importance of resetting the ECU after replacing components

After replacing engine management components, many vehicles will require a reset of the parameters to tell the ECU that a new part has been fitted. Without this, the ECU will believe that the engine is still running with faulty sensors and will default back to data already received before the replacement. This causes the vehicle to run poorly, normally with the Malfunction Indicator Lamp on and the fault code still logged in memory.

Reset parameters as follows

  1. Firstly, reset the vehicle using diagnostic tools.
  2. If the fault code persists, perform a manual reset according to the manufacturers instructions, commonly as follows:
  3.  Carry out 3 drive cycles:
    A. Turn ignition on, turn ignition off
    B. Turn ignition on, turn ignition off
    C. Start the engine.
  4. An extended road test, normally around 20 miles is then required to provide the ECU with enough data to allow the sensor to function correctly.