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BMW Group Extend Electric Water Pump Recall To Mini 17-01-12

By Andrew Marsh, 19.01.12
News Articleed in: Business News | Urban Myths
Mini R55 R56 R57 MY11 collection
BMW have along with many other manufacturers used electric water pumps to reduce engine load and to also permit turbocharger bearing cooling after running the engine. There are two distinct types – a water pump capable of moving coolant around the whole engine and a smaller ‘auxiliary’ electric coolant pump. BMW Group use the ‘auxiliary’ ...

Urban myth – Jaguar XK (X150) bumper repairs

By Andrew Marsh, 16.11.11
News Articleed in: Urban Myths
Jaguar XKR-S in action
To complete the series of articles about pop up bonnet technology from Jaguar, we take a look at the first system introduced on the all aluminium XK (X150) back in 2006. Adaptive cruise control (ACC) The system is an option for all models (coupe and convertible) except the XKR-S. If ACC is fitted the radar ...

Urban myth – Jaguar XJ (X351) bumper repairs

By Andrew Marsh, 14.11.11
News Articleed in: Technology Trends | Urban Myths
X351 packaging
The myth – because the new XJ (X351) uses the same pedestrian safety technolgy as the Jaguar XF, the front bumper skins cannot be repaired. Let’s investigate…. Pedestrian safety system The system is required to be fitted to European specification vehicles, and may also appear in other markets. When fitted, the system ensures that in ...

Urban myth – Jaguar XF bumper repairs

By Andrew Marsh,
News Articleed in: Urban Myths
XF BIW ghosted
The myth – Jaguar XF (X250) front bumper skins can not be painted becuase of pedestrian safety features. Let’s explore this…. Pedestrian safety system The system is required to be fitted to European specification vehicles, and may also appear in other markets. When fitted, the system ensures that in the time it takes of an ...

Urban myths – hybrid and electric vehicles part 1

By Andrew Marsh, 10.08.11
News Articleed in: Technology Trends | Urban Myths
3rd_Gen_Prius_HV_Battery_2
Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV, range extender EV. So many headlines, so many scare stories. What is a high voltage power system? How does that affect the repair industry? The first of three articles examines traction battery facts, hybrid and plug-in hybrid technology…. There are so many ways to drive a vehicle, and the public will ...

Urban myths – hybrid and electric vehicles part 2

By Andrew Marsh, 09.08.11
News Articleed in: Technology Trends | Urban Myths
Chevrolet Volt / Vauxhall Ampera battery pack
Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV, range extender EV. So many headlines, so many scare stories. What is a high voltage power system? How does that affect the repair industry? The second of three articles examines pure electric vehicle battery energy density, and range extender technology…. Pure electric vehicles. These are wholly reliant on external charging of ...

Urban myths – hybrid and electric vehicles part 3

By Andrew Marsh, 08.08.11
News Articleed in: Technology Trends | Urban Myths
Renault EV concept family
Hybrid, plug-in hybrid, EV, range extender EV. So many headlines, so many scare stories. What is a high voltage power system? How does that affect the repair industry? The final part of three articles examines the relative cost of all electrified powertrains, and what the repair industry should consider…. The relative costs of the systems ...

Urban myth – BMW 5 series bumper repairs

By Andrew Marsh, 27.07.11
News Articleed in: Urban Myths
5 series F10 rear
The myth -  the latest BMW 5 series bumpers can not be repaired  / refinished because of radar systems. The blind spot detection system is an option only for BMW 5 series F10 / F11, and has been an option for the previous 5 series E60 / E61 as well as the current 7 series ...
 
 
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