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  1. Brake Disc Inspection Guide

    Brake Disc Inspection Guide

    Brake Disc Tips from RoughTrax If you’ve recently checked your brakes and noticed some strange marks or discolouration then here is some help and advice so that you know what action to take.   Normal Wear The braking surface should be flat and smooth with light scoring and visible wear ridges on both the outer and inner edges. There should...
  2. Land Cruiser KDJ150 & KDJ155 Vehicle Specifications

    Explore the latest vehicle specifications for the Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ150 & KDJ155 2009-ON model with the 3.0 D4D 1KD-FTV engine code. In this article you will discover the most up to date information of which lubricant type, grades, capacities and service schedules for all areas as well as torque settings, vehicle weights, BHP and much more. All fluids and...
  3. Land Cruiser KDJ120 & KDJ125 Vehicle Specifications

    Explore the latest vehicle specifications for the Toyota Land Cruiser KDJ120 & KDJ125 2002-2009 model with the 3.0 D4D 1KD-FTV engine code. In this article you will discover the most up to date information of which lubricant type, grades, capacities and service schedules for all areas as well as torque settings, vehicle weights, BHP and much more. All fluids and...
  4. What is an EGR valve?

    What is an EGR valve?

    This article taken from Toyota GB explains what an EGR valve is, what it does and what happens when it fails. The common signs of failure include engine performance issues like decreased power and acceleration, rough idle, and the engine management light coming on forcing the car to drive in limp mode. This article explains everything you need to know about complete EGR valves...
  5. What is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)?

    What is Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)?

    After reading this article you will be able to identify what Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) is, and what you need to look for to find out if you have it fitted. Vehicle Stability Control is also commonly known as its abbreviation VSC. It is one of Toyota’s safety features that helps ensure your vehicle travels in the direction that you are steering. When you are cornering vehicle stability control helps you maintain grip on slippery...
  6. What is a Viscous Heater or Power Heater?

    What is a Viscous Heater or Power Heater?

    What is the Viscous Heater and where is it fitted? You will need to know this when ordering fan belts on certain Land Cruiser models, we often describe the belt options as “with or without” viscous heater fitted. This is because the length of the belt will vary if fitted.
  7. What can Brake Cleaner be used for?

    What can Brake Cleaner be used for?

    What is Brake Cleaner? Brake cleaner, often called Brake, Clutch and Parts Cleaner is an aerosol-delivered solvent originally designed to clean grease, oil, brake dust and dirt from brake friction materials. With its easy application and minimal amount of preparation and clean-up time, it can be a quick fix for a dirty under performing brakes. What are the benefits of using Brake Cleaner...
  8. Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika Frankfurt Show 2016

    Automechanika is the world’s largest independent automotive trade fair for the automotive industry, holding 16 events in 15 Countries every year. Every two years, the trade fair rolls into Frankfurt in Germany and this year was by far the largest, ever! The fair is the shop window for the automotive market across the entire industry. Here is what just one of the...
  9. Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    Common Causes of Glow Plug Failure

    In warm and dry weather, the diesel engine will start even if one glow plug is defective and only the other plugs preheat. With glow plug failure there will usually be increased pollutant emission and possibly also knocking during start, however, the driver will not consciously take note of these signs, or will not know how to interpret them. There...
  10. What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    What does Brake Friction R90 Type-Approval mean?

    Recently the European Union released an R90 type-approval requirement for all replacement Brake Pads & Brake Shoes. It is illegal to supply and or fit any brake friction material that is not R90 type approved. What is ECE Regulation 90? Otherwise known as R90, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ECE Regulation 90 is now a legal requirement for all replacement brake friction materials (Brake Pads &...
  11. Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    Why is it illegal to sell Bull Bars in the UK?

    RoughTrax receives many customers enquiring about bull bars every day, and unfortunately we are unable to supply them. It is not our decision not to supply bull bars but an EU legislation preventing us from legally selling them without a pretty hefty fine. We thought we would set the record straight and explain why it is now illegal to sell bull bars unless...
  12. RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    RoughTrax A2A Exhaust Quality Explained

    A very common question we are asked by our customers is "What is the difference in RoughTrax premium exhaust quality to others?" Well, let us explain; Who is the manufacturer? The manufacturer for RoughTrax premium exhausts are A2A Exhaust Specialists, A2A stands for Air 2 Air and is a brand name for TMA, their strap line is "OE in everything but name". TMA is the largest independent manufacturer of quality exhausts...
  13. The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    The Best 4x4 Insurance Companies For Your Toyota

    Struggling to find cheap and affordable 4x4 insurance for your Toyota Hilux Pickup, Hilux Surf or Land Cruiser? Look no further, finding cheap car insurance couldn't be easier. RoughTrax have put together a list of the best 4x4 insurance companies that have been recommended to us by our customers. (Information correct as of May, 2016) Adrian Flux Insurance Services They offer top-quality, low-cost...
  14. How to check or replace a blown fuse

    How to check or replace a blown fuse

    If your stereo goes dead, windows stop working, a light stops working or if your truck won’t start, it can often result to a blown fuse. Replacing or checking a fuse is as easy as changing a light bulb. You can usually change fuses yourself, easily and with very little expense on the Toyota Hilux Pickup, Hilux Surfs and Land Cruisers...
  15. What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    What does OE, OEM & Aftermarket mean?

    This article explains the technical differences between OE, OEM & Aftermarket automotive products, with company and product examples for each alternative, and the expectations they need to achieve to obtain product and company certifications. OE & OEM What do we mean by an 'OE' or 'OEM' products, well in short this means the manufacturer of the original part used in the assembly...
  16. How to fit oil seals correctly on your Toyota

    How to fit oil seals correctly on your Toyota

    The job of removing and fitting of an oil seal correctly is a very important task no matter where it is being installed, of course in some areas such as rear main oil seal (engine crank shaft) just getting to the seal is the major issue so here are some helpful hints along with some 'do’s' and 'don’ts' to ensure...
  17. Why is it important to change your brake fluid?

    Why is it important to change your brake fluid?

    In this article you'll learn why it is important to regularly change your old brake fluid with new brake fluid, how to bleed your brake system and how to choose the right fluid for your vehicle. The important thing to remember is, brake fluid can absorb moisture, this is bad because of the 'wet boiling point' which is the reduced boiling temperature of fluid that's absorbed...
  18. How to test a car battery

    How to test a car battery

    The most common and effective way of checking your vehicles car battery is holding the correct voltage charge is by using a quality drop tester or a multimeter. A good battery should hold a charge of 12.6 volts. If it isn’t you should replace it or try charging the battery. Digital Drop Test A voltage drop test is the most effective way...
  19. The difference between Coil, Leaf & Torsion Bars

    The difference between Coil, Leaf & Torsion Bars

    In this article you will learn about different suspensions types such as coil springs, leaf springs and torsion bar suspension systems, their functions and how their differ from one another. A vehicle ride quality is a very personal preference, and what one persons opinion of a nice ride comfort and feel will be another ones nightmare. Automotive springs & torsion bars play a major role in the safe handling and...
  20. What are the most popular alternator failures?

    What are the most popular alternator failures?

    Alternator failures are predictably never caught in time, keeping on top of your vehicle maintenance can save you hundreds of pounds and the need to replace your alternator through neglect. Below are the latest technical statistics labelling the most popular alternator failures. 68% of all alternator failures are due to a faulty or weak battery. 15% of all alternator failures are due to poor electrical connections, fusible...

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