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Miserly motoring – the most fuel-efficient cars of 2014 1
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Miserly motoring – the most fuel-efficient cars of 2014

Looking to buy a new car, but worried about the running costs? This month, we take a look at some seriously frugal motors, with our list of the top 5 most fuel-efficient cars of 2014, perfect for if you do a lot of miles, are concerned about your carbon emissions, or just want to keep running costs down.

As we’re going for frugal motors, we’ve discounted more expensive hybrid and electric cars, and only looked at those fitted with conventional engines.

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Winter is coming! Top tips to keep your car running in the colder months 1
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Winter is coming! Top tips to keep your car running in the colder months

Cold, wet, and windy – sadly, the British winter is here again!

In addition to creating hazardous driving conditions, cold weather can also put some serious strain on your vehicle, which is why it’s so important to be prepared.

Batten down the hatches, and ensure you’re ready for the worst of the winter weather with our top tips, designed to keep you on the road, and ensure you’re not left stranded now the cold weather has set in.

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Turbo tech 101– what is a turbo wastegate and how does it work? 1
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Turbo tech 101– what is a turbo wastegate and how does it work?

Last month, we launched Turbo tech 101 – a series of posts designed to provide some basic information about different turbocharging components.

In part one, we kicked things off by looking at the intercooler, and this month, we’ll be looking at turbo wastegates – finding out what they are, what they do and how they work.

 

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Future Turbo tech – new electric turbocharger eliminates turbo lag 1
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Future Turbo tech – new electric turbocharger eliminates turbo lag

AT AET, we’re always looking out for the latest developments in turbo tech – and earlier this month, French company Valeo has announced the development of a new electric turbocharger that promises to completely eliminate turbo lag.

In this post, we examine the new turbo technology, and look at the future of electric turbocharging as a whole, examining its benefits, downsides, and some near-future applications.

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The Turbo whistle – turbo noises explained 1
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The Turbo whistle – turbo noises explained

At AET, we love the sound a turbocharger makes – but we understand that when your car starts making noises, you want to know exactly what’s happening, and why!

In this guide we examine the turbo whistle, a noise made by turbochargers when in operation – you’ll learn what it sounds like, what causes it, and when you need to have it checked out.

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Pimp your turbo – 5 easy ways to maximise the power and performance of your turbocharged car 1
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Pimp your turbo – 5 easy ways to maximise the power and performance of your turbocharged car

How to get more out of a vehicle’s engine is always at the centre of the true performance enthusiast’s thinking. Whilst there are many ways to measure vehicle performance, in the world of the petrol-head – BHP is the undisputed king!

Thankfully, if your current turbocharged car isn’t satisfying your need for speed, there are plenty of things you can do to remedy it! In this guide, we look at 5 relatively easy methods you can use to drive the BHP up, and maximise engine performance.

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Turbo tech 101 – what is an intercooler and how does it work? 1
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Turbo tech 101 – what is an intercooler and how does it work?

At AET, we’re serious about turbo tech, but we understand that not everyone is quite so passionate about turbocharger components!

Whilst there’s nothing wrong with not knowing your wastegate from your turbine, a little knowledge about components and what they do can be really helpful! Whether you’re looking to improve the performance or power of your engine, or just want to ensure you don’t have the wool pulled over your eyes by an unscrupulous mechanic when things go wrong, getting clued up is the way to go.

In this post, we’re looking at the intercooler, examining what it is, what it does and how it works, as well as providing some additional information about the different types of intercooler available.

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Turbo Upgrade FAQ – a guide to replacing your turbocharger 1
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Turbo Upgrade FAQ – a guide to replacing your turbocharger

If you’re looking to maximise the power and performance of your vehicle, then changing your stock turbocharger for a bigger or better model can be an effective part of the process.

In this guide, we take a look at some of the reasons for upgrading, what you can expect to achieve, and the considerations you need to take for the process to be completed safely and in the most efficient way possible.

Before looking at this guide, you might want to look at our beginners guide to turbocharging, which offers a brief overview of how turbocharging works!

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AET Sponsors a fundraising walk in Cumbria 3
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AET Sponsors a fundraising walk in Cumbria

On the rainiest weekend in August, AET were one of the proud sponsors of a ‘3 Peaks 3 Lakes’ walk to help raise money to fund complimentary therapies for Kate Fisher, diagnosed earlier this year with multiple brain tumours (www.youcaring.com/katefisher).  A couple of our employees, Emma Sykes and Ellie Duncan, took part in the event and Emma gives us the following detailed account …

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Getting more from your fleet – the benefits of ECU remapping for commercial vehicles 1
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Getting more from your fleet – the benefits of ECU remapping for commercial vehicles

If you think having your vehicle ‘chipped’ is strictly for the performance enthusiast, then think again – ECU remapping is suitable for everyone, and can provide huge benefits to businesses running fleets of vehicles.

In this post, we explore ECU remapping and the benefits of re-flashing for economy, and outline the realistic savings businesses with fleet vehicles could expect to achieve.

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Hot stuff – excessive temperatures and turbocharger damage 1
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Hot stuff – excessive temperatures and turbocharger damage

Whilst we’ve already explored some of the most common causes of turbocharger damage on the blog before, like oil problems, foreign objects and over-speeding, these aren’t the only things that can cause expensive problems!

In this post, we look at how overheating and excessive exhaust gas temperatures can damage turbochargers, and the kind of damage they cause, before looking at the symptoms, and what can be done to protect your vehicle.

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