Diagnosing Manufacturer-Specific System Designs

Electrical system diagnosis and repair is tricky business to begin with. Parasitic drains, intermittent faults and inefficient/improper grounds are just a few of the ways technicians can get drawn down the wrong diagnostic rabbit hole. This was true even for vehicles from the turn of the millennium, when system design…

Reprogramming Isn’t Just for High End Euros

This month, we are featuring a guest article from Tanner Brandt. Tanner is the owner of Tanner’s Auto Clinic, a mobile diagnostic and programming business. He also teaches for CARQUEST Technical Institute and Worldpac Technical Institute and is a guest contributor to VehicleServicePros.com. “Helping to better the automotive industry through…

The Secret Weapon for Beneficial Battery Maintenance

There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of options when looking for a battery maintainer for your car, truck, boat, ATV or other vehicle. It can be confusing to choose among all those options, especially when there are many different approaches to this seemingly simple task. For many reasons, we’d say…

Engine Stop-Start Systems Explained

Once only found in the realm of hybrid-electric models, Stop-Start systems have now become common technology found on luxury and economy vehicles alike. Many vehicle systems were rethought and revamped as a part of the adoption of engine Stop-Start, with both mechanical and electrical components having to change to accommodate…

7 Reasons Why You Need a New Battery Charger

We have been saying for several years that, if you own an older battery charger, you should be seriously thinking about replacing it. There were many reasons for us to make this suggestion, but we believe that those reasons have now hit such critical mass that the time really is…

The Need for Clean Power During a Programming Event

A few years ago, we posted an article about the need for clean power during diagnosis and on-vehicle maintenance and repair. This includes diagnosing electrical system components, such as fuses, relays and more. It also includes repairs to electronic systems, such as electronic brake jobs, which would be severely disrupted…