Chasing Gremlins and Ghosts – Electrical System Diagnosis

This month, we take another spin through the world of electrical system diagnosis, a very popular topic judging by how much space is devoted to this topic in aftermarket publications. It is also a top area of concern on the forums, such as the Diagnostic Network (diag.net) and iATN. It’s…

Augmented Reality Coming to a Shop Near You

As a society, we have been hearing for many years about augmented reality and how it might impact real world applications beyond gaming and other exclusively tech-focused endeavors. We have heard all the buzz about Oculus (Facebook), Google Glass, Microsoft HoloLens and many others. It has been a long wait…

Taking Your Diagnostic Game Plan to the Next Level

When it comes to service and repair on today’s advanced vehicles, it is critical to formulate and constantly refine your diagnostic game plan. Vehicle technology is increasingly complex. A logical, consistent diagnostic process that utilizes the key tools at your disposal can be the difference between diagnostic success and failure.…

Change Batteries Like a Pro

Winter often means dead battery season. You might be cruising along with your battery getting the job done and things seem just fine. Then, the mercury drops and suddenly your battery just can’t give your car what it needs any longer. Time for a new battery. You’ve got this… right?…

Flashing, ADAS, Start-Stop – Systems Keep Evolving

This month, we take a dive into three critical areas of change related to the repair and maintenance of vehicle starting and charging systems: module reprogramming, ADAS system repair and recalibration, and Start-Stop systems. Each of these areas are evolving quickly and all have major impacts to the equipment needed…

Rapidly Changing Vehicle Systems – Challenge, Opportunity or Both?

“Every system on the vehicle has undergone a technological transformation – including the fundamental battery and charging system. The higher demands of “Start-Stop” technology, the advances in charging system strategies, and the introduction of new battery designs all require today’s shop owner and technician to be up-to-date on diagnostic and…

Troubleshooting 5V Reference Circuits

In modern vehicle design, 5-volt reference signals/circuits are a key aspect of vehicle command and control. As summarized by Gary Goms, the 5-volt reference signal typically “flows through a sensor containing a resistance that varies according to changes in temperature, pressure or position. Due to this variable resistance, the signal…