Providing Power for Module Reprogramming

When it comes to module reprogramming, there is so much information out there for busy shops and technicians to keep up with. Even if you confine your focus to just the power requirements related to module reprogramming, it can still be overwhelming. Different OEs call for different power needs, in…

Jump Starting – How to Make it Safe and Effective

As we approach the fall and winter season, where jump starting instances increase considerably, we thought that now is a great time to revisit the key things to remember for effective jump starting while also reminding everyone about the importance of safety. Following these steps will ensure that you achieve…

How Your Car Works – Cool Illustrations Make it Simple

We all have a general understanding of how a vehicle works, whether it utilizes a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) method of propulsion or is a newer electric vehicle and utilizes a battery-driven method of propulsion. We can talk pistons and battery packs at a surface level, but for many…

AGM Batteries – What You Need to Know

We have written about the AGM battery on several previous occasions, first introducing it to our audience when very few new vehicles were equipped with them, then addressing some of the unique service aspects of the AGM battery versus the traditional flooded lead acid battery. In the time we have…

ADAS – Latest Resources and Developments

If there is a hot topic when it comes to aftermarket vehicle service in 2020/2021, it has to be ADAS. ADAS, which stands for Advanced Driver Assist(ance) Systems, is a suite of automated enhancements designed to improve the safety of vehicle operation. This can include blind spot monitoring, lane departure…

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.…