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…

The Straight Skinny on Battery Service

When we do a survey article, we typically group them by content, gathering several resources related to a specific service challenge. This month’s article is a grouping of another sort. This month, we are featuring several resources that could be said to be grouped under the heading, “We love to…

Interview with Mr. Scott “Gonzo” Weaver

This month, we feature a guest interview with Mr. Scott “Gonzo” Weaver. Gonzo is an ASE Master mechanic, author, instructor, and writer for several automotive trade publications, including his popular Gonzo’s Toolbox series of articles. He owned and operated Superior Auto Electric in Tulsa, OK for 33 years. We have highlighted…

Does Mother Nature Have It In for Cars?

Vehicle owners have a lot to worry about: increasing fuel prices… aggressive drivers… the cost of keeping a vehicle on the road… red light cameras… enormous potholes… even dibs when it snows. For most drivers, animal attacks of any kind would be at the bottom of the list of things…

Breaking it Down: Anatomy of an LED Work Light

In this series, we take a look at what makes a specific product tick. We’re taking a look at Rechargeable LED Work Lights. What should purchasers be looking for in an LED light? What are the factors to keep in mind? How can they differ and what are the benefits…

Charging System Diagnostic Resources

Photo by Jason Young This month, we return to alternator/charging system diagnosis, a topic that seems to get more difficult with each successive model year. We have addressed this topic in several articles over the last few years, including this guest article from our friend and diagnostic expert Albin Moore. It…