Enhanced Flooded Batteries are Here

In 2014, we upgraded our digital tester offering to address two varieties of Start-Stop batteries. The first battery type, the Start-Stop AGM battery, saw widespread use in North America starting in 2012, so it was a natural to be added to our capabilities. The second battery type, the Enhanced Flooded…

Don’t Forget the Reinstall!

Here’s a great reminder about the importance of ensuring that everything removed from the vehicle during a repair or service is reinstalled prior to sending the vehicle on its way. Glenn from Texas shares the story of a Ford F350 brought in for a no-crank complaint and a suspicious noise…

Time Saving Alternator Tip

Here’s a great tip to help you save time and effort when diagnosing a locked up engine. Brooks from Texas shares the cautionary tale of his own vehicle and how he and one of his best customer’s shops thought that the engine on his C1500 Silverado was locked up and…

Another Misfire Mystery Solved

More fun with misfires! Last month, it was an early-OBDII Honda misfire. This month, it’s a domestic. Tim from Texas provides a very useful, quick tip for anyone trying to diagnose a GM LS engine misfire and seeing a strange misfire pattern. In his diagnostic routine, we swapped the coils…

Solved Honda Misfire

Here’s a great tip for anyone working on early OBDII Hondas, trying to resolve a misfire diagnosis, posted by Rudy from Montebello, CA. The issue is that these vehicles are not equipped with a misfire counter, so it becomes difficult to identify the offending cylinder without significant effort. Rudy provides…

The DVOM Alone May Not Be Sufficient

You get a vehicle into the shop with a driveability complaint. As soon you start investigating, you see a hack. You strongly suspect it could be related to the problem. But, a quick inspection seems to indicate that, while strange, it doesn’t seem to be the source of the issue.…

Lost Comm During Reflash, What to Do?

So, you’re cruising along with a reprogramming job and you lose communication with the vehicle. What’s worse, you haven’t completed the key relearn yet. Now what do you do? Ron from New Jersey did a bunch of research and scrambling when this happened to him while reprogramming a 2011 Ford…

Is ECM Really the Culprit?

Here’s a great reminder posted by Mike from Ohio not to jump too quickly to condemn a module. In his case, it was an ECM, which he suspected was the root of the customer complaint. He then walks though how his little voice told him to dig deeper, remembering the…