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…

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…

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…

Is the Alternator the Issue?

In this month’s post, Louis from New York provides a diagnostic routine to quickly determine if an alternator is bad and “know for sure without messing around.” He uses the case of a 2014 Grand Caravan with 54,00 miles and a suspected failed alternator (wasn’t charging at all, and no…

Wipers Run Constantly

In this month’s post, Todd from New Jersey provides a tip that combines several of our favorite topics: having a plan when conducting electrical system diagnostics, the importance of good grounds and using voltage drop as a key diagnostic tool. In this instance, he used these methods and more to…

Electrical System Diagnosis: Back to Basics

With the New Year in full swing, now seems like a great time to revisit the basics of electrical system diagnosis. When we read articles from many of the leading experts in the field, there seem to be several points of emphasis that they have in common. These include the…

The Value of Voltage Drop Testing

We visit another common tool in the technician’s arsenal for diagnosing parasitic draws and other electrical maladies: voltage drop testing. In this month’s iATN spotlight, Roger from New York shows how he used voltage drop testing to diagnose a faulty relay after several other diagnostic techniques failed to pinpoint the…