The Case of the Finicky Flatbed

Here’s a diagnostic case study involving all the critical elements of a great electrical system who-done-it: vehicle started fine when first brought in but wouldn’t start after the repair was completed; aftermarket equipment plays a key role in this mystery; the vehicle owner had tinkered with the system and (bonus)…

Got Cardboard? Maybe You’ve Got a Fix.

Here’s a great drive-ability case study that required some serious sleuthing to get to the root cause of the complaint, which was intermittent bucking or skipping (later determined to occur around 2500-3000 RPM) on a 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Bob from Massachusetts donned his detective cap and followed an excellent diagnostic…

No Start from the Strangest of Causes

We have featured some strange causes for no starts in the resource articles over the years, from rodents chewing wires to other odd circumstances, but this one might be at the top of the “who would have guessed it” list. In this great case study, Michael from Utah recounts a…

Odyssey Doesn’t “See” So Good in Traffic

What to do when your customer tells you that their cruise control (ADAS) system isn’t working and there are no codes set. Mike from South Carolina provides a demonstration of just such a situation with a video example of his test drive, his expectation as to what the root cause…

Subaru Won’t Run Right After Dead Battery

The battery on a 2000 Subaru Legacy got drained due to an error on the part of the vehicle owner. Now, it stalls out after a start. Michael from Utah provides this quick case study, relaying how he resolved the problem in a very non-intuitive way. Awesome sleuthing and well…

Time Saving Alternator Replacement Tip

Techs often reference the fact that the recommended service procedures aren’t always the fastest or easiest ways to accomplish necessary repairs. Here’s a great example provided by Eric from Illinois. He saw several potential potholes in the recommended procedure for an alternator replacement on a 2015 Nissan Pathfinder. So, he…

Another Battery Change Surprise

We have discussed the unexpected consequences of battery changes several times in the past. Here’s a new one on us, provided by Douglas from Miami, Florida. In this tech tip, he talks about loss of digital clock function after replacing the battery on a 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche and how he…