How To Buy Your First Car The Smart Way

Photo via Pixabay by MikeBird Buying your first car can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you’re young. There’s so much to think about, and so many ways to prepare. Making sure your finances are in good shape – as well as your credit score – is top priority, but there are other considerations as well, such as factoring in… Read More

General Powertrain Diagnosis

Despite the sophistication of today’s powertrain control systems, even the most advanced software program cannot disguise a worn camshaft lobe, a burned valve or a loose timing chain. Unfortunately, even though these types of mechanical failures create recognizable symptoms of poor performance, many technicians get caught up analyzing pulse trains without ever considering valvetrains! The fact is, illuminated MILs (Malfunction… Read More

Ford F-150 Misfire Mode $06 Diagnosis

This article will explain one of the most practical applications of Mode $06. The vehicle has a misfire but the MIL is not ON. It is a used car trade in with 120,332 miles and the repair history is unknown. The first obvious step is to scan it for codes. using a Generic scan tool to check the PCM and… Read More

The Service Consultant’s Basics Of Starting & Charging Systems

Learning the basics of the automotive starting and charging systems is good for both the service consultant standpoint and also just basic general knowledge for yourself. A lot of your customers will have these basic understandings so interpretation is not as important. Automotive systems operate on DC (Direct Current). The starting & charging system consists of the generator, voltage regulator,… Read More

Customer Service & Communication Skills

Vehicle Information & Accuracy One of the first things a service consultant should do is prepare the documentation of each vehicle brought in for service. The RO (Repair Order) and vehicle history file must be maintained and updated for paperwork and billing to be accurate. The correct VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) must be used to identify any applicable warranties, TSB’s… Read More

Knowledge Of Engine Mechanical Systems

Basic Engine Mechanical Information Today’s cars and light-duty trucks use either gasoline, flex fuel (gasoline or E85) or diesel engines. By far the most common engine used in the United States is the gasoline piston engine. Flex fuel vehicles are generally regular production based gasoline engines with modifications to the fuel system and engine controls to support the use of… Read More

How to know if you need a clutch?

Transmission Clutch Diagnosis Diagnosing clutch noise and slippage is pretty straight forward. Once a technician understands the different parts and theory it’s easy to locate the culprit. Typical symptoms include clutch slipping, chatter, and dragging. Here are a few symptoms, tests, and the relevant parts to look out for: Slippage: This is by far the most common problem. To diagnose… Read More

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean

Mass Air Flow Sensor Testing,P0171-P0174 System Lean Vehicle: 2001 Land Rover Discover II  Codes: P0171, P0174, TCM Incorrect Gear Ratio Symptoms: NONE, Slight pre-detonation (pinging) when hot STRAIGHT TO THE POINT: The vehicle has no drivability concerns and was hard to diagnosis. The TCM (transmission control module) is setting incorrect gear ration codes which means the transmission is slipping (usually).… Read More