Electrical

  • When the engine begins to RUN the generator takes over as the source of electrical energy needed to operate all vehicle circuits.
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  • Now that we have a general understanding of electron current through a vehicle ground circuit, we continue begin measuring electron current and understand what each reading is telling us about vehicle electrical circuits during Key ON (KON) and engine run (RUN).
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  • When the engine is running there are significant differences in ground electron current which comes from the generator, the voltage supplier of the electrical system during engine run.
    Vince Fischelli
  • The dual ground configuration is very common but now that batteries are mounted in out-of-the-way places outside of the engine department a single battery ground cable is used to ground the battery negative terminal to the engine block.
    Vince Fischelli
  • In tracing electron current, we find an unusual way that generator electron current flows when the engine is running if the battery negative terminal is grounded to the engine block and to sheet metal at the same time.
    Vince Fischelli
  • The first electron current that occurs in a vehicle’s primary electrical circuit, when the engine is not running, battery cables are connected to a charged battery and circuits are turned ON.
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  • There is some mystery about the ground side of the circuit among many technicians today, caused by thinking of positive current flow in circuits rather than negative current flow.
    Vince Fischelli
  • This article will discuss the refinements that BMW has engineered to the intake system of the gasoline internal combustion engine, or ICE for short.
    Scot Manna
  • In this article we are going to investigate some of the history of these systems as well as the operation and diagnosing of them when a problem occurs. Moreover, we will investigate some of the radical changes in how we obtain security information and what we will be required to do moving forward.
    Eric Zeigler
  • During NACE Automechanika 2017 Eric Ziegler in his class, “Essential Diagnostics - The Steps You Need To Take In Tackling Every Drivability and Electrical Concern,” outlined his thoughts on what makes a good diagnostic process – a process that can be applied to any troubleshooting challenge you face.
    Pete Meier
  • G. Jerry Truglia’s taught “Reprogramming with J2534,” on July 27 during NACE Automechanika 2017 in Chicago.
    Pete Meier
  • So what to do about HMI? There are a lot of service opportunities that can be addressed because the radio in a vehicle isn’t operating correctly. Unless these vehicles are still under the factory warranty then there are plenty of service options available.
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  • Modern vehicle systems are based on electronic controls over mechanical systems. To diagnose failures within these systems, we must first separate these systems from one another by analyzing the electronic control system. We need to look at a vehicle’s circuits for voltage change over time. This will be accomplished with an oscilloscope.
  • In the unfortunate event of a collision, seatbelts help protect the occupants from injury, but what can be seen on the surface is just the beginning.
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  • From our side of the service aisle, it’s a foregone conclusion that cooling system service makes a LOT of difference, and it’s a great (and necessary) upsell on vehicles that are in need.
  • Do a little research on the multimeter in your toolbox and start using the meter tricks that help you with your diagnostics!
    dave hobbs
  • Having an understanding of how the network is laid out and the protocol or protocols it communicates with are essential. A wiring diagram and a quick read of service information will usually provide a quick insight of the network’s layout and communication characteristics.
    Eric Zeigler
  • Being able to diagnose network communication issues is critical on today’s vehicles. Almost every system on modern vehicles relies on network communication.
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  • Phantom electrical problems caused by EMI (Electro-Magnetic Interference) while somewhat rare, can lead to a great deal of frustration, misdiagnosis and customer dissatisfaction.
    dave hobbs
  • Electric vehicles have started to become more common and are slowly moving toward mainstream.  Have you thought about how this may affect your service business?
    Jeff Minter