Service Information

  • Through many years of experience diagnosing transmission concerns in shops and on ATSG’s technical help line, a general diagnostic approach has been developed to find that silver bullet as quickly as possible. The list begins with Information. 
  • Working on fuel systems does take a bit more effort and knowledge and there really aren’t any magic bullets or one-size-fits-all rules that apply to everything and make testing easier since the systems differ so much, but even so it’s definitely possible to quickly and accurately figure out what’s going wrong and fix it right the first time.
    Motor Age Magazine
  • Electrical problem analysis can be very rewarding if the technician is properly trained and has the proper equipment. 
  • In order to master a scan tool, you need to understand that there is much more to it than reading codes — it’s the ability of interpreting the Parameter Identifier (PID) data displayed on the screen.
  • Sessions covering the art and science of electrical troubleshooting were a popular choice for attendees of Automechanika Chicago presents Motor Age Training Live. One such course was “Electrical Troubleshooting – Making the Complex Simple," offered twice.
    Pete Meier
  • Scott Brown, president of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN), who at Automechanika Chicago gave technicians, owners and other shop employees through some computer know-how in his presentation, “Leveraging Your PC for the Automotive Service Professional.”
    Tschanen Brandyberry
  • Tracking down the cause of a completely dead engine cylinder is relatively easy: either the ignition has failed, the cylinder is not getting the fuel it needs or there is a mechanical failure preventing the cylinder from compressing the air/fuel charge. 
    Pete Meier
  • Attendees of Automechanika Chicago’s Friday morning training session had almost two dozen great trainers to choose from. A lucky few made the wise decision to attend Donny Seyfer’s class, “Hot Heads – Advanced Cooling System Service and Repair."
    Pete Meier
  • While many technicians, service writers, managers and owners received training throughout the weekend, Automechanika Chicago’s training side kicked off with a lesson for the trainers and educators themselves.
    Tschanen Brandyberry
  • Why are we dropping R134a? What does this really mean for the shop owner and independent technician? What impact will it have on both the mechanical repair and collision repair aftermarket industries?
    Pete Meier
  • Ben Johnson is director of Product Management for Mitchell 1. He is a former automotive repair shop owner and has been involved in leadership roles in the automotive aftermarket for more than 24 years. He explained some overall industry problems, solutions in general and what Mitchell 1 can offer.     
    Tschanen Brandyberry
  • Mitchell 1 has updated its ProDemand repair, diagnostic and maintenance software by consolidating vintage repair and estimating information into the application to deliver full year, make and model coverage from 1974 to the present year. 
  • With the new Snap-on Software Upgrade 15.2, technicians will have access to the most comprehensive software available for European, Asian and domestic vehicles.
    Snap-on, Snapon, Snap-on Diagnostics
  • It symbolizes the three ways Federal-Mogul Motorparts is expanding its training initiatives, reaching technicians around the country with expanded training centers, mobile vans and revitalized online offerings. A Garage Gurus regional training center celebrated its grand opening Tuesday evening in the Chicago suburb of Skokie, Ill.
    Tschanen Brandyberry
  • GM’s 4T80-E transmission primarily used in Cadillac vehicles along with the Aurora, Bonneville and Lucerne vehicles, develop left side axle seal leaks (figure 1).
  • Companies who rebuild torque converters will tell you the hundreds of times their converters are unjustly blamed for a problem. Anything from a no move condition to TCC shudder or slip.
  • The Advance Professional VIN Scanner, available for iOS or Android devices, captures a vehicle’s detailed description when scanning a VIN barcode and seamlessly uploads the decoded information into a shop’s secure Advance Professional online account.
    Advance Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts Professional
  • 2010 and up Ford Vehicles equipped with the 6F35 transaxle may suddenly exhibit a concern of a harsh application in reverse and or a harsh up-shift into third gear. 
  • The April 2015 edition of the Trainer shows you how to narrow down the list of possibilities using current draw in the clutch circuit. Not only does this technique work for the compressor clutch, it can also be applied to any circuit that is controlled by relay.
    Pete Meier
  • The International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) has launched iATN Auto Pro Careers, a new service that allows industry professionals to create profiles and search for new jobs, while also giving employers the opportunity to post open positions and search for qualified candidates. 
    iATN, iATN Auto Pro Careers