And while your customer may not be rounding the corners at Pocono or blazing down the quarter mile at the Gator Nationals with the family minivan, the role the suspension and steering systems play is no less important.
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.
Bernie Thompsonshared techniques that technicians could immediately apply to customer concerns related to EVAP system leak Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), showing them how to verify that a leak was actually occurring and how big a leak it was before they even opened the hood or raised the vehicle on their lift.
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.
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.”
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.
Vin Waterhouse, a nationally recognized management consultant who works often with NAPA AutoCare Centers, led a pair of his popular presentations with the Automechanika Chicago attendees on key benchmarks for shop owners and managers to take back to their shops and employ.
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.
Business is going great and you have checked off nearly all of your goals in your current location, what’s next? For many shop owners attending Automechanika Chicago, the next step is opening another location.
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."
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