Articles by Dave Macholz

Data is essential in performing a competent diagnosis. Toyota's VCH provides a level of data that has not been accessible to the technician in the past.
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Here’s an overview of TSS — found on every new model Toyota vehicle — and information on its diagnosis and repair.
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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has revised its J-2012 standard to reflect the new classification of DTCs. Understanding how this can help your diagnostic strategy is worth exploring.
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Installing tires used to be a physical and time-consuming task. But advancements in the service equipment used for this, and related “bread and butter” offerings make the work faster and easier than ever.
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The megohmmeter and milliohmmeter are two of the tools that you are most likely to see when diagnosing faults within the windings of motor generator units and the high-resistance, high-voltage wiring that carry the current for the motor generators.
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For over 17 years Toyota has led the way in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) technology. With the introduction of the 2018 Prius, the fourth generation of Toyota hybrids is here.
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With advanced electric power steering technologies, it has become critical to understand that power steering is not simply driver operated.
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The Nissan Titan XD is the only Asian diesel vehicle currently in production and just one more, the Mazda CX-5, on the way. We’ll spend some time taking a closer look at them both, as we’ll discuss some of the reasons that the expected diesel flood has instead been a slow trickle.
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The question I get asked most frequently about hybrid battery pack repairs is, “What is the best repair?” My answer is typically: “It depends.”
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Diagnostic experts weigh in to discuss the opportunities and pitfalls of dealer level module replacement and related functions.
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