PTS Seminars Syllabus
2015 Professional Technician Training Syllabus
Professional Technician’s Seminar Series Classroom Training Programs
Diagnosing the Top Duramax Diesel Problems
The Duramax diesel engine is a popular option in Chevrolet and GMC trucks. There are numerous pattern failures and the engine has undergone major changes since its' first introduction in 2000 to correct them. Technicians must be able to identify which engine design they are servicing and the unique issues related to it. Attend this class for important information on:
- Fuel, air induction, and emissions systems including Particulate Filters and Diesel Engine Fluid systems.
- System operation, pattern failures, diagnostics and case studies for each engine type.
- Proper maintenance tips to improve the longevity of the engine and to improve profit in this market.
The goal of the class is to provide experienced diesel techs information and diagnostic strategies for dealing with the new DPF and DEF systems, as well as help the technician who doesn’t typically deal with diesel engines understand the concept and theories behind the Duramax engines.
Diagnosing and Repairing the Top Automotive HVAC Problems
With the pressure of increased fuel economy and reduced emissions, the automotive HVAC system continues to undergo changes. Attend this class for important information on:
- New components such as AC line heat exchangers, oil traps in the compressors, electronic displacement control, and Thermal Storage Material equipped evaporators used in idle stop vehicles.
- Updated diagnostic and service techniques required by new components and reduced refrigerant and oil capacity.
- Hybrid vehicle system service and compressor replacement.
- Pattern failures and fixes.
- Dual AC system diagnosis and service techniques.
The goal of this class is to prepare the technician with the skills needed to properly diagnose these systems, verify proper system operation, improve post repair HVAC system performance, and reduce come backs.
Diagnosing the Top Variable Valve Timing Problems
Variable Valve Timing or VVT is common on most engines and is responsible for the elimination of EGR valves and increased performance and fuel economy on many engines. Most systems are lube oil activated and use a control solenoid as well as the camshaft sensor, crankshaft sensor, and PCM for control. Newer systems operate using rotational torque from the engine. Some DTCs set by these systems can be confusing to a technician and the OE diagnostics often leave much to be desired. There are also numerous pitfalls which can be encountered during engine repair or component replacement. Attend this class for important information on:
- Operational details and pattern failures on Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota VVT systems.
- Diagnosis of DTCs and symptoms related to VVT using a case study format.
- Getting the most from your scan data when diagnosing these systems.
- Diagnostic tips and service methods from the vehicle manufacturers as well as working technicians.
The goal of this class is to focus on problem areas on a variety of import and domestic vehicles. The technician will learn important scan data PIDs and how they can lead to VVT diagnosis. Get ready to diagnose and service these systems with field generated tips and service methods which you can put to use right away.
Diagnosing the Top Powerstroke Diesel Problems
It is an understatement to say that the Powerstroke engine has sold quite well in Ford pickups. It is also widely known that there are plenty of service opportunities on these trucks as well. These engines rely on high pressure oil systems that are prone to multiple failures, and take time and understanding of the system in order to diagnose and repair. These engines rely on many electronic sensors and modules that require sharp diagnostic skills, electrical comprehension, and familiarity with module programming.
While we will be introducing the 6.7 liter diesel, this class will focus on the operating characteristics of the 6.0 and 6.4 liter engines that are popular in the service bays today. Common failures on these engines include: EGR cooler, head gasket, turbo, injectors, FICM, and high pressure oil systems. Learn repair tips and diagnostic procedures submitted by technicians that work on these engines every day.
Diagnosing the Top Nissan/Infiniti Driveability Problems
This class breaks down the operation, diagnosis, and repair of Nissan Engine Control Systems and components. Terminology, PCM strategies, scan data PIDs and components are covered in detail. Learn how Nissan back-up strategies can affect diagnosis.
This class is designed to point out the differences between Nissan vehicles and other makes and highlight the "need to know" operation details. Effective scan tool use will be demonstrated with a focus on unique PIDs and bi-directional controls. ODBII Monitors and techniques for their diagnosis and reset will be covered. Nissan ignition systems will be covered in detail including Phase and Reference Sensors and Coil On Plug. Nissan fuel system details include two speed fuel pumps, AF Sensors, and fuel control Alpha.
Common failures that are frequently misdiagnosed will be demonstrated through case studies designed to show them how to put the information into practice in the shop.
Diagnosing Electronic Fuel Pump Controls and Direct Injection
Today's vehicles use advanced technology for fuel supply and delivery into the cylinders. Ford has used electronic fuel pump control for over a decade and General Motors adopted high pressure direct injection across the board. These systems inject gasoline directly into the combustion chamber and require approximately fifty times the pressure used with port injection along with additional electronic control sophistication.
The operating pressures require strict service procedures to avoid damage and possible injury to the technician. This class will cover the unique components such as the injectors, high pressure lines, high pressure pump and pressure regulator as well as the PCM strategies for operation and diagnosis.
Scan data, and lab scope waveforms will be used to analyze these systems operation and to diagnose failures. Learn to safely service each component on these systems as they become part of your everyday routine.
Diagnosing OBDII EVAP DTCs
EVAP DTC diagnosis can be difficult and time consuming. Each manufacturer’s system operates differently and the DTCs vary from car to car. This one night class will focus on the latest developments in EVAP systems and equip you to perform efficient and accurate diagnosis.
Our procedures are based on field tested techniques using tools that are readily available. Specific tips, specifications, and information will be provided for a variety of vehicle manufacturers.
The class includes: Evaporative System diagnosis, Natural Vacuum Systems, EVAP leak testing strategies, testing with common tools such as a DVOM and a hand vacuum pump, the correct use of smoke type leak testers. Common failures, tips, and bulletins will be shown through the use of real world case studies to demonstrate diagnosis.
This class contains test techniques, tips, and specifications for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, and Toyota!
Diagnosing the Top Toyota/Lexus Engine Performance Problems
Toyota engines and control systems have undergone numerous changes and their diagnostic procedures have changed right along with them. Proper interpretation of scan data PIDs and the use of bidirectional controls and other enhanced scan tool functions can speed your diagnosis on these engines. Attend this class to improve your diagnostic skills and learn to:
- Troubleshoot Toyota EVAP systems quickly using scan data.
- Identify and diagnose misfiring cylinders.
- Interpret AF sensor data and trim PIDs used by Toyota/Lexus vehicles.
- Troubleshoot and repair electronic throttle controls.
The goal of this class is to prepare you to diagnose common problems on these engine control systems in the shortest amount of time. During the class, case studies will be used to demonstrate efficient diagnostic methods. Pattern failures and common pitfalls will be covered that will help you to diagnose these vehicles quickly and accurately.
Diagnosing Vehicle Electronics Problems
Today’s vehicles contain a complex mix of sensors, actuators, and control modules to perform most functions. Raising a window can involve a switch module, door module, and body control module in addition to the motor which does the work. A test light can only go so far in diagnosing these circuits and jumper wires can spell disaster if used incorrectly. Attend this class to improve your diagnostic skills and learn to:
- Troubleshoot sensors and actuators and verify their operation.
- Quickly interpret schematics and use them to determine a diagnostic path.
- Verify module operation and communications.
The goal of this class is to prepare you to diagnose and repair problems in body, chassis, HVAC, and powertrain control systems, as well as the data bus which connects them. Case studies will be used to demonstrate techniques you can use to reduce the time spent on diagnosis.
Diagnose the Top Hyundai/Kia Drivability Problems
This course is filled with the information needed to fix Hyundai/Kia vehicles quickly and accurately. A system descriptions and operational details are provided for EVAP, Fuel Control, and Ignition, along with proven diagnostic techniques. Common failures will be covered such as hard start, low power, stalling, and Misfire DTCs. Procedures for relearn and verification will be demonstrated.
A variety of case studies are used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques. Hyundai/Kia vehicles use unique scan data PIDs. The effective use of these PIDs will be demonstrated for each system. Field developed techniques and repair tips are included in the class and the manual.
Ford Driveability Solutions
Ford engine controls have undergone significant changes as more vehicles are equipped with features such as wide range air fuel sensors and EcoBoost systems. EVAP systems still require diagnosis and there are some new techniques required due to capless fuel fillers and other system changes. Ford’s approach to misfire detection and data display can result in wasted time during diagnosis.
This class will focus on common failures in electronic throttle control, variable valve timing, fuel measurement and delivery, and other areas which can cause driveability symptoms. Case studies will be used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques which same time and steps. Attend this class and become more efficient when solving Ford diagnostic puzzles.
Successful Hybrid Diagnosis & Repair
The hybrid market continues to expand and many hybrids now need high voltage battery or transaxle repairs. While these vehicles require specific service procedures and some special tools, the diagnosis and repairs they need are not beyond the capabilities of a well-equipped shop with trained technicians.
Hybrid vehicles on the road today include: true hybrids like the Prius, Ford Fusion, Focus, and CMax, large vehicle two-mode hybrids such as GM, Chrysler, and BMW, EV/Hybrid vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-In, and “e-assist” vehicles which have an auto-stop feature and limited regeneration capabilities.
This class will focus on the big sellers; Gen 1, 2, and 3 Prius, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. We will also cover failures on Ford Escape, as well as Honda vehicles. These are the vehicles most likely to require battery or other hybrid system repairs.
Learn how to diagnose battery, inverter, transaxle and other hybrid systems failures and start making money when these systems fail.
Automotive CAN Bus – What it CAN do for you! (Available 8/1/15)
Controller Area Network has been used in vehicles since the early 2000s, but many technicians don’t realize the full capability of this system. This course will begin by explaining the theory and benefits of the CAN bus design and operation. It will then move into showing the additional scan data PIDs, Freeze Frame information, and Mode $06 information that will significantly aid the technician’s diagnosis.
The course will focus on diagnostic strategies that the technician can use in the bay the next day. There will be case studies that not only illustrate the use of CAN data PIDs found in generic OBDII, but also case studies illustrating diagnosing network communication faults that result in modules that are unable to communicate.
GM Driveability Solutions (Available 8/1/15)
In the never ending battle to stay ahead of the competition and meet Federal regulations, General Motors vehicles have undergone many changes and improvements in recent years. At the same time, General Motors has changed the format of repair and diagnostic information. Diagnostic flow charts, for example, have been removed causing technician frustration.
This class will focus on solving driveability faults in a logical manner using the available information and tools in the context of real world case studies. Learn verified diagnostic procedures for Variable Valve Timing, Electronic Throttle Control, Fuel Trim, Evaporative Systems, Active Fuel Management, Network Faults, and Ignition Systems.
Attend this class to learn about common failures and to improve your diagnostic abilities on GM systems.