Each Pro Training On-Site class is a reality-based technician training program focused on the needs of the aftermarket professional automotive technician. Here's what's available this year:
New Topics Available in 2018
Whole Vehicle Diagnostics: Diagnosing the rest of the vehicle – Available January 2018
In order to serve their customers well, today’s technicians need to be ready to deal with any problem that comes to the shop. The customer only knows that the vehicle doesn’t feel right, drive right, or there is a light on. It is up to the technician to identify which system is causing the fault and affect a repair. It could be a transmission shift concern, an ABS fault, or a simple misfire. Technicians need to be ready and have a diagnostic plan. We will explore each topic as we work through real world case studies from the field.
HVAC Diagnosis and Repair Solutions – Available January 2018
In this update to our very popular HVAC series, we will look at new developments in systems designs, controls, service techniques and tools. Each year, the manufacturers face stricter regulations regarding emissions and fuel economy and improving the efficiency of HVAC systems is a big part of their response. The next refrigerant, r1234yf is being used in more vehicles and you will need to be prepared for diagnosis and service of these systems. The electronic controls for HVAC have become more complex and need to be part of your diagnostic process. We will show you how these systems work, what goes wrong, and how to complete a successful repair. Be ready to help your customer stay comfortable in their vehicle.
Control Module Diagnosis and Replacement – Available January 2018
When a vehicle has been diagnosed as having a bad module, do you feel confident that you can handle the job? Are you tired of sending vehicles to the dealer or calling in a mobile technician to have modules flashed or setup? The tools and information for the job are available to aftermarket technicians. In this class we will help you to determine when a module has failed, which module has failed, and what is necessary to replace the module. We will show you how to get the tools, information, and the subscriptions that you need to get the job done.
VW and Audi Scan Diagnosis – Available August 2018
VW and Audi have used a very different method of displaying scan data. Many technicians struggle with the way it is accessed and displayed so scan tool manufacturers have tried to help by displaying the data in a familiar way. While this works on many other manufacturers, the true speed and power of VW scan data is lost. In this class, we will show you how to use Expert Mode to tap into more powerful diagnostics including PIDs and system resets and controls which can only be accessed in Expert Mode. Become a scan data expert and be ready to diagnose and repair these popular vehicles.
Integrated Power Module and Smart Junction Box Diagnosis – Available August 2018
Chrysler and Ford vehicles have been using an enhanced “fuse box” which does a lot more than circuit control and protection. These modules can be integrated with the data bus and they can be the cause of many symptoms including inoperative components, no starts, and codes. You will need to be able to diagnose faults and be sure a replacement is needed before you order one of these expensive devices. Some of these modules will require programming before they will work. Be prepared to diagnose and configure these modules when they go bad.
Additional Topics for 2018
Light Duty Diesel DPF and DEF Solutions
Problems with the emissions systems on late model diesel trucks not only cause dirty air but also can leave your customer stranded. This class will focus on servicing the latest diesel particulate filters and urea injection systems. See common failures diagnosed and repaired. Find out why these systems sometimes will not regenerate and when a relearn is needed. We will demonstrate diagnosis and relearn procedures and tips to ensure their completion on actual vehicles. Be prepared to solve your customer’s problems on these systems.
Solve the Most Difficult DTCs
After almost 20 years of OBD2, technicians have learned to cope with most of the problems that come their way. But there are some systems that continue to be difficult to diagnose. Some of these are old and some are fairly new. Some types of codes that can be difficult to diagnose include evaporative system, random misfire, Variable Valve Timing, catalyst efficiency, electronic throttle control, and fuel trim. This class will explore why these codes cause grief and how to successfully repair them. Get ready to blast through these problems. The class will cover EVAP diagnosis, random misfire diagnosis, catalyst efficiency code diagnosis, fuel trim diagnosis, and diagnostic and repair tips.
Diagnose and Repair Vehicle Networks
Late model vehicles have an amazing amount of computers onboard, networked together using different protocols and configurations. A single sensor fault may set codes in multiple modules since the data is being shared over the network. Communication faults will often generate the dreaded U codes and at times a scan tool will not communicate with the vehicle at all. Attend this class to become proficient at solving communications problems
Electronic Transmission Diagnosis
Transmissions are controlled by the engine control system and use many of the same sensors and the sensors used in the transmission should be familiar to drivability technicians. Many transmission symptoms might be caused by engine controls. You must be able to determine if the problem is in the engine or the transmission. Many drivability technicians have the diagnostic equipment and the skills necessary to diagnose these problems and make the repair. Don’t let these opportunities pass you by. In this class you will learn to determine if the engine or the transmission is causing the symptom you are experiencing. Popular electronic inputs and outputs will also be covered. Learn strategies and repairs that can be made without transmission removal and disassembly. Learn common failure items for popular transmissions and stop turning these jobs away.
Chrysler Drivability Solutions
Chrysler and Jeep engine controls have undergone big changes as the company has changed hands. The influence of Daimler and Fiat technologies can be seen in the systems and component changes as well. The communications bus has also changed and new vehicles use a more fault tolerant version called PowerNet. You need good information to successfully diagnose drivability and emissions problems on these vehicles and this class will give you the edge on diagnosis. During this class we will diagnose misfire, stalling, low power, lack of communications, and a variety of other issues on Chrysler vehicles. Get ready to solve your customer’s problems on these vehicles.
Diagnosing Fuel Trim, MAF, and O2 Problems
The next vehicle you diagnose might be equipped with an Air/Fuel or Lambda sensor. These sensors have complicated the diagnosis of fuel trim DTC and reduced power concerns. Our familiar scan data such as g/s for a mass air flow sensor, Short Term and Long Term for fuel trim, 0-1 volt for O2 sensors have been replaced with terms like kg/hr, Equivalence Ratio, Milliamps, or strange voltages that don’t make sense.
The goal of this class is to help you streamline your diagnosis of fuel control related problems through an understanding of systems operation, and the application of data and diagnostic functions. We will also cover the scenarios in which you must determine if the fuel trim is the cause or the result of the fault.
Cummins Diesel Diagnostic & Repair Solutions
The Cummins diesel engine has been a very popular engine choice for the Dodge truck platform. This engine has been in use for over 20 years but in recent years there have been a number of changes to the fuel system as well as the addition of emission devices. We will show you how they work, how they fail and how they affect diagnosis and service. The focus of this class will be to prepare you to diagnose and service these popular engines. Attend this class to learn about, Cummins common rail fuel systems including 5.9L and 6.7L engines, supply and high-pressure fuel systems, turbocharger and EGR systems, exhaust after treatment systems, and receive diagnostic and repair tips.
Rapid Diagnostics: Going Beyond the Code
Engine performance problems typically set DTCs and technicians can fall into the trap of replacing parts based only on the code stored. What if replacing parts based on DTCs alone doesn't solve the customer concern? What if multiple codes are stored? What if driveability concerns exists and there are no DTCs? The most successful technicians in the industry approach problems in a structured and logical way. This class will give you a chance to follow their thought process and develop your own abilities. Attend this class to improve your accuracy and efficiency at diagnosing performance faults, understand DTC definitions and code set criteria, use schematics effectively to solve problems and diagnose faults without stored DTCs.
GM Driveability Solutions
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.
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 cap less 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 that can cause driveability symptoms. Case studies will be used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques that same time and steps. Attend this class and become more efficient when solving Ford diagnostic puzzles.
Scan data, and lab scope waveforms will be used to analyze these system’s operation and to diagnose failures. Learn to safely service each component on these systems, as they become part of your everyday routine.