PTS Seminars Syllabus
2014/2015 Professional Technician Training Syllabus
Professional Technician’s Seminar Series Classroom Training Programs
Our classroom-based Professional Technician’s Series Seminars are tailored to address the most popular mechanical issues encountered in the fieldfocusing on the needs of the aftermarket automotive technician – delivered by professionals for professionals. We hit the problems head on through step-by-step instructions. Each PTS seminar is “reality based” training utilizing the Fleetwood Interactivity System.
The following is a list of our current English language Instructor led technician training programs available during 2014. We also currently have 10 PTS seminars available in Spanish language. Contact your Standard® Sales Representative to schedule a PTS Seminar.
New for 2014
Diagnosing and Repairing the Top Automotive HVAC Problems
Diagnosing the Top Duramax Diesel Problems
Diagnosing the Top Variable Valve Timing Problems
Diagnosing the Top Toyota/Lexus Engine Performance Problems
Diagnosing Vehicle Electronics Problems
Available in 2015
Ford Driveability Solutions (Available 1/19/15)
Hyundai/Kia Drivability Solutions (Available 1/19/15)
Successful Hybrid Diagnosis & Repair (Available 1/19/15)
Automotive CAN Bus – What it is, how it works, and what it means to you. (Available 8/1/15)
GM Driveability Solutions (Available 8/1/15)
These classes contain specific details of system operation by focusing on the aspects of the system that are unique to the manufacturer, pointing out pattern failures, quick diagnostic techniques and field fixes.
Pattern failures and diagnostics are demonstrated through the use of many real world case studies submitted by working technicians. These classes are packed with Power Tips to assist the technician to diagnose the system and avoid pitfalls.
Diagnose the Top Chrysler/Jeep Drivability Problems
Chrysler and Jeep engine controls have undergone big changes and are now using a common engine control module design. These vehicles communicate on several networks and a technician must be prepared to deal with a vehicle that doesn't talk to the scan tool.
This class will focus on the operation of these newer systems, pattern failures, diagnostic techniques, and plenty of OE and field fixes. Learn to use a scan tool, to more effectively learn the causes of DTC’s, and to run the specific Monitor the PCM uses to set them. The case studies demonstrate the diagnostic techniques using a variety of tools.
Diagnose the Top GM Drivability Problems
This one-night interactive training program is packed with Power Tips and diagnostic techniques covering GM fuel delivery including fuel pump control modules, fuel injection including SIDI, throttle controls, ignition and emission control. Diagnostic techniques will be demonstrated in a case study format. Dozens of field developed techniques and repair tips are included in the class and the manual. In addition, the class contains information on the areas of GM vehicles experiencing the highest failure rates and those that are difficult to diagnose, such as, Throttle Actuator Control, Cam Phasing, Fuel Trim and O2 Sensor, Fuel Delivery and Fuel Injection, Flex fuel Vehicles, and Active Fuel Management.
Diagnose the Top Ford Drivability Problems
Ford engine control systems present unique symptoms and pattern failures, which can be difficult to diagnose. Fuel delivery and variable valve timing are common areas for failure. We provide techniques to make diagnostics more efficient and accurate on these systems. Field-developed techniques will shorten your diagnostic time and provide accurate results.
This one-night interactive training program is packed with Power Tips and diagnostic techniques covering Ford fuel delivery including fuel pump control modules, fuel injection, throttle controls, ignition and emission control. Diagnostic techniques will be demonstrated in a case study format. Dozens of field developed techniques and repair tips are included in the class and the manual. In addition, the class will contain information on: Cam Timing Diagnosis, Electronic Throttle Control Diagnosis, Fuel Trim and O2 Sensor Diagnosis, Neutral Profile Correction, Flex Fuel Vehicles, Wide Range HO2S Sensor (UEGO), and Gasoline Turbo Direct Injection (GTDI)
Diagnose the Top Honda/Acura Drivability Problems
This course is filled with the information needed to fix Honda/Acura vehicles quickly and accurately. Honda/Acura vehicles use unique Air Fuel sensors that can be difficult to diagnose using aftermarket scan tools. A complete system description and operational details are provided along with proven diagnostic techniques. Common failures will be covered such as hard start, high idle complaints, and EGR DTC’s.
A variety of case studies are used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques. Honda/Acura vehicles use unique scan data PID’s. The effective use of these PID’s will be demonstrated for each system. Field developed techniques and repair tips are included in the class and the manual.
Diagnose 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 and 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 Common VW/Audi Drivability Problems
While many shops shy away from Euro cars, the good news is VW and Audi are the more user-friendly Makes that traditional domestic shops can easily learn. We educate you on common tips, tricks, and drivability concerns associated with these cars. Special tools that make the job easier will be covered along with various methods of locating service information. The class contains valuable informational tips and tricks reinforced by case studies from technicians who service these cars on a routine basis.
Track style wiring schematics and their benefits will be discussed along with how to identify engine types, identify and relearn various throttle bodies, diagnose secondary air injection systems. This class will also feature service tips and additional information on the TDI diesel, along with showing step by step procedures to removing the front body of the car in order to access the timing belt and water pump.
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. This class contains important information on fuel, air induction and emissions systems including Particulate Filters Diesel Engine Fluid Systems; system operation, pattern failures, diagnostics and case studies for each engine type, and 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 with 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 the Top Cummins Diesel Problems
The Cummins diesel engine has been one of the more reliable and simple designs of diesel engines on the market mainly due to its inline 6 cylinder configuration. Reliable as the Cummins diesel engine may be, there are still plenty of failure items and maintenance required. Understanding the unique characteristics of each platform is beneficial to the technician diagnosing and repairing these engines.
This class will explain unique features of each platform along with service tips and procedures. Learn to diagnose and repair common failure items such as TPS, CKP, and fuel pumps. There will also be comprehensive coverage of the common rail fuel system reinforced by case studies from technicians that specialize in Cummins repair.
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 6.7L diesel, this class will focus on the operating characteristics of the 6.0 and 6.4L 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 Drivability 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.
These one-night classes focus on strategies that can be effectively used to diagnose DTCs and symptoms, using the concept of cause and effect diagnosis. This allows the technician to evaluate the function of a system based on his knowledge of that system and testing techniques using a diagnostic process that goes beyond factory flow charts.
During these classes the technicians are faced with real-world vehicles that are being diagnosed and repaired by a working technician allowing them to evaluate the techniques and tools being used and providing the opportunity to add them to their diagnostic arsenal. A wide variety of Makes are presented including Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, and Volkswagen are used.
Practical Lab Scope Use and Setup
While a scan tool is essential to diagnosing a vehicle, there comes a point in the diagnosis where a scan tool falls short. Quite often the next step involves a lab scope. A lab scope can be a very powerful tool if you know how to use it properly. It can be used to measure many different signals and quickly determine if they are present and if they are correct. Proper setup of the scope is critical for obtaining an accurate pattern that will assist in diagnosis. Various scopes execute functions in their own unique way, and many of those will be covered in this class. The goal of this class is to teach the attendee the benefits of scope usage, the proper set up of a lab scope, characteristics of different scopes, and techniques to be used.
This class will focus on how to set a scope’s time base, voltage or amperage setting, and when to use a trigger. Specific applications of scope diagnosis including, CMP-CKP synch, ignition misfire, fuel injector operation, low power, engine mechanical, and specific components will be covered. You will learn a problem solving, practical approach to using a scope which can be applied to any brand of tool. There will live waveforms displayed for analysis by the class. Multiple case studies will demonstrate proper scoping scenarios and techniques.
Diagnostic Techniques for Success
Even the best technician can hit the wall from time to time. Improvements in service information, test equipment, and available scan data can all help a technician succeed but gaps in these areas are bound to appear. What do you do when the symptoms and data just don't fit together? What do you do after you have exhausted all of your tools, techniques and experience?
We have assembled a group of our technician contributors to create a night of training you should not miss. We will learn how they overcome tough diagnostic problems in their shops, and in many cases, the shops they call on as mobile diagnosticians.
Vehicle System Series
The Vehicle System Series provides the technician with information, Power Tips, and pattern failures relating to a specific vehicle system. These are fast paced one-night programs that focus on new information, service procedures, and strategies for diagnosis.
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 the Top Domestic Anti-Theft Problems
Have you ever replaced an instrument cluster on a vehicle and found that the car wouldn't start when the job was done? An important part of any repair is to have an understanding all of the systems that are affected by the job. Anti-theft systems are used on most domestic vehicles today, and the technician must be aware of how each system operates. This class covers how the anti-theft systems used on GM, Ford, and Chrysler vehicles are incorporated into many areas of the vehicle. Case studies from working technicians in the bay will illustrate successful procedures that can be done in your shop tomorrow!
Each manufacturer has their own unique systems with unique components, operating strategies, and relearn procedures. We will discuss the operating characteristics of each type, the relearn procedures required, key replacement/relearn techniques, as well as share diagnostic strategies for each system. Case studies from working technicians in the bay will illustrate successful procedures that can be done in your shop tomorrow!
Electrical Diagnosis and Repair of Anti-Lock Brake Sensors and Controls
The purpose of this class is to help the technician better understand the operation of Anti-lock Brake Systems and to more efficiently and accurately diagnose ABS faults. The class will cover the operation of various ABS systems, sensors, and modules and how they are networked. Basic open circuit faults may not be a challenge to diagnose, but those no-code false activation situations can be frustrating. We will assist the technician to develop a diagnostic procedure designed to help them be successful immediately. Common failures, diagnosis, and repair techniques will be demonstrated throughout the class with multiple case studies of real world failures.
Diagnosing and Repairing the Top Automotive HVAC Problems Update
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; and 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.
Engine Management and Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmissions
There are many transmission symptoms that might be caused by engine control faults. The age-old question has been: “Is it the engine or the transmission?” Many drivability technicians have the diagnostic equipment and the skills necessary to make this determination and necessary repairs. 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 to make the most of your diagnostic time and to avoid diagnostic pitfalls presented by electronically controlled transmissions. Learn strategies and repairs that can be made without internal transmission disassembly. Learn common failure items for popular transmissions that must be diagnosed before the unit is overhauled or replaced.
Electronic Throttle Control Diagnosis, Repair, and Relearn
Have you ever performed a battery replacement and then found the vehicle wouldn’t idle? Or perhaps a customer has a concern of a vehicle that the Reduced Power message is intermittently illuminated on. Most vehicles we see today have Electronic Throttle Control or “Drive by Wire.” This class will go beyond theory to demonstrate diagnosis, repair, and follow-up procedures on the systems most likely to experience failures.
Learn critical cleaning and relearn techniques on specific manufacturers that can save you time and trouble in the bay.
Diagnosing OBDII EVAP DTCs
This one night class will focus on the latest developments in EVAP systems and equip you to perform efficient and accurate diagnosis. EVAP DTC diagnosis can be difficult and time consuming. Each manufacturer’s system operates differently and the DTCs vary from car to car.
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 covers 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 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 unanswered. 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 during diagnostic tests; 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 that you can put to use right away.
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 that 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 learn to troubleshoot sensors and actuators and verify their operation; quickly interpret schematics and use them to determine a diagnostic path; and 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.
Hyundai/Kia Driveability Solutions
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 is, how it works, and what it means to you!
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
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.