Toyota/Honda Charging Systems w/ Nelson Davis

This class provides a detailed approach to the operation, function and diagnosis of Toyota and Honda Computer Controlled Charging Systems.

Topics covered include:

  • AC Ripple Voltage
  • Modern Drive Belts and changes in Alternator Pulleys
  • Descriptions of Alternator Circuits and their functions
  • Common problems with these systems
  • Trouble codes related to charging system operation and diagnosis
  • Toyota non-PCM Controlled vs. PCM Controlled Charging Systems
  • Toyota Charging System Fuses
  • Honda ELD Charging System
  • Aftermarket Scan Tools and equipment used to properly test and diagnose these systems
  • Helpful tips that can be used to diagnose and service both Toyota and Honda charging systems

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this class the student will:

  • Have a better understanding of computer controlled charging systems for both Toyota and Honda vehicles
  • Know how to accurately test both Toyota and Honda charging systems
  • Understand the importance of using a Scan Tool to help diagnose Toyota and Honda charging systems

Push Button Start Systems w/ Ryan Kooiman

Passive entry and start systems using a “smart key” have been available on select vehicles for many years now. These systems allow a driver to leave the key in their pocket while both entering and starting the vehicle. The smart key communicates wirelessly with a receiver which then communicates with other modules over a wired network. These systems are typically very reliable, but when they fail and a vehicle will not start, technicians will need to understand how they work to diagnose them.

The goal of this class is to prepare the aftermarket technician to be ready to diagnose and repair push button start systems. Technicians will learn to differentiate between a smart key system fault and a module-controlled starter fault. Technicians will learn the core components involved with all push button start systems, as well as the OE specific components and their operation on four different vehicles.

After completing this class, the technician will be able to:

  • Understand module controlled starting system
  • Identify the core components of a push button start system
  • Understand the necessary inputs to allow for passive engine start
  • Identify service and repair issues
  • Diagnose wireless communication faults
  • Diagnose wired communication faults
  • Identify which part of the system has failed and create a diagnostic plan
  • Read and interpret a starting system wiring schematic

Social Media from Concept to Engagement w/ Sara Fraser

In this course Sara will take you from beginning to end in the process of having an idea for a social media post, creating the post, scheduling the post, and finally boosting that post to help your engagement increase. We will cover content ideas, how to come up with a plan on what to post and when. How to create graphics in specific sizes for social media using Canva. Sara will walk you through the basics and some more technical sides of using Canva.  Sara will then take you through how to schedule that post to your social media accounts using Hootsuite.

In this course you will learn all about hashtags, Facebook, Instagram, and many other aspects of social media marketing. You will be able to see firsthand how easy it can be to take your idea and turn it into a post that generates likes and engagement. Don’t have any ideas? No worries Sara will give you tools to help you generate ideas and create a social media content calendar! (Sara is not affiliated with Hootsuite or Canva)

Topics Covered:

  • How to turn ideas into social media content and create a social media calendar
  • The learner will be able to go from point a to z of taking an idea, turning it into a graphic, adding content and hashtags, scheduling it onto their social media, and boosting it to increase engagement
  • Understand how to use and implement tools such as Canva and Hootsuite

Hands on High Voltage Part 1 w/ John Forro & Dirk Fuchs

This course will bring you and your technicians up to speed on hybrid and electric vehicle operations. This course will cover technician safety, vehicle operation, systems theory, equipment needs, HV battery diagnostics and servicing, inverter diagnostics and servicing, and motor-generator diagnostics and servicing. This class will be hands-on, so we recommend bringing some high voltage gloves (we will have limited supply on-site). This course will also be using our newest training tool, a fully operational cut-a-way generation 3 Toyota Prius. This course is loaded with real-world diagnostics for high voltage vehicles and even pattern failures!

European Diagnostics w/ Jim Wilson

What do you need to know when performing diagnostics on a EURO vehicle? Making your job easier, learn to use the platform and engine designations to access the data information. Learn to use OBD2 code setting criteria to determine how a code sets and how to make sense of DIN wiring diagrams. What is the VW Data Blocks?

Why the EURO vehicles use Additive and Multiplicative instead of Long-Term and Short-Term Fuel Trim will be covered. Also, why sometimes you will need more than one scan tool.

Topics covered:

  • Scan Tool Types & Set-Up
  • New Names to Learn
  • Diagnostics Tips on the Big Three VAG/BMW/Mercedes Benz
  • European vs. Domestic Fuel Trim
  • DIN wiring diagrams
  • The type of engine management systems (Bosch Siemens)

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, the participant will:

  • Thoroughly understand the European approach to diagnostics and basic principles
  • Understand VW Data Blocks
  • Locate additional information to help to set up the scan tool for diagnostics

Gasoline Direct Injection w/ Ryan Kooiman

Gasoline direct injection is used on most new vehicles and requires a different approach to diagnosis and service. GDI systems have specific failures and require an understanding of how they work and how to test them when they set a code. In this class, we will dig into these systems and demonstrate common failures, code diagnosis, scan data interpretation, and service procedures. We will diagnose broken vehicles and help you to streamline your diagnosis of these popular systems.

The goal of this class is to prepare the aftermarket technician for diagnosing and repairing gasoline direct injection systems safely and correctly.

After completing this class, a technician will:

  • Understand the evolution of fuel systems
  • Understand the benefits of direct injection
  • Understand the direct-port combo injection systems purpose
  • Understand direct injection fueling modes
  • Understand and be able to diagnose the low-pressure system
  • Understand and be able to diagnose the high-pressure system
  • Be aware of the primary cause of carbon buildup on the intake valve and how to address it
  • Be able to properly handle direct injection components during repairs to other systems
  • Be able to replace fuel injectors or their seals
  • Be able to replace the high-pressure pump
  • Understand the complex control of fuel injectors and how to scope the control circuits

Advanced Financial Strategies for Peace of Mind w/ Bill Haas

The money is what really matters. Managing the money is the difference between enjoying your role as an owner or manager and struggling to make ends meet. You don’t need to be an accountant. You need to understand the realities of what really affects your profits. Those same realities give you the ability to make decisions for your business based on current and projected financial performance.

Topics Covered:

  • Understanding the Profit and Loss statement
  • Properly pricing labor and parts sales
  • Staff efficiency and productivity
  • Key Performance Indicators – the numbers you need to monitor and the frequency they should be checked
  • Budgets for forecasting sales and managing expenses

Hands on High Voltage Part 2 w/ John Forro & Dirk Fuchs

This course will bring you and your technicians up to speed on hybrid and electric vehicle operations. This course will cover technician safety, vehicle operation, systems theory, equipment needs, HV battery diagnostics and servicing, inverter diagnostics and servicing, and motor-generator diagnostics and servicing. This class will be hands-on, so we recommend bringing some high voltage gloves (we will have limited supply on-site). This course will also be using our newest training tool, a fully operational cut-a-way generation 3 Toyota Prius. This course is loaded with real-world diagnostics for high voltage vehicles and even pattern failures!

Scantool Shootout OEM vs. Aftermarket w/ John Forro and Mark DeKoster

This course will demystify the age-old debate of factory vs. aftermarket scan tools and their capabilities.  Our instructors will dive deep into the capabilities and limitations of each type.  More importantly, we will explore just how much we can do with the aftermarket scan tools on a variety of models.  This course is also loaded with diagnostic tips and testing strategies, which can be used with either type of scan tool you currently own!  This course will have actual hands-on testing throughout the class.

Strategies to Harness the Power of the Phone w/ Bill Haas

Every customer experience starts with a conversation. A great conversation leads to a great experience.

Even with all of the incredible communication technology available today, the most effective business tool is still the phone. The telephone is convenient, easily accessible and the lifeline for most business to be conducted. Don’t take phone callers for granted, if handled improperly the conversation can be more damaging than beneficial.

  • Make an impression that guarantees success
  • Take and maintain control of any phone call
  • Have the advantage of listening effectively
  • How to deal with difficult callers

Now make every call and every conversation count. Watch sales increase as you watch callers become clients!

The Common, But Modern, Chassis w/ Niel Speetjens

Have you looked under a car recently and wondered why there seems to be more control arms than you’re used to or noticed that the steering rack is electro-mechanical now? That rack could have been missing the hydraulic pump for a lot of Manufacture since 2004.  Did you notice electric motors at the rear calipers?

Take three hours and ensure you’re up to speed on today’s chassis systems, and understand the correlation between this system and electro-mechanical parts. ZF has developed and produced chassis systems for many OEMs. The high percentage of OE business allows technicians to go on a deep dive into why control arm counts are increasing and learn how to interpret fault codes and steering data in order to properly diagnose and service chassis systems. The participant will get an understanding about new brake technology like, Brake booster, Electric Park Brake and what is special on brake systems for electric vehicles. On top of this the Instructor will touch base on ADAS technology and will explain the influence of the suspension systems towards this technology. This class will bring you up to speed on new Chassis, ADAS and Brake Technology.

After completing this training, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe components within the suspension system
  • Explain different chassis angles and angle settings
  • Differentiate between popular chassis systems
  • Describe a multi-link suspension system
  • Explain how to control bump steering
  • Identify electric steering systems
  • Describe common failures related to the suspension in steering systems
  • Identify different driver assist functions and their operations
  • Describe functions and impacts of radar and camera systems
  • Show basic settings of radar and camera systems
  • List braking components and their functions
  • Describe common brake pads installation errors
  • Explain electrical park brake systems
  • Describe proper mechanical release of electrical brake system
  • List braking components and their functions
  • Explain assistance based emergency braking
  • Identify noise issues
  • Diagnose brake systems and errors

Train the Trainer: Hands on Limited Hybrid at AVI Studios with John Forro

This overview of AVI’s EV course is dedicated to the professional educator looking to either add or enhance their current electricity modules, hybrid modules, or electric vehicle modules in their curriculum. This course is a complete start to finish class that you can provide to your students, bringing current and timely content to them. The curricula will cover everything from Ohm’s law through hands-on high voltage testing and diagnostics. Tomorrow’s technicians will need to service the electric vehicles that are growing in popularity with each passing year.

In this course, we will be using our new instructor generated curriculum, which includes objectives, lesson plans, power points, quizzes/tests, student activity sheets, etc. The instructor will also be featuring activities on the AVI cutaway hybrid Prius that is not only a fully functional and driving vehicle but also has a second set of non-functional high voltage components that can be used to teach the students without fear of high voltage safety risks. You’ve heard about this exclusive course in all the trade magazines, now is your chance to witness it first-hand!