Technical Articles

AVI and Bosch Launch North American EV Training Tour

March 29, 2024

Bosch is hitting the road on a 20-week training tour, bringing AVI’s top-notch automotive expertise to communities nationwide. The event kicked off at AVI Headquarters on March 21st, which drew […]

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Labscopes For New Users – What Labscopes Are And Types of Labscopes Explained

October 4, 2021

Labscopes can prove daunting to the new user, especially due to the many forms and functions it comes with. But, as Teddy Roosevelt has said, “Do what you can, with […]

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Advanced System Testing Strategies – Q&A Event

April 1, 2021

JOIN US LIVE APRIL 14 @ 12:00-1:00 PM EDT FOR THIS PREMIER LIVE EVENT!  AVI Instructor John Forro will teach you all about advanced system testing strategies. John will hold […]

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The Diagnostic Mindset – Technical Article

March 1, 2021

The Diagnostic Mindset By John Forro Lead Instructor, Automotive Video Innovations This month’s featured course is from AVI instructor Ron Bilyeu, and it covers one of the most important topics […]

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February’s Featured Course: Evolving Fuel Systems Technology

January 29, 2021

Fuel Systems THE FILLING STATION What do we really need to think about when filling our tanks? – First and foremost, it is typically not a good idea to fill […]

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January’s Featured Course: High Voltage – Hands On with Electric Vehicles

January 4, 2021

Electrical THIS MONTH’S FEATURED COURSE IS ELECTRICAL This month’s featured course is electricity. This is a very unique course in it’s construction where we started off with basic 12-volt electrical […]

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Are You Smarter Than A ‘Smart’ Charging System?

December 9, 2020

By Dave Hobbs. No matter how complex ‘smart’ charging systems appear at first glance, it still comes down to a battery, an alternator and some modules monitoring and controlling voltage regulation. […]

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How to Program Ford Keys

November 8, 2019

How to Program Ford Keys To start reprogramming Ford Keys the technician needs to Initiate Prox Learning procedures through FDRS. Once you launch FDRS, the program needs to identify the […]

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What is an ADAS ?

October 24, 2019

  What is an ADA System? Want to play a game? Between a Boeing 777, Mercedes S-Class, or a B-2 bomber. Which one has the least lines of code? The […]

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Protect Your Email and Avoiding Phishing Scams

October 22, 2019

Protect Your Email and Avoiding Phishing Scams “I don’t know this person, and I can’t identify this person.” Common sense dictates to ignore them or scrutinize this unidentified entity. However, […]

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Climate Control Diagnostic Process

September 18, 2019

Climate Control Diagnostic Process By Bob Pattengale Every Technician needs to have a diagnostic plan. The primary goal of the diagnostic plan is to prepare the Technician to solve the […]

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Compressor Clutch Control Circuit

September 13, 2019

Compressor Clutch Control Circuit From Bob Pattengale Looking at the graph the compressor clutch has a unique relay, it has a compressor control relay that operates in a variety of […]

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The Pitfalls of Power Sources During Module Flashing

January 28, 2019

So you have made the decision to get into module flashing as a profit center of your business. You have purchased the tools, software licenses and have completed a myriad […]

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To Flash or not to Flash

Can Module Reprogramming Become a Profit Center for your Shop? The decision to enter into the Reflashing “Business” should not be taken lightly. The tools, software, subscriptions and training can […]

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Controller Area Network System

July 18, 2018

When Bosch designed the Controller Area Network (CAN system) the idea was to make an electronic protocol system that would allow electronic control units and various other components to communicate with each other in an automotive setting without a main computer functioning as a communication terminal.

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GM TPMS: The Setup And Relearn Procedures

July 15, 2018

View All Our Tire and Wheel Courses       GM TPMS systems on Buick, Pontiac, Chevy, GMC, Cadillac and Hummer models are some of the easiest to service if […]

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Bosch Releases Virtual Garage

March 19, 2016

Robert Bosch, LLC is officially launching the 2D version of the Bosch Virtual Garage. The Bosch Virtual Garage was initially launched as a 3D version during the 2015 BoschXperience tour, using […]

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The Future of Brake Technology

March 12, 2016

The Future of Brake Technology German OEM supplier Siemens is developing new braking technology called electronic wedge brake. This can dramatically reduce stopping distances of vehicles compared to hydraulic brake […]

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Antilock Braking Systems Technology

Antilock Braking Systems Technology We all know today’s automobiles are “super smart,” hence the need for “super smart” technicians. These days, electronic devices control 85 percent of all vehicle functions, […]

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2016 AVI Conference @ AAPEX

2016 AVI Conference @ AAPEX Save The Dates: October 31-November 1st @ the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas AVI conferences attract some of the top technicians in […]

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Get it Out the Door!

March 4, 2016

Get it Out the Door!   It’s coming….Friday is coming!   Friday brings a slight drop in the work load, anticipation of a weekend with time all to yourself (unless you […]

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High Times At Ford

What is all this talk about clean diesel? Is it the fuel? Is it the engine technology? Is it the aftertreatment technology? Is it the push for cleaner emissions? Yes, it’s all of the above. Clean diesel is a collaborative effort set forth by the EPA, carried out by OEMs, state and local governments, environmental and community organizations and the Federal government.

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Gates Giveaway at AAPEX

March 30, 2015

GATES GIVEAWAY   With the AAPEX show right around the corner, the excitement builds for vendors, buyers, and those planning to attend as fans. Thousands of products that will be […]

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Bosch at AAPEX 2015

March 24, 2015

Bosch at the 2015 AAPEX Show   The world’s largest supplier of automotive components had some things lined up that provided those in attendance with a fantastic experience. Bosch has […]

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The 2015 SEMA Show

THE 2015 SEMA SHOW  The automotive industry had its eyes locked in on the big annual conventions set for the scene of Las Vegas. SEMA was once again at the […]

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Collision Shop Diplomacy

March 23, 2015

Recently I was reviewing an article in AutoInc, involving a “picky customer” case history at a collision repair facility.  The question was what would you do if you had a […]

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Start-Stop Technology Growth

March 5, 2015

Start-Stop Technology growth worldwide prompts the increase in AGM battery production to meet rising automaker demand.   In the next 5 years it will be difficult to buy a new vehicle […]

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Big News for Heavy-Duty Vehicles

BIG NEWS FOR HEAVY-DUTY VEHICLES Major players in the heavy-duty vehicle industry announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on September 15, 2015 regarding access to heavy-duty vehicle […]

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Clean Diesel–What It Is

December 23, 2014

What is all this talk about clean diesel? Is it the fuel? Is it the engine technology? Is it the aftertreatment technology? Is it the push for cleaner emissions? Yes, it’s all of the above. Clean diesel is a collaborative effort set forth by the EPA, carried out by OEMs, state and local governments, environmental and community organizations and the Federal government.

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Advanced Tips For Changing Fuel Pressure On EFI Systems

October 23, 2014

Changing the fuel pressure on an EFI System is an effective method of affecting engine performance and making more power. However, there are many do’s and don’ts, and rules of […]

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Why You Can’t Ignore Reflash Repairs

by Andrew Markel Reflashing has been around for more than 20 years. In the past, updates were rare and typically addressed drivability and emissions issues. Recently, I’ve noticed that ­reflashing is […]

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Fuel Trim Diagnosis And O2 Sensor Performance

September 10, 2014

To better understand how fuel trim numbers are generated, the ECM/PCM uses the oxygen sensor or air/fuel sensor input signal to adjust fuel injector pulse-width values. If a longer-than-normal injector […]

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Can ‘Add-ons’ Affect The CAN System?

August 27, 2014

Shortly after a male teen gets his first car, the first thing he wants to do is modify it with new wheels, upgraded exhaust, seat covers and, the most important […]

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Diagnostic Solutions: Diagnosing Misfires

August 13, 2014

Air/fuel ratios caused by leaking fuel pressure regulators and other fuel control issues can also cause general misfires on other vehicles. Freeze-frame data obtained by a scan tool can be […]

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ASE A5 Test Prep: Brake Pulsation And Runout

Being able to diagnose and solve brake rotor pulsation problems is critical to passing the ASE A5 exam for brakes. Pulsation and brake performance problems may not seem to be […]

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