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Florida Repair Shop’s Website Wins Award of Distinction

May 10, 2010

Terry Wynter Auto Service Center’s website recently won an award of distinction for its website at the 2010 Image Awards. Visitors to the website can make appointments, obtain maintenance schedules and view tips on how to properly maintain their vehicles.

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Scope It Out: Desktop Video App

April 23, 2010

Team AVI understands that you are busy. We understand that to keep up with the technology rolling into our shops. To help you stay busy and get the info you need check out our great new desktop app. Download the free app to have the same great training clips, industry news and technical tips you find online delivered directly to your desktop as high quality video.

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Automatic Transmission Diagnostics: Scan Tool Tips

ATSG’s Wayne Colonna is here to help you by providing answers to some of the most difficult transmission related problems, giving you solutions and demonstrations on how to properly diagnose these issues utilizing aftermarket scan tools.

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AVI Receives a 2009 Constant Contact All-Star Award

April 22, 2010

Automotive Video, today announced that it has received a 2009 All-Star Award from Constant Contact®, Inc., a leading provider of email marketing, event marketing, and online survey tools for small organizations. Automotive Video was selected for meeting Constant Contact’s best-practice standards for the use of Email Marketing throughout 2009.

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Data Bus Testing Quick Tip

April 14, 2010

Data-bussing and multiplexing can be complex and aggravating. In this clip instructor Dave Hobbs teaches us simple and easy tricks for diagnosing data bus and module issues.

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Diagnostic News: April 2010

Check out episode 1 of the new monthly news show: Diagnostic News. AVI has partnered with autocarepro: news, a Babcox website filled with the most current industry information and great technical articles.

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Gasoline Direct Injection

April 8, 2010

Gasoline direct injection has been gaining momentum in the industry for some time. BG recently published an article recognizing GDI, and the fact that it will be around for some time. Gasoline direct injection (GDI) was first used in 1925 on the Hesselman engine. Jonas Hesselman designed the engine to start on gasoline and then switch over to run on diesel or kerosene. But in 1952, Bosch developed the first automotive direct injection system that actually ran on gasoline. Mercedes Benz wasn’t far behind in 1955 with the first direct injection sports car, the 300SL.

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Tech Tip: Performing a Fuel System Voltage Drop Test

April 7, 2010

Airtex offers the following Tech Tip to assist technicians in performing a fuel system voltage drop test. Misdiagnosis is the leading cause of fuel pump problems and returns. Often times a voltage drop test is the only effective way to find excessive resistance in high amperage circuits. It’s a quick and easy test that doesn’t require any dis assembly, and will give you immediate results on whether you’ve got a good connection or a bad one. Check out this tech tip from Airtex offering a step by step procedure to assist technicians in performing this valuable and easy test.

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AVI and ACDC releases extensive Hybrid Training Program

April 6, 2010

ACDC and Team AVI are catching you up to speed with the latest and future Hybrid technology with Craig Vanbatenburg. Hybrid vehicles have been around for a decade now and with millions of these vehicles on the road if you don’t already service hybrid vehicles in your shop, now is the time to start. This extensive program includes thorough training for hybrid vehicles from GM, Saturn, Ford, Honda, and Toyota providing you with detailed information, servicing tips and hands on demonstrations to keep your shop ahead and up to date with hybrid vehicle technology.

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How To Handle Customer Anxiety Over Intermittent Problems

By Mitch Schneider. Intermittent automotive service problems are one of the few things capable of terrifying and paralyzing folks on both sides of the service counter.
Everyone is terrified of something. It’s a fact of life.
Probe deep enough, look hard enough and you will find a phobia that is if not paralyzing, then, at the least, debilitating.
If that fear isn’t enough to inhibit your ability to act, I’ll bet it is significant enough to ensure that at least some of your actions fall out of the realm of what most of us might consider “normal” — whatever normal means.

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AVI to Provide Technical Training at Industry Week in Vegas

For the best training on the planet during the automotive aftermarket’s biggest industry event, you will not want to miss this technical training experience. Automotive Video will be hosting a live training event at the end of the 2010 Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas.

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AMI Announces Applications for the $1,000 AVI Education Scholarship

The Automotive Management Institute (AMI), is accepting applications for the $1,000 Automotive Video Inc. (AVI) Education Scholarship. The scholarship will be applied toward the recipients’ expenses to attend the 2010 Congress of Automotive Repair and Service (CARS) in Las Vegas.

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Scan Tool Testing Quick Tip

March 18, 2010

In this clip Jim Wilson teaches us about graphing MAP and RPM in your scan data to test for glitches in the pattern in order to isolate mechanical, fuel or ignition problems.

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Vegas Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

March 9, 2010

Join Team AVI during Industry Week on November 4th & 5th for live training sessions conducted by experts in the automotive aftermarket industry. The event will begin on Thursday November 4th with an exclusive Industry Networking Reception followed by a full day of training seminars on Friday November 5th at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. […]

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5 Gas Fuel Efficiency Analyzer

March 8, 2010

We see it happen all the time. A driver complains about poor gas mileage. No codes are set. Is there a problem that can be fixed? Or, is the driver just hoping for a solution we can’t provide? Extensive testing of the engine, fuel system and ignition system may reveal that fuel injector service, a tune-up, or some engine repair is needed. However, it is much faster and easier and more professional to simply probe the tailpipe exhaust gas and know how to proceed without even raising the hood.

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Are You Helping OEM Dealerships Take Your Business?

There is a rapidly growing trend for dealerships to suggest that having oil changes done by independent or other non-OEM service providers could compromise warranty coverage. Consumers are listening and increasingly opting to have all routine maintenance performed by OEM dealerships. If you are not concerned about this, you need to wake up and smell the coffee!

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What’s New at ASE?

In case you haven’t heard, ASE has introduced a new addition to the Automobile Technician certification test series—the Light Vehicle Diesel Engines Test (A9). The new A9 test comes as a response to industry interest in having ASE provide a certification path for technicians working on light diesel engines. Many vehicle manufacturers have plans to incorporate diesel engines in existing production automobiles and light trucks in order to enhance their lineup. The first A9 tests were offered in the May 2009 ASE Test Administration.

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R.I.P. Dennis Valone 1948-2010

March 7, 2010

It is with much love and respect that we say goodbye to our dear friend, Sales and Operations Manager, Dennis Valone, who passed away suddenly February 17, 2010.

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Check Your Air, Mister? Servicing TPMS Systems

February 17, 2010

As a once-familiar gas jockey greeting passes into history, now-mandatory TPMSs have made it easier for drivers to monitor tire pressures. Servicing these systems is somewhat more complicated than operating a tire pressure gauge.

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Automotive Labscope Specifications

The problem most automotive technicians face when trying to select an appropriate labscope is reading and understanding labscope specifications and then matching those specifications to the test requirements. Our objective is to explain bandwidth and sampling specs as they apply to automotive testing. Once you’ve read the labscope spec data and compared that data to your requirements you can make a better decision.

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Selecting a Shop Management System

February 16, 2010

What would you say is the most valuable tool in your auto repair shop? If you did not answer your shop management system, then you could be missing out on many opportunities to streamline your business and maximize success.

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Toyota J-2534 Passthough

February 15, 2010

In AVI’s Toyota J-2534 Passthough video, you will learn more about passthrough programming with ATG’s Ross Wellwood.

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Toyota Diagnostics Training

January 17, 2010

Fort Myers, FL – February 19, 2010 It’s time to rethink the way Toyota vehicles are being repaired. In the past, Toyota vehicles rarely presented a diagnostic challenge. Today these vehicles are more complex and system failures have increased as OBD II models continue to age. Bizarre EVAP systems, weak but expensive catalytic converters, hard […]

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Become The Shop With NO Competition

Fort Myers, FL – February 19, 2010 All shops are doing oil changes and every shop competes on price, quality, and convenience.  George Witt will show you how to take new oil technology and show it to customers and do extended drain intervals that make sense and keep your customers happy. 

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Social Networking

January 12, 2010

As fast as lightning strikes, automotive technology changes. Since 1994, Automotive Video has worked to help keep you out of the storm. Much like the automotive industry, web technology is also changing. Social networking has become an integral part of the way companies conduct and market their business, so we here at Automotive Video have taken action to grant you access to diagnostic training on the most familiar social networking platforms—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Search Auto Parts. Check it out today and help us help you.

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Training for the Future

January 10, 2010

“Hybrid vehicle electronics are dangerous and only the dealerships will be able work on them.” “The independent garage is on its way out.” Have you heard statements like these before? I have, and I have to disagree with these opinions, based in part on history.

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Training Front Counter Staff

January 9, 2010

By George Witt. I remember my first job as a Service Advisor in a dealership, before shop management computer systems.  The training was intensive— “Here’s your clip board, there’s your work area, the doors open at 7am.”   It was “Lightning Bolt Training” at it’s finest.

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Alternate Uses for Your Smoke Machine

January 6, 2010

Alternate Uses For Your Evap Smoke Tester: tips and tricks for many different uses of and evap smoke tester with Dave Hobbs

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Auction to Help Fund the AVI Scholarship

December 15, 2009

Auction to Help Fund the AVI Scholarship

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5.9 Cummins Diesel Diagnostics

Automotive Video has released a long awaited 5.9 Dodge Cummins diesel training program on DVD. This class with Dave Scaler will help diesel technicians who are interested in learning more about the Cummins system and gas technicians who would like to get into diesel diagnostics and repair. The program covers complete system operation, testing and […]

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Cummins 5.9 Diesel Diagnostics Tip Clip

December 12, 2009

Cummins are one of the easiest systems to work on, if you are not doing diesel repairs this is a great way to get yourself involved in the diesel market.

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Management Donuts

Do’s and Donuts, management tips and tricks with George Witt. Watch now.

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New Twist on an Old Story: GMs Variable Valve Timing

December 11, 2009

Powertrain engineers continue to extract more power from and reduce emissions on conventional internal combustion engines. When both intake and exhaust camshafts get involved, GM’s variable valve timing system meets both goals.

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Testing Injector Flow With a Scope

December 10, 2009

By Peter Meier. Fuel flow and injector faults can result in drivability problems. Some OEM scan tools, as well as some high end aftermarket tools, allow you to perform power balance and/or injector balance tests on those OEs that support such a test. Injector balance can also be done using a tool that fires the […]

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What is the Difference

December 9, 2009

By George Witt. It gets plenty cold in Nebraska and we have a saying that “the only thing between us and the North Pole is a barbed-wire fence”. The wind blows constantly on the Prairie.  I’m in need of a new Winter coat and this is not a place to cut corners on price. 

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