Lab Scopes

This class covers the differences between lab scopes and digital multi-meters. Time base, voltage scaling, trigger, slope coupling, frequency, shape and glitch terminology will be explained so as to be used effectively for proper scope set up. Acquiring and interpreting various waveforms will be a priority level of instruction throughout this class to allow the technician to utilize using the scope as a powerful diagnostic tool. A training manual with all of the class topics as well as a known good waveform library is provided with the course.

Topics Covered:

  • Why Scopes?
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Setting up the Scope
  • Trigger Level and Slope
  • Acquiring Waveforms
  • Interpreting Waveforms
  • Current RampingIgnition
  • Systems Testing
  • Fuel System testing
  • Sensor / Actuator Testing
  • Network Diagnostics Testing

 

OBD II

This class covers the operation of OBD2, including P, B, and U series codes, pending trouble codes, diagnostics, generic and factory sides of data, freeze frame, and how to use these effectively to reduce comebacks. Understand how continuous and non-continuous monitors work, and what enable criteria is and how to comprehend the strategies. A training manual is included.

Topics Covered:

  • Complete Overview
  • Generic vs. Factory
  • All 10-Mode
  • Freeze Frame
  • In-depth Monitors Explanation and Diagnostic Testing Procedures
  • Scan Too decisions and Testing
  • Thorough Explanation of Mode 6
  • Potential Pitfalls and How to Avoid them.

 

Computer Controls

This class explores sensor inputs, PCM strategies and outputs and how they relate to a modern fuel control system. Exploration of sensor operation, open and closed loop, fuel trims and how to use them effectively. A training manual is provided.

Topics Covered:

  • Computer Control Basics
  • Sensor vs. Actuator
  • Sensor and Adjust
  • Overview of Main Sensors
  • Overview of Main Actuators
  • Scan Tool Testing
  • Protocols
  • Diagnostics Testing

 

Scan Tool Diagnostics

This course explores all the capabilities of a modern-day scan tool. Topics such as choosing a scan tool for the job at hand, the differences between a factory vs. an aftermarket tool, choosing the correct diagnostic protocol, interfacing of various vehicle modules such as PCM, BCM, Chassis, Airbag, Transmission etc., Retrieving DTC’s, monitoring and interpreting PID’s, Bi-directional tests, graphing and what to do if no communication message is received will be covered throughout the instruction of the course materials. A training manual is provided.

Topics Covered:

  • Choosing a Scan Tool
  • Choosing a Protocol
  • Interfacing with Various Modules
  • Diagnostic Trouble Codes
  • Data Stream
  • Bi-directional Testing
  • Other Tool Features and Benefits
  • What to do when you get NO Communication

 

Air Bags Systems

This class explores the typical air bag system used on today’s vehicles. An overview of system design, functionality, disarming procedures, diagnostic procedures along with circuit and component testing is covered throughout the course. Various types of smart systems will be addressed giving the technician insight as to how some of the more complex systems are designed. A manual is provided with this course.

Topics Covered:

  • System Overview
  • Disarming Procedures
  • Component Functional Descriptions
  • Component Testing
  • System Diagnostics

 

J-2534 Flashing

This class covers the needs, regulations, tooling requirements, subscription acquiring, OEM website navigation and the actual programming procedure of a PCM. This class also covers searching for available software updates and how setting up a new module may be different than just updating an original module. A manual is provided with this course.

Topics Covered:

  • What is J-2534
  • What Modules can it Flash Choosing the Right Tool for you Needs
  • Battery Maintainers
  • OEM Websites
  • Reprogramming Procedures
  • When to Perform Programming
  • Potential Disaster Areas of Concern

 

Heating & Cooling Systems

This class covers systems overviews of heating and cooling systems with a heavy emphasis on components and testing strategies. The three types of refrigerants used on vehicles and pressure gauge readings will be covered in great detail. Various EPA regulations pertaining to shops, equipment and technicians along with system diagnostics will also be covered throughout the course. A manual is provided with this course.

Topics Covered:

  • Heating and Cooling System Overview of Components and their Functions
  • Testing Carious Components with the Heating and Cooling System
  • New Refrigerants
  • EPA Rules, Regulations and Certifications
  • Required Tooling and How to Use Tooling

 

Servicing Hybrid Vehicles

This course will cover a system overview with a heavy emphasis on safety concerning working on hybrid vehicles. Proper tooling, scan tool diagnostics and individual component testing. Pattern failures are also presented as case studies. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • What is a hybrid?
  • How does one Work?
  • Operating a Hybrid
  • Component Overview
  • Hybrid Safety
  • Special Tooling
  • Component and Circuit Testing
  • Green Bullets!

 

Controller Area Networking

This course covers networking high and low speed circuits, nodes, sub-nodes, data bus circuitry, star vs. loop configurations and which vehicles are using these newer systems. A heavy emphasis is placed on scan tool diagnostics and wiring schematics interpretation to aid in diagnosing these systems, along with case studies. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Networking
  • Types of C.A.N.
  • Loop vs. Star
  • High Speed vs. Low
  • Nodes and Sub Nodes
  • Data Buss circuits
  • Diagnosing with a Scan Tool
  • Pin Pint Diagnostics and Techniques
  • Carious Case Studies showing Typical Failures and Proper Diagnostic Routines

 

5-Gas Analysis

This course covers the use and interpretation of the 5 gasses and analyzer used to read the gasses. A heavy emphasis is placed on how to reduce the poisonous gasses levels along with stoichiometric fuel efficiency. Converter operation along with oxygen sensor operations will be discussed in great detail. If your state has emissions testing this is a must have class. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • Hydrocarbons
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Oxygen
  • Oxides of Nitrogen
  • Our Atmosphere
  • Stoichiometric
  • Lambda
  • Making Gasses Less Harmful
  • Government Restrictions
  • Gas Analyzers
  • Interpreting the Gasses
  • Diagnosing with Gasses
  • Various Emissions Tests and How to Repair Failed Tests

 

ABS Braking Systems

This course gives the technician a comprehensive overview of an ABS system and its components. A great deal of time is spent on using one’s scan tool and a DVOM to properly diagnose various faults. Proper bleeding procedures will also be covered in class along with several pattern failures found on modern automobiles. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • System Overview
  • Component Overview
  • Component Functions and Testing
  • Scan Tool Diagnostics
  • Meter Scope Diagnostics
  • Pattern Failures found on ABS Systems
  • Bleeding Procedures

 

Throttle by Wire

In this course the student will acquire an understanding of the new throttle by wire systems used on many vehicles today. They will be able to perform circuit diagnostics, understand computer strategies and perform basic functions including throttle body cleaning and minimum air flow rate adjustments. This is accomplished through a variety of classroom instruction utilizing actual case study vehicles. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • System Overview
  • Electronic Throttle Body Testing and Circuit Analysis
  • Pedal Position Sensor Testing and Circuits
  • Diagnostic Trouble Code Diagnostics
  • Bi-directional Testing Procedures
  • What Goes Wrong

 

Variable Valve Timing

Students will be presented an overview of hydraulic and electronic variable valve timing circuits. The lack of EGR systems will also be discussed in great detail. Students will learn how to use hydraulic pressure gauges, a typical scan tool and TSB’s to diagnose and repair these systems. Students will be introduced to using a pressure transducer to determine if the vehicle is in time or not. Various sensors such as cam and crank and the cam phasor solenoids will also be tested using a variety of methods in this course. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • System Overview
  • Types of Systems
  • Hydraulic Circuit Tests
  • Electronic Circuit Tests
  • Scan Tool Diagnostics
  • Lab Scope Diagnostics
  • Following TSB’s

 

Fuel Trim and Volumetric Efficiency:

It is often said that certain diagnostic work isn’t profitable. Students will be presented with a pie chart showing the diagnostic jobs coming into the shop on a typical yearly basis compared to the National average. They will see that the 20% of these jobs that are routinely considered tough hair pulling jobs can cause a shops diagnostic revenue to plummet. This class explains in great detail how to use your scan tool and various VE calculators to address these troublesome vehicles with several case studies. If you are looking for a class unlike any other course you have attended before, then this class is for you. Certain scan tools come equipped with the ability to graph VE and FT dynamically instead of just statically, if your tool can do these tests be sure to capitalize on their diagnostic powers to locate engine mechanical issues, restricted exhaust, computer strategy issues, low compression and cylinder leakage issues. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • Fuel Trim – A Better Explanation
  • Volumetric Efficiency
  • Using your Scan Tool and calculator to Diagnose Vehicles faster and More Accurate
  • Case Study Diagnostics

 

Pressure Transducer Testing:

This class covers a relatively new form of diagnostic testing being used in our industry. Using amplified and no-amplified pressure transducers allow the technician to determine specific cylinder misfires, engine blow by percentage, restrictions in fuel injectors, valve timing concerns and other volumetric efficiency concerns such as valve train issues and head leaking head gaskets or cracked heads. This course will show the technician how to perform these tests using a pressure transducer and a lab scope. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Pressure Transducer Testing?
  • Differences between Amplified and Non-Amplified Models
  • Placement and What is Being Tested
  • Setting up the Scope
  • Understanding the Waveform
  • Using the Waveform as a Diagnostic Tool

 

Ford IDS VCM II

This course is designed for those who are new to the IDS VCM II. Topics covered are activating and releasing a license, updating the IDS software and the VCM, validating subscriptions, normal vs. training modes, connecting to a vehicles, retrieving global codes, key on engine off codes, codes from all modules, key on engine running codes, continuous memory codes, selecting PIDS, graphing, movies, optional equipment, module programming, performing bi-directional tests, performing special service functions such as tire size calibrations and a quick overview of the Motor Craft website. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • Activating a License
  • Returning a License
  • Updating the IDS
  • Validating your Subscription
  • IDS in Normal vs. Training Modes
  • Connecting to Vehicle
  • Retrieving Codes
  • PID Views
  • Movies
  • Bi-Directional Tests
  • Module Programming
  • Special Service Functions
  • Optional Equipment
  • Motorcraft Website Quick Overview

 

Intro to Telematics

These vehicles are in your shop daily. Learn what telematics are, how they function, various systems that are being used, what can and does go wrong and most importantly, how to diagnose these systems when the fail. Blue tooth, radar, sensing cameras and smart phones are discussed in detail. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Telematics
  • Cars are in your shop NOW!
  • What all is involved?
  • What are the things that go wrong and which two can you repair?
  • Typical Diagnostics

 

Diagnostic Strategies

This course uses case studies and diagnostic scenarios to inform the technician how the human mind is designed to rationalize diagnostic procedures. Learn common sense approaches to how to be a better diagnostician by practicing the material we cover in class. Learn how to acquire system knowledge and how to execute the use of this knowledge. Decide where is the most logical place to start your diagnostic procedure. Includes a manual.

Topics Covered:

  • The Human Mind
  • Learning System Designs
  • Educated Diagnostic Routines
  • Several Case Studies

 

Intermittent Diagnostics

This course covers Import and Domestic models using scanners, multi-meters, jumper wires, and O-scopes. You’ll not only see how each different model can be diagnosed easier and faster using methods of tracing intermittent failures, but also how to determine those failures are the actual “cure” for those intermittent problem.

Your instructor will go through different intermittent problems that he has seen in his years of testing and diagnosing today’s cars. Each test case shows varieties of intermittent failures. You will also be shown how to use your O-scope to isolate and find an intermittent problem.

You’ll come away from this course with more confidence in determining intermittent failures than ever before.


 

10 Minute Scope Check

Would you like to solve engine performance and misfire issues in 10 minutes? This class can help you diagnose these problems quickly, so you can make more money. This course will help you become more profitable by showing you a 10-minute diagnostic strategy using your DSO (Digital Storage Oscilloscope) and secondary waveforms to resolve these issues.

Although a scan tool will look at sensor data, it will not look at secondary ignition. You will be shown tests that can’t be done with a scanner. He covers problem areas such as rich/lean fuel conditions, poor coil performance, erratic triggering problems and secondary insulation breakdown which can be all detected with a DSO.

This program shows you what to look for and how to make decisions on weak cylinders. Your instructor will show you tests with your DSO to pinpoint misfire causes that you can’t do with a scanner. This course also helps end the confusion by giving you scope settings for testing/voltage, time, slopes and trigger source.


 

Chrysler On-Board Diagnostics

Chrysler has been utilizing BUS circuits to determine the data collected from various electronic control modules at approximately the same time since the mid 80’s. Since the inception of Chrysler’s Chrysler Collision Detection Data Bus (CCD), the manufacturer has consistently been improving these networking systems and developing new ones in Chrysler On-Board Diagnostics presents a detailed diagnostics of CAN and Non-CAN compliant data communication networks on every Chrysler vehicle made after 1987.

This class starts off with the earliest Chrysler Data BUS, the CCD. From there he moves onto the Programmable Communication Interface (PCI) system, the direct replacement for the CCD, and then finally onto the modern CAN compliant systems. Your instructor will also address the unique SCI BUS circuit for the transmission control module and powertrain control module order to achieve more precise sensor readings and troubleshooting information.

A scan tool will be used to show the different kind of information that can be pulled from each communications system from the global and enhanced sides of the OBD port.


 

Gasoline Direct Injection

Gasoline Direct Injection offers a 15-20% increase in fuel economy, a 40% reduction in emissions, and a major increase in volumetric efficiency of the engine. You will learn the fuel trim data analysis in Gasoline Direct Injection Systems.

Your instructor will cover the 5 operating modes of GDI, bi-directional controls, and critical labscope signals, as well as problems that can occur over time that you will need to service. Discover the differences between PFI (Port Fuel Injection) and GDI systems and get an inside look with drivability case studies.

Also covered:

  • Comparing PDI and GDI
  • Low and High Side Components
  • GDI Lack of Power Complaints
  • Current Flow Demands from the Fuel Pump
  • & much more!

 

Anatomy of a Waveform 

In Anatomy of the Waveform, your instructor will cover the diagnostic value of a secondary ignition waveform on DI, DIS, COP systems and a compression waveform viewed dynamically with the engine running using a DSO and pressure transducer.

The class explains rich cylinder conditions, mechanical integrity issues, retarded value timing problems, and misfire detection strategies. You will also learn about the 4 types of compression tests and cylinder leak down tests. Dynamically viewing spark timing and fixed high secondary resistance problems also included. Most importantly, you will be shown how to diagnose CAM phase problems on variable CAM timing engines!

Topics Covered:

  • Lean Density Misfire
  • Rich Cylinder conditions
  • Mechanical Integrity Issues
  • Retarded Valve Timing problems
  • The 4 types of Compression tests
  • Cylinder Leak Down tests
  • Dynamically viewing Spark Timing
  • Fixed High Secondary Resistance Problems detected from Secondary
  • Misfire detection Strategies
  • Diagnosing CAM Phase problems on Variable CAM Timing Engines

 

Fuel System Testing Strategies

Fuel System Testing Strategies gives you comprehensive tactics that begin at the fuel tank and extend through the injectors and into the combustion chamber. You instructor will cover lean code diagnostics, injector drive signals, catalyst failure detection strategies, global scan data diagnostics, and the GM fuel enable mode.

You will also be shown how to graph out MAF sensor performance, analyze the electrical and mechanical integrity of the fuel pump/injectors, and pin point lean density misfires. Do you know the proper procedures for a fuel volume test of the fuel pump? We will explain how! Additionally, details the data operation of the 4 types of O2 sensors and the easy way to stress test the fuel pump will be covered.

  • Lean Code Diagnostics
  • Pin Pointing Lean density Misfires
  • Graphing out the MAF Sensor performance
  • Analyzing the electronic & Mechanical Integrity of the Fuel Pump and Injectors
  • Proper Procedures to do a Fuel Volume Test of the Fuel Pump
  • The EASY way to STRESS TEST the FUEL PUMP
  • Injector Drive Signals
  • Catalyst failure detection strategies
  • Electronic Returnless Fuel system (Ford)
  • GM Fuel Enable Mode
  • Exhaust Back Pressure testing procedures
  • Explanation of the Data & Operation of the 4 Types of O2 Sensors

 

Advanced Scan Tool Testing Strategies

Your instructor covers a wide range of areas in this very comprehensive and updated course, Advanced Scan Tool Testing Strategies. With this detailed information, technicians will have new respect for the diagnostic power of their scan tools. This course includes live on-car demonstrations, plus lots of case studies from a variety of makes and models.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand hands on scan tool testing including data packets & what each one can do for you
  • Identify 10 Global Modes/Each mode individually and what info it provides and why (how to use the modes in depth to better diagnose the vehicle)
  • Perform wide range 02 sensor testing (case studies on a Ford, Nissan, Honda, & Toyota)
  • Understand Lambda Fuel Trims & Fuel Ratios
  • Understand ignition issues & Intermittent Misfires
  • Understand Mass Air Flow Sensor Diagnostics & Hands on MAF Replacement
  • Identify Variable Cam Timing Data (at idle & during test drive)
  • Identify P0 Codes related to MAF & Fuel Trim/P0440 Code (Electronic Throttle Control data, EVAP & Purge Test, Fuel Trim, Power Break Condition test)

 

Labscope Diagnostics

This class is an updated labscope diagnostic strategies with new case studies focusing on compression waveforms. Even those technicians who have been using their labscopes for years will acquire new tips and techniques for quicker and more accurate engine diagnostics.

Course Objectives:

  • Compression & Vacuum Testing Using Waveform Analysis
  • Using Exhaust Pulse Waveforms For Misfire Analysis
  • Checking Mechanical Integrity Using Cranking Vacuum Waveforms
  • Compression Waveform Analysis Using Pressure Transducers
  • Fuel Injector Pressure Waveform Analysis
  • Fixed & Variable Valve Timing Checks Using Amperage Waveform Analysis
  • Crankcase Pressure & Vacuum Testing Techniques Using Waveform Analysis

 

Electrical Troubleshooting and Schematic Based Diagnostics

Electrical Troubleshooting a comprehensive schematic-based look at the path technicians should take when faced with electrical issues.

Topics covered include:

  • Electrical schematic based diagnosticsColor coding voltage, grounds, components, and bias circuits for ease of diagnostics
  • Examples of current for testingVoltage drop testing from both the feed and ground sides of the circuits
  • Fundamental use of all DVOM features
  • Various case studies from real world automotive electrical problems
  • Determining bias state of Relays and Igniters
  • Using valuable min/max peak detect mode of DVOM
  • Diode testing
  • Using the Ohmmeter
  • Intermittent electrical problem detection strategies

 

Beyond Pattern Failures: Symptoms to System

In this program, “Beyond Pattern Failures”, your instructor presents a diagnostic approach that starts with the symptom then moves to the system that may be causing the problem. Along the way, he shows how not to jump to conclusions based on “pattern failures”, and what to do when you have no P-codes.

Topics covered include:

  • Network Testing
  • Load Calculations
  • Key On, Engine Off Sweep Testing
  • Code 31 Diagnosis & Performing An Idle Relearn
  • Validating Good & Bad TAC Motor Commands Using A Scanner
  • Time Saving Tips Using A COP Wand
  • Wide Range Air Fuel Ratio Sensors
  • Using Scan Data, Map Sensors & Rich Code
  • Diagnosing Lack Of Power and Misfires
  • Spark Duration During Idle No Load Conditions
  • Using Scope Pattern To Diagnose Misfire Under Load With No Codes
  • Cold Start Up & Poor Acceleration
  • The Importance of Using Ford’s Self-Test

R-1234yf Training

This training program will cover system servicing of R-1234yf, as well as service equipment requirements, ensuring that automotive technicians have a working knowledge of how to service vehicles that use R-1234yf, which replaces R-134a. This course is based on the SAE International standard J2845 “R-1234yf Technician Training for Service and Containment of Refrigerants Used in Mobile A/C Systems.”