Modern cars use dozens of electronic control units to perform a variety of functions, from engine management to infotainment. Generally, these modules are pretty tough but they still fail. The mistake is in replacing the failed ECU without making sure you know what caused it to fail! Any of its input or ouput devices could be the cause of its untimely demise. This webinar shows how to make sure you don’t fry the most expensive fuse on the car!
Some European models use fiber optics to transmit data from one module to another and not just in body systems. Get ready to work on these systems successfully.
By: Vanessa Attwell
August 31st, 2012Have you ever watched an Internet video on a slow-speed connection? It’s really frustrating! There’s massive amounts of data that must be sent and received and it just doesn’t work properly on systems that can’t handle the load. Read more
It’s especially easy to take those little routine tasks for granted after a while, isn’t it? How much thought, really, do you apply to the task at hand when performing a job that you’ve done a hundred times over? It is that exact same repetition that leads to taking shortcuts that, in turn, impacts the quality of the repairs we make. Shortcuts that are unintentional for the most part, but shortcuts nonetheless. And when it does finally come back to bite us on the backside, its human nature to blame the part for the early failure. While on occasion we get a ticket specifying a bearing problem, I think it more typical that we end up dealing with the bearings as part of another routine service, the front axle brake overhaul. Does this sound familiar? Read more
You don’t use one testing method to diagnose drivability problems, do you? In fact, I bet you know more than one technique for testing nearly every system on the car. We learn these various techniques in order to accurately troubleshoot the problem at hand. What works well on one problem may not work at all on another. Troubleshooting electrical problems is no different. Here are a few techniques that I find especially helpful in tracking down electrical gremlins. Read more
No other single aspect of today’s modern automobiles is more confusing to drivers as the Check Engine Light, or also referred to in the industry as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp, or MIL. To some it’s existence is a mystery and others it’s black magic. Read more