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Identifix Tutorial Series – Selling Maintenance Services

June 12, 2020

Follow along in this Identifix Tutorial Series where the Identifix team shows you how to navigate the pages of identifix to find out more about this , Selling Maintenance Services  and the OE repair information at your fingertips.

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Identifix Tutorial Series – ADAS Service and Repair Information for Domestic Vehicles

June 11, 2020

Follow along in this Identifix Tutorial Series where the Identifix team shows you how to navigate the pages of identifix to find out more about this emerging  technology, ADAS Service and Repair Information for Domestic Vehicles  and the OE repair information at your fingertips.

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6T40, How To Tell Which Generation You Have, Transtec

April 10, 2020

A short video from our industry’s largest OE kit supplier, Transtec shows how to identify the different Generations of 6T40 transmissions.

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Transmission – Importance of Dowel Pins, GPS

April 8, 2020

Follow along in this video as Dave Gumbash covers the importance of dowel pins, discussing several issues and failures that can stem from these and how to protect yourself from these pitfalls.

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Transmission – Checking Cooler Flow with Steve Biddle from GPS

April 7, 2020

What you need to know when checking cooler flow without a digital flow meter. Watch now as Steve Biddle covers the proper procedure on manual cooler flow testing.

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Transmission – GM 6T70 Fast Learn Adaptation Process with Ted Burnett of GPS

Watch and see just how easy it is to perform the Fast Relearn for a GM 6T70 using your Snap-On scanner with Ted Burnett of GPS.

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Another Problem with the 6L80/90 Converter – GEARS

March 31, 2020

The 6L80/90 converters have had numerous problems since they came out in the mid 2000’s. There have been problems with the converter, along with problems in the transmission causing problems in the converter. Most of these problems have been related to the converter clutch lining wearing away until the clutch is metal to metal on […]

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6L80 Bind After 2-3 Shift – GEARS

March 29, 2020

A long time ago, an old man once told me, “if you think you know everything there is to know about transmissions, it’s time to find a new profession.” At the time, I didn’t really know what he was talking about, I honestly thought, how much is there to know? After a few years, I […]

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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 programmer device. In this case study , AVI is using an EZ-Flasher 3. The EZ-Flasher – A device that programs ECU’s & Immobilizer ICU’s for […]

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Lean Density vs Ignition Misfire

March 12, 2018

In this tech tip from AVI course Labscope Diagnostics Version 3.0, AVI instructor Bill Fulton explains how to determine whether a P0300 code is caused by an ignition or lean density misfire by looking at the fuel trim values with your scan tool. Join our mailing list! [dn_related_product title=”Labscope Diagnostics Version 3.0″ description=”AVI instructor Bill Fulton […]

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Ford 6.0 Power Stroke – EGR Carbon Issues

March 27, 2017

Carbon build-up in EGR Valves can always be an issue, especially in diesel engines. Instructor Tony Salas tells you what to look for in this Tech Tip from LBT-165 6.0L Powerstroke Enhanced Diagnostics. Join our mailing list! [dn_related_product title=”6.0L Powerstroke Enhanced Diagnostics” description=”Tony teaches you how to use Ford’s OEM website as a technical resource […]

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Diesel Bi-Directional Control Tips

March 23, 2017

In this tech tip from the AVI course LBT-191: Introduction to the Ford 6.4L Diesel, instructor Mark DeKoster shows the advantages of using scan tool bi-directional controls to perform engine diagnostics. Join our mailing list!

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A/C Systems – New Contaminant Issues

March 22, 2017

Contaminants have always been an issue with mobile A/C systems. In this weeks tech tip, instructor Ron Bilyeu tells you how contaminants can really cause big trouble with the new IHX A/C systems. Join our mailing list! [dn_related_product title=”MACS 2017 Mobile A/C Update” description=”The 2017 Mobile A/C Update brings you the latest tips, tricks and […]

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Spark Duration – How Long is Enough?

March 20, 2017

Does spark knock duration really matter? Of course it does, and Bill Fulton tells you what to look for in this Tech Tip from the AVI course LBT-54 Ignition System Testing w/Coil-on-Plug & Misfire Detection with Bill Fulton. Join our mailing list! [dn_related_product title=”Ignition System Testing w/Coil-on-Plug & Misfire Detection with Bill Fulton” description=”In this […]

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Using Amp Probes for Better Diagnostics

In this tech tip from the AVI course “LBT-54 Ignition System Testing w/Coil-on-Plug & Misfire Detection“, Instructor Bill Fulton demonstrates how using a Low Current Probe can give you valuable diagnostics data, especially when analyzing primary ignition issues.  Join our mailing list!

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A/C Mildew Odors: Afterblow Solutions

March 17, 2017

A common customer complaint is “My A/C smells.” Instructor Dave Hobbs provides you with detailed information on the best way to  eliminate mildew type odors using the Afterblow Module. Watch this important Tech Tip from the AVI course LBT-271: Deceptive Diagnostics. Join our mailing list! [dn_related_product title=”Deceptive Diagnostics ” description=”These totally mind boggling diagnostic puzzles […]

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After the Flash – To-Do List

In this tech tip from the AVI program LBT-293: Mastering the Module Flash, instructor Dave Hobbs reminds technicians just how important it is to follow proper procedures after a vehicle reprogramming procedure. Join our mailing list!

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Electrical Fluid Flow

March 3, 2017

In this tech tip Dave Hobbs specifies how Ben Franklin used the flow of water to describe the current flow of electricity.  

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Smooth Cruise

Dave Hobbs uses a Pico Scope to verify a repair to the cruise control wiring harness at the SCP Bus making sure we see PIDS and Data before a road test.  

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Close Loop Boost Control

March 4, 2016

Ron covers the Wastegate Control Valve, Compressor Bypass Valve, and Wastegate Control Solenoid. Did you know your computer can look at engine temperature and go to the desired boost pressure? It can also increase the pressure and power or torque that the engine wants. Learn about the amazing technological advances across the automotive industry!   […]

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There is no Alternator in a Hybrid

January 15, 2015

The DC to DC converter does the job of the alternator. It produces the 15 to 13.5 volts needed in order to maintain the 12 volt battery as well as keep up with the demand of the 12 volt electronic accessories. Also, don’t be confused by a 3-phase motor generator that can closely resemble an […]

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Approaching Hybrid Safety

In this Tech Tip Dave Hobbs explains what voltage is indicated by colored Hybrid wiring, what can cause minor injury and what is considered lethal doses of voltage. Dave also goes over amps and volts and the dangers of both measurements while referencing 12 volt systems to help you better understand what is safe and […]

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MIL Diagnostics And Driveability

October 24, 2010

By Gary Goms. MIL diagnostics continues to be a “hot” topic for many import shops simply ­because the definition of the word continues to change. Looking at the history of modern vehicle diagnostics, most veteran technicians can remember the days when vehicles had no on-board diagnostic systems and, subsequently, ­required time-consuming pin-out procedures to diagnose electronic systems failures.

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