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ATG Schedule of Classes for May 2017
Posted to Industry Events Forum on 4/26/2017

Greetings, everyone!

The Automotive Training Group (ATG) has the following classes available for the month of May 2017. All classes run from 6:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. each night for both evenings.

EVAPORATIVE EMISSIONS SYSTEMS: OEM flowcharts routinely make EVAP system diagnostics too complicated. Despite the wide variety of systems out there, our research has revealed that a layered approach is much faster than the linear OEM approach, leading to a profitable diagnosis without the wasted (and unbillable) diagnostic time or multiple trips for your customer. This is the 2nd subject in our Import Series, but also comes with a thick Domestic section. First, we show you universal techniques applicable to every system. If no leaks are found, the procedures become more system-specific, but not yet manufacturer-specific. All systems fall into one of four categories and by following our universal procedures, you can still avoid the technical nonsense that typically lengthens diagnostic times! Most faults are found using these first two layers. We have also included manufacturer and system specific tips and tricks for those cases where you'll need to go that deep.

*Phoenix, AZ: May 8th & 9th

MECHANICAL & VARIABLE TIMING & VALVETRAIN DIAGNOSTICS: Mechanical timing problems have been around as long as the internal combustion engine, but more complex timing and valve train systems have flooded the market in the last decade. Now they're showing up in your shop, and the stakes are high. Position sensor codes are often mechanical or variable timing faults. Variable valve timing (VVT) codes are often mechanical timing faults or lubrication issues. Even Fuel Trim, MAF, MAP, and other codes and symptoms can be caused by a variety of timing and lift faults. When it really is a VVT system fault, it's hard to tell if the root cause is an oil, solenoid, actuator, or other mechanical fault. What's needed is a repeatable strategy to avoid testing 'everything', and instead quickly eliminate possible causes. In this first class of our new ATG Import Series, we've fine-tuned this approach to include manufacturer-specific ATG Tips for quick solutions you'd spend hours discovering on your own.

*Davie, FL: May 8th & 9th

6.0L, 6.4L & 6.7L POWERSTROKE ENGINE PERFORMANCE: ATG's Engine Performance Training series helps you choose the best tests that get you the most information with the least effort. These strategies are even more critical on Powerstroke engines because they are so time consuming to work on. This seminar contains field-tested diagnostic & repair strategies that actually work, and includes tips and tricks developed in shops across the nation. Come for some great shortcuts & homemade tools to quickly isolate faults that can take hours more to find using conventional diagnostics.

*Flagstaff, AZ: May 15th & 16th

ADVANCED CIRCUIT & ELECTRICAL TESTING: This class is about using wiring diagrams as part of a larger strategy to increase testing accuracy and decrease testing time (and even the number of tests performed). We're combining wiring information with codes, symptoms, system interactions, Scan Tool PIDs & controls, and other observations.

*Tampa, FL: May 15th & 16th

GENERAL MOTORS ENGINE PERFORMANCE: This new class covers all of the newest GM technology, but emphasizes evolving failure patterns on older systems as well. With our tips and intuitive tests, you can quickly differentiate between electronic and mechanical issues plaguing the GM models most likely to come into your shop. Misfire, Fuel Trim, valve seat issues, cam timing faults, and cylinder-kill system failures can all cause similar symptoms and codes. This seminar helps you make a better 'first pass' to look for clues that create the shortest diagnostic path. We've been refining these 'beat the flowchart' methods for years, so you'll find something you can use right away.

*Asheville, NC: May 24th & 25th

CUMMINS COMMON RAIL DIESEL & DURAMAX LML/LGH DIESEL: Diesel engines are very simple -- just compress some air and fuel and you get combustion. But with the advent of common rail fuel pressurization and delivery symptoms, diagnosis and repair became a complicated and time-consuming game. Add variable vane turbochargers, feedback EGR systems, and exhaust aftertreatment systems like Diesel Particulate Filters, Selective Catalyst Reduction, and Diesel Exhaust Fluid injection, and it's hard to know where to start. Other published Cummins and Duramax repair information is inconsistent, and many of the flow charts run you in circles performing tests that would take days. In contrast, our approach looks for high-level indicators to make a better possible-cause list, and then offers multiple simple tests to trim that list as fast as possible without taking too much apart. Cummins and Duramax are each comprehensively covered in separate sections, including special tools, workarounds, unused Scan Tool functions, and other great shortcuts. From a simple high-level pass to system-specific tips, this seminar covers the entire diagnostic process. We have included dozens of real world examples to prove that these strategies will find the root cause of your code or symptom in the shortest amount of time.

*Arden Hills, MN: May 1st & 2nd

*Bloomington, MN: May 3rd & 4th

*Ashland, MA: May 10th & 11th

*Holyoke, MA: May 22nd & 23rd

*Orlando, FL: May 31st & June 1st

CHRYSLER DRIVABILITY & CODE DIAGNOSTICS: This all-new Chrysler training seminar is the latest installment in our Engine Performance series, and continues the evolution of our products from a systems-based layout to a diagnostics-based layout. Because of the new format, today's more complex symptoms and codes become easier to understand in the classroom and far easier to diagnose back in the shop. This approach applies to new and legacy engine management systems, so it will change the way you approach any Chrysler vehicle. This seminar and manual were built by analyzing actual diagnostic struggles and documenting the shortest diagnostic paths for engine management and emissions systems. Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep & Fiat applications have a tremendous number of no-starts, stalling complaints, misfiring, and trouble codes that really mean something else. This seminar focuses on the best practices to give you victory over these faults, so it's a great investment in your career.

*College Park, MD: May 1st & 2nd

*Tucson, AZ: May 1st & 2nd

*Timonium, MD: May 3rd & 4th

*Cocoa Beach, FL: May 10th & 11th

*Fort Wayne, IN: May 15th & 16th

*Salinas, CA: May 17th & 18th

*Indianapolis, IN: May 17th & 18th

*Roanoke, VA: May 22nd & 23rd

*Albuquerque, NM: May 22nd & 23rd

*Houston, TX: May 22nd & 23rd

*El Paso, TX: May 24th & 25th

*Corpus Christi, TX: May 24th & 25th

*Woodbridge, NJ: May 31st & June 1st

Contact: Christina Rosenthal at (800) 233-3182 ext. 115 or e-mail: [...]

Cost per seat is $209 USD and includes the seat, training manual and certificate. Discounts available for multiple seat purchases.

Christina Rosenthal
The Automotive Training Group
San Diego, California, USA