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August 18, 2017 A regular contributor, James from Florida shares his highly analytical skill-set used to identify an intermittent complaint on a late model GM vehicle. Auto techs engaged performing diagnostics would want to check out his methodologies and see what can be learned. James shares a lot with the iATN community, which they deeply appreciate!

An Easy Repair With A little Thought
A few days ago, an Express cargo van was towed in. It was a 2016 with about 500 miles on it. The complaint was "vehicle stalls on road, will restart." It seems strange to tow in for a stall only. It was almost closing time but I thought I'd drive the vehicle inside for the night. I went out to start it and when I turned the key, nothing happened. No click, nothing. The IPC illuminated and the headlights were bright. The Service Writer said there was no complaint of a no crank. Of course, with a commercial vehicle, you're not talking to the actual driver...

August 10, 2017 Announcing iATN Private Groups, new options for schools and Castrol Rewards Points!

Announcing Private Groups & Castrol Reward Points!
We're launching a beta of a new feature called Private Groups. Each Business+ account will have a private forum to be used as they see fit, accessible by all of your sub-accounts. Use it for internal shop discussions, notifications, and reviewing or documenting unique repair situations, just to name a few...

August 9, 2017 Listen to some backend history about iATN in an in-depth interview with iATN President, Scott Brown.

RR 246: Scott Brown from iATN - Remarkable Results
Scott Brown president of iATN joined Carm Capriotto on the Remarkable Results Radio Podcast and shares the great success story of this important...

August 4, 2017 James from FL shares a tech-tip on audible indications that may not mean what you think it does.

Don't Let The Click fool You
Today, a 2017 Malibu was towed in with a no crank failure. The customer told us that his mechanic said that the starter had failed as a click can be heard from the starter when the start button is pressed but the starter does not activate. It was towed to the dealer as it is still under warranty...

July 20, 2017 Skyler from NE shares his steps on diagnosing a 2011 Cummins w/ WBO2 DTC's along with other faults.

6.7 Cummins setting 02 sensor faults
Just went through a battle on a Ram diesel setting multiple fault codes as follows: P014D 1/1 02 sensor slow response lean-rich P013b 1/2 02...

July 10, 2017 John from New Jersey shares a pretty cool tech-tip on installing stretch belts when the tools required don't live up to the task.

Stretch Belt Installation Tip
This may have been mentioned before, But is worth sharing. I had to replace belts on a Ford Edge today and none of my stretch belt install tools would work, Or fit in the confined area. I grabbed a heavy wire tie wrap and secured the belt to the pulley...

June 29, 2017 James from FL shares useful techniques for addressing intermittent LAN failures.

Intermittent LAN Failure Clues
We see a lot of intermittent failures in the dealership. Most are either LAN or infotainment related. In either case, although the problem may not be current in the shop, there are usually clues...

June 27, 2017 Check out the iATN Auto Pro Reviews video and then share your professional opinion about the products and services you use to conduct business.

iATN Auto Pro Reviews - Automotive Products and Services Guide
For over 20 years, the members of the International Automotive Technicians Network (iATN) have discussed the quality and usefulness of the products and services offered by companies in the automotive service industry, in our forums. We created Auto Pro Reviews to give our members an additional way to share, track and correlate their opinions, and we hope to build this into the gold standard for product reviews in the auto service industry.

June 23, 2017 Larry from Utah shares some useful information regarding driveline angle measurements.

Measuring Driveline Angles
Here's some information I posted years ago but think it bears repeating. This is a 11:26 long video that takes all the mystery out of driveline angles, how to measure them electronically, and how much angle is "too much"...

June 13, 2017 Mark from CO shares with us his technique using a thermal camera to track down a parasitic load and his solution.

Thermal Camera to Find Parasitic Drain
Welcome technical discussion forum (TDF) readers. Thought I would share a pdf file/report. 1999 Cobra Mustang came in with customer complaint of battery being repeatedly drained. Customer had to replace battery several times over last 5 years, vehicle has been to several shops...

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