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April 7, 2017 James from Florida writes about how to go about analyzing incorrect airflow on 1.4L engines found on Chevrolet Sonic and Cruze vehicles.

Incorrect Intake Airflow in 1.4 Cruze and Sonic
There are some problems with incorrect and/or unmetered intake airflow in Cruze and Sonic vehicles with the 1.4 turbo engine. They usually result in a rough idle with P0171 set or with no driveability complaints and P1101 set. If you see one...

March 28, 2017 Leo from NY shares a tip about how he can remotely control his 1/4 air ratchet when working in tight spots.

Air ratchet in tight spaces
Every once in a blue moon, a have to run an air ratchet in a space too small to operate the trigger. A neat side effect of the setup is that the unpressurized section of hose from the extension trigger to the...

March 15, 2017 Jack from CA writes about registering a battery pack for a Nissan Leaf. Check out the entire discussion on iATN.

Registering a battery pack for a Nissan leaf
When replacing a battery pack, battery ECU, or powertrain control module on a Nissan Leaf, a few steps must be taken which may not be immediately apparent to either the shop owner or the technician, and which may affect...

February 27, 2017 iATN to Broadcast 2017 Vision Exchange from the Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo in Overland Park Kansas on Fri Mar. 3rd @ 1:00 PM CST.

The Industry Think Tank Panel Discussions over the past few years has evolved and is poised to bring to the stage panelists from across the industry to discuss current training programs, challenges and accomplishments. Please join us for the 2017 VISION Exchange live from Overland Park Kansas at the VISION Hi-Tech Training and Expo.

The following panelists for this event are:

  • Chris Chesney - Manager/Educator | Carquest/Advanced Auto Parts
  • Mike Davidson - President | American Skilled Labor Association
  • Julia Johnson - Educator | Skyline College
  • Bill Lieb - Educator | Career and Technology Center at Fort Osage
  • Greg Settle - Director | TechForce Foundation
  • Richard Young - Program Director | Technician Academy
  • Moderator: Rick Escalambre - Educator Skyline College (Retired)
Come and join us to help create a clearer communication channel between educators and the industry they serve in order to strengthen the learning path of tomorrow's technicians.

February 14, 2017 We've just released updates to our two newest services. Auto Pro Careers has had many improvements to the layout and behavior to make it easier to post your job ads and search for employers and potential employees.

Auto Pro Reviews, formerly known as Auto Pro Wiki, has been renamed to more properly emphasize it's primary feature: member reviews of products and services in the auto service industry. We've also made it much easier to start a product review, try it today!

Auto Pro Reviews Video
We will continue to improve this product & service guide with your participation and feedback, so that it can become a great resource for all of us moving forward.

February 3, 2017 Mark from Michigan starts a discussion in the Shop Management forum that talks about reviews which demonstrates some response suggestions for real situations.

Online Review Response
Greetings, I received an email from a client asking for my thoughts regarding a negative online review. Following is a brief account of the situation, followed by a draft of what I thought would be a good reply to...

January 25, 2017 Tech-Tip, Leo from NY shows how to adapt combustion gas check device to the radiator to avoid the hassles most of us have faced with this task in the past.

Easier block test
I've only done this with Subarus so far, but it definitely makes it easier to find the sneaky ones. Take off the vacuum bulb, suspend the tester and plumb it right into the reservoir nipple. Any combustion gases in the radiator get forced right...

January 16, 2017 James from Florida presents an interesting case study on a 2017 Chevrolet Volt with a DTC P1E9E – Battery Cell Balancing Circuit Issue.

2017 Volt Cell Balancing Failure
Probably, most people on this list have not dealt with a Volt unless they are dealer techs. IMO, the Volt, even though it uses over one million lines of code (more than the Space Shuttle), has proven to be one of the most reliable vehicles that G.M....

January 6, 2017 Andy from AZ strikes up an interesting discussion surrounding fuel pump waveforms.

Fuel Pump Waveform Study
I recently scoped a fuel pump and noticed a couple of things about the waveform I was not sure about, so I am hoping to stimulate some thought and conversation here....

December 14, 2016 An iATN member from Colorado shares the diagnostic process he used on a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban using a thermal camera.

Thermal Camera to Verify Battery Failure
2009 Suburban came in today with a complaint that the instrument cluster displayed a message Service charging system and/or battery. Customer indicated...

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