Whether technicians are transmission specialists or not, they often share a common problem – how to efficiently diagnose the root cause of a transmission code or complaint in a reasonable time. This is even more important for modern, integrated drivetrains where drivability problems are often transmission-related, and transmission complaints often end up being engine-related. Because of this, the Automotive Training Group (ATG) is bringing the strategies they've learned from emissions and drivability diagnostics into the world of automatic transmissions. ATG's focused, repeatable strategy allows technicians to more quickly find the fault while taking apart the fewest components.
The seminar offered allows technicians to perform the following:
- Quickly differentiate between transmission, engine mechanical, engine management, suspension and other possible causes.
- Use application charts to map out power flow to determine what components are being used under fault conditions.
- More efficiently test sensors, switches and solenoids under loaded conditions.
- Leverage Scan Tool PIDs and functions to eliminate the most possible causes with the least effort.
We’re not trying to teach anyone how to rebuild transmissions – transmission techs already know how, and that it’s a specialty you need to dedicate considerable time to learning. But all technicians will benefit from diagnosing better and faster. The specialist will use that diagnosis differently than the
non-specialist, but whether technicians end up repairing, rebuilding, subletting, or replacing, ‘fast’ and ‘accurate’ is better than ‘time-consuming’ and ‘I think it needs...’
ATG has included dozens of real-world examples to prove the point. The seminar aims to make technicians more more successful at diagnosing transmissions, for transmission techs and general automotive repair technicians alike.