Diagnostics and Drivability

Diagnostics and Drivability

2024 Scan Tool Spec Guide

A comparative list of functions and features for a large selection of aftermarket scan tools.
Diagnostics and Drivability

Toyota's Dynamic Force Engines

June 7, 2024
Toyota introduced the Dynamic Force Engine family, featuring I3, I4, and V6 engines with turbo and non-turbocharged applications. The engine prioritizes thermal management to...
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Analyzing an underperforming Mazda 6

June 6, 2024
This 2006 Mazda 6 2.3L turbo was exhibiting poor power output under cruise and acceleration. The vehicle seemed to idle just fine, but barely performed, even under low load conditions...
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Diagnosing from different angles

June 5, 2024
Being a technician under pressure to get the job done quickly is not a stress-free position. This intensity is multiplied when you factor in a flat-rate pay scale. With that, ...
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Electrical circuit testing techniques for service technicians

May 29, 2024
Understanding your tools and equipment for electrical circuit testing is crucial to performing competent diagnostics.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

A Chevy Spark's intermittent misfire

May 17, 2024
Intermittent misfire complaints can be some of the most difficult to solve simply because they can be the most troublesome to replicate and test for. However, having a structured...
Diagnostics and Drivability

Solved: A Toyota Land Cruiser's power problem

May 9, 2024
A technician was facing a strange issue with a 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser with a 5.7L V8 engine. It was experiencing what he described as a strange loss of power output. Motor Age...
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Diagnosing a Toyota's power problem

May 1, 2024
A technician is struggling to find the cause of a 5.7L V8 engine's power loss on a 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Essential diagnostic tools for today's automotive technicians

April 30, 2024
By equipping themselves with many of these essential diagnostic tools, professionals can ensure they are prepared to tackle the challenges posed by modern vehicles.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Solved: Mystery misfire on Ford Transit

April 18, 2024
With 260,000 miles on the odometer, the reasons why this 2015 Ford Transit were misfiring could seem nearly endless.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Top 10 diagnostic products: Q1 2024

April 5, 2024
Are you in the market for new diagnostic tools and equipment? Take a look at the most viewed diagnostic tools/updates on VehicleServicePros.com from the first quarter.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Solving a misfire mystery on a high-mileage Ford Transit

March 8, 2024
With today’s GDI platforms, the curtain of air/fuel that surrounds the spark plug electrode is more crucial than ever before.
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Diagnostics and Drivability

Automotive security: From basic locks to advanced cybersecurity

Feb. 27, 2024
This evolution not only reflects the advancement in automotive technology but also the changing landscape of vehicle theft and the need to protect and maintain critical vehicle...
Service Repair

The Hybrid Analytical Road Test

Feb. 9, 2024
The key to solving any drivability issue efficiently is having a game plan and sticking to it.