Torque Factor – Episode 6: Solutions for dealing with obsolete electronics parts

June 29, 2020
Jorge Menchu from AESwave and Matt Fanslow with Riverside Automotive discuss how technicians can gain the skills needed to address the challenges of dealing with obsolete electronics parts in the vehicles in today’s shops.

The proliferation of electronics on automobiles over the past 30+ years will continue to present challenges for technicians well into the future. When these parts fail, and replacement parts become more difficult to obtain, what can be done? In this episode of Torque Factor, host Scott Brown talks with Jorge Menchu from AESwave and Matt Fanslow with Riverside Automotive who share how the modern technician can gain the skills needed to address these challenges head on.

  • Recalls20V-314 – 135,995 Acura and Honda 2018-2019 model year vehicles are equipped with potentially defective fuel pumps. 20V-334 – All 2017-2020 Chrysler Pacifica Plug-in Hybrid electric vehicles built between August 2016 and June 2020. Some vehicles have experienced fires originating at the B+ pass-through post behind the driver’s seat.
  • Case study: Michael Christopherson, a mobile diagnostic technician, shares a recent challenge he had with a 24-year-old Mercedes-Benz and a used ECU and how he was able to use his electronics knowledge and expertise to overcome a challenge and get the vehicle back out on the road.
  • Training: COVID-19 and how training providers have been delivering webinar-based content. is home to Torque Factor, and Professional Tool and Equipment News, Professional Distributor, and Fleet Maintenance magazines. Have a topic or question you’d like discussed on a future episode? Email us at: [email protected].

About the Author

Scott Brown | Founder - Diagnostic Network

Scott is an ASE Master Certified Automobile Technician with L1, L3, & L4 credentials and has over 39 years of professional service industry experience. As an independent shop owner in Southern California and with his engagement at various levels of within our industry, he continuously strives to move the industry forward through networking, education, communications, and training. Scott is a founder of the Diagnostic Network ( which was born in 2018 after he retired after 22 years at iATN, where he served as company president.

Brown is also the host of Professional Tool and Equipment News (PTEN) and podcast, Torque Factor. The podcast addresses the latest automotive service technologies while focusing on expanding knowledge and awareness around tools, equipment, education, and industry trends.