Tech Tips

Advanced 6.7 Power Stroke Professional Diesel Training [Tech Tip]

March 24, 2021

In this tech tip sample video from the AVI Diesel Coaching Program, AVI instructor Tom Rayk shows the course students the diesel engine LIVE. NOT your typical Zoom Powerpoint. This is Live hands-on, in-studio shop setting and scenarios.  

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GDI Components [Tech Tip]

February 5, 2021

What parts are involved in GDI? In this tech tip, John Forro explains the breakdown of the gasoline direct injection components. Join Us Live February 10th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST AVI Instructor John Forro will teach you all about the evolution of fuel systems. John will hold a Q&A session at the end of the […]

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Restricted Fuel Filter [Tech Tip]

How proficient are you when it comes to restricted fuel filters? In this tech tip, instructor John Forro explains in-depth different aspects of the restricted fuel filter. Watch the video here then click to view the class below. Join Us Live February 10th from 12:00 – 1:30 PM EST AVI Instructor John Forro will teach you all […]

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Protect Email Security and Avoiding Phishing Scams

October 22, 2019

Protect Email Security and Avoiding Phishing Scams “I don’t know this person, and I can’t identify this person.” Common sense dictates to ignore them or scrutinize this unidentified entity. However, Cyber Criminals still communicate personalized attacked through e-mail. Over 150 billion e-mails were sent in 2018, thus making e-mail one of the most effective ways […]

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How far away are we from self-driving cars?

October 16, 2019

How far away are we from self-driving cars? So how close is humankind away from self-driving automotive vehicles? Innovators may be off for a few more decades, but this will break all over the news. The media loves to blow things up, metaphorically, because that’s what it does best. Boston Dynamics Self-driving cars meet your […]

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Climate Control Diagnostic Process

September 18, 2019

Climate Control Diagnostic Process By John Forro Every Technician needs to have a diagnostic plan. The primary goal of the diagnostic plan is to prepare the Technician to solve the problem at hand. The plan may not work on the first try, but it will create very useful road map. To start, review the customer […]

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PCM Modes of Operations

September 13, 2019

PCM Modes of Operations by John Forro Avoiding Typical PCM Pitfalls? Well, the number one solution would be education. The more prepared you are on the subject the easier it is. Don’t forget to do proper research as well. Make sure you dig deep into the brand of car, common issues, wiring diagrams, how the […]

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Diagnostic Procedure with ICE and GDI

Diagnostic Procedure with ICE and GDI By John Forro The internal combustion engine has never had a clean design. This is why technology is moving away from ICE as fast as possible. Starting with hybrids, converting to electric vehicles. This will never be a 100% efficient power plant because every one of those piston rings, regardless of condition, […]

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Fixing Lean Fuel Banks on a 2002 Chevy Avalanche

August 28, 2019

Fixing Lean Fuel Banks on a 2002 Chevy Avalanche By John Forro So here’s an excellent case study on bad fuel pumps! A 2002 Chevy Avalanche was towed in for a diagnosis. Using a generic global scan tool, P0codes like P0171 were pulled up. When the P0171 code is pulled from your scan tool it […]

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Diagnostic Procedure with ICE and GDI

August 7, 2019

Diagnostic Procedure with ICE and GDI So the internal combustion engine, to keep in mind, has never been a really clean design which is why all the technology is trying to get away from that and they started with hybrids and now they’re going to full electric vehicles. It’s never going to be 100% efficient […]

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Parasitic Current Draw

April 6, 2018

In this tech tip from LBT-270 “Parasitic Current Draw”, instructor Dave Hobbs shows a quick and easy way to do a parasitic current draw test and the usefulness of a battery disconnect for long periods of vehicle storage. Join our mailing list!

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Static Fuel Pressure Test

February 8, 2018

In this tech tip from AVI course LS-57 What You Need To Know About Rich P-Code Conditions, AVI instructor Ron Bilyeu points out how a diagnostic path using information services and TSB’s can make short work of rich condition P-codes such as a highlighted PO172 code.   Join our mailing list!

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Tech Tip: Lean Density vs Ignition Misfire

January 12, 2018

In this tech tip from the course Labscope Diagnostics Version 3.0, instructor Bill Fulton explains how to determine whether a P0300 code is caused by an ignition or lean density misfire by looking at the fuel trim values with your scan tool.

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Information System: Save Time – Save Money

November 17, 2017

In this tech tip from the course LS-57 What You Need To Know About Rich P-Code Conditions, instructor Ron Bilyeu points out how using the SureTrack information system led to quicker fix and getting the vehicle back to the customer faster. Test Your Knowledge – Quick Quiz

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Fuel Pump Testing: Waveform Analysis

October 19, 2017

In this tech tip from the program LBT-243 Quick Check Diagnostics, instructor Jim Wilson shows you how a low amp probe along with waveform pattern analysis can pinpoint fuel pump issues quickly and effectively.  

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O2 Sensor Check

October 5, 2017

In this tech tip from the program “LS-57 What You Need To Know About Rich P-Code Conditions”, instructor Ron Bilyeu asks the question “Is a carbon fouled O2 sensor the cause or the result of a rich condition?” Ron reminds you to think about the trouble source versus the result of the condition.

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Tech Tip: Diesel Bi-Directional Control Tips

August 23, 2017

In this tech tip from the course LBT-191: Introduction to the Ford 6.4L Diesel, instructor Mark DeKoster shows the advantages of using scan tool bi-directional controls to perform engine diagnostics.

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Tech Tip: After the Flash – To-Do List

August 17, 2017

In this tech tip from the AVI program LBT-293: Mastering the Module Flash, instructor Dave Hobbs reminds technicians just how important it is to follow proper procedures after a vehicle reprogramming procedure.

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Tech Tip: Hands On – Hybrid No Start Issues

August 10, 2017

In this tech tip from the AVI program LBT-312: Advanced Scan Tool Testing Strategies, instructor Bill Fulton discusses how Toyota hybrids can have no-start issues simply by having improper MAF sensor voltage.

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Tech Tip: Oil Changes – Who Cares?

August 3, 2017

In this tech tip from LBT-295: Variable Valve Timing Diagnostics, instructor Ron Bilyeu reminds you that oil isn’t just for lubrication anymore. Today’s engines use oil for a variety of tasks, turning it into a key hydraulic fluid, and keeping it fresh is more important than ever before.

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Tech Tip: Using Amp Probes for Better Diagnostics

July 20, 2017

In this tech tip from the course “LBT-54 Ignition System Testing w/Coil-on-Plug & Misfire Detection“, Instructor Bill Fulton demonstrates how using a Low Current Probe can give you valuable diagnostics data, especially when analyzing primary ignition issues. 

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Tech Tip: Cellphone Distress

July 11, 2017

Many different types of modern electronic devices can cause the TPMS light to come on, including cell phones. Instructor Mark DeKoster discusses what to look out for, especially when you find no TPMS codes, in this tech tip from the AVI program: LS-53 Fundamentals Of TPMS.

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Tech Tip: A/C Systems – New Contaminant Issues

June 22, 2017

Contaminants have always been an issue with mobile A/C systems. In this weeks tech tip, instructor Ron Bilyeu tells you how contaminants can really cause big trouble with the new IHX A/C systems. Join our mailing list! THIS WEEKEND ONLY 20% Off MACS 2017 Mobile A/C Update Offer ends 6/26/2017 @ noon ET

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Tech Tip: A/C Systems New Contaminant Issues

Contaminants have always been an issue with mobile A/C systems. In this weeks tech tip, instructor Ron Bilyeu tells you how contaminants can really cause big trouble with the new IHX A/C systems. Join our mailing list! THIS WEEKEND ONLY 20% Off MACS 2017 Mobile A/C Update Offer ends 6/26/2017 @ noon ET

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Tech Tip: Forced Induction – Spark Plug Gap

June 15, 2017

High Performance requires you to think about many things differently, including spark plug gap. In this weeks tech tip from AVI course Essentials of Performance Tuning: Mysteries of Fuel Injection, instructor Ron Bilyeu reminds you about a few things regarding spark. Join our mailing list! THIS WEEKEND ONLY Father’s Day Specials For Only $19.95 Each […]

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Tech Tip: Toyota Reprogramming Strategies

June 8, 2017

In this tech tip, a quick walk through of the Toyota Immobilizer System is featured. Instructor Bob Augustine covers a wide variety of domestic and import programming and flashing procedures in this comprehensive package produced by AVI in conjunction with Bob Augustine of Christian Brothers Automotive. Over 5 hours of training are included in this […]

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Tech Tip: Hybrid Battery Safety Tips

June 1, 2017

Dealing with hybrid batteries requires the proper safety procedures and test equipment. In this tech tip from the course AP-9: Meter Usage and Electrical Circuit Testing, instructor Dave Hobbs reminds you to take high voltage battery testing very, very seriously. Join our mailing list! Offer ends 6/5/2017 @ noon ET

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Tech Tip: TPMS Liabilities

May 25, 2017

Just what is your shop’s liability regarding the TPMS service light? In this tech tip from LBT-277: Making Money Servicing TPMS, instructor Karl Schneider reminds techs and shop owners the legal requirements when it come to TPMS service repairs. Join our mailing list! Offer ends 5/29/2017 @ midnight ET

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Tech Tip – A/C Mildew Odors: Afterblow Solutions

May 17, 2017

A common customer complaint is “My A/C smells.” Instructor Dave Hobbs provides you with detailed information on the best way to  eliminate mildew type odors using the Afterblow Module. Watch this important Tech Tip from the course LBT-271: Deceptive Diagnostics. Join our mailing list!

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Tech Tip: Injectors Flow Rate vs Color Coding

May 4, 2017

As you know, many manufacturers color code their injectors. In this Tech Tip from the AVI course “LBT-83 Fuelish Tips”, instructor Doug Garriott shows how color coding can be a diagnostic starting point regarding different fuel delivery issues. Join our mailing list!

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Tech Tip: ABS Info – Wheel Sensors

May 3, 2017

Instructor Mark DeKoster shows you the proper way to test analog wheel speed sensors. You’ll easily spot the bad sensor when you watch this tech tip from the AVI course “LS-34 ABS – Enhanced Stability Systems, Operation, Analysis, and Repair” Join our mailing list!

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Tech Tip: Ford 6.0 Power Stroke – EGR Carbon Issues

April 27, 2017

Carbon build-up in EGR Valves can always be an issue, especially in diesel engines. Instructor Tony Salas tells you what to look for in this Tech Tip from LBT-165 6.0L Powerstroke Enhanced Diagnostics. Join our mailing list!

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Tech Tip: Spark Duration – How Long is Enough?

April 20, 2017

Does spark knock duration really matter? Of course it does, and Bill Fulton tells you what to look for in this Tech Tip from the course LBT-54 Ignition System Testing w/Coil-on-Plug & Misfire Detection with Bill Fulton .

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Tech Tip: Common Rail Diesels – Critical Data P.I.D.s with Bob Pattengale

April 13, 2017

Bosch instructor Bob Pattengale discusses a few data P.I.D.s that are the starting points to successful diagnostics of common rail diesel vehicles. You could be wasting valuable time if you fail to apply this important tech tip strategy.

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P1285/P1299 Ford Cooling Strategy

March 16, 2017

As technicians we see customers that drive their vehicles into our shops hot as a firecracker. Ford has a strategy to help prevent drivers from destroying their vehicle’s engine due to overheating called “Ford Failsafe Cooling System Strategy”. In this tech tip, Ron Bilyeu will demonstrate how to address the overheating codes P1285 and P1299, […]

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