Tech Tip: Diagnosing a VW/Audi MAF Failure
One of the most common failures on 2000 and newer Volkswagen and Audi cars is the mass air flow (MAF) sensor, but properly diagnosing such a failure can be problematic.
Leak Detection Tools & Equipment
Having the right tools to help you find leaks can save time and effort, and reduce the risk of comebacks. This special section features some common types of leaks and what kind of equipment you can use to find them, as well as a Leak Detection Product Showcase.
Tech Feature: Detecting Misfires in OBD II Engines
With OBD II, there’s no missing misfires. Most engine control systems with OBD II monitor the speed of the crankshaft between cylinder firings to detect misfires. The powertrain control module (PCM) notes the relative position of the crankshaft via the crankshaft position sensor (CKP) each time a trigger pulse is sent to the ignition system.
What is Mode $06 and the other OBD II Modes?
OBD II modes are organized into nine categories, each of which is assigned a particular mode number preceded by a $ sign to symbolize the hexadecimal code it represents.
Tech Tip: Honda MIL Comes On
The MIL comes on with one or more of these evaporative DTCs stored: P0451 (FTP sensor circuit range/performance problem); P0452 (FTP sensor circuit low voltage); P0453 (FTP sensor circuit high voltage); P1454 (FTP sensor circuit range/performance problem).
Tech Feature: Engine Technology Gets a Boost
As a technician, you’ll need to understand how Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged gasoline direct injection engine works, since the automaker plans to incorporate it in 90% of its new vehicles over the next three years.
OBD II Engine Diagnostics: Not as Simple as it Seems
Anybody can plug a scan tool into a vehicle and read codes. But do they know what the codes mean, how to diagnose the fault or, most importantly, how to fix the vehicle? The problem with reading OBD II codes is that the code tells you only that a fault has occurred. It does not
EGR Issues: Dealing with P0401 Codes
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Tech Update: A to VSV…Troubleshooting Toyota/Lelxus EVAP Systems
When I first had to diagnose a Toyota EVAP code, I found the available information a little lacking. So I decided to do a little homework…and the following article is the result of what I’ve learned. I hope it helps you diagnose and repair these systems a little easier. First, a word on basic EVAP
Diagnostic Solutions: Air Flow Sensors…Understanding Their Function & Potential Problems
Most of us remember the “good old days” when an engine’s air/fuel (a/f) ratio was controlled by a mechanically operated carburetor. Due to the inherent design limitations of mechanical systems, however, carburetors don’t respond efficiently to changes in barometric pressure, temperature and humidity. In the quest for improved fuel economy and reduced exhaust emissions, import