PTS Seminars Syllabus
2016 Professional Technician Training Syllabus
Professional Technician’s Seminar Series Classroom Training Programs
Rapid Diagnostics: Going beyond the code - Available January 25, 2016
Engine performance problems typically set DTCs and technicians can fall into the trap of replacing parts based only on the code stored. What if replacing parts based on DTCs alone doesn't solve the customer concern? What if multiple codes are stored? What if a drivability concern exists and there are no DTCs? The most successful technicians in the industry approach problems in a structured and logical way. This class will give you a chance to follow their thought process and develop your own abilities.
Attend this class to:
- Improve your accuracy and efficiency at diagnosing performance faults
- Understand DTC definitions and code set criteria
- Use schematics effectively to solve problems
- Diagnose faults without stored DTCs
- Participate in real world case studies to hone your skills
Induction System Diagnosis and Repair - Available January 25, 2016
Both gasoline and diesel engines use sophisticated induction systems which include exhaust gas recirculation, manifold tuning, turbocharging and supercharging. In this class we will introduce these systems and show how they can affect diagnosis of symptoms such as low power, fuel trim codes, and low fuel economy. We will use case studies to demonstrate field diagnostics and fixes on both gasoline and diesel engines.
Attend this class to:
- Learn about turbocharger control systems
- Perform turbocharger failure diagnosis
- Repair and replacement techniques and tips
- Diagnose manifold tuning controls
- See how boosted systems affect fuel trim and diagnosis
- Improve your induction troubleshooting skills
Automotive HVAC Solutions - Available January 25, 2016
HVAC systems have undergone significant changes and diagnostics and service need to change with them. The vehicles you will be servicing hold a fraction of the refrigerant of previous vehicles so each component must operate at maximum efficiency to produce the cooling your customers want. In this class we will dissect automotive HVAC systems and identify common failures as well as service pitfalls. You will see proven diagnostic and service techniques performed on a variety of systems. You will have a chance to join in the diagnosis of several problems. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to tune up your HVAC knowledge to ensure a successful season.
Attend this class to:
- Learn how HVAC components operate and work together
- See how simple tests can help you quickly find problems
- Diagnose compressor and cooling fan controls
- Collect valuable service tips
- Be prepared for a successful AC season
Diagnosing Fuel Trim, MAF, and O2 Problems - Available August 1, 2016
The next vehicle you diagnose might be equipped with an Air/Fuel or Lambda sensor. These sensors have complicated the diagnosis of fuel trim DTC and reduced power concerns. Our familiar scan data such as g/s for a mass air flow sensor, Short Term and Long Term for fuel trim, 0-1 volt for O2 sensors have been replaced with terms like kg/hr, Equivalence Ratio, Milliamps, or strange voltages that don’t make sense.
The goal of this class is to help you streamline your diagnosis of fuel control related problems through an understanding of systems operation, and the application of data and diagnostic functions. We will also cover the scenarios in which you must determine if the fuel trim is the cause or the result of the fault.
Attend this class to:
- Learn to troubleshoot AF sensor DTCs.
- Interpret scan data to diagnose Fuel Trim issues.
- Be prepared to determine if a low power complaint is caused by fuel delivery, engine breathing, or the MAF – even if the vehicle is equipped with AF sensors.
Cummins Diesel Diagnostic and Repair Solutions - Available August 1, 2016
The Cummins diesel engine has been a very popular engine choice for the Dodge truck platform. This engine has been in use for over 20 years but in recent years there have been a number of changes to the fuel system as well as the addition of emission devices. We will show you how they work, how they fail and how they affect diagnosis and service. The focus of this class will be to prepare you to diagnose and service these popular engines.
Attend this class to learn about:
- Cummins common rail fuel systems including 5.9L and 6.7L engines
- Supply and high pressure fuel systems
- Turbocharger and EGR systems
- Emission control systems
- Exhaust after treatment systems
- Diagnostic and repair tips
Additional Topics Available for 2016
Diagnosing the Top Duramax Diesel Problems
The Duramax diesel engine is a popular option in Chevrolet and GMC trucks. There are numerous pattern failures and the engine has undergone major changes since its' first introduction in 2000 to correct them. Technicians must be able to identify which engine design they are servicing and the unique issues related to it. Attend this class for important information on:
- Fuel, air induction, and emissions systems including Particulate Filters and Diesel Engine Fluid systems.
- System operation, pattern failures, diagnostics and case studies for each engine type.
- Proper maintenance tips to improve the longevity of the engine and to improve profit in this market.
The goal of the class is to provide experienced diesel techs information and diagnostic strategies for dealing with the new DPF and DEF systems, as well as help the technician who doesn’t typically deal with diesel engines understand the concept and theories behind the Duramax engines.
Diagnosing the Top Powerstroke Diesel Problems
It is an understatement to say that the Powerstroke engine has sold quite well in Ford pickups. It is also widely known that there are plenty of service opportunities on these trucks as well. These engines rely on high pressure oil systems that are prone to multiple failures, and take time and understanding of the system in order to diagnose and repair. These engines rely on many electronic sensors and modules that require sharp diagnostic skills, electrical comprehension, and familiarity with module programming.
While we will be introducing the 6.7 liter diesel, this class will focus on the operating characteristics of the 6.0 and 6.4 liter engines that are popular in the service bays today. Common failures on these engines include: EGR cooler, head gasket, turbo, injectors, FICM, and high pressure oil systems. Learn repair tips and diagnostic procedures submitted by technicians that work on these engines every day.
Diagnosing the Top Toyota/Lexus Engine Performance Problems
Toyota engines and control systems have undergone numerous changes and their diagnostic procedures have changed right along with them. Proper interpretation of scan data PIDs and the use of bidirectional controls and other enhanced scan tool functions can speed your diagnosis on these engines. Attend this class to improve your diagnostic skills and learn to:
- Troubleshoot Toyota EVAP systems quickly using scan data.
- Identify and diagnose misfiring cylinders.
- Interpret AF sensor data and trim PIDs used by Toyota/Lexus vehicles.
- Troubleshoot and repair electronic throttle controls.
The goal of this class is to prepare you to diagnose common problems on these engine control systems in the shortest amount of time. During the class, case studies will be used to demonstrate efficient diagnostic methods. Pattern failures and common pitfalls will be covered that will help you to diagnose these vehicles quickly and accurately.
Diagnosing Vehicle Electronics Problems
Today’s vehicles contain a complex mix of sensors, actuators, and control modules to perform most functions. Raising a window can involve a switch module, door module, and body control module in addition to the motor which does the work. A test light can only go so far in diagnosing these circuits and jumper wires can spell disaster if used incorrectly. Attend this class to improve your diagnostic skills and learn to:
- Troubleshoot sensors and actuators and verify their operation.
- Quickly interpret schematics and use them to determine a diagnostic path.
- Verify module operation and communications.
The goal of this class is to prepare you to diagnose and repair problems in body, chassis, HVAC, and powertrain control systems, as well as the data bus which connects them. Case studies will be used to demonstrate techniques you can use to reduce the time spent on diagnosis.
Hyundai/Kia Drivability Solutions
This course is filled with the information needed to fix Hyundai/Kia vehicles quickly and accurately. A system descriptions and operational details are provided for EVAP, Fuel Control, and Ignition, along with proven diagnostic techniques. Common failures will be covered such as hard start, low power, stalling, and Misfire DTCs. Procedures for relearn and verification will be demonstrated.
A variety of case studies are used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques. Hyundai/Kia vehicles use unique scan data PIDs. The effective use of these PIDs will be demonstrated for each system. Field developed techniques and repair tips are included in the class and the manual.
Ford Driveability Solutions
Ford engine controls have undergone significant changes as more vehicles are equipped with features such as wide range air fuel sensors and EcoBoost systems. EVAP systems still require diagnosis and there are some new techniques required due to capless fuel fillers and other system changes. Ford’s approach to misfire detection and data display can result in wasted time during diagnosis.
This class will focus on common failures in electronic throttle control, variable valve timing, fuel measurement and delivery, and other areas which can cause driveability symptoms. Case studies will be used to demonstrate diagnostic techniques which same time and steps. Attend this class and become more efficient when solving Ford diagnostic puzzles.
Successful Hybrid Diagnosis & Repair
The hybrid market continues to expand and many hybrids now need high voltage battery or transaxle repairs. While these vehicles require specific service procedures and some special tools, the diagnosis and repairs they need are not beyond the capabilities of a well-equipped shop with trained technicians.
Hybrid vehicles on the road today include: true hybrids like the Prius, Ford Fusion, Focus, and CMax, large vehicle two-mode hybrids such as GM, Chrysler, and BMW, EV/Hybrid vehicles such as the Chevrolet Volt and the Toyota Prius Plug-In, and “e-assist” vehicles which have an auto-stop feature and limited regeneration capabilities.
This class will focus on the big sellers; Gen 1, 2, and 3 Prius, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima. We will also cover failures on Ford Escape, as well as Honda vehicles. These are the vehicles most likely to require battery or other hybrid system repairs.
Learn how to diagnose battery, inverter, transaxle and other hybrid systems failures and start making money when these systems fail.
Automotive CAN Bus – What it CAN do for you!
Controller Area Network has been used in vehicles since the early 2000s, but many technicians don’t realize the full capability of this system. This course will begin by explaining the theory and benefits of the CAN bus design and operation. It will then move into showing the additional scan data PIDs, Freeze Frame information, and Mode $06 information that will significantly aid the technician’s diagnosis.
The course will focus on diagnostic strategies that the technician can use in the bay the next day. There will be case studies that not only illustrate the use of CAN data PIDs found in generic OBDII, but also case studies illustrating diagnosing network communication faults that result in modules that are unable to communicate.
GM Driveability Solutions
General Motors vehicles have undergone many changes and improvements in recent years. At the same time, General Motors has changed the format of repair and diagnostic information. Diagnostic flow charts, for example, have been removed causing technician frustration.
This class will focus on solving driveability faults in a logical manner using the available information and tools in the context of real world case studies. Learn verified diagnostic procedures for Variable Valve Timing, Electronic Throttle Control, Fuel Trim, Evaporative Systems, Active Fuel Management, Network Faults, and Ignition Systems.
Attend this class to learn about common failures and to improve your diagnostic abilities on GM systems.