Alternative Mazda Diagnostic Connection

With the Mazda platform, the most common scan equipment on the market would be the IDS, Snap-On, MAC, Autel, Launch, etc. Most, if not all, can read the entire network(s) of the installed controllers and also include bi-directional control(s). What about ELM327...
Antitheft Gone Wild

Antitheft Gone Wild

I received a distress call from a body shop for a complaint of a no-start on a 2006 Honda Civic. The shop had just finished working on the vehicle and decided to detail the car for the owner as a courtesy. The car was running prior to the battery going dead and now the shop was married to a no-start condition.

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Vida: Online with Scandinavia

Vida: Online with Scandinavia

Volvo complies with NASTF regulations regarding online reprogramming and the release of service information. After a few IT classes and several hours in front of a computer, you may actually be able log onto the website. Maybe we can help.

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The Missing Mini

The Missing Mini

No, this is not a mystery about a Mini that has gone missing. This car had been off the road for a year’s storage in a body shop. When it came time to return the vehicle to the customer, it had an illuminated MIL and a misfiring cylinder.

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No Clutch Command

No Clutch Command

When our man John encounters conflicting pin and wire color information, he does the twist – A complaint of no A/C compressor engagement on a 2008 Nissan Altima with a 2.5L engine.

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Lean Is Mean

Lean Is Mean

We often make fun of them: Techs who use the scan tool to tell them what part to replace. We must admit that sometimes, for the sake of expediency, we do the same thing. Let’s not get caught in that trap on a Toyota with a lean condition.

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