The Community for Auto Pros to Connect, Educate and Learn

Welcome to the new AutoPro Network, a SearchAutoparts.com community for automotive professionals. Here you can explore industry news about training, processes, new products and sourcing parts. You can ask questions and upload pictures, videos and podcasts. Our user-friendly interface enables you to easily customize your posts to make them unique and informative for other members. Registration is completely FREE, and as a registered member you have access to interact with all other members and their conversations.

AutoPro Network How-To Instructions

Looking for help in how to sign up, post and access content in the Auto Pro Network? This how-to PDF is your ticket to answers, directions and insight!
SM

SC MEDIA May 19    Article

Community Member

SPRING SALE ON BEST LASER MEASURING SYSTEM IN THE INDUSTRY-ECLIPSE™!

SPRING SALE IS ON - CALL YOUR DISTRIBUTOR FOR MORE INFO! Eclipse™ provides fast, accurate measurements for estimating, blueprinting and repair on any surface from lifts to benches. Its collision repair console shows a real-time visual display of the structural damage in an easy to understand, full-color, 3D graphic model. The easy to use Eclipse™ software reduces cycle time and expense, while supporting profitable estimates and reports.

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
SM

SC MEDIA May 12    Article

Community Member

ECLIPSE™ PLAYS CRITICAL ROLE IN SOP-SPRING SALE!

Wasting time with faulty equipment is one of the largest drains on busy shops so establishing best practices involves sourcing the most effective equipment. Developing Standards of Practice (SOP’s) requires careful blueprinting of your shop processes. In order to make those SOP’s valuable, you need to analyze all key components of your repair process. When creating that procedure for your process, equipment function and integrity of results are critical. Scanning and measuring the damage requires accuracy and continual calibration. Eclipse™ by AMS is the only Laser Measuring system that can guarantee you accuracy every time.

 

Eclipse™ by AMS features a bright, 3D graphic screen making for a quick visualization of the depiction of the damage, and changes colors to reflect progress as it is being repaired. The patented Autocal feature of the Eclipse ensures you get the right answer…first time, every time. Eclipse literally helps you get more accurate diagnostics more quickly, helping ... Read More

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
Peter Meier

Peter Meier Apr 28    Article

Community Member

The Trainer #65 - Making Sense Of Fuel Trim

Most technicians understand the concept of fuel correction and what we mean by “closed loop” operation but just in case…

Fuel control is the concept of maintaining the proper mixture of fuel and air in the cylinder for efficient combustion. Incoming air is measured (directly or indirectly) by the Engine Control Module (ECM) and then the ECM chooses how long to open the injectors in order to add the proper amount of fuel to that air charge. The original injection time is based (in part) on the known flow of fuel through the injector but that original number is not perfect. 

So a feedback sensor is used to tell the ECM how it did. These are the conventional oxygen sensor or the wideband oxygen sensor. Based on this feedback, the ECM adjusts the next injection event by increasing or decreasing the injector on time as appropriate. This process is continuous and results in the Short Term Fuel Trim (STFT) numbers you see on your scan tool.

Ideally, the ECM will adjust the on time to cause the STFT to swing from a positive number to a negative number with each adjustment, with an average approaching zero. If the adjustments the ECM has made are insufficient to do that, the ECM “learns” a more permanent correction called Long Term Fuel Trim and adds that factor to its internal calculations. If the total amount of correction (STFT + LTFT) exceeds a programmed ... Read More

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
SM

SC MEDIA Apr 28    Article

Community Member

AMS AWARDED HONOR AS STRATEGIC PARTNER FOR ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT WITH FIX AUTO

AMS (Advanced Measurement Systems) was honored last month at the CAMRA 2017 show in China when it was selected by Fix Auto China to be the Strategic Partner for electronic measurement as they implement state of the art technology into their Chinese repair shops.

Bob Watts, CEO of AMS, was a featured speaker at a DRP forum held in conjunction with CAMRA. Watts, excited about the possibilities, states, “We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Fix Auto. The objective is to make certain all Read More

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register

Companies Realize the Importance of Training

Registration for NACE Automechanika Chicago 2017 is well underway, but as you start making your course selections, we want to give some recognition to a list of sponsors that’s making this training possible for automotive pros nationwide.

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
SM

SC MEDIA Apr 21    Article

Community Member

WATTS SPEAKS AT DRP FORUM IN CHINA

Fix Auto World just held a nationwide DRP automotive professional conference in China featuring industry leaders like AMS CEO, Bob Watts. This forum was held during the annual auto maintenance and repair trade show (AMR 2017). The conference gathered over 200 leaders in the industry. Hosted by Fix Auto China, it was held at the prestigious Hilton Beijing, and featured experts in collision repair from all over the world, as well as Chinese insurance executives, and various automotive association representatives. The Fix Auto forum was dedicated to sharing best practices and experiences.

Read More

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
Peter Meier

Peter Meier Mar 27    Article

Community Member

2017 TST Big Event Was Indeed A BIG Event

The 14th annual TST (Technicians Service Training) "Big Event" was absolutely that! The venue hosting this year's event was sold out to capacity and the folks at TST actually had to turn down an additional 50+ potential attendees due to lack of space. All told, over 450 technicians, educators and shop owners spent the day Saturday (March 25th) at the Westchester Marriott learning from three great presenters.

Leading off was NAPA's Tom Rayk, followed by Wayne Colonna from ATSG (Automatic Transmission Service Group) with WORLDPAC's Mark Warren taking the final slot of the day. In between classes, attendees had the opportunity to interact with over 20 vendors via their tabletop exhibits housed in the same training room. As is TST's routine, attendees were also awarded a variety of door prizes exceeding $20,000 in total value.

The last event of the day was the drawing of two lucky names for the TST/Motor Age NACE Automechanika scholarships. These scholarships cover the cost of travel and hotel stay, as well as providing some pocket money the recipients can use to purchase products on the trade show floor.

 

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register
Peter Meier

Peter Meier Feb 09    Article

Community Member

Motor Age How2 #6 - Unlock Your Scope's Power

in this edition of How2, Pete shows you a variety of accessories that truly unlock the diagnostic power a scope can provide. Learn how to measure current, pressure, vacuum and even solve vibration complaints using these add-ons.

NOTE: This is an introduction and each will be featured in their own upcoming episodes.

Be the first to comment!
Login · Register