2022 TechShop Year in Review

2022 TechShop Year in Review

Just in case you missed any of our great feature articles this year, we have pulled them together in one spot for you!

Just in case you might have missed any of our great feature articles from the magazine this year, we have pulled them all together in one spot for you!

There’s much more to come in 2023, so be sure to watch out for TechShop in each issue of ShopOwner magazine and online at TechShopMag.com.

If you have any suggestions for articles or comments, drop us a line at [email protected].

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January

Specialty Tools: Problem Solvers, Time Savers and Essentials

Investing in the right ones is an important decision for every technician.



February

Do You Need a Lift?

Automotive Lifts: A Guide To Lifts And Lifting Equipment Whether you’re replacing one or adding one, buying a lift isn’t a daunting process. Here’s some advice to get you started.


March

Don’t Miss Out On A/C Service Opportunities

Today’s HVAC systems are becoming so advanced, that we could be missing out on service opportunities.

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April

Auto Shop Clean Up

It may take a little more planning, but keeping a clean shop is a good move for the industry and good for your business.


May

Compressed Air Systems

Even though it’s easy to take for granted, compressed air is the key to many of a shop’s special tools.


June

Maximizing Your Tools

When it comes to investing in an oscilloscope, the biggest question is ROI. Is it going to make you money?


July

The Latest In Auto Repair Workwear

Here’s a look into the many options available in today’s workwear specifically designed for automotive technicians.


August

Automotive Battery and Electrical System Testers

Modern charging system testers are programmed to know what they should see on each and every vehicle.


September

Batteries: Cordless Tools Charge Ahead with Battery Technology

Chemistry defines a battery and modern cordless tools take advantage of the technology to achieve superior performance.


October

Tire & Wheel Service Equipment

Wheels and tires are changing and so is the equipment we use to service them. See how the latest equipment updates stack up.


November

Shop Equipment ROI – Tooled for Profit

If you understand the basic idea and process of calculating ROI, it can help you make good purchasing decisions.

December

Working on the Line – Collision Repair Tools

Equipped with the right tools, technicians can expand their skillset and tackle those jobs that are close to the line between collision and general repair.

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Scan Tool Tech

While systems can and will differ, here’s a look at common ADAS features, their general configurations and calibration requirements.

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) require the use of a scan tool for diagnostics, and the majority of the time, it’s required for post-repair calibration. ADAS, like any other system, requires a diagnostic routine, which begins with a base knowledge of the system. Knowing ADAS will help understand fault symptoms and scan tool data for the most efficient diagnosis.While systems can and will differ, here’s a look at common ADAS features, their general configurations and calibration requirements.Parking assist sensors, of which there can be more than one, are generally located in the front and rear bumpers. They are the inputs that affect active parking assist and parking collision warnings. Any time they are disturbed in any manner, a static calibration must be performed with a scan tool.Side object sensors, sometimes called collision avoidance sensors, are commonly located in the rear bumper. These sensors provide input for blind spot warnings, lane change alerts and rear cross traffic warnings. Static calibration with a scan tool is required when these are removed or replaced.Rear vision cameras will be located in the rear decklid, liftgate or tailgate, and act as either a backup camera alone, or part of a surround view system if the vehicle is so equipped. These cameras generally require a dynamic calibration, and no scan tool is required.A forward-looking camera is sometimes located behind the grille, and usually part of a surround view system. These too do not require a scan tool, but a dynamic calibration must be performed when they are removed or replaced.Different ADAS features may have dedicated control modules which can be located in various areas, often behind interior panels. As with most control modules, these require scan tool programming when replaced and, depending on the system, both static and dynamic calibrations may be required.The Haptic Seat Motor creates the vibration to provide a safety alert for blind spot, forward collision, lane departure, lane keep assist, parking collision and rear cross traffic warnings. These motors, sometimes called seat warning actuators, generally require no type of calibration.Cameras located in a sideview mirror are part of surround view systems. These require calibration when removed or replaced, but most of them dynamic, and no scan tool is required.The steering angle sensor located in the steering column is an input for lane keep assistance, and a static calibration is required with a scan tool any time it is removed or replaced, or any time a wheel alignment is performed.Last, but not least, is the front view, or forward-looking camera located in the windshield area. This camera is a vital part of adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, automatic high beam headlights, forward collision and lane departure warnings, and lane keeping assistance. A scan tool and static and dynamic calibration are required after removal and replacement, but also after windshield removal or replacement, or any service that affects the ride height of the vehicle. TS

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Shop Equipment ROI – Tooled for Profit

If you understand the basic idea and process of calculating ROI, it can help you make good purchasing decisions.

Tire and Wheel Service Equipment

Wheels and tires are changing and so is the equipment we use to service them. See how the latest equipment updates stack up.

Can We Have Too Many Tools?

Like many technicians, after years in the field, I’m still trying to organize my tools.

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Poor clutch release makes it difficult to start and stop the vehicle or change gears.

Fine-Tuning Your Wheel Balancing Process

The first step to a smooth ride and well-balanced tire has nothing to do with the balancer.

Upgrade Your Air System: It’s Easier Than You Think

Improving your shop airflow is only a benefit, unless you like to spend more time, work harder and make less money.

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Why ECU Reflashing Needs Certain Power Levels

A reflash power supply is not designed to jumpstart the vehicle.