Student Sound Off: Auto Repair Future to Focus More on Communication -

Student Sound Off: Auto Repair Future to Focus More on Communication

Student Essayist Sees More Focus on Diagnostic Communication, Less on Guess

Shop tech students may not actually be able to predict the future, but MotoLOGIC® Repair & Diagnostics, a Web-based resource for ­automotive technicians, recently invited students to share their visions in the Future of Automotive Repair & Diagnostics Essay Contest (www.motologic.com/school).

Students at NATEF/ASE certified schools were given the ­opportunity to submit an essay – 500 words or less – for a chance to win one grand prize package including: a check for $1,000; a one-year subscription to MotoLOGIC Repair & Diagnostics and a MotoSKILL ASE Test Prep Training Bundle.
The winning essay below on “The Future of Automotive Repair and Diagnostics” was ­submitted by Michael Guerrieri, a student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Elizabethtown, KY.

“Industry diagnostics and repair has made leaps and bounds over the past 20 years, making it possible to ­minimize emissions, gain the ability to diagnose more easily and decrease labor times.

Scan tools have made a huge impact not only in ­component testing, but also in the diagnostic procedure itself. By simply navigating through user-friendly menus with the click of a few buttons, it is easier to see codes or view specific component functions. This method is ­significant change from counting light flashes on the ­vehicle’s dashboard while jumping the OBD connector, as done in the past. 0-Headshot

A mechanic can also monitor a ­component, such as an O2 sensor, that affects emissions, while the vehicle is running to make sure it cycles properly. This cuts down diagnostic time and gives the mechanic a ­substantial amount of new capabilities, for instance: ­manually turning a fuel pump on or off, thus alleviating the need to jump wires, disconnect or remove ­components. Ultimately, this makes the overall diagnostic process more efficient and easier when pinpointing ­problems.

MotoLOGIC Repair and Diagnostics is another great form of technology available today.  In a matter of ­seconds, a technician can look for TSBs on a specific vehicle, labor times, wiring diagrams and repair ­information. For example: Perhaps the technician has to track down a broken wire somewhere in the harness. Normally this would involve many hours and tests;
­however, using a reliable database like MotoLOGIC will ­provide a great pathway to find and repair the ­problem.

Therefore, today’s technology saves the ­technician time, which results in getting a vehicle back to the customer sooner than allowed in the past.

An entirely new breed of automotive technician is evolving because of current changes in technology. As we move into the future, it will continue to change ­significantly. Technology is changing the hands-on approach that technicians have used for decades. Fading quickly are the days of diagnosing by ear or a quick flip of the throttle. An electronic scanner has become a tool that can be found in nearly every dealership/shop today. Electrical components have replaced many of the old mechanical type, which has made the old “see, touch, hear and smell” method nearly useless.

Going forward into the future, I foresee wireless ­communication between technicians and vehicle ­diagnostic centers becoming mainstream. Vehicles will be pulled into a work bay and overhead and/or underneath the car there will be some type of electrical pad(s) (similar to inductive charging systems), which can communicate with a vehicle’s diagnostic system (similar to Bluetooth). Feedback will be instantly displayed on a monitor or ­possibly a digital display that is integrated into a ­technician’s safety glasses. Diagnostics will become less hands-on as computer programs scan and correct ­adjustments independently. Telematics needing repairs or adjustments will be modified by the system as well, which makes it a one-stop-shop. The technician will still make hardware/component repairs, but ultimately the guesswork will be a method of the past.“

Because of his winning essay, Guerrieri’s school will receive $5,000 for use on classroom technology and a five-year subscription to MotoLOGIC. 0-MLogic-PMS

Nine runner-up award-winning submissions have also been selected, each receiving a $100 Visa Gift Card, a MotoSKILL ASE Test Prep Training Bundle and a one-year subscription to Tomorrow’s Tech.

For more information on MotoLOGIC or the services available from MOTOSHOP Technology Tools, a ­product set from Advance Professional, visit motoshop.com or follow MOTOSHOP on Twitter at @MOTOSHOP. 

 

You May Also Like

Standard Motor Products Introduces 200 New Numbers

The release provides new coverage in 60 distinct product categories and 75 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles.

Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced it released 200 new part numbers in its May new number announcement. This most recent release provides new coverage in 60 distinct product categories and 75 part numbers for 2023 and 2024 model-year vehicles, according to SMP.

As vehicle technology evolves, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) become more complex to keep vehicle occupants safe. New releases include 18 new Park Assist Cameras, adding coverage for more than 9 million import and domestic vehicles, as well as Park Assist Sensors for Ford, Kia and Nissan vehicles. Seven ABS Speed Sensors have been added covering many popular vehicles, including 2019 Chevrolet and GMC 1500 trucks, the 2024-20 Cadillac CT4 and the 2023-19 Nissan Titan XD. Electronic Parking Brake Actuators are new for the 2023-19 RAM 1500 and Ford vehicles like the 2021-20 Escape and 2023-21 Mustang Mach-E. Accelerator Pedal Sensors are newly released for the 2023-22 Hyundai Tucson and 2023 Kia Sportage.

CRP Industries Announces New VP of Finance

Luis Vargas will provide CRP with financial leadership, planning and analysis.

ASE Spring Testing is Underway

Those who register by June 30 will have 90 days to schedule an appointment to take their selected ASE tests.

Advance Auto Parts Celebrates ‘National Road Trip Day’

Advance’s “Check Your Battery, Not Your Bag” campaign offers free gift cards for road trip essentials and curbside services, beginning National Road Trip Day – Friday, May 24.

Lumileds to Sell Lamps/Accessories Business to First Brands

Lumileds’ automotive lamps factories in China, Germany and Poland are included in the acquisition.

Other Posts
Hunter Engineering Releases New Alignment Coverage

The semi-annual specification update includes new and existing records.

FCS Introduces 42 New Numbers in May

Complete strut assemblies, shock absorbers, shock absorber assembly kits and suspension struts for popular VIO applications are included.

NHTSA Issues New Standard for Automatic Emergency Braking

The rule makes AEB standard on all passenger cars and light trucks weighing up to 10,000 lbs. by September 2029.

MEYLE Expands Electronics, Sensor Product Portfolio

The focus is on assistance systems and engine and transmission management, with more than 300 new part numbers.