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Vehicle Technology Trends and Diagnostics Overview

Course format: Live instruction with posttest
I-CAR Credit Hours: 3 hours
Estimated Duration: 4 hours
Gold Class: $120.00
Platinum: $120.00
Standard: $144.00

This course meets New Technology training requirements for the following roles:
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

This course is an Annual Training option for the following roles:
Production Management
Steel Structural Technician
Aluminum Structural Technician
Non-Structural Technician
Electrical/Mechanical Technicians
Refinish Technician
Auto Physical Damage Appraiser

Important note: This course combines the content from the following two online Vehicle & Technology Specific courses:

  • Vehicle Technology and Trends 2017 (VT017E01)
  • Introduction to Diagnostics and Scan Tools (VT210E01)

Completing two role-relevant online Vehicle & Technology Specific courses is an alternative way to complete New Technology requirements. Students taking this live course and the two online courses will result in receiving redundant content.

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of scan tools for collision repair
  • Discuss the growing use of composite reinforcements
  • Understand the unique collision repair considerations for many of the new 2017 vehicle platforms
  • Discuss the near-future trends facing the automotive industry and how they affect collision repair
  • Understand the operation of the new battery-powered GMA (MIG) pulse welder from AMI

Module Content
Module 1 Trends Highlight – The course kicks off with an industry overview of new technology. Topics of discussion will include the OEMs commitment to making automatic braking standard to the use of composite reinforcements. Attendees will watch a video on the trend of adding front facing cameras to vehicles.

Module 2 North American Vehicle Manufacturers – This module will cover North American manufacturers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles section will discuss collision repairs on the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica and the 2017 Fiat Spider as well as new material color codes. The Ford Motor Company section will discuss Ford’s continuing the use of aluminum, collision repairs for the 2017 Ford Escape and 2017 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, and the Gorilla Glass used on the new Ford GT. General Motors Company will wrap up the module by covering collision repairs on the 2017 Buick LaCrosse and 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, Lean to Steel with the Cadillac XT5 and an overview of their free website revamp.

Module 3 Asian Vehicle Manufacturers – Next the course will provide an overview of the Asian automotive market. Honda and Acura will include information on the 2017 Honda Ridgeline and its acoustic side glass, revisions to Honda’s weld-through primer recommendations, and cover what to expect as the new Acura NSX goes into production. The Kia portion will cover collision repairs for the 2017 Kia Sportage as well as the fact that Kia Hybrids will not have a 12-volt battery. Next up, there will be a collision position statement from Nissan and Infiniti. Finally, this module will have an overview of the 2017 Lexus LC 500 from Toyota and Lexus.

Module 4 European Vehicle Manufacturers – The European module will cover Jaguar and Volvo. Jaguar will cover technologies on the 2017 F-Pace. Volvo’s section will include a video overview on the S90 and cover sectioning still allowed on new Volvo structures.

Module 5 Near Future Trends – The course wraps up with a look at what may affect the collision repair industry in the near future. Topics that will be discussed include: Intelligent Damage Detection Systems, Resistance Spot Riveting Technology, Ethanol Fuel Cell Vehicles, The End of 12-volt Systems, and Energy from Speed Bumps.

Module 6 Evolving Vehicle Technology – Entering the focus on the introduction to diagnostics and scan tools, this module provides the student with an introduction to the various safety system technologies found on today’s vehicles. This module communicates the importance of performing pre- and post-scans based on the required trouble codes and calibration requirements of each system. Students will be made aware that OEMs are issuing position statements requiring pre- and post-scans.

Module 7 Diagnostic Overview – The course continues by discussing how Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for diagnostics and scans can be beneficial to a repair facility. This module will supply an SOP that can be used by a facility to ensure a streamlined and repeatable process when performing diagnostics. Examples will be provided to demonstrate how repair facilities have benefitted. Discussion will also explain what the collision advantage is and how it can help identify where electrical damage may be.

Module 8 Scan Tool Capabilities – This module will focus on introducing the various scan tools available and what their capabilities are. Comparisons will be made between basic scan tools and advanced aftermarket tools as well as a discussion on why OEM scan tools may be required. Videos are included demonstrating a scan using OEM software on a Lexus and a scan being done using a remote diagnostic transmitter. This module contains an activity where the student will perform a virtual vehicle health scan. A general discussion on OBD II versus OEM codes is also included.

Module 9 Options for a Repair Facility – The course concludes with a discussion on all of the options for a repair facility as it relates to properly incorporating diagnostics into a repair. This module will provide resources and suggestions on how a repair facility can:

  • Keep as much of the diagnostic repairs in house
  • Use a remote diagnostic tool
  • Work with an independent diagnostic specialist
Also provided are options for MSOs, including video interviews with industry experts that have successfully implemented diagnostics into the repair process.

This course covers a variety of topics related to technology in current and future vehicles.  It is recommended that students have basic understanding of several of the subject areas contained in the course and understand where they can find repair information on new trends.  Courses that are helpful include:

  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis and Safety (ALT03)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Damage Analysis (ALT04e)
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety (ALT05e)
  • Introduction to Carbon Fiber (CFR01e)
  • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05)
  • Aluminum Panels and Structures Damage Analysis (DAM05e)
  • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07)
  • Damage Analysis of Advanced Automotive Systems (DAM07e)
  • Steel Unitized Structures Technologies and Repair (SPS07)

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