By Tom Denton

This textbook may also help you examine all of the abilities you want to cross point three and four automobile upkeep and service classes from urban and Guilds, IMI and BTEC, and is usually perfect for larger point ASE, AUR and different skills. complex automobile Fault analysis covers the basics of auto structures and parts and explains the most recent diagnostic ideas hired in potent automobile upkeep and service. Diagnostics, or fault discovering, is a vital a part of an automobile technician’s paintings, and as automobile structures develop into more and more advanced there's a higher want for solid diagnostics abilities. for college kids new to the topic, this e-book may also help to boost those talents, yet also will help skilled technicians in additional enhancing their functionality and maintaining with contemporary advancements. In complete color and together with examples of the most recent expertise, this can be the consultant that no pupil enrolled on an car upkeep and service direction could be with out. |

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Stage 5 – Let us assume the problem was a thermostat stuck closed – replace it and top up the coolant, etc. Stage 6 – Check that the system is now working. Also check that you have not caused any further problems such as leaks or loose wires. This example is simplif ed a little, but like the hosepipe problem it is the sequence that matters, particularly the ‘stop and think’ at stage 3. It is often possible to go directly to the cause of the fault at this stage, providing that you have an adequate knowledge of how the system works.

Uk that includes the three Cs. It is ideal as a training aid as well as for real use. 4 Root cause analysis The phrase ‘root cause analysis’ (RCA) is used to describe a range of problemsolving methods aimed at identifying the root causes of problems or events. indd 13 Process outline Example situation Notes Customer Concern: Battery seems to be discharged and will sometimes not start the car . It seems to be worse when the headlights are used This should set you thinking that the cause is probably a faulty batter y, a charging system fault, a parasitic discharge or a starter motor problem (the symptoms would suggest a charging fault is most likely but keep an open mind) Vehicle service history information: Car is ve f years old, has done 95 000 miles Battery probably ok and drive belt adjustment likely to be correct (still suspicious of a charging but has a good ser vice history.

Here are some further suggestions that will at some point save you a lot of time. ● ● Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) concerns have become more important as drivers have become more sensitive to these issues. Drivers have higher expectations of comfort levels. NVH issues are more noticeable due to reduced engine noise and better insulation in general. The main areas of the vehicle that produce NVH are: ● ● ● All diagnostic routines should include ‘hand and eye checks’. If the engine is blowing blue smoke out of the exhaust – consider the worth of tracing the cause of a tapping noise in the engine.

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