Good Idea? Or waste of time?

Fredrick Owner Suwanee, Georgia Posted   Latest   Edited  

Most techs, myself included, love case studies. The good ones are always rare, hard to find problems. While I intend to make a section of my channel devoted to some fun case studies, I was thinking about making another series called "10 minute Diag". Basically case studies for run of the mill diag's. I thought of this because of something that happened today (and has happened many times in the past). 

Shop calls about a Ford Edge with a misfire. I get there, the tech shows me a melted ignition coil. He says he replaced the coil and all 6 plugs but it is till misfiring. He then said "I am pretty sure it's a bad PCM, but it's expensive so I want to be sure". It's no secret that a LOT of techs out there don't know how to do some pretty basic diags. He didn't know how to check the coil driver in the PCM and didn't want to make a bad call. I am glad he was not so arrogant that he just took the easy way out and guessed (even though in this case it would have been a correct guess). 

We all started with no knowledge at all, so I don't berate anyone for not knowing, only if they are unwilling to try to learn. So do you think a series like this would be worthwhile? They would mostly be short videos. I call it 10 minute diagnostics, but the video could be condensed to between 5 and 10 minutes for most of the diags I would put in this series. Opinions?

Thanks!,

Rick

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Albin Diagnostician
Leavenworth, Washington
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Case studies are great, as long as they are used to back up some theory of operation or to back up a test procedure.

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Randy Curriculum Developer
Raleigh, North Carolina
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Agreed Albin...

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David Diagnostician
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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I like the idea Rick

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Jürgen Owner
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico
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I think they will be beneficial when revealing the logic behind the diagnostic steps taken.

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Joe Technician
Benicia, California
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I love the idea!

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Timothy Diagnostician
Evans, Georgia
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I like the idea as well. What is your channel? Tim

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Fredrick Owner
Suwanee, Georgia
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Tim, I'm just getting started, but plan to keep going. youtube​.​com/watch?v=cakF6s…

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Jim Educator
Apple Valley, California
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Rick Yes, we all seem to like case studies that is for sure. I know I do! I'd like to address a few points from your post. Hope that's all right. Point 1 Since it has been my full time job for a long time to put them (case studies) together in a coherent and meaningful way, I believe I've learned a few things. Most of my work is essentially "anonymous", but I get a lot of honest feedback…

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Fredrick Owner
Suwanee, Georgia
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Thanks Jim, Your input is always appreciated. I started this simply because my customers have been asking me to start putting classes together again. You are right that techs are lazy, and getting them to come to a class is difficult. I would always have hundreds ask about the class, but when the time came I always filled about 30 seats. To top it off, 20 of those were always the usual suspects…

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Rudy Technician
Montebello, California
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Wilson!!!- Long time no see(or read, as it were) Really like how far along the Scanshare software has come. Its very neat! Sooooooo bad MAF or plugged cat?(dont wanna side track this thread too much,but I must know!!)

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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O2 is at 0 WOT so I'm going with fuel pump Rudy.

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Rudy Technician
Montebello, California
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Goeff- The O2 reading can be skewed by an under reporting MAF. I noticed the MAF was at 10 gps during cruising.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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Plus it's Jim. He loves to show MAF failures. Have you been watching his YouTube channel? I have had maybe three ever, but have found a whole schidt-ton of bad fuel pumps. Seems like the shot gun usually fires, 1. intake gaskets, 2. O2 sensors, 3. MAF then give up. :-) Have you guys stayed open? Danny said he closed to be safe. We are open out here, but the whole town is laid off, so no…

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Rudy Technician
Montebello, California
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Geoff- I didnt know he had a YouTube channel. Link? Yes we've stayed open the whole time. Fortunately.

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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youtube​.​com/channel/UCDs2u…

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Philip Educator
Hemet, California
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Geoff, I am in pain for you guys. Our CA governor is trying to see if he can flatten the economy since he's flattened the epidemic that wasn't....but fortunately the individual counties are rebelling. Our county Sheriff has publicly announced that no business that reopens will be bothered by the sheriff; they have their hands full with the catch-and-release program set up by the former governor…

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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It wouldn't be so bad if they hadn't botched my unemployment claim. Yes, tourism is basically all there is here, in Lahaina. Even more so than the State at large.

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James Owner/Technician
Pike, Pennsylvania
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I'm guessing ground problem

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Jim Educator
Apple Valley, California
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Hey Rudy I will follow up with a short video in a bit. I just got swamped with work and new projects. The short answer is neither :-)

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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Jim, Gonna post it on your YouTube?

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Randall Owner/Technician
Kalkaska, Michigan
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Rick Thank You for the post. I am a big believer that small "wins" over time, increases the technicians desire for additional training and skill set improvement. Plus, initially their attention span matches up nicely to the 5-10 minutes you suggest. Looking forward to where this goes.

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David Mechanic
Stockport, United Kingdom
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This would be very good and a great help. Especially to people like my self , whilst I been on the spanners over 40 years I have not been able to keep up with the technology so am playing catch up . So thank you Fredrick . Regards Dave T ...

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Philip Educator
Hemet, California
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Case studies are great but particularly if they are well documented with photos and illustrations to show the diagnostic process. Weird problems are fine but the one-in-a-million is less useful than a more common problem that is frequently misdiagnosed. Short is good; Scanner Danner has learned that well. But the key to it is careful documentation; capturing scan data in a recording, for…

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Fredrick Owner
Suwanee, Georgia
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LOL Phil, I get it. Hopefully classrooms will reopen soon. I actually just bought a snap-on scanner because I started this endeavor. I have not had a snap-on scanner in a long time simply because I have not really needed it. I thought more techs would get more out of it if I wasn't using OE scanners for everything and use the same tools they often have at their disposal. So I will use snap-on…

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David Owner/Technician
La Mesa, California
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Great idea. It would great for myself as well as my technicians

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Gus Technician
Osborne Park, Australia
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Brilliant idea.

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Fredrick Owner
Suwanee, Georgia
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Thanks for the input everyone. I am going to record a few and see how they are received. The goal of these small case studies is not to teach a diagnostic method or approach, but rather to show how to do very specific things, just one subject at a time. I'll do bigger ones that show a full logical approach from start to finish in a different play list. Those will generally take longer to put…

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Fredrick Owner
Suwanee, Georgia
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Well, I put the first one together along with an introductory to the series. youtu​.​be/wlOtl0BjKNk

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Curtis Mechanic
Lakeland, Florida
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Awesome, really brings it to easier understanding

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