Mobile Diagnostic guys

John Technician Morgantown, West Virginia Posted   Latest  

Several questions,

How did you come into doing mobile diagnostic work?

What are some steps you took before, or did you just jump right in? 

What advice would you offer someone who is considering Going in that direction?

How do you handle misdiagnosis on your part? 

How did you build your customer base?

How did you get started in vehicle programming if you offer the service?

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Eric Mobile Technician
Peoria, Illinois
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How did you come into doing mobile diagnostic work?- Been doing it for 13 years- specialized in Diag before What are some steps you took before, or did you just jump right in?- Started nights and weekends morphed into a fulltime gig What advice would you offer someone who is considering Going in that direction? Couple of favorite quotes "programming is easy until it isn't " Bob Heipp. "you

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Rusty Owner/Technician
Oakham, Massachusetts
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I was composing a reply to the OP and musta pushed a bad key cause it went blue and vanished. Thank God Ziggy typed something similar to what is composed. Most of my diag calls are fairly easy fixes. It's actually caused me to develop a poor view of the average shop in our industry. 3/4 of my work s GM programming NS (lately) 1/2 of that is FPCM flashing 😜 Advice: Start out doing it P/T

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Geoff Diagnostician
Lahaina, Hawaii
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yes, Rusty, "It's actually caused me to develop a poor view of the average shop in our industry. " I follow some guys on YouTube that routinely fix what other shops can't, and it is usually something pretty straightforward, if you can read a diagram and use the component/connector/splice etc. locator. I pretty much watch to gain M/M/Y experience, it's usually something I haven't specifically

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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Yup some are easy. You tend to think how these guys survive . Easy ones all day and u can easily make 1k ..

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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Great response . its the experience of yours that hit this repsonce in the head 13 years . I only been at this a year . But yup everything Eric said . ’misdiagnosis happens from time to time . But I cover it fully out of my pocket , you tend not to misdiagnos when your money is on the line . it Starts after hours and weekends and turns into a full time .A lot of hustle , late lunches , and yes u

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John Owner
Medford, New York
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Where do I start? Hmmmm. Over the years forty or so guys have reached out to me on going Mobile. Out of those forty. Three, at last count are still Mobile Diagnostic/Programming guys after talking to me. I do not sugar coat it. Attributes of a successful Mobile guy are as follows. Exceptional time management skills. Relief pitcher mentality-you will get your ass handed to you everyday. You

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John Technician
Morgantown, West Virginia
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I appreciate your input. I’ve been thinking about taking a couple jobs here and there to get a feel for it. I’ve only been in the field for two and a half years, but I have my L1 Certification, A1 - A9 ASE certifications and am just a couple classes away from Nissan Master. I’ve spent just about all of my free time researching, practicing test methods on good vehicles, then simulating faults and

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John Owner
Medford, New York
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You have the right attitude!

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Glen Owner/Technician
Arthur, Illinois
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Channel that energy & get used to working hard/learning always/constant discipline

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Chris Diagnostician
Commack, New York
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Hey John!! Great points. It takes brains and the willingness to get kicked in the teeth on the daily. Sounds like fun. That being said, maybe start on nights and weekends to see if the life is for you. Also, don't be afraid to let them know that you don't have the answer YET. You don't have to be Super Man, maybe Aqua Man.

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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Exactly . Communicate , let them know u are gather info etc to come to a accurate diagnosis

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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I like these responses a lot . I also only service shops . U will soon very soon get tired of going to a residential call. Especially in rough parts of town with your pricey equipment . u will have a lot of equipment in your truck Not worth being stolen . Also some calls to unprofessionals are either easy , yeah I like those or just a waste of your valueable time . Oh yeah make sure the wife is

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Michael Mobile Technician
Clinton, Utah
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How did you come into doing mobile diagnostic work? Got sick of paying for the Man's Boat, ATVs, Snowmobiles and New Trucks. Did not like bowing down to the dealerships who were at the time doing 99% of the programming. I did not want to pay for brick and mortar so my vehicle became my office. What are some steps you took before, or did you just jump right in? Got to know scan tools…

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John Technician
Morgantown, West Virginia
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Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. I’ve been toying with the idea of getting into the Mobile Diagnostic game for a few months. I agree the programming complimenting It. When a module fails it’s nice to be able to program after replacement and be able to verify that everything is working as it should. Do you happens to know of any sites with info pertaining to programming? I

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Bob Diagnostician
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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Hi John, The guy was probably programing a Smart junction box. To get one programed and setup there are several steps that need to be done including a TPMS relearn. If you can't complete all the steps, the interior lights in the vehicle will flash all the time indicating the process is not complete.

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Jaime Diagnostician
Ocala, Florida
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Hi Bob, Your statement emphasizes another factor about Mobile Diagnostics... Being able to program a module and NOT being able to finish the job (with the module set-up afterwards) is similar to showering with your socks on. It's just not a job done to completion. If the tech doesn't have the scanner to perform the function, should the module require post-programming configuration, J-2534

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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Exactly Proagmming and diagnosis . And keys too idk but they go Hand and hand . I don’t do keys yet but thinking of Starting to invest in a good cutter and keys to stock

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Jaime Diagnostician
Ocala, Florida
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John said a lot of what I was going to so I've got it easier now ;-) ... One important part - an understanding life partner - there's NO under-estimating the importance of this! It's not in a 9 to 5 job (and often I see 16 hour days). It is what it is. Like others, I had relationships established prior to becoming a mobile tech. I was a factory rep for Vetronix and wasn't going to just throw

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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alot of vehicles with multiple problems . Once the trust with the Shop is build all this will become easier as to explaining what needs replacing

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Eric Mobile Technician
Peoria, Illinois
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My previous response as done driving so here's hopefully a more detailed post.... I agree with everyone else's advice so far. However, the $$ required to be a full functioning mobile tech is insane for the startup business. Many have started out like I did- part time. However, it is hard to find regular clientele that will accommodate your hours. I often refer to this as "playing mobile" and

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Adrean Diagnostician
Bakersfield, California
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Exactly . It’s challenging day in and out .. but that’s what diagnosticians like that’s what made us who we are , and from what u said in a earlier comment John . That’s what you like . Whatever u put ur mind to hush hustle and you will achieve it

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