Question on getting started

Sean Technician Cincinnati, Ohio Posted   Latest  

Trying to get my mobile business going, right now I'm the diagnostics tech/lead tech at my shop, so I'm slowly getting more stuff together that I will need, I have never done any programming, and obviously I believe that will be the most of my calls knowing the techs around me. I'm looking into getting the atg book on aes wave "network diagnostics and programming" and I know alot will be learn as you go, but my question was is the book decent with at least basics. 

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Jason Technician
Hawthorne, New Jersey
Jason
 

Hey how u doing Sean? I've bought alot of atg books within the last year but haven't got that one yet because I want to get the basics down packed first and not jump the gun into something over my head. What Firestone u work at? I worked for Firestone for 7 years here In jersey 5 years ago and moved on because I was sick of the repetitive stuff. Tires,suspension, alignments etc. U know what I'm

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean
 

Thanks man, I'm 10 years in, going strong, I go to as much drivability, or networking classes. Or euro specific, hybrid classes. Never made it to an atg class yet.

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Mike Owner/Technician
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Mike
   

Sean, i wish you the best as a fellow business owner that was also a lead tech before diving into entranepanurLand ! You need the book , the Trained By Techs group , New level Autos youtube , a Cardaq3 lol, a quality laptop full of oe software, a plan for handling the books, and high on the priority list is the biggest clientel list you can possibly start with!!! Mobile Diag can be a touch break

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Michael Mobile Technician
Hudson, New Hampshire
Michael
 

Going mobile is good if you do it right. First off, don't be fooled and think you will be ok with a J-box and an aftermarket scan tool. Most shops these days have them and while many suffer from lack of knowledge on their use, others struggle with the short comings of inferior tools. The business will humble you. When the business gets in full swing, you will see things that make you crazy. Most

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean
 

Yes I have a whole list of tools. Slowly bying them all now, that's the downfall of getting started. But I want to do this right so as of now firestone will still pay for the training classes I find so I take advantage of that. I've always been under the impression you can't have multiple scan tool software on 1 computer but I was thinking what if you installed them on external hard drives. And

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Michael Mobile Technician
Hudson, New Hampshire
Michael
 

I have probably 10 laptops, most of them are Toughbooks with back up hard drives. I used to use partitions and such but found it to be a PIA. Now I have a hard drive for just about everything. Euro cars really aren't that bad. You have to have a good understanding of how they do things and where the information is hidden. OE tools are a must there too. When I started, VCDS was great and would

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Jeff Diagnostician
Salisbury Plain, Australia
Jeff
 

Atg have the best training manuals available ! If you are serious about advancing your knowledge and skills Atg provide training manuals that are written to educate the beginner and the professional. The university for auotomotive technitions does not exist ,we need to be proactive and grab hold of all opertunitys to advance our skills. Atg produce world class training manuals

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Mike Mobile Technician
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Mike
 

Hey Sean, I haven't seen the ATG book but I would assume there is good information in those books. ATG books are usually really thorough. I was in your shoes trying to get started two years ago. I spent a lot of time studying what other mobile techs were doing and researching tools. In the end mobile diag and programming wasn't what I expected it to be but not in a bad way. One thing that I

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Thomas Technician
Manassas Park, Virginia
Thomas
 

Hey Sean, I recently attended the ATG Network diagnostics and programming class, I have the book also. The book is mostly on Different Network structures, MOST, Flex ray and strategies on how to trouble shoot these networks efficiently. The programming portion is more of the options you have, tooling, where to find the OE subscriptions and very basic procedure. I would highly recommend you

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean
 

Awesome. Thanks for the reply

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Jerome Owner/Technician
Modesto, California
Jerome
 

follow New Level Auto on you tube. go this guy does exactly what you plan on. I do believe you may need to invest into factory scan tools/software. scannerdanner premium also has a 2 part video, about 3 hrs long on programming with Joe palemero from bullseye auto.

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Sean Technician
Cincinnati, Ohio
Sean
 

Yea I watch both them when it's a wild and crazy, or programming I don't have premium with ol danner, maybe one day, but I recognized that Joes name so I look him up maybe something there, thanks for responding

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