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Volvo XC60 Medium Speed CAN Bus Failure

This article describes to technicians how a relatively simple fault became slightly more complicated to rectify when a component with different operating parameters was fitted. Damien Coleman will guide you through how to resolve the issue quickly and effectively by further investigation and testing, using a Snap-on diagnostic tool.

Engine Management CAYC

This article describes to technicians how a relatively simple fault became slightly more complicated to rectify when a component with different operating parameters was fitted. Damien Coleman will guide you through how to resolve the issue quickly and effectively by further investigation and testing, using a TRITON-D8 and a multimeter from Snap-on.

Blind Spot Radar Calibration - Post Collision

ADAS systems come in many forms, with everything from blind spot warnings to night vision technologies, and because of the vital job these systems do, it's important to ensure that they are properly calibrated and functioning to prevent any malfunction of the system.

Testing a Variable Valve Timing Actuator

Sometimes a vehicle will suffer from driveability issues and fault codes relating to valve timing. Such conditions can be difficult to diagnose without the correct equipment. The purpose of variable valve timing (VVT) is to help increase the engine’s volumetric efficiency and limit the exhaust gasses produced by the vehicle. By altering when the valves open and close you can optimize the performance of the engine.

Lane Keeping Assist Inoperative

The development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have been a technological leap forward for the automotive industry. However, new challenges handling car repairs for workshops and bodyshops when ADAS systems are impacted are common. This deep-dive case study walks through the steps taken when a 2016 Mercedes E350 was involved in a collision and repaired, only to find that a warning message indicating ‘lane keeping assist inoperative’ was displayed in the instrument cluster.

Magneto-Resistive Sensor Technology

Sensor construction and measuring waveforms is a useful place to start when getting to grips with complex brake system faults. Take a look at the article to learn more.

Automotive Communication Networks, Part III FlexRay Networks

FlexRay is similar to CAN Bus as the data is transmitted over two twisted wires, which act to reduce the effects of external interference on the differential voltage between both wires. Data transfer speeds can be up to 10 times faster than CAN bus, operating at speeds up to 1 Mbits per second.

Automotive Communication Networks, Part I LIN Bus

Local Interconnection (LIN) Bus is a low speed cost effective alternative to CAN bus. LIN gets its name from being a ‘local’ sub-system. Data Transfer speeds can be up to 20 kBits/second. It is designed for sensor/actuator level.

Automotive Communication Networks, Part II CAN Bus

Controller Area Network (CAN) is a data transfer network designed to allow many nodes (modules) to communicate using a standard structure and format. This article will provide the technician with the necessary tools to successfully validate a CAN bus signal and help to identify faults where present.

FIAT 500 Proxi Alignment

Learn about some short but important steps you need to follow when it comes to ensuring that replaced modules are fully recognised by a vehicle.

Ford Focus DPF Issue

There are many different ways to diagnose ignition problems on a vehicle using a Snap-on lab scope.

Ford® PATS Key Programming

Find out how the combination of a Snap-on diagnostic tool and software can help make key programming easier.

Ignition Coil Current Ramp Test

There are many different ways to diagnose ignition problems on a vehicle using a Snap-on lab scope.

PID (Parameter Identification) Trigger Function

A very handy feature of the diagnostic software on your Snap-on scan tool is the parameter identification (PID) trigger function. You can set minimum and maximum values and if your data goes outside of those the PID trigger function will automatically save it for you so you can see it later.

Dual Screen Diagnostics

Make your life easier by using a Snap-on lab scope and scan tool to check and verify the correctness of vehicle scan data - on the same screen at the same time.

Piezo Injectors Signature Test

Did you know that fuel injectors on Direct Injection vehicles work differently than a standard fuel injector? Read on to learn more.

Ford Coil Current RFI Test

Help make diagnosing a misfiring Ford a lot more straightforward with the aid of a quick and simple test available in Snap-on scan tools.

Mercedes LED Light Binning

Discover a new technique included in the latest software upgrade designed to make your life easier when it comes to coding vehicle headlamps.

Air-Fuel Ratio Sensor Test

Take the challenges out of diagnosing modern air/fuel ratio sensors by using this handy process in Snap-on scan tools with up-to-date diagnostic software.

Multiple Freeze Frame Data

See what was happening before and after the code was set thanks to a handy feature on Snap-on scan tools.

Diagnosing Vehicle Communication Issues

Learn about a quick and easy way to test a communication network and get to the bottom of problems efficiently.

Electronic Throttle Control System Diagnostics

Read on to see how you can check data and test that the electronic throttle control system is performing normally – and how you can tell if there is an issue.

Fuel Injector Current and Voltage Tests

When trying to diagnose a misfire on some vehicles you might suspect that a fuel injector is causing the problems.

Fuel Pump Current Ramp Test

Diagnose fuel pump issues by using your Snap-on lab scope and diagnostic software to generate readings for analysis.

What is NOx?

Read on to improve your knowledge of nitrogen oxides from diesel emissions and how to deal with them.

Building the Right Diagnostic Routine

The ever-developing technology on modern vehicles means that having a solid diagnostic routine can make you more efficient in the workshop.

CAN Network Diagnostics

Having difficulty diagnosing communication problems on a vehicle? A Snap-on diagnostic platform can help you to overcome the challenges and get to the root cause of the problem.