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Welcome to ATS!

Almost 24% of the production vehicle cost is electrical and if you want to afford that expensive troubleshooting costs, you need to know some practical "easy" techniques that a few mechanics will reveal to you. For example, if your vehicle quit one day and it occurred because of a blown "ten cents" fuse, it will help you stop wasting your time and save your hard earned money.

Although the repair scene has greatly changed since ATS was started in 2000, the basics for troubleshooting are practically the same:

1. Find the common fixes

2. Use simple PRACTICAL tools that regular folks can buy

3. Verify and test before replacing any parts

Right now, there are numerous websites, videos and forums that you can read and watch for free or buy online to fix your vehicle problem. However, it is time consuming and not easy to find the EXACT SOLUTION when you needed it most.

Allow me to show you an example below:


Problem above:

2005 Honda Accord DX 2.4L with failed charging system. After replacing both battery ($125) and alternator ($229), the car won't start the next day.

Troubleshooting:

This is a typical mistake among some folks if no proper testing is done in the charging system. If you look at the alternator wirings above, there are 4 common fixes for this problem: battery (as shown in yellow star B in top left), alternator (shown in yellow star A in bottom right corner), the EDL control unit(shown in yellow star E in bottom left corner)and also the light indicator circuit (shown in yellow star L in top right corner).

If proper test was done first, the ELD unit might be the culprit and the cost is under $50. If the fuse is blown in fuse2 above on top right, then the cost is a mere 10 cents. Moreover,if you can trace and fix any shorted or open wires between these components like the other loads arrow in green color above, you can easily save yourself lots of headaches.



Success!!!

RICHARD...you should have been here to see the smile on the wife's face
when for the first time in months; she could signal when turning!

The A/C lower fan speeds are working again! We no longer have to use a
pencil to shift the console transmission lever out of park! The anti-lock brakes
aren't pulsating and as a family we fill like we are no longer living in fear that
the next intersection will reveal a not so understanding police officer!

A thousand Thankyou's Richard for nailing the source of this puzzling problem
down and pointing me in the right direction as to the successful repair!

Bob B. from Texas,USA about his wife's 2000 Buick Regal

 

It's fixed!

I have 0.08 volt at the ecm (engine computer) and 1.2 volts at the map sensor terminals and obviously the wire has a short!

I cheated and replaced the wire and now it works fine with no codes with the same voltage end to end! I will chase the harness in the next week or so and find the culprit to prevent further damage to others.

Thanks for your help... Your email and wiring diagram really helped!

David W. from Georgia USA on his 1999 Chevy Astro.

"This baby sings like only an inline six can!!!

no more low rpm boog!
upshifts mean more instant speed!
14 mpg instead of 8mpg!

I am a happy camper. you sent me down a different path that caused
different thinking. and I thank you . Sometimes you just get too focused,
and you need to step back and take a different approach.
thanks again.

Allan I. on his 1994 Jeep Wrangler


ATS works and SAVED me money...

Hi Rich,

I replaced the plugs and the MISS IS GONE! Old plugs look good. This engine was running rough like my corvette which does it when a plug fuel fouls. I almost changed my $300 camshaft actuator but your advice saved me over $200.

I could have done this myself but the advice you gave made it quicker for me.
I would recommend ATS to my fellow technicians because it's like having a spare brain in desperate times! The instructions are simple and practical that even ordinary folks can understand.

Thanks again,

Fred S. from NY USA

ASE certified master technician A1-8, L1 advanced level for 25 years and garage owner.

Fred made this comment for his 2002 Trailblazer with 4.2L engine having a P0300 and P0301 misfiring codes.


For small garage owners, car lots, busy DIY-selfers, or folks that just want to make quick cash...

My name is Chris Banks... we are an Auto Electrical and Mechanical repair workshop from Christchurch, New Zealand and we have been using ATS for hard to obtain and sometimes unavailable wiring and technical information in our area.

However with the prompt e-mail service from ATS we can now obtain fast and reliable repair plans and diagnostic solutions, which in return has saved us both time and costs in repairing many different types of vehicle.

We are now using ATS as a very valuable and reliable source of automotive repair information and would have no hesitation in recommending them to any garage large or small.

Chris Banks,

Vantage Automotive and Auto Electrical Ltd.

Christchurch, New Zealand

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Do you have these car or truck repair problems?
No starts
Hesitation
Stalling
Cutting out
Misfiring
Poor idle
Surging
Over heating
Can you use these common fixes?

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Brake repairs?
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Air conditioner repair?
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Heater repair problems?
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Front-end tire noise diagnosis?

ATS is an automotive Internet program that will help you fix the problem with a mechanic to help you one-on-one ONLINE. No endless searching of online videos to find the fix for your problem. ATS gives you the EXACT fix of your problem. This means you can basically solve the problem yourself because you can interact properly and discuss the REAL symptoms and do the proper test under the guidance of an experienced mechanic. The mechanic will show not only how it is done but right thru the shortcuts so you can save your valuable time.

Do you realize the POWER of ATS?

This means with a click of a button, you get the latest INFO on AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRS! If you want to fix the problem, you can ARM yourself with the latest and simplest FIX to the vehicle problem. With ATS you can even assess the work done on your vehicle by ANY MECHANIC who wants to fix your car! ATS is backed by its massive database consisting of Automotive softwares, actual garages FIXES and EXPERIENCED technicians to help you solve your auto repair problem ONLINE (which means fixes are analyzed first and then emailed to you).


To prevent guessing this is what experienced ATS technicians use when helping ATS customers ...

ATS has an extensive DATABASE of common fixes, illustrative pictures and wiring diagrams READY to be emailed to you!



And for those who want to fix their own vehicle ATS is there for you 7 days a week and it's like having your own SERVICE ADVISOR any time you want!

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