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A massive thank you to #bursonsautoparts and precisionautomotive.com.au/ for the test drive of #launch's latest Launch Pad 7 over the last fortnight. Great piece of gear.
At VDS we are keeping up with the latest technology and training to provide our customers with the best service possible.
For reliable and accurate diagnostic services contact VDS on 0411 798 796.
#VDS
#autoelec
#whyalla
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics
#scantool
#Automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding
#automotive
#PicoScope
#eyrepeninsula
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A massive thank you to #bursonsautoparts and https://precisionautomotive.com.au/ for the test drive of #launchs latest Launch Pad 7 over the last fortnight. Great piece of gear.
At VDS we are keeping up with the latest technology and training to provide our customers with the best service possible.
For reliable and accurate diagnostic services contact VDS on 0411 798 796.
#VDS 
#autoelec 
#whyalla 
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics 
#scantool 
#automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding 
#automotive
#picoscope 
#eyrepeninsulaImage attachment

80 Series LandCruiser in with a complaint of Aux fuel system not functioning. Testing at the control module revealed a lack of ignition supplied power. This particlar circuit had 2 separate breaks in the wire which made it that much more difficult to diagnose. During repair of 1 splice another came apart. Other splices in the area were checked and required repair as well.
#VDS
#autoelec
#whyalla
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics
#scantool
#Automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding
#automotive
#PicoScope
#eyrepeninsula
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1 week ago
80 Series LandCruiser in with a complaint of Aux fuel system not functioning. Testing at the control module revealed a lack of ignition supplied power. This particlar circuit had 2 separate breaks in the wire which made it that much more difficult to diagnose. During repair of 1 splice another came apart. Other splices in the area were checked and required repair as well.
#VDS 
#autoelec 
#whyalla 
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics 
#scantool 
#automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding 
#automotive
#picoscope 
#eyrepeninsulaImage attachmentImage attachment+4Image attachment

Mazda 626 with a reported intermittent A/C not working. Customer had been elsewhere and was told possibly a control panel problem, bring to an auto sparkie.
So back to basics. No fancy scopes and machines. Testing at the A/C relay showed powers available on both the control and load sides of the relay. Load tested and no issues there. Load side checked for continuity to ground through the A/C clutch using a test light to load the circuit. Clutch activated through multimeter setting with a nice healthy current draw and clutch activating. Control problem right? Nope. ECU provides a ground to relay control circuit. Load tested and relay can be heard clicking/activating. With everything going into and out of the relay the connector that only leaves the relay to be the fault. But its working, it clicks. These pictures show why there is no or limited current leaving the relay to power the A/C clutch. This relay looked original with the vehicle having over 300k on the clock.
#VDS
#autoelec
#whyalla
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics
#scantool
#Automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding
#automotive
#PicoScope
#eyrepeninsula
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2 weeks ago
Mazda 626 with a reported intermittent A/C not working. Customer had been elsewhere and was told possibly a control panel problem, bring to an auto sparkie. 
So back to basics. No fancy scopes and machines. Testing at the A/C relay showed powers available on both the control and load sides of the relay. Load tested and no issues there. Load side checked for continuity to ground through the A/C clutch using a test light to load the circuit. Clutch activated through multimeter setting with a nice healthy current draw and clutch activating. Control problem right? Nope. ECU provides a ground to relay control circuit. Load tested and relay can be heard clicking/activating. With everything going into and out of the relay the connector that only leaves the relay to be the fault. But its working, it clicks. These pictures show why there is no or limited current leaving the relay to power the A/C clutch. This relay looked original with the vehicle having over 300k on the clock.
#VDS 
#autoelec 
#whyalla 
#autoelectrician
#diagnostics 
#scantool 
#automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding 
#automotive
#picoscope 
#eyrepeninsulaImage attachmentImage attachment

February has been the month for DPF issues at VDS. Thanks to the world class training provided by The DPF Doctor network we can confidently Assess and Repair your DPF issues. Remember we are the only The DPF Doctor network member outside of Adelaide in South Australia.
#VDS
#vehicledriveabilitysolutions
#autoelectrician
#thedpfdoctor
#diagnostics
#scantool
#Automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding
#automotive
#PicoScope
#programming
#Autel
#topdon
#whyalla
#eyrepeninsula
#spencergulf
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2 months ago
February has been the month for DPF issues at VDS. Thanks to the world class training provided by The DPF Doctor network we can confidently Assess and Repair your DPF issues. Remember we are the only The DPF Doctor network member outside of Adelaide in South Australia.
#VDS 
#VehicleDriveabilitySolutions
#autoelectrician 
#TheDPFDoctor
#diagnostics 
#scantool 
#automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding 
#automotive
#picoscope 
#programming 
#Autel 
#topdon 
#whyalla 
#eyrepeninsula 
#spencergulfImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

February has been the month for DPF issues at VDS. Thanks to the world class training provided by The DPF Doctor network we can confidently Assess and Repair your DPF issues. Remember we are the only The DPF Doctor network member outside of Adelaide in South Australia.
#VDS
#vehicledriveabilitysolutions
#autoelectrician
#thedpfdoctor
#diagnostics
#scantool
#Automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding
#automotive
#PicoScope
#programming
#Autel
#topdon
#whyalla
#eyrepeninsula
#spencergulf
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2 months ago
February has been the month for DPF issues at VDS. Thanks to the world class training provided by The DPF Doctor network we can confidently Assess and Repair your DPF issues. Remember we are the only The DPF Doctor network member outside of Adelaide in South Australia.
#VDS 
#VehicleDriveabilitySolutions
#autoelectrician 
#TheDPFDoctor
#diagnostics 
#scantool 
#automotivediagnostics
#faultfinding 
#automotive
#picoscope 
#programming 
#Autel 
#topdon 
#whyalla 
#eyrepeninsula 
#spencergulfImage attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

Whats been happening at VDS?
Quite a bit. Theres never a dull moment around here with wiring repairs Scopey stuff for diagnostics and DPF repairs.
#VDS #vehicledriveabilitysolutions #Automotivediagnostics #faultfinding #automotivetestsolutions #autoelec #autoelectrician #whyalla #eScan #escope #diagnostics #scantool #automotive #PicoScope #programming #Autel
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2 months ago
Whats been happening at VDS?
Quite a bit. Theres never a dull moment around here with wiring repairs Scopey stuff for diagnostics and DPF repairs.
 #VDS #vehicledriveabilitysolutions  #automotivediagnostics #faultfinding  #AutomotiveTestSolutions #autoelec #autoelectrician #Whyalla #Escan #Escope #diagnostics #scantool #automotive #picoscope #programming #AutelImage attachmentImage attachment+7Image attachment

Ok I caved and am back early. First day in and using one of my favourite tools. This is what makes a correct diagnosis easier. This shop wanted me to make sure they were about to make the right call. They believed that an injector driver module was bad but not 100% certain. So with a few tests I was able to prove that it was not the driver module that was faulty but an injector. This changes things for the customer. Unfortunately it will be a more expensive repair but at least now the repair will be correct and the customer will not have the inconvenience of going back a 2nd or 3rd time to have an issue solved. Pic 1 is injector driver 1 and pic 2 is injector driver 2. #Automotivediagnostics #autoelec #faultfinding #autoelectrician #VDS #whyalla #escope ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago
Ok I caved and am back early. First day in and using one of my favourite tools. This is what makes a correct diagnosis easier. This shop wanted me to make sure they were about to make the right call. They believed that an injector driver module was bad but not 100% certain. So with a few tests I was able to prove that it was not the driver module that was faulty but an injector. This changes things for the customer. Unfortunately it will be a more expensive repair but at least now the repair will be correct and the customer will not have the inconvenience of going back a 2nd or 3rd time to have an issue solved. Pic 1 is injector driver 1 and pic 2 is injector driver 2. #automotivediagnostics #autoelec #faultfinding #autoelectrician #VDS #Whyalla #escopeImage attachment

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Well done Kirk. What vehicle was this?

Good diag. Did you also current ramp the injector?

Well done Kirk! You are a real wiz mate!

Last one for the year. Nissan Elgrand sent from another shop. Extremely low power and no fault codes.
This vehicle struggles to reach 40 km/h. On the test drive data was collected via scan tool with nearly all inputs looking as they should. What stood out was O2 sensor voltage at WOT (Wide Open Throttle) Bank 1 pegged lean Bank 2 pegged rich.
My next step is to break out the ATS Escope. 1st step is to check engine integrity through a relative compression test.
Pic 1 Red is the starter current with every upward peak a compression stroke. Yellow is ignition trigger for cylinder 2. Every 2nd peak is slightly higher than the other showing that 1 bank has slightly higher/lower compression than the other.
Now knowing it is a mechanical issue we need to work out the cause to enable a repair.

Pic 2 is In Cylinder engine cranking and we can already see we have 2 psi of back pressure which is too much, also bank 2 is not breathing properly as indicated by the lower intake pulls on every 2nd pull.

Pic 3 shows exhaust back presure at idle. It is now at 15 psi.

Pic 4 is showing the increase in exhaust back pressure as rpm increases.

This vehicle has a blocked catalytic convertor. A replacement will fix this car.

A big thankyou to all the customers throughout the year as well as businesses that have used VDS's services. Have a Merry Christmas. Be safe over the break and see you all in 2024.
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4 months ago
Last one for the year. Nissan Elgrand sent from another shop. Extremely low power and no fault codes.
This vehicle struggles to reach 40 km/h. On the test drive data was collected via scan tool with nearly all inputs looking as they should. What stood out was O2 sensor voltage at WOT (Wide Open Throttle) Bank 1 pegged lean Bank 2 pegged rich.
My next step is to break out the ATS Escope. 1st step is to check engine integrity through a relative compression test.
 Pic 1 Red is the starter current with every upward peak a compression stroke. Yellow is ignition trigger for cylinder 2. Every 2nd peak is slightly higher than the other showing that 1 bank has slightly higher/lower compression than the other.
Now knowing it is a mechanical issue we need to work out the cause to enable a repair.

Pic 2 is In Cylinder engine cranking and we can already see we have 2 psi of back pressure which is too much, also bank 2 is not breathing properly as indicated by the lower intake pulls on every 2nd pull.

Pic 3 shows exhaust back presure at idle. It is now at 15 psi.

Pic 4 is showing the increase in exhaust back pressure as rpm increases.

This vehicle has a blocked catalytic convertor. A replacement will fix this car.

A big thankyou to all the customers throughout the year as well as businesses that have used VDSs services. Have a Merry Christmas. Be safe over the break and see you all in 2024.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

80 Series landcruiser Code 52 ECU is not getting a signal from the knock sensor. Bad knock sensor? Maybe. The wiring on this old girl was tired. After thousands of heat cycles the wiring had given up the ghost right at the terminal in the connector. With the correct equipment and training this vehicle was diagnosed very quickly. Repaired and with evidence to give confidence to guarantee the vehicle was fixed. The blue waveform is a bit fuzzy due to a poor ground but the matching peaks were enough to prove a fix.
Give us a call. We can fix your vehicle too.
#VDS #autoelectrician #autoelec #Automotivediagnostics #faultfinding #PicoScope
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4 months ago
80 Series landcruiser Code 52 ECU is not getting a signal from the knock sensor. Bad knock sensor? Maybe. The wiring on this old girl was tired. After thousands of heat cycles the wiring had given up the ghost right at the terminal in the connector. With the correct equipment and training this vehicle was diagnosed very quickly. Repaired and with evidence to give confidence to guarantee the vehicle was fixed. The blue waveform is a bit fuzzy due to a poor ground but the matching peaks were enough to prove a fix.
Give us a call. We can fix your vehicle too.
#VDS #autoelectrician #autoelec #automotivediagnostics #faultfinding #PicoScopeImage attachmentImage attachment

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I had an 80 series with a knock sensor issue a few weeks ago too, mine had a broken connector which had been siliconed back on… with no contact of the terminal/pin lol 🙄 Well done!

This is why I have invested heavily into my business. Both in equipment and training.

The factory flowchart for this issue states to check powers and ground of the glowplug module and glowplug resistance. If they are good replace the glow plug module. If the same code comes back then replace the engine computer. If you dont know that probably appears to make sense.

No. We can do better.

This system has a feedback or diagnostic wire back to the Engine computer and is the focus of these captures. It is the red line. At first glance it is difficult to notice too much difference but the known good module starts off at system voltage and then cranking voltage is seen with a sharp drop. The faulty version is straight into a square wave pattern before the cranking voltage drops. It is during this cranking voltage drop that the fault code is setting. Using some advanced features of the ATS Escope makes it as plain as day the fault is occuring.
This is why I can confidently say the car is fixed.
For your vehicle issues give us a call or message.
#VDS #automotivediagnostic #automotivediagnosis #whyalla #autoelec #autoelectrician #eyrepeninsula #escope #oscilloscope
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4 months ago
This is why I have invested heavily into my business. Both in equipment and training.

The factory flowchart for this issue states to check powers and ground of the glowplug module and glowplug resistance. If they are good replace the glow plug module. If the same code comes back then replace the engine computer. If you dont know that probably appears to make sense.

 No. We can do better.

This system has a feedback or diagnostic wire back to the Engine computer and is the focus of these captures. It is the red line. At first glance it is difficult to notice too much difference but the known good module starts off at system voltage and then cranking voltage is seen with a sharp drop. The faulty version is straight into a square wave pattern before the cranking voltage drops. It is during this cranking voltage drop that the fault code is setting. Using some advanced features of the ATS Escope makes it as plain as day the fault is occuring. 
This is why I can confidently say the car is fixed.
For your vehicle issues give us a call or message.
#VDS #automotivediagnostic #automotivediagnosis #Whyalla #autoelec #autoelectrician #eyrepeninsula #escope #oscilloscopeImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Everyone needs to get on this. Steve is a great ambassador for Whyalla, The more he can upgrade his equipment the more there is to do for both locals and tourists. This is a case of 2 birds one stone. Too many people complain there isnt anything to do in Whyalla, well what better way to spend a day in Whyalla than on the water plus if we attract tourists then that will be money spent in town helping all of Whyalla prosper. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago
Everyone needs to get on this. Steve is a great ambassador for Whyalla, The more he can upgrade his equipment the more there is to do for both locals and tourists. This is a case of 2 birds one stone. Too many people complain there isnt anything to do in Whyalla, well what better way to spend a day in Whyalla than on the water plus if we attract tourists then that will be money spent in town helping all of Whyalla prosper.Image attachmentImage attachment

Whats been happening @ VDS? We've had a couple of Brake controller installs using nothin but the best REDARC Electronics Tow pro elite into a Holden Colorado and a Discovery 4. A torque convertor lockup kit from MM4X4 Vehicle Electronics into another 200 series Landcruiser. Some key programming, DPF Assessments and the usual diagnostics.
#autoelectrical #VDS #whyalla #autoelectrician #eyrepeninsula #DPF #DPFCleaning #VehicleDiagnostics
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4 months ago
Whats been happening @ VDS? Weve had a couple of Brake controller installs using nothin but the best REDARC Electronics Tow pro elite into a Holden Colorado and a Discovery 4. A torque convertor lockup kit from MM4X4 Vehicle Electronics into another 200 series Landcruiser. Some key programming, DPF Assessments and the usual diagnostics.
#autoelectrical #VDS #Whyalla #autoelectrician #eyrepeninsula #DPF #dpfcleaning #vehiclediagnosticsImage attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

This Mini Cooper Came to us with an engine light and reduced power. The Diagnostic codes pointed to the Valvetronic motor being the fault. With the correct diagnostic procedures in place it was found that the DME, BMWs wording for engine computer was at fault. The Valvetronic driver had failed.
With the use of one of our ECU programming tools we were able to Remap a 2nd hand ECU to repair this vehicle.
Thanks to the legends in Melbourne The Automotive Clinic for providing the necessary files to accomplish this repair.
At VDS we are committed to providing up to date diagnostic and electronic solutions to fix your driveability problems.
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5 months ago
This Mini Cooper Came to us with an engine light and reduced power. The Diagnostic codes pointed to the Valvetronic motor being the fault. With the correct diagnostic procedures in place it was found that the DME, BMWs wording for engine computer was at fault. The Valvetronic driver had failed.
With the use of one of our ECU programming tools we were able to Remap a 2nd hand ECU to repair this vehicle.
Thanks to the legends in Melbourne The Automotive Clinic for providing the necessary files to accomplish this repair.
At VDS we are committed to providing up to date diagnostic and electronic solutions to fix your driveability problems.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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You the man mate

Marc Derrick why the mini was there. Might be worth taking yours in..

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5 months ago
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This poor old VE was presented to VDS with non functioning brake lights. Shouldn't be too hard you say. Any one can diagnose a brake light circuit. Well I believe the owner of this vehicle new a little about cars. He did what any DIYer would have done 10-15 years ago and still do. He changed the bulbs. Changed the switch and checked the fuses. That should have fixed it right. I mean what else is left. This is where cars have gotten a little silly. For starters the "switch" isnt even a switch. It's a sensor. A sensor that reports to the body control module (BCM). The BCM recieves its input signal and then should output 12 volts to the brake light circuit. The sensor had good ground, voltage and signal output. The BCM was recieving that signal. The BCMs grounds and power were good so bad module right. Wrong. The output from the BCM to the brake lights was a dead short to ground. This vehicle was fixed by accessing the correct information to understand the system, the correct tools and proper training and procedures to be able to diagnose this vehicle properly.
If you have electrical concerns in your vehicle then contact us at VDS.
We'll get you going again.
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5 months ago
This poor old VE was presented to VDS with non functioning brake lights. Shouldnt be too hard you say. Any one can diagnose a brake light circuit. Well I believe the owner of this vehicle new a little about cars. He did what any DIYer would have done 10-15 years ago and still do. He changed the bulbs. Changed the switch and checked the fuses. That should have fixed it right. I mean what else is left. This is where cars have gotten a little silly. For starters the switch isnt even a switch. Its a sensor. A sensor that reports to the body control module (BCM). The BCM recieves its input signal and then should output 12 volts to the brake light circuit. The sensor had good ground, voltage and signal output. The BCM was recieving that signal. The BCMs grounds and power were good so bad module right. Wrong. The output from the BCM to the brake lights was a dead short to ground. This vehicle was fixed by accessing the correct information to understand the system, the correct tools and proper training and procedures to be able to diagnose this vehicle properly.
If you have electrical concerns in your vehicle then contact us at VDS.
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