Donny Seyfer, Author at Import Car
Using J2534 Programming Devices

How much money are you losing by not programming?

VIDEO: Electronically Controlled Thermostats

Shop owner Donny Seyfer explores the operation for these next-generation thermostats. This video is sponsored by MAHLE.

Why Reading The Manual Is Essential

Are you “service-ready?” Our friends at Toyota define exactly what that means.

What Does The Customer Need?

If I have not been direct enough about that in the past, let me be so now. What you repair, how often you perform maintenance, typical component failures and the motivating reason for owning a vehicle have already changed.

Overcoming Identity Crisis Means Equal Parts Art And Science

The automotive industry has suffered with an identity crisis for a number of years. Some of it is self-inflicted and some of it is due to public stigma which comes from a lack of understanding about what it takes to successfully move along with a large dose of commoditization in a race to the bottom.

Technology Update: Artificial Intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence? Simply put, it is the development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and decision-making.

The Ins And Outs Of The SAE J2534 Vehicle Communication Interface

The ultimate goal of J2534 for 2018 model year and, in some cases, much earlier vehicles is for shops to be able to run OEM and aftermarket scan tool software and programming applications to include vehicle security over a common standardized Vehicle Communication Interface (VCI).

Virtual Test-Drives Expedite Autonomous Vehicle Platform Certification

While most people are intuitively cautious about new technology, others ask it to do things it was never intended to do. For example, Tesla drivers using the poorly named autopilot have learned a few lessons in asking a system that’s designed to assist – to be the driver.

CES Technology: The Big, The Bold And The Survivors

Do you remember the internet “bubble” in 1999 that caused financial ruin for many due to business plans that never had a plan to make money? Right now investors in autonomous vehicle technology are many; the money involved is breathtaking; and the risk is enormous for all but the few who will survive.

Rental Car Evolution Presents Service Opportunities & Can Extend Your Shop’s Car Count

There are a growing number of privately owned rental fleets. These fleets are not big businesses, but rather small ones that are run by private individuals. You can find them with mobile apps and websites like Turo and Uber.

Getting Lean To Get The Job Done

Lean is derived from a manufacturing concept. At its essence, lean is about finding ways to do things in a more streamlined and efficient manner to make more money and increase productivity. For many technicians, the application of the traditional lean “Seven Deadly Wastes” can lay the foundation for a little self-diagnosis.

Colorado High School Students Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends

Starting with 16 students, Chuck Sprague announced to the very first Wheat Ridge STEM Engineering Team that they were going to build a car and compete in the Shell Eco-marathon, which challenges student teams across the globe to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.