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Diagnostic Processes – Matt Fanslow and Scott Shotton – Part 2 [RR 578]
Episode 5789th October 2020 • Remarkable Results Radio Podcast • Carm Capriotto, AAP
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Scott Shotton has over 25 years of technical experience in automotive repair shops. As the owner of The Driveability Guys, Scott performs mobile diagnostics and reprogramming for local repair shops in the DeKalb Illinois area as well as industry training around the United States and Canada. He was also one of the four trainers for the Illinois EPA’s vehicle emissions testing program.

Scott has been an automotive instructor at Kishwaukee College since 2009. Prior to Kishwaukee College, Scott was adjunct faculty at the College of DuPage for 7 years. He has a degree in Automotive Service Technology as well as many hours of training by manufacturers and independent training entities.

Scott is also recognized as an Illinois state emissions repair technician. He was also a technical trainer during his 8 year Army career. Scott has written many technical articles for Motor Age and Gears magazines. Scott became an ASE Subject Matter Expert (SME) in 2017.

Scott currently maintains 21 ASE certifications including Master Automotive Technician, Master Truck Technician, A9, L1, L2, L3, Alternate Fuels and more. Scott’s previous episodes HERE.

Matt Fanslow is the diagnostic tech/shop manager at Riverside Automotive in Red Wing, MN. His primary responsibilities are to diagnose driveability and electrical/electronic issues, and perform most all programming, coding, initializing, adoptions, etc. Basically, if it needs to be figured out or has wires, it goes to Matt. He’s been a tech since 1996.

Matt is also a subject matter expert for ASE and has instructed at Vision Hi-Tech Training and Expo.

Matt has participated on 18 ASE technical committees for the ASE Practice Test, A6, A7, A8, and L1 tests. He’s also done case studies for Standard Motor Products.

Fanslow’s goal is to do everything in his power to improve the overall level of professionalism within the automotive and light truck repair trade and also raise the level of its public image. Matt Fanslow’s Previous Episodes HERE.

Key Talking Points:

  • OEMs charts are not perfect
  • Diagnostic pathways Process of elimination
  • Experience and training bring is relied on 
  • Misfire- certain feel and sounds to vehicles
  • Verify problem- plug a scan tool into the car, pull codes, gather data, module scan, drive vehicle-based on customer’s complaint
  • If the network is done then use the scope
  • Always start basic then choose a path based on data you receive  
  • Service consultant needs to have write-ups in full detail from the customer
  • Experienced diagnosticians can self diagnose 60% of the time  
  • Need a good resource database - “playing field levelers”
  • Use all your senses to help narrow down the problem
  • A diagnostic process should not be rigid and shouldn’t be Can be like poker or chess
  • A scientific method as well
  • Your hand (your idea). What are other hands telling you.
  • A move in chess from your opponent changes your strategy
  • The customer supplies important data. The service consultant must write it all down so the tech has as much information
  • Diagnostics is a puzzle that you are always refining your strategy for completion  
  • You need to know how to use the tools you have to organically be over 60% in discovering the real problem
  • Matt says some luck does play into solutions.
  • Importance of scan toolsScan tools should be in every bay and in every technician's hands
  • Scan tools are required more and more  
  • Don’t drive the car without a scantool plugged ini
  • Divide and conquer
  • Online training- invest in yourself and in your employeesCOVID-19 brought more virtual training, you are now able to learn from the best of the best without having to travel to attend 
  • Will diagnostics get easier or harder with more and more technology? BothDiagnosing misfires is a lot easier  
  • Parasitic drains- different causes has gone up significantly
  • Databases are playing field levelers
  • Some conditions are easier to diagnose like misfiresParasitic draw is getting harder
  • Augmented reality seriously on the future of training and support


  • Thanks to Matt Fanslow and Scott Shotton for their contribution to the aftermarket’s premier podcast.
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