The American Council of Frame and Alignment Specialists recently held a two-day training clinic for technicians that perform brake, alignment and frame modification services. The training clinic was held at the Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems training facility in Huntington, Ind.
The instructors — John Reid, manager of warranty and training, and Bob Pawluk, regional service engineer — were provided by Bendix CVS. As the training clinic was held at the Bendix training facility, the class was restricted to 22 technicians. The classes started at 8 a.m. and lasted until 5 p.m. both days.
The training clinic covered the ABS brake system, the ABS 6 Driver assist module and Electronic Stability Programming. The instructors went to basics to bring all technicians to the same level, then because of the vast experience level of the technicians, went directly into brake balance, ABS diagnostics and the ESP. The answer to most of the questions regarding the ESP, and any modifications to the ESP system, that made a great impression was “Check with your legal department.”
Comments made by some of the technicians were ” I wish I would have had this information years ago, it would have made brake diagnostics so much easier.” Another comment was “This new ESP is going to make front-end, frame and suspension modifications a whole new endeavor.”
ACOFAS has held many training clinics in the past focusing on front-end and total chassis alignment, frame diagnostics and correction, front-end modification and enhancements. The next training clinic, scheduled for the Chicago area during September, will focus on suspension identification and maintenance. For more information, go to www.acofas.com.