FIRST THINGS FIRST
Finding & Solving
Auto/Truck Electrical Problems with two
Electrical System Troubleshooting Flip-Charts


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FIRST THINGS FIRST is an auto/truck electrical system troubleshooting flip chart that focuses attention on possible problems in the primary electrical system, consisting of battery condition, major ground connections and generator (alternator) charging system performance.

Two flip chart versions are available!
FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro for 1-battery 14V system.
FIRST THINGS FIRST-2
for 2-battery 14V system.
Read on...

DON'T FORGET! Every vehicle that comes in the shop has at least one battery, two major ground circuits and a generator (alternator) charging system that operates all electrical and electronic circuits on the vehicle. A component failure or a bad connection in one of these essential electrical circuits could have a profoundly negative affect on a vehicle's electrical or engine performance!

Problems in these essential vehicle electrical circuits are often overlooked and seldom tested resulting in wasted man hours and parts changing that does not resolve the driveability problem. Problems must be quickly identified and corrected but never overlooked.

It takes less than 5 minutes, with a little practice to perform these quick electrical system voltage tests with a DMM and identify any of these crucial electrical circuit problems that drastically affects vehicle performance.

 

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST quick electrical tests should be performed "FIRST" on any vehicle that has . . .

(1) an electrical problem,
(2) an on-board computer problem or failure,
(3) a code/no-code (DTC) driveability problem.

When you find your first electrical problem in the primary electrical system of a vehicle following the test steps in FIRST THINGS FIRST you will be glad you had the flip-chart to guide you. It will pay for itself on the first repair! Here are technicians learning the 14 test step procedure by following simple instructions with illustrations.

FIRST THINGS FIRST guides a technician through simple electrical tests to identify common battery problems, issues with corrosion in the engine and accessory grounds as well as verifying the charging system IS or is NOT performing properly.

You can't overlook any of these electrical problems in a vehicle's primary electrical system and expect the vehicle to perform properly.


It would be unfortunate to test a bad electrical circuit the wrong way and get a good reading and you think the bad circuit is good!

Or, test a good electrical circuit the wrong way and get a bad reading which makes you think the good circuit is bad!

Either way you waste labor time or change good parts that do not fix the problem and that is very expensive.


FIRST THINGS FIRST
flip-charts briefly focuses your attention on possible problems in the primary electrical system (battery condition, major ground connections and the generator/alternator charging system). Each test step shows you how to test each circuit and avoid misdiagnosis. Some test steps have "Tips" to make sure you do it the right way or know what to do next.

DON'T FORGET! Every vehicle that comes in the shop has a battery, two major ground circuits and a generator (alternator) charging system. A component failure or a bad connection in one of these essential vehicle electrical circuits could have a profound affect on a vehicle's driveability and performance
.

Problems in these essential vehicle electrical circuits are often overlooked and seldom tested resulting in wasted man hours and parts changing that does not resolve the problem. Common electrical problems must be quickly identified and corrected BUT never overlooked.

How To Get Started:
When your
FIRST THINGS FIRST
arrives take the time to read through the entire step-by-step procedure at least one time.

Then do a "dry run." Go to a vehicle and read through the procedure again as you mimic each test step without test leads in your hand to gain an understanding of how easy the test steps flow. Now you are familiar with the test procedure and ready to actually perform the test steps and obtain the readings.

You can't afford to overlook an electrical problem in a vehicle's primary electrical system and misdiagnose the problem that you could quickly find with
FIRST THINGS FIRST. Don't waste man hours and replace a good part that does not fix the problem.


The latest two versions of FIRST THINGS FIRST™ include a testing procedure for vehicles with a "SMART-CHARGING SYSTEM" where the charging system voltage drops to 13.xx volts when the on-board computer confirms the battery has reached full charge.
You can't overlook that!

Two Versions of FIRST THINGS FIRST
are available....

(1) FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro
for a single-battery 12-14V system


The "Pro" version is for a single battery 14V electrical system with the primary electrical system connections clearly shown. Above is the illustration used in FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro for each of the 14 test steps. The DMM test leads are shown connected to the vehicle for each test measurement step which is explained and the correct DMM reading is shown in the DMM. The text explaining each measurement tells you what to do if the DMM reading is too high or too low. The 14 test steps can be completed in less than 5 minutes with a little practice.
$89.00 per laminated copy plus shipping BUY NOW


(2) FIRST THINGS FIRST-2
for a dual-battery 12-14V system

This is a dual battery 14V electrical system version with the primary electrical system connections clearly shown. Above is the illustration used in FIRST THINGS FIRST-2 for each test step. The DMM test leads are shown connected to the vehicle for each test measurement step which is explained and the correct DMM reading is shown in the DMM. The text explaining each test measurement tells you what to do if the DMM reading is too high or too low. The 18 test steps can be completed in less than 5 minutes with a little practice.
$99.00 per laminated copy plus shipping BUY NOW

The FIRST THINGS FIRST-2 test procedure guides a tech school student or technician quickly through the electrical tests performing each step in the proper order and under the right conditions to verify each vehicle circuit is good or has a problem.
ALL YOU NEED IS A DMM and a copy of the flip-chart to guide you through the electrical tests. It takes less than 5 minutes on the vehicle to complete the tests.


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It's easy to test a vehicle's primary electrical system when you follow along with the step-by-step instructions in FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro. Each test step is on a laminated cardboard page fully explained and illustrated. Instructions on the left side of the page and an illustration on the right side showing you how to place DMM test leads.

Begin finding those critical electrical problems you may have been overlooking!
FIRST THINGS FIRST shows you how to test the primary electrical system like a professional electrical technician so you don't miss or overlook the important things that could go wrong and affect vehicle operation.

A TEST RESULTS FORM is included on the last page of each FIRST THINGS FIRST™ version which can be copied to give the customer a copy of the test results. Paste your business card in the box at the bottom of the TEST RESULTS FORM and make copies of the Test Results Form to give a copy to your customer to show the bad readings and the corrected readings after your electrical repairs.


Many shops charge a fee to perform FIRST THINGS FIRST™
and promote it as a valuable added benefit to their repair services. This will help you to generate additional repair income from electrical problems found that you previously might have missed. Customers appreciate knowing exactly what they are paying for if you charge for this electrical service.


Technicians using FIRST THINGS FIRST™ report that 75% of a vehicle's electrical problems, as well as, 35-40% of no-code driveability problems are quickly found using FIRST THINGS FIRST™ yet these service technicians previously have had little training in testing auto/truck electrical systems with a DMM.

Stop wasting time changing electrical parts to see if it fixes an electrical problem. With FIRST THINGS FIRST™ you can identify electrical problems using only a DMM before you change expensive parts that do not fix a vehicle's electrical problem.
Flip through the pages to follow the tests in numerical order. Most test steps offer suggestions on what to check if a DMM reading on any test step is too high or too low.

FIRST THINGS FIRST™ is printed on 8.5x11 inch laminated cardboard pages so they survive heavy shop use. Pages wipe clean with a damp cloth.

ONE ELECTRICAL PROBLEM FOUND
WITH A FIRST THINGS FIRST flip-Chart WILL PAY FOR ITSELF!

Place an Order for one or two versions!

FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro
(Single-Battery Electrical System 12V-14V)
Printed in black ink and laminated to hold up in heavy shop use
Professional version - 14 Test Steps - for $89.00 per copy.

BUY NOW

FIRST THINGS FIRST-2
(Dual-Battery Electrical System 12V-14V)
Printed in black ink and laminated to hold up in heavy shop use
Professional version - 18 Test Steps - for $99.00 per copy.

BUY NOW


Something New!!

Would you like to know how to test and troubleshoot multiple battery arrangements in both 12V and 24V?

A new publication just released (2018) covers how to test and troubleshoot 1-2-3-4 batteries in parallel for a high energy 12-14V electrical system. It also covers how to troubleshoot two batteries connected in series to create a 24V electrical system as well as a high energy 24V electrical system connecting batteries in series-parallel combinations. CLICK HERE


SPECIAL OFFER
It is possible to purchase paper copies of BOTH flip-charts on-line and print out paper copies of either flip-chart. The copies are not laminated but can be printed any time you need a new copy. Save shipping costs. A one-time fee of $99.00 gives you life time access to paper copies of BOTH flip-charts.

CLICK HERE



For training information don't forget to click on one of these 3 links!


Special Offer for Tech Schools and Auto/Diesel Programs . . .
This training program covers about 1/2 the A.S.E. and N.A.T.E.F. task lists for electrical by simply teaching this electrical program and then having students perform the electrical tests on vehicles. Then review with students the test readings for a follow up review.

Here is how you can add this hands-on Electrical Training using FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro in your classroom!

Teacher Presentation Package for a single battery system. Part Number FTFSCH05


Teacher Presentation Pkg contains the following 3 items:

(1.) One copy of FIRST THINGS FIRST Power Point with talking points(Completely revised and updated May 2017)
Includes the technical presentation on Power Point with illustrations of FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro™ 14 step tests in over 70 slides. Price of the Power Point presentation alone is $399.00. Designed for classroom instruction as students follow along in their individual workbooks. (Once you receive the school package you can download the Instructor Guide or we will email you a copy.) POWERPOINT is included in School Package (link below).

Also these two items and quantity are included:

(2.) 6 copies of Student Workbook, Part Number FTFSWB05
Students follow along step-by-step taking notes as the instructor covers the material using the Instructor Guide with all the technical explanations provided frame-by-frame. The student workbook contains copies of the test results form for students to record their test readings when performing FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro on vehicles in the shop.

Purchase additional copies of the Student Workbook with a credit card as needed for $9.95 each. CLICK HERE to order extra workbooks from our shopping cart.


(3.) 6 copies of FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro
laminated flip-chart.
Used by professional technicians since 1992 to uncover electrical system problems most often overlooked and the cause of many no-code driveability problems. These flip-charts show students how to perform
FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro. Purchase additional copies of FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro as needed just CLICK HERE to order laminated flip-charts from our shopping cart.

Total School Package Cost $795.00
(plus shipping and handling)
Package price saves $198.00 if items ordered separately.

To Purchase 1 Complete School Package using our shopping cart with your credit card CLICK HERE

To Purchase additional Student Workbooks at $9.95 each CLICK HERE

To purchase additional copies of laminated flip-chart
FIRST THINGS FIRST-Pro
at $89.00 each CLICK HERE


SPECIAL OFFER REMINDER
It is possible to buy paper copies of BOTH flip-charts on-line and print out paper copies of either flip-chart. The copies are not laminated but can be printed any time you need a new copy. Save shipping costs. A one-time fee of $99.00 gives you life time access to both flip-charts.

CLICK HERE



Additional electrical training programs from
Veejer Enterprises Inc., written and developed by Vince Fischelli

Read about our 60 lesson home-study vehicle electronics training course.


Read about our hands-on home-study troubleshooting training program.

Other Training Publications by Vince Fischelli

Read our Guest Book to see what teachers and service technicians
have to say about our training programs and using
FIRST THINGS FIRST



For more training information click on one of these 3 links!

Veejer Enterprises, Inc.
3701 Lariat Lane
Garland, Texas 75042
Phone:  972-276-9642
Fax:     972-276-8122

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