As time has moved on so too has the technology that vehicles are equipped with as a standard feature. Fast forward to the present and we find vehicles now have computer processors and an array of sensors that are linked to a single computing unit. With a sensory being attached to almost every single facet of the vehicle you have access to an incredible amount of information on your vehicle. The computing module is able to scan the entire system and precisely locate what is faulty on the vehicle by linking an error code to the component that is no longer working correctly.
What Does A Diagnostic Tell Me?
Have you ever noticed a check engine light pop up on your dashboard or any sort of warning light? This light is an indicator that something on your vehicle has gone wrong or is no longer working anymore. You won't be able to tell what exactly has gone wrong as all it shows is a picture of an engine or caution sign. In order to know what exactly has occurred, we will plug a diagnostic reader into your car's computer. Once we do a diagnostic scan the computer will communicate to our tool what all is faulty in the form of codes. We will then reference these codes with the manufactures listing to pinpoint the problem.
What Else Can A Diagnostic Read?
So not only are we able to tell you why a check engine light has appeared on your dashboard but we can go a lot more in detail with the tools that we have. Our tools are able to retrieve live data from your car while the engine is on. We are able to monitor airflow, engine RPM, ignition timing, engine speed, throttle position, the temperature of the coolant. We can test engine cylinders and see if they are healthy or not. We are also able to test your cooling system with the use of chemicals that can reveal if you have blown your head gasket or not. Pressure testing of your cooling system can be done in house as well.
Have I Wasted My Money If No Faults Appear After A Diagnostic?
Just because the diagnostic has not picked up any fault codes on your vehicle doesn’t mean that your money has been wasted at all. Often times the diagnostic reader will not detect any fault codes and that is perfectly okay. By going through with the diagnostic process you are still taking steps in the right direction to repair your vehicle in most cases. When no faults are detected this tells the technician attending to your vehicle that the issue may not be electrical but rather one of a mechanical nature. This allows your technician to be able to narrow down the possibilities of the fault.
How Do I Benefit From A Diagnostic?
We all know that the mechanic industry does have its negative connotations thanks to fly by night schemers that are just in it for your money and not to actually help you and fix the problem that you are having. Often times in these cases mechanics will recommend that parts need to be changed out, you not knowing any better fork out the money for both parts and labor only to find that that was not the issue in the first case. Once the diagnostic reading has been done you can request that the technician show you exactly what he is seeing and explain to you what it means. Now you will have visual proof if something needs to be replaced or not.