It’s one of those moments when a warning light comes on and you think……..OH NO! (Or words to that effect)
Of all the technological advances in the automotive sector over the decades, one of the most beneficial to consumers and auto technicians alike has been the computerisation of the car’s components. Using specialised software, car diagnostic tools quickly and accurately point to problem areas in a car’s engine or elsewhere, thanks to built-in processors, microchips and sensors.
Before the emergence of car diagnostic tests, identifying problems was time-consuming and expensive, especially considering car owners only brought their cars to mechanics after a breakdown or other severe malfunction. Now, computerised car components can detect problems long before they cause a breakdown. Diagnostic tools can also check a car’s computer system for manufacturer notifications and stored information about the car’s history, giving technicians a complete picture in order to perform the best repair possible. You don’t have to wait for the check engine light to get a car diagnostic test. If you hear or feel something is “off,” mechanics can use diagnostic testing to uncover the problem. However, a common misconception is that technicians can use code-reading tools to determine the exact problem that triggered the check engine light. In reality, the code tells technicians which engine or component parameters are out of range, but with certain diagnostic systems the root cause can be identified, isolated and tested in real time (while driving). At Tower Garage we use the benchmark in diagnostics called Autologic. Autologic provides garages with a multi-function diagnostics platform that combines Autologic’s diagnostic software with expert technical support from its vehicle manufacturer trained master technicians. This as good as taking your car to a main dealer.
In addition to Autologic, we have £000’s invested in the latest Snap-on & VAGcom diagnostic equipment.
If a warning light does pop up on your dashboard, don’t ignore it, there was/is a problem. The very least you should do before paying to have the fault code read is to make sure the technician doing the job has the right equipment and training to repair it.