Diagnostics

Published: 16 October 2018

Problems with your vehicle?

To save time and money, both of which can be of equal importance, it is essential that a vehicle fault can be found quickly and accurately. Replacing components until the fault is cured is not an option. This applies to all possible fuel types, diesel, petrol and various types of electric hybrids.

The engine diagnostic is used to enable the gathering of data. This can be utilised in the repair of the vehicle, and it can also be used during things like emissions testing, in which a car is checked to confirm that it adheres to emissions standards for vehicles in its relevant class.

The diagnostic test relies on a computer system that links to the vehicle's computer processor, sensors, and microchips, logging any problems or issues present. It can reveal existing flaws including problems with the exhaust, transmission, oil tank and other systems.

Performing an engine diagnostic starts with plugging a device into the car's onboard computer/laptop. The device interfaces with the computer, returning a diagnostic code which can be referenced against a list of codes for vehicles from the relevant manufacturer. If the engine is in good working condition, the device will inform the user. If there is a problem, one or several codes may be displayed.

Codes can mean a wide variety of things. During an engine diagnostic, the mechanic determines what is causing each code to display, for the purpose of developing an estimate to let a driver know how much it will cost to address a problem. Sometimes, the issue is simple, while in other cases, it can be very complex.

It has to be said, that a good quality diagnostic tool, with the most up to date software requires an experienced technician. However, not all faults show, and it sometimes needs a knowledgeable mind to interpret the symptoms.

All diagnostic scanners used here utilise the latest manufacturer’s software to help us get to the root of the problem quickly.

To book your vehicle in for a diagnostic or for further information call Tina on: 01233 642816

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