Apart from the traditional engine components and parts, today cars have incorporated a significant amount of technology. Most of the cars being manufactured are run by computers. This is a good thing since drivers are informed when there is a problem and know where exactly to repair. Car diagnostic tools are essential in such cars since they check the car’s system. At GT AutoWorks we use the most up to date tools for Vehicle Diagnostics in Gainsborough. Here is a look at the benefits of these tools.
It is a standardised diagnostic method
Manufacturers of cars try to meet a set of standards when designing the computer interface of their vehicles. This means that any car manufactured about two decades ago is compatible with any standard diagnostic too. Mechanics have the advanced tools that scan the entire car without missing out on anything. This is why you need to take your car to a mechanic for check-up.
The fact that today’s car scanning tools are easy to use make them common in mechanic shops. Most of them have a module with a screen that can be held in the user’s hand. There is a short cable that connects the module to a car’s OBD II port. The port is located under the dashboard. Once the unit is plugged in, the mechanic inserts the key and turns it to the first notch that turns on the lights and clock. After inputting the vehicle identification number and other information such as the make, model and engine type, the diagnostic tools will be able to scan the entire vehicle. The ease to use makes them effective and easy to detect a malfunction.
Effective problem codes
Once the scanning tool has been plugged in, mechanics can scan the system of your car. The diagnostic tool will then return any applicable trouble codes. The codes may seem confusing to the owner of the car but mechanics have gone through the manual and have an understanding of the meaning of each code. They also enter these codes online to have an accurate interpretation of the codes. They normally write down all the codes that were returned by the scan before they turn off the car’s Check Engine light. This makes it much easier to access the codes without having to re-scan the car. You should thus make use of this new technology to keep your car functioning properly.
Before, the traditional diagnostic scanners and tools used to be highly specialised. This means that they were designed for a particular car. So a scanner for VW would not work on a Ford and vice versa. This specialisation came with a price. However, modern tools and software are affordable. You can take your car for a check-up as often as possible and not worry about the cost.
With that said, you should not ignore the Check Engine light when it goes on. Sometimes there may be a more serious issue that may cost you a lot when allowed to get out of hand. But there is now a cheaper and effective way to check your car. Always take your car for a diagnosis. At GT AutoWorks we offer full systems diagnosis using the most up-to-date equipment available. Call or visit us to get your car booked in for a check up.