Annual check-ups from your trusted workshop keeps your car in good health. Regular diagnostic tests can detect problems with your vehicle before they require expensive repairs, or worse, leave you stranded on the side of the road after a breakdown. Diagnostic tests are not only necessary when the check engine light comes on. There are many benefits to taking a proactive approach to car maintenance.
What is a diagnostic test?
Of all the technological advances in the automotive sector over the decades, one of the most beneficial to consumers and auto technicians has been the computerisation of the car’s components. Using specialised software, car diagnostic tools can quickly and accurately point to problem areas in a car’s engine electronics and other electrical components.
What areas of the car can be tested?
Diagnostic tests can reveal problems within a car’s engine, transmission, exhaust system, brakes and other major components It will also pick up performance issues with the fuel injector, air flow and coolant, ignition coils, and throttle.
A common misconception about diagnostic testing is that technicians can use code-reading tools to determine the exact problem that triggered the check engine light. What the results actually tells technicians is which engine component parameters are out of range. It does not detail the cause of the problems. That’s where the experience of a professional technician proofs valuable, as they use this experience and expertise to diagnose the underlying problem.
Problems with the vehicle engine management, fuel & ignition systems may cause difficult starting your car, engine misfire, Intermittent stalling of the engine, loss of engine performance, sluggish acceleration, overheating or poor fuel economy
What are the benefits of a car diagnostic test?
Before the existence of car diagnostic tests, identifying problems was time-consuming and expensive, especially when vehicles were only brought to the mechanics after a breakdown or other severe malfunction. With a diagnostic test, problems with computerised car components can be detected 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.
How often should a car undergo diagnostic testing?
You don’t have to wait for the check engine light to get a car diagnostic test. If you hear or feel something “off,” mechanics can use diagnostic testing to uncover the problem. Our professional technicians at LPM recommend taking your car in for a diagnostic check at least once a year, which will uncover minor problems that can’t be seen or heard (and that won’t trigger the check engine light).
Diagnostic testing is also a useful tool when you’re checking out a used car. Both private sellers and professional car dealers should agree to a diagnostic test before you commit to buying, and if they don’t, that’s a sign you should walk away from the deal.
Diagnostics, repairs, and so much more.
At Workshop @ LPM we do expert diagnostic testing and offer a variety of services and repairs.
We have state of the art computerised diagnostic equipment at our facility, allowing us to quickly detect and repair any faults evident on your vehicle. We use electronic scanner tools to read your car’s Engine Control Unit (ECU) the internal computer, allowing us to find the cause of check engine lights and other mechanical problems. In addition to electronic scanning, we use thermal imaging diagnostics, a new technology that allows us to scan a particular item on your vehicle and detect how worn it is immediately, saving us time spent looking for an issue, whilst saving you money in labour costs.
LPM will be able to make a proper diagnosis and recommended repair to keep you safely on the road.
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