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“Just  perfect.  Dropped my car off. Autoworks diagnosed what needed to be done and the car was fixed promptly. “        Wendy H., Kittery

 Diagnostic tests can reveal problems within a car’s engine, transmission, exhaust system, brakes, and other major components, as well as performance issues with the fuel injector, air flow and coolant, ignition coils, and throttle. Over the decades, one of the most beneficial technical advances to consumers and auto technicians alike has been the computerization of the car’s components. The trouble code, or diagnostic code, is an alphanumeric value that corresponds to a particular problem. The codes were created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to comply with OBD-II emissions regulations in the US.

Autoworks has many factory specific scan tools using specialized software for VW and GM as well as older Volvos and Toyotas. Diagnostic tests can reveal problems with transmission, engine, exhaust system, brakes and other issues with the fuel injector, air flow and coolant, or ignition coils.

 Andrew Berube our Mercedes specialist states “when we know more details the better “ ie. when you hear the misfire are you driving in town or on the highway?

You have probably seen the check engine light, CEL, or SES service engine soon light, or maintenance required light and according to Ken Vining, ASE Certified Master tech of 22 years, wants to verify the customer complaint by making sure the light is ON or the noise is evident. This will often involve a trip around the block with the vehicle. 

Are car diagnostic tests a solution once the code is read?  No

A common misconception about car diagnostic tests is that technicians can use code-reading tools to determine the exact problem that triggered the check engine light.  You have probably seen the check engine light, CEL, or SES service engine soon light.The reality is the code tells technicians which engine or component parameters are out of range, but it does not detail the cause of the problems. That’s where the good old human brain comes in handy, as the technician uses experience and expertise to diagnose the underlying problem.

 

 

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