Diagnosing a problem with a vehicle is akin to diagnosing anything else. It’s an analysis of the facts or problems in order to gain understanding and aid future planning; identifying the nature or cause of a phenomenon; and reaching an opinion or consensus through analysis.
How does this apply to vehicles?
If a vehicle is performing poorly or has a warning light on the dash, a technician cannot just scan the computer of the vehicle’s retrieve codes and tell you what is wrong with the vehicle. After pulling the data, which gives detailed information about when and how many times an event has occurred, the technician performs pinpoint testing on the system or systems involved. The results are compared to a properly functioning vehicle.
This procedure takes a highly qualified and trained technician; professional-grade diagnostic equipment; and the software or connection to vehicle information needed to perform the analysis. Diagnostics can take a few hours to complete, especially if the problem is intermittent and does not happen every time you operate the vehicle.
Like any professional service, there is a charge to properly diagnose a vehicle. As the cars we drive become more automated and complex, this procedure will become more expensive and complicated.
However, it’s much more cost-effective to pay to have your vehicle properly diagnosed than to guess at replacement parts, perform repairs that are not needed, or to just avoid fixing the problem.
Give us a call today to keep your car running properly.
Karen Johnston, AUTOMOTIVE REPAIR INSIDER
All About Automotive
139 NW 2nd Street
Gresham, OR 97030