A selection of informal postings aimed to help you be able to keep your car in great condition and avoid the common pot holes of motoring.
Friday, 14 March 2014
Demystifying vehicle Diagnostics
Universal dashboard lights
that we are finally coming out of an incredibly difficult and in some cases
devastating start to the New Year with all the rain and flooding, you may find
that your car is feeling a bit neglected :-((
this being the first of our blogs from Lakeside Garage, we thought
we would concentrate on trying to shed a bit more light on diagnostics for your
vehicle and explain what it all means, just in case after all these winter
months, you find that your dashboard is ablaze with lights or even if there is
What do you understand
a diagnostic check for your car to mean?
appears to be some confusion around what a diagnostic check actually means from
garage to garage.
proper diagnostic test should be an in depth assessment of a fault on
your car which involves reading the codes and evaluating them to ascertain
exactly what work needs to be carried out.
are numerous types of diagnostic equipment that garages can invest in, and
simply speaking, you get what you pay for. The cheaper equipment is able to
provide a fault code, but it is then down to the garage as to whether they have
the ability or knowledge to carry out the appropriate testing to advise you of the
exact cause of the fault.
to explain further, Fault codes are a symptom and not a cause. So, we advise
that when considering where to take your car when you see a warning light, it
is important to consider what you will actually get for the price you are quoted.
independent garages will have basic equipment and may seem cheaper, but the diagnostics
they offer is merely a ‘code read’, which does not address the actual cause. Providing
you with a fault code is not what a Diagnostic check should be, the garage
should be able to completely assess the fault. If one garage is unable to
assess the cause, then you will end up paying again at another garage in order
to get an accurate answer and potentially have the work done. No financial
saving in the long run!
times it may feel frustrating to have to pay money just to be given what you
may perceive to be a ‘simple’ answer as to why a fault light may be on; here at
Lakeside Garage we have
invested heavily in Autologic Dealer Level Equipment and our expert technicians have received specific
training run by Master Technicians and specialist Software Engineers. This
enables us not only to be confident in using the equipment, but also allows
them to be able to accurately assess the cause. This takes time (it is not just
a case of plugging a machine into the car and getting an answer!).
level software and other test equipment used here at Lakeside Garage, allows a
far superior level of access and unlike other diagnostic tools, it enables
programming. We have the capacity to carry out tasks such as key programming,
software updates, renewing control units and engine re-mapping. Some of these items
need to be coded to the vehicle.
Lakeside Garage, we are of the opinion that
having invested in this equipment, we stand out further from other Independent
Garages offering this as one of many valuable services which allows us to
specialise without incurring the cost of the dealer.