Car Diagnostics

By David Sholicar

If you’ve ever been driving along, only to see a warning light appear on your dashboard, you’ll be all too familiar with that sinking sensation in the pit of your stomach.

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Has the vehicle developed a serious fault? Is it safe to continue driving? And how much is going to cost to put right? These are just some of the questions you’re likely to be asking yourself.

Most modern vehicles have on-board computers which constantly monitor all aspects of the engine and its performance. A garage technician simply has to plug a diagnostic scanner into a port (usually an OBD-II port) on your dashboard and a comprehensive log of the engine and a wide range of other components becomes available.

Car diagnostics has made finding and fixing problems easier than ever before. The car’s computerised systems covers every part of the engine, as well as indicating issues with your vehicle’s exhaust, transmission and brakes. It can also detect issues with coolant and air flow, as well as fuel injectors and ignition coils.

 But although vehicle diagnostics can quickly and easily identify problem areas, the scans don’t always specify what specific problem has created the issue. They will, however, lead the mechanic to the components that are causing the problem, enabling appropriate work to be identified and carried out.

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Before the introduction of computerised engines and diagnostic scanners, mechanics had to spend a great deal of time and energy in trying to identify the source of a problem. As anyone who’s been presented with a large garage bill in the past will know, hourly labour charges can quickly mount up. But thanks to diagnostic testing, problem components can be quickly and efficiently traced, saving the mechanic time and saving you money.

However, there’s no need to wait for a warning light to appear on your car’s dashboard before seeking professional help from a garage. Just as you might visit your doctor’s surgery for an annual check-up, it’s well worth taking the time to conduct an annual diagnostic check on your vehicle’s engine. This will quickly highlight potential problems, so you can deal with them before they have a chance to create more significant (and expensive) issues.

Did you know that there’s more to us at Protyre than simply providing you with competitively priced new tyres for your car? In addition to supplying you with leading tyre brands such as; Pirelli and Bridgestone, we can also conduct a wide variety of free vehicle checks, as well as MOT and servicing packages.

 Why wait for something to go wrong with your vehicle? Years of experience tell us that fixing potential problems before they become catastrophic saves time and money, not to mention the peace of mind it gives you. So get in touch with us today, and book in for one of our free car checks, or ask us about our car diagnostics services. Simply book your slot online, or speak to us directly or over the phone - we’re here to help.

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By David Sholicar
David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry.
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