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Beginner’s Guide to Vehicle Diagnostics

Today’s post answered some of the most common questions we get from drivers about booking their first vehicle diagnostics test. Read on or Find a TIRECRAFT to start a free consultation straight away.

What is a Vehicle Diagnostics Test?

A vehicle diagnostics test is used to identify any issues with your car’s engine, exhaust, transmission, ignition coils, oil tank, throttle, and more.

The TIRECRAFT vehicle diagnostics test includes:

  • Reviewing data from your vehicle’s internal computer (ECM or PCM) to read any codes and performance data pertaining to the problem
  • Checking the battery (e.g. headlight check, alternator tests, corrosion inspection)
  • Inspecting the charging system (e.g. battery, battery terminal posts, clamps, cables, and wiring)
  • Determining the cause of any dashboard warning lights
  • Identifying the cause of any rough running (e.g. problematic oxygen sensors, clogged fuel filters or fuel pump), misfires, or stalling
  • Scanning and/or reprogramming vehicle modules
  • Testing the air bags, traction control, anti-lock braking (ABS) system, and tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Completing emissions tests for specialty vehicles still required to meet “E-test” standards, and more!

Why Invest in Vehicle Diagnostics Tests?

In the past, vehicle owners typically only sought the services of an auto repair technician after a major breakdown or malfunction occurred. But with modern computerized systems, most vehicles will tell you the moment trouble starts brewing, long before the problem comes to a head. This can save you a considerable amount of money—but only if you keep on top of your vehicle diagnostics tests to catch these issues early.

In this way, we can think of vehicle diagnostics tests a bit like a regular check-up with your health care provider.

Can I Perform Vehicle Diagnostics Tests At Home?

In light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, some drivers have considered substituting professional vehicle diagnostics tests with DIY methods. However, unless you have considerable automotive knowledge and experience, this is generally not recommended.

Though some vehicle diagnostics tests can be run at home, many require specialized software and diagnostics tools (e.g. the On-Board Diagnostics interface or OBD II) to interpret problems with modern vehicle’s built-in processors, microchips, and sensors. Furthermore, the average driver does not possess the skill and experience of TIRECRAFT technicians, which is often needed to accurately diagnose and fix car problems.

If you have specific questions about how to improve your home maintenance skills and train your eye to spot vehicle problems before they come to a head, get in touch with your local TIRECRAFT dealer using the Find a TIRECRAFT tool.

Moreover, our vehicle diagnostics service is COVID-safe. Our anti-pandemic protocols are designed to protect both staff and clients while we continue to provide essential services during these uncertain times. You can read all about our COVID-19 Policy on the TIRECRAFT website.

Book High-Quality Vehicle Diagnostics Tests Near Me

Use the Find a TIRECRAFT tool to book a free consultation with a local TIRECRAFT provider and leave your vehicle diagnostics test to the best!