A diagnostic check is done to determine the issue with the engine, exhaust, transmission, ignition system, brake system, electrical system and more. When a regular diagnostic check is done on the car, it prevents your vehicle from severe problems. As minor issue can be seen on time and fix with simple repairs long before it becomes a major problem that will require a huge cost to repair. It’s definitely a more efficient and cost-effective approach than taking your vehicle to mechanic until it is broken down.
With the complexity of today’s modern vehicle, it often takes a highly skilled technician with advanced level diagnostic tools to get to the root cause of the problem. Our auto diagnostic testing service in Utile Auto Service takes out the guesswork while repairing your vehicle.
How Long Does A Car Diagnostic Health Check Take?
A normal car diagnostic health check should only take a few minutes using a professional tool. Most car diagnosis test starts with check engine light to read out the Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) stored in the vehicle computer memory. The mechanic will plug in the diagnostic scanner to read out the trouble code which indicates where the problem is likely. After retrieving the DTCs, the mechanic will then do some investigation or diagnosis to get a more accurate picture of what is functioning incorrectly and how best to fix it.
The diagnosis service procedure in our company usually includes:
1. A visual inspection of related components
2. System analysis and research on any Technical Service Bulletins (TSBs), Field Service Actions (FSAs) relating to the concern.
3. Pin-Point testing on the fault code.
4. Component diagnosis to find the root cause of the problem
5. Carry out the repair
6. Testing of the repairs to verify the problem has been resolved.
When To Perform Diagnostic Test
This diagnostic service should be performed in any of the following instances:
1. When you are experiencing drivability issues, reduced fuel economy, have a check engine or warning light on/or flashing.
2. Before travelling with the car.
3. When buying a used car.
4. Every 6 months or 12 months.
How Much Does It Cost To Do a Diagnostic Test?
The cost of a diagnostic test can vary greatly depending on the vehicle’s model and the issues with the vehicle. A complete test usually go for 20, 000 Naira and 50, 000 Naira in dealer shop and standard shop and that is before any repairs are done.
Although there are places that claim they provide free car diagnostic services, they mostly have a hidden fee. For example, if you check in the details about the service of an auto shop, you can see that only the first part ie Engine Light is free. They will mostly conduct a further investigation based on the code they got and continue to bill you for the labour fee.
There are others that provide system that could only read P-codes (Powertrain codes) and can not read other related system like the transmission, body (B-codes), chassis (C-codes) that may also be of concern. They are usually not competent in interpreting codes. They are the ones you find around and are many out there.
What You Will Get From Our Diagnostic Test?
When your check engine light or warning light comes on, a trouble code will be stored in one or more of your vehicle’s systems. There are certain conditions that have to be met for a trouble code to set, and it is very important that the technician who is diagnosing your car check all of them before he/she makes a repair decision.
The diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is just the starting point. The trouble code takes you to an area for further testing to properly determine where the real fault is. The diagnostic fee allows us the time to thoroughly test and accurately determine the real cause of the warning light using the professional test equipment we have invested in.
As a company, we subscribe to a professional auto repair information system as well as the most thorough database in the industry of proven experience-based repairs from the best technical experts in the auto industry. Our engine diagnostic services help us to provide you with an accurate diagnosis of your vehicle’s problem and a repair that is done correctly the first time. Our charges are relatively fair and we offer doorstep service.
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This article is a publication by Utile Auto Services…. Utile (Auto) Service is a one-stop shop for solutions to all automobile concerns. We offer a comprehensive solution for any brand of Ford, MKX, Lincoln and America vehicles. We are specialist technicians trained by Ford Motor Company, USA. We can be reached on +234 704 383 4086. We offer services ranging from home service, office service and doorstep service to customer at their convenience.