You know that you should visit a mechanic for a diagnostics test when your check engine light comes on, but is that the only time? At J&S Auto Repair of Warwick, RI we recommend including diagnostic tests as part of your regular vehicle maintenance. Much like an annual physical, a regular test can help us catch issues before they turn into costly problems.
WHAT IS A DIAGNOSTIC TEST?
Over the years, vehicles have become more and more technologically advanced. Modern automobiles rely heavily on their computerized systems, microchips, sensors, and processors. A diagnostic test uses specialized software to tap into those components and quickly locate issues in the vehicle’s engine, transmission, and elsewhere.
If there is an issue with the vehicle, the diagnostic check will return a code that lets your mechanic know where the issue is. It does not, however, tell your technician what the problem is. That’s where our ASE certified experts come in with their years of training and experience.
WHAT PARTS OF THE VEHICLE ARE ACTUALLY TESTED?
On-board diagnostics are helpful in testing multiple components of your car. These checks can find engine problems, transmission issues, and brake problems. We can also check for issues that affect your vehicle’s performance including coolant and airflow, throttle problems, malfunctioning ignition coils, and fuel injector issues.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DIAGNOSTICS?
Before diagnostic testing was available, pinpointing car trouble could be a lengthy, tedious process. Mechanics had to spend more time trying to find the cause of the problem. This often resulted in larger auto repair bills and inaccurate repairs. Thanks to the advances in software and technology, our technicians can now quickly and easily discover where the issue is getting our customers back on the road sooner.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I REALLY GET MY CAR TESTED?
We recommend getting a diagnostic check once a year. Preemptive testing can tip us off to an issue before it turns into a bigger, costlier problem. These issues may not be serious enough to trigger the check engine light, making them difficult to notice without a check. But you don’t have to wait a year. Anytime you notice something different with your vehicle or your check engine light comes on it is a good idea to get a check.
At J&S Auto Repair we are proud to be the auto repair shop that more Warwick drivers trust with their vehicle maintenance and repairs. If you want to schedule a diagnostics test, tune-up, or other services, stop by and see us at 44 Roseland Avenue.