Do you know why it is important to find a good mechanic or a good repair shop to fix your car? The reason: It could save you hundreds of dollars in parts and labor! When we say “good mechanic” or “good repair shop”, we are talking about mechanics who are equipped with the latest technology. You don’t want to take your car to a store with outdated machinery and equipment because it will take longer to arrive at a diagnosis. And the longer it takes a mechanic to diagnose, the higher your labor bill!
Remember, auto mechanics charge by the hour.
Car repairs can cover any or a combination of the following (note that this is not a complete repair list).
• Air conditioning controls
• Airbag checks
• Electrical wiring
• Clutch service and repair
• Transmission repair
• Wheel alignment
• Heating system
• Oil and lubrication
• Electric windows
Much of the troubleshooting that mechanics use to diagnose a problem is aided by auto repair technology.
Have you ever noticed how some lights in your panel light up when something is wrong? In most cases, an experienced mechanic will know immediately what the problem is, but there are cases where it will take sophisticated technology to lead to an accurate diagnosis.
Sophisticated technology comes in many forms and one of the most common is troubleshooting software. Companies like Auto Tech have software that car owners can use to find out what is wrong with their vehicle.
Most car owners who were previously cynical about software should seriously consider purchasing reliable car troubleshooting software. For example, start some programs by asking you to enter the make and model number of your car, the year of the car, and the types of equipment it has. The software has a large database of information about all the cars on the market and a car owner simply follows the steps when prompted. It uses what the industry calls a “tree diagnostic” where logical steps guide you through the diagnostic process.
After entering your car profile, you use the drop-down menu to choose the symptoms your car is exhibiting. For example, if you choose “brake squeal”, the program mimics the brake squeal and if this is the sound you hear, you confirm it and the program recommends a series of steps.
You might not really want to use troubleshooting software, but imagine how much time and money you could save if you spoke intelligently to the mechanic, letting them know you are in the know.
Students studying for certification purchase certain tools of the trade. Some examples are Snap On and Mac Tools. These two are the most popular in the United States and Canada.
Mechanics now have a wide range of technological tools to help them better understand car problems: digital multimeters (electronic measurements), boroscopes (heat exchanger testing), fuel diagnostic testers (testing and balancing) fuel injectors) and other new technologies.
New technologies in auto mechanics are helping to shorten the learning curve and speed up diagnosis so that the car owner does not have to deal with too many hours of work.
Source by Max Kalles