Monthly Archives: October 2019

Diagnostics and Diagnostic Strategy

Diagnostics and Diagnostic Strategy

We all experience the woes that come along with sudden warning lamps and strange or startling noises or the feeling of instability in our vehicles from time to time. Even though we inspect your vehicle at every service visit, there are times when parts and components fail in an unplanned manner. When these unexpected events occur, it is extremely important to report them in a timely fashion to ensure you and your family's safety. There are many forms of diagnostics, so experience, expert strategy, and computer technology are all equally important in today's automotive world. For unusual or abnormal noises, there are a few different strategies employed to gain more data. The first is running a vehicle on a service lift utilizing two different technicians in order to reproduce and isolate a noise once it has been observed on a road test. For tougher-to-identify noises; technicians use chassis ears, which are comparable to a doctor's stethoscope, but use wireless transmitter ... read more

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Diagnostics

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS Forecasting: A guide to your car's tire pressure system

TPMS = Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This warning notification system was introduced by our Federal Government following a series of fatal accidents that occurred in the late 90s and early 00s which spiraled into multiple legal proceedings and subsequently the development and mandate of tire pressure monitoring systems to be required in all vehicles. As of Model Year 2008, all new vehicles in the U.S. have been equipped with an onboard tire pressure monitoring system per federal law. Some manufacturers jumped on this bandwagon as early as 2002 in the hopes of getting ahead of the trend and perhaps having a selling point advantage. There are two types of TPMS systems. An indirect system is a system that uses the ABS wheel speed sensors to receive the current tire pressures, using velocity for calculations. Early Audi and Volkswagen cars and many Japanese and Domestic cars use the indirect systems. A direct system uses individual sensors to monitor ... read more

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Brakes
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