Diagnosing Your Vehicle at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill
Posted September 23, 2018 10:54 AM
When we Spring Hill residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.
Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto usually require only a visual inspection, for instance. But other problems are much more difficult to diagnose. An intermittent engine problem, for example, takes time and expertise to pinpoint.
Modern vehicles have multiple computers that monitor a variety of sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of those sensors has a reading that is higher or lower than the standard parameters, the computer turns on the Check Engine light. Technicians at a service center such as George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill can scan the engine's computer for a trouble code. This code tells the technician which reading is too high or too low.
That's where some Spring Hill residents get confused. They think that this reading concludes the diagnosis, and they don't understand why the diagnostic fee is as much as it is when all the technician did was to scan the computer. But the truth is the trouble code is only the beginning of the diagnostic procedure.
Remember, the trouble code only tells which reading is out of parameter. It doesn't say what is causing the reading to be too high or too low. Your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service technician still has to find the underlying problem. It's a lot like going to the doctor. He can take your temperature and discover that you have a fever, but that doesn't tell him what is causing your fever.
Automotive diagnostic technology can cut down the time it takes to figure out what's wrong with a vehicle that isn't running right. But it doesn't do away with the need for your friendly and knowledgeable George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service technician to make a proper diagnosis. Car care, like medical care, still requires the human touch.
Automotive Detective Work in Spring Hill
Posted June 16, 2015 12:00 PM
There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in Spring Hill. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experience.
Sometimes the diagnosis of your vehicle's trouble comes down to a matter of trial-and-error. This can be frustrating for Spring Hill drivers because time and money are on the line. You may feel you should only be paying for repair work. Of course, you only want to pay for the right repair – and a proper diagnosis is part of getting it right. Like at the doctor's office — some of what you pay for is the doctor's time and effort to figure out what's wrong with you, not for the actual cure.
The good news is that Spring Hill drivers can do a lot to help out their friendly and knowledgeable service advisors at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in figuring out what's wrong with their vehicle. Again, the medical office is a good analogy. The more information you can give your doctor about where it hurts, when it hurts and how it hurts, the more quickly he will be able to help you. In the same way, the more you can tell your George's Wholesale Tire & Auto service technician about when the problem occurs, what is sounds like, how often it occurs, where it occurs, etc., the more efficiently he will be able to get you back on the road.
Good preventive maintenance goes a long way to keeping your car out of a Spring Hill repair shop, but if you need to get it , good communication will get you back on the road quickly.
The George's Wholesale Tire & Auto Guide to Vehicle Diagnosis
Posted May 05, 2015 12:00 PM
Modern Spring Hill vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.
Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It's no wonder that when something goes wrong with their vehicle it can be pretty complicated for Spring Hill drivers to track down the source of the problem.
To help your service advisor at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto figure out what's wrong, your vehicle is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine light comes on to tell you there's a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly and knowledgeable George's Wholesale Tire & Auto technician connects a scan tool to your vehicle's diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other important data.
Trouble codes are like clues for the technician to follow as he diagnoses what's wrong with your vehicle. In a way, it's like going to your Spring Hill doctor with a problem. She'll run some additional tests and gather the information she needs to make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan. How much a vehicle diagnosis costs at George's Wholesale Tire & Auto in Spring Hill depends on how much time it takes to sort out the symptoms and find the underlying problem.
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George's Wholesale Tire & Auto
322 Suzanne Avenue
Spring Hill, Florida 34607