Our vehicles in recent years have become more complicated. You almost cannot have an oil change without the help of a car diagnostic tool.
Gone our the days when you and dad scooted on your back under the car with wrenches, bolted parts and greased fittings together to fix whatever problem or noise was coming from the car.
Self oil changes was a weekend project and it was nothing to change your own brake pads on a sunny afternoon.
Car makers have made our life easier with fancy computers and self diagnostics that turn our ride into a smooth, comfortable chamber of convenience and gadgets.
A lot of times if something is wrong or about to go wrong, the car can detect the issue and warn you of the impending problem before it does any further damage.
Although not fool proof the computers that run our cars these days has given us a little more peace of mind that we can enjoy a fully operational car for years at a time with minimal problems.
Any mechanic shop these days also possesses a car diagnostic computer that can be attached to the vehicle and detect any problem from lost compression in a line to more serious electrical problems.
Both of these tools are essential in our computerized world today.
Mechanic Shop Tools
The diagnostic tool your mechanic uses to find and repair a problem with your vehicle comes in lots of different forms.
There are hand held scanners that can detect leaks in gas and brake lines , air hoses and radiator hoses. There are scanners for electrical problems that can happen anywhere on your vehicle from the front to the back.
There are big stand up computers that attach to various plugs in a computer or on the engine, these tools can detect almost any problem from engine efficiency to the need of an oil change.
Inside every newer vehicle is a self diagnostic computer. It tracks your vehicles performance, when it needs an oil change, how much air is in your tires, when a gas cap is loose and even if a problem has occurred in the electrical system.
This internal diagnostic will alert you well before a problem gets out of hand, can give you instructions on how to handle the problem and save you costly repairs do unnecessarily damaged parts.
We may have become too reliant on modern computers, but in the long run the car diagnostic tool has given us peace of mind on the road.