Maintaining and Servicing Today`s High-Tech Cars and Trucks…time for another “tid-bit” that will help you keep your auto in good running order to help minimize your overall driving expenses.
Each year, cars and trucks seem to get more and more complicated. Today`s vehicles have as many as 50 micro-processors under the control of a central computer. From sophisticated engine controls to high-end electronic systems, it takes sophisticated training and specialized equipment to service and maintain “your ride”. As your dealer, it is our job to confirm these complex systems are working properly, discover when they aren`t and fix them properly. The days of the conventional “tune-up” are long gone!
So….how do we know what`s going on in there when you bring your vehicle in for service? Well, we tap into the “communications bus”, the method by which each component, module and sensor communicates its status to a central memory module that stores the information, compiling both the nominal (good) and the faults (bad). There is a multi-pin information port in each vehicle where we plug in our computers. We download this information to our diagnostic equipment in the service department.
Geez…sounds confusing, doesn`t it? As any “shade-tree mechanic” will tell you, today`s cars and trucks are too complicated. We agree they are complicated, but having the right diagnostic systems and tools makes all the difference. Cars and trucks still have service intervals recommended by the manufacturer.
…..as they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Bottom line? Today, we figure out the problem using systems analysis with the help of our specialized computers. Once we understand the problem, fixing your vehicle is still based on the basic principles of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic systems. If it`s broke, we can fix it!! Or, if you are a “do-it-yourselfer” — for newer automobiles, here is a detailed gameplan you might consider. Driving an older car, truck, or van? Check out this article.
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