Over the years, vehicle maintenance has changed significantly. One of the most noticeable changes on vehicles, and therefore on vehicle maintenance, is the amount of computer programming that has gone into them. These days rather than taking a handful of wrenches to a vehicle when it’s in for service, one of the first things you do is hook it up to an onboard diagnostic scanning tool.

Onboard diagnostic scanning tools are incredibly helpful in providing errors codes that computers detect in your vehicle. These error codes speed up the troubleshooting process so that you can then take your collection of wrenches to the spot that needs fixing.

At JW Auto Centers, you can trust our state of the art diagnostic scanning tools. Our licensed technicians are fully trained on how to use them. As a customer, you benefit from increased speed and accuracy that often results in lower labour rates.

To be sure, diagnostic scanning will not fix every problem scenario on your vehicle. Here’s a simple guide for when diagnostic scanning can be used.

  • Check engine light. This ever mysterious indicator on your dashboard is best handled with diagnostic scanning. With the engine being the heart of your vehicle, it can be the host for numerous issues. A diagnostic scanner does a preliminary read on any error codes that may come up.
  • Vehicle performance statistics. Some diagnostic scanners are able to pump out more than just a few error codes related to your vehicle. Advanced technology allows for more data on your vehicle to help you fine tune or optimize your vehicle’s performance.

Many diagnostic scanning tools are easily available for consumer purchase. If you have some sense of mechanical know-how with vehicles, perhaps you might consider having your own on hand to do your own quick assessments. A simple internet search for “OBD-II” or “OBD2” scanners will bring up numerous products that can be shipped right to your front door.

Once you have the product unboxed and in hand, you will need to find the OBD-II port on your vehicle and plug in the device. These ports were mandatory requirements on all vehicles built after 1996. When you get the device connected to your vehicle, the scanner turns on automatically and you’re set to go running diagnostics.

If this process is overwhelming in any way, don’t hesitate to take the simpler approach of booking an appointment with JW Auto Centers. We are happy to clear up any confusion and make sure your vehicle is running optimally.