Skip To Content

Best Auto Repair, Lakewood

7864 W Colfax Ave Lakewood, CO 80214

303-455-7242
Opening Hours
  • Mon 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Tue 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Wed 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Thu 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Fri 8:00AM - 5:30PM
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed
CONTACT US

303-455-7242 | 7864 W Colfax Ave

AUTONET TV

AUTONET TV, Lakewood, CO

On Board Diagnostics for Your vehicle

Posted September 20, 2020 8:49 AM



Today we're going to talk about on-board diagnostics and the questions we hear from folks around Lakewood, CO, who need answers about diagnostic services. They want to know what diagnostics are, what's involved and what the benefits are. They really want to understand the value of diagnostic scans by a trained technician in Lakewood.

These are valid concerns. If you don't understand something it's really hard to know its value. Let's start with some history.

Since 1996, all cars and light trucks in Lakewood, CO, have been required to use a standardized diagnostic system to help repair technicians determine what's wrong with your vehicle. The diagnostic system works with the vehicle's Engine Control Module – the computer that controls many engine functions.

The computer monitors dozens of components and processes. Depending on what the sensors read, the computer will make adjustments to compensate for conditions and minor problems. When there is a condition that it can't adjust for, the computer will turn on the Check Engine light.

It is also called the 'service engine soon' light on some vehicles. The warning light signals you to get into your local service center so that the trouble code can be read and the problem can be fixed. Your service center will have a scan tool and powerful software that will help the technician diagnose the problem.

If you've searched for Check Engine light on the internet, you may have seen that you can buy an inexpensive scanner or go to an auto parts store to have the trouble code read to tell you exactly what's wrong.

That's a common myth. The code itself doesn't tell you what's broken. It starts you looking in the right place. It tells you what engine parameter is out of range – but it won't tell you what's wrong or how to fix it.

Let's say you think your daughter has a fever. You take her temperature and it reads 102 degrees F/38.9 degrees C. You've confirmed a fever, but you don't know what's causing it. Is it a 24 hour flu, an infection, appendicitis or leukemia? A fever is a symptom of all of these medical problems, but it takes a skilled physician's examination and additional diagnostic tests to find out what is actually causing the fever.

An example of a trouble code could be: P0133, which reads 'Bank 1 sensor 1 circuit slow response.' This means that the front oxygen sensor has a slow response time to changes in the air-fuel mix. If that's all you knew about cars, you would think your oxygen sensor was broken and would replace it. Now, it could be the oxygen sensor – but it could also be a bad or contaminated airflow sensor, exhaust leak, electrical problem, an intake manifold leak or any of a number of other things.

You can imagine a lot of oxygen sensors have been replaced because of that code. So the on-board diagnostics point the way to where the trouble lies, but it takes some skill and high-tech equipment to actually pinpoint the problem. The cheap scan tools that a consumer can buy do not have the ability to retrieve some of the operating history that's stored in the engine control computer. That history's very helpful in diagnosing the problem. Service centers like Sheridan Auto Tech invest a lot of money in high-end diagnostic tools to help solve the mystery and get you back on the road as soon as possible without replacing a lot of parts that don't need replacing.

So, on-board diagnostics provide a powerful starting place for a highly-trained, well-equipped technician to get to the bottom of your problem. When your Check Engine light comes on, get it checked at Sheridan Auto Tech. If the light burns steadily – don't panic. Get in to Sheridan Auto Tech soon to have the engine scanned. A flashing Check Engine light means that there is a severe engine problem. Get in as soon as you can – waiting too long can lead to very expensive damage.

And try to not drive at high speed or tow or haul heavy loads with a flashing Check Engine light.

Make an appointment with Sheridan Auto Tech to have your on board diagnostics analyzed.

Sheridan Auto Tech
7864 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 455-7242
http://www.sheridanautotech.net/



Search



Archive

July 2020 (19)
August 2020 (5)
September 2020 (4)
October 2020 (4)

Categories

Alignment (1)Automotive News (1)Brake Service (1)Brakes (2)Drive Train (1)Emergency Items (1)Fluids (1)Fuel Saving Tip: Slow Down (1)Fuel System (2)Inspection (1)Keys to a long lasting vehicle (1)Maintenance (7)Monitoring System (1)Service Standards (2)Suspension (1)Timing Belt (1)Tires (2)Tires and Wheels (2)Warranty (1)What Customers Should Know (2)Windshield Wipers (2)
  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)
  • AAA Approved Auto Repair
  • BBB Accredited Business
  • referalist
  • napagold
  • Napa AutoCare Center
  • Car Care Aware

Testimonials

, 07/08/2020
Professional experience and worked with me on a defective part issue...could have been dismissive, but worked with me courteously and found a quick resolution.
view all reviews
TAP TO CALL NOW 303-455-7242 X