Do you know why it is important to find a good mechanic or a good repair shop to repair your car? The reason: it could save you hundreds of dollars in parts and labor! When we say “good mechanic” or “good repair shop”, we mean mechanics equipped with the latest technology. You don’t want to entrust your car to a workshop with outdated machinery and equipment because it will take longer to reach a diagnosis. And the longer a mechanic takes to make a diagnosis, the higher the bill for labor!
Remember that auto mechanics charge by the hour.
Auto repairs can cover any or a combination of the following (note that this is not a complete list of repairs).
• Air conditioning checks
• Airbag controls
• Electrical wiring
• Clutch repair and service
• Transmission repair
• Wheel alignment
• Heating system
• Oil and lubrication
• Electric windows
Much of the troubleshooting mechanics use to diagnose a problem is facilitated by auto repair technology.
Ever notice how some lights on your panel come on when something is wrong? In most cases, an experienced mechanic will immediately know what the problem is, but there are cases where sophisticated technology will be needed to lead to an accurate diagnosis.
Sophisticated technology comes in many forms, and a popular one is troubleshooting software. Companies like Auto Tech have a software program that car owners can use to find out what is making their vehicle sick.
Most car owners who were previously cynical about software should seriously consider purchasing a reliable car troubleshooting software program. For example, some programs begin by asking you to enter the make and model number of your car, the year of the car, and the type of equipment you have. The software presents a large database of information about all the cars on the market and a car owner simply follows the steps when prompted. It employs what the industry calls a “tree diagnostic” in which logical steps take you through the entire diagnostic process.
Once you have entered your car profile, use the drop down menu to choose the symptoms your car exhibits. For example, if you choose “squeal brakes”, the program imitates the squeal of the brakes and if that is the sound you hear, you confirm it and the program recommends a series of steps.
You may not really want to use troubleshooting software, but imagine how much time and money you could save if you spoke to the mechanic intelligently, letting him know that you know.
Students studying for certification purchase certain tools of the trade. A couple of examples are Snap On and Mac Tools. These two are the most popular in the United States and Canada.
Mechanics now have a wide range of tech tools to help them better understand car problems: digital multimeters (electronic measurement), borescopes (heat exchanger testing), fuel diagnostic testers (fuel injector testing and balancing) and other new technologies.
New auto mechanic technologies help to shorten the learning curve and speed up diagnosis so that the car owner does not have to carry too many hours of work.