When your check engine light comes on, understanding exactly what is going on requires a skilled technician to navigate and figure it out. From needing a simple oil change to a more serious issue, there could be countless reasons why your check engine light is coming on.
As your trusted local auto repair shop, our job is to diagnose your vehicle’s issues and provide a solution to get you back on the road. Our team of skilled and friendly technicians are experts in explaining the technical jargon to your vehicle’s systems and ensuring we create a plan to get it fixed.
If you are wondering how to solve your vehicle’s diagnostic problems and how to get your car serviced, we are here to help.
What are Vehicle Diagnostics?
Vehicle diagnostics involve a series of computer systems and tools used to identify issues within a vehicle’s engine, transmission, exhaust system and other major components.
Today’s modern vehicles come equipped with an onboard computer system known as the Engine Control Unit (ECU), which monitors and controls the various vehicle functions and parts. When your car has a problem, the ECU generates an error code that can be read with a diagnostic scanner, which provides our team with a clear way to diagnose and address the problem.
Understanding Common Diagnostic Codes
To the average person, understanding a diagnostic code from your car can be like trying to decipher computer code. But for our professionally trained technicians, we are able to do a thorough car inspection and determine with our diagnostic scanner what is triggering the issue.
Sometimes, the issue is as simple as a loose gas cap or stuck parking brake sensor, while other times, it is more complicated, like a transmission or air conditioning issue. But at our service center, our team can help you decipher these codes and provide you with an easy-to-understand solution.
Some of the most common codes include issues with your emission system, the coolant thermostat, and seat belt sensors. But there are more serious trouble codes that require extensive inspection of your car to pinpoint the exact problem.
That is why we recommend bringing your vehicle in right away to get your car inspected when you see an issue with your car or your check engine light comes on. This ensures you are driving your car when it is not safe to operate.
Step-by-step Diagnostic Process
When you come into our West Chester repair shop for a car inspection, we will go through a step-by-step process to identify what is wrong, go over potential solutions with you and ensure you get back on the road safely and securely.
Customer Check-In: When you bring your vehicle to us, we will discuss any concerns or symptoms your vehicle has been exhibiting. This initial conversation helps our team focus on the diagnostic test.
Initial Inspection & Scan: Our technicians perform an initial diagnostic scan using advanced tools that scan your vehicle’s onboard computer system. This will identify any stored error codes that would indicate potential issues and direct us to the point of error. Each error code relates to a specific issue within the vehicle, and our expert technicians can dive in deeper to identify any necessary repairs that need to be completed.
Investigation: Once we have identified the error codes, our technicians will complete vehicle inspections to verify the specific issues. This might involve checking parts, systems, and fluids to ensure that we assess the issue from all angles.
Discussion & Quote: We believe in a no-surprise approach, so after completing a thorough analysis, we will discuss the findings with you in easy-to-understand terms. We will walk you through our suggested auto service plan, outlining the best possible solutions to fix the issue.
Quote Preparation: We provide an honest and detailed breakdown to explain the necessary repairs or maintenance, the time it will take, and the cost. With Welsh Automotive Specialties, you can expect total transparency and no hidden costs.
Service Approval: We want you to feel confident in the decisions you make. That is why we always get our customers’ approval before moving forward with any auto service. Our goal is to ensure that the process aligns with your expectations and budget.
The Repair Process: Our skilled technicians then work on the auto repairs needed, delivering quality work and excellent service at all times. After making the necessary repairs or maintenance, we do a final diagnostic scan to ensure the initial error codes are resolved, confirming your vehicle’s proper working condition.
And there you have it! You are ready to hit the road again with a car that has been fixed and repaired safely and securely. That is what sets Welsh Automotive Specialties apart — excellent service, transparent pricing and
Welsh Automotive Specialties and Vehicle Diagnostics | Auto Repair Services | Exton, PA & West Chester, PA
Meeting and exceeding your expectations is part of our tradition as a family-owned and operated business. And that promise extends to our vehicle diagnostic services, too.
We use advanced diagnostic tools at Welsh Automotive Specialties and have a knowledgeable team of ASE-certified technicians who are skilled at interpreting the data from your vehicle.
And with our multiple, conveniently located auto repair shops in Exton, PA and West Chester, you are never far from reliable and trusted vehicle service.
We are committed to ensuring your vehicle remains reliable, safe, and well-maintained at Welsh Automotive Specialties because we care for it like it is our own. So, come by today, and let us take the mystery out of vehicle diagnostics.
At Welsh Automotive Specialties, quality car care is not just a service—it is a tradition.