How On-Board Computers Have Changed Auto Repair

Despite the popular belief among many older backyard mechanics, the reason for on-board computers in vehicles is not to cause them grief. While it indeed changed automobile repair from a mostly manual endeavor to one needing some technical knowledge, it was for reasons associated with diagnostics and efficiency. It later became the seed for the feature-rich driving experiences and security options that we have today.

A Little History

Over 20 years ago, it took a lot more time and effort to accurately diagnose what was wrong with a car. The lack of power tools and diagnostic machinery made it much more difficult for the average mechanic to solve car problems that weren’t obvious. The improvements in component design and function also contributed to what we have today. For instance, precision performing fuel injection systems now replace finicky carburetors to produce better gas mileage, less emissions and higher output. We can all reap the benefits from this no matter who we are, where we are or how often we drive.

Protect Your Investment with Professionals

We are a lot like doctors here at Quanz Auto Body. Cars come in with problems for us to diagnose and fix all day. However, unlike doctors who deal with bodies that stay pretty much the same, today’s dynamic automobiles require vast knowledge and a variety of tools specific to the manufacturer. Fixing them demands constant training and preparation to keep up. Though you may want to hack into your car’s computer to check why that engine light is on yourself, you might make things worse. Second guessing your mechanic and fixing your investment without the needed tools can lead to more problems. There are thousands of fault codes that you need to know about and many of them have several meanings. We stay on top of all of this so you don’t have to.