Computer Diagnostics

In recent years many vehicles have started to incorporate computerised technology into their makeup, meaning that you now need to be able to deal with electronic systems in addition to the traditional tasks that a mechanic would normally be expected to complete, which does complicate vehicle diagnostics.

The best way to go about handling these new tasks and ensuring that a vehicle’s electronics systems are fit for purpose if by using a vehicle diagnostic tool. These handy devices will allow you to carry out a range of tests on a car without having to take various systems apart, so here we will take a look at some of the benefits.

Finding The Source of Issues

Many newer cars use a series of computers to control various aspects of the vehicle, from the ignition systems through to the brakes. This can make it even more difficult to diagnose an issue, particularly as the computerised systems become even more complex and it is less obvious which system relates to which area of the vehicle.

A vehicle diagnostics tool essentially communicates with these essential systems in the vehicle, allowing you to pinpoint the source of any issues that are affecting the car. This, in turn, allows you to better understand the issues that you need to remedy and what you need to do to make sure the car gets back up to speed again as quickly as possible.

Standard Codes

Most diagnostic tools will output a code that is related to a specific error in the systems of a vehicle, should one be found. This code is standardised to the make and model of the vehicle, which means you will never run into an issue of not understanding what the tool is trying to tell you.

Usually you can find out what the code means by checking online, but in cases where this is not an option you will find that each portion of the code put out by the tool offers a clue as to what is wrong with the vehicle. Consult the instructions and you will find you are at least pointed in the right direction, if nothing else.

Easy To Use

Most car diagnostic tools are now exceptionally easy to use, with many simply being handheld devices that you plug into a port located in the car, often near the dashboard. After that it is just a case of following instructions and reacting to the issues that the tool detects.

This makes the technology that goes into most modern cars far less intimidating, so your don’t need to worry about being a computer whiz just so that you can detect what is going wrong with the internal systems of a vehicle.


Modern car diagnostic tools are now much more affordable than the specialised models that were available in the past, which means that they have quickly become an essential part of the garage equipment that most mechanics have.

Considering how much help they can provide when it comes to diagnosing a vehicle issue, they are arguably one of th soundest investments that you can make for your workshop.

Please contact us to book your car in for a full computer diagnostic.