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On Board Diagnostics for Winter Springs Motorists

Some Winter Springs vehicle owners wonder why Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs and other Winter Springs auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics.

Receiving a diagnostic charge at Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the Winter Springs area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy Florida road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs diagnosis may be much more involved.

Much of the Winter Springs driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem.

There's a common misconception among Florida drivers that the trouble code tells the Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs technician exactly what's wrong. They wonder why there is a diagnostic charge because the scanner quickly gave the diagnosis.

In reality, it is not that easy and straightforward. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that's out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the Check Engine light.

The vehicle computer's trouble code just tells the Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what's causing it. The technician needs to determine the underlying problem that's causing the malfunction.

There are many problems that could cause a troublesome sensor reading for Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs customers. The service advisor makes a list of the most likely causes and begins tracking down the source of the problem. This takes time.

Winter Springs service centers subscribe to databases that document possible causes for all the possible trouble codes. The databases outline procedures for confirming a diagnosis and provide the documented repair. These  databases are specific to each vehicle and engine combination.

Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved, time-consuming and difficult. Of course Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs wants to figure out what's wrong with your vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Tuffy Tire & Auto Service Center Winter Springs
5225 Red Bug Lake Rd.
Winter Springs, Florida 32708
407-986-2325
http://www.tuffywintersprings.com

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