Car diagnostics tools have not only been invaluable to garages, they’ve also empowered a new wave in automobile repairs and enhancements within the home. With the right tools it can be easy to find out what’s wrong with a malfunctioning vehicle, but as additional help here’s 6 tips to remember when doing enthusiast car diagnostics.
#1 Get the owner or service manual for your car
Your car’s official manual for make and model will detail how can diagnose and repair various components or parts on your cars, and even what tools it would require. If you no longer have the manual for your car, or perhaps never received it, you should be able to order it off of the manufacturer's website or via a third party.
#2 Know when and how to change your oil
One of the best ways for a car owner to save money is to change their car’s oil themselves. It’s usually best to do this every 3000-5000 miles, and also involves adding a new oil filter. Before changing your car’s oil, make sure the engine is cool, and that the car is lifted onto a jack (if you’re not used to using a jack, get someone who is to help you).
#3 Hearing plays a bit part in car diagnostics
As great as diagnostic tools are, never forget how useful a pair of ears can be when repairing automobiles. It doesn’t matter whether you’re driving a diesel or hybrid car, you should be able to know when there’s a problem with your car simply by hearing it. Once you can tell what’s wrong with your car from a single backfire, screech, or metal clang, you know your knowledge has progressed.
#4 Devise a proper system for repairing parts
The key to a successful car repair is good procedure. When it comes to taking apart and reassembling car parts, you’ll find the task difficult if you don’t first make a note where the part was taken from, the manner in which it was attached, and how tightly it was fitted. Always number the parts as you remove them, and always work upwards from the most recently removed.
#5 Understand what OBD Functions do
On Board Diagnostics (OBD) is a motoring term that refers to the to a vehicle's self-diagnostic and reporting capability. In its modern form, it can tell a motorist when their car is malfunctioning and where the fault in the system is. You can read a detailed history of these devices here, but its worth taking time to learn how to utilize it for your own car repair.
#6 Invest in a LaunchTech device
Launch have a line of diagnostic tools perfectly made and priced from the enthusiast or at-home car technician. The CRP series is well known for its accessibility and reliability, and display everything from a car model diagnosis to oil lamp reset with clarity and accuracy.