How Car Mechanics Use Technology
Do you know why it is important to find a good mechanic or a good mechanic to repair your car? The reason: it can save you hundreds of dollars in parts and labor! When we say “a good mechanic” or “a good mechanic” we are talking about mechanics equipped with the latest technology. You don’t want to entrust your car to a shop with old machinery and equipment because it takes longer to arrive at a diagnosis. And the longer it takes a mechanic to diagnose, the bigger your labor bill!
Note that car mechanics charge per hour.
Car repairs may cover any of the following or a combination of these (note that this is not a complete list of repairs).
• Climate controls
• Airbag controls
• Electric cables
• Clutch service and repair
• Transmission repair
• Wheel Alignment
• Heating system
• Oil and lubrication
• Electric windows
Much of the troubleshooting that mechanics use to diagnose a problem is facilitated by car repair technology.
Have you ever noticed how some lights on your panel come on when something goes wrong? In most cases, an experienced mechanic will know right away what the problem is, but there are situations where sophisticated technology is required to lead to an accurate diagnosis.
Advanced technology comes in many forms, and one of the popular ones is troubleshooting software. Companies like Auto Tech have a software program that car owners can use to find out what’s bothering their car.
Most car owners who were cynical about software programs before should seriously consider purchasing a reliable car troubleshooting software program. For example, some programs start by asking you to enter the make and model number of your car, the year of the car, and what equipment it has. The software has a large database of information about all the cars on the market and a car owner will follow the steps when prompted. It uses what the industry calls “tree diagnostics”, where the logical steps take you through the entire diagnostic process.
After you enter your car’s profile, you use the drop-down menu to choose the symptoms your car exhibits. For example, if you select “squeaky brakes”, the program mimics the squeaking of the brakes, and if that’s the sound you hear, you confirm and the program suggests a series of steps.
You may not really want to use any troubleshooting software, but imagine how much time and money you could save if you spoke to the mechanic smartly and let him know you have the knowledge.
Students studying towards certification purchase certain tools of the trade. A few examples are Snap On and Mac Tools. These two are most popular in the United States and Canada.
Mechanics now have a wide variety of technological tools to help them better understand car problems: digital multimeters (electronic measurement), borescopes (testing heat exchangers), fuel diagnostic testers (testing and balancing fuel injectors) and other such new technologies.
New car mechanic technologies help shorten the learning curve and speed up diagnostics so the car owner doesn’t have to deal with too many hours of work.