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CHECK ENGINE LIGHT DIAGNOSIS
DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS TO DETERMINE THE CAUSE
The “electrical” system is extremely sophisticated, and plays a role in virtually every part of the modern vehicle. Creature comforts (infotainment systems, heated seats, power rear hatches, and more) inside the cabin area communicate on networks. Human interface with these networks usually requires specialty diagnostic tools utilized by a highly skilled technician. Having the knowledge, education, tools, and experience are all necessary for successful testing and repair.
THE EXPERTISE NEEDED FOR COMPLEX TESTING
The word diagnosis can be very confusing to the customer. Some shops advertise “free diagnosis” but we all know nothing is free. We’ve heard the term “diagnosis”, but the concept can be confusing. When modern circuits have a problem, a light often illuminates on the dash. This is the best case. Sometimes there’s no light indicating a problem, but devices are still acting strangely, and a problem indeed exists. In either case, the technician must perform testing for effective diagnosis and eventually, repair. Just as the doctor must do, the technician has to perform tests on systems, and individual components, then take the results from those tests and perform more tests in order to narrow down the possibilities until the problematic component or circuit is identified. This type of work is the most difficult work we do. Unfortunately, the technician can’t just “plug in” and have the computer tell them what’s wrong.
OUR TOP TECHS WILL RESOLVE THE PROBLEM
At Ashland Automotive, our techs perform an initial inspection, which will vary in price. This allows them to evaluate the entire vehicle’s general condition, check fluids, drive the vehicle, and plug in to retrieve any stored trouble codes. After their initial inspection is complete, and if the problem is still existing (Sometimes they find the problem very quickly during the initial inspection!) they can then recommend 2-3 tests be performed in order to eliminate the possibilities. At this point, the tech most often finds the problem and we can estimate repair costs. Let our top techs help you today if your car or truck is experiencing strange electrical problems, or has a light on the dash telling you something is wrong.
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TRUST, VALUE, AND CONFIDENCE
"As a single woman, it had been difficult to find a mechanic who 1) didn’t overcharge me or 2) treat me as a ditz who doesn’t know anything about cars. Zach does neither. He always tells me the way it is, explaining what I don’t understand and giving me all the information I need to make my own choice about my car repairs. I totally trust him. He’s a gem!"
“I have lived in the Valley for ten years and I finally have a trustworthy master level technician to work on my cars. Zach is professional and completely trustworthy. You can’t go wrong when taking your car to get worked on here.”
“Well a last minute call to this business and they delivered on their promise. The prices were a bit “Bay Area”, but in this case it was worth it. They are knowledgeable and competent, I liked dealing with them. They also help people in the community to buy and sell their cars. Thanks Ashland Automotive.”
“I’ve been bringing my Audi here since I moved to Ashland in 2011, and keep coming back. Great service, fair prices and nice people to work with. Zach and his crew are tops!”