Customers think that the scanner will just tell us what's wrong. However, that's not the case. We have to diagnose each code to see what the problem is. Sometimes it can be diagnosed quickly. Sometimes, it can take longer.
People often think that electrical work is easy. But this can be one of the most difficult and time consuming problems. Wires can be broken, chewed up, or degraded through corrosion. Electrical issues can be very hard to diagnose, and they're dangerous and time consuming to fix.
Some people think that maintaining our vehicle's isn't that big of a deal. However, it's important to perform regular maintenance on all belts, plugs, wires, etc. Flushing fluids is also important. The more we do this, the longer our vehicles will last and the better they're perform.
We recommend to anyone buying a used car to have someone check it out. Spend a little to help save a lot of money and headaches. Used cars almost always have undiagnosed problems.
Car shops usually charge for diagnosing because performing a proper diagnoses takes work. You should be skeptical of shops that offer free diagnosing. You want a professional diagnoses, otherwise you won't get a professional cure.
OE parts are designed for the car with a better warranty, but cost more. Aftermarket parts are manufactured by a company other than the vehicle's original manufacturer.
Yes. OE warranty usually covers parts and labor for 2 years, 24,000 miles. OE warranty can have a lifetime warranty on certain parts, but this does not cover labor for life. Aftermarket warranty is usually 1 year parts and labor. Sometimes there is lifetime aftermarket part warranty but again, this does not cover labor.
When a light comes on, you should have it scanned as quickly as possible. These lights come on for a reason. It could be a check engine light, traction control light, stability light, air bag light, tire light, maintenance light, etc. These lights represent something, so don't ignore them. It can mean the difference between a quick fix and a long, costly repairs.
A cabin filter is a filter to help clean air inside the car or vehicle. It collects dust and particles (so you aren't breathing it into yourself). It's usually on the passenger side behind the glove box and needs changed every 10k to 15k miles.