July 27, 2023
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What is a Car Diagnostic Test, and do I need one?

If you are asking yourself the above question, we are here to help. Even if you are able to tell that there is something wrong with your car, it is often difficult to identify the problem. To help effectively uncover and solve the problem, a car diagnostic test will investigate the different systems of your car to ultimately determine what is causing any issues you might be encountering, or ensure that your car is in full health.

During a car diagnostic test, also known as a scan, specialized equipment is used to communicate directly with the onboard computer system of a vehicle. The Onboard Diagnostics Port or OBD port is the connection between an external scanner and a vehicle’s onboard computer system. The OBD port is generally located under the dashboard on the driver’s side of the vehicle. When equipment is attached to the OBD port, messages like diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) can be retrieved to uncover any issues that a vehicle is experiencing. These codes include specific information about any malfunctions that may be occurring inside the vehicle’s systems. These codes can indicate a range of issues, from problems with the engine, transmission systems, electrical system, and more.

In order to understand what these codes are telling you, a qualified technician will interpret the code and use it as a starting point in diagnosing and finding out the root cause of the problem. They will also perform additional tests within the car’s systems in order to narrow down the issue. Once the problem has been identified, a technician can help you to repair it. 

Car diagnostic tests are an extremely helpful tool in troubleshooting complex vehicle problems; they provide valuable insights into the functionality of your vehicle’s many interworking systems, and will ensure that your car is in tip-top shape. By diagnosing issues early through a regular diagnostic check, potential repairs can be addressed in a timely manner, improving your vehicle’s overall performance and safety.

When it comes to car diagnostics and health checks, Curbee is here to provide comprehensive and convenient services. Our expert technicians are equipped with diagnostic tools to perform a thorough diagnostic test on your vehicle, to identify any underlying issues accurately and efficiently. Additionally, Curbee’s Signature Health Check offer’s regular system inspections to ensure everything is running smoothly. If our technicians find an issue with any of your car’s systems, we’ll help you easily schedule an appointment with Curbee to get your vehicle serviced as soon as possible. 

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As a Curbee customer, you’ll receive notifications when your vehicle is due for servicing, like oil change services, so that you don’t have to stay up to date with your maintenance intervals. Our mobile service brings the expertise to your doorstep, saving you time and hassle. If you are facing any peculiarities with your vehicle, or just want to verify your vehicle’s health, schedule an appointment with Curbee.