Steps To Fix Your Car Like A Pro

It’s sad to say the least of how unreliable many car mechanics and technicians are today. It’s a common thing to see return jobs at mechanic workshops these days. Incompetence, greed and carelessness are few of the major causes of bad jobs at the mechanic’s. At the end of the day it’s the car owner that suffers. The few good workshops available are expensive and not many can afford their services. Fixing your car takes following these simple basic steps, you don’t need to be a car guru to understand it.

First and foremost, it’s critical to understand that every component of a car is subject to wear and tear and will eventually require replacement. Some parts must be replaced on a regular basis, while others do not. Some parts can last for years before needing to be replaced. Regardless, owning an automobile necessitates regular maintenance in order for it to function correctly.

Observing The Fault

When an automobile starts to develop a problem, it often gives warning indications. If you’re a regular driver of your automobile, you’ll notice certain differences, such as the way the engine starts, the driving experience, noises while driving, or a strange odor. Anything can be a sign, but certain changes will always be noticeable. When this happens, inspect the vehicle more closely. Sometimes the causes are obvious, while other times they are not.


When a problem is recognized but not fully understood, a diagnostic scan is done. When you’re unwell and go to the hospital, a doctor will recommend a series of tests to determine what’s causing your illness.¬†Automobiles have a lot in common with us. When a vehicle develops a problem, it is both unwise and unethical to make a guess. Modern cars are equipped with an OBDII port since they are built on sophisticated systems. This port is usually located beneath the steering wheel beside the driver’s seat, however it can also be found in other locations in some cars.

At this point, it is time to employ a diagnostic scanning tool if you have one. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to contact a technician who has one. Note that your technician must have this scanning tool; 70% of return jobs are caused by fixing something that doesn’t need to be fixed. We offer professional diagnostic service. Chat with us.

OBDII Scanning Tool

Reading DTCs

After the diagnostic scan, a set of fault result or results are provided by the diagnostic tool. These set of fault results are called DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Code) often presented as a combination of alphabets and numbers, e.g. P0124-these types of codes are universal for most cars and points to particular problems. Some diagnostic machines have the ability to explain the DTCs but some don’t. In cases where description of the DTCs are not given, you need to find out what this code means. This is where the expertise of the technician comes in.

Solving The Problem

When the DTC description is known, now you have a clear understanding of what is causing the problem. The next step is to remove the faulty part or parts and replace them if necessary. It is advisable to buy genuine OEM parts when shopping for replacement parts. This is to ensure long lasting functionality. It is also advisable to buy the replacement parts yourself and have the mechanic install it. At this moment you need to supervise what the mechanic is doing. This is advisable so to make sure it is only the faulty part that is removed and replaced.

Regular maintenance is essential to ensure that your car runs smoothly and retains its market value. We provide expert auto repair services. For a low-cost diagnostic assessment and inspection, contact us.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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