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  • Diagnosing Your Vehicle at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS

    Oct 9, 2017

    When we MINNEAPOLIS residents get a car repair bill, we really shouldn't be surprised to find “diagnostic fees” as one of the line items. When we get a computer fixed, there is usually a charge for the time it takes to diagnose the problem. When we go to a medical doctor, most of his fee is for his ability to diagnose what's wrong. It's no different with our vehicles.

    Some diagnoses are fairly simple. Brake repairs at Affordable Transmissions usually require only a visual inspection, for instance. But other problems are much more difficult to diagnose. An intermittent engine problem, for example, takes time and expertise to pinpoint.

    Modern vehicles have multiple computers that monitor a variety of sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of those sensors has a reading that is higher or lower than the standard parameters, the computer turns on the Check Engine light. Technicians at a service center such as Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS can scan the engine's computer for a trouble code. This code tells the technician which reading is too high or too low.

    That's where some MINNEAPOLIS residents get confused. They think that this reading concludes the diagnosis, and they don't understand why the diagnostic fee is as much as it is when all the technician did was to scan the computer. But the truth is the trouble code is only the beginning of the diagnostic procedure.

    Remember, the trouble code only tells which reading is out of parameter. It doesn't say what is causing the reading to be too high or too low. Your Affordable Transmissions service technician still has to find the underlying problem. It's a lot like going to the doctor. He can take your temperature and discover that you have a fever, but that doesn't tell him what is causing your fever.

    Automotive diagnostic technology can cut down the time it takes to figure out what's wrong with a vehicle that isn't running right. But it doesn't do away with the need for your friendly and knowledgeable Affordable Transmissions service technician to make a proper diagnosis. Car care, like medical care, still requires the human touch.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Automotive Detective Work in MINNEAPOLIS

    Jul 26, 2016

    There's a reason we use the word “diagnose” when we talk about fixing cars in MINNEAPOLIS. Figuring out what's wrong with your vehicle has a lot of similarities to figuring out what's wrong with someone who is ill. Vehicles are a mass of complex systems that can produce a variety of symptoms when something goes wrong. As with human diagnoses, a specific symptom may be indicative of a number of problems, and figuring out the specific cause takes training and experience.

    Sometimes the diagnosis of your vehicle's trouble comes down to a matter of trial-and-error. This can be frustrating for MINNEAPOLIS drivers because time and money are on the line. You may feel you should only be paying for repair work. Of course, you only want to pay for the right repair – and a proper diagnosis is part of getting it right. Like at the doctor's office — some of what you pay for is the doctor's time and effort to figure out what's wrong with you, not for the actual cure.

    The good news is that MINNEAPOLIS drivers can do a lot to help out their friendly and knowledgeable service advisors at Affordable Transmissions in figuring out what's wrong with their vehicle. Again, the medical office is a good analogy. The more information you can give your doctor about where it hurts, when it hurts and how it hurts, the more quickly he will be able to help you. In the same way, the more you can tell your Affordable Transmissions service technician about when the problem occurs, what is sounds like, how often it occurs, where it occurs, etc., the more efficiently he will be able to get you back on the road.

    Good preventive maintenance goes a long way to keeping your car out of a MINNEAPOLIS repair shop, but if you need to get it , good communication will get you back on the road quickly.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169