There are a few signs to look for when it comes to your vehicle and when it needs to be looked at by a specialist. The first sign is pretty obvious, the check engine light. But sometimes there are other ways of knowing something is wrong with your car. Sometimes you hear a creek or another weird noise coming from your vehicle that shouldn’t be happening.
Either way, if you suspect something is wrong with your vehicle or there is a clear sign, like the check engine light, we recommend taking it into our shop to be looked at by our experienced technicians.
Diagnosing car troubles requires a lot of knowledge of how the system works and sometimes some tenacity and creativity to actually narrow down and pinpoint where the problem is.
We use Pico brand scopes as they are the best brand of electrical lab scopes in the industry. We use this scope to help us diagnose why the check engine light comes on.
In many cases, an engine malfunction is far beyond what a check engine light will pick up on. So, we use these pico scopes to hook up leads to various inputs and outputs of certain sensors and stack those up over one another so we can see what the computer is seeing. Then we figure out why this malfunction has happened which allows us to know what needs to be repaired.
You have to understand the whole function of the vehicle, mechanically, electronically, and how the software is written to be able to determine and diagnose some of these tough issues. Our technicians at Weber know the ins and outs of all kinds of vehicles!
We recently had a customer who came in with a 2018 Toyota, less than 7000 miles on it. The reason he came to us was that his car made a weird “clunking” noise when it would come to a complete stop on the suspension. He had taken it into the dealership multiple times, and they told him it was normal, but he knew it wasn't right.
So, he brought the car into us, we went for a ride him in the car and heard what he was talking about. We knew it wasn’t normal either. Once we found out where it was coming from. We then looked it up in the service bulletins, and Toyota had an article written for the particular bushing that we found was being faulty.
The customer then took the printing of the Toyota bulletin into his dealership, and they were able to fix it the issue. It took some creativity and hard work, but we were able to identify the issue but well worth it knowing we helped him solve the problem!
If you suspect something may be wrong with your vehicle, whether it’s the check engine light or a weird sounds, whether another shop or dealership has told you, “it’s nothing,” bring it into Weber Automotive and we can identify the issue and help you get it fixed!