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Do You Know How Computerized Auto Diagnostics Work?

Last updated 6 years ago

In today’s world of ultra-fast computers and high-tech gadgets, even auto mechanics use a variety of computerized systems. One such system is focused on vehicle diagnostics. Here is a brief guide to how on-board diagnostics systems work:

  • Sensors- An on-board diagnostics system uses a series of sensors embedded in the vehicle to take readings of various components and processes. These sensors collect information about the vehicle’s health in areas like emissions, efficiency, and electronics. The information collected is then sent in the form of simple codes to a connection point in the passenger compartment. A friendly reminder, do you need your American or Japanese car diagnosed? Don’t hesitate and call A1 Auto Tech at (650) 265-4085.
  • Connection- In order to make the information gathered from the various sensors easily accessible and readable, the data is routed to a computer with a connection point under the dash. This is one of the greatest advancements of the OBD-II diagnostics system. Earlier versions required multiple connections under the hood to get simple diagnostic readings.
  • Readout- The data collected from various components of the exhaust system, drivetrain, and other areas is presented to an auto repair mechanic in the form of codes. The codes are delivered to a specialized device. A mechanic may use a variety of devices to translate any error codes and learn what needs to be fixed.
  • Repairs- Using computerized diagnostics allows a mechanic to make quick and efficient repairs, focusing on only what needs to be repaired. This saves a lot of time over a trial-and-error type of diagnostics process.

If you want to make sure that your car is running at its very best, then come to A-1 Auto Tech, Inc. Have one of our auto repair technicians run a computerized diagnostics test for your vehicle. For the most basic maintenance to the most intricate repairs, feel free to contact us online or by phone at (650) 265-4085.


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