Automotive technology zooms along in the fast lane on the innovation highway. Some of the parts in a car have been simplified, while some have become even more complex. As automobiles have become more advanced, so have the ways that we diagnose and repair troubles as well as perform routine maintenance services. Let’s review the state of automotive diagnostics.
The ECU and OBD
Two dynamic tools are the engine control unit and the on-board diagnostic reader. For short, they’re called the ECU and the OBD. The ECU and OBD devices are onboard computers that help control and manage all the functions of the auto. The ECU’s main responsibility is to read and test the engine. ECU technology was introduced in 1939 but had very few functions at the time. Today’s ECU can ascertain optimal engine performance, find any engine issues, and make sure everything’s operating properly.
The ECU and OBD have played vital roles in keeping vehicles running well for hundreds of thousands of miles. These devices light up the little indicator warnings on your dashboard when something is wrong.
Mechanic Or Computer Programmer?
Well-equipped automotive service centers now have powerful diagnostic computers which help them correctly identify malfunctions. This has necessitated that technicians be trained on these sophisticated devices. Now you will find service advisors pouring over computer screens as often as they wield a wrench.
Shade Tree Mechanics Are Now YouTube Mechanics
Technology has also benefited the auto owner that works on their own car. With online tutorials, instructional videos, and manuals, in many respects, DIY projects are easier even though cars have become more complex. It helps ambitious amateur mechanics save cash and gain some useful skills.
Trust The Experts At I-86 Truck & Auto Repair
There are literally thousands of automotive tools, components, and techniques that are continually be updated and refined. But you don't have to keep up with them. The team of skilled technicians at I-86 Truck & Auto Repair does that for you. And we take care of older cars as well as those with all the new bells and whistles. Call our Falconer automotive repair center at 716-665-2501.