Understanding Diagnostic Codes:

At Car Friend, we often encounter customers who have tried to diagnose and fix their car issues on their own or with the help of friends.

While the intention to save money is understandable, misinterpreting diagnostic codes can lead to wasted time, money, and even compromised safety.

Let’s explore why professional diagnostics are crucial and how they can save you money in the long run.


The Pitfalls of Incorrect Diagnostic Code Interpretation


Example 1: The Misleading Code

– Situation: Imagine you’ve had a diagnostic done by a friend or another garage.

They read the codes and replace parts based on those readings.

For instance, your car’s check engine light comes on, and the diagnostic tool reads a code related to the oxygen sensor.

Your friend replaces the oxygen sensor, but the light stays on and the car still runs poorly.

– Explanation: In this case, the code might be a symptom of a different underlying issue, such as a problem with the fuel injectors or the exhaust system. The sensor might not have been the actual problem, but rather a part affected by another failing component. At Car Friend, our trained technicians use advanced diagnostic tools and their expertise to accurately interpret these codes and identify the real issue, ensuring the right fix the first time.


The Problem with Cheap Diagnostics:

– Cheap diagnostic tools or untrained personnel can lead to misdiagnosis.

– This often results in unnecessary parts being replaced, costing you more time and money in the long run.

– Our advanced diagnostic equipment and experienced team ensure precise identification of issues, preventing costly mistakes.


While opting for a quick and cheap alternative might seem like the obvious choice in the short term, More often than not having a professional diagnosis done initially can save you valuable time and money in the long term.


At Car Friend our diagnostic fee is fixed – We will read and interpret codes and use our experience and skills to get to the route cause of the problem. Once we have found out the issue we advise on the next step to take – we inform you and you make the decisions.


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