Diagnostics and Analysis
In 1970 the average car had only $25 worth of
electronics. That figure reached over $3,500 by 1996. Today that
figure has reached over $6,000. The figure will continue to rise
with the installation of up to 40 different computers on certain
Vehicles' computers operate everything from air
conditioning, radios, air bags, alarm systems, anti-lock braking
systems, traction control, ride control, cruise control, analog and
digital gauges, automatic transmissions, emission and engine
controls. These computers can cost from $250 to as much as $1,500
depending on what they control.
Hoffman Auto Repair uses the DRB III (shown left) and Star
Mobile which are factory scan tools for Dodge, Chrysler, and Jeep
vehicles. We also have factory scan tools for General Motors,
Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and other
Instead of using proper diagnostic procedures,
some do-it-yourselfers and shops without the technical experience
resort to trial and error parts swapping when they don't know how to
repair computer and performance issues. Since car dealers and parts
suppliers refuse to allow the return of electronic components (due
to possible damage) that may leave you, the consumer, with expensive
parts you didn't need. In fact, manufacturers have reported that 80%
of all returned computers were found to be okay.
Engine Light On?
Service Engine Soon?
Avoid unnecessary repair and parts costs! We
have the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment, a computerized
information system and experienced ASE Master Certified Technicians
who are trained to properly care for your vehicle. Our computer diagnostics can save you
money by correctly diagnosing your vehicle's problems right from the
Let one of our Master Certified Technicians
help you today.
Some people in
Columbus Ohio are confused by charges for
diagnostic services for a
vehicle repair, even though many other services in life
include diagnostic fees – things like computer service and
Even when we go into the doctor for a medical problem, we’re
paying her to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests
that go along with it. So receiving a diagnostic charge for a
tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise.
have the IDS (shown left) which is the Factory scan tools for
Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, and Mazda vehicles. We also have
factory scan tools for General Motors, Ford Motor Company,
Volkswagen, Honda, Toyota and other
Automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a
noise in your brakes, a visual inspection is usually enough to
know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent
problem with your engine, diagnosis may be much more involved.
Some think that when the
check engine light comes on, the engine computer tells the
technician exactly what the problem is. The reality is much
different. The trouble code just tells your Hoffman Auto Repair
technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what’s
causing it. Your technician at Hoffman
Auto Repair needs to determine the underlying problem that’s
causing the symptom.
As you can imagine, some automotive diagnoses are quick and
easy. Others are more involved and difficult. Of course, we at
Hoffman Auto Repair want to figure out what’s wrong with your
vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.