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Why is a Complete Computerized Engine Analysis Worth Every Penny?
Here is why a Computerized Engine Analysis is Worth Every Penny! In 1970, the average car contained only $25.00 worth of electronics. By 1981, the cost of the average car’s electronic components had risen to more than $1,000.00 and by 1996 to more than $3,500.00 and it continues to rise each year.
Today’s vehicles’ computers operate everything from air conditioning, radios, air bags, alarm systems, anti-lock braking systems, traction control, ride control, cruise control, electronic digital and analog instrument panels, automatic transmissions and, last but not least, emission and engine controls.
Today, too many people have tried to take advantage of the system. Instead of using proper diagnostic procedures, some people (mostly do-it-yourselfers, but also some so-called professionals) resort to trial-and-error parts swapping when they don’t know how else to fix a computer or performance problem.
Onboard computers and their related components are easily damaged by improper installation or testing and are very sensitive to voltage overloads. It doesn’t take much of a voltage spike to ruin a costly electronic component.
Because of these risks and the high cost of many parts, car dealers / parts suppliers refuse to allow returns on any electronic components and it is posted on their invoices and at their parts counter; leaving the consumer with expensive parts they don’t need and can’t use.
Most onboard computers range in cost from $250.00 to as much as $1,500.00 depending upon their function. The major manufacturers have reported that as much as 80% of all computers returned for repair were found to be OK! For this reason, a complete computerized engine analysis can save you money by correctly diagnosing your vehicle’s problems the first time.
You can see that, for this very reason, it is even more important to choose a repair shop that has experienced ASE Certified Master Technicians, the most recent diagnostic equipment and a computerized information system. Trying to diagnose today’s vehicles without the proper training and diagnostic equipment can result in a misdiagnosis costing you hundreds and perhaps even thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs.