In today’s high tech fast moving industry, the automotive technician has to be highly trained in dealing with systems like engine management, ABS, electronic transmissions and airbags. Continuous training and a constant source of updated technical information are paramount, and vital to the survival of today’s technician.
Along with highly trained technicians, the modern workshop needs to be very well equipped, sometimes with expensive items such as engine analysers and emission testers. Today’s vehicles are becoming very technical indeed, to a point where a late model vehicle can be in a poor state of tune, yet not necessarily display a drivability symptom. On the other hand, the vehicle may exhibit drivability symptoms, which a tune may not rectify.
This is hard to understand for a customer who, whenever his/her red motor Holden had a problem, just put it in for a tune and invariably it was fixed.
This of course can make it difficult for the motorist to determine if there is a problem with the vehicle or not. Equally, it can make it just as difficult for the technician to diagnose such a problem unless he or she has been trained to do so, and has access to modern diagnostic equipment.
The diagnosis time alone for an intermittent EFI fault could run into hours and cost hundreds, this can be quite crippling for an owner.
With this in mind the emphasis has to be on preventive maintenance. By having your vehicle serviced regularly at the recommended service intervals you will save money on fuel bills, and help keep pollution levels to a minimum.
Despite the fact that our emission control laws in Australia are among the strictest in the world, most vehicles on the road would unfortunately fail if subjected to an emissions test. This is primarily due to an overall lack of maintenance on vehicles new and old on our roads today. It is also a proven fact that the cost of servicing a vehicle regularly over a few years is far less than a vehicle facing a repair bill from a mechanical failure due to lack of service.