problem fixes but read these quick tips below before troubleshooting:
in the days when vehicles are made simple and uncomplicated
where engine parts are always easy to find, one can easily
guess and replace the defective part because the price
is usually cheap. And if you go to a salvage yard, you
can buy the part for almost next to nothing. With the
present complicated highly advance engines; no one can
do that anymore. Troubleshooting by guessing is an expensive
option which does not work most of the time. Right now,
if you need to properly troubleshoot your car problems,
it has to be done in a step by step approach.
1.) Identify your problem
it make any noise? Are you loosing power? Is the engine
overheating by checking your dash gage? Does the problem
you get these observations or symptoms and put them in
a list, you can then identify the common causes and make
a simple test to verify the problem.
the engine fault code: Always start with this procedure
when you see the check engine light indicator because that is how
your engine electronics are designed. By getting the fault
code, you are directed to the specific circuit or sensor
that is causing the problem. You can get this easily by
buying a cheap scanner.
Get one compatible with your vehicle and has these features: hand held to put in your glove box, has latest CAN network protocol and finally has LIVE data stream: to get code definition, reset the code and monitor data stream while road testing. You can get this from your local parts store or Online stores for under $50.
3.) Get a wiring diagram, the most CRUCIAL aspect of troubleshooting.
You can get one FREE from your local parts store when you buy the parts or get it ONLINE 24/7 from ATS when you join. This is important for locating the defective parts and understanding the electrical system you are trying to fix.
the suspected component:
is the part that makes your listing of the symptoms above
becomes important. If for example the problem occurs when
the engine warms up, you can heat the part with a hair
blower and measure its reading with a voltmeter.
If it is cold, you can put the part in a freezer and do
the same measurements.
Knowing also the fault code will
give you the culprit sensor or components which can be
tested for verification. A lot of this, after you are
directed to the sensor; you have to test the wiring connection
first before condemning the suspected sensor.
the defective component:
testing the suspected component, it can be brought to
your local parts store where you can even compare the
ohmmeter or voltmeter readings before buying the new part.
Once replaced, you can reset the code before taking the
vehicle for a road test. Why? To make sure the symptom
or the code does not show up again.
car problem fixes:
is the most difficult of the entire car problems because
usually when you test it, it does not come on all the
time which makes verification hard to do. Don't even worry about it: All you need are 2 things: common fixes and online assistance by a licensed mechanic. Again, your parts store is the FREE source for this but getting to know the ins and outs of troubleshooting is done only by actually DOING it! This is why you need to read car problem fixes below and learn the basics!
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