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Whether your vehicle is showing obvious signs of a problem or you noticed the “check engine” light is on, a quick car diagnostic test by an expert technician can help pinpoint the problem.

How A Car Diagnostic Test Works

The diagnostic test relies on a computer system that links to the vehicle's computer processor, sensors, and microchips, logging any problems or issues present. It can reveal existing flaws including problems with the exhaust, transmission, oil tank and other systems.

A Car Diagnostic Test Identifies your Automotive problems

A car diagnostic test provides a quick and accurate assessment of your vehicle. Technicians will scan your vehicle's onboard computer, document any diagnostic trouble codes, and check for service notifications issued by your vehicle's manufacturer.

If necessary, a technician will perform a road test or visual inspection to help verify the issue. Sometimes a comprehensive battery and charging system analysis or other tests will be necessary to identify other issues troubling your car.

The Value of a Car Diagnostic Test

Diagnostic tests help pinpoint issues quickly and reliably, without need for a full vehicle inspection. If you’re short on time, these tests can help identify next steps to get you safely back on the road.

Check Engine Light On? It's Time for an Engine Diagnostic

If you already have a check engine light on, it’s best to take your car to your local Meineke Car Care Center and let a certified technician diagnose and repair the issue.

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Car Diagnostic FAQs

This is a simple test, which involves hooking up your car’s computer to a machine that scans it for error codes. It’s very quick, and can be completed in a matter of minutes.

Car diagnostics help mechanics pinpoint problems in order to make the right repairs. The test can show any problems or issues logged in your car’s computer, which can be related to any of the vehicle’s systems, including the exhaust, transmission, and oil tank.

If your Check Engine light is on, then that’s a sure sign something is wrong and you need a car diagnostic test. But if you hear or feel that something’s “off” with your car while driving, then that can also be a good indication that a test is in order.

At Meineke, we conduct comprehensive inspections and car diagnostic tests, which include all vehicle systems from a car’s engine, exhaust system, transmission and brakes, to a vehicle’s air flow, fuel injector, ignition coils, and more.

Although a lot of people wait until the Check Engine light is on, or when something is wrong with their vehicle, it is always better to prevent than repair. Taking your vehicle in for a car diagnostic check on a yearly basis will help you uncover minor problems that can be easily fixed before they lead to major repairs.