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While today’s cars are certainly mechanical marvels, they have also become more reliant on computer technology over the years. Today, car engines are equipped with advanced computer control systems that can make it much easier to diagnose problems and improve performance.In a process known as computerized engine analysis, reliable auto repair shops use specialized computers to send commands to the engine’s systems and receive reports on their overall health.
When you bring your car in for a computerized engine analysis
, our mechanic will hook the vehicle’s control computer up to a high-tech diagnostic system. In a process that can take about an hour, the diagnostic system will send commands to specific systems in your car’s engine; specifically, the ignition, emission control, and fuel systems.
The car’s control system will send back information regarding performance, allowing the technician to interpret problem areas. Some common sensors that may report problems include mass airflow, coolant temperature, exhaust oxygen, throttle position, manifold absolute pressure, and crankshaft position sensors. You’ll receive a printout of the full report.
If you suspect problems with your car’s ignition, emission control, or fuel systems, you may want to request a computerized engine analysis. However, these comprehensive tests are usually needed whenever your check engine light comes on. If the light came on for a major mechanical problem, this diagnostic tool can find it early and help you avoid the hassle of major repairs.
If you think your car could benefit from an engine analysis, bring your vehicle in to Dow Auto Care
. Offering complete auto repair and maintenance services from battery, belt and hose inspection, to full engine rebuild. Our SEA certified mechanics can repair any make and model with full confidence.
Q: What is computerized engine analysis?
Your modern vehicle’s engine is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. The days of your father’s gas-guzzler are long gone—instead, Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations demand that today’s vehicles be equipped with electronic engine control systems, to curb carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency.
Q: Why is computerized engine analysis needed?
With technically-advanced control systems taking the place of simple engine components, common maintenance services such as tune-ups are also a thing of the past. Regular services (such as spark plug and filter replacements) are still required, as well as a computerized analysis of your vehicle’s control computer. Our factory-trained technicians are here to provide these basic services.
Q: Why are newer cars equiped with computerized control system better?
Todays care are equiped with with advanced computer control systems that can make it much easier to diagnose problems and improve performance such as to curb carbon emissions and improve fuel efficiancy.
Q: How does a computer system operate?
A network of sensors and switches convert and monitor engine operating conditions into electrical signals. The computer receives this information, and, based on information and instructions coded within this savvy computer program, commands are sent to three different systems: ignition, fuel, and emission control.
Q: what sensors are scanned during the process?
Here is a summery of sensors scanned by a scanner:
Mass airflow sensor | Throttle position sensor | Manifold absolute pressure sensor
| Coolant temperature sensor | Exhaust oxygen sensor | Crankshaft position sensor
| Camshaft position sensor