ADVANCED DIAGNOSTICS FOR YOUR BMW OR MINI
|DIAGNOSTIC PRICING EXAMPLES||PRICE|
|Code Scan including DTC Printout||£30|
|Diagnostic Initial Assessment||£55|
|3hrs Advanced Diagnostics||£165|
|Diagnostic Hourly Labour Rate||£55|
Proper Fault Finding
Fault finding may start with a code scan but actually involves investigating and proving the cause of the symptoms reported. For example, if the code scan shows an error on the MAF sensor, is it actually the sensor that needs replacing? The code will have been logged because the ECU has detected that the reported values from the MAF sensor are different to the expected values. This could be because the sensor is faulty or it could be because there is a small vacuum pipe leak causing greater air flow. If you assume that the sensor is faulty and replace it (the average BMW MAF sensor is over £100) you may find you still have the fault. Doing a smoke pro leak test may have shown a leaky pipe and prevented wasting time and money on incorrect diagnosis.
No Guesswork just Accurate Diagnosis
Advanced diagnostics is about identifying the problems with your car accurately. We use a multitude of in depth procedures to test the cars systems for variences from the programmed expected values. After the initial code scan gives us an idea of what sort of faults are occuring, our diagnostic team can formulate a test plan to find out exactly where the problem lies. We might start with a leak test or oscilloscope monitoring, we have all the equipment and experience needed to find any fault.
Car Diagnostics Explained
Calling a code scan diagnostics is like calling a slice of bread a sandwich.
A code scan literally reads the error log on the ECU and reports the fault codes (DTCs) found. These fault codes are a pre-programmed response to any varience in expected data values. They only relate to faults that are monitored by sensors. A physical mechanical fault will not necessarily trigger an error code log. Hence that a code scan is not the same as a diagnosis of the fault. Garages often offer code scans for peanuts but fail to explain to you that the code scan isn't really a diagnosis of the fault on your car.
The Importance of Tooling
Code scan equipment used is also important. There are generic multiple manufacturer tools which will work on lots of different cars but has to compromise on the quality of data to cover the different manfacturers. Then there's manufacturer specific tooling tailored to your brand of car which tends to provide a more detailed analysis of the fault data. We have the best of both available to provide the ultimate in code scanning capabilities.