A blog about engine diagnostics of the past and present
A blog about engine diagnostics of the past and present

A blog about engine diagnostics of the past and present



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How You Can Make Sure You Get the Right Car

this car siteWhether you're setting out to buy your very first family car or you're an old hand at buying cars, there are a few essential things that you really need to do in order to make sure that the car you get is the right one for you.

Firstly, make sure that you give the car a really good test drive and that you are happy with both the way that it performs and that you are comfortable when behind the wheel. Make sure that when adjusted for you, the driving position gives you a good clear view of everything around you and that you are happy and confident driving the car. Although this does sound blindingly obvious it is one of the most important things. After all, you don't want to end up with a car that you don't enjoy driving or struggle to control. You'd be amazed at how many people have regretted buying a car further down the road, so to speak, because they didn't spend long enough in the initial stages checking that they were happy driving it.

When test driving the vehicle also take the opportunity to check out all of the electrical systems - audio system and so on.

Of course, you need to not only make sure that you are happy with the way that the car drives, but that it is actually suitable for any particular needs that you have too. For example, if you have young children, will a pushchair fit in the boot and does the child's car seat fit properly? If you need a car with a good deal of flexibility of storage space, does it offer this? Will the rear seats fold down to allow you to carry more luggage?

Secondly, check all of the paperwork thoroughly and don't skip this. Just because you may have seen the car advertised on a reputable website such as Autotrader or CarCliq doesn't mean that everything will be above board and genuine.

The paperwork you should ask to see includes the V5C registration document which should show that the person selling the car is the named legal owner. You should also ask to see the service history as this will show how regularly the car has been maintained and whether major services have been carried out. The service history should also give you a general indication about how well maintained the vehicle has been. Also, if the car is over three years old, see if previous MOTs are present too. An extremely useful tip here is that as long as you have the car's registration number and the document reference from the V5C document you can check the MOT history going back to 2005 online by clicking on this website.

You should also try to ensure that the handbook is present and that keycodes for any audio system or alarm system are provided, if possible, as this can save you a lot of hassle and possible expense at a future date.

Paying attention to these fairly basic pointers and applying a certain amount of common sense should help you navigate your way through the process of buying a used car without ending up making a purchase that you could later regret.

Perhaps the best tip of all is to remember that if something appears too good (ie. cheap) to be true, then it almost certainly is!
25.3.18 04:10

How specialist tools are used to help keep trucks on the road

jaltestThere is certainly no doubt that with the proliferation of electronic control units in vehicles today the role of a mechanic has evolved into something far more complex than it ever was when cars and trucks were much less complex machines. A range of systems in a modern vehicle might rely upon an ECU - electronic control unit. These include suspension and power steering.

The embedded software in ECUs has continued to increase in sophistication all of which means that a mechanic now needs some very specialised tools in their toolkit in order to diagnose faults. To enable him to do his job fully a mechanic therefore now needs to use quite advanced diagnostic tools such as Jaltest which will diagnose possible faults in the important electronic units in many different vehicles.

So, as you can see, the old image that you might have of a mechanic is now very much out of date. No longer is is a job for someone who is just quite handy with a spanner, but now requires at least some understanding of computerised technology and how to use vehicle diagnostic tools.

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23.3.18 04:49

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