Automotive Computer Code
In 1970 the average car had only $25 worth of
electronics. That figure reached over $3,500 by 1996. Today that
figure has reached over $6,000. The figure will continue to rise
with the installation of up to 40 different computers on certain
Vehicles' computers operate everything from air
conditioning, radios, air bags, alarm systems, anti-lock braking
systems, traction control, ride control, cruise control, analog and
digital gauges, automatic transmissions, emission and engine
controls. These computers can cost from $250 to as much as $1,500
depending on what they control.
Instead of using proper diagnostic procedures, some do-it-yourselfers and shops without the
technical experience resort to trial and error parts swapping when they don't know how to repair computer and
performance issues. Since car dealers and parts suppliers refuse to allow the return of electronic components (due to
possible damage) that may leave you, the consumer, with expensive parts you didn't need. In fact, manufacturers have
reported that 80% of all returned computers were found to be okay.
Avoid unnecessary repair and parts costs! We
have the latest in computerized diagnostic equipment, a computerized
information system and experienced ASE Master Certified Technicians
who are trained to properly care for your vehicle. Our computer diagnostics can save you
money by correctly diagnosing your vehicle's problems right from the
Let one of our Master Certified Technicians
help you today. Begley Auto Repair has three locations to service your car or light truck; Westway Shell (5818 Manatee
Ave W.), Sunoco Auto Clinic (4630 Manatee Ave W.) and Manatee Shell (3401 Manatee Ave W.) all in Bradenton, FL. 34209.
Some people in
our area are confused by charges for
diagnostic services for a
vehicle repair, even though many other services in life
include diagnostic fees – things like computer service and
Even when we go into the doctor for a medical problem, we’re
paying her to diagnose our ailment and of course for the tests
that go along with it. So receiving a diagnostic charge for a
tricky automotive problem shouldn’t be a surprise.
Automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a
noise in your brakes, a visual inspection is usually enough to
know what needs to be done. If you’re having an intermittent
problem with your engine, diagnosis may be much more involved.
think that when the check engine light comes on, the engine
computer tells the technician exactly what the problem is. The
reality is much different. The trouble code just tells the
technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what’s
causing it. Our Technicians will determine the underlying problem that’s
causing the symptom.
you can imagine, some automotive diagnoses are quick and easy.
Others are more involved and difficult. Of course, we want to figure out what’s wrong with your
vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.