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On Board Diagnostics for Riverside Motorists

Posted July 17, 2022 11:33 AM

Some Riverside vehicle owners wonder why Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists and other Riverside auto repair shops charge a fee for vehicle diagnostics.

Receiving a diagnostic charge at Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists for a tricky automotive problem shouldn't be a surprise. In the Riverside area, automotive diagnostics can cover quite a range. If you hear a noise in your vehicle brakes when you slow down in rush-hour traffic on a busy CA road, you pull off at the next off-ramp and take a quick visual check. That is usually enough to know what needs to be done. If you're having an intermittent problem with your vehicle engine, however, a Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists diagnosis may be much more involved.

Much of the Riverside driver's confusion comes when the problem involves the Check Engine light. The Check Engine light comes on when the engine management computer has sensed a problem.

There's a common misconception among CA drivers that the trouble code tells the Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists technician exactly what's wrong. They wonder why there is a diagnostic charge because the scanner quickly gave the diagnosis.

In reality, it is not that easy and straightforward. The computer monitors many sensors throughout the vehicle. When one of these sensors has a reading that's out of parameters, the computer will record a trouble code and turn on the Check Engine light.

The vehicle computer's trouble code just tells the Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists technician what engine parameter is out of range, not what's causing it. The technician needs to determine the underlying problem that's causing the malfunction.

There are many problems that could cause a troublesome sensor reading for Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists customers. The service advisor makes a list of the most likely causes and begins tracking down the source of the problem. This takes time.

Riverside service centers subscribe to databases that document possible causes for all the possible trouble codes. The databases outline procedures for confirming a diagnosis and provide the documented repair. These  databases are specific to each vehicle and engine combination.

Some diagnoses are quick and easy. Others are more involved, time-consuming and difficult. Of course Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists wants to figure out what's wrong with your vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Protrans Automotive & Transmission Specialists
3420 Gato Ct.
Riverside, CA 92507
(951) 367-7400
https://www.protransauto.com/



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This shop is the best at taking care of the needs of your car or truck. Straight up honesty & knowledge. Definitely would recommend!
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, 08/10/2022

Coolant System - Thank you guys so much for the honest work on my car. I can't thank you enough! Awesome job AND for staying late since I was stuck in traffic. May God bless you guys!
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, 08/10/2022

Great experience good work and great service.
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, 08/01/2022

Good Day; The service at "Protrans" was "Top Notch "! Before I took my car to "Protrans", I took it to another service center and I was told that it needed a Transmission Replacement to the tune of $3,500.00. I then took it to "Protrans" for a second opinion and their tech found that all that was needed was for the front wheel bearing to be replaced. That was a savings of over $3,000.00 dollars! So if you need ANY work done on your automobile I would have "PROTRANS" check it out first.
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, 07/25/2022

Good solid business!! Good customer service!! My car was handled with care!!! Appreciate you all!!!
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, 07/25/2022

Brought my 01 accord in and they were extremely courteous, quick and efficient with their services. I honestly wouldn't recommend any other shop in the riverside area besides them. 10/10 you literally can't go wrong choosing them!
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, 07/23/2022

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