What is OBD Testing?

Checking your vehicle's owner's manual or even looking up your car's preventative maintenance online may have resulted in stumbling upon the term OBD testing. OBD is just the short term for on-board diagnostics, which represents your vehicle's computer system. Most modern vehicles have an on-board computer system equipped. 

What exactly does your vehicle's on-board computer system do? This complex system has the important job of monitoring different electrical sensors throughout your vehicle. This computer monitors the performance of these systems and can detect when a problem arises. It's basically your vehicle's quality control. 

This system also helps to monitor your car's emissions system. It makes sure that your vehicle is regulated in terms of emissions and fuel economy. If the computer system does detect an issue, it will illuminate the check engine light, which will appear on your dashboard. This lets you know that something is wrong, and once it does turn on, you know that you need to have diagnostics performed. 

For our professionals to accurately understand the reason behind why your check engine light turned on, our professionals will conduct on-board diagnostics using a state-of-the-art scan tool. 

This scan tool will pull the error code from your vehicle, which will steer our technicians in the right direction of the issue. More than likely, further evaluation and inspection will be needed to pinpoint the exact problem, since the error code typically doesn't tell us the exact broken part, just the area in which the error was detected. 

We do recommend that you have your vehicle evaluated as soon as the check engine light turns on because the issue could progress and get worse over time if ignored. Plus, you won't be able to pass emissions testing with a check engine light on. Sometimes the problem can be minor, and in this instance, we can fix the issue and reset your OBD. 

If you need check engine light diagnostics, we invite you into the experts here at Hoesly Automotive today! 

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