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Performing a diagnostic scan before repair work begins can save unnecessary delays

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 06:00
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When a complete diagnostic scan is conducted on a vehicle after a collision, not only can it accurately determine which repairs need to made, but it also can reduce the completion time the vehicle has to remain in the repair shop. The quicker the vehicle can be accurately diagnosed and repaired, the quicker the vehicle can be returned to the owner in pre-collision condition.

Pre-scan advantages
When a vehicle is brought in for repairs after a collision, the technicians seldom know for sure exactly which repairs will be required just by looking at the vehicle. Before beginning the disassembling process to completely understand the extent of damage sustained during the collision performing a complete diagnostic pre-scan using the asTech™ device will add to the accuracy of the overall repair plan by identifying the full extent of the diagnostic issues that will need to be addressed during the repair.

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Once the technician completes the pre-scan, they will be able to determine which Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) have been triggered. Completing this step will accelerate the repair process and save the technician and vehicle owner unnecessary delays returning the vehicle to pre-collision condition.

Costly delays reduced
Not all DTCs will be identified through the Malfunction Indicator Light (MIL) or Engine Check Light. This is why it’s so important to perform a complete diagnostic pre-scan before any repair work begins. The asTech™ device will provide a complete readout which can identify which DTCs have been triggered. The trouble codes which cause the most delays in vehicle repairs are the codes which haven’t been identified by the technician.

Once the pre-scan with the asTech™ device has been completed, proper replacement parts can then be immediately ordered. Once the parts have been post scanned by the technician and the repair shop, the repair process can begin. This will reduce unnecessary wait time spent searching for other possible fault codes.

Post scans
Once all of the damaged parts have been disassembled, repaired or replaced and reassembled, the technician should perform a post scan with the asTech™ device as it will determine if all repairs have been successfully completed. The post scan can reduce any further delays of disassembling the vehicle once again to correct any outstanding issues.

Reducing unnecessary repair delays and improving the accuracy of repairs are just two distinct advantages of performing a diagnostic pre-scan with the asTech™ device. The outcome will be a vehicle which is repaired quickly, accurately and without unnecessary delays.

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