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- May 2, 2017
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I reluctantly agree with this. A large number of techs in my experience do little diagnosing. A lot of shops charge the diagnosis fee in order to cover scanner costs. Our newest scanner offers a feature that gives the most to least changed components per trouble code. Makes it too easy for them IMO. Then again, can you blame a tech when a large number of dealers won't give any diagnostic time for them to actually figure out the problem? Then add that most shops have a 2 week lead time due to the tech shortage.Not necessary anymore. Plug in to the OBD, do some parts changing, if that fails to fix it, change more related parts, if that fails, it needs a new engine.
Technicians = parts changers.
That Is diagnosing nowadays.
Jesusfreak, I am probably 30 miles south of you. My IDI is in Crestview where most of my jobs are. Maybe we can meet some day.
You also have to factor in American consumerism, comparing prices at every chance they can, even if it's not an apples-apples comparison. "Well so and so down the street only charges 10 bucks a tire to mount/dismount/balance. Does so and so clean the corrosion off the rim, and then apply a sealer to the bead so that it doesn't corrode and leak in 6 months? No? Now you know why your last set of tires needed aired up every other week."
I've got a cruze in here now that has been to a handful of shops, each one giving the ol parts cannon try. I've got several boxes of used parts in the trunk to prove it.
HD shops are different in my experience, in that they're not usually afraid to charge, and therefore will give techs time to actually figure out and fix the problem.