Car Engine Diagnostics Liverpool

Car Engine Diagnostics Liverpool – Having engine problems? Warning light come on? We’re here to help!

Car Engine Diagnostics Liverpool –  Has your engine refused to start, misfired or made strange sounds?  If you are in Liverpool or near our Engine Diagnostics garage, then why not call in.   We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment and specialist tools to accurately diagnose any problem with your engine.

When you experience a problem with your car engine, it usually tells you on the dashboard in the form of a warning light of some kind. If you don’t understand what this means, or maybe you’re not confident enough to try and fix it yourself, then our diagnostics team are at your service.

Having mechanical engine problems?

We are often substantially cheaper than main dealers, yet we provide the highest standard of workmanship and parts. We offer great value! No catches, no small print, no quibbles.

Here are some of the services we can offer you at our auto electrical centre:

  • ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS
  • CAR DIAGNOSTICS
  • VAN DIAGNOSTICS
  • VEHICLE DIAGNOSTICS
  • BATTERIES
  • CAR AIR CONDITIONING
  • CAR BATTERIES
  • AUTO ELECTRICIANS
  • ELECTRICAL & ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS
  • MOT – PREPARATION WORK

2011Mini Cooper

Into our workshop was this Mini which had been recovered from another garage (BMW specialist) which had failed to fix the car after having it over 2 months!!

The problem with the car was ABS, traction light on and the steering lock inoperative. The previous garage as can be seen have tried fitting a new cas unit and then apparently 3 more(there were a total of 5cas units in vehicle)!!

The fault codes show faults in CAS and ABS modules. We coded in both modules correctly, this still left speed signal faults.

In live data the CAS unit thought car was moving even when stationary. That is why steering lock was not operating.

The CAS unit we know can think this if there is a wiring issue between itself and the ABS module. So examining wiring diagrams we can trace the loom and a broken wirer was found. A simple repair and the customer had car back the next day.

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Hyundai i20 no heated rear screen

This vehicle came to us with a problem with the heated rear screen inoperative.

A look at the wiring diagram shows its more complicated than people would think.

When you push the switch it sends signal to chassis ecu, which then sends signal to fuse box and relay, which in turn sends signal to screen and engine ecu (which can raise revs slightly to help with the extra load the screen has).

The circuit tested it was found that the signal was being seen by the chassis ecu but it was not sending signal on. The rest of the circuit was checked in case of further faults, none were found.

A new module was sourced and fitted with confidence.

A first time fix with no parts cannon fired at it.

 

What do you get it you cross an Electric car with a Kettle?

What do you get it you cross an Electric car with a Kettle?  You might ask yourself why on earth is a car electrics specialist in Widnes writing an article about crossing an electric car with boiling a Kettle ? Strange you might ask.  However, I thought it might be useful for you all to know that, according to the National grid, attempting to boil a kettle whilst charging your electric can could actually blow your fuse!

A “thought piece” document obtained by the Financial Times – Source – Telegraph warned that if you used household items such as kettles or even electric ovens at the same time as charging your electric car battery would blow the fuse.

“If one were to use an above average power charger, say 11kW, this would require 48 amps. When using such a charger it would mean that you could not use other high demand electrical items…  without tripping the house’s main fuse.”

What makes this particularly interesting is that this comes just weeks after the Government announced plans to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040 in a bid to encourage people to buy electric vehicles.

It suggests that the ability to travel longer distances without stopping to recharge will be a “must have” if motorists are to abandon petrol or diesel cars.  In order to do this electric cars may well need more and more powerful batteries which, when charging will continue to effect your daily appliance usage.

So what are the possible solutions? 2 most popular trending suggestions are to build several thousand “super fast” charging forecourts — similar to modern day petrol stations — or  “large scale rebuild of the domestic electricity infrastructure” by fitting homes with the maximum 100 amp main fuse.  Not sure which is the better option as yet.  My thoughts would be that we would all prefer the convenience of charging our cars whilst at home.  But the question remains, will we be ready for the next step in the automotive industry.

Mercedes horsebox

This old Mercedes horsebox came to us after it had a fire. An attempt to repair the loom had been tried elsewhere.

We decided a repair wasn’t feasible so we managed to source a complete vehicle harness.

After removing the old damaged loom and most of the interior the replacement loom was fitted, a time consuming job but worth the effort.

Radio Coding

Coding this set requires you to program the chassis number into the set

We have the equipment to be able to do this in house.

Electric Vehicle Servicing, Maintenance and Repair

Electric Vehicle Servicing, Maintenance and Repair – A question we are getting asked more and more is…. Do Electric cars still need the same vehicle servicing, maintenance and repair as a regular petrol or diesel car? Well the answer is simple.  Yes they do.

For many the worry is how to find the right trained mechanic to fix their car. It is fair to say most mechanics are trained to work with regular internal combustion engines, but don’t have the equipment or staff training to maintain and service electric vehicles.  However, just like when you have auto electric faults with your current vehicle, the idea is to find a good auto electrician to deal with these issues.  Most experienced car or vehicle electrics specialists will be routinely upskilled themselves in the new requirements and equipment needed to help you.

So do electric cars also need an MOT?

Again the anwer is simple…Yes they do.. Just like a regular vehicle, an electric car will need to go on for an MOT annually after it is 3 years old. The GOV.UK website can be a source of confusion for drivers as it lists ‘good vehicles powered by electricity’ under vehicles exempt from MOT – however, this does not cover electric cars.  So make sure you keep a record or  check with your local garage what you will need for your mot

What are the typical costs of electric car maintenance of the course of the year?

Initially this is always hard to answer, because all vehicles are different and will vary in cost for their servicing and general maintenance.  What I have noticed is that with electric motors, and their simplicity and overall low maintenance you could find yourselves with considerably lower maintenance costs saving you literally hundreds over the year.

Choosing a local auto electrician to maintain your electric vehicle

At Widnes Auto Electrical, our auto electrician have received specialist training to work competently on electric vehicles – we also have all the necessary testing and safety equipment in-house to carry out servicing and repair on electric vehicles. To find out more about how we can help feel free to give us a call or call into our auto-electrical repair centre in Widnes

Rover 75 immobiliser fault

This car was towed into our workshop, the customer saying that they just came out one day and it failed to start.

Plugging in our diagnostic equipment brought up codes for immobiliser.

This car is based on a BMW e39 and knowing BMW quite well we were aware of communication issues between the dde (engine ecu) and the ews (immobiliser module).

We gained access to the module and were able to perform a coding of the module with specialist equipment.

The car started instantly and ran fine.

Peugeot non runner

Peugeot 206 came in from another garage. The original fault was wipers and left indicator on all the time. They fitted 2nd hand bsi which cured the faults but the car wouldn’t start because the bsi is part of the immobiliser system. So we were asked if we could help.

With the correct information and equipment we are able to swop the microprocessor containing the information from the original bsi to the 2nd hand unit

Not a simple task as you mustn’t damage the circuit board when unsoldering and reattaching chips and not shorting out the connections.

Another successful job perhaps saving a car from the breakers yard.

Are the combusition engines days numbered? 

Are the combustion engines days numbered?  Is this the beginning of the end for the diesel and petrol engine?  Lets find out….

Significant gains in battery technology favour electric motors moving into the future.  Current electric cars, powered by lithium-ion batteries, can reach ranges of almost of 300 miles on a single charge Tesla fans recently drove a Model S more than 700 miles in one go.  Straight away this takes away the more recent questions and concerns around how far you can drive without needing to stop versus a diesel or petrol car.

Many thought leaders actually believe the “total cost of ownership” of an electric car will reach parity with a petrol one next year.  Predictions are being made that electric vehicles will make up 14% of global car sales by 2025.  Regulations are tightening, too. Last month the UK joined a lengthening list of electric-only countries, saying that all new cars must be zero-emission by 2050.

.But electrification has thrown the car industry into potential chaos. Many leading brands are founded on their engineering heritage—especially in Germany. Compared with existing vehicles, electric cars are much simpler and have fewer parts; they are more like computers on wheels. That means they need fewer people to assemble them and fewer subsidiary systems from specialist suppliers.  While today’s carmakers grapple with their costly legacy of old factories and swollen workforces, new entrants will be unencumbered. Premium brands may be able to stand out through styling and handling, but low-margin, mass-market carmakers will have to compete chiefly on cost.  Ultimately, what this means is, new competition in the industry from players such as Apple and Google will drive the cost down, and through innovation, the quality of Electric vehicles up.

Driverless electric cars in the 21st century are likely to improve the world in profound and unexpected ways, just as vehicles powered by internal combustion engines did in the 20th. But it will be a bumpy road. Buckle up.  Follow our latest news to keep up with all the changes to the world of electric cars!