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Car Doctors
UNIT D, 11-17 FOWLER ROAD, ILFORD, IG6 3UJ
137 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £50

We at The Car Doctors UK, based in Hainault take great pride in being able to offer our customers a comprehensive range of mechanical services with a very personalised service, ensuring each and every customer that walks through our doors, leave here satisfied. Our highly trained team provide a ...

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Combined Motor Services Ilford
185-191 Green Lane, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1XR
221 Reviews

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Diagnostic Check FROM £65

At Combined Motor Services we pride ourselves with the excellent services we can provide to all our customers. Not only do we give your vehicle a high-standard of service and care, but our customer service is second to none and we are here to help you get your vehicle safe, legal and back on the roa...

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Essex Auto Centre
330 Eastern Avenue Essex Auto Centre, Ilford, IG4 5AA
4 Reviews

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Our garage believes that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals. We are able to carry out servicing and repairs to most makes and models of cars. We look forwar...

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SD Performance
96 Goodmayes Road, Ilford, IG3 9UZ
8 Reviews
Family run businessCollection and delivery available

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Diagnostic Check FROM £39.99

Here at SD Performance. We offer Service Packages for all Makes & Models. From Basic Oil changes to Replacing Spark Plugs. We offer a partnership in maintaining and enhancing your vehicle’s performance. At SD Performance, we understand that the safety of your vehicle begins with reliable brakes. Our...

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London Auto Centre LTD
355-359 Ley Street, Ilford, IG1 4AA
27 Reviews

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At London Auto Centre, We offer a full range of garage services to vehicle owners located in all over areas. All mechanic services are performed by highly qualified mechanics. We can handle any car problem. • Modern Workshop • Talented Workers • Best Price • Quick Support

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Hills Toyota/Lexus Hainault
2a Beaver Rd, Ilford, IG6 3UT
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Since its start in 1905, our family-run business has taken pride in delivering excellence across Essex from our dealerships: Hills of Woodford and Hills of Hainault. Our aim is to deliver the highest levels of customer service possible and go over and above to ensure all of our customers leave our c...

What does a car diagnostic check do?

A diagnostic check is carried out on your vehicle by a mechanic, who will plug your vehicle into a specialised code reader. It can detect problems with your vehicle which may be difficult to spot manually.

The main components which are tested in a diagnostic check are the car’s:

  • electronic control units (ECUs) - these control various element of the car and its performance including engine running
  • emissions and exhaust sensors
  • braking system
  • electrical components such as central door locking
  • transmission if electronically controlled
  • ignition coils
  • throttle setting
  • fuel injectors
  • air flow and coolant

 

Why is a car diagnostic check important?

A diagnostic check is very important as it can detect a potential problem with your car, even before a breakdown. The computerised equipment scans your vehicle’s system to check for any faults, no matter how minor or major. A diagnostic test is a quick, easy and accurate way to discover any faults and will give you the chance to get them fixed before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues. When your car has a fault, this may show as a warning light on the dashboard. If the light goes out the system will store the fault code so the garage will find this when they do the diagnostic check.

What are the possible signs that your car needs a diagnostic check?

There are many different signs which will indicate that your vehicle needs a diagnostic check. Essentially, if you suspect that there is an issue with your car but don’t know what, you will probably want to book a diagnostic check to find out what the problem is. Here are some of the key signs:

  • Engine warning light - if the engine warning light appears on your dashboard, it’s important to take your vehicle to a garage as soon as possible as there is a wide variety of problems which the light may be flagging up.
  • Strange noises – any strange noises coming from your car need to be checked out before they turn into more serious problem. Some of these sounds may include; whining from the bonnet, abnormally loud exhaust, uneven engine noise, brake squealing or gear crunching.
  • Smoke - if you see smoke or steam coming from under the bonnet, your vehicle may be overheating.
  • Vibrating - if you notice any vibrating or pulling under your brake, the issue may be due to work brake discs or pads. However, it could also indicate a problem with your suspension or steering.

 

How long do car diagnostics take?

You can expect a diagnostic check on your car to take approximately 90 minutes. You may want to allow for more time though as the mechanic who will be carrying out the check might not be available to start right away.

How much does a car diagnostic check cost?

The price of a car diagnostic test can vary, depending on the garage that you visit. Each garage has a fixed price for diagnostic checks, ranging from £30 - £100.

Enter your vehicle registration number and post code into BookMyGarage (at the top of this page) and you can instantly compare diagnostic check pricing from all of the garages in your local area. As well as price, you can see the garages’ reviews, distance from your post code, extra services offered and availability. You don’t even have to register to get access to all of this information. When you have selected a suitable garage, you can choose a date, any optional extras (such as collection and delivery, loan car etc.) and book online.

How to be a better driver

Whether you’re driving in Ilford or further afield, think about road user etiquette. Showing respect for other road users makes driving more pleasant for you and safer for everyone. For example, if you have to make a last minute change of lane, make your request to change clear to the driver who will need to let you in - and signal your thanks if they do. Be ready to abandon the change of lane if they won’t play ball - your safety (and that of other drivers and pedestrians) is more important than getting to your destination in the shortest time possible. When the position is reversed and a driver asks your permission to change lanes, allow them to as long as it is safe. If you get frustrated, avoid using your horn - it won’t improve matters and might make them considerably worse.

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