- September 10, 2018
- By Autocare Centre Chepstow
- In Repairs, Tips & Guides
With the rise of the digital age, people are using search engines and social media more and more, with around 3.5billion searches a day on Google alone. With the vast amount of knowledge available online, people take to Google and other platforms to find answers to their problems – whether it’s health, relationships or car diagnostics.
Whilst there are a numerous amount of websites out there that can assist you in identifying your cars problems, most problems with cars can’t be resolved with a simple visual inspection or information you source from search engines.
Whilst mechanics love people taking an interest in car repair, the answers drivers are given on the internet are often different to the actual problem. Without proper equipment and inspection, the diagnosis can be more or less serious than they were originally told online. Google and other search engines may give you the information required to attempt to diagnose the problem, but a professional mechanic will still be required to correctly interpret the problem and make a suitable recommendation based on the results.
In cases where the vehicle shows a warning light indicating what the problem may be, vehicle owners will often Google the meaning of the warning light and inform the garage of the problem, however, this is not always correct, due to the fact that the warning lights don’t specify the exact problem.
For example, if the anti-lock braking (ABS) warning light illuminates on a car’s dashboard it can mean anything from an easy fix sensor failure to a more serious problem with the car’s ABS. In this scenario, even after searching for information online or asking an expert on social media – it’s a certainty that only a fully trained mechanic equipped with the right equipment would be able to figure out the exact problem with the vehicle and provide the best repair for it.
Because of the advancement in technologies in modern cars, people turn to Google because they struggle to carry out DIY work on the car themselves, still, many issues faced by vehicle owners need a mechanic to sort. Despite the increasing difficulty of home car repairs, there are several jobs and routine checks that can be carried out from home to ensure your next unexpected visit to the garage doesn’t come too soon:
If you do notice any problems that are beyond your knowledge, it’s always best to take your car for diagnostics at a garage rather than try to fix the problem yourself and cause further damage to your vehicle.
Using search engines to gather a working knowledge of your vehicle and common problems can be a great resource and can be useful when recognising minor problems with it. However, If you’re concerned about a problem, don’t take the risk and cause any further damage. Give us a call on 01291 627137 and turn to a professional garage before you turn to Google.