What is a diagnostic inspection?
Modern cars have an onboard computer or Engine Control Unit (ECU). This continually assesses performance, with sensors throughout the car letting the ECU know of issues such as raised engine temperature, low fluid levels or problems with emission levels or the windscreen wipers.
The ECU triggers an error once a problem has been found, and the relevant dashboard warning light will flash, but there are hundreds of potential error codes, which only specialist diagnostic equipment can read. So when a warning light flashes on the dashboard, a diagnostics check is needed to assess how bad the problem is, and what may have caused it.
We use state of the art diagnostic equipment
Live data shows multiple readings from across the engine to assess whether everything is working as it should. The equipment can also check and rectify braking systems where there’s an electronic handbrake, and adjust headlights where possible.
You don’t need to go to a dealership to get diagnostic testing done. Most garages and workshops will carry out diagnostic testing for nearly all models and types of vehicle.
What happens at a Fixter diagnostic inspection
We charge a fixed fee for diagnostic testing that can be done while you wait. This is usually done within an hour, but if further work is required, it will clearly take more time.
Our highly-trained and qualified mechanics will give you a no-charge, no-obligation repair quote if testing highlights issues with the engine or anything else, and talk you in detail through what is needed to put things right.
So next time a dashboard warning light flashes on, don’t pay dealership prices for diagnostic testing. Let us manage it all for you, picking up your car for its testing, and ensuring a fair price and a reliable service.
What happens when my dashboard illuminates a warning light?
The warning light is just the beginning—it doesn’t give the whole picture. There are hundreds of parts in your engine, so the exact nature of the fault may not be immediately apparent.
Examining fault codes to identify the problem
A diagnostic check accurately identifies the fault, avoiding more serious problems that could lead to costly repairs, potential safety hazards or worse damage. With these tests, your car is plugged into sophisticated diagnostic equipment which reads the error codes your car’s ECU has generated to explain the issue in full.
Diagnostic checking looks for errors across various vehicle systems, including tyres, engine management, lights, emissions and more.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation is a Japanese multinational automotive manufacturer.
It is part of the Renault–Nissan–Mitsubishi Alliance but has had connections with many other vehicle manufacturers throughout its history—as shareholders, part owners, and suppliers of parts and components.
How popular is Mitsubishi in the United Kingdom?
Mitsubishi celebrated 100 years of automotive manufacturing in 2017 and has created a solid position for itself in the UK market with around 350k vehicles on the roads today.
Making a mark in an SUV orientated market
The selection of Mitsubishi models does feature the Mirage hatchback and the L200 pickup, but the rest of the range is predominantly SUVs. Even the Mirage has strong SUV overtones.
And why not? They’re sturdy, versatile and roomy enough for families of all sizes, and the Outlander PHEV is perfect for company car drivers with its low fuel bills and plenty of interior space.
Outlander PHEV: The world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV
In 2013 Mitsubishi introduced the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. As a company that continues to make significant breakthroughs in driving technology, their work with renewable fuel types is establishing them as a leader in ecological systems.
The Mitsubishi Shogun: the beginnings of the SUV generation
The roots of the Shogun can be traced as far back as 1934 with a prototype for the Japanese Government, but it wasn’t until the Tokyo Motor Show in 1973 that Mitsubishi presented their first commercial prototype.
The Shogun was launched in 1982, and along with other 4x4 originals: predominantly by Land Rover, Jeep and the Toyota Land Cruiser, it helped boost the popularity of rugged go-anywhere motoring into the mainstream.
Mitsubishi’s reliability and reputation
Mitsubishi ranked joint 4th out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. This wasn’t a great surprise, as the Japanese and Asian brands stormed most of the top 10 places in this field, showing them to be well ahead in making the most reliable vehicles in the market.
Recent Mitsubishi recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Mitsubishi models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
18/11/2018 – Mitsubishi ASX (2011–2012) Mitsubishi Outlander (2008–2012)
The flange area of the engine’s multi-belt auto tensioner may crack under high-load driving conditions
17/11/2018 – Mitsubishi Outlander (2006–2012)
Due to temperature and humidity, the adhesive material between the sunroof glass and outer frame may weaken.
09/11/2018 – Mitsubishi ASX (2018) Mitsubishi Outlander, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (2017–2018)
The software in the active stability control system may be faulty
06/10/2018 – Mitsubishi Outlander/PHEV (2015–2016)
The door lock mechanism in the door latch might not operate properly in high temperatures
06/10/2018 – Mitsubishi Outlander/PHEV (2015–2016)
The engine control relay unit or valve lift control relay can heat up abnormally
28/03/2018 – Mitsubishi ASX (2011–2018)
The weld between the rear muffler and the tailpipe may crack
17/08/2018 – Mitsubishi ASX (2010–2014)
The front deck is not waterproof and water can drop onto the wiper link
03/08/2018 – Mitsubishi ASX, Mitsubishi Outlander/PHEV (2013–2016)
The parking brake lever shaft might become stuck due to corrosion
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.