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.
Skoda Auto is a Czech automobile manufacturer originally founded in 1895 as Laurin & Klement. In 1925 Laurin & Klement was acquired by the industrial conglomerate Skoda Works, which itself became state-owned in 1948.
In 2000 Skoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group.
How popular is Skoda in the United Kingdom?
Skoda’s growing success has been down to strong support from its parent VW Group and its credibility as a mainstream supplier of great value sensible cars.
The number of Skoda cars on the road in the UK has grown consistently over the past 20 years to over 740k and rising.
Great value, solid, sensible motoring
With models so closely related to those of Volkswagen, Audi and Seat, it’s no surprise that the mechanics behind Skoda’s straightforward range of practical town and city cars has proven so reliable and increased in popularity over time.
They deliver models from city car to saloon, and as you’d expect in today’s market, there’s a couple of SUV models thrown in to complete the set.
Skoda supply an abundance of choice and trim for differing budgets
There are a plethora of trim levels available for every model—and that’s not forgetting Skoda’s entry into the electric car market too.
The Skoda Citigoe iV
Skoda’s 4-seater city car electric model is powered exclusively by a 36.8kWh lithium-ion battery allowing for a range of 265km. With zero emissions and compact dimensions, the Cititgoe iV is the ideal city car, taking into account its practical interior storage, nimble footprint and ecological performance.
Skoda’s reliability and reputation
Skoda ranked 7th place out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018.
Given that most of the marques to make the top 10 were Japanese or Asian manufacturers, it’s quite an achievement for this budget brand to attain such a high rank and efficiency score—only 2.1% behind the number one spot (Suzuki: 97.7% efficient).
Recent Skoda recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Skoda models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
17/05/2019 – Skoda Karoq (2018)
The locking pin for securing the head restraints may be missing from the central rear seat
15/02/2019 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Karoq (2018)
The fitting of the headrest in the rear seat’s backrest may be defective
02/03/2018 – Skoda Karoq (2017)
In the event of the curtain airbag being deployed, parts of the covering of the A-pillar could break off
09/02/2018 – Skoda Citigo (2017)
The towing eye fitted to the vehicle may be defective
26/01/2018 – Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb (2017)
The strength of the rear wheel bearing housing may be insufficient
14/07/2017 – Skoda Octavia (2008–2009)
A thermal overload can lead to an insufficient earth connection and interrupt the current flow to components int eh ABS/ESC control unit
15/04/2017 – Skoda Superb (2016)
Due to abnormalities in the chemical composition of the initiating device, the seat belt tensioner on the passenger seats may fail to trigger in the event of an accident
19/11/2016 – Skoda Citigo (2016)
The front panel of the sunroof may become detached on account of inadequate bonding and may fall on to the road
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.