Beginning in the 1980’s, computer systems became increasingly more involved in the control and maintenance of vehicular systems. The introduction of on-board diagnostics (OBD) has revolutionized the way cars are designed, built, and maintained. In 1996, federal law mandated that all vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with OBD-II systems. This modern version standardized the connector interface across all manufacturers and provided a protocol for all codes and software.
On-board computers are now responsible for monitoring and regulating engine speed, air flow, fuel injection, throttle position, temperature, transmission shifting, emissions, and countless other functions. Whenever there is a problem with these systems, the ‘check engine light’ illuminates on the dashboard while the computer stores a fault code in its memory. These fault codes are standardized and correspond with specific malfunctions. It is important to note that when a sensor registers an error, the computer is identifying the output or result of a problem. Unless the electronic sensor itself is broken, there is always a root cause which registered the mechanical error. Unfortunately, a common solution by less-experienced shops is to replace the sensor if that corresponding fault code registers. Sensors do fail but often are triggered by a related problem.
Computer Module Reprogramming
Archer’s Action Auto, a Myrtle Beach auto repair shop, is proud to announce that we now have the capability to reprogram your vehicle’s computer modules. We have invested in the proper equipment and training and can perform these services on virtually all makes & models. As cars become increasingly computerized, our shop continues to advance our skills in order to best meet the needs of our customers.
Powertrain Control Modules, Body Control Modules, Anti-Lock Braking System Modules, etc. are programmable systems that control all aspects of your vehicle’s functions and performance. It is now often necessary to reprogram these modules after the routine replacement of an electronic part. Additionally, car manufacturers frequently develop software updates to fix and/or optimize performance. Archer’s can now perform these updates just like any dealer, ensuring your vehicle is running on the most current factory specifications.
Powertrain systems we diagnose & service include the following: Pedal position sensors, Air flow sensors, Body control modules, Camshaft position sensors, Crankshaft position sensors, Electronic throttle actuators, Electronic throttle control modules, Coolant temperature sensors, Engine temperature sensors, Fuel level sensors, Fuel pressure sensors, Fuel tank pressure sensors, Idle speed/throttle actuators, Intake air temperature sensors, Intake air temperature switches, Knock sensors, Main relays, Oil temperature sensors, Oxygen sensors, Power steering pressure switches, Pressure feedback exhaust sensors, Throttle position sensors, Transmission position sensors, Vehicle speed sensors, Air diverter valves/solenoids, Air injection pumps, Canister purge valves/solenoids, EGR control modules/solenoids and Leak detection valves/solenoids.