Are you thinking about purchasing a scanner for your car? Owning an automotive scanner will save you time and money by avoiding a trip to the automotive repair center or dealership. These days it is not uncommon to have the check engine light come on since the monitoring system that sets off the warning is very sensitive. If you end up doing the repair yourself the check engine light will remain on until it is reset.
It is not hard to reset your check engine light. There are manufacturers that sell pocket scanners that can be kept in your glove box. The pocket scanner makes resetting your check engine light an easy procedure and is easier than you might think. The pocket scanner comes with detailed instructions and is capable of reading and erasing codes with the push of one or two buttons. Along with the scanner will be a book or a CD that will tell you what each code means. There are a few nuisance codes and some of them could cause damage to your engine or other parts related to that system if not taken care of. This is why it is very important to know what code is making your check engine light come on. You do not want to reset the code without knowing what triggered it in the first place.
The Federal Government wants to notify you that your car could be contaminating the atmosphere. The main reason for the check engine light is to let you know if your emission system is out of whack. When the dash light comes on it is telling you there could be something wrong.
The check engine light can also let you know of a more serious problem with your car. If you have your own scanning device you will be able to answer that question when it comes on. This is a great reason to buy your own scanner. When your check engine light comes on you can take the first steps and diagnose the problem.
Once you have used the scanning tool a few times the check engine light will no longer be such a fear.
Having your fleet vehicles in downtime is sometimes a misunderstood concept. When your fleet vehicle is not in use for a measurable amount of time and is not ready to be scheduled for a repair or service this would be considered down time. The keyword downtime equals vehicle not in use. When the fleet vehicle is not in use by its assigned driver but it goes in for service is also not considered downtime because the fleet vehicle was not being used at the time it went in for service.
Here is an example for a fleet vehicle to be in down time. The driver of the vehicle has a driving schedule of Monday thru Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. On Friday the vehicle is scheduled for a preventative maintenance at 6:00pm. Once the service is complete the driver is notified on Monday morning by 7:00am that his fleet vehicle is ready for pickup. Since the service was performed when the vehicle was not in use, this ends up with the fleet vehicle having zero downtime for the driver.
When you understand how downtime works for your fleet vehicles it allows you to schedule repairs or maintenance when your vehicle in not in use by its assigned driver keeping the vehicle on the road when needed. By keeping accurate records of your fleet vehicles and when downtime occurs for each of them will have your fleet operation down only 5 percent of the time when service is required.
In most cases you can inspect the brake pads on your car without having to remove the wheel. If you can see the brake assembly through the wheel, then you should be able to check the brake pads. Identify the brake pad and check the thickness. If the brake pad is less than 1/4 inch thick then it is time to have your brakes replaced. Most disc brakes come with what is called a wear indicator. The wear indicator is a small piece of metal that is in the brake pad. When the pads wears down far enough the metal will rub on the rotor creating a squealing noise letting you know it is time to have your brakes checked. Continuing to use your brakes for many more miles will result in further costly repairs.
If you cannot see the brake pads through the wheel, then you will have to remove the wheel in order to do your inspection. Once the wheel is removed you should be able to get a good look at the brake pad. Some calibers on wheels will have an inspection window you can see the pad through. If you want to go a little further and you are mechanically inclined you can remove the caliper from the rotor and inspect the brake pad. If this something you have never done, then you should leave it up to a professional mechanic to do the inspection.