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Gowanda board talks about scan tool purchase for public works

November 19, 2013

By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL OBSERVER Staff Writer GOWANDA — There was discussion about a piece of equipment for vehicles that could potentially save the village money....

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joew

Nov-19-13 5:05 PM

That's the truth KWC. Ask someone when they last changed the cabin air filter? A look of huh comes over their face. Another fact is that over 80% of tires run under inflated which of course causes premature wear,unsafe handling,and the loss of fuel mileage.

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kcw007

Nov-19-13 3:53 PM

The old adage used to be, :"Don't fix it if it ain't broke", and there's some wisdom in that. But today the standard is more, "Run it until it quits". More and more it's common to find the owner's manual for the vehicle still in its factory sealed wrap...on a five+ year old unit. If you question as to why required maintenance was never done, you'll commonly hear: "Well, I have it inspected every year!".

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joew

Nov-19-13 2:00 PM

Yep and even a loose gas cap will trigger it. I do 95% of the repairs on our vehicles and that saves big bucks as I'm sure you are aware. A friend of mine came by the other day complaining of no heat,stuck thermostat and the coolant had never been changed. Most people don't do any or very little preventive maintenance.

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kcw007

Nov-19-13 1:49 PM

And having access to a scanner becomes more critical if you tend to hang on to vehicles for more than just a couple years, as municipalities often do. Something as mundane as a small split in a dry rotted rubber vacuum line in the emission control system will activate the check engine light. With a scanner, the repair might cost you $10 for the part and maybe an hour of your time. Take it to a repair facility and you're looking at $150++. To be certain, some "check engine" repairs might not be practical for the "shade tree mechanic", but knowing what the likely problem is allows you to deal more intelligently with the professional repair facility.

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joew

Nov-19-13 9:58 AM

I agree kcw007,bought one myself and it as you said pays for itself pretty much the first time you use it. Local parts stores such as Auto Zone and Advance will also scan your vehicle for free so at least you have a starting point.

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kcw007

Nov-19-13 6:42 AM

If you have any hope of doing "check engine" related vehicle repairs yourself you're going to need a scan tool. It doesn't matter if you're talking about the car in your driveway or a heavy duty commercial vehicle. A "check engine" light situation indicates that one, or more, of a hundred different computer monitored things has gone wrong. Without a scan tool you'll likely have no idea of where to begin looking. I bought one for domestic passenger vehicles several months ago for $50, used it twice so far, successfully. It's now paid for itself at least several times over. Scanners for commercial vehicles are more expensive, but then again so are repairs, most especially if they have to be farmed out for dealer servicing. A scan tool purchase will likely see a quick return on the investment.

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