Onboard Diagnostics 101: Scanning vs. Recalibration

Since the integration of computer technology into cars began in the 1970s, onboard diagnostic equipment and procedures have played an ever-increasing role in every kind of automotive service, including body repair. Depending on the vehicle’s make and model as well as the type and extent of damage, a given repair job may require a pre-repair scan, post-repair scan and/or recalibration of affected systems.

The key word is may. Not every job requires all three procedures; in fact, some may not need any of them. To understand why, you must first understand the difference between scanning and recalibration on one hand, and pre- and post-repair scans on the other. The short video included here will give you the basics. For more in-depth information, read the following article from Body Shop Business.