We'll let you in on an industry secret: it's possible to clear Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) and turn off dashboard lights without fixing the underlying vehicle problem – this is not a practice we do at Protech Automotive Solutions™. Our mantra is, "cleared is not calibrated." Protech's holistic training instructs our technicians how to perform and validate their work according to service procedures, putting every vehicle back on the road safely.
Protech's Approach to Diagnostic Trouble Codes
When vehicle repairs are completed, Protech technicians conduct an advanced vehicle diagnostic scan on the vehicle to check for DTCs. While a DTC code can identify an error in the vehicle's electronics, the code - or lack of a code - generated during a diagnostic scan will not determine whether the vehicle's safety systems are calibrated and aimed correctly.
Repair shops can clear a DTC, but only calibration tells technicians and drivers that the vehicle is fully repaired. Shops calibrating cars to original equipment manufacturer (OEM) standards without a post- scan may result in vehicle safety features not performing as intended – putting drivers into potentially unsafe vehicles.
Today's vehicle components are made up of intricate computers, electronic control modules, electrical wiring and electronic sensors, which provide data when errors occur or damage from a collision compromises electronic systems, after which a DTC will be set in the computer. Unfortunately, DTCs do not tell technicians exactly what the underlying problem may be. Therefore, Protech emphasizes the importance of pre- and post-repair vehicle diagnostic scans.
Problem-solving is an essential skill for Protech technicians, and they love a good puzzle. They believe in our commitment to do the right thing and dig deeper to find the solution to all DTCs found during the repair process. We are not in business to "check boxes" – we ensure we complete the proper procedures and validate them with calibrations ensuring the vehicles perform to OEM specifications.
Commitment to Protech Partners and Drivers
Two things are certain in the car diagnostics industry - vehicle complexity is rapidly changing, and drivers are seeking a single, trusted partner to comprehensively repair their entire vehicle. How is your shop guaranteeing your customers' safety? At Protech, we offer your shop a complete approach to vehicle repair.
One of the ways Protech ensures cars are properly calibrated is by being tool agnostic. What this means to you, drivers, and our partners is that we perform vehicle diagnostic scans and calibrations on nearly any vehicle make or model. Our technicians are trained on proven aftermarket tools as well as OEM software and tools giving you the correct solution for every repair.
Our highly trained mobile and virtual technicians are ready to serve your business from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST Monday - Friday. Our Protech teammates are trained to become specialized advanced Driver- Assistance Systems (ADAS) technicians, interpreting complex data and advising challenging mechanical repairs. At Protech, we believe in investing in people, and we are training and recruiting the automotive workforce of tomorrow – teaching them to understand that "clear is not calibrated." Protech committed to keeping drivers and roads safe, Giving Lives the All Clear®.
While collisions are unpredictable, we believe that collision repair shops should be prepared for anything. We invest in the latest repair software and cutting-edge R&D so that shops don’t have to.
To make it easy for shops, we’ve built out a nationwide network of certified mobile technicians and Calibration Stations, ready to perform to OE specs.
Over the years, we’ve seen countless glass replacements lead to misaligned cameras and sensors. That’s why we work closely with our partners to make calibration a seamless part of your process.
Your fleet’s productivity is critical, so we never keep you waiting. Because our mobile techs and ADAS techs are trained to work on all makes and models, they can help you save time by giving every vehicle the time and attention it needs.
We have the solution for any scanning need, whether it’s a simple aftermarket scan or complex OE scan. We work closely with your shop to comply with certified and partner agreements. Our diagnostic scanning tool’s features include:
We’ve made it our mission to educate the industry on the importance of scanning every vehicle. We regularly host webinars and can send our teammates to your shop for one-on-one training when needed.
Speed up cycle time. Improve estimates. Reduce return rate. Scanning helps with every aspect of a repair, so we make it simple to do every time. It also spots existing faults, helping to keep your return rate low.
Call. Scan. Done. We make it quick and easy for certified shops to perform OE scans. All it takes is a call to our virtual team and logging on via our provided scan tool.
Get to work without the guesswork. Our scan tools help identify pre-existing codes and check for codes again after glass replacement. Plus, they help you identify ADAS calibration needs.
Protech technicians have the tools to scan hundreds of vehicles quickly and accurately on site. Our tools ensure that every make and model is safe to return to the road.
Auto manufacturers regularly release position statements that indicate when diagnostic scanning and calibrations are necessary and/or required.
Our mobile techs are available in major metros nationwide to handle tough problems on tight deadlines. Schedule a visit and a certified mobile tech will arrive at your shop, service center or fleet center fully equipped to repair anything with voltage — and most everything else. We’re just around the corner, ready to replace or reprogram anything, including:
We train our mobile techs to solve problems, not just follow instructions. They have an eye for the details, like vacuuming up shattered glass inside perforated leather. Working in tandem with your employees, they can shorten cycle times, prevent accidents and keep repairs moving.
Our team of mobile diagnostic experts understand the collision industry and help educate our partners to keep you on the cutting edge of automotive technology. For nearly 30 years, we’ve made it our purpose to repair vehicles as if our own families would be riding in them.
We’re here to serve. Our mobile team seamlessly works with your mechanics and shop employees to keep repairs running smoothly.
We handle it so you don’t have to. Our mobile team is equipped to scan and calibrate most cars on the road today, potentially saving you thousands of dollars each year on the software packages needed to program modules.
We don’t just replace parts and run scans. We neutralize problems to make sure your employees can do their jobs properly and safely. We handle calibrations, programming and everything else you need to ensure the customer is going home safe.
Other mechanics run from electrical problems. We run at them. We specialize in diagnostics, so we ensure that our teammates have the most up-to-date training available.
Our team of ASE and I-CAR certified professionals is ready to help Monday through Friday from 7am – 7pm CST. They can remotely access your scanning device at the car to help complete scans, clear codes and diagnose repairs – anything you need to get the job done:
We never just hand off a tool and wish you well. Along with training and setup on day one, we also offer ongoing support for every piece of equipment, both aftermarket and OE. If needed, we can even send out teammates to help your staff get up to speed and ready to perform scans and diagnostics.