Auto Code services

Fault Finding and Diagnostics Services

Auto Code offers support to the trade and public.

With a broad range of main dealer diagnostic tools, your sure to have your vehicle back on the road in no time. Having the right equipment along with the right information is everything.

There is no costly guesswork involved which in turn, is better for your pocket. Many repairs often fall short because a control unit needs programming or a security pin code is needed to add a new key immobiliser or body computer. This is where Auto code can help because all coding and programming can be done on the job.

Services Auto Code provides:

  • All aspects of fault finding and repair.
  • Immobiliser Pin codes/access codes read and programmed.
  • Engine ECU's security details matched to body control and immobiliser units.
  • Keys Programmed for either total key loss or just adding additional ones
  • Instrument clusters repaired and programmed to have the right security details to enable your vehicle to start.
  • New Control units programmed and initialised.
  • Control unit software updates after the issue of a technical bulletin to remove software issues that often produce erroneous fault codes.

Auto Code has years of experience in Auto Fault Finding Diagnostics, DPF (Diesel Particulate Filters) Deletes, EGR Deletes, ECU Re-mapping, Key Programming and performance tuning on all makes of Vehicles, especially European cars and commercial vehicles. We have the highest quality performance tuning solutions for most vehicles, ensuring the best driving experience, while consistently providing customer satisfaction. If you love driving your vehicle, why not try an Auto Code Performance tune. You can expect to save 5-20% in fuel depending on your tune type and the way you drive. It’s up to you how far you would like to take your performance tune-up, and if you are not happy with the tune, we can always put your vehicle back to standard. If you need more information regarding your car, please contact us by email or phone 0457 060 808. We are happy to talk to you about your vehicle.

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Car Problems and Fixes


    If you own a diesel car, you probably have a diesel particulate filter, however, you may not know exactly what this is or how to maintain it.

    Diesel particulate filters have been fitted to diesel-fuel cars for almost two decades now - but if not maintained, or if tampered with there could be serious consequences for your car.

  • Engine idling - why it's so harmful and what's being done

    What is idling?

    Idling is the act of leaving a vehicle's engine running while it is stationary.

    While this is often the result of traffic, there are some instances, such as waiting for children outside of schools and in traffic jams/long traffic pauses, when idling is not necessary and should be avoided.

    Why is idling bad?

    Idling increases the amount of exhaust fumes in the air.

    These fumes contain a number of harmful gasses including carbon dioxide, which is bad for the environment and contributes towards climate change, as well as a range of other harmful gasses including nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons which are linked to asthma and other lung diseases.

    Advice to stop idling

    Try to consider how long you are going to be stationary in traffic. The RAC recommends that motorists turn off their engines if they think they are not going to move for around two minutes. Many modern vehicles have ‘stop-start’ systems fitted that automatically switch off the engine when the vehicle is stationary and restart it as soon as the accelerator is pressed. Manufacturers allow this feature to be manually switched off, however we urge motorists not to do this. There is no risk to your vehicle in allowing this feature to be left on. For vehicles without ‘stop-start’ it’s fine to turn off your engine, but you should try to avoid doing this repeatedly in a short space of time. In addition, older vehicles (around eight years old) and vehicles with older batteries (around five years old) may struggle if they are started too often in a short space of time.

    Dispelling myths around stopping and starting

    With stop-start systems, don’t worry about the battery not getting charged while the engine is off – the stop-start system will automatically restart the engine to ensure the battery is kept fully charged, even in stationary traffic. Switching off your engine in traffic should not adversely affect your fuel economy. However, fuel usage from starting does vary from model to model. Generally, older vehicles – 10 years or older – will use more fuel when starting and may require some accelerator use which will inevitably use some fuel. If a vehicle will start without any use of the accelerator, then try not to use it. If motorists can start making small changes today it will help to improve air quality for everyone and potentially reduce the likelihood of charges having to be imposed on certain vehicles entering urban areas.

  • Maintaining your car’s battery for todays modern car

    If you don’t use your car for long periods of time, the battery will degrade and go flat.

    Jump-starting the car then puts additional strain on this essential component, and may damage the engine management system and other delicate electronics: a double-whammy of increased wear.

    Consider using a trickle charger to keep the battery topped-up if your car is garaged.

    If not, try to drive your car at least once a week – particularly in winter. Batteries don’t like cold weather too much!

    Learning how to jump start a car is such an invaluable piece of knowledge it should almost be part of the national curriculum.

    It’s a horrible feeling - jump in the car on a winter’s morning, turn the key, and the starter motor clicks but fails to trigger the engine into life.

    This may mean a dead battery but, if you battery is merely flat and needs a bit of a jolt back to life there are different ways of jump starting a car. Below we outline the different techniques use our quick links to find the right section for you:

    Before you start, it’s important to consider the safety aspects of jump starting a car. Remove any loose clothing or jewellery – you don’t want a metal object to create a spark when attaching the leads to the battery’s terminal. If the battery looks damaged in any way, avoid jump starting it and seek professional advice. The battery pack itself needs to be charged before it can be used to jump start a car. Most chargers need an overnight charge to ensure they have enough power to start a car. Jump starting with a portable battery pack The first step of jump starting a car is finding the battery. This is usually situated in the engine bay under the bonnet, but in some cars, it is located in the boot. It’ll probably be hidden under a plastic cover – unclip this and you should see a large battery with two terminals. Connect the positive (red) lead from the battery pack to the positive (+) terminal of the battery. Connect the negative (black) lead to the negative (–) terminal. Although many battery packs now have built-in protection should you connect the leads the wrong way round, it’s better to do it correctly in the first place. Be careful where you position the battery pack while you’re using it. If it’s placed on the engine it might fall off when the vehicle starts. Once the battery pack is connected, attempt to start the car as you normally would. It might hesitate at first, but don’t keep trying if it doesn’t start within about 10 seconds. In this event, seek professional help by calling the RAC or consider replacing your battery. They can be bought in the RAC Shop from around £60 and can be delivered the next day, or fitted the same day by one of our patrols. If the car does start, keep the engine running to charge up the battery. Consider taking it for a drive for 20 minutes or so to avoid the car failing to start next time you need it.

  • Why have a Custom Tune

    Give your engine the very best, with an Auto Code custom tune. Your Auto Code custom tune will give you the benefit of increased Power, Torque, improved derivability and the added bonus of enhanced fuel economy. Gain Performance and save fuel! Not possible you say. It is here. You can expect to save 5-20% in fuel depending on your tune type and the way you drive.