How long does a car diagnostic take?

I’ve left the dreaded check engine light on for a bit too long and now I have to take my car for a diagnostic. How long should I expect to be at the repair shop?

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I’m sorry to hear you’re headed to see a mechanic! It happens to the best of us.
How long a car diagnostic will take depends on what’s wrong with your car. But you can expect an average diagnostic test to take about an hour and a half.
If the issue is complicated, the mechanic may have to remove a few components of your car for access and further testing. Expect your car to be tied up for two to three hours in those instances.
If you’re having car separation anxiety, there’s always the option of buying your own code reader. This will identify basic issues that are going with your car. However, if it’s something major, then you’ll still need a professional diagnosis.
Remember, the best way to avoid the dreaded check engine light is to keep up with regular car maintenance.
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Hana Sabah
Answered on Oct 20, 2021
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