The term “drivability diagnostics” usually relates to the engine system and is associated with how the vehicle starts or runs. Drivability diagnostics generally need to happen when the computer fails to set a diagnostic fault code even though the engine in your car, truck, or SUV is not performing correctly.

Common symptoms of drivability issues:

  • Doesn’t start or is difficult to start
  • Starts but then runs roughly
  • Surges while driving
  • Hesitates when you accelerate

Though by no means a complete list, any of these symptoms will require a repair shop technician to gather as much information as possible in order to pinpoint the problem. Since the service advisor or repair technician will need to ask some very specific questions, clear communication between yourself and the shop professionals is critical for drivability diagnostics issues. Accurate description of the symptoms and when they happen helps the repair professional narrow down the diagnosis process to more quickly arrive at the proper solution.