yea i know what your saying , although there is a halfords auto centre where i work and they are always giving us vouchers , i have 1 for 20% of servicing at the mo , i expect there equipment would be better aswell then a local garage , a few people have used them for MOTs from work and been happy with the service.
Interesting how you can base an MOT test as comparison as to whether the garage is any good or not??
The MOT is an inspection over ruled by VOSA and as such has absolutely no connection with the garage apart from the fact the test is done at that garage. As to Halfords autocentres having better equipment than a local garage....... Are you serious???
Im sorry mate but ive been a mechanic for 20 years plus, and I can categorically state that Halfords Autocentres equipment is no different than anyone elses!! I know because I used to manage one of their centres!! The eqiupment belongs to the mechanics NOT the centre except maybe a few expensive tools like the ramps or tyre machine or tracking guages.
On to your problem with the abs and speedo. You will probably find its either one of these following causes
1: ABS sensor ring excessively corroded
2: ABS sensor faulty
3: ABS fuse blown in fuse box
4: Problem with the ABS unit itself
These are in order of what I think it will be, this is based on my vast experience working on the cars in my professional capacity.
And also for the record my Snap on scanner has all the functionality of the Ford computer diagnosis system, and a few more functions besides, I can actually re-map the ecu from my scanner terminal. This is also equipment that any garage can buy!
Sorry if it seems im being a bit sharp, but it winds me right up when people reckon main dealers and national chains are better than independant garages. Because ill tell you now, THEY ARE NOT