We all hear tons of acronyms a day. We may text using BTW, OMW, IDK, LOL, OMG. We hear medical terms like ADD, OCD, IBS. You may not realize how many acronyms there are for your vehicle’s systems: ABS, AWD, EFI, TSB. But do you know what a TSB is? You should, because it could be important for your vehicle.

TSB stands for Technical Service Bulletin. When manufacturers design and release a new vehicle to the market, it is then bought and driven by thousands of real drivers. At that point, weaknesses in design or parts can emerge.  Automakers send out TSBs so service technicians will be aware of these problems. A TSB might be issued for problems like static on the radio or difficulty starting the car in freezing weather. Generally, these flaws are revealed in the first few years of driving.  If you have a new model vehicle (or an older model with recurring problems), it’s important to be aware of TSBs.

Technical Service Bulletin vs. Recall

Also note that a Technical Service Bulletin is not the same as a recall. Recalls can cause serious safety issues or illegal emissions. The manufacturer pays to fix the defect. However, TSB are usually less serious issues like power seats being inoperable or a loud noise while turning. When a TSB is sent out, the manufacturer admits that there is a flaw in the vehicle and suggestions on how to properly fix the problem. However, the manufacturer does not cover the cost to repair a TSB unless the vehicle is under warranty.

If your car is no longer under warranty, don’t worry! EuroCar Service is an experienced auto repair center for all European makes including Audi, BMW, Fiat, Land Rover, Jaguar, Mercedes, MINI, Saab, Smart Car, Volkswagen, and Volvo. We can check to see if any TSBs have been issued and use the information to repair your vehicle properly and safely. Whether you know of any TSBs or not, if you are experiencing problems with your vehicle, bring it to the auto experts at EuroCar Service in Seattle. We’re dedicated to maintaining your car’s safety, performance, and fuel economy.