Check Engine Light

May 22, 2017

What the Warning Lights Mean for your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is very important. This can help to ensure you have the safest and most reliable ride possible when you drive. If a part has been damaged and continues to operate, it may lead to damage to other parts of the vehicle. This can be more hazardous to drive, and also result in a costly repair bill. When driving, if you ever notice a warning light illuminating on the dashboard, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This is especially important if the warning light will start flashing. If the warning light starts to blink, it may indicate that there is a more serious issue with part of your vehicle.     The check engine light is not as simple as it may seem. If the light comes on, it could mean one of many things. The first thing you should do if you notice the light on is to make sure that the gas cap is tightened. Many new vehicles have a pressurized fuel system. They also have a vapor recovery loop. This can result in the check engine light coming on. That is because after filling up with fuel, the gas cap may not be twisted on until it clicks. This will mean that the fuel system is not sealed off. After checking the gas cap, the light should turn off. If it does not, there could be an issue with the engine or surrounding parts.     The electrical system light is sometimes confused with a battery issue, because it looks like a picture of a battery. It is normal for the light to come on and go off when you start the engine of the vehicle. If the light comes on and stays on, it could mean the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty or damaged, it could result in this warning light illuminating. It could also be caused from a drive belt snapping. The parts of the vehicle will not be able to do their job any longer, and may cause further damage to your vehicle. The longer you drive, the more the vehicle will use up the remaining power in the battery. This can lead to the engine eventually dying. If the light comes on, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.     If the check engine light illuminates, it may indicate that you are getting close to a scheduled maintenance interval. It could mean that oil temperatures, engine temperatures, or other issues may be and indicator of stress on your vehicle. If you notice this light flashing, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect what the issue may be.    
September 8, 2016

Warning Lights might indicate an Issue with your vehicle

  The best way to make sure your vehicle lasts as long as possible is to take it to regularly scheduled maintenances. It can also help to prevent wear and tear on other parts of the vehicle. By going to regular maintenances, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run. If you notice any warning lights illuminate between visits, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.   If the Brake Warning Light Illuminates   One of the warning lights to be aware of is the brake warning light that is on the dashboard of your vehicle. If the light illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. You can also check in the owner’s manual to look up what the issue might mean. The light may also illuminate if there is an issue with the hand brake. This can be the issue if you notice the smell of burning brake dust. The light coming on could also indicate that the fluid if the master cylinder is low. If you notice the light coming on, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. If the brake light starts blinking, make sure to pull the vehicle over when you can find a safe spot away from traffic. A blinking light could indicate something more serious with your vehicle, like the brakes going out altogether. Warning Light for the Oil of the vehicle If the light comes on, it could indicate that the oil pressure is too low for your vehicle. Low oil pressure is a serious issue for the vehicle. If you continue to drive with the light on, the engine could eventually quit. A failed oil pump can also cause low oil pressure. A blocked oil filter or low oil levels in your vehicle could also cause the light to illuminate. If you notice this light coming on, it could also mean that oil is being burned.   Coolant Warning Light illuminating on the dashboard The light will come on when the coolant in the radiator is low and may need to be topped off. It is important to remember not to open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant system is pressurized and it could easily release pressure. This could lead to it spraying you with boiling coolant. It is best to inspect the coolant when the engine is cold. You can also bring in the vehicle and we can inspect it for you. If the coolant needs to be topped off, we can also add some to ensure your vehicle will be in an ideal driving condition and reliable again.
June 27, 2016

Understanding the Check Engine Light

    When you start your vehicle, you might notice the lights that illuminate on your dashboard. After a few seconds they will typically turn off. If a light comes on and stays on, you will need to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. If you notice that the light is blinking, pull over to the side of the road and turn off the vehicle as soon as possible. A light that flashes could indicate something more serious is wrong with your vehicle.   While one of biggest reasons for the check engine to come on is a loose gas cap, you want to pull the vehicle over to double check. If the lights are still steady after the gas cap inspection, your engine is reportedly facing a bigger problem. The check engine lights are typically featured in red, yellow, amber, or orange, depending on the severity of the overhaul and the breakdown in your engine.   Some drivers choose to ignore any dashboard lights that illuminate. If you ignore the issue, you increase the chance that the vehicle could fail completely. No matter which dashboard light illuminates, you should bring the vehicle in for a proper inspection. Depending which light turns on, we will check that area first. When the check engine light comes on, we will inspect the quick fixes first, like making sure the fuel cap is tight. We will also check the connections like the wiring and belts. If they are loose, we can tighten them. If the light still stays on, then we can inspect the engine itself. By bringing in the vehicle, you can help save time, money, and stress in the long run.
December 28, 2014

What the Check Engine Light Could Mean on Your Vehicle

It is important to drive your vehicle as safely as possible. One way to do so is by making sure that the vehicle is brought in for regular maintenances. Another way to tell of an issue is if the check engine light illuminates. This light can mean many different things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine. It is important to bring your vehicle in at the first sign of the issue because we can inspect it to ensure that everything is working efficiently with one another. If you ignore the warning, and you could end up damaging expensive components. It also can be a sign that your vehicle is getting poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of pollutants. What the Check Engine Light Means The check engine light is part of the vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system. Since the 1980s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, and ignition timing. In some vehicles, the computer also tells the automatic transmission when to shift. When it finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it cannot correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that is labeled check engine, service engine soon, or check powertrain. The light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International Check Engine Symbol, perhaps with the word check. Knowing What to do if the Light Comes on If your check engine light illuminates, make sure to contact us and bring the vehicle in. If the check engine light illuminates, it will either blink or remain constant, depending on the problem. Either way, you should have the vehicle checked by a mechanic, although a blinking light or, on some cars, a red light instead of a yellow/orange light indicates a problem that needs immediate attention. In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, requiring an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the car or truck looked at as soon as possible. If the light is steady, the problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Tips to Fix the Check Engine Light If you notice the check engine light turns on, make sure to do all that you can so the vehicle is operating the best it can. Look for any serious problems that might cause the issue. Check the dashboard for any other lights that might illuminate as well. Another tip to do is to tighten the gas cap. This may resolve the check engine light that is on. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for any issues that it might have. This can get you back to a safe and pleasant driving experience when you travel.