While a service engine light isn't necessarily anything to be alarmed about, you should never delay too long in finding out if there's a problem with your vehicle and we’re going to help you with that.
If you've recently noticed a check engine light has gone on in your dashboard, come have your car's systems checked by our team of automotive experts who are always are ready to give your car a complete diagnostic inspection and quickly trace the cause of the check engine light.
What makes a warning light come on?
Today's vehicles are manufactured with complex inter-related systems. On-board computers continuously monitor and store information concerning the performance of these systems. A warning light comes on because the computer has sensed a signal from one of the systems or components that has gone outside of its normal operating range. The computer then sends a signal to turn on the light to let you know something is wrong!
Some of the potential causes for a check warning light are not properly tightening your gas cap to engine, transmission, ignition or braking system performance issues. While warning lights can go on and the car still appears to be driving "fine", ignoring some lights can lead to serious issues, such as engine damage or other component failure. In some instances, this can be a safety hazard. That's why it is recommended to be safe (give yourself peace of mind) and have your car looked at by a certified professional as soon as possible.
How do we "diagnose" the problem?
We have the tools, training and technology to handle diagnostic issues, such as a Check Engine light. Properly performing a complete diagnostic procedure normally includes the following steps:
1. RETRIEVE DATA - A diagnostic tool is connected to the vehicles' onboard computer to review error codes. This gives us a general idea of the system that may be failing/malfunctioning.
2. VERIFICATION TESTING - This is a test to determine if the physical test matches the digital test. Some systems may have a leaky seal on a hose, or may be completely broken.
3. PINPOINT TESTING - Beside general systems test, pointed tests are usually required. This entails inspecting specific components for failure. This gives us a very pointed
4. RESEARCH TECHNICAL SERVICE BULLETINS - Technical Service Bulletins and hotline information will indicate if the problem has been determined to be a pattern failure, meaning that it is a known issue that occurs with a particular type of vehicle. This does not eliminate the need for testing, as other systems must meet specifications before a service bulletin procedure should be performed.
5. SUGGEST NECESSARY REPAIRS - Of course we would never perform or mandate a repair without your permission and authorization.
6. CAR REPAIR - We will perform necessary fixes including replacing parts, cleaning components, or performing updates.
7. VERIFY REPAIR - Once all necessary actions have been taken, the vehicle must be retested to verify that the repair is complete and has achieved the proper results.
Don't drive around wondering if there's a bigger problem. Get to the source of the check engine warning with the help of our team so that you can get the issue taken care of quickly and affordably. An informed driver is always a safer driver.
Thank you for visiting Wayne & Sons Automotive Repair, LLC in Santa Rosa, CA. Count on our automotive repair technicians to keep your car, truck, suv, or van on the roads longer and safer.