Check Engine Light

August 15, 2017

Ways to help Prolong the Life of the Engine

    One of the most important parts of the vehicle is the engine. Without the engine, the vehicle would not be able to operate. Proper maintenance can help to extend the life of the engine as well. It can also help to prevent other nearby parts from wearing down sooner than they should. If this is ignored, it can result in other parts wearing out sooner than they should as well. Make sure to also drive with care. Driving over the speed limit and ramming or jamming the vehicle can lead to issues. It can even increase the chance of engine damage.     One of the most important things you can do for the overall efficiency of the vehicle is to have the oil changed when it is recommended. The oil is needed to help lubricate parts of the engine. If there is a lack of oil, parts will start to wear against each other. This can cause unnecessary friction and strain as well. The old and dirty oil can be removed from the vehicle. It will then be replaced with new clean oil. When the oil is changed, we can also inspect the oil filter for the vehicle. This will need to be changed and replaced on occasion. The oil filter is designed to capture dirt and other contaminants that are in the oil. Over time the filter will become clogged. This will no longer allow it to be efficient. The dirt and other pollutants would make their way to the engine and other parts. It can then increase the chance for damage to parts of the engine. By changing the oil regularly, you can help to ensure the cleanest oil possible is able to lubricate the engine and parts.     When driving, make sure to notice any sounds that might come from under the hood. If there is a squealing noise, it could mean that a belt is loose. It is important to have this looked at as soon as you can. If a belt snaps, other parts of the engine could be affected. Other noises like a screeching or other sounds could indicate parts are wearing incorrectly.     Having the vehicle in for regular maintenance is important. This is because we can look at parts and areas that you may not be aware of. This can help to ensure the vehicle is able to operate at the best efficiency level possible when you drive. Maintenances can also help to improve the fuel mileage when you drive. This is because the parts will be able to work together and correctly with one another.
May 10, 2017

The Check Engine Light of your Vehicle

    The most common reason that your check engine light comes on is because it is time for regular maintenance to be done. Some manufacturers will set the vehicle so that the light will turn on at regular intervals after being serviced. It will do this even when there is nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle. After bringing the vehicle in for routine fluid checks and oil changes, we will be able to turn the light off so you can continue driving without the distraction of the check engine light. If the light is on, we can have it diagnosed based on the computer. This can help to provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle again.   Belts have a tendency to slip or loosen as they wear. These can cause mechanical problems including timing issues. When the computer registers these issues, it will indicate that it is time to replace the belts. Making sure that you bring the vehicle in to service the engine soon will reduce further issues from forming in the vehicle. Ignoring the problem of the check engine light will only make the problem worse. You can also inspect the belts to see what condition they are in. If you notice a crack or damage, make sure to have them replaced as soon as possible.   Whenever the temperature of the engine starts to rise past the normal range, it can send warning signals to the computer. The check engine light is a warning to let you know that there is a possibility of further problems you might be encountering with your vehicle so you will be able to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Often, the issue with possibly overheating can be alleviated by topping off coolants or repairing radiators. If the vehicle starts to overheat, make sure to pull over where it is safe and turn it off. This can help prevent further damage happening to parts of the vehicle and engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats quickly, make sure to bring it in. Catching an issue at the first sign can help you to save time, money, and stress in the long run.  
February 20, 2017

What the Check Engine Light Could Mean

  When you are driving, it is important to pay attention to the lights on the dashboard. This is the area that will illuminate if there is an issue with the vehicle, or under the hood. If the engine warning light comes on while you are driving, pull over at the earliest and safest chance to have a look under the hood. Since the engine warning light can illuminate for any possible reason, it does not tell you exactly what to look for. Seeing the words ‘Check Engine’ is not actually that helpful. It could be that there is a malfunction in your management system and this will need to be addressed as soon as you can bring it in. If the light flashes and does not totally light up, the first action you should take is to reduce your speed. If the light then goes out, it is just a glitch. If the light then comes on and stays on as a solid light, you can safely continue the journey, but keep your speed lower.   Oxygen Sensor Sometimes the engine light will come on if your oxygen sensor fails or malfunctions. Any sensor that is not able to function correctly will trip the management system to switch on the engine light. Having problems with a sensor does not mean you have to stop your vehicle immediately. If you are not sure what the issue is, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.   Emission Control System The malfunction indicator lamp, or engine warning light may also illuminate to warn you that there is a problem with your emission control system. This can stretch to an exhaust issue, a catalytic converter issue, or an engine issue.   Electrical Problems Your engine light will notify you that there is an issue with the engine. In order to determine it, your vehicle will have to be diagnosed to find out the cause. If you are having some obvious trouble with the electrical parts, like lights not working or fuses blowing or relay switches malfunctioning, then the engine light may come on.   Light Malfunction In some rare cases the engine light will come on, not because there is an issue with the engine, but a malfunction with the light itself. If this happens, you can try resetting the check engine light. If there is a problem with the engine you can guarantee that the engine warning light will come back on again at some point soon. Anytime you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
November 15, 2016

Why the Check Engine Light Is On

When you own a vehicle, one thing you may encounter at one point or another is the check engine light illuminating. The light is supposed to mean to service engine soon, but other times it could mean something different. The best thing to do is bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. We can inspect it for what the issue could be that is causing the light to turn on. Sometimes it could mean the gas cap needs to be on tighter, but it could also mean there might be something wrong with the engine. The most common reason that your check engine light comes on is because it is time for regular maintenance to be done. Some manufacturers will set the vehicle so that the light will turn on at regular intervals after being serviced. It will do this even when there is nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle. After bringing the vehicle in for routine fluid checks and oil changes, we will be able to turn the light off so you can continue driving without the distraction of the check engine light. If the light is on, we can have it diagnosed based on the computer. Belts have a tendency to slip or loosen as they wear, causing mechanical problems including timing issues. When the computer registers these issues, it will indicate that it is time to replace the belts. Making sure that you bring the vehicle in to service the engine soon will reduce further issues from forming in the vehicle. Ignoring the problem of the check engine light will only make the problem worse. Whenever the temperature of the engine starts to rise past the normal range, it can send warning signals to the computer. The check engine light is a warning to let you know that there is a possibility of further problems you might be encountering with your vehicle so you will be able to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Often, the issue with possibly overheating can be alleviated by topping off coolants or repairing radiators. If the vehicle starts to overheat, make sure to pull over where it is safe and turn it off. This can help prevent further damage happening to parts of the vehicle and engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats quickly, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can get your vehicle back to being reliable again.