Vehicle Electrical Problems

June 9, 2015

The Diagnostic Codes for Your Vehicle

Bring your vehicle in for regular vehicle inspections. By doing so, you can help keep your vehicle in ideal condition. You should also be aware for any diagnostic codes or warning lights that turn on when you drive. Sometimes when you have a big machine, it is very complicated. Therefore, in order to tell how to run it or if there is a problem running it, you need a little bit of assistance. The same goes for a car engine. In order to diagnose problems more efficiently, the car manufacturer’s came up with diagnostic codes that can help detect when there is a problem with a certain part of the car. The codes could be a light on the dashboard telling you the oil is getting low or else they could be signaling trouble within the engine. No matter what light or message flashes on your dashboard, you should have it checked out to make sure the car will keep performing like it should as you travel down the road. Check into the Message The diagnostic code can be checked in one of two ways. You can do it or you can go to a service center and have them check it out for you. The codes can be read from a machine that all automotive part stores have. However, they will not do it for you. You will have to get in to your dash and find the right wires to plug in to have the code displayed. When you go to a service center, they will perform the check for you. They will know what the codes mean and will then be able to give you an estimate of what needs to be fixed. Bring the Vehicle in at the Sign of an Issue There is a wide range of codes that could show up on the diagnostic meter. The code could signal a problem with an oxygen sensor in the exhaust system or it could be that there is a large problem developing in the pistons. The technician reading the code or the one that you give the code to will be able to look under the hood and accurately see what the problem could be. Once they look under the hood, then they can form an opinion and give an estimate as to the problem, the amount of time it will take to fix and what the projected cost will be. Diagnostic Codes are a Safety Feature If a diagnostic code flashes on your dashboard, but the engine still sounds and acts like it is fine, make sure to contact us. We can inspect the vehicle and see what the issue means. It might not be a huge problem now, but it could lead to one in the future if you ignore it. Do not ignore the codes just because the engine seems to be working fine, because you never know what problem may be lingering just under the surface. It is better to have a code checked out and find out it is a false alarm rather than continue on without checking and discover it was something that could have been prevented or even fixed earlier and easier than it can be now.
March 6, 2015

Owning a Vehicle with an Alarm System

Walking through the parking lot is not as simple as it was in the past. Brushing up against and barely touching a vehicle with an anti theft device will trigger a loud, annoying alarm. It is a noise loud enough to make anyone jump out of their skin, catching people off guard and surprising them. Heads will turn and look in the direction of the alarm, and keep looking if the alarm does not end quickly. Naturally a person will try to get away from the vehicle as quickly as possible to avoid embarrassment or the possibility being mistook as a thief. Anti theft systems on vehicles work to protect property from being stolen but have become the world’s most annoying pet peeve. This is because the alarms do not always cut off, which of course requires an auto service to be called to stop the loud noise alarm. In the meantime, the owner is aggravated and anyone within ear reach is annoyed. Why an Alarm System is Beneficial There are additional benefits to have a car alarm systems installed. The various anti theft systems can be placed on the odometers. This prevents a repairman or owner from changing the mileage. The tires can have the alarms placed on them to prevent theft. If doors are touched, the hood or trunk, the headlights can also be set to turn off and on to attract attention. It is the extremely loud alarms that began to come under fire. These techniques do work to prevent theft, but can be points of aggravation for not only the vehicle owner, but neighbors or others within ear shot of the vehicle. Having an alarm system will help alert you for any issue that occurs with your vehicle. When the Alarms Go Off The car alarms go off at the slightest touch. When an animal walks near the tires, a cat jumps on the car, or children playing outdoors unintentionally brush up against or touch the alarm, it goes off automatically. Sometimes both during the day and night the alarms can be heard going off several times. Complaints from neighbors, and businesses will start happening for the vehicle owners. People have learned that there is nothing that can be done to prevent a car alarm from being installed on another person’s car or vehicle. Make sure the Vehicle is Maintained Regularly In order to help prevent a malfunctioning alarm system, make sure you bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. This way we can look at components and parts of the vehicle. If an issue is starting to occur we can have it fixed in a timely manner. By having the parts inspected regularly, you can help reduce the wear and tear on them, such as the tires. When the tires are operating properly you can also save on fuel mileage for your vehicle. A well maintained vehicle can help improve the safety and reliability when you drive it.