Being Aware of the Check Engine Light

When the check engine light illuminates on the dashboard, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can. The warning light will come on and could mean one of several things. It could mean that the gas cap is not tight enough on the tank. It could also mean that the engine is starting to fail. By bringing the vehicle in, we can inspect it for what the issue is. If the light starts blinking, make sure to pull over and turn your vehicle off as soon as possible. This can help reduce the chance for further damage being done to the engine or parts of the vehicle when you are driving.

 

If the warning light comes on, make sure to bring the vehicle in. We can attach the vehicle to the machine that will read a diagnostic code. The computer in the vehicle is programmed with codes. By hooking up the machine, it can read what computer code is the issue. It will read out on a display and we can immediately tell if the problem is a major one or a minor one. Major ones might need attention before you continue with your drive. Minor ones might be able to wait until there is a more convenient time to bring it in. Either way, it is important to not ignore the warning light when it comes on in your vehicle. If more than one light illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for the source of the issue.

 

There are makes of cars that are programmed to have lights go on after being driven for so many miles. For example, Honda vehicles will flash a yellow service engine light if they have not been in for a routine maintenance in 10,000 miles. When the vehicle still has not been in for service, then the light will stay on until it is serviced. This light is nothing to worry about and simply means a routine maintenance appointment should be scheduled as soon as you get back from vacation. We can also advise you on a maintenance schedule that is beneficial for you and your vehicle.

 

When the engine or dash lights come on and then the engine starts to sound or drive differently, then there is a problem starting. It would be best to pull over and call a tow truck or else if you are close to home, turn around and go back. Schedule an appointment and bring your vehicle in as soon as you can. We will be able to check the engine and other areas to locate why the light is illuminating. This can help provide you with a safe and reliable ride again.

Alternator Issues to be Aware of

 

 

One way to notice an issue with the vehicle is by any warning lights that might illuminate on the dashboard. If the light that is shaped like a battery or one that says “ALT” illuminates, it could mean there is an issue with the alternator of the vehicle. This light will not always mean there is an issue with the battery. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect what the cause of the light turning on might be. This can help improve the safety and reliability of your vehicle when you drive.

 

 

Another way to be aware of a poor alternator is if you notice the lights on the vehicle have become dimmer. This is because the alternator supplies the electrical needs for the vehicle. When it starts to fail, some of the electrical components will decrease in effectiveness as well. This can include the lights, windshield wipers, power windows, and other electrical parts. If you notice any of these signs, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. This can help reduce further issues from forming, as well as a costly repair bill.

 

 

When inspecting the vehicle, notice any issues that might be out of the norm for it. Check for any signs under the hood of an issue. This could include a belt that is loose or hanging. A visual inspection can help ensure all the parts are working, as they should be. Also be aware of any sounds you might hear. This can include a growling or whining noise coming from the alternator. The accessory belt or serpentine belt will help to drive the alternator. If it is not in correct alignment, the bearings could start to cause an issue and make odd noises that will indicate an issue. By bringing the vehicle in, we can inspect it to ensure it is in the best condition possible.

Know what the Dashboard Warning Lights mean

A sign that the vehicle might have developed a problem is any warning lights that illuminate on the dashboard. If one comes on, it is important to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. This can help to prevent further issues from occurring. If the warning lights start to blink, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so. This can help to prevent a series issue from forming.


Check Engine Light

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The check engine light is connected to sensors all over the vehicle. It includes the engine, fuel, and emissions systems as well. When the light illuminates, it could mean one of several things. The first thing you should check is the gas cap. Most vehicles have a pressurized fuel system and vapor recovery loop. If you do not twist the gas cap until it clicks, the fuel system is not sealed. This will not allow it to pressurize and result in the light coming on.

 

Service Engine Light

The service engine light may illuminate, as you are getting closer to a regular maintenance inspection. This can indicate when the engine temperatures, oil temperatures, or air temperatures are less than ideal. It can also come on and remind you when it is time for an oil change.

 

Electrical Fault Light

 

This light looks like a picture of a battery. If the light illuminates it could mean that the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty, it will not be able to run efficiently. The same is true for if the drive belt snaps. If the light comes on, the longer you drive, the more battery power will be used up. Eventually, the engine will die.

 

Brake Warning Light

 

When the brake warning light comes on, it is an indication that there is something wrong with the braking system. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it for you, because the warning light can serve for multiple issues. If the light comes on, notice any smell of burning brake dust. Bring the vehicle in as soon as possible to help prevent a further issue.

 

Coolant Warning Light

 

If the light comes on it can mean that the level is becoming low in the radiator. It is recommended to top off the coolant level. It is also important to remember to not open the radiator cap when the engine is hot. The coolant system is pressurized and could spray hot coolant.

3 Causes for the Check Engine Light coming on

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Keeping the vehicle in proper working condition is important. Even if you bring the vehicle in regularly and maintain the proper oil changes, unexpected breakdowns can happen. You might also notice if any of the dashboard warning lights illuminate. The most dreaded one is the check engine light, but sometimes the reason for this light coming on may be an issue that is not related to the engine. Some reasons can be a quick and easy fix, while other reasons may include parts being repaired or replaced.

 

One of the most common causes of the light coming on can be if the gas cap is loose fitting or missing. This allows vapors to escape from the fuel tank. When this happens, the check engine light may illuminate on your dashboard. This can also be one of the cheapest fix for why a check engine light turns on. If the gas cap is on tight, but the light keeps coming on, it is best to bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the vehicle and fuel cap thoroughly.

 

The oxygen sensor could be another reason for the light illuminating. Oxygen sensors measure the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust. It also helps to measure the amount of fuel in the tank of your vehicle. This information is then transferred back to your vehicle’s computer system. If it is not working properly, the light can illuminate on the dashboard.

 

Air flow sensors can set off the check engine light if they are in need of a replacement. These monitor the amount of air that the engine gets. This can then determine how much fuel is delivered. If the air flow sensor is not working properly, you may notice that the engine has less power. You may also notice or feel that your vehicle surges during any acceleration when driving. No matter what issue you notice with the vehicle, it is always recommended to bring it in so a proper inspection can be done. This can help you to have a comfortable ride.