My check engine light is on. What do I do?
Your check engine light can come on for any number of reasons, from a loose gas cap to a more serious issue such as misfiring. The check engine light is your vehicle’s way of telling you something is wrong. If the check engine light is flashing, your vehicle is telling you there is a more serious issue. When the light is flashing, you should pull the vehicle over and turn it off as soon as it is safe to do so. Driving with a flashing check engine light can cause further damage to a vehicle. If the light is on solid, this means the vehicle should be checked out as soon as possible.
Once the vehicle is at a repair shop, the technician will start by using a scanner to pull the codes. When the check engine light comes on, the vehicle stores a history of the malfunctions that occurred in certain systems. This gives the technician a starting place to figure out why the light is coming on. The technician is now going to go to the specific system with the malfunction to see what is happening. While the codes are very helpful, they do not actually tell you what is wrong.
Any one code can come on for multiple issues. Think of a code as a zip code. You know the general area of where you are but not the actual address. The technician must run tests to see exactly what is wrong with the vehicle. This way, we get your vehicle first right the first time!
What does winterizing a car mean?
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Each winter, you should have an inspection done on your vehicle to make sure it is ready for the colder weather. So, what does a technician check in the wintertime? The technician will inspect the tires for good tread life as well as proper tire inflation. The battery should be tested for proper cold-cranking amperage as well as reserve capacity. Batteries typically last about 5 years before they will stop holding a charge. The oil should be replaced based on your vehicle’s regular maintenance s
How do I check my power steering fluid?
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With power steering fluid, there are 2 main ways to check the fluid depending on what kind of vehicle you have. If your vehicle has a clear bottle, there will be a minimum and maximum line. When the vehicle is warm, the fluid should be between these two lines. If it is below the minimum, power steering fluid should be added. If the vehicle has a dipstick for the power steering fluid, this should be used to determine if the fluid is full. When the vehicle is warm and off, you should remove the po
How do I keep rodents out of my vehicle?
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With winter and colder weather fast approaching, many animals will start to look for new, warmer homes. What makes a better home to fight off the cold than your engine compartment? The mice in the area feel the heat coming from your nice warm car that you just parked and decide to make it their 5 star hotel. They start snacking on all the tasty wires under the hood. This causes all kinds of electrical issues on vehicles. Every winter, we see vehicles come in with electrical issues due to rodent