Phoenix Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Drivers all around Phoenix know that sinking felling in your stomach you get when your cruising down interstate 10 when you suddenly notice the Check Engine Light lit up on your dashboard. And like so many others you don’t know what it means, besides the that it may cost you some money in the near future. Many auto mechanics call this one of the most misunderstood warning indicators on your vehicle. Because it can mean a variety of issues,  for instance your car isn’t getting the best fuel economy, your vehicle is emitting higher levels of pollutants, a loose gas cap, or worst case scenario, a serious issues with your engine.

Moreover, when you see the warning light it doesn’t mean you have to pull over immediately and call a tow truck. Although, it does mean if your in the area you should contact Perez Auto Repair and have it checked at your soonest opportunity. Ignoring any warning from your vehicle may end up damaging some expensive components.

What is The Check Engine Light

The check engine light is a part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. Since the ’80s, computers have controlled and monitored more of your vehicle’s performance. Regulating variables like engine speed (RPM), ignition timing, fuel mixture and in some cars, the computer tells automatic transmissions when it’s the best time to shift and more.

In some vehicles the OBD finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can’t correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that’s labeled “check engine”, “service engine soon” or “check powertrain.” Or the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International : “Check Engine” Symbol. In addition to turning on the light, the computer will store a trouble code in its memory to help identify the source of the problem. This may be a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. If you bring your vehicle in to Perez Auto Repair we have all the latest equipment to read the code with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer.

Great tips on what to do If your check engine light comes on:

Begin by checking your dashboard gauges and lights for any signs of of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. Some vehicle’s, a yellow “check engine” means investigate the problem, while a red “check engine” can mean stop as soon as it’s safe to pull over. Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the specific meaning for your warning lights.

After checking your gages, a simple steps is try tightening your gas cap, this usually solves the problem. Keep in mind that it may take several trips before the light resets. If the light continues to stay on feel free to visit Perez Auto Repair and we can reset it for you. Newer vehicle may have a separate indicator that warns of a loose gas cap before the condition sets off the “check engine” light.

If you see your Check Engine light on and would like to have it diagnosed or would just like more information about your warning lights contact Perez Auto Repair online via phone 602-269-3576 or stop into our facility located at 429 S. 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85009. Don’t forget to always keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!