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Category Archives: Check Engine Light

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

Greasy VS Geeky - Technology Makes A Difference

“Automotive repair is getting a bit less greasy and a bit more geeky, as tablet computers become the most valuable tools on a technician's workbench” writes Cherise Threewit on the How Stuff Works website. "There is no doubt that the shop that can keep up on technology is the one that is going to be able to care for you and your vehicle the best." Bill Greeno, Owner Quality Automotive Servicing. Reading The Trouble Code When you visit the shop with a check engine light, the service advisor will hook up a computer to read the “trouble code”. This gives the technician an idea of where to begin the diagnosis. The code does not tell the technician what the problem is but only what system on the vehicle to begin the diagnosis. It takes a highly trained and exper ... read more

My Check Engine light came on, is it OK to drive?

The diagnostic experts at Quality Automotive Servicing can diagnose and pinpoint why your check engine light is on. There are many sensors and computerized components that manage engine performance and emissions. When these fail, the "check engine" light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, the light is alerting you that the computer has detected a malfunction in a fuel, ignition, or emission control circuit (the circuit that monitors these systems). You should have the problem diagnosed as soon as possible. If the light starts flashing, your car's computer has detected an engine miss that could lead to severe damage and a breakdown (i.e. catalytic converter damage). For your safety and the vehicle longevity do not continue to drive with the light on. When you call of visit the shop it is helpful to have some information. What were the driving conditions and circumstances when the light first came on? Did it come on shortly after you filled the fuel ... read more

Wait, I just had my repair completed and my Check Engine light is back on.

We recognize that it is frustrating to have your vehicle diagnosed and repaired only to have the ‘check engine’ or ‘service engine soon’ light come on again. The function of your vehicles computer and the 'check engine' or 'service engine soon' light is to warn you of a problem. This might be related to the repair or it might be an entirely different problem. If there are several issues with the vehicle that the internal computer is detecting, the light will come on sometimes right away, sometimes later on down the road. You will need to have the vehicle re-inspected and possibly diagnosed to determine an additional problem