All modern vehicles have at least one computer that controls and monitors the operation of your vehicle. When a malfunction is detected, the Check Engine light will alert you to a problem. In some cases, the check engine light may flash on and then go off by itself. In other cases, the Check Engine light may remain on and warn you that you need to have your vehicle inspected by a qualified auto repair technician.
Not every automotive problem gives you obvious signals like hard starting, rough running, stalling, or odd noises. The Check Engine light is often an indicator of minor problems before they become major (expensive) problems. It is very important not to ignore the Check Engine warning light!
Don’t ignore Service Engine Soon light. Servicing your vehicle now can prevent serious problems that result from ignoring Check Engine light diagnosis.
Adam’s Auto can quickly assess whether your check engine light a simple thing like a loose fuel fill cap or something requiring further investigation. The simplest thing to do is to bring your vehicle to our shop and let us diagnose your Check Engine Light in The Dalles, Oregon.
Is your check engine light on? Call us today to schedule an appointment at (541) 370-2890.
Adam’s Auto performs all types of warning light repairs in The Dalles, Oregon area:
- ABS light repair
- Air Bag light repair
- ASR light repair
- SES light repair
- SRS light repair
- TCS light repair
- VSC light repair
- Traction Control light repair
- Service 4wd light repair
- Vehicle Stability Control light repair
Some of the vehicles we perform check engine light repairs:
- Audi check engine light
- BMW check engine light
- Jaguar check engine light
- Mercedes Benz check engine light
- Mini check engine light
- VW check engine light
- Subaru check engine
- Honda check engine
- Ford check engine
- Chevrolet check engine
- Nissan check engine
- Volkswagen check engine
And many more.
How The Check Engine Light Works
Your vehicle’s computer constantly monitors a large number of sensor readings that measure the operating conditions of your vehicle. If the computer detects a problem it will switch on the check engine light to warn the driver the vehicle needs to be inspected and the problem diagnosed.
When a sensor reading is out of the normal operating range the computer records a trouble code. If the problem is serious the light is immediately switched on. If the problem is temporary, or intermittent, the computer will record the error code and wait for the problem to happen again. If the problem reoccurs the check engine light will be switched on and stay on until it is checked and reset by an auto repair technician.
Don’t Ignore your “Service Engine Soon” Light
Your Service Engine Soon light primarily monitors vehicle emissions so there is no need to panic. Unlike the Overheat or Charging System red warning lights that require an immediate shutdown of the engine, the Service Engine Soon light service is advisory.
The Service Engine Soon light is yellow or orange and signals caution. Even though the Service Engine Soon light doesn’t indicate a serious problem your vehicle is calling out for help. Your car is not only polluting, it is performing poorly.
If you need help with Engine Diagnostics Adam’s Auto in The Dalles, Oregon has the correct engine diagnostic equipment and the trained technicians to identify the source of and fix Service Engine Soon light problems.
Check Engine Light Repair
Why does the problem need to be “diagnosed”. Doesn’t the computer tell you what is wrong?
Some people think the trouble code stored by the vehicle computer will tell the auto repair technician exactly what is wrong. Unfortunately trouble shooting is usually just not that simple. The trouble code will tell the mechanic what sensor reading is out of normal, but it can’t tell the technician why it is out of parameters. Trouble codes provide a place to start and help narrow down the possible causes of a check engine light.
Some problems are very simple and easy to identify. Others are very complex with many different causes. The technician must use special diagnostic equipment and a time consuming series of problem solving steps to find the correct cause. Finding the source of the problem is a combination of training, experience, and the right tools.
Example: Let’s say you feel terrible (your body’s Check Engine Light). You get a thermometer (heat sensor), put it under your tongue, and find you have a fever of 104 degrees. You now know you have a fever but you don’t know what is causing it. It could be a sinus infection, appendicitis, or just the flu. Only a skilled person, your doctor, can correctly diagnose the problem. The doctor will use knowledge, tools, and experience to tell you what is causing your fever and offer a solution.
How Do You Find The Right Solution? Leave It To The Pros
Anyone can scan a vehicle for trouble codes but only a certified, experienced auto repair technician can correctly diagnose the problem repair it correctly.
Adam’s Auto in The Dalles, Oregon will diagnose check engine light problems accurately and provide the best check engine light repair for your budget.
Complete Computerized Engine Analysis
Why a complete computerized engine analysis is worth every penny
The computers in modern vehicles operate and monitor almost every system in the vehicle: air conditioning, radio, airbags, alarm, anti-lock braking, traction control, ride control, cruise control, instrument panels, transmissions, and most importantly the emission and engine controls. There are a wide range of warning lights to inform the driver if there is a problem.
Today too many shops have tried to rely on the vehicle self-diagnostic system. Instead of using proper troubleshooting procedures some people trying to repair check engine light problems, mostly do-it-yourself mechanics or less skilled auto repair technicians, resort to trial and error parts swapping when they don’t know how to fix a warning light problem.
Diagnosis and repair of these complex electronic systems requires extensive training, experience, and expensive equipment to perform Check Engine light service in The Dalles correctly and economically.
It is important to choose a shop that has experienced ASE Certified Technicians, the latest computerized diagnostic equipment. Diagnosing modern vehicles without the proper training and diagnostic equipment can result in misdiagnosis costing you hundreds, even thousands of dollars of unnecessary repairs.
The major auto part manufacturers have reported that as high as 80% of all vehicle computers returned for repair were found to NOT be defective! For this reason, a proper check engine light analysis can save you money by correctly diagnosing your vehicle’s problems the first time!