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SERVICE OVERVIEW

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!

Our professionals know how to handle a wide range of car services. Whether you drive a passenger car or medium sized truck or SUV, our mechanics strive to ensure that your vehicle will be performing at its best.

WHY CHOOSE US

We offer a full range of auto repair services to vehicle owners in The Dalles, OR. We can help you with everything from an oil change to an engine change. We can handle any problem on both foreign and domestic vehicles.

  • We make auto repair more convenient for you
  • We are a friendly and professional group of people
  • We handle a wide range of car services
  • Same day service for most repairs and maintenance
  • We get the job done right — the first time

POPULAR QUESTIONS

  • Should I consider using synthetic oil?

    Many automakers require owners to use synthetic motor oil in their cars’ engines. This is because synthetic oil has some advantages over conventional motor oil. It’s designed to be more effective at:

    • Resisting break-down, and thus lasts longer than mineral oil
    • Withstanding high temperatures
    • Flowing in cold temperatures, thus reducing engine wear during frigid startups.

     

    Using synthetic in these situations will prolong your oil life and require fewer changes. That’s a major benefit to the environment, as used motor oil is a major source of toxic waste in water. Your pocketbook will also thank you.

  • How often should I bring my car in for a tune-up?

    Cars made since the early 1980s only need tune-ups every 30,000 miles. If your car was built before then, you may want to tune it up every 15,000 miles, and your tune-up will be more complicated than the tune-ups done on modern cars. If you own a brand new car, it may not need a tune-up for 100,000 miles. New-fangled “tune-ups” are named in honor of the old ritual, but don’t resemble it very much because advances such as electronic ignitions systems, engines running on unleaded fuel, and computer-controlled systems have made the old adjustments less frequent or even obsolete. The new tune-ups usually cover new spark plugs, a new fuel filter, a new air filter, a new PCV valve, and–only if needed–a new rotor, a new distributor cap, ignition wires, and a carburetor adjustment. Some mechanics also test the computer system and do an engine analysis. Sometimes an oil change is included, but oil changes are part of a more regular maintenance schedule and should take place every 3,000 miles.

  • How do I keep track of routine?

    The are many ways to monitor your cars recommended service schedule. This varies from year to make and model. Adams Auto in The Dalles, OR, will help you determine the recommended service schedule based on Year, Make, Model, And Mileage. We will keep you on track and running smoothly.

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