Warning lights

February 20, 2018

Dashboard Warning Lights

Your dashboard can be a key indicator of the health of your car, and ignoring any symbols can be potentially dangerous for you and other drivers. If a light turns on, make sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as you can, so we can inspect it for the source of the issue. If the light starts to blink, it means the issue is serious. Pull over the vehicle when it is safe to do so, and turn it off. This can help to prevent further damage being done to your vehicle, as well as improving the safety for you and those around you. If the engine maintenance light flashes up on your dashboard, it may be accompanied by other symptoms, too. Your car may lack power, for example, if it has gone into safe or ‘limp’ mode. Sometimes the symptoms may be very subtle, though, and can be down to something as minor as a faulty sensor. If you see this symbol, it is always best to take your car to a garage, and rule out any serious issues. An important safety feature of any car, airbags can be lifesavers in the event of a crash. If this warning light appears, it’s best that you go to a garage for a check. It could mean an airbag is faulty and won’t work if you crash, or that one is about to go off which in itself could cause a serious accident The power steering light indicates an issue with the power steering, and you’ll notice that driving starts to feel very heavy and difficult. It can pose a huge risk at higher speeds, if you need to change direction quickly. Make sure to drive accordingly and slowly, until you are able to get to a location to turn off your vehicle. The warning lights also come in different colors, to help determine the seriousness of them. Red warning lights indicate a serious problem, but may also be a reminder, such as not putting a seatbelt on whilst driving. Yellow or orange means a service is required or a part needs repairing. A blue or green light can mean that a system is on, such as cruise control. No matter what, if the dashboard light is flashing, it means that it’s important that you contact us soon. By having us check the vehicle, you can help improve the safety when you drive.  
July 6, 2017

Odors to be Aware of

    If you smell burning rubber, it could mean the belt is slipping. It could also be hoses that are loose and are rubbing against drive pulleys. If the engine is hot, do not reach in to check the issue. It is always recommended to have a professional do this.     Another smell to be aware of is a burning carpet smell. This could indicate brake issues are happening. It could also become a safety hazard while driving. Make sure to have the brakes of the vehicle inspected as soon as possible. This is especially true if you notice the smell when under normal driving and braking conditions.     If there is an odor of hot oil, this could indicate a leak. The oil could be leaking onto the exhaust system of the vehicle. Make sure to look for any oil spots on the pavement or cement where you park. Also look for any smoke that might be coming from the engine area. If the vehicle is leaking oil, it can cause damage to other parts as well. It can also cost you a significant amount because you will have to replace to oil frequently.     If there is a leak with the fuel injector line, there might be a smell of gasoline. This can also be noticed if the fuel tank leaks. If you notice this, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can. The smell of fuel could result in a fire hazard. Bringing the vehicle in can improve the safety for you and those around you.     If you smell an odor like rotten eggs, there is an issue with the vehicle. It could mean that there is a problem with the catalytic converter of the vehicle. It may not be converting the hydrogen sulfide in the exhaust to sulfur dioxide as properly as it should. This can result in a poor running engine. Eventually, the catalytic converter can be overloaded and fail.   Smelling something sweet, like the smell of syrup, could mean there is a leak in the vehicle. The leak could be that of engine coolant. This can be related to the cooling system of the vehicle. If you need to check the coolant, make sure to not open it if the cap is hot. There could be pressure from the hot steam. If there is anything out of the norm you notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you.
May 19, 2017

Be Aware of the Warning Lights for your Vehicle

  Maintaining your vehicle is very important. This can help to ensure you have the safest and most reliable ride possible when you drive. By going to regular scheduled maintenances, we can help to inspect the vehicle over. If a part has been damaged and continues to operate, it may lead to damage to other parts of the vehicle. This can be more hazardous to drive, and also result in a costly repair bill. When driving, if you ever notice a warning light illuminating on the dashboard, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. This is especially important if the warning light will start flashing. If the warning light starts to blink, it may indicate that there is a more serious issue with part of your vehicle.     The check engine light is not as simple as it may seem. If the light comes on, it could mean one of many things. The first thing you should do if you notice the light on is to make sure that the gas cap is tightened. Many new vehicles have a pressurized fuel system. They also have a vapor recovery loop. This can result in the check engine light coming on. That is because after filling up with fuel, the gas cap may not be twisted on until it clicks. This will mean that the fuel system is not sealed off. After checking the gas cap, the light should turn off. If it does not, there could be an issue with the engine or surrounding parts. If the light still remains on, make sure to bring your vehicle in to be inspected.     The electrical system light is sometimes confused with a battery issue, because it looks like a picture of a battery. It is normal for the light to come on and go off when you start the engine of the vehicle. If the light comes on and stays on, it could mean the electrical charging system is no longer working properly. If the alternator becomes faulty or damaged, it could result in this warning light illuminating. It could also be caused from a drive belt snapping. The parts of the vehicle will not be able to do their job any longer, and may cause further damage to your vehicle. The longer you drive, the more the vehicle will use up the remaining power in the battery. This can lead to the engine eventually dying. If the light comes on, make sure to bring your vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect it for you.     If the check engine light illuminates, it may indicate that you are getting close to a scheduled maintenance interval. It could mean that oil temperatures, engine temperatures, or other issues may be and indicator of stress on your vehicle. If you notice this light flashing, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible so we can inspect what the issue may be.
September 8, 2016

Know why the Check Engine Light is Important

  Noticing any warning light that illuminates on the dashboard is important to be aware of. The light will correspond to an area of the vehicle where the issue is. If between visits you notice a light coming on, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. If the light starts to blink, turn the vehicle off when it is safe to do so. This can help prevent further damage being done to the vehicle. One of the lights that could come on is the service engine soon or check engine light. This is a symbol that looks like an engine. If the light comes on, it is important to not ignore it. When a check engine light is ignored for a long period of time, there could be extensive damage done to the vehicle.   The Purpose of the Check Engine Light   The check engine light is part of the emissions system of the vehicle. It was designed to alert you about emissions problems monitored by the computer. It became standard on vehicles in the 1980’s. Federal law actually mandates that all new cars sold in the United States have a check engine light. In addition to turning on the check engine light in your car, the computer also stores a code that identifies the source of the problem. This helps to allow the problem to later be identified by one of our technicians using a scanner. This same computer also controls and monitors vehicle performance, fuel mixture, ignition timing, regulates engine speed (RPM), and in some vehicles it even tells the automatic transmission when to shift.   What Causes the Check Engine Light to Come On?   There are some common things that cause the check engine light to come on. These things include a loose gas cap, faulty oxygen sensor, bad battery, alternator, baseline parts, hoses, and wires. Sometimes the cause of a check engine soon light is as simple as a gas cap that has not been properly secured. In this case, it is a simple fix to make the check engine soon light turn off. A second cause might be a faulty oxygen sensor. While a faulty oxygen sensor may be over diagnosed, it is still a common cause of the check engine soon light coming on in your car. The main purpose of an oxygen sensor is to examine the amount of oxygen in the exhaust system as compared to the oxygen outside of the system.   The Battery should be Inspected   The third possible cause of the check engine soon light coming on is a bad car battery. Have your car battery tested. Bringing the vehicle in can help determine if the battery is causing an issue with the vehicle. If a bad battery and alternator are ruled out as the cause for your check engine light coming on, we can do a visual inspection of your hoses and wires. This can help provide a safe and reliable […]