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Warning Lights: Diagnostic Service
"Why is my check engine light on?"  This is a common question our customers ask. Generally it means the engine has run a self-test and has found that something isn't working like it should.  What should you do about the check engine light?  The best answer is to get it looked at as soon as possible.  The longer the light stays on, it's likely that your problem is going to get worse.  

What makes a warning light come on?
Today's vehicles are manufactured with a multitude complex inter-related systems. On-board computer systems continuously monitor and store detailed diagnostic information about the performance of these systems. A warning light comes on because the computer received a signal from one of the systems or components that exceeded its normal operating range. The computer then sends a signal to turn on the light to let you know something is wrong!  (That's some fancy technology, huh?)

Some of the most common causes for a check warning light are: 
  • Not properly tightening your gas cap to engine
  • Transmission issues
  • Ignition problems of some kind
  • Performance issues with your braking system

While warning lights can go on and the car still appears to be driving "fine", ignoring some lights can lead to serious issues, such as engine damage or other component failure. In some instances, this can be a safety hazard. That's why it is recommended to be safe (give yourself peace of mind) and have your car looked at by a certified professional as soon as possible. 

How long will it take to diagnose my problem?
In most cases, we can actually find and fix the problem in the same day.

Do I need an appointment?
Usually quick look ups do not require an appointment, but to ensure the quickest diagnosis possible it is best to come in for an appointment.  Schedule your appointment online by clicking here.

How much will it cost?
Most basic diagnostics (hooking up to computer and spot-checking) is done at no charge.  However, if additional and more thorough diagnosis is required, we will perform diagnostics at our fixed hourly rate.

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