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Good Brakes Automotive Check Engine Light Repairs
"Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in your chest. The light could mean spending unaccounted for funds, on stuff you all heard of before like like a bad catalytic converter, Fuel Injectors or gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting a repair shop for a diagnostic review.
The Check Engine light same as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp is a sign the car's engine computer that detected something wrong.
Deciphering the Code or Code Reading
Do-it-yourselfers can buy code readers that connect to this on board diagnostics connector to read code's from engine computer to locate the problem in the system. The Check Engine light can even be turned reset by some code readers, this alone does not repair the problem. In many cases the light will come back on later.
Be careful not to confuse the "service required" light or maintenance light on the gauge cluster for the Check Engine light. These lights are unrelated. The service required light just means the car is due for an oil change or other routine maintenance. Check engine light means system has failed.
Check Engine lights come in orange, yellow or amber, depending on the manufacturer. If the lights flashing, , it indicates a more serious problem, like a misfire that can quickly overheat the converter. These pollution devices operate at very high temperatures and can cause fire if not corrected.
Don't Ignore Check Engine Light
So if the Check Engine light comes on and it's steady rather than flashing, what do you do? Get the engine Computer diagnosed. Don't ignore the light like many people do, Some drivers with older cars want to squeeze out as many remaining miles as possible without visiting a mechanic shop. Having a check engine light on the car will be passing hi emissions and will not pass state emissions testing. Also Gas mileage will go down.
Approximately 10% - 15 % percent of all cars on the road have a Check Engine light on, and the drivers of half of these cars have ignored the light.
Ignoring the CHECK ENGINE LIGHT Can Cause the repair cost to be higher due to break down of other components . Vehicle Maintenance requirements should be done and this will also keep cost of repairs down
Codes are not what they appear to be
If you get a code for an oxygen sensor do not just replace the sensor because it might not be the problem
"My Check Engine light came on . it detected a code for the crankshaft Sensor. I was about to buy the sensor and install it, but when i looked more in detail i seen the connector was cracked an i repaired it light went out car was fine . So this is one of those times when code reader is used to see the circuit but not the problem.
Check Engine Lights come on from time to time because the vehicle manufacturer set up paramiter for each sensor and sometimes there is a very slight change in something and it falls out of that range and will set CEL .
For Check Engine diagnostics CALL GOOD BRAKES AUTOMOTIVE IN PHOENIX for a complete system analysis and cost to repair problem . Don't just throw parts at it.Make the rite decision we can help!
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