Diagnosis and Repair
Our staff includes highly trained ASE (automotive service excellence) Certified and Master Certified Service Technicians and Advisors. Our highly skilled technicians work on your automobile and are always in-the-know by attending up-to-date training and workshops year round. This ensures they use updated diagnostics and procedures on all vehicle makes and models. Our clean, and environmentally safe, repair facility uses the latest in service and diagnostic equipment available to diagnose and repair the most sophisticated and complex automotive technology. We guarantee you’ll be happy with our service by backing it with a full parts and labor nationwide warranty along with repairing your vehicle correctly the first time!
Purpose: Required by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for tighter emissions control, OBDII has the ability to monitor a diverse range of engine-related functions and record critical information. You can think of this information as your car’s electronic “vital signs.” OBDII information has proven to be so credible that it is now being used by some states as part of their emissions testing programs. The SERVICE ENGINE SOON or CHECK ENGINE LIGHT has several modes and can indicate a normally functioning system, a system that requires prompt attention, and a system that needs immediate attention.
Maintenance Tips/Suggestions: If your car’s OBDII system is functioning properly, the CHECK ENGINE or SERVICE ENGINE SOON light should flash briefly when you turn your car’s ignition key to the on position. After the brief flash, the light should go out and remain off while you are driving.
A glowing CHECK ENGINE or SERVICE ENGINE SOON light alerts you to problems in your car’s onboard diagnostic system that should be diagnosed as soon as possible. There’s no reason to panic and in many cases, you won’t notice any difference in vehicle performance. But if ignored over time you may turn a minor problem into a major and costly problem.
First, check the gas cap to make sure it wasn’t left loose after refueling. Sometimes, this can trigger the light. Most OBDII-equipped vehicles have a gas cap that simply snaps in place, when turned to the right. Some early OBDII-equipped vehicles have threaded caps. On these, just turn the cap to the right until it begins to click. If the gas cap was loose, the light should go out after a few short trips.
If the gas cap wasn’t the problem and the light remains on steady, have the system diagnosed as soon as possible. A light that flashes requires more prompt attention, indicating a more severe condition that must be diagnosed immediately to prevent damage to the catalytic converter. When you experience a flashing light, minimize driving at high speeds or under heavy loads and immediately drive your vehicle to a certified drivability shop for diagnosis.