Category Archives: Car Trouble

Warning Light Insight

Ignoring Warning Lights Could Cost You more In The Long Run and Raise Safety Issues.

          Check Engine, Maintenance Required, ABS, SRS, various symbols and even warning  chimes. What does it mean when they illuminate? and is it necassary to have your car checked out by a professional?

Even if the Engine is Running OK ,You Need to Get it Checked

             In many cases the engine still seems to run fine with the light illuminated so the driver chooses to ignore it.  We see this scenerio at our service counter often. In many cases the warning light can simply be reset but in others it indicates a computer system malfunction or a mechanical system fault that needs professional service to assure continued reliability.

Don’t Gamble On Your Car’s Safety & Reliability

             Yes, we always recommend having your car checked out as soon as possible when any warning light illuminates. Warning lights illuminate to alert the driver that there is a system malfunction. Any system malfunction will quickly illuminate the corrosponding warning  light and instantly put that particular system into backup mode.

Your Cars Computer is Very Smart

Backup mode is a “fail safe” designed to allow the vehicle to be safely driven to a service center within a reasonable distance. Continuing  to drive the car may cause down stream problems and lead to greater repair costs.

We Are Glad to Sort  Out Any Lightmare Your Car May Have

             If you are confused about what a warning light or symbol means, check your vehicles owner’s manual or call us, we can give you some insight. We can also make repairs, if needed and turn off that annoying light. Waning  lights always come on for a reason, have them checked out earlyon to save on long -term repair costs  and arssure continued reliability of your car.

Check Engine! Light

You’re driving along and notice that an amber light in the dash is illuminated. The light indicates that you need to check your engine. You pull into the first convenient tire and service center to have your engine checked, although it seems to running fine.

The staff at the service center is more than willing to check your engine on the spot. A few minutes go by and the manager comes back with a flyer telling about their tune up special. He goes on to tell you that the special is probably all you need and they could get it done for you right away.

This is a common scenario that you might experience. Many high profile service facilities and franchises will offer coupon tune ups and cut rate under the hood services on an ongoing basis. It seems attractive to many automotive consumers because it is quick and convenient.

The question is do you really need a tune up or any other service being offered? And what parts and labor operations are they offering for your vehicles tune up?

The only way to properly maintain your vehicle is to use the manufacturer´s maintenance schedule as a guide line. A certified technician, prior to servicing the vehicle, should review these schedules. The schedules include the parts and fluids to be replaced as well as service points to be inspected and maintenance procedures to be performed. A professional shop will also review the manufacturer´s service bulletins to assure that you are aware of updated parts and procedures for your specific vehicle. Many service bulletins pertain to safety issues that should not be overlooked.

An illuminated Check Engine Light is no cause for a tune up. The Check Engine Light is programmed to illuminate any time that one of the engine or fuel injection sensors works outside of its normal parameter. Any time the Check Engine Light is on the engine´s computer control system is most likely in backup mode due to a failing or misadjusted component. Backup mode is intended to allow the vehicle to get to a destination where it can be properly serviced. If you continue to drive your vehicle in backup mode for extended periods it can cause complications, which will add to the cost of repairs.

Diagnosing and replacing a failed component is most likely all that is required to allow your vehicle´s engine to run and perform properly. Tune up items should be performed as a preventative maintenance item and serviced according to mileage. We understand that most drivers are not technicians so you can always expect that anytime we inspect your vehicle, necessary preventative maintenance recommendations will be made at that time. This way you can budget keeping your vehicle in top condition.

The final step before performing a tune up is checking vehicle maintenance records to see if any items have already been replaced. Many tune up related items and services can not be identified as being worn out by inspection. Maintenance records save money by allowing all components to serve their full wearable life expectancy before replacing them. This is a good reason to establish a relationship with a professional repair shop that employs certified technicians.

From Check Engine Light to preventative maintenance tune-ups, our A Street ASE Certified technicians will analyze your vehicle and make it sing to a very fine tune. We back it with one of the best guarantees in the industry. So beware of cut-rate services and coupon clipping tune-ups. You wouldn’t buy a cut-rate parachute would you?

Car Trouble Along the Way…

When you’re on the road and your car acts up, it’s often stressful to know who to call.

In September, two of our good customers were traveling in California when the engine in their Suburban died and they coasted to the side of the road.
Luckily they had two things in their favor: they had a cellular phone and they had read our traveling tips in the previous newsletter.
They immediately called our office when problems arose. Within fifteen minutes we had located the nearest A.S.A shop, called that shop for an immediate appoint-ment and had a tow truck on the way. Our customers received prompt courteous service at a fair price with only a small interruption in their vacation. We can provide this service for any of our customers no matter where they may be driving. Who ya gonna call if you have a breakdown while on the road? A Street Automotive and Collision! Keep our phone number and newsletter in your glove box.

Recently two of our long-time customers were traveling in California. The engine in their Suburban died and they coasted to the side of the road.

Luckily they had two they had cel-phone service, and had read our travel tips in a recent newsletter. They immediately called our office. Within fifteen minutes we had located the nearest A.S.A. Certified shop, arranged for an immediate appointment and had a tow truck sent their way.

Our customers received prompt courteous service at a fair price with only a small interruption in their vacation. We provide this service for any of our customers no matter where they may be driving. So what to do if you have a breakdown while on the road? Call A Street Automotive and Collision! Keep our phone number (or latest newsletter!) in a convenient location in your vehicle in case emergencies arise while you are traveling.