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?