Mesa Drivers Must Know How to Respond to a Check Engine Light
As the East Valley’s premier auto shop, Accurate Automotive fields a large variety of questions. And one question that seems to continuously come up is, “What should I do if my check engine light comes on?” Most drivers readily recognize that a check engine light signals problems, but they do not know the severity of those problems, and do not know what action they should take. Should drivers pull immediately to the side of the road? Should drivers have their car towed? The answer to these questions is no, but drivers should take swift action to have their car or truck looked at by a professional at Accurate Automotive. Doing so is the single-most important thing they can do to ensure that no further damage befalls their automobile.
What kinds of problems does a check engine light signify?
The truth of the matter is that check engine lights can indicate any number of issues. On one end of the spectrum, a check engine light can be a warning of something as simple as a gas lid that needs tightening. On the other end of the spectrum, the check engine light can indicate serious problems with the vehicle’s engine. Until a driver has a professional ascertain the cause of the light, he or she should be wary of driving a car displaying a check engine light.
How does Accurate Automotive determine the source of the problem when a check engine light is displayed in a vehicle?
Modern vehicles are controlled in large part by on board computers. When these computers recognize a problem with the inner workings of a vehicle, they send a signal to the dash that lights the check engine light. The computer then stores a code that describes the problem, which can be read by a diagnostic tool. Most people do not have these diagnostic tools in their home garage, and must rely on professionals to perform the diagnosis. Accurate Automotive has the full range of diagnostics tools and can quickly determine the problem when a check engine light is displayed.
What should drivers do if their check engine light appears?
There are a few things drivers can do to protect their vehicles if the check engine light appears. First of all, they should make sure that no other problems are apparent by checking the other gauges on their dash. If the car or truck is overheating or low on oil, for instance, they should pull over immediately and allow the vehicle to cool or fill the oil. Another thing drivers should do is make sure their gas cap is secure, as a loose gas cap is a very common reason for check engine lights to display. If the light appears while the car is towing a load or being driven at high speeds, drivers should reduce their load and/or slow down to see if the light turns off. After doing all of these things, drivers should then call Accurate Automotive to have a technician use the proper diagnostics tools and inspect the vehicle. The technicians at Accurate Automotive can thoroughly examine the vehicle and determine if any action should be taken to preserve the life of the car or truck.
Accurate Automotive twice found problems I'd been dealing with for 2+ years that several other shops couldn't find and charged a minimal fee to do so. I highly recommend them.Maureen Blindu
Accurate Automotive is my new best friend! Diagnosed a warranty issue on my Honda HRV and saved me $2200 over the dealership repair. Lee followed up to make sure the dealership was handling the issue. Great service and integrity. Happy to have found such an honest and reliable mechanic.Rebecca S.
Lee who owns Accurate Automotive is very knowledgeable, personable and service is definitely his #1 Priority. If it weren't for Lee I wouldn't have gotten started on the restoration of my 1973 Corvette which has been extensive. A complete Overhaul and Rebuild that has brought my Hot Rod back to Life. I will always recommend Accurate Automotive to others. They're the Best!Patrick Donovan
Excellent customer service! Josh was very helpful & respectful explaining things. I've taken my car here a few times now and it's been a great experience each time. Thank you Lee & Kelly for the way you run your business! I highly recommend Accurate Automotive with confidence!Lorina Patterson
If you're looking for an honest and fair auto repair shop Accurate is the place. We have had a variety of cars both new and old and have dealt with other shops and dealerships for repairs, I wish we had found Accurate Automotive sooner! Their customer service is the best by far and they actually care about your vehicle and you as a customer.Angela J.
Everything was great! I think my favorite part was that they didn't try to sell me on anything, Aussie(Josh :D) made a recommendation for my next service(new air filter- not a $500 package or anything). They were very friendly, fast, and affordable! The free rides they offer while they service your vehicle - another must-have!!!! I will be back 100%! Highly recommend!Ashley Snoozy