Understanding the Check Engine Light
Modern vehicles are smartly engineered. Since 1996, all vehicles manufactured in the United States have contained an onboard diagnostics system (OBD-II). This initiative was put in place by the Clean Air Act to help reduce emissions. The OBD-II system is computer-based and monitors all major components of your vehicle through a network of sensors. If the system detects a problem with one of the monitored parts, a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) detailing the problem area will be created and stored in the system. The check engine light (CEL) will then be triggered to alert you to the detected issue. Here at House of Mufflers & Brakes Total Car Care in Bellevue, Nebraska, we offer check engine light diagnostics that allow us to identify the exact problem and perform the right repair. Our ASE-Certified technicians have extensive experience diagnosing and treating small and large problems and servicing all makes and models. Contact our auto repair team today to learn more about how we can help.
What Causes the Check Engine Light to Come on?
The check engine light can indicate a menagerie of problems with your vehicle. This is why professional and prompt check engine light diagnostics is important; we won’t know what the issue is until we retrieve the DTC. While most problems are minor and can be easily remedied, some problems can be severe and warrant immediate attention. In these cases, your check engine light will often blink. When this occurs, we recommend pulling over to a safe spot and calling us for further instruction. The most common reason for a flashing check engine light is a misfiring engine, which can wreak absolute havoc if left ignored and untreated. Common causes of the check engine light include worn or damaged spark plugs, a faulty catalytic converter, dirty or defective mass airflow sensor, bad oxygen sensor, or faulty exhaust gas circulation (EGR) valves. Certain problems can also present symptoms other than the CEL, such as reduced fuel economy, rough idling, hard starts, or decreased power.
Visit Us for Check Engine Light Diagnostics Today
There’s no reason to put off check engine light diagnostics. At House of Mufflers & Brakes Total Car Care, we work efficiently and thoroughly. Not only are we able to diagnose the precise problem, but we can also repair it. Our technicians harbor the skill, experience, and tools to accurately service your vehicle and get it running like new again. We use advanced diagnostics equipment and follow manufacturer procedures. Additionally, each repair we complete is backed by a 12-month/12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind. We offer service financing, free WiFi, digital vehicle inspections, and so much more. Available Monday through Friday, we look forward to serving you soon here at 301 Ft. Crook Rd N. Bellevue, NE 68005. If you can’t make it in during business hours, we can arrange a time for you to pick up or drop off your vehicle at our auto repair shop after hours. Get in touch with us at (402) 293-1800 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.