Bellflower Check Engine Light & Diagnostics
Drivers in Bellflower know that sinking felling you get when your cruising down Alondra Blvd. when you suddenly notice the feared “Check Engine” Light showing on your dash. And like most drivers, you’re not really sure what that light means, besides the fact that it may cost money. Many experts call it the one of the most misunderstood indicators on your dashboard. Because it can mean a variety of issues, from a loose gas cap, your car isn’t getting the best fuel economy, your vehicle is emitting higher levels of pollutants or worst case scenario, a serious issues with your engine.
Moreover, when you see the warning light it doesn’t mean you have to pull over immediately and call a tow truck. Although, it does mean if your in the area you should contact Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower and have it checked at your next opportunity. Ignoring any warning from your vehicle may end up damaging some expensive components.
What is The “Check Engine” Light
The “check engine” light is a part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics AKA the (OBD) system. Since the ’80s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored your vehicle performance. Such as regulating variables like engine speed (RPM), ignition timing, fuel mixture and in some cars, the computer tells automatic transmissions when it’s the best time to shift.
When the OBD finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can’t correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that’s labeled “check engine,” “service engine soon” or “check powertrain.” Or the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International : “Check Engine” Symbol. In addition to turning on the light, the computer will store a trouble code in its memory to help identify the source of the problem. This may be a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. If you bring your vehicle in to Orozco’s Auto Service we have all the latest equipment to read the code with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer.
Here’s some tips on what to do If your check engine light comes on:
Start by checking your dashboard gauges and lights for any signs of of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. Some vehicle’s, a yellow “check engine” means investigate the problem, while a red “check engine” can mean stop as soon as it’s safe to pull over. Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the specific meaning for your warning lights.
After checking all your gages one of the most simple steps is try tightening your gas cap. This usually solves the problem. Keep in mind that it may take several trips before the light resets. If the light continues to stay on feel free to visit Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower and we can reset it for you. Newer vehicle may have a separate indicator that warns of a loose gas cap before the condition sets off the “check engine” light.
If your vehicle is showing a “check engine” light or are not sure and would like to have your vehicle diagnosed, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower today at 562-920-1871. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Bellflower – Los Angeles County CA
9665 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706, USA
Call Today: 562-920-1871 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair