Tech Talk Edition 1: Check Engine Light Tips


Today we are sharing a recent video that will be the first in a series called, “Tech Talk.”  On Tech Talk, we will interview Tischer Auto Technicians on topics that will assist you, the driver, to understand more about your car and basic car maintenance.

Our Acura Master Technician, Justin, details what to do when your “check engine” light appears. This can be an extremely stressful and frustrating alert for car drivers. Here’s what you need to know (in case you don’t watch the video).

Why the Check Engine Light Appears

Your check engine light will appear when the car computer has detected a sensor that is out of range. The check engine light can appear for something as simple as a loose gas cap, or be an indication of a more serious issue. While we understand today’s drivers are pressed for time, the best thing you can do is bring your car in to your local dealership for a diagnostic assessment.

How We Test A Check Engine Light Alert

When you bring your vehicle in for a diagnostic test, a scan tool will give a readout of what the computer has seen fail in the vehicle. We then go through a diagnostic checklist to pinpoint the exact cause of failure.

What Drivers Can Do to Maintain and Maximize the Life of The Vehicle

As Justin explains, “It’s very difficult to over-maintain a car.” So, plain and simple, if you don’t want to see that danged light go off, regular service is the best medicine for your car. For example, regular oil changes and transmission service are some of the least expensive car maintenance options which protect the most expensive parts of your car.

As we stated earlier, we know today’s drivers are pressed for time, so making the time to maintain your car will not only prolong its life, but will also save you money over time and keep that much-hated check engine light from driving you bonkers.

For your convenience, you can easily schedule a maintenance appointment for your vehicle directly through our website. Choose a date that works for your schedule, and we’ll be happy to help you out.

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