The check engine light may be one of the most important warning signals found in your vehicle. When the light comes on, your vehicle is letting you know something is wrong well before something bad happens to it. It’s able to detect this through sensors found throughout the vehicle. These sensors are able to pick up any abnormalities in your vehicle and send a signal to its computer system, which then triggers the light. What’s been frustrating about the light is the ambiguity that comes with it, but that’s where Austin’s Pro Max can help. Our professionally trained technicians and office staff will work with you to determine the cause of the check engine light and provide any repair your vehicle will need. Whether it’s a dead battery or a bad oxygen sensor, will know how to handle every problem your vehicle may have!
The most frustrating aspect about the check engine light is the lack of clarity it provides when it comes on. Despite that, there are a few common causes you can look out for. By understanding what these causes are, you can be proactive and bring your vehicle into our shop and prevent the issue from getting worse! This will help you avoid any major damage and paying for a hefty service bill!
If you see that your check engine light is on, make sure you check for this first. To fix this, simply tighten the gas cap or replace it (gas caps are sold for cheap at most auto parts stores) and continue to drive. Make sure you stay patient with your vehicle though, as it takes some time for the computer system to register the adjustment. If you don’t take care of it, you could lose more fuel to evaporation and find yourself visiting a gas pump a lot more frequently!
You’ll notice the battery is dead if your vehicle has a difficult time starting. Used to help start the vehicle, it’s also responsible for powering a number of electrical functions in your vehicle like the headlights and the windows. Although you can charge it, make sure you visit our shop to ensure it still has enough “juice” left in it. Depending on its condition, you may need a new battery instead!
The oxygen sensor is responsible for assessing the amount of unburned oxygen that's in your vehicle’s exhaust system. Utilizing that data, it helps regulate the blend of air and fuel that are found in the cylinders and the combustion chamber of your vehicle. If damaged and not handled promptly, other components such as the catalytic converter and the spark plugs can suffer from damage. Make sure you visit our shop, as we can quickly determine if the O2 sensor is the problem and provide you with an affordable solution for this complex problem.
If you see your check engine light go off, make sure you visit Austin’s Pro Max in Spanaway, WA and have our automotive professionals take care of it for you! Our professionally trained technicians and office staff utilize the latest diagnostic tools and service practices to properly diagnose and fix every problem with your vehicle. Give us a call at 253-847-7878 and schedule an appointment with us today! In the area and want to stop by our shop? Visit us at 20027 Mountain Hwy E., we look forward to helping you and your vehicle achieve the best results possible!