Check Engine Light in Tacoma, WA

The Puget Sounds Engine Light Analysts -- Austin’s Pro Max

Full-Service Engine Light Diagnostics

Out of all the warning signals that are found in your vehicle, no signal is more feared and misunderstood than the check engine light. This signal utilizes sensors found throughout your vehicle that will detect when something has gone wrong. If there is something wrong, the sensor will send a code to the computer system of your vehicle and trigger the signal. Although the light doesn’t tell you what specifically is wrong, it does inform you something is wrong well before the problem worsens.

At Austin’s Pro Max, we have the tools and technical know-how to properly service your vehicle when the check engine light comes on. Our professionally trained technicians and office staff will be able to quickly diagnose what went wrong with your vehicle and provide the repairs it needs, all at an affordable and fair rate. Whether it’s a dying battery or a failing transmission, we’ll have the services your vehicle will need to perform at its best.

What Caused It?

What frustrates drivers about the check engine light is its failure to inform them what specifically is wrong. Although that's understandable, this warning signal is also the reason why many drivers avoid any major repairs -- it informs the driver something is wrong while the problem is still minor . Without the check engine light, drivers would continue to operate their vehicles without knowledge of the issue, which will only worsen it. But despite its ambiguity, there are a few common causes that you can look for. Here are some common causes for your check engine light to go off!

Loose Gas Cap

This is the most ideal scenario if your check engine light is on. If this is the issue, simply tighten your gas cap or replace it. Once that’s done, stay patient with your vehicle as it will take the computer system some time to register the adjustment. If not handled, you could lose fuel through evaporation and find yourself at a gas pump a lot more often than you’re used to.

Worn Spark Plug/Plug Wires

The spark plug is what’s responsible for igniting the air/fuel mixture within your vehicle’s combustion chamber, while the plug wires are responsible for transferring the electrical spark to the spark plugs. Without these components, you wouldn’t be able to start your vehicle. In this case, it’s best to visit our shop so we can quickly and safely replace the plugs and wires. If not taken care of, you’ll experience a reduced performance in your vehicle, have a difficult time starting it, and potentially damage other components.

Bad Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter is responsible for converting the harmful gases created by your vehicle into safe ones. With this, it helps protect the environment and helps improve your vehicle’s performance and fuel economy. This component will only fail if you have neglected to take proper care of it through a routine maintenance schedule. It’s best to leave any repairs or replacements to our automotive professionals, as we’ll be able to quickly handle the issue.

Schedule Your Visit Today

We understand how stressful and frustrating it can be when the check engine light goes on. When it happens to you, make sure you visit Austin’s Pro Max in Tacoma, WA. Our professionally trained technicians and office staff utilize the latest tools, diagnostic equipment, and service techniques to properly diagnose and repair the problems in your vehicle. We’ll quickly get rid of that light so you can drive stress free! Give us a call at 253-472-1336 and schedule an appointment with us today! In the area and want to stop by our shop? Visit us at 5602 South Tacoma Way, we look forward to helping you and your vehicle achieve the best results possible!