Check Engine Light Diagnostics
Check Engine Light Diagnostics in Pflugerville, Texas
Decoding Your Check Engine Light Warning
Cause for Attention, Not Alarm
If your car’s check engine light comes on, there is, of course, reason to have it checked. This particular warning lamp should prompt you to get timely attention for your vehicle, but it should not raise the alarm so bad that you go into an immediate panic. Your car will still operate to get you a reasonable distance from home, work, or our shop. The underlying cause might not even be severe. To get an accurate check engine light diagnosis and any needed repairs, bring your transportation to Dave’s Ultimate Automotive in Pflugerville, Texas. We’re easy to find at 900 Pecan St W, Pflugerville, TX 78660, and our staff is always eager to serve you. If you’ve recently experienced the check engine light illuminating, schedule a diagnostic visit online or call us at 512-989-3283.
Proper Diagnosis and Potential Underlying Causes
When your automobile’s check engine light comes on, you’ll spend extra time and money if you simply guess at the problem and attempt to fix it. Worse, you may experience a great deal of personal angst, and the problem may still not be corrected. Therefore, proper diagnosis is key. Here’s how that happens. One of our ASE-certified technicians will connect your vehicle to our OBD-II reader. This computer equipment will generate a trouble code that points the mechanic in the general direction of the problem. This code is universal, so the information provided is the same no matter what make or model you drive. Even as helpful as this information is, it does not tell the whole story. The technician uses their expertise to pinpoint the exact issue to be corrected efficiently. While several problems can cause the warning because it’s a general indicator, there are a few that are more frequently seen than others. For example, a failing mass air can cause an alert because it’s key to proper combustion. This part measures the amount of incoming air to determine how much fuel the injectors need to add. Likewise, a bad oxygen sensor (which checks the unburned oxygen in exhaust) can cause the notification. Even something as simple as a loose gas cap can alert you to a fuel system breach. Bad batteries and cables may be the culprit, too. Some problems are a bit more complex. For instance, you could have a bad catalytic converter.
You Don’t Need to Break a Code
If your check engine light has indeed illuminated, you don’t have to stress or attempt to break a complex code to identify the problem. Let Dave’s Ultimate Automotive find the source of trouble through check engine light diagnostics and fix the issue for you. Instead of worrying, call us at 512-989-3283.