So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on…and doesn’t go back off again. You can’t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it’s on anyway.
What does it mean?
Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.
The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. Whe ...[more]
by: Mike Najjar
Do you like to save money? In this economy we do almost anything to save a dollar. Generic groceries, matinee movies and even skipping routine auto repair. It might seem harmless now, but skipping auto repair and routine maintenance could be a death sentence for your vehicle. Let this put into perspective what missing routine auto repair will actually cost you- the average American will spend $120 per year on oil changes, while the average engine costs about $4,000.
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Anywhere from tire servicing to brake c ...[more]
by: Mike Najjar
When your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.
The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tir ...[more]