Overview of the Check Engine Light
Since 1996, all cars and light-duty trucks manufactured for the United States have an onboard diagnostics (OBD-II) system. As part of the Clean Air Act, the main motive behind this initiative was to reduce better the harmful emissions produced by vehicles. It monitors the major systems of your car, such as the engine, exhaust system, ignition, and fuel system, for errors in operation. If it detects a problem in one of the units, it’ll send the respective diagnostic trouble code (DTC) to your car’s main computer and store it there. The check engine light will then illuminate in your dashboard to alert you of the detected issue. We encourage you to then visit Eric’s Car Care in Houston, Texas, at your earliest convenience for expert check engine light service. Please note that if your engine light comes on and is flashing, there may be a more serious problem happening (such as a misfiring engine). In this case, we highly recommend heading to our shop right away if you’re close or pulling over to a safe spot and giving us a call for further instruction.
What Are the Most Common Problems?
The check engine light can be triggered by many issues, ranging from minor to severe. A common and easy fix you can do yourself is a loose gas cap. If your engine light just came on, check that your gas cap is securely on. After checking and the light remains on in your dashboard, there is a larger issue at hand. In the engine, the spark plugs, spark plug wires, or ignition coils can wear or become damaged to the point of inefficacy. The mass airflow sensor, which monitors the amount of air that enters the engine, can fail, as can the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor due to various causes. A vacuum leak can result from a dried-out or cracked vacuum hose or loose connection. Additional problems include a faulty fuel injector, thermostat, or purge control valve. Often, the only repair possible with such components needing a complete replacement, which we can complete for you. We work with all makes and models, and we also provide diesel engine service.
Comprehensive Engine Diagnostics
The first step of check engine light service in our auto shop is to confirm the diagnostic trouble code. The trouble code can only be received by a scanning tool or a code reader. Every eligible car has an OBD-II port where the code tool can be installed, usually somewhere near the steering column or under the dashboard. Once we acquire the code and take note of any performance issues, such as loss of power or a rough idle, we will promptly diagnose the problem. An accurate diagnosis is crucial for auto repair, which is why we will always take our time during the inspection and assessment processes. Our auto shop is fully equipped to accommodate service and repair to all systems. We are thorough in what we do, and we guarantee a job that is done right the first time. If you would like to schedule an appointment for check engine light service, call 713-667-9293 today. Eric’s Car Care serving Med. Center is located at 6950 Kirby Drive, kitty-corner from Prima Pasta Italian Restaurant.