Check Engine Light Vista, CA

You’re likely reading this because the dreaded “Check Engine” light in your vehicle is illuminated. Because this light could signify a wide range of possible issues, the fact that it’s on could leave you feeling uneasy.

We have all heard to first check if it’s because your gas cap is loose. Ok, but what if it’s still on after you tighten it, what does the light mean then. The diagnostics tool in your car is designed to monitor quite a few mechanisms and functions, and even if there is one small issue, your Check Engine light will turn on.

What Does My Check Engine Light Mean?

Unfortunately, the list is quite long of possible triggers for this particular light. A malfunctioning fuel injector and even a loosened gas cap can trigger the light. Other common culprits include bad oxygen sensors, old spark plugs, faulty thermostat, a ruined head gasket, and more.

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Why Have An Experienced ASE Mechanic Diagnose Your Vehicle?

This is where an experienced ASE certified mechanic & auto shop comes in. You see if we get a code that says. “Your engine is not getting enough fuel” between our software and experience we know there are probably 30 reasons why that problem is happening.

To check all of those issues that could be 10 hours of diagnosis time, however because of our experience and software, we know out of those 30 reasons typically it’s one of the top 5. We will and check those first, and in most cases, find the actual problem.

This is why taking your car to a professional who can diagnose your car correctly and as efficiently as possible the first time is the best solution possible.

Beware of free diagnosis from a parts store.

At our shop we DO NOT scare you with what could possibly happen if you don’t get a repair, only inform you of the facts. We treat our customers like family. If you had some information that would help your sister or brother you would share it. That is how we work which is why we have so many reviews and have happy clients who come back for decades.

We have seen other shops and part stores who pull a code for free, and then instead of investigating the top 5-30 issues just choose the number 1 most common problem. They charge you for the part and labor to fix that issue then send you on your way.  In many of these instances you find out later that the issue is still there.

Even though there is a parts and warranty guarantee by the repair shop or parts store who performed the service, that doesn’t mean they guaranteed they will fix your current issue so you are out the money and time you paid to replace a part that didn’t fix your issue.  From our experience in the industry we see this happen time and time again and want to save you time and money by helping you avoid it.

How Long Can I Ignore My Check Engine Light?

If your Check Engine Light Is steady and NOT blinking.

Bring it in in the next few days when you have some time. It may be something simple that is an easy fix. If it turns out to be serious, the sooner you know the better. Together we can come up with a game plan of when it needs to be repaired by so you can plan it into your life and budget.

If the indicator is blinking, the situation is usually serious.

When the indicator light is blinking it’s really trying to get your attention because the problem could be hurting your engine, which could cause additional expensive repairs. To be safe we would advise you to pull over and give us a call. Tell us anything you heard, felt or could smell. Then we can advise you your best course of action. If you didn’t feel, hear or smell anything, we probably will say you can drive it in, but the call and advice is free.  So to be safe, please call.

Most Common Reasons For Your Check Engine Light To Be On:

  •         Loose or Damaged Gas Cap
  •         Faulty Oxygen Sensor
  •         Failing Catalytic Converter
  •         Faulty Mass Air Flow Sensor
  •         Bad Spark Plug & Wires

What To Expect When You Schedule A Check Engine Light Diagnosis Appointment:

Give us a call and schedule a time to come in, we appreciate you choosing us and are eager to help.

When you come in we will fill out some basic paperwork, then head out to your vehicles and plug in our scan tool to find out what code is causing your check engine light to turn on.

If it turns out to be a loose gas cap or wire that got unplugged for some reason. We will take care of it and send you on your way without charging you a dime.

After that we will give you an idea of what the top reasons for that code are, what the diagnostic procedure is for that code, as well as the investment for us to further investigate.

If all sounds good we normally ask you to leave the car so we can spend a good amount of time on it to be sure we find the correct issue. Then we will call you, report our findings and discuss the repairs that need to be done.

Why Choose Bob Workman’s European Auto Repair To Diagnose Your Vehicle?

We know that the best thing we can do for every client that comes through our doors is put a smile on their face and keep more money in their pocket.

Because the Check Engine light is a rather ambiguous indication of car trouble, the only real way to determine its cause is to get an expert opinion. At Bob Workman’s European Auto, we’ll give you a quick Check Engine Light Diagnosis to help you get to the bottom of the problem. A diagnosis usually only takes just a short while, and in some cases, we can fix vehicles in the same day! Contact us right away for more information.