Check Engine Light
When your check engine light comes on, you may be torn between sheer panic that something major is wrong, or you may just want to ignore it and hope it goes away. Trust me when I say, ignoring it is not your best option, but it’s understandable that people are torn because your check engine light can signal a major engine or transmission issue…or something as simple as a loose gas cap.
There’s unfortunately a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. That’s why these parts stores that offer you “FREE” trouble code reading are really a big sham. Reading a trouble code is really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem.
Here’s a great comparison to think of. When you are sick and feeling under the weather, you take your temperature and it reads 102. Your temperature tells you that you have a fever, and your fever is signaling to you that there is something wrong within your body. However that thermometer is not telling you why you have a fever. Is it the flu or an infection? You need more information; more tests to determine the cause of your illness.
For any given trouble code stored in your vehicles computer, there literally could be ton of different causes. Your trained technician at Wilcox & Son Automotive takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others.
When your vehicles computer logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, your service technician at Wilcox & Son Auto Repair will hook up their scanner, download the codes and go to work tracing the cause of the problem. However this is just the first step. This is when your technicians training, equipment, knowledge, skill and software programs get put to work diagnosing your vehicles issue and fixing it.
If your check engine light is on it means that there could very well be problem that could potentially lead to serious damage. You should take your vehicle to the pro’s that have the equipment, knowledge and skill to diagnose your vehicle accurately and get your repairs done correctly.
Give us a call at 407-440-2848 to schedule your appointment today for a Diagnostic service.