Auto Diagnostics

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Check Engine Light

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The check engine light indicates that the auto computer has found a problem in the vehicle, most likely in the auto ignition, auto fuel system, or auto emissions systems. This light is designed to help you catch minor car problems before they turn into major automotive repair needs. Take your car, truck, or SUV to your local auto repair mechanic shop for diagnosis.

With specialized computer scanners, a car mechanic can find vehicle trouble codes to determine which of the automotive systems is malfunctioning. It is important to note that trouble codes simply point an auto repair mechanic in the right direction. It still takes considerable automotive and diagnostic expertise to find and repair the exact source of your car's problem.

Antilock Braking System (ABS) Warning Light

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Your antilock brake system light may indicate a few different things. It could mean that your car is low on brake fluid. It will also let you know if your antilock brakes system sensors have become corroded, or if the brake calipers are sticking. These conditions can all lead to serious safety issues including your vehicle failing to stop in an emergency. Have a brake mechanic specialist at a high-quality local brake shop diagnose the vehicle.

Charge Car Battery Light/ Car Battery Gauge

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The automotive charging system powers the auto electrical components within the vehicle and recharges the battery while the car's engine is running. Your car or truck's engine relies on this reserve of electricity to generate the spark which ignites the gas to start and run the vehicle. The charge car battery light indicates that the charging system is malfunctioning.
Your vehicle may be in need of alternator repair even if the car battery is not yet dead.  If you ignore this light, you will eventually find yourself with a dead car battery, and your car won't start. Operating the vehicle on electricity from the battery alone will only work for a short time because the alternator is not functioning to simultaneously recharge it. Drive your vehicle to the best local auto repair shop near you for diagnosis and repair.

Low Auto Engine Oil Warning Light

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The oil light indicates that your vehicle is low on oil. Low engine oil is very serious, pull over immediately! Driving with low engine oil can cause the engine to lock up or overheat. Both of these conditions cause major damage to your vehicle's engine and require professional engine repair or engine rebuilding by a certified auto engine mechanic.

Temperature Gauge

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The temperature gauge monitors the temperature of the engine. When the needle is in the red zone, it means that your car is overheating. Pull over immediately! Do not attempt to drive the vehicle to the best auto repair shop nearby until you have given the engine ample time to cool.

Brake System Warning Light

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Your vehicle's brake light remains illuminated when the parking brake is engaged. If the brake light remains on when the parking brake is not engaged, your truck or car is low on brake fluid. Low brake fluid may be caused by a leak in the brake lines or the need for a brake job or brake pad replacement. This is a major safety issue- without brake fluid; your car will not stop in an emergency!

Gas Gauge/ Gas Warning Light

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This one is pretty obvious, but there are a few tips to remember. Don't drive with the gas tank on empty! First of all, you might run out of gas and get stranded on a busy highway, or in the middle of nowhere (think "Wrong Turn"). Driving on "E" can also cause auto engine problems by allowing contaminants to be sucked from the bottom of the gas tank into the fuel system.