Category Archives: Check Engine & Dashboard Warning Lights

FAQ: Diagnosing a Check Engine light

Question: My “Check Engine” light on the dashboard came on last week, but my SUV is still running OK.  Does that mean the problem is minor and can wait awhile? Answer: Seeing that “Check Engine” light glow on your dashboard is never a welcome surprise. And even though your vehicle still seems to be running OK, you do want to address the “Check Engine” light sooner than later. Why You Don’t Want to Procrastinate with a “Check Engine Light” Why do you want to address it now? To prevent one problem from becoming a bigger one or to prevent one faulty … Continue reading

Warning signs you can’t ignore: Low tire pressure!

Before a young couple left for a weekend road trip, they filled up the gas tank, checked the oil, buckled in the kids and hit the road. They took their kids on fun afternoon trip to a pumpkin farm. When they stopped in for a recent service visit, they shared how the pumpkin farm trip almost got squashed. Shortly after driving on the highway, a glowing orange light on their dash came on and almost ruined their trip. They stopped at the nearest service station to check their owner’s manual and learned this was the tire pressure light, which was … Continue reading

If your battery light pops on, you could be left out in the cold

There are a number of dashboard warning lights that can pop on at any minute. Everyone knows what the oil light and low fuel light are for, but a lot of them require pulling out the owners’ manual. This month, we want to highlight the battery warning light. If this light is illuminated, there could be a problem with your car’s battery, or it could be something more serious like the alternator. If the light comes on while you are driving, you don’t need to pull over immediately. In fact, you should avoid turning off the car until you reach … Continue reading

Fuel system pressure issue can be check engine light cause

Your car’s “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” light can flash on for more than 1,400 different reasons. The light is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) system and can indicate anything from a quick fix like a loose gas cap to a major repair like a catalytic converter. And here’s another example of a problem that can trigger the light… Trouble code: P0087 Fuel Rail/System Pressure – Too Low Some vehicles are equipped with a returnless fuel supply, which means that the fuel pump is pulse width modulated and can vary in pump speed to deliver fuel to … Continue reading

Emissions test time and your check engine light is on? Come to Auto Lab first

Question: I need to take my car in for an emissions test, but the Service Engine light has been on for some time. I’ve been told my car won’t pass. Is that true? What happens if my car fails the test? Answer: Yes, you are correct: Your car cannot pass the emissions test when the Check Engine light is on. In fact, it’s likely they’ll just turn you away. Save yourself the time and schedule an appointment at Auto Lab. We’ll conduct comprehensive diagnostics to determine which emissions part or parts have failed, and once we replace it, we’ll run your … Continue reading