What makes a dashboard light come on and how can Auto Doctors Diagnose my problem?
Today’s vehicles are manufactured with complex interrelated systems. On-board computers continuously monitor and store information concerning the performance of these systems. A warning light comes on because the computer has sensed a signal from one of the systems or components that has gone outside of its normal operating range. The computer then sends a signal to turn on the dashboard light to let you know something is wrong!
The potential causes for a warning light can range from improperly tightening your gas cap to engine, transmission or braking system performance issues. While dashboard lights can go on and the car still appears to be driving “fine”, ignoring some lights can lead to serious issues, such as engine damage or other component failure. In some instances, this can be a safety hazard. That’s why it is recommended to have your car looked at by a certified professional as soon as possible for both your safety and peace of mind. To learn more about the different types of dashboard lights visit our Car Warning Lights page.
At Auto Doctors, we have the tools, training and technology to properly handle diagnostic issues for everything from a Check Engine light to an ABS Warning light.
How long will it take to diagnose my problem?
In most cases, we can actually find AND fix the problem in the same day.
Do I need an appointment?
Most centers do not require an appointment, but please call your us for details. It is our goal to make it convenient and offer times that works best for you.
How much will it cost?
Diagnostics are usually handled at an hourly or procedural rate that is specific to each store. Please use our map to find us and call for more details. A Check Engine Light diagnostic will often be at a fixed rate, unless additional diagnostic procedures are needed.
Why do my parts store offer to “do my check engine light” for free?
Parts stores capabilities are limited to only reading the stored trouble codes, but they do not perform the diagnostic procedures to determine what is exactly required to fix your vehicle. Auto Doctors have certified technicians whose job it is to accurately diagnose and fix cars!
What are examples of vehicle operating issues that require diagnostics?
Typical vehicle operating issues that require a diagnosis on your vehicle include:
- Any warning lights on the dash that are illuminated (Check Engine Light, ABS, etc.)
- Emissions failures
- Engine or transmission performance
- Steering and ride control
All of the parts we install are guaranteed to meet or exceed manufacturer standards, and if you wish, we’ll return all of your old parts to you. If a dashboard light is activated in your vehicle, have the problem taken care of by our experts.