Check, Your Check Engine Light!

When Your Check Engine Light Appears On Your Dashboard? Don’t Ignore It!

It is a warning, that means there is something wrong with your car. It could be an issue with the transmission, various sensors, emissions, ignition or other problems with other components that are important to your car running safely and efficiently the way it should.

This light illuminates for a reason. It will not tell you what the problem is but will alert you that you should have a certified technician perform a diagnostic check to determine the source of the light and the malfunction that is causing the light to come on. The problem could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or as serious as a major engine fail. Just remember it is a safety feature that is there to warn you and protect your car of any potential damage that may have occurred.

Think of your check engine light as a beacon of safety. How you react or how fast you react to the light coming on could mean the difference between a small repair to a major repair that could be very expensive.

Contact us for any automotive diagnostic testing or repairs.



Why Do My Tires Look Like They Need Air, Often?

Why Do My Tires Look Like They Need Air, Often?


Your car’s tire pressure is very important and can be hazardous if not properly maintained.

Did you know that your tires can actually lose air pressure over time and in different temperature conditions? Yes, the air molecules can actually leak through the rubber membranes, very, very slowly. Especially if your car sits without driving it over long periods of time or you have drastic changes in ambient temperature. Or you could have a slow leak from a small puncture, broken valve stem or your tire is not sealed on the rim very well. Also check to see if your tires are showing excessive or uneven wear.

Make sure you inspect your tires and tire pressure at least on a monthly basis. If they seem low or your car feels like it’s riding hard or soft the air pressure can be under or over inflated. In some newer cars you may have a TPMS , Tire Pressure Monitoring System. This monitors your tire pressure in all 4 wheels and alerts you with a warning light that appears on your dashboard, if your tire pressure is too low.

Having a low or flat tire is no fun and could be dangerous!  Contact us at Virginia Automotive Service in Glen Allen/Henrico at 804-554-3806 or Richmond at 804-977-0105 and let us help.

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