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 Is My Car Overheating?

Why Is My Car Overheating?

Is that little red arrow in your “Temp” gauge moving up into the red area? Or are you seeing steam coming out from under the hood of your car?  If so, STOP and turn off your engine. Your car could be overheating. This could severely damage your engine! It’s always a good practice to check your engine fluids. The fluids tend to thin out or even evaporate in higher temperatures. Transmission fluid, power steering fluid, coolant and windshield wiper fluids should all be checked. Especially your coolant fluid. This keeps your car from running hot and overheating. But be very careful, the coolant fluid can explode out of the coolant reservoir and cause extreme burns if the car hasn’t cooled off over a period of time. Your car may have lost coolant, a hose could be leaking, a fan belt or electric fan could have failed along with the thermostat or possibly your water pump may have stopped pushing coolant through your engine. Even something as small as the radiator cap may need to be replaced. It’s better to have a certified repair shop check the coolant and other fluids to avoid any potential damages to your car.

Virginia Automotive Service in Richmond, Virginia and Glen Allen, Virginia is your headquarters for any overheating problems you may have with your vehicle.