Types Of Diagnostic Check Offered
There are a series of indicator lights on your dashboard that will alert you to any problems that your vehicle may be experiencing. Knowing how to interpret these symbols will save you from costly repairs. When you go to the mechanic to have a diagnostic check done, your vehicle will display what is wrong with it. The mechanic will then use this information to repair your car.
Check Engine Light
The engine light is connected to the majority of your vehicles functions. This warning light will alert you if you forgot to put back on your engine oil cover to other serious problems. If your engine light is blinking then your car is telling you that there is a serious problem that can cause significant mechanical damage.
If you are ever face with this warning, then pull off the road and switch-off the engine. Call for a tow truck to remove the vehicle to the repair shop. The vehicle might be having engine problems or electrical issues that can result in an under the hood fire.
Anti-lock Braking System Light
ABS warning light indicates a problem with your braking system. The sensors maybe at fault causing the brakes to lock the wheels at random and when applying brakes the ABS braking system does not hold like it should. Driving under these conditions makes you vulnerable to accidents since you do not have total control over your vehicle. The moment you see the ABS light turn on drive slow and avoid steep roads and head straight to the repair shop. The problem could be as simple as having low brake-fluid levels; however, the mechanic is the only person to give your braking system a full check to ensure that the ABS is working the way it should.
The charge light symbol is a battery that lights whenever there is a problem with your car battery or alternator or even your electrical system. A car technician will check the voltage reading of your battery to see if it is fully charged. A battery that is not charging properly could be a sign of a problem with the battery itself, or the alternator could be at fault. Other warning signs are dim headlights or the engine starts with a lazy crank. Have this problem solved asap since you run the risk of being stranded at the side of the road.
Coolant Temperature Light
The coolant is vital to keeping the engine from overheating and whenever the coolant temperature light comes on; it usually means that the radiator is low on coolant fluid. There is a problem with the temperature sensor and prolonging the problem will cause costly repairs to your engine since it is not keeping to a safe operating temperature. The engine overheats and the car shuts-off. A faulty radiator could be to blame if it has cracks along the surface. Coolant escapes through these cracks that expand when the radiator gets hot, releasing more liquid.
This warning light can save your life as it is designed to let drivers know when there is a problem with the vehicle’s air-bags or seat-belts. Having your seat-belts and other safety apparatus functioning is also a requirement of the law..
Oil Pressure Light
Ignoring the oil pressure light will land you in a lot of problems starting with a complete engine overhaul or replacement. This warning light tells you that the oil level is too low for safe engine operation, or that the engine has lost oil pressure. Pull the dipstick from the engine and look for the markings that indicate low, middle and high levels. If the oil on the dipstick is near the low mark then add the correct type of engine oil until it reads near the high mark. Always wipe the dipstick clean before reinserting it back into the engine. This will remove and dust particles that might cling to the dipstick, thus avoiding introducing dust in the engine.
Also, a clean dipstick is the only way to get an accurate reading of the engine oil level. Never overfill your engine with oil. This action will also cause major damage to your engine since the oil pressure will build to great levels and will cause the seals in the engine to rupture.
This warning light reminds you that your vehicle is due for a routine service based on the amount of miles traveled. A general check-up will reveal any developing problems and nip it in the bud. Usually the mechanic will change your engine and transmission oil, check your brakes and braking fluid. Rotate your tires, diagnose the electrical system and change what needs to be changed. Preventative maintenance is cost effective and adds years of service of your vehicle to you.
Dynamic Traction Control
This will alert drivers when their anti-skid system has been engaged which is a signal that the road is slippery so slowing down is a god idea.
This warning light works similar to the oil pressure light in alerting drivers when their transmission oil is low, or if there is a problem.