Every car made since 1996 is equipped with a special On-Board Diagnostics System. This specialized system constantly monitors your engine’s performance. If there is any discrepancy found in performance levels, they are reported through the computer system. When the “check engine” or “service engine” light comes on, you should seek the help of a professional engine diagnostics service or receive an engine tune-up. These diagnostics allow our staff to gather the information we need to make a determination of the operating condition of your engine. The information we receive during this diagnostics test helps us to determine the extent of the engine repairs you might need.
When we perform the test, the most common diagnostic trouble codes are generated in response to any malfunctions found in the car’s powertrain. In many cases, an engine tune-up is needed to help correct and prevent any future engine trouble. During a tune-up, our fully trained mechanics will replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, rotor, and distributor cap inside your vehicle. We’ll also do a thorough check of the emission levels, fuel lines, and all belts and hoses. When you get a regular engine diagnostic and regular tune-up, you can help to extend the life of your vehicle and ensure that the engine stays in good health.
Why Get Engine Diagnostics and How do they Help Performance?
Of course, you should always have regular engine maintenance to ensure that your vehicle performs at optimum conditions. But there are also signs to be on the lookout for that will indicate your car is in need of engine repair, such as the “check engine” or “service engine” light coming on. This is a sure sign that your engine needs to be examined by an expert as soon as possible. In most cases, the car’s On-Board Diagnostics System should detect the engine issue and then store the coordinating repair code. These codes can then be accessed by our trained staff.
Whether it’s slow-cranking, stalling, knocking, or pinging while accelerating, these are all serious signs that you should get repairs performed to prevent further damage. Any decrease in gas mileage or a noticeable loss of power when you accelerate is other signs of the need or a tune-up or other performance-related repair service. Your engine’s warning lights are there to alert you to any minor problems before they turn into expensive, major repairs.
Call the experts at Lenfer Automotive, The Home of Beeline Alignment, located in Wyoming, Minnesota so we can perform the proper diagnostics tests in order to get your car running back to its optimum performance capabilities.