Q: My engine light is on. What does that mean?
A: The engine light is turned on by the computer to warn you of a failure in one of the many monitored systems on your car. It could be as simple as a loose gas cap or as major as power loss in one of the cylinders in your engine. The only way to know what’s going on is to scan the computer. We have the technology to check this for you.
Q: Can I still drive my car with warning symbols on?
A: Engine computers have back up programs to “limp-in” your car. You should make sure it’s safe to do so. Call us and ask. We will do our best to assess each situation to see if towing is in order.
Q: I can’t turn the key in the ignition to start the car?
A: Relax. Check your steering wheel lock to see if it’s jamming. Just rock your steering left to right between the lock positions while turning the key.
Q: There is a scratchy squealing noise as I back up the car. It doesn’t seem to do it going forward. What’s up?
A: The most likely answer is that you are hearing the noise that is designed to warn you of brake wear. Most brakes have what we call a “squealer bar” that makes noise when it contacts the brake rotor to warn you of brake wear. Come in and get your brakes checked.
Q: My radio stopped working since I replaced the battery.
A: You most likely need a code. There are codes for individual units. If you do not have the code to your unit, call us. We will walk you through the procedure to retrieve it.