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What’s Up With That Pesky Little Check Engine Light

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Fullerton Check Engine Light & Diagnostics

Most Fullerton Drivers know that felling you get when your minding your own business cruising down Orangethorpe Avenue when you suddenly notice the feared “Check Engine” Light showing on your dash. And like most drivers, you’re not really sure what that light means, besides the fact that it may cost money. Many experts call it the one of the most misunderstood indicators on your dashboard. Because it can mean a variety of issues, from a loose gas cap, your car isn’t getting the best fuel economy, your vehicle is emitting higher levels of pollutants or worst case scenario, a serious issues with your engine.

Additionally, when you see the warning light it doesn’t mean you have to instantly pull over and call a tow truck. Although, it does mean if your in the area you should contact Orozco’s Auto Service and have it checked at your next opportunity. Ignoring any warning from your vehicle may end up damaging some expensive components.

What is The “Check Engine” Light

The “check engine” light is a part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics AKA the (OBD) system. Since the ’80s, computers increasingly have controlled and monitored your vehicle performance. Such as regulating variables as engine speed (RPM), ignition timing, fuel mixture and in some cars, the computer also tells automatic transmissions when to shift.

When it finds a problem in the electronic-control system that it can’t correct, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator that’s labeled “check engine,” “service engine soon” or “check powertrain.” Or the light may be nothing more than a picture of an engine, known as the International :Check Engine” Symbol. In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory to identifies the source of the problem. This may be a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. If you bring your vehicle in to Orozco’s Auto Service we can read the code with an electronic scan tool or our diagnostic computer.

If your check-engine light comes on, here are some tips on what you can do:

First, check your dashboard gauges and lights for any signs of of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. On some vehicle’s, a yellow “check engine” means investigate the problem, while a red “check engine” can mean stop as soon as it’s safe to pull over. Always refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the specific meaning for your warning lights.

After checking all your gages one of the most simple steps is try tightening your gas cap. Quite often this can solves the problem. Keep in mind that it may take several trips before the light resets. If the light continues to stay on feel free to visit Orozco’s Auto Service of  and we can reset it for you. Newer vehicle may have a separate indicator that warns of a loose gas cap before the condition sets off the “check engine” light.

If your vehicle is showing a “check engine” light or are not sure and would like to have your vehicle diagnosed, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Fullerton today at 714-525-3239. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!

Orozco’s Auto Service Fullerton – Orange County, CA
1018 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
Call Today: 714-525-3239 – Auto | Fleet | Diesel | Service, Maintenance and Repair

Orozco’s Auto Service has five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties Long Beach, Bellflower, Garden Grove or Fullerton!

Keep Your Car In Great Shape With Automotive Fuel System Service

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TIP! Check your coolant levels frequently. You need to allow your car to run for a couple of minutes, shut down the engine and then open up the hood.

You may feel frustrated when you have to deal with repairs on your car. If this is your case, you need to learn more about auto repairs. Continue reading and learn more about how you can deal with any repairs that come up with your auto.

TIP! You don’t always need a mechanic when your car is having problems. There are a few things that you can fix easily yourself.

Be sure that you have an A.S.E. certified mechanic before they are allowed to work on your vehicle. This certification means that the technician has passed a written test and has over 2 years of experience under his or her belt. This means a top professional is doing your repairs.

TIP! You don’t want rust to attack your car so take the time to wash it on a regular basis. All cars will rust up eventually, but you may delay it considerably by ensuring all chemicals and salts are washed off quickly.

Invest in a quality battery charger and always keep it in your car. Dead batteries are common, and a good battery charger will come in handy more than once. The charger has special connecting points that you should be aware of when hooking it up to a car.

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TIP! Keep a record of all the repairs you make on your vehicle. Whenever another issue crops up, it is most helpful for your technician to take a look at this document.

Before taking your vehicle to an auto repair shop, check out their online reviews. This will speak volumes about their customer service abilities and their skill in solving issues. You can use online reviews to find an auto repair shop that you are comfortable giving your business to.

TIP! Put together a small tool kit for your car and keep it in your trunk. Make sure you have something to change a tire.

Beware of mechanics who do unneeded repairs on the car. All reputable mechanics will notify you before doing any repairs and will inform you of any parts that could require repairs in the immediate future. Don’t go back to mechanics who made unneeded repairs.

TIP! If your taillights or headlights burn out, you will save a ton of money. You can do this easily on some vehicles, and you’ll find it costs you less than having a company help you.

Take out all of the valuable items in your car when it is being repaired. Some of these items may need to be removed so the mechanic can do his work, and the shop is not responsible if anything is lost. You want to remove items from your trunk also.

TIP! Monitor your dashboard lights regularly. They are intended to give you a warning when you need it.

Now you’ve gleaned a bit of an education on car repairs. Take control and refuse to be hoodwinked by unscrupulous mechanics. Continue reading for more information that can help you repair your car.


Orozco’s Auto Service Fullerton – Orange County, CA
1018 W. Orangethorpe Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92833, USA
Call Today: 714-525-3239 – Auto | Fleet | Diesel | Service, Maintenance and Repair

Orozco’s Auto Service has five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties Long Beach, Bellflower, Garden Grove or Fullerton!

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