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Dash lights can be easily ignored because the engine light is on for an “emissions” problem. This, in itself, is not a “safety” concern so, due to budget or the repair not being a necessity it ends up being ignored. Eventually, the light is just “on” and ignored completely.

The fact is that when a dash light first comes on it is there for a reason and should be addressed accordingly. Having the code “scanned” is like asking the Dr. “why does my arm hurt”, but not letting the Dr. diagnose the problem. The code(s) provided by the scan is a question and our certified technicians test to make sure unnecessary parts are not installed. Many times the code comes up for an O2 sensor and the parts store sells the customer the O2 sensor. The customer installs the part and five minutes later the dash light returns. This is the perfect example of guessing at the fix, which is much more costly than paying a professional to properly diagnose the problem and install the appropriate part(s).

The other aspect of dash lights is the lack of education provided to drivers on what the individual lights mean. Many times, for example, a traction control light appears, and we, as consumers, do not know what this light is, much less what it could cause or do to our vehicle/safety. If a light comes on it may or may not be a safety concern, but should be checked out immediately. Our technicians will scan the code for FREE just as the parts stores and properly educate you on what is the best way to approach the problem. We will educate you on potential cost, safety concerns and potential effects if the problem is left unfixed.

Some examples of dash lights are:

  • Check engine (different than oil change due)
  • Transmission
  • Traction control
  • ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)
  • Coolant (temperature overheating)
  • Low oil level
  • Tire pressure
  • Bulb failure (headlight, taillight, brake light, etc.)
  • Airbag
  • Battery
  • Powertrain malfunction
  • Electronic control
  • Low fuel (keep vehicle at ¼ or more fuel to help prevent fuel pump failure)