Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light in San Antonio, Texas

Bring Your Car in for Diagnostics and Repair Today

Since 1996, all models manufactured for the United States come with the check engine light feature. It is the “messenger” component of the second-generation on-board diagnostics (OBD-II) system, which alerts the driver to a problem within their vehicle. The OBD-II system is responsible for monitoring the engine, the transmission, and the emissions system for proper operation. If a problem is detected in one of these systems, the respective diagnostic trouble code (DTC) is sent to the internal computer system, and the engine light illuminates on the dashboard. This is essentially your cue to make an appointment with us at Bravos Auto Care in San Antonio, Texas, for further inspection and professional diagnostics. The engine light can come on for a number of reasons, ranging from minor to major. If you’re experiencing a flashing check engine light, however, we recommend pulling over to a safe area and giving us a call for assistance; this indicates a severe problem and needs to be handled carefully.

Some Reasons Your Engine Light Illuminates

So, what is causing it to light up? A common reason—and an easy fix—is a loose gas cap. When a gas cap isn’t properly sealed, fuel vapors can get released and moisture, dirt, and other impurities can get into the fuel system. Ultimately, this may lead to problems such as idling issues and decreased fuel economy. Complications with the oxygen sensor, catalytic converter, mass airflow sensor, and thermostat are also possible and common causes of the check engine light to appear. Of course, worn spark plugs, faulty connections, or communication failures may also be the culprit. Every component in your engine, transmission, and emissions is designed for a specific role, and if that role becomes compromised, your overall performance becomes compromised in one way or another. This is why the engine light appearing may be accompanied by changes in your driving dynamics, such as a drop in power output. The only way to determine the exact issue is with diagnostics, which we can conduct for you here in our shop!

Professional Check Engine Light Diagnostics

How do the certified technicians at Bravos Auto Care know one problem from another? We use what is called an OBD-II diagnostic reader, which retrieves the diagnostic trouble code from your vehicle’s computer system via the integrated OBD port. Our experience and training in reading and understanding DTCs allow us to identify the correct problem and perform the right fix. We encourage you to visit us before a minor inconvenience becomes a major problem! We’ll keep you apprised at every step and address any questions you may have along the way. We offer service specials, a comfortable waiting area, and an expertise that is second to none. Bravos Auto Care is located at 11307 Perrin Beitel Rd San Antonio, TX 78217 in San Antonio, Texas. For more information about our check engine light diagnostics technology and service, feel free to ring us at (210) 530-4446. We look forward to being of assistance soon!