CHECK ENGINE LIGHT & WARNING LIGHTS

You should take your auto's warning lights seriously. They alert you about issues with your vehicle. Although most of the time there is no need to "panic", they do remind you to get the help you need.

The trained professionals at Paul's Automotive Service & Repair are prepared with State of the Art Diagnostic Equipment that can help determine the issue indicated by those check engine lights or other warning lights and make any needed repairs. Let us help restore your peace of mind and possibly save you money by preventing unnecessary major repairs. So don't put off getting those Check Engine Lights and Warning Lights diagnosed.

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT

Check engine lights and other warning lights can be annoying when they come on. Your car seems to be running OK, so you wonder what is going on. Check engine lights and other warning lights are part of the computer diagnostic system and serve the very important purpose of letting you know that the computer has detected that something is not working properly. As long as your car is still running OK there is no need to panic, but you should take your car to a professionally trained mechanic who can diagnose the problem as soon as possible. The issue could range from something very simple to something that could potentially lead to major engine damage or damage to other components of your vehicle if not taken care of promptly. The longer you wait, the greater the potential of severe damage occurring.

BATTERY RECHARGING SYSTEM

The battery warning light could mean that there is a recharging system failure, low voltage being produced by the alternator, or that there is a battery charging failure (such as from a broken alternator belt or alternator failure). Look for the following symptoms: Engine turning over slowly or not at all, dim lights (interior or headlights, slow power window operation, corroded battery terminals, or battery near end of recommended life. If any of these symptoms appear , you should have your vehicle checked by a professionally trained mechanic who can diagnose the problem as soon as possible if you want to avoid being stranded on the side of the road. 

OIL LIGHTS

The oil warning light could mean you have a low oil level or low oil pressure. The oil level should be checked as soon as possible and oil added as indicated. If oil level is not low, then you may have an oil pressure issue and vehicle should be taken to a professionally trained mechanic immediately. This is an indication that your engine needs servicing as soon as possible. Continuing to drive your car with very low oil levels and not keeping up with your vehicles recommended oil changes puts you at risk for engine damage. 

ENGINE COOLANT TEMPERATURE INDICATOR LIGHT

If indicator light is blue, it simply means that the coolant temperature is below what is required for optimum performance (car probably just needs warming up). If indicator light is RED your engine is too hot and you should shut down the vehicle immediately. If not turned off immediately, you are running the risk of overheating your vehicle, which will certainly lead to a costly repair.