Engine Performance And Diagnostics
Since 1996, every vehicle built has an On-Board Diagnostics System that monitors the state of your vehicle’s engine. If there are any issues or discrepancies detected, the system will illuminate a “Service Engine” or “Check Engine” warning light on your dashboard. As soon as you see one of these warning lights it’s important to come see our trained mechanics for an assessment.
Warning Signs for Engine Performance Trouble
If your oil is old or too low or if your vehicle is running too hot, your “check engine” or “service engine” lights will alert you. You should get it checked out immediately. However, there are engine issues for which the on-board diagnostic system may not give you a warning light.
Some engine issues that may not trigger a warning light are:
1. Slow cranking, rough idling, frequent stalling or knocking.
These are signs of potential trouble You should bring in for service and diagnostics just in case.
2. Have you noticed a decrease in gas mileage?
Keep track of how often you fill up at the pump. If you’re not doing any excessive driving this may be a sign that there is trouble brewing under the hood.
3. Are you having trouble accelerating?
If you’re putting the pedal to the floor and your vehicle isn’t getting up to speed quickly, stop in for a checkup. There may be bigger issues on their way.
Routine Maintenance = A Healthy Engine
The best way to make sure your engine is operating at peak performance is to keep current with your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. Don’t wait for the light to come on. If you’re experiencing engine trouble, we’re happy to take a look. Call us at 734-761-1088 to schedule your service appointment.