Check Engine Light | Libertytown, MD | Dynamic Automotive

How The Source of the Check Engine Light Is Diagnosed

Nobody Likes the Light

Nobody wants to see the check engine light come on. In the case of the check engine light (as opposed to some more specific indicators), various issues might be the cause. Therefore, perhaps you're wondering how the source of the problem can be diagnosed. That's a valid question, and we're glad to explain it. We're also glad to help you if your vehicle's dashboard warning has been illuminated or with any other services and repairs you might need. Dynamic Automotive in Libertytown, Maryland, has provided reliable neighborhood auto repair for more than 25 years. Our ASE-certified technicians are always here to help you with a smile, earning us numerous awards and a reputation as the shop where customers become friends.

Why It’s There and It’s Value

Although it can seem pesky, the check engine light isn't there just as an aggravation to drivers. It's there to let you know when there's a problem that needs addressing. It will also help you determine if your engine and/or exhaust needs attention in order for your vehicle to pass a state safety inspection and emissions testing. Some manufacturers piloted brand-specific versions of the warning system in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each one generated trouble codes unique to that make auto. When the EPA mandated stricter emissions standards, the newer check engine system was implemented in all new cars sold in the United States starting in 1996. The value of a universal code is that it standardizes computer-generated messaging. Testing equipment can easily generate a trouble code no matter what kind of vehicle you drive. The current indicator is known as the OBD-II diagnostic system, standing for Onboard Diagnostic and second generation.

Proper Diagnosis

Now that you know a bit more about computerized onboard diagnostics, you may be wondering how the specific problem is diagnosed. After all, this lamp can indicate more than one issue. When you bring your car to us, a certified technician will connect it to the OBD-II reader. This will generate a trouble code that will categorize the problem. Once we know the general area to look at, we'll use our training and experience to pinpoint the exact source of trouble. That will enable us to make an effective repair in an efficient manner rather than haphazardly guessing at the problem. We'll be able to get your auto back up to specification, turn off the warning light, and ensure that you're ready for your next emissions test. What's more, you can breathe easier knowing that we back our work with a warranty. Thus, if your dash light comes on, don't panic. Come to Dynamic Automotive in Libertytown, MD, for check engine repair.

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