You would hate to get stranded on the side of the road with a carload full of kids en route to soccer or ballet practice because you put off getting your vehicle looked at for too long. That way you at least have an idea of what the problem is. My check engine light came on about a year ago, and in all honesty, with a super hectic life I kind of blew it off a little because the car was running fine. Vic: A guarantee like that would be good for many consumers, myself included. As an employee of Advance Auto Parts I just want to inform folks that the company is going to stop reading engine codes and referring those who come in for that once free service to one of our commercial customers, in other words a garage. Pep boys does not provide free diagnostics for check engine light. Such malfunction may not have an immediate impact on the performance of a vehicle but could have disastrous results if ignored.
Finally, I am not a mechanic but have had good experiences and horror stories. We store your warranty purchases in our national database. Two days later my car stopped working on a busy intersection on my way to work. A small leak could be a gas cap or it could be a small crack in your fuel tank. And, again, if you have a Sam's Club membership, this service is free. How A Car Diagnostic Test Works The diagnostic test relies on a computer system that links to the vehicle's computer processor, sensors, and microchips, logging any problems or issues present. Valid on select in stock tires only.
If your check engine light is flashing, your onboard computer system is logging a potentially dangerous systems issue and you should not drive your car. I just want to clear extinguish the orange coloured warning light, so do all generic scanners, including the cheap ones, have the simple capability to do this? My husband took the car to Autozone as you suggested and they said they no longer provide this service. The reason behind its appearance must be found out and mechanical issues associated with it must be fixed to keep the vehicle in good working order. The reality is you can always find something wrong if you look careful and long enough. Let one more customer throw their keys at me and order up an oil change.
Or you can learn to do most of these simple tasks yourself and learn how to care for what is probably the 1st or 2nd-most expensive asset you own. Since then, she has written for television, web, and occasionally, sketch comedy. One other thing: there is a capital investment involved with purchasing diagnostic equipment and a mechanic has the right to recoup that investment. They reset the system and I had to drive it for another week to get enough data to pass smog. The shop will then call one of these stores and order the part like a gas cap and the customer, who was just sent to the shop,since we now will not read their code ,will watch as one of our delivery vehicles pulls up and brings the part they would have bought from us to that shop and marks up the price.
I was not so sure that this was the problem and fortunately a friend advised to get my vehicle back. The light could be an indication that there is a serious problem like a major engine issue that could be a safety issue , or it could be something simple like tightening your gas cap which my wife had to do one time. The process only takes a couple of minutes and they will provide you with a print out listing the troubleshooting code and diagnosis, a definition and explanation of the potential problem, and probable causes. So I understand the diagnostic fees. She discovered that her only problem was that gas cap would not seal securely.
If your check engine light is on or flashing, it's time to come into your neighborhood store for a car diagnostic. So I headed to an AutoZone location and was helped immediately by one of their team members, who came right out with an orange scanner device and hooked it up under my steering wheel. Once, I turned my car on to find the check engine light on. I too took my car to auto zone to see what the codes were for the check engine light that came on my in car. If a tune-up could take care of the issue, they will let me know.
. Get in the Zone and recycle today. Is a Check Engine Light on Something Urgent? Check engine light is a warning light which indicates some sort of mechanical issues in the vehicle. It often involves a manual inspection or running specialized tests on their computers. A solid glowing check engine light could be indicating a problem that is easily fixable.
Your check engine light is your vehicle computer's way of telling you that there may be a problem and your car requires as soon as possible. There is another option for you that will save you money and headache in the long run. All opinions expressed here are the author's and not of any other entity. I have a good local mechanic that I use when repairs are needed, and they have checked codes for me free of charge on occasion. He fixed my vehicle and engine light is off and running smoothly. A word to the wise… Several year ago, Pep Boys was featured on one of the evening magazine shows for fleecing their customers.
Will never go inside pep boys for any services anymore. It detected emissions system errors so I was told of various things that could cause that. However, in college I had my car towed to the local Pepboys and they tried to overcharge me in 3 different ways. After all, if you've got problems, you've got to get them fixed somewhere. What I need now is a place to take the car for free advise on what parts to buy for squeaking or chirping noise when I turn on my car. Also be aware that AutoZone is in the business of selling parts, not repairing cars, and while many of their staff are knowledgeable, they may not diagnose the problem correctly on the first try. Thank you, for your time any input would be greatly appreciated.
So if you know you have been lacking in your preventative maintenance catching up on it might be all it takes. A visit to your local Autozone will leave you wondering why you never thought to stop by before. AutoZone is well known for doing free check engine light diagnostics. Again, they have to charge for their time, so if it is a more advanced issues you may have to pay. Well actually they aren't doing a diagnostic, they are just pulling the codes from the pcm and making a guess at the cause.