Where Do You Go When the Check Engine Light Goes On?

Where Do You Go When the Check Engine Light Goes On?

The Service Center at Crown Buick GMC

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Crown Buick GMC—Your One-Stop Service Center

The Certified technicians at Crown Buick GMC guarantee you the best Buick check engine light service and GMC check engine light service in St. Petersburg, FL. By using the latest diagnostic system equipment, they promise to get to the root of the problem and get you on your way.

Visit our Service Center today for the best in auto repair services, routine maintenance services, tire service, or bodywork. Whether you need an oil change, a new fender, or anything in between, Crown Buick GMC has the trained experts to take care of all your automotive needs.

Why Did My Check Engine Light Come On?

Not many things strike fear in the heart of a car owner like seeing their check engine light illuminate the dashboard. What does it mean? Is it serious? How soon do I have to bring it in? These are all questions that might run through your mind when you see that little symbol pop up.

If this happens to you, get your car checked at the Crown Buick GMC Service Center, and assuage your fears with the sound advice of our knowledgeable, professional technicians. Using state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, they can figure out the problem and have it fixed in no time.

Figuring Out Your Engine Problems

There are many reasons your check engine light might come on. It could be something as simple as a loose gas cap, or something as serious as a failed engine component. If you’ve checked your gas cap and it’s still in place, it’s best to let the experts take a look at your vehicle.

A check engine light detects problems with the powertrain—the engine, transmission, and related components. It’s your on-board diagnostic system’s (OBD) way of telling you there’s something wrong. When this happens, the control module (computer) will store a corresponding diagnostic trouble code in its memory system.

When you bring your vehicle to Crown Buick GMC, our technicians will connect a special scan tool or code reader to your vehicle’s OBD port to retrieve this diagnostic code. The code lets the technician know the reason the check engine light went on. They will then perform further testing to get to the root of the problem.

Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light Is On

Not all engine problems are serious, but ignoring a check engine light can make even the slightest issue a much bigger one. That’s why it’s best to get to a reputable auto repair shop, like the Crown Buick GMC Service Center, as soon as possible when your check engine light goes on. Some of the more common reasons for a lit-up check engine light include:

  • Engine problems
  • Transmission problems
  • Emissions equipment problems
  • Modules and sensors (electronic powertrain control) problems
  • Air/fuel delivery problems
  • Ignition system problems

Make sure you know the difference between the check engine light and check oil light. Being low on oil is a problem that needs to be addressed, but it won’t solve a more serious engine problem. The check oil light is an oil can with a drop on the spout. The check engine light is either an engine with the word ‘check’ beneath it, or simply the words ‘check engine’.

Reliable Services You Can Count On

The Service Center at Crown Buick GMC is here to help you diagnose and repair all of your vehicle’s problems. At Crown Buick GMC, we don’t just sell new, Certified Pre-Owned, and used cars, we service them for as long as you own them.

Our top notch service includes a variety of Buick and GMC Prepaid Maintenance Plans that will help you keep up with routine maintenance services, and keep you covered when more serious problems occur. Check out our website today to review our plans and find out why we’re one of the best full-service dealerships in the St. Petersburg area.

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