Check engine light ? What does it mean?

By | Diagnostic

Check engine light and a few potential reasons why it came on

Your dashboard, a cluster of helpful dials and lights that tell you about your vehicle’s status at all time, it’s our most trusty friend while driving, that is until the dreaded check engine light comes on. Of course, our immediate instinct is to hope for something simple and that can be easily and quickly remedied, without a costly repair bill, but most importantly we begin to hope it’s a minor enough thing that we can get to where we need to go before the vehicle is no longer drivable. The good news is check engine lights tend to mean there is a starting point for a diagnosis and can help to diagnose most simple problems since they throw a code that a technician can read and help to interpret, so getting your vehicle back up and running is nothing more than a quick trip away from the mechanic. We are going to list below a few reasons why engine lights can come on to help ease your mind when potential issues arise.

Mass Air Flow Sensor or MAF:

Your mass air flow sensor is an important component for your engine’s health and proper function as it is measures the amount of air coming into your engine and helps your vehicle to determine how much fuel to mix into the combustion chamber to run smoothly. If your MAF has an issue and isn’t working as it should it can degrade your vehicles performance and begin to damage other components such as your cars catalytic converter, O2 sensors and even your spark plugs. A malfunctioning MAF can trigger a check engine light and should be checked out before it causes other issues, but is usually an inexpensive and simple fix.

Catalytic Converter

This is an incredibly common issue that vehicles face over their service lifetime. Over time a catalytic converter wears out as its main job is to help covert harmful gasses like carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide and scrubs a lot of the harmful fumes that come out of an exhaust out of the air. Many times, when a catalytic converter is going out it means theirs others issues with the vehicle as well to get checked out but a check engine light is the first place to start with them.

Gas Cap

One of the simplest and most common problems that will trigger a check engine light is a simple gas cap. The gas cap seals the tank allowing it to build up pressure to pump fuel to the engine. When the cap is loose pressure isn’t built up, meaning fuel delivery is inefficient and gas can evaporate losing your precious fuel. Simply tightening a gas cap or replacing it when its rubber seals have worn out can fix a check engine light

Spark plugs and spark plug wires

Your car has different monitoring systems, one of them is the spark and ignition system, If your spark plugs aren’t working optimally or the wires are failing your car can trigger an engine light. A bad set of spark plugs can cause your engine to run poorly, or adversely affect fuel mileage. Having a technician check out spark plugs and wires with a tune up is always good idea.

O2 Sensor

A failing o2 sensor is one of the most common issues a vehicle may face. An O2 sensor that goes un fixed may cause other issues in your vehicle along with making it run poorly, this can even lower the efficiency of your vehicle’s mileage by up to 40%. This is a common and simple issue to remedy that can also cause dirty engine parts if not dealt with early on.

Overall your vehicles engine light will often come on for very common items and should be investigated sooner rather than later. The check engine light is a wonderful tool to help diagnose simpler issues in a vehicle. A trained technician should be able to help you quickly and painlessly diagnose your vehicle. At Vibrance Automotive we have the resources to help you keep your vehicle happy and healthy and you safe on the road.

The Advantages of Adding Custom Rims to Your Vehicle

By | Rims

As many know Wheels or Rims are the round metal body that holds your tires and air together. The wheel is a crucial component in how your vehicle rides and holds air. This being said they are also a large focal point so they come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes giving your vehicle a broad variety to chose from. This leads to a potential question though, If your wheels are in good condition and hold air just fine, why worry about changing it to a custom rim? Why add more to do to a vehicle you just purchased? We have a few reasons why you may want to consider it.

Tire options:

Many truck and SUV owners want to improve off-road handling, and performance. A great way to do this is by installing new wider wheels that can help you find a more appropriate tire size for your particular vehicle goals. Also, by changing Wheel size out sometimes to a more common size of wheel you find yourself with many more tire options of which often come in more inexpensive than less common size options. Many on road or sports cars also find changing Rims can improve tire options that help them better stick to the road especially in tight corners. Wheels can significantly reduce your Vehicles rotational mass and improve handling by simply changing them out.

Increase Curb appeal and car value:

A vehicle with custom wheels tends to draw many more eyes than a vehicle without them. This tends to provide a vehicle that is easier to sell when the time comes, more views means a higher chance of a sale. This also provides a margin for a higher sale price. When it comes to selling your vehicle, any extra dollar helps and any way to get more views is always appreciated. Making your vehicle an eye catcher will almost always benefit you whether you’re trying to sell the vehicle on the open market or just wanting to drive a better-looking vehicle.

Handling:

Many rims are designed for improving handling characteristics. Certain wheels can reduce the weight , or improve grip of the tire to the rim itself , so depending on what your vehicles needs are sometimes a new set of rims are the best first step to improving your vehicles performance. When it comes to rotational mass, the best place to remove some load on your vehicle is where the engine spins, the wheels.

Appearance:

The main reason people tend to change out the factory rims on vehicles is to simply improve the looks of a vehicle and inject a little bit of self-expression into their vehicle. A new set of rims will help you differentiate your vehicle from the rest of the pack and stand out. Especially when your vehicle is around others of the same model and make. This is also part of the fun of adding new wheels, the exploration of styles and choices helps to make the vehicle feel more like your own.

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