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Uh Oh…My Check Engine Light Is On

March 30th, 2017

So you come out to start your car one morning and the Check Engine light on the dashboard comes on…and doesn’t go back off again. You can’t really notice any difference in the way the car runs and drives, but it’s on anyway.

What does it mean?Check Engine Light

Since the late 80s, most engine functions have been controlled by a central drivetrain computer. This includes emissions controls, fuel metering and delivery, ignition timing, shift points and many other elements of drivability and performance. The drivetrain computer relies on information from a chain of sensors that monitor exhaust composition, camshaft position, throttle position and many other factors.

The voltage readings from any of these sensors are supposed to fall within a certain range. When ...[more]

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Spring Is In the Air – Is Your Vehicle Ready?

March 2nd, 2016
It’s March and it may not be warming up just yet, but you know that spring is right around the corner. The buds will be coming out on the trees, flowers blooming, birds tweeting, and it’ll be time to get your vehicle back in shape after the rigors of a rough winter.
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Spring Driving Hazards

March 20th, 2014

Spring Driving HazardsSpring Driving Unknown Hazards

It’s that time of year again! Flowers bloom, days become longer, and the weather is warmer. Birds, nature, and warmth come to everyone’s mind around this time of year. Although, most people do not see what spring also brings.

With the luxuries of spring comes hazardous road conditions that every driver should be aware of. Find out what to look out for, and use these spring driving tips to help you become a more aware and safe driver.

What to Avoid and Tips on How to Avoid Them

 

Fog:

Fog is one of the most dangerous hazards to accompany spring. Spring brings warmer weather on a cold area. This creates dangerous areas with little to no ...[more]

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What Does Your Check Engine Light Mean? - Star City Tire

December 27th, 2013

Check Engine LightWhen your car's "Check Engine" light comes on, it's usually accompanied by a sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach. The light could mean a costly problem, like a bad catalytic converter, or it could be something minor, like a loose gas cap. But in many cases, it means at minimum that you'll be visiting your mechanic to locate the malfunction and get the light turned off.

The Check Engine light, more formally known as the Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), is a signal from the car's engine computer that something is wrong. Older vehicles may not have this, but any newer vehicle is equipped with a tiny all-knowing computer that will be your lifeline in communicating any problem with how the engine is running. Your Tire and Automotive service department can diagn ...[more]

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