San Carlos Check Engine Light
WHAT DOES THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT MEAN?The Check Engine Light - also known as the “Malfunction Indicator Lamp” (MIL) for short or Service engine soon light — is a signal from the vehicles engine computer that something is not operating within factory specifications. A+ Japanese Auto Repair Inc. can diagnose the problem for you and in some cases fix the issue during the inspection. Figure A. shows the most common symbols used for check engine lights on todays vehicles.
(Fig A.) Most common check engine light symbols usedIn 1997, A+ Japanese Auto opened our facility the same year car manufactures switched to OBD II (on board diagnosis 2), which used a standardized list of diagnostic trouble codes (DTC). All vehicles with OBD II use a universal connector. A+ Japanese Auto Repair has grown-up with this technology. We excel at check engine light diagnosis and are known throughout San Mateo County as the best auto repair facility to take your vehicle for an accurate check engine light inspection. We employ the latest diagnostic scanners and computers to help get to the root of your check engine light concern with efficiency. Efficiency equals cost effective. In short, taking your vehicle to an expert at check engine light diagnosis saves you time and money.
WHAT IS THE DIAGNOSIS PROCESS FOR THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT INSPECTION?Deciphering the code is the first part of the diagnosis process for Check Engine Light inspection. After accessing the onboard computer with our Scan Tool, we will retrieve a code that will indicate to us what system(s) have detected issues. These codes will give us an idea or direction on where to start our inspection. From here, we will typically start with a print out of a complex electrical circuit and system and test it until we find an issue. Each system or circuit varies in its complexity, number of sensors, components etc. However if you drive a Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Kia, Scion, Hyundai, Isuzu or Hybrid vehicle, A+ Japanese Auto Repair has performed so many check engine light inspections on these cars that we are aware of all common issues and how the circuits work. This means a faster car diagnosis and repair due to our expertise. This also means we will save you money by going directly to the source of the problem. Figure B below shows a typical read out from our Scan Tool. Think EKG machines that a doctor uses. This scanner can test a multitude of systems at the same time and helps us diagnose the system or circuit causing your check engine light to come on.
(Fig B.) One of the scanners we employ for check engine light diagnosis.