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Check Engine Light?!

Your health and safety is important to us, which is why we would like to share with you what preventive measures we are taking to keep us all safe and healthy. Did you know we offer concierge service? If you are homebound, give us a call and we will arrange to pick up and deliver your car.

April is a prime time for adventures and car care. When you are thinking of spring car maintenance, you most likely remember to have your tires and brakes checked, but what about your pesky check engine light that is on? Is that amber light shining at you, making you feel nervous? Maybe it is time to get it checked out. If you are ready to know what is going on with your car, there are a few ways to go about it, since a piece of tape covering the light won't solve the problem. If you have a dash light on in your car, it may not be a check engine light. You will want to consult your owners manual to become familiar with your dash lights. Some lights indicate that maintenance is needed, lights are out, brakes need service, your battery is not taking a charge, etc.

When you find a check engine light on, this is an indication that your emission system is experiencing some type of distress. Your emission system closely mirrors your engine and its performance, which means when your check engine light comes on, it could be for a vast number of reasons. Thankfully in the early '90s, car companies were all required to equip every vehicle with an OBD-II mandate, which requires all vehicles to have a universal connector to connect to a code reader. Are you a DIYer? If so, you can head to the auto store and pick up a code reader at a reasonably inexpensive cost. The issue with this is that a trouble code is a very generic and blanket clue. It targets a system fault and creates a diagnostic test plan to follow. An experienced mechanic can take this clue and piece together what is going on with your car before throwing expensive parts toward repairing your vehicle.

It is important not to ignore your check engine light. If your check engine light is on, your first line of defense is to take a look at your fuel cap. Make sure that your gas cap is on and adequately secured. If that isn't the issue and you feel motivated, you can look up a way to reset the light and see if it comes back. If the light does return, or if the light is blinking, it is best to have a certified auto repair mechanic take a look at your vehicle right away to diagnose and give you a written estimate for service and repairs. 

 We want to assure you that when you need help with a check engine light, brake work, or auto repair service, turn to the highly skilled auto mechanics at Mancinelli's Auto Repair Center. We will help you get the most out of every vehicle you own and keep you safe with rigorous sanitizing within our shop and new sanitizing processes for your door handles, dash and steering wheel. We are located at 375 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203. You can schedule an appointment online or visit us and be sure to ask us about our pick up and delivery service. See you soon! 


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