Check Engine Light Service Salt Lake City:What Does”Check Engine”Mean?

Your “Check Engine” light is on, and you have no idea why the light is on. You were simply driving down the road, and suddenly the yellow (orange, or red) check engine light illuminates on your dashboard-with no strange noises or warning symptoms. What causes the Check Engine light to go on?  Like most drivers, you have no idea what the light is trying to tell you.

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Check Engine Light-What It Means

What the Check Engine Light Means
It means your car’s computer system has noticed some kind of problem that needs attention. This can include anything from:

  • A brief lapse in some performance that may only be temporary, and will go away on its own;
  •  An engine service reminder (factory scheduled maintenance, as noted in the car’s owners’ manual;
  • A minor problem with  a simple fix. (A loose gas cap or wire connection can set your check engine light on.)
  • A failure of a major electronic, fuel system or exhaust component-sensor.

If the check engine light comes on and off, or only blinks temporarily, the issue may be minor or sporadic in nature. To be sure, an engine electronic diagnostic scan on the system is needed to determine the nature of the “check engine” fault.

What You Can Do To Help Diagnose A Check Engine Light

Like telling a doctor how your body feels, since you are driving the car when the check engine light first appeared, it helps to tell the auto repair diagnostic technician the conditions that occurred when the light came on.

  • Was it just after the engine started (cold engine), or after it had been running while (hot  engine)?
  • What speed were you driving?
  • Were you accelerating,or slowing down?
  • Were you shifting gears?
  • What engine electrical systems went on just prior to the light on (cruise control, A/C system, heater, etc.)?
  • If the “check engine” light is blinking or you notice any serious performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to reduce the load on the engine. Have the car checked as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage.

In addition to turning on the light, the computer stores a “trouble code” in its memory that identifies the source of the problem, such as a malfunctioning sensor or a misfiring engine. The code can be read with an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer-we have the tools to scan any make or model vehicle you drive.

In most situations, if your “check engine” light illuminates don’t overreact. Although extreme problems, like low oil pressure or an overheating engine, might trigger a “check engine” light, your car’s dashboard has other lights and gauges to warn you about those problems (and most likely a lot sooner).

GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.

Auto Repair Salt Lake City: 6 Safe Driving Tips To Avoid Injury and Accidents

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Follow These 6 Safe Driving Tips

1. Concentrate-Avoid “Distracted Driving”:
Driving while talking on your cell phone, and  driving while texting has now become the major distractions while driving. Do you need more incentive to stop texting and/or holding phones while driving? Try these numbers: 10, 75, 375…

Ten People Die every day in the U.S. : According to Distraction.gov, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website on distracted driving, there were 3,328 people who were killed in distracted driving accidents in 2012. White male drivers-ages 25 to 64-made up the highest percentage of drivers involved in these fatalities.

Can You Afford To Lose $75-$375?? Currently, Utah (one of 41 states), the District of Columbia, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have bans on texting for all drivers. 12 states ban drivers from using handheld cell phones at all. Some states only have bans on cell phones for novice drivers, while other states — such as our neighbor state Montana — currently do not have any bans regarding distracted driving.

2. Expect Driver Mistakes: “Watch Out For The Other Guy”

We have met the enemy and he is us. You can never rely on what the other driver will do. Think back to all the mistakes you’ve made while driving over the years. Think ahead to the ones you know you will make in the future. All the other drivers are just like us! Don’t trust them! While you are driving, keep a wary eye on the other guy and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he might make and be ready for them. Eventually, he will! Because he’s just like us! When you are driving on “autopilot,” you have turned control of your vehicle over to those other drivers – you are at their mercy. Their fate is your fate.If you are too trusting, you are relying on that other driver for your safety. Is he worthy of that trust? Every few seconds, some drivers in this country find out this is a poor bet. Maybe some of those other drivers are returning from a beer festival! Maybe they just lost a job, or worse, a loved one. The other driver might be an 11-year-old who found Dad’s keys. Approach driving with the idea that every other driver is an unpredictable menace and out to get you. Most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect, or when we do something they don’t expect.If you accept that everyone makes driving errors, the next step is to drive with a wary attitude. Be careful of approaching red lights, because you know a light by itself never stopped anyone. Watch out for folks getting ready to pull out from parking beside the road. Look for gaps in lines of traffic which might be the result of someone pausing to let another vehicle cross in front of them. (I’ve personally witnessed three or four collisions in the past ten years that happened just this way). There are others: failure to signal a lane change or turn, or tailgating someone when they are poking along because they need to make a turn—a turn they suddenly WILL make when they see it at the last second. You can think of dozens of others. Be alert to the possibilities and have a stra – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?8-Defensive-Driving-Don-t-Trust-Nobody&s=6d66a5f04389036c809aeff41ad21ab4#sthash.Hqr0j2UJ.dpuf
We have met the enemy and he is us. You can never rely on what the other driver will do. Think back to all the mistakes you’ve made while driving over the years. Think ahead to the ones you know you will make in the future. All the other drivers are just like us! Don’t trust them! While you are driving, keep a wary eye on the other guy and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he might make and be ready for them. Eventually, he will! Because he’s just like us! When you are driving on “autopilot,” you have turned control of your vehicle over to those other drivers – you are at their mercy. Their fate is your fate.If you are too trusting, you are relying on that other driver for your safety. Is he worthy of that trust? Every few seconds, some drivers in this country find out this is a poor bet. Maybe some of those other drivers are returning from a beer festival! Maybe they just lost a job, or worse, a loved one. The other driver might be an 11-year-old who found Dad’s keys. Approach driving with the idea that every other driver is an unpredictable menace and out to get you. Most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect, or when we do something they don’t expect.If you accept that everyone makes driving errors, the next step is to drive with a wary attitude. Be careful of approaching red lights, because you know a light by itself never stopped anyone. Watch out for folks getting ready to pull out from parking beside the road. Look for gaps in lines of traffic which might be the result of someone pausing to let another vehicle cross in front of them. (I’ve personally witnessed three or four collisions in the past ten years that happened just this way). There are others: failure to signal a lane change or turn, or tailgating someone when they are poking along because they need to make a turn—a turn they suddenly WILL make when they see it at the last second. You can think of dozens of others. Be alert to the possibilities and have a stra – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?8-Defensive-Driving-Don-t-Trust-Nobody&s=6d66a5f04389036c809aeff41ad21ab4#sthash.Hqr0j2UJ.dpuf

Never rely that the other driver will make the right move. While you are driving, keep an eye on the other guy, and leave yourself plenty of room. Anticipate the mistakes he or she might make-and be ready for them. Because, eventually they will! You have to approach driving with the idea that every other driver is a “mayhem” menace-out to get you. Remember-most collisions occur when the “other guy” does something we don’t expect (or when we do something they don’t expect!)

“Nobody ever yielded their way into a collision.” Think about it. If you are in doubt about who has the right of way, give it away. The other guy may be wrong, but you can end up hurt or dead. We often say no one HAS the right-of-way until it is yielded to them. (Keep in mind I’m talking defensive driving practices, not traffic law.) Right of way rules are often misunderstood, and there are situations where the rules may not be clear to everyone. If there is uncertainty about which vehicle should have the right of way, give the other guy the road. When it comes to driving safely, it’s not the principle, but the outcome, that counts. – See more at: http://www.roadtripamerica.com/forum/content.php?10-Defensive-Driving-Tip-Yield-Anyway#sthash.of3HNzWD.dpuf
  • Approach stop signs and red lights with care, and look both ways-even when your signal turns green (like my driving instructor told me “Does a red light or stop sign REALLY stop anybody?”).
  • Watch out for cars ready to pull out into the road (expect they DON’T really see you!!)
  • Expect that everyone has a blind spot—and it is your car!!
  • Beware of gaps in lines of traffic-someone may be letting another vehicle (or pedestrian) cross in front of them.
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Yield, and Use Your Car Safety Devices

3. Yield-waiting is worth the wait!

According to the National Highway Patrol Board, the #1 cause of accidents is….FAILURE TO YIELD. “Nobody ever yielded their way into a collision” makes a great point: If you are in doubt about who has the right of way, give it away. The other guy may be wrong, but do you want to be “dead right”?? If there is doubt about which vehicle should have the right of way, give the other guy the road. When it comes to driving safely, it’s not the principle, but the outcome, that counts. And, even if you know you have the right of way, see Tip #2 above….

4. Drive A Reasonable Speed:

This means sometimes driving below the speed limit. Remember the slick, icy, snowy, windy, dark, congested Utah roads-any of these conditions may make the “speed limit” much too fast for safe driving.

Driving at a higher than reasonable speed increases your risk in two ways:

  • It cuts your reaction time.
  • It takes farther to stop.

Are the risks really worth a few minutes?

5. Know and Use Your Vehicle Safety Devices:

  • Seat Belts-need we say any more about seat belts??
  • Child safety seats and restraints. State laws vary on what constitutes a legal child seat. There are different types of seats to use depending on the age, weight and size of the child. Be aware and use the correct type for your child. Buckle the seat into the center, rear seat position where there is increased protection from side impacts. A child seat should not be in the front seat, especially if there is an air bag system installed; the air bag impact can hurt or kill a child in an incorrectly installed safety seat. (see bullet point : “Air Bags“.)
  • ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System) Brakes. ABS brakes prevent uncontrolled skids during hard braking. We will discuss this in our ABS video, which we will post the week of January 20, 2013.
  • Air Bags. Air bags open with a certain amount of violence. They are timed so as you are thrown forward, they expand to fill the intervening space to prevent your impact on harder surfaces. You can be injured by an air bag – but the injuries will usually be minor compared to those you’d experience otherwise. Sit as far back from the steering wheel as you can while still comfortably reaching all the necessary controls, and grip the wheel correctly.
  • High Beam Headlights (switch back and forth from regular to high beam-drivers, pedestrians, and animals will take notice-of you!
  • Car Horn (not slamming on the horn, but tap GENTLY on the horn-they will still hear that!). Light taps of our car horn-and light horn taps more often during driving-actually do more good than harm.

6. Service Your Vehicle Regularly. Safe Driving includes proper vehicle performance, which is why good car care maintenance is important.

  • Windshield wipers;
  • Headlights;
  • Tires and alignments;
  • Brakes;
  • Cooling and heating system checks (includes radiators, belts, hoses);

Inspecting, checking, servicing and/or replacing all of the above regularly helps prevent driving mishaps due to vehicle failure.

Take the time to inspect and care for your car or truck, so the harsh Utah winter does not impact your safety while driving. GT Automotive has ASE certified technicians for car repairs for all make and model vehicles. We can inspect your car during our Express Oil change, and help keep your vehicle operating safely in all seasons. Call us today, 801-302-0912, about auto repairs and service in Salt Lake City.