Check Engine Light Diagnostics in Yakima, WA

Your Check Engine Light (CEL) warns you that your vehicle's computer found a malfunctioning component in your emission control system. You may see "check engine," "service engine soon," or "check powertrain." Or, the light may show an engine picture, perhaps with the word "Check." To determine the actual problem, we use an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer to retrieve Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). Some common issues that turn on the check engine light include:

  • Your gas cap isn't on tight enough; we suggest checking before calling us
  • Water got into your engine somewhere
  • The spark plugs don't function correctly
  • Your vehicle is emitting high levels of pollutants

In any case, you should bring your vehicle to us, and we can inspect your vehicle, diagnose the problem, and take care of it. Leaving your engine light on can cause serious problems with your car in the long run.

A check engine light appointment goes pretty fast, so stop by or give us a call.

Is a check engine light an emergency? A check engine indicates a vehicle malfunction that could require anything from a simple adjustment to serious engine maintenance. Find out what’s causing your check engine light with help from RJ’s Tire Pros & Auto Experts. Call our local auto repair shop to schedule a vehicle inspection and check engine light diagnostics today.

Service Check Engine Lights Promptly

A "check engine," "service engine soon," or "check powertrain" light indicates your car is experiencing operational issues you should not ignore. Disregarding a check engine light could lead to serious damage, including costly engine repairs. There are two types of check engine lights. A check engine light that remains on is not an emergency but should be diagnosed at your local car repair facility as soon as possible. A flashing check engine light is more serious. In this event, it's best to turn off your vehicle and have it towed to the nearest auto repair shop to prevent severe damage.

Schedule Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Our ASE-certified mechanics can perform check engine light diagnostics in a flash. Electronic scan tools and diagnostic computers give us fast access to diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) in your vehicle’s computer system. With these codes, we can identify operational issues and perform necessary auto maintenance before existing problems lead to more expensive repairs. A number of issues require only minor repair when addressed in a timely manner.

Reasons for a Check Engine Light

Common issues that can trigger a check engine light include:

Emissions problems

  • Loose gas cap
  • Faulty exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) valve
  • Worn out catalytic converter

Engine misfire

  • Compression problems and vacuum leaks
  • Water or contaminants in the engine
  • Faulty fuel injectors
  • Malfunctioning spark plugs, wires, or ignition coil

Failing sensors/electronics

  • Failing oxygen sensor
  • Faulty mass air flow sensor

Professional Automotive Service for Check Engine Lights

When you're experiencing check engine light issues, you can count on RJ's friendly, experienced auto mechanics. We'll always explain what's wrong with your vehicle in words you can understand, providing reliable car repair estimates and quality work at more affordable rates than area dealerships. We serve vehicle owners throughout Yakima Valley, including Yakima, Union Gap, Selah, Naches, Gleed, West Valley, and East Valley. Our outstanding Google, Yelp, and Angi's reviews showcase our commitment to customer service.

Don’t wait for your engine to burn out before you have your check engine light situation addressed. Schedule an appointment for check engine diagnostics or repair at RJ’s Tire Pros & Auto Experts today.

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