Every vehicle built since 1996 has been equipped with an on-board diagnostics system that monitors engine performance. Discrepancies in performance levels are reported through your vehicle’s computer system. Once the “check engine” or “service engine” light is displayed, your next step should be to seek out an engine diagnostic service or an engine tune-up. Engine diagnostics allow our staff to gather helpful information about the operating condition of your engine. The insights obtained during diagnostic test will determine if car engine repairs are needed.
Signs That You Need An Engine Repair
While regular maintenance will help ensure that your engine always performs at peak conditions, there are also signs you can look for that indicate an engine repair service is needed. The “check engine” or “service engine” light is a sure sign that your engine should be looked at by an expert sooner than later. Most of the time, your vehicle’s on-board diagnostics (OBD) System will detect an engine issue and store the corresponding repair code, which can be accessed by a member of our service staff. Other signs of an engine trouble include:
- Rough idling
- Pinging while accelerating
- Decrease in gas mileage
- Loss of power during acceleration
Contact us today if you are experiencing any of the signs above. Our experienced staff will work hard to get your engine working again properly in no time.
Computerized Engine Analysis
The purpose of a computerized engine analysis is to keep your engine running efficiently. The OBD system is capable of detecting malfunctions before they lower engine performance or cause severe damage. Because of the mandatory OBD system, your automobile is capable of monitoring and diagnosing its own performance. The most common diagnostic trouble codes are generated in response to malfunctions in the powertrain. Engine diagnostics will help detect problems early so that minor problems never become major problems.
Ultimately, regular engine tune-ups are necessary to optimize engine performance. A tune-up is also one of the most effective ways to prevent unexpected engine trouble.
During a car tune-up, our service staff will check your spark plugs, which are responsible for igniting the gasoline and air mixture that fuels your engine. We can also check your spark plug wires, which transfer voltage created by your spark plug. Old wires can burn out and cause a misfire. We will check the condition of your fuel filters, which help stop debris from reaching your engine. A clogged fuel filter will lead to poor acceleration and poor engine performance. Similarly, we can look at your air filter, which prevents debris from entering the combustion engine. Restricted airflow makes your engine work harder and causes your vehicle to lose horsepower. During our tune-up, we can ensure optimal performance of these parts and more. Please adhere to your owner’s manual for recommended service intervals, and contact us when your engine is ready for a tune-up.
Engine Repairs Throughout Inland Empire
Ramona Tire proudly offers engine diagnostics and repairs throughout Inland Empire including: Hemet, Mission Viejo, Ontario CA and Rancho Cucamonga and the surrounding areas.
Schedule an appointment at your local shop today.