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. Engine diagnostics allow our staff to gather helpful information about the operating condition of your engine. The insights obtained during an engine diagnostic will determine the extent of suggested engine repairs.
BENEFITS OF ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS AND PERFORMANCE
While regular engine 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 System will detect an engine issue and store the corresponding repair code, which can be accessed by a member of our service staff. Slow-cranking, rough idling, stalling, knocking, or pinging while accelerating are all signs that you should seek engine repairs or engine diagnostics to determine the full extent of your engine trouble. A decrease in gas mileage and detectable loss of power during acceleration are also signs of an impending engine tune-up or engine repair service. Engine warning lights help alert drivers to minor issues before they become major repairs. Be sure to follow up with our staff once your vehicle’s On-Board Diagnostics System detects a problem with your engine.
The Basics Behind Safety Inspection Services at Gateway Tire & Service Center
Vehicle safety inspection requirements are determined by the governing body of a state or province. 17 of the 50 states have an annual or biennial safety inspection, while two additional states require safety inspections only prior to registration or transfer of ownership, and a third state requires inspections for newly arrived vehicles that were previously registered in another state. Vehicle safety inspections are a way to ensure that every vehicle on the road is maintained for safe operation. The purpose of state-mandated vehicle inspections is to try to prevent vehicle failure on the highway, which could lead to a crash that may result in injury or death. Many states that require vehicle safety inspections operate state-owned inspection stations for such purposes, but other states allow inspections to be done by private garages with approval. As a vehicle inspection station, we have staff members fully capable of performing verified state safety inspections.
Why Should You Have Safety Inspection Services Performed at Gateway Tire & Service Center?
Often annual or biennial inspections are mandated to ensure all vehicles driven on public roads are safe to drive and in good condition. The goal of the inspection is to keep drivers safe by catching any problems before they cause an accident. A vehicle inspection requires a lengthy examination of parts to make sure that everything is in working order in many different areas on the vehicle, including under the hood, in the interior, under the vehicle, and the outside of the vehicle on its bodywork. The mandatory safety inspection is designed to find any unsafe vehicles. Vehicles that fail to pass an inspection must be removed from the road. If it’s time for a safety inspection, give us, your local vehicle inspection station, a call.