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This is an informative auto repair blog with a touch of fun.

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My Check Engine Light is flashing, what does this mean?

My Check Engine Light is flashing, what does this mean?

Often times I get phone calls from customers wondering if the light on their dash is a serious problem. Some have told me the light started flashing and their vehicle immediately started chugging or running rough. Some have told me the light has been on for months and it's been running fine. Some have even "fixed the problem themselves with a piece of electrical tape." Regardless....there are many answers to this now age old question. The most important piece of advice I can give in this little blog is..... If the light is flashing and the vehicle is running poorly get somewhere as soon as possible and have the vehicle's computer scanned. If the check engine light is flashing, most likely the vehicle is misfiring. Misfires can cause expensive damage to the vehicles engine and catalytic converter. The misfire could be caused by something as simple as a bad spark plug and/or an ignition coil. If the check engine light is on but the vehicle seems to be running ok, in mos ... read more

Laying in the snow?

Laying in the snow?

Even I have a hard time starting on a cold morning. Recently I had a call come into the shop. "My car won't start, can you come to my house and give me a jump start because I need to get to work asap." "Of course we will, Mr. Smith." When I got there, Mr. Smith was laying under the car in a heap of snow looking for his battery. "I would have jump started it myself if I could find the darn thing," he said. After a quick inspection, I realized the battery was buried under an abundance of plastic shroud intertwined with bracing to hold the entire car together. I was praying, even more than Mr. Smith, that my handy-dandy super start jump pack would get the engine started. Well..... it was just too cold and the battery had already sacrificed itself through four Iowa winters. I heard an ERRR, ERRR, ERR, ER noise coming from under the hood and I knew at that time it was too late. "She's a goner, it needs a new battery." In order to replace it, I ... read more

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