You’re driving down the road minding your own business when it happens: your dashboard informs you that you need to “check your engine.” Strange! Nothing seems to be amiss. There has been no indication that anything is wrong underneath your hood. No banging, pinging, slapping, gurgling, steaming or loss of power. But you know that if you ignore the light, you may cause engine damage—an expensive proposition, to be sure.
So…what to do?
Some of the most common check enginelight service problems include oxygen sensor issues (failure to do this when prompted can cost upward of $2K in repair bills later); gas cap issues (failure to replace can cause gas guzzling and air pollution); catalytic converter issues (total catalytic converter failure can cost $2K to fix); mass airflow sensor issues (usually caused by a poorly-installed or rarely-replaced air filter); and spark plug and wire issues. (There are other reasons for your check engine light to come on; this is by no means an exhaustive list.)
Please take a few moments and watch one of our videos below that will visually explain some of the reasons a check engine warning light can appear.
MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR
OIL TEMP SENSOR
For check engine light service, it’s best to let the pros handle the details. Here at Chuck’s Auto Repair we take such notices seriously—you should, too. Although you may have no other indication (beyond the warning light) that your engine needs help, it’s always a good idea to stop by our North Seattle or Shoreline locations to have your engine checked out by one of our AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics. Because you never know when your check engine light is sending you a 911 call (‘Gasp! Your engine is about to croak!’) or just of a courtesy call (“Your gas cap is loose and costing you money.”). We can scan your computer and figure out which message it is for you fast.
If your check engine light is on, give us a call.
Came in with a check engine light on, and my car needed a fair amount of maintenance work. They were very good about balancing my budgetary concerns with the work that critically needed to be done. Bill came out about 10% under estimate, and it seems like they did a little extra work for no charge. The inside of my car was nicely vacuumed when it was returned to me. Though I hope I don't have any need to get my car worked on for a long time, I will definitely have Chuck's perform any future work on my vehicle.
Very, very nice and honest mechanics! I had a very annoying check engine light that just would not turn off, but eventually it was all figured out. They communicated with me every step of the way. Thanks guys!
surprising based on age of car. They texted a detailed quote then called me to go over each item. No pressure on me to approve any or all the work. Because of scope of repairs, could not be completed same day. But work was done within time frame provided. One part cost slightly more than estimated only because they had to get from the dealer(again due to age of car)although they did try other options first. This was discussed before proceeding. I was very satisfied with the communication and professionalism.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
posted 2 months ago
My daughter’s catalytic converter was stolen from her Honda CRV. Owen not only replaced this after working with our auto insurance but he and the team replaced the sway bar...
that was actually nonfunctional.
The service provided was not only excellent and timely but the team was also outstanding. They answered all our questions and were more than willing to let us know what steps needed to be taken along the way. We are happy to finally know and put out trust in an auto shop in Seattle for all our auto problems. We would recommend them to anyone who is having car problems.