Check Engine lights can be stressful! They always seem to turn on at the worst times on the busiest days and the most frustrating part is not knowing how serious the problem is for the car.
Check Engine Lights - and other dash lights such as your ABS Anti-lock Brake System, Traction Control, TPM Tire Pressure Monitor, Stability Control indicate a malfunction in complicated systems and can be confusing to motorists. You can count on our dedicated staff to help you understand exactly what is happening with your vehicle, and of course, what you need to have done to correct the situation.
Can I drive my car with the check engine light on? If the light is amber in color and staying on constantly or coming on for intervals and turning off part of the time you are safe to drive your vehicle for a reasonable amount of time. If the Check engine light is flashing STOP DRIVING as soon as it is safe to do so! A flashing Check Engine Light indicates that there is misfire that is significant enough to cause damage to other components, including your very expensive catalytic converter.
Check engine lights typically come on due to emissions issues that are not urgent. Now, that does not mean that you should ignore them. The computer system in your vehicle communicates with a myriad of different components. When one is operating outside of its normal range it may turn on your check engine light. When one component in this complex system malfunctions its causes the system to compensate. Driving too long can make the situation worse.
These pages are designed to give you a background and provide insight into the dreaded check engine light.
Professional Auto Care
Professional Auto Care is an award-winning family owned and operated auto repair shop located in southwest Houston. It has been run by the same family, the Serratos Family, for nearly 35 years. Professional Auto Care services Domestic, Asian as well as select European vehicles. We are known for our professionalism, transparency and quality of work. Since our humble beginning in 1983, we always strove to provide the best, most reliable service in Houston with a hint of the personal touch. The founders, Everardo and Claudia Serratos, are still involved with the daily operations of the car maintenance and auto repair shop.