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The “check engine” or “service engine” light is a sure sign that your engine should be looked at by an expert sooner rather 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.

Description of Engine Diagnostics and 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 an engine diagnostic will determine the extent of suggested engine repairs. The most common diagnostic trouble codes are generated in response to malfunctions in the power-train.

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 an engine tune-up, our staff may replace the spark plugs, spark plug wires, air filter, fuel filter, and distributor cap and rotor in your vehicle. Our experts will also check emission levels, fuel lines, and belts and hoses. Engine diagnostics and regular engine tune-ups can help extend the life of your vehicle and improve the health of your engine.

To learn more or to setup an appointment with one of our ASE certified technicians please click here. Or feel free to give us a call at (775) 525-2420 or contact us online if you have questions regarding Engine Diagnostics.

Weather forecaster knew it was coming and warned you about the El Nino storms.

ACCUWEATHER FORECAST
Following a storm system that spread the first flakes to portions of the Western states last week, a new system will bring more accumulating snow across the region through the first half of this week.

The storm has the potential to bring the first blizzard of the season to parts of the High Plains and eastern slopes of the central Rockies, including Denver and Cheyenne, Wyoming.

A storm system will track eastward across the Western states into the Plains by Wednesday. Read more…

PREPARE YOUR VEHICLE FOR WINTER NOW
The storms have already started to hit and you need to start evaluating the condition of your vehicle. Check your fluids: oil, antifreeze, brake, windshield washer. Check your tire tread. Make sure all engine lights are off – or have a diagnostics ran of your vehicle’s computer to translate the error codes.  Or if you would rather leave that to a professional, come see Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers at any of our 4 location in the Reno and Sparks area.

FREE COMPREHENSIVE WINTER INSPECTION

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Includes: Full 30 point inspection, battery, antifreeze, tires and wipers. Please see a location near you to schedule a visit or just come on down.

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