Check Engine Light On? Dick Adams Automotive Has Answers

Check Engine Light

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some

Check Engine Light

Salinas drivers and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most of us in CA.

First, if your family car check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause severe damage to the catalytic converter or other components. Get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at Salinas highway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to Dick Adams Automotive in Salinas.

If the light is glowing steadily, you should keep an eye on it for a day or two. If the light doesn’t go off, schedule an appointment with your Salinas service advisor to get it checked out.

Some more information from Dick Adams Automotive on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative. Most of your family car engine functions are controlled by a computer, not surprisingly, called an engine control computer. The computer is able to adjust many engine parameters for environmental conditions, engine condition and even the way you drive in Salinas.

In order to make these adjustments, the family car computer relies on a network of sensors to provide data. The computer knows the proper operating range for each sensor. When a sensor reading is out of range the computer runs some tests and may turn on the Check Engine Light.

The family car computer will also try to make adjustments to compensate for some readings. If it can do so, it’ll then turn off the Check Engine Light.

If the problem can’t be resolved then the light will remain on and you should get your family car looked at at Dick Adams Automotive.
 Your knowledgeable service technician will plug a scanner into the on-board diagnostic port and read the trouble code stored in the computer. The trouble code will give your Dick Adams Automotive technician a starting place as he diagnoses the cause of the problem.

At Dick Adams Automotive, we also offer battery service and check engine light diagnostic.

Give us a call

Dick Adams Automotive
242 Griffin St
Salinas, CA 93901

At Dick Adams Automotive in Salinas CA (93901) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 831.758.8277. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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