Why is My Check Engine Light On?

Posted on July 02,15 by truck2

 

The Check Engine Light strikes fear into the hearts of some Conway auto owners and is totally ignored by just as many. Just what it means is a mystery to most of us Conway auto owners.

Let’s get the urgency issues out of the way first. If your check engine light is flashing, that means that something is wrong that could cause vital engine damage. Naturally, you need to get that taken care of right away. If your check engine light is flashing, you shouldn’t drive at Arkansas freeway speeds, tow or haul heavy loads. Take it easy all the way to your Conway service center.

Why is My Check Engine Light On?

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 honest caring and friendly Hines Service Center service professional to get it checked out.

Some more Conway information on how the Check Engine Light works may be informative for Conway motorists. Most of your 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 order to make these adjustments, the 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 compact car’s Check Engine Light.

A simple example is a loose or missing gas cap. This may cause one of the sensors to read out of range. The computer doesn’t know if it’s a serious condition that caused the reading or just a loose gas cap, so it stores a trouble code and turns on the Check Engine Light.

Now when you tighten up the gas cap the sensor readings will be in the correct range. The computer will keep checking on the report for a day or two. Since a bad reading didn’t come up again, it turns off the Check Engine Light. The 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 compact car looked at. Your honest caring and friendly Hines Service Center service professional will plug a scanner into the on-board diagnostic port and read the trouble code stored in the computer. The trouble code will give the technician a starting place as he diagnoses the cause of the problem.

TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring For Your Conway Auto

Posted on March 14,14 by truck2

Conway motorists may know that all 2008 model year and newer cars, mini-vans and light trucks in Conway come with a tire pressure monitoring system. Many slightly older vehicles around Little Rock have these systems as well. A tire pressure monitoring system – called TPMS – consists of sensors on each wheel that measure tire pressure.

If tire pressure drops 25 percent below the car maker’s recommended pressure, the sensor sends a signal to a monitoring unit that causes a warning to light up on the dashboard. When Little Rock car owners see the warning light, they know it’s time to put some air in the tires.

There are many benefits to Conway motorists who drive with properly inflated tires around Conway. First is cost savings. Running at the correct air pressure improves gas mileage. Driving on under-inflated tires is like driving through sand – it drags down your fuel efficiency. Conway drivers will also see longer, more even tread wear so your tires’ll last longer.

Another important benefit of properly inflated tires is increased safety for Conway auto owners. Under-inflated tires become hotter and that heat can actually lead to tire failure – possibly resulting in an accident. Your car and the tires themselves will just perform better and more safely around Conway with properly inflated tires.

Local Conway consumer groups, law-makers and auto manufacturers advocate TPMS systems hoping that they will save lives, property damage and inconvenience. While you can’t put a value on saving a life, Conway motorists should keep in mind that TPMS systems aren’t free.

The systems themselves are added into the price of the car. The batteries in the sensors will have to be replaced from time to time. Parts will break and need to be replaced. In colder climates around Arkansas, ice and salt are frequent causes of failure.

In addition, there are other behind-the-scenes costs we want Conway drivers to be aware of. Every time a tire is replaced, repaired, rotated or balanced, the tire technician has to deal with the TPMS system.

Conway service centers such as Hines Service Center must purchase expensive equipment used to scan and reactivate the TPMS system after every tire service. Because older tire change equipment can damage TPMS sensors, your Little Rock service center may need to buy expensive, new tire changers.

Since there is no uniformity among car makers, techs need to be trained on several TPMS systems. These behind-the-scenes costs are very real to Conway service center managers like Brian Armstrong at Hines Service Center.

That’s why the team at Hines Service Center is anxious for Little Rock auto owners to understand the vital financial impact of TPMS systems. In the past, we’ve been able to quickly and cheaply provide tire services to motorists, and then pass the low cost on to Little Rock customers as an expression of our good will. But now even these simple jobs take much longer and require expensive equipment.

Sensors will need to be removed and reinstalled. Even a tire rotation will require that the monitor be reprogrammed to the new location of each tire. When a car battery is disconnected, the TPMS system will need to be reprogrammed.

So when you start so see the cost of tire changes, flat repairs and rotations going up in Arkansas, please keep in mind that it’s because of this critical new safety equipment. The team at Hines Service Center just wants to keep you safely on the road – and we’re committed to doing it at a fair price.

It’s essential to remember that the TPMS warning only comes on when a tire is severely under-inflated. You’ll still want to check your tire pressure regularly. At every fill-up is best, but you should check pressure at least once a month. Here’s wishing you safe travels.

Contact Hines Service Center for more essential information about Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems.

ICE – In Case Of Emergency In Conway Arkansas

Posted on March 20,13 by truck2

Sometimes the unthinkable happens in Conway Arkansas. A terrible accident and those involved aren’t able to provide rescuers with emergency contact information.

You have people in the Conway Arkansas area who you’ll want to be contacted to arrange help, give consent to treatment, and inform paramedics of medical conditions, allergies or medications.

Too often, our Arkansas police and rescue workers must sift through pockets, glove compartments, wallets, purses and cell phone directories for clues – often wasting precious time.

A brilliantly simple solution is now spreading around the globe: ICE. ICE – standing for In Case of Emergency, is a way to identify emergency contacts in your cell phone directory.

Simply put ‘ICE’ before a contact name in your cell phone, like ‘ICE – Dad’, ‘ICE – Nancy’, or ‘ICE – Doctor Roberts’. Rescuers will be able to quickly identify your emergency contacts, saving valuable time.

Bob Brotchie, a Cambridge, England paramedic came up with the idea and started a promotional campaign in England in 2005. This powerful idea is now being heavily promoted in Conway Arkansas and in other countries. Rescue workers all know of how many times they are unable to find a wallet or purse on an accident victim, yet they are seldom without their cell phone.

There are national and worldwide disaster databases, but participation can cost up to two hundred dollars a year. ‘ICE’ is free to the 276 million cell phone users in the U.S.

It is easy and just takes a few minutes to designate some ICE contacts in your cell phone. Remember to keep the listings current.

Please join Hines Service Center in getting the word out. Help us put Conway Arkansas on ICE!

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