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The Alaska Spring and Performance Guide To Vehicle Diagnosis

Posted April 17, 2013 2:23 PM

Why is my check engine light on?

Modern Anchorage vehicles have several computers on board that control all kinds of things like engine functions, transmission shifts, traction control, anti-lock brakes, stability control, emissions – and on some vehicles, even steering, braking and the throttle.

Think about that for a minute – things that used to be controlled by simple mechanical connections now have electronic controls that rely on computers, software and sensors. It’s no wonder that when something goes wrong with their van it can be pretty complicated for Anchorage auto owners to track down the source of the problem.

To help your Alaska Spring and Performance service specialist figure out what’s wrong, your van is equipped with on-board diagnostics. The Check Engine Light comes on to tell you there’s a problem and the engine management computer stores a trouble code. Your friendly Alaska Spring and Performance service specialist connects a scan tool to your vehicle’s diagnostic port and retrieves the trouble codes as well as other important data.

Trouble codes are like clues for the Eagle River technician to follow as he diagnoses what’s wrong with your van. In a way, it’s like going to your Anchorage doctor with a problem. She’ll run some additional tests and gather the information she needs to make a diagnosis and form a treatment plan. How much a vehicle diagnosis costs at Alaska Spring and Performance in Anchorage depends on how much time it takes to sort out the symptoms and find the underlying problem.

Give us a call

Alaska Spring and Performance
907-563-3802
600 E 48th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99503


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