Friday morning as I turned north on Hwy 70 the low tire pressure warning indicator started flashing. I wasn’t completely alarmed because I had just finished spraying defrosting liquid on the car windows. It was cold, and many times during the first cold snap of the year the low tire pressure indicator would warn me to increase the tire pressures. No problem, I simply pulled into Lawson’s shop and they added air to the tires since the cold weather dropped the pressure by 5 pounds.
There are very few independant auto repair shops. At one time Bonney and I have felt that we are faced with either the Car Dealerships or the “Quick Lube” type oil change shops. But the reality is that we do have a convenient choice just 2 miles down the road from The Cloister.
For a long time we drove by without noticing the place because it was located behind a now closed Quick Shop store and nearly out of sight. It’s Lawson and Son Auto Repair. The Shop is located at 5137 Harding Road and is managed by PK Kelley. A Cloister neighbor had recommended them to us. I use Lawson’s for my routine maintenance and they are really handy in case of emergencies such as a low tire pressure warning or a Check Engine warning light. They have reattached loose parts and repaired flat tires on the spot.
1 – Engine Management System
If the engine warning light comes on while you’re driving, pull over at the earliest and safest chance to have a look under the hood. Owing to the fact that the engine warning light can illuminate for any possible reason, it does not tell you exactly what to look for. Seeing the words ‘Check Engine’ isn’t actually that helpful. It could be that there is a malfunction in your management system and this will need to be addressed as soon as you can get it to a mechanic or diagnostic center. If the light flashes and does not totally light up, the first action you should take is to reduce your speed. If the light then goes out, it’s just a glitch.
2 – Oxygen and Any Other Sensor
Sometimes the engine light will come on if your oxygen sensor fails or malfunctions. Any sensor which is not able to function correctly will trip the management system to switch on the engine light. Having problems with a sensor does not mean you have to stop your vehicle immediately, but of course, seeing the most alarming light on your dashboard come on, it is likely to scare some people.
3 – Emission Control
Your Malfunction Indicator Lamp (the engine warning light) may well illuminate to warn you that there is a problem with your emission control system. This can stretch to an exhaust issue, a catalytic converter issue or an engine issue.
4 – Electrical Problems
Your engine light will notify you that there is an issue with the engine. It won’t spell out for you that it could be an electrical problem. You would have to have the whole car diagnosed to find out for sure what the cause is. If you’re having some obvious trouble with electrics, like lights not working or fuses blowing or relay switches malfunctioning, then the engine light is pointing to that being the issue. Have your electrics tested by someone reputable.
5 – Engine Warning Light Malfunction
In some rare cases the engine light will come on, not because there is an issue with the engine, but a malfunction with the light itself. If this happens, you can try resetting the check engine light. If there is a problem with the engine you can guarantee that the engine warning light will come back on again at some point soon.