All FAQS - Engine Repair

Engine Repair FAQS

The automotive repair specialists at Simi Valley AUTO CARE take great pride in their knowledge and expertise of rebuilding, repairing and servicing automotive engines. We hope the following questions and answers about engine repair are helpful to anyone in the Simi Valley area that has a problem with their car or truck engine.

Can spark plugs last 100,000 miles?

There have been times when the technicians at Simi Valley AUTO CARE have found spark plugs seized in the cylinder heads of some of our Simi Valley area customers' vehicles with as little as 60,000 miles on them. The removal of these seized plugs can result in hours of labor by our technicians at Simi Valley AUTO CARE. There have been rare occasions when Simi Valley AUTO CARE has needed to remove cylinder heads just to get the spark plugs removed. Simi Valley AUTO CARE suggests that in order for our customers in the Simi Valley are to maintain peak performance for their vehicles, that their spark plugs should not be run longer than 30,000 miles. Simi Valley AUTO CARE suggest that consumers should take those 100,000 mile spark plug marketing claims of manufacturers with a grain of salt.

Why is my check engine light on?

One of the most common problems the customers of Simi Valley AUTO CARE contact us about is the "check engine light" problem! The check engine light on a vehicle, also known as the "Service Engine Soon" light is known to the automatic transmission specialists at Simi Valley AUTO CARE as MIL, standing for Malfunction Indicator Lamp. Simi Valley AUTO CARE tells our customers that rely on us to offer the best transmission repair in the Simi Valley area, these are all frightening names for the same thing, and they need not be frightened at all. When the check engine light appears on the dashboard it is indicating that the computer in the vehicle has identified a problem that needs the attention of a skilled automatic transmission specialists like those employed at Simi Valley AUTO CARE.

When the check engine light appears, Simi Valley AUTO CARE advises that the vehicle be brought into our auto repair shop and have the computer system checked and scanned to pinpoint any areas that may have shifted outside normal operational ranges. And while our automatic transmission technicians know this may sound baffling to our average customer, in reality the check engine light problem is the vehicle's computer's method of letting a vehicle owner know they should bring it to Simi Valley AUTO CARE to have it checked. Fortunately the technology is intended to help bring problems to the attention of the vehicle's owner that might not be noticed during normal driving conditions, and it should be inspected and diagnosed by an automatic transmission specialist before becoming more serious.

Quite often our customers in the Simi Valley area that rely on us for our automatic transmission expertise wonder why their vehicle's system needs check engine light. Our transmission technicians are quick to inform customers that as a vehicle's operating system(s) have become more technologically advanced the more that same system needs to assist in monitoring and diagnosing problems.

As most recently manufactured vehicles have been developed to operate much cleaner than those being driven around the Simi Valley area just a decade ago, the majority of the time the check engine light problem is indicative of an emission problem the vehicle is experiencing. And even though a vehicle's owner is not always concerned about environmental issues, a light check engine light indicator that results from an emission problem should be checked by an auto repair technician as any problem that results in increased emissions may in turn result in lower fuel efficiency, or in other words the burning of more gas!

Another reason not to ignore a check engine light when driving around the Simi Valley area is that when circulating additional fuel through an engine, the result can be a catalytic converter forced to work overtime to burn offer excessive hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. This can result in the catalytic converter overheating and burning out over a very short driving distance. And when being required to pass the next smog or emission test, the replacement of a catalytic converter can be quite costly.

Fortunately for those in the Simi Valley are that have a check engine light problem, they can call Simi Valley and take advantage of our skilled automotive technicians who use the latest and most up to date check engine light diagnostic equipment designed to diagnose even the most complex computer system today's modern vehicles. If you live in the Simi Valley area and have a check engine light problem, use our online appointment form today!

Should engine knocking or pinging sound concern me?

Simi Valley auto repair FAQ Simi Valley AUTO CARE can understand why our customers in the greater Simi Valley area would wonder if the presence of a knocking, or pinging sound, coming from their vehicles' engines should be of concern. Simi Valley AUTO CARE tells our customers that the presence of an occasional engine knocking or pinging noise will not necessarily be harmful to the engine. Additionally when an engine pinging or knocking noise is heard in the engine it does not indicate a switch should be made to a gasoline with a higher octane level. But if the pinging or knocking in the engine becomes persistent or heavy, that knocking sound could be the indication of a more serious car engine problem and to avoid any damage we suggest our customers bring their vehicle to Simi Valley AUTO CARE and let a member of our skilled auto repair mechanic team inspect the engine knocking to avoid any potential to the vehicle's engine. Of course Simi Valley AUTO CARE invites you to schedule online.

Satisfied Customers

10/17/2011

If you're looking for a good honest, reliable, and reasonable mechanic you can find him at Simi Valley AUTO CARE!

Sheri B.
Northridge, CA

10/15/2012

I come all the way from the San Gabriel Valley to see him because he's worth the drive!

Ron Partridge
Pasadena, California

7/1/2013

In short I can’t recommend Andy enough

Mr.Matt Joseph
Simi Valley, California

6/26/2013

Andy is amazing. Do not go anywhere else for a honest mechanic

Ms.Shaily Trivedi
Simi Valley, California

3/1/2013

The car was ready when promised and his estimate was right on the money! I would recommend this shop to anyone wanting an honest mechanic with reasonable prices and prompt service.

Mr.Robert Lanzetti
Oxnard, California

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Simi Valley CA
93065
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