Check Engine Light & Tune-Ups
The internal combustion engine that powers your Myrtle Beach vehicle is probably the most valuable system to maintain. Routine maintenance and swift attention to problems are the simplest way to get the most life out of your car. These regular investments also make your vehicle more reliable and help it to retain value should you ever re-sell it. It’s easier to get rid of that pesky check engine light sooner than later.
The Check Engine Light
Modern cars are equipped with ‘check engine lights‘ to warn the driver of any impending issues. This warning light will illuminate on your dashboard if the on-board computer senses any performance data that strays from the norm. While you may not immediately break down on the side of the road, the vehicle should still be driven cautiously and on a limited basis until you can have an expert technician diagnose the problem.
Sometimes the issue is as simple as a loose gas cap disrupting the pressurization in the fuel system. Ignoring this warning completely can become very expensive in the long run. An engine running improperly causes excessive stress and wear on its components. A failed sensor will hide the existence of a true problem should it ever occur.
A common misconception is that all automotive techs do nowadays is hook up a scan tool to the on-board computer and it immediately identifies the problem. We sincerely wish this were true as our jobs would become much easier. The truth is your vehicle’s computer stores fault codes in its memory for every instance of a performance issue. These OBD-II codes register as an output for a problem but do not directly identify the cause. Multiple causes can lead to a specific code, and we pride ourselves on getting to the proper root cause of every issue.
Some people have consumer-level scanners and try to diagnose their own problems. Some other shops have routine, reactionary repairs for certain fault codes. At Archer’s, we troubleshoot, diagnose, and verify every problem independently. Our scan tool is the best available and when linked up, actually allows us to control and manipulate your vehicle’s systems. This impressive device gives our technicians added troubleshooting tools to ensure all problems are fixed correctly, the first time.
The traditional tune up is almost a thing of the past. With modern computers and diagnostics, it often isn’t necessary to replace most parts until they truly reach the end of their service life. Once these components are no longer working properly, your car’s computer should register a fault code to alert the driver of any problems that need to be addressed. Your ‘Check Engine Light’ will illuminate to signal when this occurs. Until then, we don’t see the point in spending money on these ‘recommended services’ unless you are experiencing minor performance issues such as a rough idle, reduced fuel economy, or lack of power.
Complete Engine Services and Repairs
Additionally, Archer’s Action Auto has the equipment and experience to perform full service engine work. All leaks, noises, etc. are expertly diagnosed and serviced by our mechanics. We will address the following issues: Valve cover gaskets, Oil pan gaskets, Head gaskets, Front main seals, Rear main seals, Oil pressure switches, Oil temperature sensors, Oil pressure senders, Camshafts, Crankshafts, Push rods, Pistons, Cylinders, Valves/springs, Lifters, Rocker arm assemblies, Oil pumps, Intake manifolds, Exhaust manifolds, Oil coolers, Drive belts, Timing covers, Engine mounts, Oil dipstick/tubes, Expansion valves, Freeze plugs, Harmonic balancers, Idler pulleys and Drain plugs.