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Top Check Engine Light-Related Failures of 2023

For the past decade, or so, CarMD.com has been publishing a study of the most frequent failures that triggered the Check Engine Light warning, and subsequent repairs. Should your vehicle need such work, our Albuquerque auto repair shops offer full range of check engine light diagnostics and repairs. Data for the year 2023 showed that catalytic converter replacement topped the list - naturally this is due to catalytic converter theft. Catalytic converters have no moving parts, so they are less prone to failure than mechanical devices, and computerized emission control systems "tune up" engines in real time, lowering the probability of catalytic converter damage. Unfortunately, high prices of precious metals that are used in the manufacture of catalytic converters (platinum or rhodium) make them tempting targets for thieves.  Practiced thief needs less than a minute to steal a catalytic ... read more

Check Engine Light Diagnostics in Albuquerque NM

Check Engine Light Diagnostics in Albuquerque NM

The check engine light is part of your car's onboard diagnostics system that monitors and controls various subsystems of your vehicle. Computers control, in real time, fuel mixture, ignition timing, and many other parameters. Sensors monitor emissions, and send information back to the computers. The check engine light comes on when the computer detects a situation it cannot resolve by varying different parameters under its control. In addition to illuminating the check engine light, your onboard computer will, most likely, store a “trouble code” in the long term memory. The trouble code is a sign post – it tells professionals which subsystems need to be investigated in order to find out the cause of the problem. For example code P300 indicates misfires on one or more cylinders. But it does not tell you what is the cause of the misfire. So professionals have to perform diagnostics to find out what might be causing the problem – in the case of the engine misf ... read more

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