There are all kinds of lights on the dashboards of vehicles that alert owners when there are issues that need to be taken care of. One of these lights is the “service engine soon” light (SES light), which many people tend to ignore, thinking that it is either coming on by mistake or that the problem isn’t anything all that serious. When this light appears, it is important for vehicle owners to take their cars and trucks to mechanics who can hook up diagnostic computers to vehicles to locate the exact source of the problem. It may be that it is nothing serious after all, but it is a lot better to have the diagnostic testing done rather than break down in the middle of nowhere because there was a serious problem that wasn’t taken care of.

Depending on the makes and models of vehicles, the SES lights can vary. Some say “check engine”, while others may say “engine” or “service needed”. When the light comes on, it usually does mean that some type of engine repair in Waipahu will be necessary. The color of the light is generally red, orange, or yellow. Sometimes, the light will be different colors depending on how serious the issue is. When there is a system with different colors, if the light is red, it is a good indication that there is a serious problem that needs to be repaired as soon as possible. If the red light comes on while driving, pull off the road, turn the vehicle off, and call for help. If the light is yellow or orange, it is likely safe to drive to the destination, then get an appointment to see a mechanic and drive as little as possible until the vehicle is checked out.

Some of the most serious causes of the SES light coming on and require engine repair in Waipahu include broken or missing belts, battery issues, broken alternators, and low fluids such as anti-freeze, brake fluid, transmission fluid, and engine oil. Routine maintenance can keep these problems from occurring, and can be done by booking an appointment through Lsautomotivehawaii.com.

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