The check engine light might come on in your vehicle. It’s an amber colored light that shows on your dashboard. In newer vehicles it might just be a problem with your gas cap not being screwed on tight enough (or a worn gas cap), causing the vehicle to fail the self-diagnostic evaporative emission test. All Indianapolis, Fishers, and Noblesville area drivers need to do is go to their gas cap and verify that it is tight. If that was the problem, the light will turn off and everything will be fine within one or two days. At Professional Automotive, we advise drivers to resist the temptation to have someone “clear” the codes to turn off your vehicle check engine light. This erases important diagnostic information that your friendly and knowledgeable Professional Automotive needs to diagnose the underlying problem for the check engine light – and any other pending problems that may be stored in the computer. If the problem is still there – you still see the light – bring your vehicle in to Professional Automotive. We offer a free plug in to show and explain to you what codes are set and what the next step would be to get your check engine light problem solved. Give us a call Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th Street Indianapolis, INDIANA 46250 317-596-0898 http://WWW.iLoveMyMechanic.COM
Is My Car Worth Fixing? We get this question a lot. The proper answer to that question will vary in great detail depending on several situations. My objective in the post is to give you things to think about so that you can make a more informed and thoughtful decision. I would hate for you to just rush out and make a large financial decision without some careful consideration then regret it later. The first reason to get a new car (or one new to you) is simply because you want one. Lets admit it, it feels good to get a new car. Cars are an expression of who you are. Also, there are times when life situations change and you require a different mode of transportation. When the wife brings you a pregnancy test that shows positive, suddenly you realize you have no more viable excuses to convince her to hang onto your ole Honda Civic, it might be time to upgrade. Still others find ourselves in a situation where we are in need of a rather high repair or maintenance bill which prompts us to ask, Is My Car Worth Fixing? I wish I had a crystal ball that would tell me if you fix it this time it will be worth it in the long run. Unfortunately I don’t so we have to consider our options. Some will tell you if the repair bill is more than the value of the car or is more costly than a years worth of payments, then it’s time to replace it. I guess that might be one way to look at it. I also tend to look at what it will cost me to replace what I currently have as compared to what the repair will cost. I will tell you based on my experiences, and I think you will find plenty of other companies who study this will tell you, it is generally cheaper to keep and maintain a car than to trade or buy a new one. I have owned many vehicles and drove them to exceed the 100K mile plus range and still be very reliable and way cheaper than making payments on a new car. Let’s say you have decided to take the plunge and buy a new car. The average new car payment is going to be $300 to $600 obviously depending on what you buy. It could certainly go higher, but that’s average. You also need to consider the purchase of new plates, higher insurance rates, and you will still need to maintain your new car. Depending on the mileage of the warranty and how many you drive each year, it wont be long til the warranty runs out and you will be needing repairs again. Oh, and you will still be making payments. Let’s say you decided to take the plunge and buy a used car to keep from paying the repair bill. Unless you pay cash the interest rate is usually higher on a used car and the term is shorter making your payment even higher. Plus not many of them still have the factory warranty left. Your still going to have to perform maintenance and repairs on this too. Other questions that should be asked is how well did the last person take care of the car. Was all the scheduled maintenance performed when it should have been? Even after a thorough vehicle inspection at our shop, we still can’t guarantee that some problems won’t arise after a few miles of driving. I hope this has helped you in making a decision. If you are located, in the Castleton, Fishers, Indianapolis area, and now in Noblesville, give us a call. We would be glad to offer competitive quotes or even second opinions on auto repairs you might be faced with. If decide you are going to purchase a used vehicle be sure to let us or another qualified repair shop to inspect your vehicle first before you buy it. We can usually find items for you to negotiate with the seller that will offset the cost of the inspection. -Chris
Professional Automotive Tech Question On Your Battery
Professional Automotive Tech Question: I’m Jon in Indianapolis, IN. For some time now. I’ve been having some battery problems. I had trouble starting my car so naturally I bought a new battery. After I first installed the battery everything was fine. Then a short time later I started having the same problem. So I thought I must have gotten a bad battery. I went back to the same parts store, they were happy to exchange it for me. Again, everything was fine for a while then I had trouble starting my car again. So here I go back to the parts store. When I walked in with my battery, the guy behind the counter recognized me and asked why I needed yet another battery? He asked if he could test it for me. So he tested my battery and it was OK. Apparently I’ve been replacing good batteries. What’s wrong with my SUV? Professional Automotive Answer: Jon, I applaud your efforts to save yourself some money and try to do this yourself. Unfortunately you based your decision to replace your battery on too little information. First, Jon was right to suspect battery failure. He probably should’ve asked to have his battery tested the first time he went to the parts store. This would have helped him to know that it was something else. There could be a number of reasons why Jon’s car wouldn’t start. Unfortunately, he spent how many hours of unnecessary expense and inconvenience and still has an SUV that isn’t dependable? We see this type of situation a lot. People want to save money so they try and do things themselves. Then after they have spent too much time and money on wrong repairs they finally listen to their wife and come in looking for help. We would much rather you come in and speak with us first. We will save you that time and money. If you find yourself in a situation like Jon, do yourself a favor and talk to a professional at Professional Automotive. If you live in the Indianapolis, Castleton or Fishers area, give us a call. We will do what is best and take great care of you. Give us a call. Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th St Indianapolis, IN 46250 317.596.0898 http://professionalautomotiveinc.com At Professional Automotive in Indianapolis IN (46250) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 317.596.0898. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.
What is GDI? Professional Automotive Answer: GDI stands for Gasoline Direct Injection. It’s a type of fuel injection that more and more manufacturers are using these days. It’s different from the normal port fuel injection you may be more familiar with. Port Fuel Injection uses a small port on the outside of the cylinder on the engine. It works a little like this. Fuel is injected, at a determined amount by the computer, into the air intake system. It is made available to the outside of the intake valve. When the intake valve opens the fuel is drawn into the combustion chamber and ignited by the spark plug. The burning process of the fuel shoves the piston down creating power to spin the engine. The Gasoline Direct Injection process is a little different: You wont find a port for fuel to spray in this engine. In a GDI engine the intake opens and draws air in the combustion chamber to compress it. Then at the right time, which is determined by the computer, an injector sprays fuel directly into the combustion chamber then it is ignited by a spark plug to burn the fuel. Why switch to a GDI? When trying to meet the ever increasing cafe standards enforced upon the auto makers they are having to always try to come up with new ways of squeezing more and more mileage out of every drop of fuel. The GDI system allows for more precise fuel control and delivery. With the fuel being directly sprayed in the combustion chamber area, it allows for more power and better fuel economy. Normally fuel injectors need about 46 to 65 psi of fuel pressure to make them operate. The GDI fuel injectors will require upwards of 2000 psi. They require more pressure because they have to over come the high pressures of the combustion chamber. This brings up some maintenance issues. Intake valves build up carbon deposits over time and some of this gets cleaned off in a port injected engine because the fuel flows over the valves and washes it away. With a GDI engine this doesn’t occur because the fuel is directly injected into the engine. So pouring a bottle of fuel system cleaner in the fuel tank will not reach the back side of the valves in your engine. A professional cleaning at Professional Automotive will keep those valves clean and keep your GDI engine operating efficiently. GDI will continue to be more prevalent in the Indianapolis, Castleton, and Fishers area on everything from compact cars to pick-up trucks. Ask your Professional Automotive service adviser if your car could benefit from a fuel system cleaning. Give us a call. Professional Automotive 7013 E 86th St Indianapolis, IN 46250 317.596.0898