Check Engine Light

Should I Be Concerned About My Check Engine Light?

The check engine light will appear on your dash as a graphic of an engine or the words check engine. There can be two types of display for the check engine light, a yellow light means you should have your car looked at soon, where a red light means your car should be looked at immediately. What ever the situation may be you should know where your check engine light symbol is and look at it once in a while to make sure it has not come on. The check engine light is used to alert you of a problem with your vehicles emissions system.

If your check engine light is flashing this is a sign it is more serious than a solid light and will need to be checked right away by a qualified mechanic. Usually when the light flashes it is warning you that there is a misfiring problem in your engine which will lead to catalytic converter damage if the problem is not take care of.

If the check engine light is solid this indicates that there is a problem with your emission control system. Your emissions system contains several sensors that reduce the amount of pollutants released into the air from your vehicle. It can be as simple as a loose gas cap to an oxygen sensor. An easy test is to remove and put back on your gas cap to make sure it is tight. If after a few days the check engine light stays on you will need to have a mechanic run a diagnostic test on it. He will be able to see if there is a code that the computer has set off and what the problem is. The mechanic will be able to reset the check engine light to off and it should stay off if it was only a loose gas cap.  Another way the check engine light can come on is if your spark plug wires become brittle and cause an electrical misfire. Inspect the wires and if they looked cracked you will need to replace them.

When your check engine light comes on it is always best to have it looked at right away to avoid costly repairs.

How to Locate a Saturn Repair Manual

If you own a Saturn vehicle and plan on doing your own repairs it is wise to locate a service manual before any work is done. Having the proper repair manual offers good information on your Saturn vehicle when you are ready to take on the repair. The manual will offer diagrams of the inside and outside of the car, instructions on making the most basic repair to more complex repairs, contact information and much more. Most automotive repair shops will refer to a Saturn repair manual when they have a customer with a Saturn Aura, Saturn Sky or other manufactured vehicles under the Saturn name. Below is a list of ways to locate a Saturn repair manual for your car.

Step 1 – Make sure you have the right information about your car

It is important to remember that there is not just one manual that covers all Saturn repairs for its makes and models. Many of the Saturn cars have similarities but the repairs for these cars will be different for each Saturn model. This means that there will be a different repair manual that is issued for the various Saturn models. In order to find the correct repair manual make sure you know the year of production, trim type, and model name before you go searching for the manual.

Step 2 — Look on the internet

If you go online you should be able to find the Saturn repair manual for a low price or even free. Take the information that you found on your car and use the search term Saturn repair manual to start your search. Many articles will be found by the search engine so you want to look specifically for Saturn’s official repair manual. If you come across a repair manual that has been written by a Saturn owner, I would avoid it at all cost. Most times it contains the wrong repair information leading to making the repairs on your Saturn more difficult than they should be.

Step 3 — Look in Person

Most people like to have a hard copy of the repair manual, so you can first check your local bookstore or library and see what that might turn up. If you can locate a Saturn dealer, you might see if they can order the repair manual for you. There is also checking on Craigslist or eBay.

Who Should Perform Service On My Fleet Vehicles?

Fleet of VansYour fleet vehicles can be serviced by an in house automotive technician or use an automotive service repair center in your area that specializes in fleet repair servicing.

If you choose to use an in house technician it is very important to make sure he knows the importance of performing thorough inspections and repairs for your fleet vehicles. The repairs and inspections are only good as the technician performing it ruling out any shortcuts that might be taken. Having a quality in house automotive technician will help reduce the amount of repairs and breakdowns keeping your vehicles on the road.

If you decide you want to outsource your fleet vehicle repairs it is recommended to use a local automotive repair shop that specializes in fleet vehicle repairs. Once you have decided on a repair facility it is a good idea to meet the service manager and discuss your service requirements such as scheduled intervals, expectations and turn around time. It is also a good idea to supply your service manager with a preventative maintenance check list that they should follow for each vehicle. Many fleet service repair shops focus on breakdown maintenance and not preventative maintenance. Make sure you let the service manager know what the exact expectations you are looking for to keep your fleet vehicles up and running. Since you are bringing them several vehicles to be serviced it is important to ask for a fleet vehicle discount on both maintenance and parts.

Most of your maintenance jobs should be preventive maintenance. This is a reassurance that the vehicles are being checked periodically to minimize the amount of repairs that can occur and reduce your overall cost.

Since repair and maintenance cost are an operating expense, your fleet manger should track fuel, labor, parts, and collisions to determine which vehicles are costing you the most money. This allows the fleet manager to make the necessary decisions regarding each vehicle for replacement and efficiency. Having a fleet vehicle that is maintained properly will provide the lowest operating cost versus a vehicle that is prone to costly breakdowns.