The old days: simple tune-ups.

Starting a car used to demand elbow grease. Thanks to computer technology, today’s cars are light years ahead in sophistication. Additionally, some cars even start at the push of a button. With sophistication comes the complication of computer technology and federal regulation to protect air quality.

Your car is also equipped with electronic engine control systems, to curb carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

The new days: a computerized analysis of your engine.

Advanced control systems are replacing simple engine components. Spark plug and filter replacements are still required, but what you also need is a computerized analysis of your car’s computerized control center. Especially today, your car has a tougher inspection to pass.

How your vehicle’s computerized control center works:

A network of sensors and switches transfer and track your engine’s operating conditions into electrical signals. The computer in your car receives this data. Then, data is coded into the computer, and commands are sent to three systems,  ignition, fuel, and finally emission control.

Does your car have a problem, or is it just a faulty sensor?

Maybe you’ve already seen your “check engine” light go on. That means the system in your car senses a problem. That same light is also a cue to our technicians to check which commands have been triggered. They also check the status of your engine control computer and sensors. This is how our technicians know if your car’s performance is caused by a real problem in contrast to a faulty sensor or computer glitch.

Seven key sensory components:

  • Mass airflow sensor
  • Throttle position sensor
  • Manifold absolute pressure sensor
  • Coolant temperature sensor
  • Exhaust oxygen sensor
  • Crankshaft position sensor
  • Camshaft position sensor