Archive for the ‘Check Engine Light’ Category

The Toyota Prius is one of Eric’s favorite cars.  They’re safe, reliable and when they need to be taken apart they go back together flawlessly.  Generation 2 Toyota Prius are at the right age for having the high voltage (HV) battery replaced.  Typically an owner will get about 10 years out of the original battery.  At Grand Rapids Hybrid, we replace HV batteries on a regular basis.  This is NOT to say that the Prius has a failing HV battery system, but that the generation 2 batteries are at the right age to be replaced.  At Grand Rapids Hybrid we only install new Toyota Batteries and use Toyota test equipment to verify the health of your Toyota hybrid. 

 

Some symptoms of HV battery failure are:

  • Warning lamps on
  • Loud fan from the passenger back seat
  • Performance down
  • Gas mileage down

At Grand Rapids Hybrid, each HV battery comes with a 3 year, 36,000 mile warranty, a hybrid health check to verify all hybrid components and three additional health checks (one every 12 months for the next 3 years) after installation to verify status and as our way of saying thank you for choosing Grand Rapids Hybrid.  We are typically more reasonably priced than Toyota dealerships.

If you have any questions about the price of the replacement of the HV battery in your Toyota Prius (or any other hybrid question) give us a call today! 616-532-6600.  Eric’s advanced expert knowledge in hybrid vehicles is at your disposal.

 

offOctober 16, 2017

Eric was recently interviewed on WZZM 13 here in Grand Rapids about making sure a vehicle is ready for fall and the winter months.

 

http://www.wzzm13.com/money/cars/october-is-fall-car-care-month-experts-offer-tips-to-keep-you-on-the-road/483076568

 

Main points of the interview:

Get your vehicle a safety inspection ASAP.  The reason Eric urges you to do this right away is in case there is a list of safety items that needs to be addressed.  We can help you prioritize the repairs needed and by the time snow starts falling you can be ready to go!

  1. Tires.  They are the number one item to keep your car or truck on the road. Reliable tires are necessary to make sure you can safely stop, especially in inclement weather.
  2. Check the coolant (along with other fluids).  Certainly we don’t want any engine to ever freeze. It is going to get really cold. Most engines will go through the summer months with no problem, even with inadequate anti-freeze protection but, as soon as the winter and cold weather gets here, that is when you are going to see an issue if that has been neglected.
  3. Check the battery to make sure it is in good shape. Batteries have a lot more stress on them when the temperature drops.
  4. Replace windshield wipers to make sure visibility isn’t compromised.
  5. Check heating system, to make it is performing well enough to keep drivers comfortable and defrost windows.
  6. Check brakes, to make sure they are in safe working order.
  7. Check and replace, if needed, exterior and brake lights to make sure other drivers can see you and you can see where you are going

If you have questions about the safety of your vehicle, give us a call! We’re happy to make sure you and your family safe on the road this fall and winter.  At Ervine’s and Grand Rapids Hybrid we have free loaner cars help ease the inconvenience of being without your vehicle while repairs are made.   616-532-6600

Hello Grand Rapids auto owners. Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck? Or just keep driving? What does that little light really mean for Grand Rapids drivers?

First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That’s why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious sedan engine trouble. That’s why Grand Rapids car owners often don’t know how to respond to it.

The check engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Ervine’s Auto Repair in Grand Rapids ASAP. No, you don’t need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can’t wait to get your car serviced. If your check engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trailers, haul heavy loads or drive at Michigan interstate speeds. Any of these could lead to serious damage that could result pricey repair bills for Grand Rapids car owners who ignore it.

A steady check engine light is less serious, but that doesn’t mean it can be ignored by Byron Center drivers. You should plan to get your vehicle inspected at your local Grand Rapids automotive service center the first realistic opportunity. Not the first convenient opportunity, but the first realistic one.

Before you take your sedan in, however, check the gas cap. A loose gas cap can trigger the check engine light. If it is loose, twist it until it clicks three times. If that was the problem, your Grand Rapids engine light will reset after several days. However, if it stays on, then you need to schedule an inspection at your Grand Rapids auto repair center center or Ervine’s Auto Repair.

Modern automobiles have a computer in the engine that monitors and controls many of the engine functions. When the computer senses something wrong, it first tries to fix the problem itself by adjusting the sedan engine. If the problem persists, the computer signals the check engine light to come on.

This process stores a trouble code inside the sedan engine’s computer. Your service specialist scans the computer and reads the code. This does not tell the service advisor exactly what is wrong with the car, but it gives him a good idea as to where to start looking.

It is NOT good auto advice to deal with a check engine light by disconnecting the battery. Yes, this makes the light go off, but it doesn’t solve the problem. It’s rather like trying to put out a fire by disconnecting the smoke detector. Also, disconnecting the battery will erase your sedan’s computer memory. An engine’s computer, over time, learns to adjust for peculiarities of the specific sedan engine, for driving conditions in your Kentwood area, and for your driving habits. Losing its memory means it has to learn and adjust for these things all over again.

Also, don’t buy a cheap consumer scanner or get a trouble code read at your nearest Grand Rapids auto parts store, then try to fix a problem yourself — unless, of course, you are a trained Grand Rapids mechanic. Today’s auto repair equipment is fairly high-tech and knowing a code is only an indication of where a problem might be, not the answer to what is wrong. Trying to save a little money by doing it yourself may end up costing you big in the long run.

Of course, the best thing to do is to keep that pesky check engine light from coming on in the first place. Good car care and routine preventive maintenance go a long way to keeping your sedan out of your Grand Rapids auto repair shop. But, if that light does come on, be smart. Take care of the problem early, and take care of it professionally.

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