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Don't Let the Check Engine Light Turn You Off From Making Needed Repairs



The top 10 check engine light repairs from the annual CarMD Vehicle Health Index reinforces what the Car Care Council has been saying for years. Motorists who ignore the check engine light get less miles per gallon and could face costly repairs down the road.



"Many people fear that when the check engine light comes on, it is going to mean several hundred or more dollars in repairs, so they ignore the light and hope the problem goes away," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Data from CarMD makes it clear that not addressing the cause of an illuminated check engine light can cost you in terms of wasted fuel and more expensive repairs in the future."



When the check engine light is illuminated, it usually means that the vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. The top 10 most common check engine light repairs as reported by the recently released CarMD Vehicle Health Index are as follows.




  1. Replace O2 sensor(s)

  2. Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)

  3. Replace catalytic converter

  4. Inspect fuel cap and tighten or replace as necessary

  5. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve

  6. Replace mass airflow (MAF) sensor

  7. Replace ignition coil(s)

  8. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge solenoid

  9. Replace fuel injector(s)

  10. Replace thermostat



"Following a recommended maintenance schedule and addressing small problems before they become bigger ones will help extend the life of your car and minimize check engine related repairs," continued White. "It's important to note that most of the common check engine problems negatively impact a car's fuel economy and become more costly to repair if service is delayed."



The Car Care Council's popular Car Care Guide features helpful information about the check engine light. Available in English and Spanish, a printed copy of the 80-page Car Care Guide can be ordered free-of-charge by visiting Car Care Guide.



Source: Car Care Council


What People Say About Us

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    , 08/26/2021

    This is my second experience with Al Dean's and am very satisfied with the service and customer experience. Would recommend them to anyone.

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    , 07/20/2021

    Last year we had to leave our son's vehicle in Michigan. In early July 2021 we were finally able to return to get the car. Since it had sat for months and not driven we had to find a local mechanic to thoroughly assess the car. Mr. Chuck and the technicians provided an excellent job. I was provided a frequent report of the car needs and cost for the three days of service. I was truly blessed to locate this auto mechanic service being far from my home and cannot thank them enough for the fair and quality service received. Also, Mr. Chuck even phoned to check on the vehicle and to find out if we returned home safely.

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    , 09/17/2020

    Even though I live much closer to many other auto repairs shops, I have taken my car to Chuck at Al Dean's a few times now because he is helpful, friendly and stands by his quote after diagnosing the problem. My brother is a former auto mechanic and lives near the shop and has always relied on Chuck and his employees, who my brother says are honest and knowledgeable, which are both what I need after many other shops taking advantage of my ignorance of cars and their needs. I will go back to this shop again with trust and assurance.

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    My Chevy Silverado brake line rusted out on Sat. just after 1 pm. I called the shop and did not leave a message because they close at that time. The owner still returned my call around 3 pm. I told him my issues and he said he could work on it Monday. They replaced my brake lines for the price he quoted, even though an extra part was needed. They also threw in a tire rotation and a cash discount. The owner is nice man to talk with and deliverers what he promises. This is not the first time I used them for repairs, because they do what they say for an honest price, with a smile. I will be back the next time I need repairs.

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    I can't say enough great words about this experience from start to finish!! This garage is absolutely wonderful - caring, affordable and speedy. The epitome of customer service! Well done Al Dean's, you have an A++ approval from me!! Thank you for your great vibes, a great start to this beautiful day!!

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    These guys are great. I've had more than a few repairs done here, and never had any problems with the cost or the service. In most cases I already had the replacement part, and the labor charge was very reasonable for the level of quality from the mechanic. After a few visits, the boss recognizes me and still waves anytime I see him out front. This is a shop that I refer everyone in town to. Even if you're in southern Rochester or east side Pontiac, it's worth the trip to have the job done right.

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