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Why Is My Audi’s Check Engine Light On?

Why is my Audi's check engine light on?

As we all know, an engine is full of moving parts and sometimes those parts break or are starting to wear to the point of nearly breaking. That is why it is good that our engines have sensors to tell us when there might be something going wrong inside of your engine that can be fixed before there is a major issue that would come of lack of a warning. These sensors tells us on our dashboard with indicator lights, these lights tell you things like if you haven’t buckled your seat belt, your gas tank is low, the parking break is set, your engine is over-heating, or a number of other warning lights to help inform you that there is a malfunction with the safe operation of your vehicle.

Audi Warning Lights

An Audi is no different, some models can have upwards of 35 different simples and lights on your dashboard. When your check engine light is on in your Audi there could be a few reasons as to why this could be illuminated.

It could be as simple as your gas cap is loose or it could be much more complicated. If you wanted to check your engine yourself, you can pick up from an auto part store a level 1 OBD-II scanner. This scanner you can plug into your dash (check your owner’s manual to see where the plug is located) and the scanner will send you the fault code, also called Diagnostic trouble code. Then you can look up what that code means in your owner’s manual and understand how serious the situation is that has caused your check engine light to be turned on.

Flashing Check Engine Light

Now if your check engine light is flashing don’t bother with the scanner, call a tow truck and bring your Audi down to German Imports Car Care. This indicates there is a misfire, which means that the engine is going receiving the fuel and the burn off isn’t reaching the cylinders. Since this is a misfire, we DO NOT recommend you drive your care to the care center, it becomes a hazard to drive and you are no longer safe while driving this beautiful piece of automotive.

The scanners can be a little confusing to figure out on your own so be sure to consult with your owner’s manual or call us and we can help decode the codes for you. We are always here to answer your questions that you may have and ensure that you are confident with your Audi. 

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How Do Know If My Mercedes Brakes Need To Be Serviced?

Have you ever been driving down the road and come to a stoplight or sign and heard the car next to you squealing at a high pitch sound that makes your jaw hurt? That is the number one indicator that their brakes desperately need to be changed out.

Mercedes recommends that the break rotors get replaced between 15,000 and 70,000 miles. That’s a lot of miles between those two numbers so what are some signs that you should get your brakes and rotors replaced sooner rather than later.

The main indicator, outside of the squeaky brakes, is when you push on the brake pedal and your stomach drops to your toes because your entire car is shaking. This is a great time to schedule a maintenance visit for your vehicle. You feel the shaking because your rotors are starting to get warped or your brake pads are worn down.

Sometimes you need to just look – that’s right! Change out of those good slacks and kneel down, this is the best way to get a visual idea of what the status of your pads and rotors is. Because the brake pads press against the rotors to slow down your car, it isn’t surprising that the rotors are going to wear out over time. Sadly, that is just how it is with vehicles. When you inspect your rotors, it is good to know what to look for, you are looking for grooves and scoring the brake pads have caused over time. A good rotor will look very smooth and unmarked. If you see grooves or scoring, or both, on the rotors, the fact of the matter is they will likely need to be replaced. If not now, then soon.

Back to the squeaky wheel – though sounds don’t always mean that you have bad rotors. But a squealing or squeaking sound could be a sign of a bad rotor and brake pads. If you feel like your brakes are in a questionable state it is always best to have them checked out. German Imports Car Care is able to give you peace of mind while checking on your brakes.