With top of the line diagnostic equipment, we can make sure the major systems within your car are performing the way they should be. Whether you have a light illuminated on your dashboard or can’t figure out why your car isn’t running, the Bulldog Automotive team has the tools needed to diagnose those difficult problems.
Many critical problems are hard to detect and even pinpoint without the correct diagnostic tools. If you engine light is on, our diagnostic tools will help determine the problem.
Check engine lights could mean you need:
- Regularly scheduled engine maintenance
- Your system may require reset or an adjustment
- Or there could be critical engine or electrical issues that need to be addressed.
If you check engine light is flashing, you need to get your vehicle to Bulldog Automotive immediately!
Antilock Brake System (ABS)
Antilock brakes are what keeps your car from skidding when braking hard or braking on wet or slick surfaces.
The ABS light on your dashboard should never be ignored. When the ABS system fails, you should still have normal braking capabilities, but the light can indicate a dangerous loss of hydraulic pressure or low fluid levels. If the ABS light and the brake light are on, the vehicle should not be driven until the brakes can be inspected.
Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)
The SRS light refers to your vehicle’s airbag system. When you first turn on your vehicle, the SRS light should illuminate for 1 to 5 seconds, then go off to indicate that the vehicle is ready to drive.
Should the light stay on, you may have a problem within your airbag system. When the light is on, your airbag system is also deactivated, and if you are in a collision, the airbags will not deploy and the seat belts will not tighten.
If the SRS light is on and flashing, please see Bulldog Automotive immediately!
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
The tire pressure monitoring system monitors your tire pressure. When you tires pressure is too low or overinflated, the TPMS light will be illuminated to warn you that the tire pressure may result in undue wear or possible tire failure.
Proper tire pressure is essential for vehicle handling, overall tire pressure and load carrying capability.
If your TPMS light illuminates while driving, it means one of you tires is at low pressure.
If your TPMS light goes on and off, it means that your tire pressure is fluctuating.
If your TPMS light flashes and stays on for more than 60 seconds, this means the TPMS is not functioning properly, and you should take it to the service center for an inspection. Until repaired, your TPMS will be out of order and will not warn you of tire pressure changes.
Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS)
The vehicle speed sensor sends information to your car’s computer about how fast the car’s engine is spinning. If you are experiencing:
- transmission revs higher before it switches gears
- the transmission engages into overdrive late
- brakes harder than normal when coasting
- speedometer behaves erratically
- the check engine light comes on when accelerating
- the overdrive light blink on for no apparent reason
you may have a vehicle speed sensor problem. The VSS light may also indicate a defective coil pack or a bad throttle.
Traction Control System (TCS)
Your vehicle’s traction control system helps to reduce tire or wheel slip during acceleration on loose or slippery surfaces. The TCS system employs sensors connected to the ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) to continuously monitor the speed of each wheel. If the system detects a wheel or set of wheels spinning faster than the others it automatically applies the brakes of that wheel or set of wheels.
The TCS system will malfunction if the TCS light remains illuminated.