Diagnostics Service

What you need to know about DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHTS & DIAGNOSTICS

So you've received a warning light on your dashboard that was blinking at you yesterday and now it is on steady.

What do you do?

Just ignoring it is NOT A SOLUTION!

What makes a warning light come on?

warning lights - Bothell Auto ServiceToday's vehicles are manufactured with complex inter-related systems. On-board computers continuously monitor and store information concerning the performance of these systems. A warning light turns on because the computer has sensed a signal from one of the systems or components that has gone outside of its normal operating range. The computer then sends a signal to turn on the light to let you know something is wrong!
Some of the potential causes for a check warning light are not properly tightening your gas cap to engine, transmission or braking system performance issues. While warning lights can go on and the car still appears to be driving "fine", ignoring some lights can lead to serious issues, such as engine damage or other component failure. In some instances, this can be a safety hazard. That's why it is recommended to be safe (give yourself peace of mind) and have your car looked at by a certified professional as soon as possible. To learn more about the different types of warning lights and what you should do when they come on, click here.

Do I need an appointment?
Most centers do not require an appointment, but please call your local center for details. It is our goal to make it convenient and offer what works best for you.

How much will it cost?
Diagnostics are usually handled at an hourly or procedural rate that is specific to each store. So please use our store locator to find your neighorhood center to call for more details. A Check Engine Light diagnostic will often be at a fixed rate, unless additional diagnostic procedures are needed.

Why does my parts store offer to "do my check engine light" for free?
Parts stores capabilities are limited to only reading the stored trouble codes, but they do not then perform the diagnostic procedures to determine what is exactly required to fix your vehicle. Bothell Import Service centers have certified technicians, whose job it is to fix cars!

What are examples of driveability issues that require diagnostics?

  • Typical driveability issues that require a diagnosis on your vehicle are:
  • Any warning lights on the dash that are illuminated (check engine, ABS, etc.)
  • Emissions failures
  • Engine or transmission performance
  • Steering and ride control

All of the parts we install are guaranteed to meet or exceed manufacturer standards, and if you wish, we'll return all of your old parts to you.
This service, like all services performed at Bothell Import Service, is advised based on your manufacturer's recommendations, or as needed as determined by our inspection and based on industry standards.

Do I need an appointment?

Most centers do not require an appointment, but please call your local center for details. It is our goal to make it convenient and offer what works best for you.
This service, like all services performed at Bothell Import Service, is advised based on your manufacturer's recommendations, or as needed as determined by our inspection and based on industry standards.

Warranty 12 months or 12,000 miles which ever comes first!