Engine Performance Problems No Check Engine Light Diagnostics Will Reveal
When Engine Performance Problems Go Beyond Check Engine Light Diagnostic Equipment In Elizabeth Pa
There are many things that can cause your car to not start or perform poorly that may or may not illuminate your check engine light. Weather, rust, corrosion and even critters like rodents can cause a whole host of drive ability problems that no computer will detect.
That’s when we have to rely on our many years of training and experience to diagnose the problem. Good old fashioned detective work is still a major part of how we perform many auto repairs.
Rodent Damage is very common in the Pittsburgh area, especially for vehicles that are left to sit for long periods of time without being moved. We’ve seen mice, squirrels, chipmunks and even ground hogs set up home in your engine of passenger compartment looking for a cozy place out of the weather and securely away from predators.
Electrical Wiring Tastes Good
Rodents are busy and very destructive as they have to constantly chew on things to keep their teeth from getting too long. Your cars wiring and electrical system are prime targets for these vandals and can cause thousands of dollars of damage if left unchecked. Some auto manufacturers have decided to make their wiring insulation out of
a vegetable based product that will break down and degrade over time.
The idea was to accelerate the natural recycling process, to prevent beyond service vehicles from hanging around long after their expiration date. This practice may work in Europe, but here in the Elizabeth Pa area, it just looks like a tasty treat for these destructive rodents looking for an easy meal or something to chew on.
One sure sign of a rodent or mouse infestation is missing or chewed insulation from the bottom of your hood. Rodents love nice soft material to build a nest with, and the insulation from under your hood and dashboard are prime bedding for them.
Another sign is finding seeds or nuts stored under the hood. They may look harmless at first, but left unchecked can turn into infestation of multiple families chewing on your valuable vehicle. Mice and chipmunks like to store food in safe areas to eat later and that means they plan on spending some time there.
Your Car Can’t Breathe
Another concern we have about rodent infestation in your vehicle is the fact that they love to build their nests in your air filter box that starve your engine of air, not allowing it to breathe. And we also find their nests in fresh air vents and cabin air filter boxes that feed you and your families air that you breathe. The problem with this is mice tend to use their nesting areas as their toilets, unknowingly exposing you to rodent feces and urine when you turn on your heater or air conditioner.
If you find any of these signs, address it quickly by bringing your vehicle in for a check up to make sure they haven’t caused you any damage. It’s always cheaper to ward off a problem than to have to diagnose and then repair one later. We can also advise you as to how you can prevent future rodent damage as well.
Trust our ASE Certified Mechanics with decades of experience to diagnose or help you ward off these strange engine performance and check engine light problems in Elizabeth Pa.