Your vehicle provides vital information on the dashboard. If the check engine light is illuminated, your car must be taken into service as soon as possible.


The diagnostic tool allows computer software to run through to a scanner and search for the problem. Follow the instructions on the scanner to get the most accurate reading. From that step, the mechanic will use the code guideline sheet to pinpoint the problem that resulted in the malfunction.

Guidelines Vehicle Owners Should Take When the Check Engine Light is on:

  • Tighten the gas cap
    – If that is the problem, then it will take several trips in your car before the light turns off. Not all vehicles are the same, so depending on the make and model of your car, there may be a different indicator for a loose gas cap.
  • Reduce load and/or speed
    – If you see the light turn on, and immediately feel a power loss, slow down to apply less stress onto your engine. If you’ve been hauling a trailer, you’re probably putting too much pressure on your engine to work efficiently.
  • Utilize built-in diagnostic tools
    – Some of today’s cars have diagnostic tools that can report trouble codes and schedule service appointments.
  • Other Lights on Your Dash
    • Check Engine
    • Oil Pressure Warning
    • Brake
    • Cruise Control
    • Reduced Power
    • Security Alert
    • Traction Control
    • Door Ajar
    • Lamp Out
    • Washer Fluid Reminder
    • Gas Cap
    • Oil Change Reminder
    • Transmission Temperature
    • Battery Alert

Tropical Performance
A certified Tropical Performance technician will transmit information from your vehicle’s computer into a diagnostic tool. This diagnostic tool will provide information to the technician to help diagnose the cause for the check engine light becoming illuminated. Whatever the case may be for your dash lighting up, we can take care of the issue. No job is too large or too small for our team so come on over, and we will run all the necessary tests to get to the root of the problem.