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Intermittent Auto Warning Lights + Misfires - Not As Easy As 1, 2, 3...

by Brian England on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

Solving intermittent car problems can be challenging for both the customer and the auto mechanic. A new customer came into BA Auto Care and described this series of problems:

  • The check engine warning light came on intermittently.
  • The transmission warning light came on intermittently.
  • The engine misfired in cold weather.

We documented the problems on the job ticket, talked to the customer about how we would approach the diagnostic work, and provided an approximate cost.

Our next step was to road test the car. As often happens with intermittent issues, we were unable to reproduce the issues.  No misfires occurred and no warning lights came on. 

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Topics: check engine lights, intermittent car problems, transmission warning lights, engine misfires

Is this Car Haunted or Is it Just an Intermittent Car Problem?

by Brian England on Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Recently, I stood in as the courtesy van driver. It's always a fun job; I hear so many stories and my first trip out was not an exception. One of the customers described the problem he was having with his car. He said it felt like it was haunted! It had symptoms that came and went in no particular pattern. He asked me how we diagnose something like that, and I explained how we approach this type of "intermittent" problem.

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Topics: car radio problems, intermittent car problems, diagnostics

My Car Will Not Start Sometimes - How Much Will it Cost to Fix This?

by Brian England on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Ever had this happen?  You drive your car, park it for a few minutes to run an errand -- then when you return your car won't start.

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Topics: intermittent car problems, car won't start

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