Engine Repair FAQS

J & J Transmissions would like to welcome you to our page dedicated to questions our automotive repair specialists are frequently asked about Engine Repair.

Can spark plugs last 100,000 miles?

There have been times when the technicians at J & J Transmissions have found spark plugs seized in the cylinder heads of some of our Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area customers' vehicles with as little as 60,000 miles on them. The removal of these seized plugs can result in hours of labor by our technicians at J & J Transmissions. There have been rare occasions when J & J Transmissions has needed to remove cylinder heads just to get the spark plugs removed. J & J Transmissions suggests that in order for our customers in the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy are to maintain peak performance for their vehicles, that their spark plugs should not be run longer than 30,000 miles. J & J Transmissions suggest that consumers should take those 100,000 mile spark plug marketing claims of manufacturers with a grain of salt.

Why is my check engine light on?

One of the most common problems the customers of J & J Transmissions contact us about is the "check engine light" problem! The check engine light on a vehicle, also known as the "Service Engine Soon" light is known to the automatic transmission specialists at J & J Transmissions as MIL, standing for Malfunction Indicator Lamp. J & J Transmissions tells our customers that rely on us to offer the best transmission repair in the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area, these are all frightening names for the same thing, and they need not be frightened at all. When the check engine light appears on the dashboard it is indicating that the computer in the vehicle has identified a problem that needs the attention of a skilled automatic transmission specialists like those employed at J & J Transmissions.

When the check engine light appears, J & J Transmissions advises that the vehicle be brought into our auto repair shop and have the computer system checked and scanned to pinpoint any areas that may have shifted outside normal operational ranges. And while our automatic transmission technicians know this may sound baffling to our average customer, in reality the check engine light problem is the vehicle's computer's method of letting a vehicle owner know they should bring it to J & J Transmissions to have it checked. Fortunately the technology is intended to help bring problems to the attention of the vehicle's owner that might not be noticed during normal driving conditions, and it should be inspected and diagnosed by an automatic transmission specialist before becoming more serious.

Quite often our customers in the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area that rely on us for our automatic transmission expertise wonder why their vehicle's system needs check engine light. Our transmission technicians are quick to inform customers that as a vehicle's operating system(s) have become more technologically advanced the more that same system needs to assist in monitoring and diagnosing problems.

As most recently manufactured vehicles have been developed to operate much cleaner than those being driven around the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area just a decade ago, the majority of the time the check engine light problem is indicative of an emission problem the vehicle is experiencing. And even though a vehicle's owner is not always concerned about environmental issues, a light check engine light indicator that results from an emission problem should be checked by an auto repair technician as any problem that results in increased emissions may in turn result in lower fuel efficiency, or in other words the burning of more gas!

Another reason not to ignore a check engine light when driving around the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area is that when circulating additional fuel through an engine, the result can be a catalytic converter forced to work overtime to burn offer excessive hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. This can result in the catalytic converter overheating and burning out over a very short driving distance. And when being required to pass the next smog or emission test, the replacement of a catalytic converter can be quite costly.

Fortunately for those in the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy are that have a check engine light problem, they can call Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy and take advantage of our skilled automotive technicians who use the latest and most up to date check engine light diagnostic equipment designed to diagnose even the most complex computer system today's modern vehicles. If you live in the Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area and have a check engine light problem, use our online appointment form today!

Should engine knocking or pinging sound concern me?

J & J Transmissions can understand why our customers in the greater Belle Vernon ~ Charleroi ~ Dunlevy area would wonder if the presence of a knocking, or pinging sound, coming from their vehicles' engines should be of concern. J & J Transmissions tells our customers that the presence of an occasional engine knocking or pinging noise will not necessarily be harmful to the engine. Additionally when an engine pinging or knocking noise is heard in the engine it does not indicate a switch should be made to a gasoline with a higher octane level. But if the pinging or knocking in the engine becomes persistent or heavy, that knocking sound could be the indication of a more serious car engine problem and to avoid any damage we suggest our customers bring their vehicle to J & J Transmissions and let a member of our skilled auto repair mechanic team inspect the engine knocking to avoid any potential to the vehicle's engine. Of course J & J Transmissions invites you to schedule online.