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What is a Check Engine Light Decoding service?

Lube Stop’s Check Engine Light Decoding service is the inspection of the dashboard warning light indicating that the engine is having issues.  Lube Stop technicians use a decoder to decipher the code related to the warning.  This is done through a device that is connected to the associated computer electronics in the car.  Once the issue is determined, Lube Stop will advise the customer accordingly.

What is an Engine Light Decoding for?

The check engine light, more formally known as the malfunction indicator lamp, is a signal from the car’s engine computer that something is wrong.


The major automakers started standardizing their systems in 1996 under a protocol called OBD-II, which instituted a list of diagnostic trouble codes and mandated that all cars provide a universal connector to access this information.  The connector is usually located under the steering column and is relatively easy to access.  Before 1996, carmakers had their own engine diagnostic systems, primarily to ensure their cars were compliant with EPA pollution control requirements.

What to Look for

Check engine lights come in orange, yellow, or amber, depending on the manufacturer.  If the light begins flashing, however, it indicates a more serious problem, such as a misfire that can quickly overheat the catalytic converter.  These emissions devices operate at high temperatures to cut emissions but can pose a fire hazard if faulty.  So, that would initiate a blinking light versus an issue less serious in nature.

Some drivers may confuse the service required or maintenance required light on the gauge cluster for the check engine light.  These warning lights are unrelated.  The service required light just means the car is due for an oil change or other routine care.  It is not an indicator of trouble like the check engine light is.


Examples of some of the most common parts that need replacing as per the check engine codes are listed below.

  • ignition coil and spark plugs
  •  oxygen sensors
  • catalytic converter
  • gas cap
  • ignition coil
  • evaporation emissions purge control valve
  • mass airflow sensor
  • evaporation emissions purge solenoid
  • fuel injector
  • thermostat

Occasionally, the check engine light comes on when nothing is wrong with the vehicle.  Temporary problems caused by a change in humidity or other factors can trigger this.  In these cases, the light should go off by itself after a short time.

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Let’s Talk Safety

Lube Stop is 100% committed to ensuring your vehicle’s engine and the components it powers are all operating as they should.  We are also 100% committed to ensuring that your safety is taken care of, too.  This means checking that all the parts of your vehicle that keep you safe, are working as well.  These include the following list of items.

  • A/C and Heating System
  • Air Bags
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Charging System
  • Exhaust System
  • Ignition & Timing System
  • Spare Tires
  • Taillights
  • Headlights
  • Turn Signals
  • Vehicle Horn
  • Windshield
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Any Leaks, Squeaks, Rattles or Odours

These safety checks are included in Lube Stop’s Precision Based Recommendations process.  Specifically, they are included in their 37+ Point Inspections that are performed each time you drive into one of our shops.  There are 15 or more safety checks performed during this standard practice.  When an issue is detected, Lube Stop technicians bring those matters to your attention and make suggestions as to how to address them.

It is important to have a fully functioning car, truck, or SUV, but it’s also important to have a safe drive for you and your family.  So, when you come to Lube Stop, rest assured that we will be checking for both your vehicle’s health and your own personal safety while driving.

Why Do I Need a Check Engine Light Decoding service?

The Check Engine Light Decoding service is the inspection of your vehicle’s engine error.

We do these checks to help our customers avoid any issues that could have otherwise been prevented.  The engine light checks and decoding is an important safety maintenance item responsible for ensuring the engine remains operable and well maintained.  Correct diagnosis is critical to the health of your engine and your vehicle as a whole.  And in some cases, it’s a case of driver and passenger safety.

So, it is fair to conclude that a turned on engine light is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check to make sure your check your engine light is off every visit.  And if it’s on, we do the necessary decoding to determine the issue.   We understand that it costs a little in the short run to get these safety items checked.  But it can be a lifesaver in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

The engine light should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you notice the light is on.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.

Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today.  That is because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Combustion Engine

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

Lube Stop’s Help

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

To do this, you must TAKE CARE of your vehicle.  That means changing the oil regularly.  It also means changing your filters regularly.  And, it means changing your fluids, lubricants, coolants and greases.  These maintenance parts don’t remain the same.  They get dirty, dusty, polluted, corroded and worn as you drive your vehicle from day to day.  So, if you want to extend the life of your car, truck or SUV, then you must maintain it and take care of it.

So, drop by our lube shops and get your oil changed, your filters changed, your fluids checked or flushed, your belts replaced and so on.  We’re standing by!

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