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Monthly Archives: October 2019

What Would Cause A Check Engine Light To Come On?

First off most of our customers at 5-Star Auto Repair & Exhaust of Lexington refer to the light on the dash we are referring to in this article as a Check Engine Light. Some also refer to this light as a "SES" Service Engine Soon, or "MIL" Malfunction Indicator Light, all of which are the same thing. Occasionally this light is confused with the Maintenance Indicator Light which is a reminder light for Factory Scheduled Maintenance. Reasons for the Check Engine Light to come on can vary from simple issues such as a Loose Gas Cap to more complex issues such as a shorted wire, failed ECM/PCM, or the most difficult an intermittently failing electrical solenoid. All modern vehicles are computer controlled. Most have multiple computers that work in sync with each other to make the vehicle operate, this also involves a large number of sensors monitoring what the engine is doing and how it is running. sometimes these sensors fail and will cause the Check Engine Light to come on. Sometim ... read more

Why Are My Headlights So Dim

As we head into Fall and Winter, "Why Are My Headlights So Dim?" is not something you want to be asking yourself. For safety and better visibility in the shorter days 5-Star Auto Repair & Exhaust of Lexington is here to help answer this question, and assist you with fixing the problem. Do Headlights dim over time? Yes they do. Headlight Bulbs are a normal wear item over time they will slowly deteriorate and produce less light. Most older vehicles are pretty simple to change bulbs in and if you somewhat handy you can fix this issue yourself. Some newer vehicles can require extensive disassembly to change a bulb, and I recommend having them changed by a professional. Sticking with the topic of Headlight Bulbs, if changing the bulbs does not produce more light output you may want to consider upgrading from a standard Halogen Bulb to an enhanced Halogen Bulb designed for a brighter light output. Depending on your budget you may even want to switch to LED Headlight Bulbs or ev ... read more