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Our automotive technicians at Water Star Motors in Santa Cruz know that not all check-engine lights are created equal, nor are the diagnostic scan tools used to read the software codes. For vehicle owners, that can mean the difference between auto repair done right the first time or an expensive parade of parts hoping the last part installed nailed the gremlin.
The check engine light is part of your vehicle's on-board diagnostics system. It monitors and warns when a problem arises in any of the numerous computers, onboard software, electronic sensors and actuators that regulate how the engine, transmission, safety, infotainment and other systems interact and operate. Once it illuminates, the vehicle’s master computer stores a "diagnostic trouble code" in its memory that acts as a compass, pointing in general, but rarely directly, to the vehicle system or, often today, multiple systems contributing to the problem.
Today's modern vehicles just aren’t simple to fix anymore. They’ve become mobile computers on four wheels, equipped with advanced technologies controlled by interconnected networks, software and controllers. If the check engine light involved multiple vehicle systems, or the issue is a pesky intermittent one, the code readers from corner-parts stores may just keep you on a wild goose chase at your expense and inconvenience. Water Star Motors can help you prevent that headache. We will diagnose and inform you upfront. Once we have corrected the problem(s) we road test and make sure we have resolved the causes creating the check engine light warning.
Water Star Motors is AAA-certified and rated as a better business. Our team of automotive technicians are not only ASE-Certified, we have technicians with ASE-Master Level status, ASE Hybrid / Electric Certified and State of California authorized SMOG repair and testing certified. Their superb diagnostic training enables them to zero in on the actual specific root cause(s) behind the check engine light illuminating and staying on. Where others might get lost in the maze of vehicle communication networks, Water Star Motors identifies and follows the correct diagnostic path to get you and your vehicle on the road. The difference is your peace of mind. We back our work up with a nationwide 3-year/36,000-mile warranty, which covers nearly all auto repairs.
Water Star Motors provides Santa Cruz area customers with accurate and honest automotive service. They can count on this Clean, Green Auto Repair Team. “It’s our job; we love helping people; we do it every day and our customers appreciate it." 
Water Star Motors is dedicated to delivering the outstanding level of service you and your vehicle expect and deserve, whether it’s routine maintenance or more serious auto repair. If you’re looking for an auto repair facility that goes the extra mile, please give us a call, schedule an appointment online, or visit us at 318-A River Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. We’re open Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 PM We’ll even turn the light off for you! (Check-Engine - that is.)

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