Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: My check engine light is on. What does that mean?

A: The check engine light monitors emission controls systems. It can be something as simple as a loose gas cap or something as serious as a miss fire that could cause major damage to the catalytic convertor. In some cases the driver will not detect any adversity to the way the engine performs, while in other incidences the performance of the engine is greatly affected. The check engine light should not be ignored due to the possible damage that can result from not knowing the cause of the light and therefore not knowing the severity of damage that can result.


Q: My brake lining light is on. Is it safe to drive? If yes, how long can I drive before I cause damage?

A: Yes, your car is safe to drive, but you should make an appointment with your repair shop as soon as possible to inspect your brakes and take the appropriate actions.


Q: My ABS/BAS/ESP warning light is on. Does that mean my brakes are going to stop working?

A: No, your brakes will default to normal braking without the assistance of antilock, however the electronics parts of these systems have detected a problem, and you may experience wheel lock up if panic (emergency) stops occur. You should schedule an appointment with your repair shop as soon as possible to have these systems tested. They are important safety systems.


Q: I have a 2002 500 SL Mercedes and I am concerned about the factory recommended maintenance for the transmission. I have been told that it is non serviceable and the fluid never has to be changed. What do you recommend?

A: On many of the newer cars with electronic transmissions, the manufacture doesn't recommend servicing the transmissions. Yet, it has been our experience that after approximately 40,000/50,000 miles, the fluid is dark and has an odor. We feel strongly that regular transmission services prolong the life of your transmission. We recommend servicing at intervals of 50,000 miles.


If you have any questions regarding your automobile please feel free to call us and we would be more than happy to answer them. If we don’t have an immediate answer we will research it and get back to you. Thank you for considering European Automotive Specialties for your automotive needs.

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