So, your car has a problem.

check engine light – likely tune up.

What does this mean?

Given the age, mileage, and factory maintenance schedule, the vehicle is probably in need of a basic tune up including news spark plugs and an air filter. We won’t be 100% sure until a mechanic inspects the vehicle. The spark plugs sit inside of the engine and ignites the fuel. The sparking actually wears out the end of the spark plug, so they don’t last forever. As it becomes more worn, the spark plug doesn’t ignite the fuel as well as it should – causing the check engine light to come on. Most cars call for replacement around 90,000 miles. We’ve listed quotes for the most probable repair. Here is what will happen once booked: 1. The mechanic will inspect the vehicle and figure out the issue. 2. The Car Savior will review the diagnosis with the mechanic to make sure the vehicle was correctly diagnosed. 3. If the diagnosis is correct, the mechanic will perform the tune up. 4. If the diagnosis is incorrect, you’ll get a quote for the repair needed. You can decide whether or not to move forward with further repairs. If you choose not to move forward, you’ll only be charged for the diagnosis. If you do move forward, the diagnosis fee will be refunded.

How urgent?

On a scale of 1 to 10, we rate this to have an urgency of 5. Some repairs have very low urgency, and we give those a 1. With these repairs, you can wait for as long as you would like, because it will not ever result in harm to you or your vehicle. These are usually cosmetic damages.

We consider a 5 to be something that will eventually need to be done, but you can likely get away with holding off for a while if other things are more pressing. However, if a repair is close to a 10 (or at a 10), this means you should NOT be driving the vehicle, and should get this repaired as soon as possible.

What happens if I wait?

We recommend this get fixed soon to prevent the repair from getting more expensive. If they were looking to save money, you can wait a few months.

How complicated is this repair?

This is how we score our difficulty.

  1. This job has no tools required, and can be completed by just about anyone.
  2. This requires a relatively handy person, but little experience working on cars exclusively.
  3. This warrants an average person who’s done a fair amount of car repair. Think the weekend mechanic who’s done a brake job or two!
  4. At this difficulty, the average mechanic could do the job, but you wouldn't want to do it yourself without a fair amount of experience.
  5. This job is very specialized, requiring very expensive tools only a specialty shop has and a high level of expertise.
We rank this repair to be a

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