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: July 4, 2018
An old oxygen sensor (say, 90,000 miles or more) may still work well enough that it doesn’t trigger the check engine light but could still hurt fuel economy. Engine performance can also be reduced by more serious internal problems, such as valves that don’t seat properly or worn piston rings, or by restrictions in the exhaust system. Because the same symptoms can suggest different problems, and there are often several possible causes and cures, it’s better to consult a professional mechanic than to try to be one if you have neither the experience nor the right equipment to diagnose drivability problems. In short, rather than ask for a tune-up, tell a mechanic what you’re experiencing and ask him or her to find the cause.
When you pop the hood and look at the complicated mechanical devices called engines, you notice right away there's plenty of wiring. In fact, the wires seem to snake around the engine in a complex configuration that makes little sense to anyone who is not a mechanic. Auto engines have plenty of electrical configurations that are critical to their smooth operation. The fact is that when a car experiences problems, it could easily be an electrical problem as much as it could be a mechanical problem. Any qualified mechanic needs to be familiar with both mechanical and electrical problems in order to be efficient at his or her job. That means a mobile car mechanic must be prepared to complete a variety of repairs including those related to the electrical systems.