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Your car is equipped with an engine management computer that uses diagnostic software to monitor various engine control systems and communicate any identified issues.
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8 Ways to Love Your Vehicle Battery

When you think of romance, your car battery probably doesn’t come to mind. But it’s worth showing your battery some love! You don’t realize how much you need it until it dies! Here are some ways to give your battery some TLC.
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All the Electric Vehicle Perks That Come with a AAA membership!

Electric vehicles (EVs) are not new to AAA. Over the past decade, we have committed to learning, developing, and servicing EVs as their popularity has grown. We offer a variety of benefits specifically for those interested in EVs.
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How Much Does It Cost To Replace Brake Pads?

Brakes can wear down quickly. Learn how much it costs to replace brake pads, as well as warning signs to look for so you can continue driving with confidence.
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Bad Alternator vs. Bad Battery: A Quick Guide

If your car doesn’t start, it could be a bad alternator or a bad battery. AAA explains the different signs for each so you can get it fixed and back on the road.
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What To Do When You Lose Your Car Keys

Wondering what to do when you lose your car keys? AAA tells you exactly what to do so you can find your keys or get a replacement and get back on the road ASAP.
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Your Driving Costs

For over 70 years, AAA’s Your Driving Costs has provided members, consumers, and the media with information on the average costs of owning and operating a new automobile.
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Helping Others is the Family Business

Helping people is something Kevin’s family has done for years – through his own towing company rescuing stranded drivers and his work with this local community. So it was no surprise to Kevin when one of his drivers, Scott, went above and beyond when he witnessed a horrific accident.
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Tow Providers Never Give Up

Roland, of Arrowhead Services, received a call for a vehicle stranded in very remote area. He was determined to find him no matter how long it took. He is someone’s father, husband and he wanted to be sure he made it home okay.
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the technology illuminates the check engine light and stores the onboard diagnostic (OBD) codes your auto repair professional will use to help pinpoint the underlying issue.

A code reader is needed to access the codes from the vehicle’s computer. Your local auto repair shop or auto parts store typically offer code reading services, or you may have your own code reader to complete this step yourself.
The latest generation of codes (OBD II) are the same for all cars. Each code consists of a five-digit alphanumeric string beginning with the letter P.

Diagnostic Code Translator
Once you have obtained the codes, use the Diagnostic Code Translator tool below to get more information about the issue your car may have. These codes provide the vital clues your auto repair professional will need to identify potential causes of the problem.
Informed Consumer
Diagnostic trouble codes do not automatically mean you will incur an expensive repair. Often a cleaning or part replacement, a new filter or spark plugs, or changing a faulty belt or wire will resolve the issue. The trained technicians and mechanics at AAA Approved Auto Repair shops can assist with your car services and help you avoid spending money on parts and repairs your vehicle may not need.

Check Engine Light
If your check engine light illuminates, take your car to your nearby auto repair shop for evaluation. While immediate service may not always be necessary, it is recommended that you do seek the assistance of your automotive professional as soon as possible to avoid a worsening problem.

If your check engine light flashes while you are operating the vehicle, continue to the nearest safe location. This system alert signifies an issue requiring immediate service.