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Computer Diagnostics in Grants Pass, OR

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Computer Diagnostics in Grants Pass, Oregon

Your vehicle’s dashboard has lots of lights that turn on when there is an issue with your car. If even one of these lights turns on while you are driving, it can be a cause for alarm. These lights are turned on by your vehicle’s computer; the various parts of your vehicle send signals to the computer when there is an issue with your vehicle.

Because modern vehicles contain more technology and features than ever, there can be multiple reasons why a particular dashboard light turns on, making it difficult to troubleshoot without the proper tools. When it comes to computer diagnostics, it is important to have an expert on your side when one or more of your dashboard lights turns on. We at STAR Automotive in Josephine County are those auto repair experts. 

What do all the lights on my dashboard mean?

If one or more of your dashboard lights turn on and you are in Grants Pass, Kerby or nearby, you can come to STAR Automotive for auto repair, scheduled maintenance, and more. Whether you drive a Ford, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, or something else, your dashboard lights have universal meanings that span all vehicle makes. Here is a brief explanation of what each of your dashboard lights means:

  • Oil Pressure Light

This light means there is an issue with your car’s oil pressure system. There is either not enough oil in your vehicle or your oil pump isn’t circulating enough fluid to lubricate the surfaces inside your vehicle properly.

  • Tire Pressure Warning Light

This light signals that the pressure in one or more of your tires is either too high or too low. Driving with high-pressure or low-pressure tires can cause further damage to your vehicle, so it is important to get this issue resolved as soon as possible. If you are in the 97526 area or nearby, you can come to STAR Automotive to rebalance your tire pressure.

  • Engine Temperature Warning

If you see this light pop up, it means that your engine is overheated. This most likely has to do with your coolant (also called antifreeze), but it can happen for a variety of reasons. It’s important to address this immediately to avoid further damage.

  • Traction Control Light

This indicates that your vehicle’s traction system control is activated. The traction control system uses your anti-lock brake system to determine if one wheel is spinning faster than another. If it detects that a wheel is slipping, it applies the brakes until it regains traction. This is most helpful if you are driving in the rain or snow of Sunny Valley or Cave Junction. 

  • Anti-Lock Brake Warning Light

This light means that something is wrong with your vehicle’s anti-lock brake system. Anti-lock brakes keep your vehicle in contact with the road safely, so it is important to get this problem checked out as soon as possible.

  • Traction Control Malfunction

This light indicates that your vehicle’s traction control system might have a broken or damaged sensor, or some other malfunction.

  • Check Engine Light

This light could mean a number of things, like a loose fuel cap, a problem with your transmission, low oil pressure or overheating, or something else. If the light is steady, it is usually not a cause for immediate alarm (but you should bring your vehicle into an auto repair shop as soon as you can). If the light flashes, however, this indicates a very serious problem and you should stop driving immediately and give STAR Automotive a call at 541-579-2012.

  • Battery Alert

This symbol indicates that there is an issue with your vehicle’s charging system. However, the issue may not be with the battery itself. It could indicate that you have a loose or damaged battery cable, or that your alternator belt is broken. If it is your battery, you’ll start to notice that your clock is fading or your headlights are dimming. If you wait too long, your vehicle can completely conk out. This is what has happened when you see fellow drivers “jumping” each other’s cars.

  • Washer Fluid Indicator

This light means that you are low on washer fluid and should get a refill as soon as you can.

If one or more of your dashboard lights is on, you can bring your car to STAR Automotive in Grants Pass for an efficient and accurate diagnosis on what the issue with your vehicle is. We can also perform the appropriate services your vehicle needs, such as engine repair or wheel alignment.

Your Trusted Shop for Computer Diagnostics

If something is wrong with your vehicle and/or one or more of your dashboard lights turns on, don’t hesitate to bring your car into STAR Automotive in Grants Pass today. Our owner Jim Lefeber has hired technicians who understand the root causes of your auto issues and who use the latest tools and technology to quickly assess the problem with your vehicle. We’ve been fixing cars since 1975 and have a commitment to customer service. Here are some reasons you should choose us:

  • We offer free loaner cars and have rental car discounts available through Enterprise.
  • We have a review score of 99.99 based on reviews from 213 satisfied customers.
  • We have a comfortable waiting area with free Wi-Fi.
  • Our shop is at a convenient downtown location.

Don’t ignore any issues with your car, bring it to our experts at STAR Automotive in Grants Pass. Schedule an appointment with us online at or give us a call at 541-579-2012.

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James A. Lefeber (Jim) Joined: 11/1990

James A. Lefeber (Jim) Joined: 11/1990

President, Owner

David McKenzie - Joined: 1983

David McKenzie - Joined: 1983


Edward Armstrong - Joined: 08/2002

Edward Armstrong - Joined: 08/2002

Service Advisor

Travis Natho - Joined: 05/2009

Travis Natho - Joined: 05/2009

Automotive Technician

Reasons to Choose STAR Automotive

Friendly, Professional Service


24 Hour Vehicle Drop Off



Free Loaner Cars


Comfortable Waiting Area


Online Appointments


Convenient Downtown Location


Certified Technicians



Free Local Shuttle to Work, School, Home, Shopping


Nationwide Warranty


Free Wi-Fi


Rental Car Discounts Available through Enterprise


Vehicle Pick-up & Drop-off


A Few Words from Our Customers


Sean Wicks

"Great job guys! I brought my 1994 Impala SS in to have new bearings put in the rear end they did a fantastic job in good time for an honest price. I will be using them now for many projects that I have as well as others. Thanks again, great job."

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Tm Mack

"Ed, Dave, Travis and the rest of the team at Star Automotive were great! They quickly diagnosed the problem, a blown radiator hose, fixed it and had me back on the road the same day. I appreciated their honesty as well. I would definitely recommend and return back to this shop if I need service for my automobile. Thanks again for the great job. "



Sheila E.

" From my first phone contact, all the way through the job, everyone was very friendly, professional, and thorough. The job seems to have been done satisfactorily. The price was a bit higher than what another local shop estimated, but you can't beat the quality service from STAR. Definitely recommend! :)"

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