Car Care Clinics to Address Check Engine Light


NCTCOG partnering with local auto repair shops to sponsor April clinics



Contact:Amanda Wilson
(817) 695-9284

Jason Brown
(817) 704-2514


Arlington, Texas) –When that dreaded check engine light comes on, your mind inevitably races as numerous questions start flowing through your head.

What does it mean?

How serious is it?

Can I still drive my car?

How much will it cost to fix?


You can get these and other questions answered at one of seven Car Care Clinics planned throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in April. The North Central Texas Council of Governments partners with local automobile repair shops each year to help motorists address issues related to their vehicles. This is the second year for the clinics to focus on the check engine light.

When a vehicle's check engine light turns on, there may be an issue that could negatively impact its emissions. Vehicles with check engine lights illuminated cannot pass the emissions portion of the State inspection. That means they cannot be registered.

These free clinics will provide drivers with an opportunity to talk to a technician about what may be causing the check engine light to come on and what may be required to fix the problem. Some vehicle owners may qualify for assistance with emissions repairs, if they meet certain income requirements.

A NCTCOG staff member will be on hand at each clinic to explain the AirCheckTexas Drive a Clean Machine Program, which will allow qualifying motorists to get their vehicles repaired for as little as a $30 copay so they can pass the emissions inspection.

Income requirements for the program are available at A family of four earning $73,800 or less, for example, is eligible for a repair voucher worth up to $600. Recipients' vehicles must also meet certain conditions.

AirCheckTexas is one of many successful programs credited with helping the region improve its air quality over the past several years. Ten Dallas-Fort Worth area counties are in nonattainment for ozone pollution and are working toward compliance with the federal government's standard.

Scheduled Car Care Clinics:




Rick and Ray's Auto Plaza

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 8

2425 Cullen St
Fort Worth, TX  76107

Kwik Kar Auto Service & Repair

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. April 8

1820 Brown Blvd.
Arlington, TX 76006

Christian Brothers Automotive - Weatherford

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. April 12

156 Interstate Highway 20 West
Weatherford, TX 76086

Burdick Auto Solutions

8 a.m. – 12 p.m. April 19

210 E. Erwin Ave.
McKinney, TX 75069

Heller Automotive

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 22

3104 S. Rigsbee Drive
Plano, TX 75074

Castrol Express Car Service

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 22

240 E. Ovilla Road
Red Oak, TX 75154

Starkey Service Center

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. April 29

918 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

Dates, times and locations are subject to change. For more information and to confirm the details of the clinic near you, visit You may also email questions to, or call 817-704-5697.

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 170 cities, 24 school districts and 30 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit

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