Check Engine Light
The check engine light can be one of the most confusing warnings on your dashboard. There is no explanation as to why you suddenly need to check your engine. It sounds panic worthy but in most cases it it isn't. we are here for you!
What Does the Check Engine Light Tell You?
If the check engine light is on and steady, the problem could be something as simple as a loose gas cap. If the check engine light is blinking it can be a sign of a more serious issue that can lead to major damage. In these instances we recommend you pull over and call us immediately.
The light color and location is different on each vehicle. It will be located somewhere on the dashboard and is usually yellow and shaped like an engine. This light is part of your car's on-board diagnostic system and indicates there is a problem with your emissions system.
You cannot complete your state emissions testing requirements and pass if the check engine light is illuminated.
Reasons Your Check Engine Light Will Come On
The check engine light can come on for a number of reasons. In most cases it is due to one of the following issues:
- Loose or damaged gas cap
- Faulty oxygen sensor
- Faulty mass airflow sensor
- Failing catalytic converter
- Bad spark plugs or wires
Scanners are available that hook into the car to read the code or codes causing the light to come on. These help us to understand the specific reason your light is showing.
Sometimes a simple auto repair is needed. Other times, there are multiple causes and a more complex repair is needed.
Once the failed part or parts are repaired and the code reset, the light will go off. However, you will have to drive the car for a few days to see if the issue is resolved. If the check engine light returns, there is an additional issue. Don't panic, we are here for you until all issues are fixed.