What you should do if the Check Engine Light Comes On

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What you should do if the Check Engine Light Comes On


To help ensure that your vehicle is in the best condition possible, it is important to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections. We can inspect the parts and components to ensure the efficiency of how they work. If you are not sure how often to bring your vehicle in, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on when the vehicle should be inspect, and what things should be inspected on it. If you ever notice an issue out of the norm, make sure to contact us. Having the issue checked at the first signs can help prevent further issues in the future.

Make sure to Check the Engine in Your Vehicle

If you notice the check engine light turn on, the first thing to do is not panic. If the engine light is not flashing, you have time to get it checked out. However, if it is flashing you should pull your vehicle over and get it to a mechanic right away. If you are close enough, you can try to take it to the shop that handles all your car maintenance. While there are many reasons for the light to come on, the most common reasons have to do with something else. One reason could be a cracked or improperly sealed gas cap. When it is not sealed properly, air gets into the fuel tank and messes up the fuel system. Your gas mileage will be reduced and harmful emissions will increase. Make sure that the gas cap is securely tightened and the light should go off. Another reason could be a malfunctioning oxygen sensor. This sensor monitors the amount of fuel that is burned as well as the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. When it is malfunctioning, it will adversely affect gas mileage. A large amount of cars will have between two and four of these sensors and the code reader will indicate which one needs to be replaced. A catalytic convertor is a unit is utilized to reduce gases from the vehicle exhaust. When faulty, it will cause a decrease in your gas mileage and your car will not accelerate when you lay on the gas pedal. If this is the issue, you could pay anywhere from $150 – $2,000 depending on where you reside due to state emission standards. Spark plugs initiate combustion in your engine. When not working properly, they misfire and you will feel a slight jolt in the car when you are accelerating. Depending on the placement of the spark plugs in your vehicle, this may or may not be a do-it-yourself fix. Another issue could be with the air flow sensor. This unit regulates the fuel-to-air ratio to the engine. A broken one will cause increased emissions, stalling and reduced gas mileage. If you know what you are doing and have time, you could do this repair yourself, but the majority of the cost is in the parts since the labor is relatively simple. You may just want to bring the vehicle in, so we can repair it for you.

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