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Why the Check Engine Light Is On


When you own a vehicle, one thing you may encounter at one point or another is the check engine light illuminating. The light is supposed to mean to service engine soon, but other times it could mean something different. The best thing to do is bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it. We can inspect it for what the issue could be that is causing the light to turn on. Sometimes it could mean the gas cap needs to be on tighter, but it could also mean there might be something wrong with the engine.

The most common reason that your check engine light comes on is because it is time for regular maintenance to be done. Some manufacturers will set the vehicle so that the light will turn on at regular intervals after being serviced. It will do this even when there is nothing mechanically wrong with the vehicle. After bringing the vehicle in for routine fluid checks and oil changes, we will be able to turn the light off so you can continue driving without the distraction of the check engine light. If the light is on, we can have it diagnosed based on the computer.

Belts have a tendency to slip or loosen as they wear, causing mechanical problems including timing issues. When the computer registers these issues, it will indicate that it is time to replace the belts. Making sure that you bring the vehicle in to service the engine soon will reduce further issues from forming in the vehicle. Ignoring the problem of the check engine light will only make the problem worse.

Whenever the temperature of the engine starts to rise past the normal range, it can send warning signals to the computer. The check engine light is a warning to let you know that there is a possibility of further problems you might be encountering with your vehicle so you will be able to get it fixed as quickly as possible. Often, the issue with possibly overheating can be alleviated by topping off coolants or repairing radiators. If the vehicle starts to overheat, make sure to pull over where it is safe and turn it off. This can help prevent further damage happening to parts of the vehicle and engine. If you notice the vehicle overheats quickly, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can get your vehicle back to being reliable again.


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