driving along and it happens, your check engine light goes on. But
nothing seems to have changed with the way your car is running. It’s OK
to let it go for a bit, right? Bad idea. The light is an indicator that
there’s something wrong with your vehicle. It could mean anything from
a loose gas cap to major engine problems.
check engine light cannot be ignored,” says Brayan Salazar, an auto
repair expert with Bridgewater Motroworks. “The system is telling you
that something has failed and will cause damage to your vehicle that
will be costly to repair if ignored. ”
your check engine light could result in immediate car problems or
deterioration over time. These codes are annoying, but they can be
serious enough to leave you on the side of the road.
What causes a check engine light to go on ?
may not be seeing any immediate issues with your car, because your
car’s computer systems may have the ability to override the cause,
Salazar says. “ But it’s not running as well as it should be. Over time
and distance, this problem can become a much bigger problem and affect
other sensors and systems,”
to ignore an activated check engine light can also hide other issues,
he notes. Because one light indicates so many different possible
failures, other items can fail and be hidden behind the first
failure. That can become an issue when the vehicle is looked at to fix
mechanic may get a list of codes telling them what systems or sensors
have an issue, Salazar says. There’s a specific order of diagnosis,
because one sensor or system failure can cause another to system to
fail. “The tech needs to fix one item first, then diagnose the vehicle
to see if the other issues were fixed,” he says. To avoid that and keep
your vehicle in the best shape possible.
So why did your check engine light go on in the first place? Here are some common reasons::
Lost or missing gas cap
Bad oxygen sensor
What you need to do when a check engine light comes on
best thing to do is to get your car looked at by a reputable mechanic.
We do do not recommend stopping by your parts store and getting a free
code scan. They commonly use a very cheap and simple scan tool that can
only scan for simple codes and will give you a false sense of
satisfaction. What ever you do ! Do not clear the codes. This can make
it more expensive to get the car repaired properly. This in the long run
can cost you much, much more to get the problem fixed correctly. We see
this all the time. There is a reason that professional code scanners
are very expensive and hand scanners are so cheap. I hope this
gives you and idea about check engine lights. If you have any questions,
please do not hesitate to call us at Bridgewater Motorworks at
908.218.9100 or bwmotorworks.com
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