Help! The Check Engine Light is on
Don’t panic. Not all check engine warnings are created equal. Here is what it means and what you can do about it.
What Is A Check Engine Light?
Different vehicles have different types of lights. Your vehicle might have a light that says ‘Service Engine Soon’, might just show the engine icon or could display a ‘Check Engine’ icon. In any case these icons are called Multifunction Indicator Lamps (MIL) and they are an important piece of safety equipment for your vehicle.
The technology for check engine lights was first adopted in 1996 and is included in all ’96 and newer vehicles as part of a U.S. government mandate to lower emissions.
What Should I Do If The Light Is On?
We’ve all had it happen. You are driving down the road and the check engine light comes on and you get an immediate sinking feeling. Resist that feeling because it could just be a loose gas cap. If the fuel door is open and the gas cap is not securely fastened it could trigger the light. Even if it is fastened it could just need to be tightened. Check this first.
If there isn’t a problem with the gas cap and the light is still illuminated your vehicle will need to be inspected and have the codes pulled from your vehicle’s computer. Once the codes are pulled we will recommend the correct repair.
Can I Just Ignore It?
Your check engine light is there for your safety and addressing it at the earliest possible opportunity can save you money. While it may be tempting to ignore the light and avoid scheduling a repair making an appointment with us can actually save you a lot of money. We also often have specials that can save you money. Don’t ignore it. Contact Dale Feste Automotive today!