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Check Engine Light-What to do now?

Check Engine Light-What to do now?

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Do you have Check-Engine-Lightavirus?

Let me diagnose it for you!

The CEL light on a dashboard is a light that most people dread, as it usually means your vehicle requires some form of attention.  The CEL is a signal that the onboard diagnostics system (OBD II) has detected a malfunction within the vehicles emissions, ignition, fuel or exhaust systems.  Not all causes of the CEL coming on are serious, so do not panic! If the light is not flashing and just illuminated, it could be something as simple as a loose gas cap.  However, it could also indicate a faulty O2 sensor or spark plug, or something major such as engine problems, so it is best to not ignore it. 

The check engine light should always come on every time the vehicle starts, along with all other warning lights but they should immediately turn off.  Should it stay on, that's when it means there is a problem. If your CEL is flashing, this indicates a more serious problem that needs to be dealt with right away.  Most times, a flashing CEL indicates a misfire or other serious issues that will require time to diagnose. Ignoring a flashing light increases the chances of additional problems occurring, which could end up being very costly.

If the engine light is illuminated but isn’t flashing, before rushing to a mechanic, you should first tighten the gas cap because a loose gas cap can trigger a check engine warning. See if the light goes off after several engine starts over the next day or so. Replacing a worn gas cap that doesn’t fully seal may also solve the problem.

If your issue still persists after checking your gas cap, or if you just want the peace of mind that it is not a serious issue, stop on by 206 Sherwood Road, and we will get down to the bottom of it for you!

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