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Have you been driving serenely down the road when all of a sudden you see the “Check Engine” light illuminate on your dashboard?  You find yourself starting to panic.  What do you do? Take a few minutes to read this article so that you will understand what the check engine light means and what to do about it. The important issue is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in the engine and that you aren't compromising the safety of your vehicle.

The "check engine" light can mean various things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine, and indicating that your vehicle is experiencing poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of toxic pollutants. Don’t ignore it because it could mean that expensive components of the engine are being damaged.

Here’s how that little light works--when the electronic-control system finds a problem it cannot adjust, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator and stores a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in its memory. The codes can indicate the source of a potential problem with the use of a specialized computer so that your mechanic can recommend the appropriate engine repair. It could be a sensor that is malfunctioning or a more serious problem such as low oil pressure or overheating. 

If the "Check Engine" light comes on, take these steps:

  • Try tightening your gas cap. If it’s loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This causes a reduction in gas mileage and increases emissions.
  • Reduce speed and lighten your load
  • Drive to an auto shop for a diagnostic test to read the code and get the problem fixed.

Need to know what does the "check engine" light mean? Consult our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon for more information about engine repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR and surrounding areas.

Schedule an engine service at Auto Max of Oregon, Inc. & ask a mechanic to run a engine diagnostic test to find out what does the check engine light mean.
20
Nov
2017

Have you been driving serenely down the road when all of a sudden you see the “Check Engine” light illuminate on your dashboard?  You find yourself starting to panic.  What do you do? Take a few minutes to read this article so that you will understand what the check engine light means and what to do about it. The important issue is to make sure that long-term damage isn’t taking place in the engine and that you aren't compromising the safety of your vehicle.

The "check engine" light can mean various things, from a loose gas cap to a seriously misfiring engine, and indicating that your vehicle is experiencing poor fuel economy and emitting higher levels of toxic pollutants. Don’t ignore it because it could mean that expensive components of the engine are being damaged.

Here’s how that little light works--when the electronic-control system finds a problem it cannot adjust, the computer turns on a yellow warning indicator and stores a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) in its memory. The codes can indicate the source of a potential problem with the use of a specialized computer so that your mechanic can recommend the appropriate engine repair. It could be a sensor that is malfunctioning or a more serious problem such as low oil pressure or overheating. 

If the "Check Engine" light comes on, take these steps:

  • Try tightening your gas cap. If it’s loose or cracked, fuel vapors leak out and can throw the whole fuel system off. This causes a reduction in gas mileage and increases emissions.
  • Reduce speed and lighten your load
  • Drive to an auto shop for a diagnostic test to read the code and get the problem fixed.

Need to know what does the "check engine" light mean? Consult our ASE Certified Technicians at Auto Max of Oregon for more information about engine repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves vehicle owners in Canby, OR and surrounding areas.

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