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If you’re like many other drivers, when the “Check Engine” light starts to glow in the instrument panel of your vehicle, you start to feel fearful and anxious. Are you wondering what to do when your “check engine” light comes on? You may be asking yourself why didn’t you listen to your mechanic when engine service was recommended. At this point, all you can see is dollar signs for a major engine repair.

The first thing to do when you see the “check engine” light come on is to stay calm. This sensor is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system, constantly monitoring engine performance (such as engine speed--RPMs), air to fuel ratio and ignition timing. This little light is there to alert you that a “fault” has been detected within the system.

Can you continue to drive when you see the “check engine” light come on? Unless the engine is overheating, go ahead and continue to your destination. But be sure to schedule an appointment for an engine diagnostic test to pinpoint a possible problem. It’s safe to say that the majority of times the “check engine” light comes on is a relatively simple and inexpensive fix.

Here’s what to do when your “check engine” light comes on:

  • Tighten the gas cap. A loose gas cap can trigger a sensor causing the “check engine” light to illuminate. If the gas cap is cracked, it should be replaced.
  • Check the gauges. If one of the gauges on your instrument panel shows an abnormal reading, pull over immediately (or as soon as you safely can) and turn off the motor.
  • Reduced engine performance. If your vehicle is loosing power, slow down, and avoid towing or carrying heavy cargo.
  • Postpone emissions test. Your vehicle will probably fail the emissions test so wait to schedule the test until your car is inspected and repaired and the light goes off.
  • Schedule diagnostic tests. Is the “check engine” light on all the time, or does it flash intermittently? If the light is flashing, your car needs immediate attention. If the light is solid, you can keep driving for a little while, but schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

Need to know more about what to do when your “check engine” light comes on? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for information about recommended engine service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and the surrounding area.

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Do you know what to do when the “check engine” light comes on? Be sure to schedule an engine service so you’re not facing costly repairs later on.
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2020

If you’re like many other drivers, when the “Check Engine” light starts to glow in the instrument panel of your vehicle, you start to feel fearful and anxious. Are you wondering what to do when your “check engine” light comes on? You may be asking yourself why didn’t you listen to your mechanic when engine service was recommended. At this point, all you can see is dollar signs for a major engine repair.

The first thing to do when you see the “check engine” light come on is to stay calm. This sensor is part of your vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system, constantly monitoring engine performance (such as engine speed--RPMs), air to fuel ratio and ignition timing. This little light is there to alert you that a “fault” has been detected within the system.

Can you continue to drive when you see the “check engine” light come on? Unless the engine is overheating, go ahead and continue to your destination. But be sure to schedule an appointment for an engine diagnostic test to pinpoint a possible problem. It’s safe to say that the majority of times the “check engine” light comes on is a relatively simple and inexpensive fix.

Here’s what to do when your “check engine” light comes on:

  • Tighten the gas cap. A loose gas cap can trigger a sensor causing the “check engine” light to illuminate. If the gas cap is cracked, it should be replaced.
  • Check the gauges. If one of the gauges on your instrument panel shows an abnormal reading, pull over immediately (or as soon as you safely can) and turn off the motor.
  • Reduced engine performance. If your vehicle is loosing power, slow down, and avoid towing or carrying heavy cargo.
  • Postpone emissions test. Your vehicle will probably fail the emissions test so wait to schedule the test until your car is inspected and repaired and the light goes off.
  • Schedule diagnostic tests. Is the “check engine” light on all the time, or does it flash intermittently? If the light is flashing, your car needs immediate attention. If the light is solid, you can keep driving for a little while, but schedule an inspection as soon as possible.

Need to know more about what to do when your “check engine” light comes on? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Expert Car Care today for information about recommended engine service and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of West Allis, WI, and the surrounding area.

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