A car’s check engine light serves the essential function of alerting drivers to severe vehicle issues, though nobody likes to see it illuminate. We’ve all had friends and family members who say, “yeah, the light has been on for a while, I’ve meant to take my car in,” and leaves the issue unresolved for months. What should you do when that light turns on? Check engine light service may seem unnecessary if there are no visible issues, but engine trouble can get bad quickly. Here are a few reasons why check engine light service is essential.
The Light Just Turned On! What Do I Do?
If your check engine light has just turned on, do not panic. Unless your car is in limp-in mode or has steam spewing from the hood, you are likely alright to drive a short distance. While you may not need to bring your vehicle to your trusted Baltimore mechanic immediately, do not leave your car undiagnosed for a substantial period of time. Also, make sure to keep the battery connected.
What Does the Check Engine Light Indicate?
Your car’s check engine light will illuminate when the computer detects an error. These errors can include things like a loose gas cap, poor gas-to-water ratio, or faulty transmission. While it may simply be indicating a mild issue that does not impact your ability to drive safely, there is not really any way to tell for sure without having a professional inspect your vehicle.
What Does Check Engine Light Service Entail?
When you bring your vehicle in for check engine light service, one of the first things your mechanic will do is see what error codes are being stored on the computer. Some car buffs will use their own code reader to try to avoid seeing a mechanic, but these code readers can provide an incomplete picture of what is wrong with your car. Once your mechanic diagnoses the issue with your vehicle, they will be able to discuss options for repairing it with you.
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