Tuesday 15 March 2016

Is Your Check Engine Light On? What Does it Actually Mean?

Posted by at 9:49 AM

Is Your Check Engine Light On? What Does it Actually Mean?

Have you ever had your check engine light come on? Is it on now? Did you panic? Or just scowl and ignore it? What should you do? Pull to the side of the road and call a tow truck, or just keep driving? What does the little light really mean?

First of all, the Check Engine or Service Engine light does indicate that something is wrong. That's why it is called a warning light. But the something that is wrong might be a loose gas cap, or it might be serious vehicle engine trouble. That's why drivers often don't know how to respond to it. 

The Check engine light has two modes: it flashes or it stays on. A Flashing light is serious. You need to get your vehicle to Auto Select ASAP. No, you don't need to call a tow truck, but, yes, you can't wait to get yur car serviced. If your check engine light is on and flashing, you should not tow trailers, haul heavy loads, or drive at freeway speeds. Any of these could lead to more serious damage that could result in repair bills for drivers that ignore it. 

A steady check engine light is less serious, but that doesn't mean it should be ignored. You should plan to get your vehicle inspected at your local Auto Select service center the first realistic opportunity. Not the first convenient opportunity, but the first realistic one. 

Modern automobiles have a computer in the engine that monitors and controls many fo the engine functions. When the computer senses something wrong, it first tries to fix the problem itself by adjusting teh vehicle engine. If the problem persists, the computer signals the check engine light to come on. 

This process stores a trouble code inside the vehicle engine's computer. Your technician at Auto Select scans the computer and reads the code. This does not tell the technician exactly what's is wrong with the car, but it gives them a good idea as to where to start looking. 

Of course, the best thing to do is to keep that pesky check engine light from coming on in the first place. Good care care and routine preventive maintenance go a long way to keeping your vehicle out of the auto repair shop for major repairs. But, if that light does come on, be smart. Take care of the problem early, and take care of it professionally. Call your nearest Auto Select. 

For March 2016, Auto Select is offering a Free Warning Light Scan! Click here for the coupon and to schedule your appointment today!