Part of keeping your vehicle maintained will deal with regular maintenance inspections. Another way to ensure that the vehicle is working in the best condition possible is to bring it in anytime dashboard lights illuminate. If you bring it in, we can inspect it for what might be causing the issue. A check engine light could mean one of several things. Sometimes it has a direct correlation to the engine, and other times it could be something as simple as a loose fuel cap. If you try and locate the issue yourself, damage could be done to the vehicle if you remove or loosen any parts of it. You could end up destroying a perfectly working part, or disengage a few connecting engine belts and wire. By scheduling an appointment with us, we will be able to resolve the issue with your vehicle.

The Check Engine Light

Often, drivers will mistake a normal routine maintenance code in their dashboard, which indicates fuel refilling necessities, oil change requirements, or a typical engine check. If you choose to ignore these issues, you might be causing more issues to the parts of the vehicle. This could end up in a larger repair bill in the future, as well as more time, money, and stress in the long run. These lights normally are grouped in the service engine lights on your dashboard. You should make it a point to refer to your manufacturer’s guidebook for more details on how to distinguish the lights that come up on your dashboard. Check engine lights are archetypically featured in red, yellow, amber, or orange, depending on the severity of the overhaul and the breakdown in your engine. No matter what light illuminates, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as you can so we can inspect it for you. This can provide you with a safe and reliable vehicle when you drive.

Do Not Ignore Any Warning Lights

Some drivers choose to ignore any dashboard lights that illuminate. This cannot only cause excessive damage to the part of the vehicle, but also nearby parts as well. If you ignore the issue, you increase the chance that the vehicle could fail completely. No matter which dashboard light illuminates, you should bring the vehicle in for a proper inspection. Depending which light turns on, we will check that area first. When the check engine light comes on, we will inspect the quick fixes first, like making sure the fuel cap is tight. We will also check the connections like the wiring and belts. If they are loose, we can tighten them. If the light still stays on, then we can inspect the engine itself.

If you Notice the Light Flashing

It is important to remember that if the warning light starts to blink, you pull over to the side of the road and turn off the vehicle as soon as possible. A light that flashes could indicate something more serious is wrong with your vehicle. While one of biggest reasons for the check engine to come on is a loose gas cap, you want to pull the vehicle over to double check. If the lights are still steady after the gas cap inspection, your engine is reportedly facing a bigger problem. Bring the vehicle in and we can repair the vehicle so you are back to having a safe and reliable driving experience.