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What Does it Mean if My “Check Engine” or “Service Engine Soon” Light Comes On?

When you notice indicator lights on your dashboard, it is vital to check your vehicle immediately. The "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light indicates there may be a repair or replacement of your engine or transmission. It means there is more than a routine repair or service requirement, and instead, a system failure to the fuel, transmission, ignition, or emissions. Ignoring these signs can lead to serious problems, resulting in complete shutdown and high expenses, including towing, emergency roadside assistance, and more extensive replacement.

Getting Your Vehicle Assessed for Damage and Diagnosed for Repairs

Initially, when the light indicator turns on, it will show a solid color, which means your car is due for an assessment. If this is ignored, the light will begin flashing, which is more serious and means a visit to the mechanic should be scheduled immediately. When you bring your car to a local mechanic, they will initially perform a road test to determine any issues with your vehicle's ability to drive. This test uncovers problems and the specific areas in need of repair.

Scanning the codes stored in the vehicle will provide a specific diagnosis or several areas of work needed. Once these specifications are confirmed, an estimate of the repairs and various options are provided.

The Most Common Reasons for the "Check Engine" Light to Come On

There are various reasons why your "check engine" or "service engine soon" light will flash or light up. These include issues and repairs needed with the oxygen sensor, mass airflow sensor, catalytic converter, vacuum leak, or issues with spark plugs, ignition coils, or faulty gas caps. If you can have these items checked immediately upon suspecting there may be an issue with your car.

When is a Light Indicator a Reminder and Not an Urgent Repair?

Always check your vehicle's lights for signs, and never dismiss them, even briefly. The initial indicator is a reminder, which means scheduling an appointment at your mechanic should be made at your earliest convenience. If you notice your "service engine soon" light on, and if you need to check engine light diagnostics, we invite you to bring your vehicle into our auto repair shop today!

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