Early Warning System
Modern vehicles are equipped with onboard computers that monitor the critical systems in your car and warn you when something is going wrong. Your check engine light is your vehicle computer’s way of telling you that there may be a problem and your car requires service as soon as possible. At Platinum Plus Auto Repair we can help diagnose that light and repair it in a timely manner.
So Many Possibilities
The reasons for a check engine light activation range from something as simple as a loose gas cap to something as serious as a faulty catalytic converter. Below is a list of a few of the possible problems that could cause your check engine light to activate.Our Technicians can diagnose the engine light and resolve the issue.
Could be just a Loose gas cap or …
- Problem with the MAF sensor or circuit
- System running too lean or too rich
- Cylinder misfire
- Knock sensor circuit malfunction
- Insufficient EGR (Exhaust Gas Re-circulation) flow
- Catalyst system efficiency below threshold
- Faulty oxygen sensor
These are just a few of the hundreds of causes and symptoms that would result in an engaged check engine light. Decoding your dashboard is a science.
Ignorance is not Bliss
Do not panic – but don’t ignore that light – especially if it the engine light is flashing or blinking .
A solid glowing check engine light could be indicating a problem that is easily fixable. Your vehicle could require a simple adjustment or a replacement part. Driving long distances with this light activated could result in a larger problem down the road. It is safest for you and your passengers to learn what is going on with your vehicle sooner rather than later so that you can take the necessary measures to fix the issue.
If your check engine light is flashing, your on board computer system is logging a potentially dangerous systems issue and you should not drive your car.