Do you know what to do when the ‘check engine light’ shows up on the dashboard? You’ll likely know something is wrong, but what do you do once you pull over? If the check engine light comes on, then your car may have one of the following problems. Needless to say, get your vehicle to an auto repair service ASAP.
1. The Spark Plugs Are Worn
The spark plugs create an ignition that enables the air/fuel mixture in the vehicle’s combustion chamber. Worn sparks reduces fuel economy and can also damage the ignition coils or cause the catalytic converter to become backed up.
2. The Mass Airflow (MAF) Sensor Is Damaged
The MAF sensor measures and facilitates the amount of air flow into the engine. When the MAF is compromised, damage to the spark plugs, catalytic converter, or O2 sensors may soon follow.
3. Faulty Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter performs a vital eco function by converting harmful carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. If not fixed, this can force your engine to work at a higher temperature. It may also cause your car to fail its next emissions test.
4. The Oxygen Sensor Needs Replacing
This component measures the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust system. A faulty sensor can result up to a 40% decrease in fuel economy.
5. Gas Cap Is Loose
The gas cap is so much more important than most people realize. If the cap is loose or missing altogether, your car will lose fuel through evaporation. For you, that means more money wasted at the pump.
Come to Chuck’s Auto Repair in Seattle
With the exception of the 5th and last possibility, all of the other points should be addressed by an auto specialty service. Letting the problem linger will only exacerbate the problem and cause long-term damage. Bring your car on over to our shop; we provide special offers to make repairs more affordable for our customers. As experts, we suggest that you do not continue driving like nothing is wrong when the check engine light comes on.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Expert Quality Auto Repairs for Seattle Motorists
Serving Seattle and the Greater Area