When the check engine light illuminates, it can cause concern as many people assume it indicates an issue with the engine. However, this is not always the case.
Your onboard computer diagnostic system monitors vehicle operations, and the check engine monitors emissions. These emissions are harmful gasses released into the environment by vehicles. Most manufacturers and states have laws in place to regulate emissions levels. The check engine indicator is often misunderstood – it can tell you if your car or truck is emitting too much pollution, or be something simple like leaving your gas cap off, or serious like an engine misfire.
If your check engine light starts to flash, this is an indication of a potentially serious issue such as a cylinder misfire. This could cause costly and hazardous consequences. Therefore, it is recommended that you take your vehicle in for service if the check engine light start blinking.
If the check engine light is solid and not flashing, your vehicle may still be releasing excess emissions due to a problem that should be serviced immediately. Causes for solid check engine lights can vary from a missing gas cap to a major engine issue, both of which could reduce fuel performance and efficiency.
Plenty of other automotive shops offer a free check engine light diagnostic test. However, those readings do not always paint the full picture. These free scans usually spit out a code that pinpoints the general location of the problem, but doesn’t illuminate what exactly is broken or how to fix it.
If the check engine light turns on and remains illuminated, it indicates a fault in the vehicle’s system. Therefore, it is best to avoid getting a free test as this could result in unneeded part replacements.
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