What to Do When Your Check Engine Light Comes On
When your check engine light illuminates on your dashboard, your vehicles onboard computerized diagnostic system is telling you that there is a problem. You can think of this light as a thermometer if you will. When you are sick, a thermometer tells you when your body temperature is abnormally high. Your check engine light is comparable. When it lights up, think of that as if your engine is telling you it has a temperature.
The cause of your illuminated engine light can range from very minor to severe consequences. If your light is solid, it implies a minor to a moderate problem. If your light is blinking, it may be signaling a critical defect.
Whether your check engine light is flashing or solid, we recommend bringing your vehicle to a stop in a safe location. Then, give us a call at Travers Premier Auto and Tire for expert’s advice on what to do next.
The Purpose of your Check Engine Light
There are a handful of vehicle systems and parts that commonly cause the check engine light to come on. Although your problem might not be among these common causes, the following list represents the five most common causes.
- Defective oxygen sensor
- Gas cap malfunction
- Catalytic converter
- Mass airflow sensor
- Faulty spark plugs
Auto Service in St. Louis from Travers Premier
Check engine lights tend to come on during certain times of the year. From years of experience servicing vehicles in the St. Louis metropolitan area, we understand your vehicle systems inside and out. If your check engine light comes on, we offer the diagnosis service you need.
During every check engine light diagnosis at Travers Premier Auto & Tire Service, will not only clear the code from your vehicle’s computer diagnostic system, but we will also recommend what your next service step should be. Travers Premier Auto Service has two locations in the larger St. Louis metropolitan area. You can find us in Florissant or O’Fallon. Both stops are easy to reach from nearby St. Charles, St. Peters, Chesterfield, and Clayton.