The check engine light comes on for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s a sensor failing, some cars use it to warn of low fluids, and more. The check engine light seems to come on at the least convenient time possible. Should you be alarmed when it comes on? Not necessarily – but you should be concerned. Read on to find out more about the check engine light at Boucher Automotive Group.
First, what is the most common cause of the check engine light coming on? Reports indicate that the leading cause of the check engine light coming on is a failing oxygen sensor. This might sound trivial on the surface; however, the oxygen sensor helps regulate the fuel to air mixture for your engine. What that means is it maximizes your fuel efficiency and minimizes your emissions. Letting this go can mean an even higher fuel bill, and potentially a failed smog check.
As you can guess from the potential problems above, doing nothing about the check engine light will lead to more serious issues for your car, and serious inconveniences for you. So, what should you do when the check engine light comes on? If your car is still running ok and not showing any visible or audible signs of distress (shaking, steam, smoke, knocking, clanking, etc.) - then you are ok to drive it to a safe location. Preferably, the safe location is a mechanic or close to one. If your car is experiencing signs of distress like those mentioned, the best thing to do is pull over to the nearest safe place, shut the car off, and contact the roadside services provided through your insurance company.
Sometimes the roadside service truck can diagnose the problem, but with serious presenting conditions the best bet is a full-service repair shop. In other words, whenever your check engine light comes on, take the safest possible course of action that gets your car to a mechanic.
It’s not all doom and gloom! If you’re in the Southern Wisconsin area, there’s a Boucher Auto Group location convenient to you. We have the best diagnostic systems available, and experienced technicians. We can find and fix your check engine light problem quickly. Stop in or call today to book an appointment. Click the link below to view our service and parts locations. Choose the location that best fits your needs and select the schedule service link to book your appointment.