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What Does it Mean When the Check Engine Light Comes On?

By Product Expert | Posted in How does it work?, Q&A on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018 at 1:32 PM
check engine light on dashboard

Your car is important to you and, if you are like most people, you rely on it almost every day. This being said, it is important to take care of your car and take precaution when it tries to tell you that something is wrong. One of the most common warning signs that your car gives you when something might be wrong is the check engine light.

The check engine light found on the dashboard of a car can have a variety of reasons that it may come on. Some of the fixes might be something easy and inexpensive that you can do yourself and some may require a trip to the mechanic.


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Things to Check Before Bringing Your Car In

Just because your car’s check engine light came on, does not necessarily mean that it needs to be taken in for the mechanic to look at. Before bringing your car in, check these few things yourself.

  • Try to tighten your gas cap. Sometimes it can be as simple as not screwing on the gas cap all the way after filling up.
  • Slow down and reduce your load. If your vehicle’s engine is being overworked, while you are driving fast and towing an object it might start flashing the check engine light. Try slowing down to demand less of the engine.
  • Check the gauges and other lights on the dashboard. If you see that your engine is overheating or has low oil pressure, then you should pull off the road as soon as possible.

person adding coolant to an engine

If you do not find a problem when checking these few things, then it would be your best bet to schedule an appointment with your mechanic. Whether it ends up being a more serious problem or an easy fix, it is better to find out as soon as you can before it gets worse or causes other problems to your car.

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