Everything to Do When You Check Engine Light Comes On

It can be scary when you see the check engine light coming on. Maybe you do know why. But most of the time, you likely have no clue why it's coming on because it can be a number of things. Here's what they could be below so you know what to look for!

  • Check the owner's manual: Your owner's manual should have information on what the check engine light means and what you should do.
  • Check the fuel cap: If the fuel cap is loose or damaged, it can trigger the check engine light. Tighten the fuel cap or replace it if necessary.
  • Check for other warning lights: If there are other warning lights illuminated on the dashboard, such as the oil pressure light or temperature gauge, address those issues first.
  • Check for any obvious issues: Look for any visible problems, such as a damaged hose or low fluid levels.
  • Get a diagnostic scan: If you can't find the cause of the problem, take your vehicle to a mechanic or a dealership for a diagnostic scan. The scan will identify any fault codes stored in the vehicle's computer and help the mechanic determine the cause of the issue.
  • Repair the issue: Once the cause of the problem has been identified, it is important to repair it as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the vehicle.

There are numerous of things that can make the check engine light come on. It can be something as minor as the fuel cap, or it could be a serious problem that should be looked over by a mechanic. So, whatever the cause it may be, you should never ignore it!

If you need check engine light repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Cottman of Waldorf today!


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