Many of us have seen the dreaded Check Engine light illuminated on our dashboards. On some vehicles the words may be displayed verbatim, on other vehicles it may be an orange or yellowish engine icon illuminated on your dash.
For some it sends a wave of fear through them like no other. For others it’s just a cause for great confusion because they do not know what it means. In either case, it is important that you have it checked out. You can then reset the check engine light once the issue has been addressed.
Though manufacturers have their own computer systems and all differ to some degree, there are some common causes for this light to come on.
There are literally hundreds of digital codes that could prompt your Check Engine light to come on. And many of those have a multitude of reasons for each. There are a few ways to find these codes:
If your check engine light blinks, as opposed to staying lit consistently, more often than not this is a sign of a more serious problem. In fact, most mechanics and even vehicle owner manuals, will advise you to immediately pull the car over (safely) and turn the engine off. Then call for towing service. Not doing so can cause irreparable and more expensive damage to your car.
You may even sense a loss of power, among other things, in your vehicle when the light is flashing. This can mean a number of issues and must be addressed immediately.
The check engine light is in place for a very good reason. It is there to warn of of potential issues with our cars. The beauty of this system is that we can use this preventative measure to fix the car before something goes terribly wrong. If we ignore the warning signs, we, and our cars, are doomed to suffer as a result.
It is imperative that you get your car to a mechanic to find the source and solution for the issue. Be it large or small, the problem should be addressed. It can provide immense peace of mind knowing that your car can be fixed. Once the issue is taken care of, the mechanic will then reset the check engine light and you will no longer see its amber glow!
So look at the situation with prudence, there is no need to panic, but it is certainly something to be aware of and addressed sooner than later.
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