When a light on your dashboard comes on, it is a sign that the computers controlling the vehicle's systems have detected a problem that could impact the emissions, performance and safety of the vehicle. These lights should not be ignored since failing to address any problems can increase potential repair and operating costs and also lead to a broken-down vehicle. The next four weeks we will be addressing each of the lights individually explaining what it looks like and what it does.
CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
The check engine light or malfunction indicator light, is designed to alert the driver when there is a problem with the engine or transmission.
The light is not activated at the first sign of trouble; rather, certain parameters must be met before the warning light is triggered. If the light comes on means there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Ignoring the light could lead to a damaged engine and emissions components.
If the light begins to flash that is an indication that the engine is misfiring and your engine or catalytic converter is suffering damage. Get to a repair shop as soon as possible!
Remember reading codes in the system will NOT tell you what the problem is. It is just a way to narrow down a starting point for the diagnostic testing.
If you have any questions please give The Auto Analyst, your Placerville one stop auto repair shop, at call at (530) 621-4591 or visit our website at www.theautoanalyst.com.