Check Engine Light

14. April, 2015

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What you should know about your Check Engine light

Every car owner should get to know their dashboard lights and their meanings because sometimes a light will pop up on your dash telling you to check or service your engine and it usually comes without a warning and with no explanation. Like most car owners they have little idea about what that light is trying to tell you. It’s the most misunderstood indicator on your dashboard; the check engine light can mean many different things.

While there are literally dozens of reasons your light may be triggered there’s no need to panic, unless your car completely stalls in the middle of the road, then you don’t need to pull over and get out of your car, no need to call a tow truck. It’s typically not an emergency; many people don’t know this, but a loose, cracked, or damaged gas cap can cause the light to appear. Aside from the gas cap, all the other reasons  may include everything from a damaged vacuum hose or ignition coil, to a failing catalytic converter, to worn out spark plugs, and these are just to name a few.

If the check light comes on and it’s steady rather than flashing, the most obvious answer is to get the engine checked, but many people do nothing, maybe fearing an expensive repair bill. Some drivers with older cars even want to get the most out of their car before having to bring it to the shop. Ten percent of all cars on the road have a check engine light on, and the drivers of half these cars have ignored the light for more than three months. Most car owners also don’t know that to pass a state vehicle inspection all your dashboard lights have to be off. So if your check engine light appears, or any other light on your dashboard, make your way to an auto repair shop like West Coast Transmission to make sure your transmission as well as the rest of your car is working the way it is supposed to.

At West Coast Transmission we are more than happy to help you find the issue and make sure we get it fixed in a proficient well-timed manner, so next time your dashboard lights start flashing at you, drive by West Coast Transmissions to get your car checked out!

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