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What To Do When Your Check Engine Light Turns On

We know that seeing your vehicle's check engine light appear on your dashboard can be a worrying occurrence. You may wonder, am I going to have to shell out a ton of money to get this fixed? Or is my vehicle going to be not drivable for a while? If so, how will I get to work? Before you cause yourself too much worry thinking about the possibilities, let us ease your mind. The check engine light doesn't always point to a major issue! It is just your vehicle's way of letting you know that it has detected a problem somewhere in the engine. 

Your vehicle actually has an engine control unit, which is a very intelligent computer system. This unit is connected to many sensors throughout the engine which essentially monitor its performance. If a sensor detects that something isn't working right, it will let the control unit know, and your vehicle's check engine light will turn on. 

When the check engine light does turn on, it will have an error code attached to it. In order for our experts to understand what is happening, we plug in a diagnostics scan tool to your vehicle's computer. This scan tool will pull the error code that cause the check engine light to illuminate, which will point our mechanics in the direction of the issue. We may need to inspect the issue further to pinpoint the exact cause, but rest assured we will find the solution. 

The worst thing you can do is continuing driving your vehicle with the check engine light on. What you are doing is causing your vehicle even more harm and the issue to progress, costing you more money on additional repairs that could of been avoided if you addressed the issue right away. 

As soon as you see the check engine light come on, bring your vehicle into Carlife Professional Auto Service. Our experts will determine what repairs are needed to restore your vehicle and ensure that you get back on the road with a safe vehicle. Give us a call or make an online appointment today! 

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