Check Engine Light
We’ve all seen it before. Some of us choose to ignore it and hope it goes away. Typically, it doesn’t. So, what does that “Check Engine Light” trying to tell you? It’s best to consult your owner’s manual for specifics, but here are a few things to keep in mind:
- It could just be a loose gas cap. Before thinking this is about to be an expensive problem, check that first.
- Replace your oxygen sensor: this is the part that monitors the unburned oxygen from the exhaust. It plays a part in monitoring how much fuel is burned. If the sensor is faulty, it could means it’s not providing the right information to the computer and can lead to a decrease in gas mileage.
- How old is your vehicle? It could be something as simple as replacing the spark plugs or wires. If your care is pre-1996, spark plugs should be changed between 25,000-30,000 miles (see owners manual for specifics.)
- Other reasons for a check engine light can include: A wet engine, A blown gasket head, Faulty oxygen sensors, Loose or cracked hoses and manifolds, Sticky exhaust gas recirculation valves, Pinched or deteriorated fuel injector O-rings
Whatever the reason may be, Mike’s Automotive have professionals on staff ready to evaluate and repair whatever it is. Don’t ignore it. That could end up costing you even more.