Is Your Vehicle’s Check Engine Light On?

For many drivers, the check engine light is an alarming and misunderstood feature of their vehicle.  Your CHECK ENGINE light is the computer’s way of telling you that there may be a problem and your car needs service as soon as possible.As you can imagine, there are MANY things that could cause the engine check light to become active.

If your CHECK ENGINE light is lit up or flashing, it light can mean anything from a loose gas cap to a poorly functioning oxygen sensor or a catalytic converter that needs replacing.Your car’s check engine light is a warning that something is wrong that needs to be serviced or repaired. Ignoring this warning can have very serious consequences – costing you a lot of extra money and hassle in the long run. Below is a list of a few of the possible problems that could cause your check engine light to activate.

 

  • Catalytic converter failure
  • Circuit malfunction
  • Cylinder misfire
  • Faulty oxygen sensor
  • Faulty spark plugs or spark plug wires
  • Insufficient exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) flow
  • Issue with mass air flow (MAF) sensor or MAF circuit
  • Loose or faulty gas cap
  • Problem with the Mass Air Flow (MAF) sensor or circuit

These are just a few of the hundreds of codes, causes, and symptoms. Each has multiple fixes. For that reason, it is important to take your vehicle to a professional automotive repair center if the check engine warning light suddenly comes on. At Rose Hill Exxon & Auto Repair in Frederick, MD, our ASE certified automotive technicians will provide a manual inspection in conjunction with a computer diagnosis in order to identify the root of the problem and make all necessary repairs in a timely manner.