Your Check Engine Light Calls!
All of those lights on your dash are there for a reason. They alert you when you need to service your vehicle, when you’ve left a door ajar, when your oil levels are low, and more. Although these lights may be annoying or even stress-inducing, it’s important that you don’t ignore them, particularly your Check Engine light. Your Check Engine light, sometimes appearing as a Service Soon light, can indicate a variety of issues from something as simple as your gas cap not tightened properly to major issues within larger components. It’s not always immediately evident what might be causing this light to come on and sometimes impossible to know without a diagnostic service.
Your car is a machine made up of both mechanical and electrical systems, including a computer. This computer constantly collects data and messages from other systems in your car to monitor the condition of your vehicle and how it’s running. If this computer finds a problem within these messages, it documents it as what’s called a Code. These codes come up when we connect your car to our state-of-the-art diagnostics computers and they tell us why the light has come on and what needs repair.
Some of the most common reasons for the Check Engine light to come on are:
- The engine is damp, which prevents it from working properly
- The head seal is blown
- The oxygen sensor in the system is not working
- Spark plugs or wires are not functioning properly or need to be replaced
- Exhaust gas recirculation valves are sticking
- Some hoses or manifolds are cracked or loose
Remember, these are just a few of the potential problems. The best way to really know what’s going on with your car is to have Eagle Transmission run a free diagnostics test on your vehicle.