We’ve all experienced the anxiety of the check engine light. You get in the car, put the key into the ignition, turn the switch and bring the engine to life, just as you’ve done thousands of times before. Everything sounds normal at first, but then you notice the check engine light is glaring at you defiantly. Then the questions or thoughts begin to run through your mind. Is this a serious problem? Maybe it will turn off if I drive for a while! This is not a good time for an auto repair!I’ll turn the engine off and back on, maybe that will fix it. And so on…….

There’s no need to worry until you gather some information. There are many causes and potential reasons why that yellow/orange light on your dashboard decided to come to life. True, the dreaded check engine light could be the precursor for a serious mechanical issue; however, it could also be something as simple as a loose gas cap.

To properly diagnose the problem or rather the cause of the check engine light, you must take your vehicle to a qualified mechanic who has the proper tools for a professional diagnosis. The sooner you do so the better. Once at the auto shop, the technician will be able to connect a computerized scanner to your vehicle to obtain the trouble codes stored within the system. The technician will then locate the corresponding codes in the service manual for your vehicle. The manual provides hundreds of possible codes with detailed descriptions and how to proceed in the diagnostic testing of the vehicle.

The codes themselves don’t determine exactly what parts are defective; they provide information as to where to look for the problem. They tell which engine parameter is outside of the normal range. This means that if anything is not 100 percent perfect under the hood, the check engine light will come on.

Often the check engine light may indicate repairs are necessary, but not always a major repair. The most common problem is emission control malfunctions. The emission control system keeps the air clean, meaning you will need to leave your vehicle with the mechanic to fix the issue. Call or stop by one of the Eagle Transmission Shops for a complete diagnostic analysis.Our fast and friendly service can put your mind at ease. We Are “The One to Trust!”