Check Engine Light – Service Engine Light
You are finally headed home after a long day at work. You settle in to your car, find your favorite radio station and prepare for the Houston traffic on your normal route. As you ease onto the freeway you notice something, the check engine light or service engine light is on. You have two options. You can ignore the light; it can’t be that serious if you’re still driving the car right? You can take it to a professional, like European Automotive Center Southwest Houston, for diagnosis. Believe it or not most people choose the former. Unsuspectingly the car can emit harmful emissions into the air or cause serious damage to the automobile. More importantly, the problems that cause the check engine light or service engine light to be on could lead to a problem that would endanger your family’s safety.
There are several reasons why a check engine light or service engine light is illuminated on a dashboard. It could be a loose gas cap, an 02 sensor, or spark plugs/wires. Some repairs are costly and others are relatively inexpensive. If you are driving around with a loose gas cap your gas mileage will decrease. Check this first as this could unknowingly cost you hundreds of dollars in fuel. Spark plugs/wires are relatively inexpensive and easy to replace. But if this is ignored for too long it can lead to costlier damage to the catalytic converter. The ASE certified technicians at European Automotive Center Southwest Houston are trained to diagnose and provide a solution to any check engine light problem.
Your car has a computer system that was created to alert you when there is a problem. In addition the computer stores a code in its memory identifying where the problem lies. This answers the question “why is the engine light on?” In the Southwest Houston area, it is best to let the European Automotive certified technicians determine why the check engine light, also known as the malfunction indicator lamp, is on.
Are you concerned your late model foreign, Japanese or domestic car will be too hard to diagnose? European Automotive Center Southwest Houston keeps abreast of the most recent manufacturer specifications, repairs, and recalls. If the check engine light is flashing it is a sign of a more serious issue and should be resolved as soon as possible. When the engine light appears, don’t take matters into your own hands and attempt to identify or solve the problem. You may end up causing more damage and you cannot pass your state inspection test if the light is illuminated. Sometimes the check engine light appears and there is nothing wrong, but it always better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to your family’s safety, don’t take chances.