You expect your car to operate smoothly whenever you hit the road, but there’s a complex mechanical symphony taking place under the hood. If one system starts working improperly, it won’t be long before the harmonious sound of your engine degenerates into chaos. Fortunately, your vehicle’s computer has a way of warning you about a potential problem by switching on the check engine light before things get out of control. Here are four things you should do when you see this indicator illuminated on the dashboard.
Your car’s fuel system requires a tight seal for maximum efficiency, and a loose gas cap creates an opportunity for vapors to escape into the atmosphere. Not only is this one of the most common reasons for the check engine light to illuminate, but it’s also the easiest to fix. If you’ve recently added gas to your tank, you might accidentally forget to tighten the cap. Pull over to make sure the cap is tightly attached and give the light a few miles to respond to the change.
As soon as you notice the light, take stock of what’s going on at that moment. Do you notice a lack of power when accelerating or is the engine making strange noises? The more information you can provide your mechanic, the better idea he or she can get about what’s going wrong. If you don’t notice obvious signs, that doesn’t mean nothing is wrong. You should still visit a professional at your first convenience to prevent further damage.
A check engine light indicates the car is under stress, which is why you should decrease your demands on the vehicle. Decrease your speed and discontinue any towing to see if that clears up the problem. You might have been asking your car to do too much. If you can, stop driving until you can see a professional for diagnosis.
The most important thing you can do when the check engine light illuminates is schedule a service with a trusted mechanic. Drivers all over The Colony have come to David’s Automotive Repair for years, and we’re ready to help with any of your vehicle’s problems. Contact us online or call us today to make an appointment with one of our experienced technicians.