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Imagine yourself driving along, minding your own business when the dreaded “Check Engine” light pops up on your dashboard. Not good. Unfortunately, unlike other warning lights, which very clearly indicate low oil or a flat tire, the Check Engine light is much vaguer and covers a broad range of auto service possibilities. What exactly does it mean when the light flashes?  

Reasons for the Check Engine Light 

There are a few things that the “Check Engine” light could be indicating: 

  • A problem with the ignition coils or spark plugs 
  • A problem with the oxygen sensor 
  • A bad catalytic converter 
  • A loose or damaged gas cap 
  • A damaged mass airflow sensor 
  • A fuel injector that needs replaced 
  • A thermostat that needs replaced 

And these are just a few of the potential options! The Check Engine light can cover many other less common issues, but the message is always the same: it’s time to take your vehicle to your nearest MileOne Automotive service department. 

Don’t Ignore the Light 

What are the ramifications of putting off dealing with a Check Engine light? Well, first and foremost, you could find yourself stranded with a vehicle that no longer works. The engine makes your vehicle go, so if something’s wrong, it’s quite possible you’ll be left with a dead car in an inconvenient place. 

Also, putting off small repairs now could cause bigger, more expensive problems further down the road. Nobody wants that, so if/when you see this warning flicker, do your best to have the problem taken care of right away. That list of problems up can range from very inexpensive to quite pricy, but your safety and the integrity of your vehicle depend on taking care of your vehicle when it needs it! 

Categories: Service