We’ve all experienced that terrifying feeling when our car’s “Check Engine” light comes on. That annoying little light can be triggered by many different reasons. Your vehicle is built with a highly intelligent computer system that is connected to sensors all throughout your vehicle. Your check engine light will illuminate when something breaks or isn’t working properly. The sensors will send a signal to your vehicle’s computer indicating there is a problem. Ignoring this warning, especially when the light is flashing, is never a good idea and can eventually lead to costly repairs.
At Koester Automotive and Collision Center we have the latest, state-of-the-art computer equipment to properly diagnose your check engine light. After our full diagnostic scan, we will provide you with our recommendations to restore your vehicle back to optimum working condition.
Our expertly trained staff is equipped to assess and diagnose any problem that may be triggering that pesky light. Don’t drive around wondering if there’s a bigger problem. Get to the source of your CEL warning. With the help of our team you can get the issue resolved quickly and affordably. Remember, an informed driver is always a safer driver.
Common Check Engine Light Triggers:
Gas cap is loose. This problem doesn’t require any replacement parts or cost, so it’s a good place to start. Simply check to make sure your gas cap isn’t loose and tighten it down if it is. It may take some time for the check engine light to go off, but it eventually should if that was the problem.
Oxygen sensor needs to be replaced.Your car has 2-4 oxygen sensors. These sensors monitor your vehicle’s air-fuel mixture and adjust as needed. When one isn’t working properly, it decreases your gas mileage and increases the amount of emissions that are produced.
Catalytic converter needs to be replaced. Replacing your catalytic converter can get expensive, but often it only breaks if some of these lesser problems are ignored for a long time. The catalytic converter is important because it reduces the amount of harmful gases that come out of your car’s exhaust.
Mass air flow sensor needs to be replaced. The mass air flow sensor monitors the fuel injection system and how much air is getting into the engine. If this sensor is broken, it decreases your gas mileage and often causes your car to stall.
Spark plugs and wires need to be replaced. Spark plugs need to be replaced periodically depending on the age of your car. When they are wearing out, they’ll start to misfire and cause issues with your vehicle’s combustion chamber.