Don’t Ignore the Light!

Keeping your Car in Check by Responding to your Check Engine Light

How often have you been driving around and your check engine light has come on? More importantly, how long have you been driving around with it on?

If your check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it! This is your car’s way of talking to you. It’s telling you anything from a loose gas cap to a serious engine problem that can leave you stranded.

If your check engine light comes on while driving, here’s what you should do:
  1. Check your dashboard for other warning lights that can give you a hint as to the problem, such as low oil pressure or overheating. These problems indicate you should pull your car over as soon as you find a safe place to stop.
  2. If you’re pulling a load, you should reduce speed and your load, especially if you’ve noticed a reduction in your vehicle’s performance. If your engine is strained, it can cause significant damage to your vehicle later on.
  3. Stop at an experienced auto service shop, if possible, to have your car’s problem diagnosed. Remember, the longer you drive with the check engine light, the more chance you have of causing serious (and often expensive) damage to your vehicle.

The most important thing to remember is safety first. If your check engine light is on and your vehicle is showing obvious signs of a problem, such as overheating, pull over as soon as it is safely possible.

In today’s technological world, we tend to not notice lights, alerts, or other messages, or sometimes we simply ignore them for later. However, when your vehicle’s check engine light comes on, it’s trying to tell you something. Pay attention or you may end up with serious damage and major headaches.