My Check Engine Light is On - What Do I Do?

We understand that dreadful feeling of seeing your vehicle's check engine light turn on out of the blue. You start to wonder what could possibly be wrong, and how much it is going to cost you to fix it. You may also think, does it even need to be checked out, or will it just go away on its own? We’ve all been there, hoping that maybe it will magically turn off the next day. However, when your vehicle’s check engine light turns on, it’s your vehicle’s way of telling you that something is wrong. 

The check engine light will turn on if your vehicle’s computer system senses that there is a problem with a part in your vehicle. There are many different issues that can trigger the light to turn on, and usually diagnostics will have to be run to determine the issue. It is nearly impossible for you to determine the issue by thinking of what could be wrong or by looking under the hood, so don’t stress yourself with thinking the worst. As soon as you notice the check engine light is on, it’s time to have your car checked out. 

When you bring your vehicle into your local trusted mechanic, they will run computer diagnostics on your vehicle to basically get a code that will tell them where the issue is stemming from. Once they have the code, they use this to pinpoint the system that is causing the light to turn on. From there, the mechanic can perform a visual inspection and figure out the issue at hand. Once the problem is determined, your mechanic will provide you with an estimate of the the services that are needed in order to restore your vehicle back to top working condition. 

We recommend having your vehicle inspected at the first sign of the check engine light. Driving around with your check engine light on can turn a small fix into a larger, much more expensive repair. It can also put your safety at risk, depending on the issue. 

If your vehicle’s check engine light has turned on, give our experts a call here at Broad Strokes Associates in Snohomish, WA at (866) 810-3469. Our shop has the latest, state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and will be happy to help! 

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