Check Engine Light On in NC, SC, or VA? Find Out Why!

Do you tend to ignore your check engine light? That could lead to any number of problems that could be expensive to fix or even dangerous if they happen while you’re driving.

Many things that can cause your check engine light to come on are easy fixes. Failing to address those small issues, though, can lead to more significant problems. Come into Colony Tire & Service today so we can find out why your check engine light came on.

Worrying for too long about what your check engine light means could cause more significant repairs than necessary, so it’s important not to ignore it.

Common Causes of a Check Engine Light

There are tons of reasons the check engine light comes on, and there are often multiple reasons at once. Here are some of the most common things that can trigger your check engine light.

DAMAGED, LOOSE, OR MISSING GAS CAP

The reason for your check engine light could be as simple as not screwing your gas cap on tight enough the last time you filled up. A damaged gas cap could also trigger the light and reduce your fuel economy.

FAILED OXYGEN SENSOR

The oxygen sensor measures how much-unburned oxygen is in your vehicle’s exhaust system. The sensor may fail roughly every 80,000 miles. A bad oxygen sensor can damage your catalytic converter or spark plugs - a good reason not to ignore the check engine light.

DIRTY OR DAMAGED MASS AIRFLOW SENSOR

The mass airflow sensor (MAF) measures how much air is entering the engine, determining how much fuel your engine needs to run properly. If your MAF is damaged, it can cause other parts to fail.

DAMAGED CATALYTIC CONVERTER

The catalytic converter converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. If it’s damaged, your car will fail an emissions test and have lowered gas mileage. Often, problems with another part lead to catalytic converter damage.

Check Engine Light Diagnosis

Don’t wait until your vehicle starts having problems to find out why your check engine light is on. Come into one of Colony Tire and Service’s locations today. You could save hundreds or thousands of dollars by having the light checked sooner rather than later.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Otherwise, find your nearest location and schedule an appointment now!

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