You’re driving home from work one day when suddenly, the words “Check Engine” (or perhaps a picture of an engine) light on on your dashboard. If you’re like most drivers, that little yellow light can be unnerving — mostly because you’re not exactly sure what it’s telling you or what you should do, and “Check Engine” sounds more severe and urgent than it actually is. While you don’t have to panic and call a tow truck when that little light turns on, you should get your vehicle serviced pretty quickly. LexService, an auto maintenance and repair shop in Torrance and Artesia specialize in fixing, maintaining and repairing Japanese vehicles.
A part of your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) computer system, the “Check Engine” light turns on to warn you about powertrain problems that could affect your car’s emissions systems. When the light turns on, the OBD also logs a “trouble code” in its memory, identifying the source of the problem. Though you’ll likely never see it, this code is very important, as it can be read by an electronic scan tool at most car dealers and auto repair shops to determine precisely what’s wrong with your vehicle.
The most common problems that can trigger your car’s “Check Engine” light include: a loose, damaged, or missing gas cap; a damaged oxygen sensor; a damaged catalytic converter; a damaged mass air flow sensor; and damaged spark plugs or spark plug wires. Essentially, the “Check Engine” light serves as a serious reminder that your car needs to be checked out, especially if you’ve been neglecting regular car maintenance.
A cost-effective alternative to your local car dealer, auto repair shops provide a full range of services and repairs that you may need when your car’s “Check Engine” light turns on. At LexService, a Japanese car clinic serving the South Bay, Torrance, and Artesia areas, expert technicians can help you identify why your “Check Engine” light turned on and fix the source of the problem — all while saving you time and money. But no matter what car you drive, auto repair shops can help you determine if your car has a loose gas cap or a more serious engine problem requiring in-depth maintenance.
The bottom line is this: when your “check engine” light comes on, don’t ignore it — fix it. When you postpone maintenance for your car, a minor problem can turn into more serious damage that could cost hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars to repair.