Check Engine Light
The check engine light is one of the warning lights that show up whenever a vehicle detects an issue with the vehicle. It is part of the onboard diagnostic system, which is basically a computer system that can adjust several features in the vehicle and helps to regulate its overall performance.
However, if the onboard diagnostic system detects that the issue inside the vehicle cannot be corrected by the computer, the light comes on, and a trouble code will be generated in the onboard diagnostic system’s memory. The trouble code generated can be identified using a scanning tool, or a computer specializing in diagnosing vehicle issues.
This can be performed by the technicians, and the onboard diagnostic system is a great feature for them to rectify the problem accurately. However, the issues that are being generated by the onboard diagnostic system depend on the vehicle’s year, make, and model.
Whenever the check engine light shows up, it will either illuminate steadily, or it will blink repeatedly. It all depends on the problem with the vehicle. The best thing to do is bring the vehicle immediately to a Winston-Salem repair shop . The problem with the vehicle can range between mild or severe.
Normally, when it is illuminating steadily, the issue with the vehicle is not really an emergency; but nevertheless, a service technician must check it as soon as possible. If the light is blinking, it only means that there is an issue with the engine itself, misfiring to the point that it overheats. The exhaust system is the first one that is being affected. If the catalytic converter fails to cope with the sudden rise in temperature, the engine can have severe damages.
There are also some measures a driver can do whenever the light comes on. If low oil pressure light or overheating light is also turned on, it is best to pull over and turn the engine off. Another thing that drivers do whenever the check engine light comes up is to tighten the gas cap. Most of the time, if there are no visible issues with the vehicle, this solves the problem. However, the light goes off after multiple trips, and some vehicles have a separate warning light for loose gas caps. There are also instances that the driver might feel changes in their vehicle performance while on the road. Whenever it happens, they should reduce their speed and pull over to safety.
At Cloverdale Auto in Winston-Salem, we can help diagnose any issues you might be having with your vehicle. Call Today! (336) 331 – 3448