Don’t Ignore the Check Engine Light

May 24th, 2013 by

Check Engine LightYou’re heading back from a nice summer hike with your family and reflecting on a great day.  As you reach the home stretch, those two mysterious words suddenly appear on your dashboard, wrapped in a strange, squiggled contour: check engine.

The sheer simplicity of these words strikes dread into the hearts of many drivers. Ignorance is the root of fear, and since most people aren’t auto technicians, there is a lot of fear involved. And no, “Check Engine” doesn’t mean your engine is on the verge of a meltdown or about to explode. Your car will most likely continue to run fine for some time, which causes many drivers to simply ignore the warning.

The light is there for a reason, though, and there is something wrong in your vehicle’s engine that needs to be addressed. Ignoring it could have big consequences for your car and for your wallet. Let’s look at what the engine light is telling you, possible consequences of ignoring it, and what you can do to fix it.

What Your Engine Light is Telling You

Your “Check Engine” light is tied to sensors in your exhaust system which analyze the content of the gas being expelled from the engine. The composition of your exhaust can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your engine. Too much gasoline in the exhaust is a good sign that there is some sort of issue with the combustion in the engine.

This is problematic for several reasons. Besides increasing the chances of failing your next vehicle emission test, it can also ruin your exhaust system. Your catalytic converter is an important part of the system, helping to filter out harmful chemicals. Raw gasoline taxes the “cat” to such a point that it could catch on fire if the issue is not addressed.

Come to Middletown Honda for a Diagnosis

Like we’ve pointed out, it’s best to get at the “Check Engine” light issue before it becomes a bigger problem. When you make an appointment with Middletown Honda, we talk with your vehicle’s computer and see what kind of readings the sensors are picking up. After we have that information, we can take care of the problem.

If you would like to make an appointment with our service team for a dashboard warning issue or some other service, we encourage you to give us a call make a service appointment online.