Check Engine Light
Modern vehicles are like a mobile computer system. And diagnosing an issue with a modern vehicle takes specialized training and the right diagnostic equipment. When the Check Engine Light appears on your vehicle’s dashboard, the onboard computer has detected a problem that requires your attention.
The issue could be a minor one or foreshadow a major breakdown. Contact Gearhead Automotive Services immediately if the light comes on and your vehicle is running rough, misfiring, stalling at lights or overheating. If such is the case, it would be wise to have the vehicle towed to our repair facility. If the light is intermediate – meaning, on sometimes and off the next, it will still “throw a code” that can be reviewed to determine the issue.
On the other hand, if your vehicle is running fine and the light appears, it could be something as simple as a loose gas cap or loose connection. If your vehicle is running fine, despite the light, don’t panic. There’s no need to pull over to the side of the road or call a tow truck. However, you do need to have the vehicle checked as soon as possible.
Without the proper diagnostic equipment, determining the issue can be nearly impossible. At Gearhead Automotive Services, our Journeyman Red Seal Technicians will immediately assess the problem and let you know how best to resolve it.
The Check Engine Light is part of your vehicle’s onboard diagnostic system. Starting in the early 1980’s auto manufacturers began integrating computer technology into each build. The purpose? To enhance performance, control emissions, fuel mixture and timing. By today’s standards, those early computers were primitive, but an evolution had begun making vehicle service and repair a high-tech proposition. Today, computers control nearly every aspect of a vehicle’s function and should only be serviced by a trained automotive professional.
Your onboard computer is designed to diagnose and perform ongoing adjustments. When it’s unable to do so, it will activate the Check Engine Light. The light may be a picture of an engine or just the word Check. In more advanced vehicles, an actual message in your Infotainment centre may indicate the issue requiring attention. Typically, a trouble code is generated and read when the vehicle is attached to a scan tool or diagnostic computer. This code helps the technician narrow down the issue. Further investigation is generally required.
Never ignore the Check Engine light. Doing so could result in a serious issue and expensive repair. However, as a vehicle owner, you can do a few things if/when a light appears. First, scan the dash, looking for any apparent issues – low oil pressure, engine overheating, etc. Then, should you notice any of these issues, find a safe place to pull over and shut off the engine.
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