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Don't Ignore the Check Engine Light: Why Prompt Action Is Crucial

When your car's internal computer detects a problem with the engine or gearbox, the check engine light illuminates. A check engine light can come on for a variety of causes, from something as simple as a loose gas cap to something more serious like a damaged catalytic converter. It could potentially indicate internal engine breakdown. Ignoring the issue might turn a potentially simple repair into a costly and time-consuming one.

Why is your check engine light illuminated?

The following are some of the most common minor and major causes of a check engine light to illuminate:
• Remove the gas cap
• A problem with the engine's internals
• A problem with, or theft of, the catalytic converter
• Faulty spark plugs, wires, or ignition coils
• Oxygen sensor malfunction
• Mass airflow sensor failure
• A faulty petrol tank

What to do if your check engine light illuminates

When you discover your check engine light has illuminated, take attention to how your vehicle is driving. Is there something wrong? If this is the case, direct yourself to the nearest mechanic to get the automobile inspected. If the car appears to be in good working order, you can check a few things before taking it to the repair.

If your check engine light comes on after purchasing petrol, there are a few simple remedies. One of the most common causes of the check engine light to illuminate is a loose gas cap. Check that your gas cap is firmly screwed on and in good shape.

Your check engine light may illuminate if you have a tank of contaminated petrol in your vehicle. If your car was built to run on premium petrol, the engine may struggle to run on standard petrol. You may solve this issue securely by having a professional drain your petrol tank. If you have to drive till the tank is empty again, as long as your car does not show signs of overheating or poor engine performance, you should be fine.

Ignoring the light and postponing a visit to the technician may result in more expensive and time-consuming problems in the future. The issue that triggered your check engine light in the first place may worsen or have an impact on other components of your car's engine or gearbox. If you need check engine light repairs, we invite you to bring your vehicle to One Stop Auto Care today!