If your check engine light has come on, that means that one of the hundreds of sensors in your vehicle has detected that something is “off” in your vehicle. It is important not to ignore your check engine light because (while it could be triggered by something as small as a loose gas cap) it could be one of your first signs for something as serious as an engine problem. If your check engine light comes on, it is important to bring your vehicle to Webster’s Import Service as soon as possible.
There’s a very common misconception that the trouble codes stored in your engine computer when your check engine light comes on will specifically identify a problem. It’s really more like pointing to the symptoms of a problem. For any given trouble code, there could be a number of causes. You need more information to determine exactly what is causing the check engine light.
So your trained technician takes the trouble code as a starting point and begins a diagnostic process to determine the cause of the problem. And some problems take longer to solve than others. When your engine management system logs a problem and illuminates the check engine light, your service technician will plug in a scanner, download the trouble codes and go to work tracing the cause of the problem.
The best way to determine the cause of a check engine light is to perform a diagnostic check. Our team of ASE Certified technicians have the tools and diagnostic equipment to accurately diagnose all domestic and foreign makes and models of cars, trucks, and SUVs. We will inform you of what the problem is and let you know if there are any repairs necessary so that we can get you back on the road safely. As always, we will gladly help you prioritize what services should be performed now and what services can wait.
If your check engine light is flashing and you are experiencing a change in drivability, or if you experience your vehicle shaking, overheating, smoking, please get off the road as soon as possible. A flashing check engine light is a sign of a serious problem, which typically will involve some form of malfunction in the engine. For your safety and the safety of others, it is important to not continue driving. If this ever happens, please give us a call and we will arrange for a local towing company to come get your car and bring it to our shop for repair.
If you see other warning lights other than your check engine light, and you are not sure what they mean, give us a call and we would be happy to help!