What does “Check Engine” light mean?
The Check Engine Light, also known as “Service Engine Soon” or “Malfunction Indicator” light, is a signal from your vehicle’s engine computer that something is wrong. A Check Engine Light is different than a Service Required Light, which simply means it’s that time again for an oil change or filter check. You may see “Check Engine,” “Service Engine Soon,” or “Check Powertrain.” Or, the light may show an engine picture, perhaps with the word “Check.” To determine the actual problem, we use an electronic scan tool or a diagnostic computer to retrieve Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC). Some common issues that turn on the check engine light include:
- Vehicle gas cap not on tight enough
- Water got into your engine somewhere
- Spark plugs are not function correctly
- Your vehicle is emitting high levels of pollutants
Many people ignore warning lights if the car still seems to drive the way it used to, however, a Check Engine Light indicates that something within your vehicle is malfunctioning. If you see the Check Engine Light flashing and you don’t take care of it immediately, you are putting your vehicle at risk for potentially more costly future repairs.
Quick Scan & Verification Testing
Parts stores capabilities are limited to only reading the stored trouble codes, but they do not perform the diagnostic procedures to determine what is exactly required to fix your vehicle. Hontech professionals are certified technicians who can accurately diagnose, service and repair cars, as well as offer recommendations when there are options. Routine maintenance and service assist in avoiding Check Engine Light problems and will help to preserve your vehicle and reduce unexpected repairs. The team of professionals at Hontech will help diagnose your vehicle’s trouble codes and get your vehicle safely back on the road. Call (480) 899-2701 with questions or stop by our location for your diagnostic scan and service.