It has most likely happened to some or all of us one point in time. You are driving your vehicle down the road and all of a sudden you notice your “check engine” light come on. What does this mean? It can be quite irritating when this happens because as you probably know, it could be any number of things. Whatever the problem, when your “check engine” light comes on it needs to be checked out!
When your “check engine” light comes on this is the onboard diagnostics system or OBD II, letting you know that something is wrong with your vehicle’s emissions, ignition or fuel system. These systems are there to detect when your vehicle is having any engine-related problems affecting the emissions system.
Whenever you start your vehicle, the “check engine” light will come on for a few seconds with your other warning lights, and then should go off as they all do. However, if it remains on, then that means that there is a problem. There could be many things going on with your engine, so it is best for a professional auto technician to take a look at your vehicle. You may be able to try a few things first based on what the “check engine” light is doing. Before bringing it in you can try tightening the gas cap. Sometimes if it is loose, it can set of the “check engine” light. If that doesn’t work you can also try replacing your gas cap if it is old and worn. However, if the light is flashing it is best to bring in your vehicle as soon as possible because this usually indicates a serious problem.
Once you have tried to fix the problem yourself, if the problem still persists, bring your vehicle in to be looked at. An auto technician can diagnose the problem by connecting to your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system. For more information on your “check engine light,” visit www.blogs.cars.com. And if your check engine light is on, bring in your vehicle to your local new and used New Jersey auto dealer, Sansone Jr’s 66 Automall. Our service department will be happy to help with any problem your vehicle may have.