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Check Engine Light: What To Do When It Comes On

You are driving along, and suddenly, your vehicle’s check engine light starts flashing. What does this mean, and exactly what should you do next? Basically, check engine lights monitor your car’s performance. When that light is on, your car has diagnosed an electronic-control system and is unable to repair it.

The check engine light means different things for different models of car, so start reading your car’s manual. The problem in your vehicle’s engine may be a small one or something more worrisome. It is important to take care of the problem as quickly as possible. Bring your car into Robert’s Auto Repair as soon as the check engine light begins to flash.

When the check engine light comes on, it, usually, signifies one of the following reasons:

  • Oxygen sensor needs replacing: If you do not replace this, you can lose up to 40% of fuel in the long run.

  • Something is wrong with the gas cap: If you let a faulty gas cap go unnoticed, you, most likely, be making extra trips to the gas station.

  • Catalytic converter needs to be replaced: A broken catalytic converter means your car will run at a higher, more dangerous temperature.

  • Mass air flow sensor needs replacing: Once again, a broken mass air flow sensor means you will be making extra, unnecessary trips to the gas station.

  • Spark plugs or plug wires need to be replaced: If you let this go unfixed, your vehicle will begin to run poorly.

When your car’s check engine light starts to flash, don’t let it go unnoticed. Your car is trying to tell you something, and it would be wise not to ignore it. To schedule an appointment, call 831-373–1534. Robert’s Auto Repair is conveniently located at 234 Ramona, Monterey, CA 93940, right off of Del Monte Blvd. at Highway 1.


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