Monterey Collision & Auto Repair

Robert's Collision & Repair(831) 373-1535
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Check Engine Light, Not Again!


The dread of finding a new check engine light on in your car can be stressful. Luckily for you, the auto repair experts CARSTAR Robert's Collision and Repair in Monterey are experienced in troubleshooting and are here to take your worries away. Check engine lights come on for a variety of reasons. Before you get stressed out, check your gas cap, some sensors monitor for vapor leaks and will throw a code for merely not having your fuel cap adequately secured. Of course, a blinking check engine light could also mean something as serious as engine misfire, which needs to be addressed by a professional right away to avoid permanent damage to your engine.


You want to pay attention to your check engine light; it is connected to your vehicle's emission system, explicitly designed to monitor it throughout the life of your car. Emission systems and engines in your car are directly tied together, which means the health of one can indicate the health of the other, so pay attention to that check engine light. When your check engine light turns on, your first action should be to check that your gas cap is properly tightened. A loose gas cap causes a vapor leak, which will send an error message to your vehicle’s computer system triggering your check engine light. If that is the issue, your check engine light will shut off after a short time. If your check engine light is steady and does not turn off, it is crucial to address the issue before it leads to something more serious.


Check engine lights come in a variety of colors such as orange, yellow, or amber depending on your vehicle’s make. If your check engine light flashes, it indicates that there may be an urgent issue that can cause damage to your engine or become a fire hazard. A check engine light means there is a problem that needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Service or maintenance lights can be confused with a check engine light, so it is good to take a look at your owner's manual and familiarize yourself with which one is which.


There are code readers able to be purchased over-the-counter at an auto parts store. Although you may be able to turn off or reset the light, most of the time, your check engine light will return. Keep in mind, even if you are mechanically inclined, interpretation can be quite tricky and could lead to costly and unnecessary repairs. There are occasions where your check engine light can come on temporarily for reasons such as a humidity change in weather. In cases such as this, the light should shut off after a short time.


CARSTAR Robert's Collision & Repair in Monterey would love to be your go-to auto repair shop whenever you're in doubt or simply needing an excellent, honest facility to handle your ongoing maintenance. Stop on by for a check-up on your vehicle. We are here for all of your auto repair and maintenance services, auto body repair, tire needs, or full auto detailing. We strive to be your one-stop auto shop and we work hard to provide you with an outstanding customer service experience! Our skilled technicians provide the best service in the region. Make your appointment today! We're located at 234 Ramona Ave, Monterey, CA. 93940. We look forward to your visit!


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