Check Engine Light:
Could it be any more vague? It could mean something as serious as an overheating engine, or as small as a gas cap not tightened properly. Regardless of the reason, we feel a tiny pang of panic whenever we see that little light come on.

And, while it's true severe problems like low oil pressure or an overheating engine will trigger your check engine light, there are other lights and gauges to warn you of serious problems.
First and foremost, always read your owner's manual. Learn about the different reasons that cause the check engine light to come on. It should also explain the other gauge and warning indicators on your dashboard.

If your check engine light is on, the first thing to do is look for a serious problem requiring immediate attention. Reduce your speed and, if possible, the weight you're carrying. If the "check engine" light is blinking or you notice any serious performance problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to reduce the load on the engine. Have the car checked as soon as possible to prevent expensive damage.

Check your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over as soon as you find a safe place and shut off the engine. On some cars, a yellow "check engine" means investigate the problem, while a red "check engine" means stop right now.

If it does not appear to be an emergency, the next step is to try tightening your gas cap. Surprisingly, this often solves the problem. Keep in mind, however, it may take several miles or cycling the engine on and off before the light resets. Some vehicles have a separate indicator that warns of a loose gas cap before the condition sets off the "check engine" light.

Even if you don't notice an extreme problem, you should definitely still have the check engine code read at our service center and the problem fixed. If you want to diagnose the malfunction yourself, you can buy a scan tool at most auto parts stores. Prices range from about $40 to several hundred, depending on the model and the features. These tools will give you instructions on how to decipher the engine codes. If you don't possess the mechanical skills to diagnose and fix the problem, it's a more cost-effective decision to go directly to our service center.

We use our state-of-the-art tools and certified mechanics to run a complete diagnostic on your automobile to determine if the problem is big or small, and make sure you and your occupants are as safe as possible.

If your Check Engine light is coming on, don't hesitate to give us a call to schedule an appointment.