We will be sharing, our valuable 40 plus years of ” Hard Knock” experience and current changes, to the ever evolving automobile world. Read on:
We have many questions about the confusing array of service lights on the dash of your transportation. Most of the lights come on when you start your car and go out in a few seconds. Usually, this is a “bulb check” by the on board computer system or the light comes on just let you know it works.
The “check engine, service engine soon light, or a picture of an engine” is one of the more difficult lights to determine “what to do now” when the light illuminates. First if the light is flashing, the engine has a cylinder or cylinders not working correctly. Most likely you have already noticed, the car is jerking, not as much power, even a popping noise can be heard, exhaust sound is not consistent, and gas mileage has been down. This needs service right away. Driving the car can cause further damage and shorten the life of the engine considerably, overheat internal engine parts, melt down expense catalytic converters ( causing them to restrict exhaust ) and broken converter material can plug up your muffler.
These are examples of what can happen when an engine is not running correctly. The engine control systems only knows what it reads through the sensors, and makes a logical decision based on the inputs – damaging or not – in trying to correct the emission problem, not correcting for an engine jerking or loosing power.
What can you do? When filling up, reset the trip odometer each and every time. By remembering this simple step, you will get an idea what is normal mileage for your car. Of course if you notice mileage dropping off, your check engine light may not come on but, service to the engine should be considered.
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