What to do if the Service Engine Soon Light comes On

The Service Engine Soon light strikes fear into the heart of every car owner. Whether you have a new car or an older one, seeing this light means that your car needs attention. By taking the car to a qualified ASE Master Care Technician, you will be able to have your car connected to the diagnostic computer to see what diagnostic codes that your engine is giving off. These codes give clues to the mechanic to let them know what service or repairs that your engine needs to work more efficiently. This is a great benefit of the computer aided engines, as they allow you to know what is going on that you may not even notice as of yet to catch problems early. It is always important to have the vehicle inspected to ensure that everything is working at top performance levels in it.

Diagnostic Codes to be Aware of

There are 10,000 different diagnostic codes that your car can give and this means that you need someone who knows what they are doing to help you determine why the Check Engine light or other engine notification light is on. While this is a great diagnostic tool, it can be quite confusing as well, since there are so many different codes. There are many unimportant codes as well, so having someone that you can trust to hook your car up and check the diagnostic codes can help you to determine if you really need service or repairs right now or not. While you may panic when you see these codes, it does not necessarily mean that you are in for a huge car repair bill. The only way to know that, however, is by going to a certified technician that can diagnose why the check engine or service engine light is on to allow you to make an informed decision.

What you Should Do if You Notice an Issue

You do not have to go to a master technician for help, however. It can be as simple as not screwing the gas cap on tightly enough, so you want to be sure that you check all of the different hints in your car owner’s manual as well to be sure that it is not something that you can take care of yourself. From a loose gas cap to a bad spark plug wire to the engine getting wet somewhere it did not like, there are several unimportant reasons why your engine light may have come on as well.

If the Light Illuminates

If you have been seeing the check engine light on your car display, you will want to first look at your car manual to see if it is something that you can easily fix yourself. While you may sense impending doom when you see the check engine light, it does not have to be that way. By bringing the vehicle in, we can inspect the vehicle for the issue that it might have.