You’re driving along happily when you suddenly notice that your car’s check engine light has come on. Do you know what to do? There’s no reason to panic. The check engine light is a sign that your vehicle’s onboard diagnostics system has sensed something went wrong with the emissions, fuel, ignition or exhaust system. In many cases, the light doesn’t indicate a serious problem. It may be a loose or damaged gas cap, a problem with the spark plug or a broken oxygen sensor. But it might be more serious, including a faulty catalytic converter or a problem with the engine. If your check engine light comes on, don’t ignore it. Bring your vehicle to the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center for Spokane check engine light service.
When the check engine light comes on, you’ll see the warning light whenever you start the engine. If the light stays on after the other startup lights disappear, it indicates a problem. If the light is steady, it’s a relatively minor problem. If the light is flashing, it means there’s a serious problem that should be taken to the Spokane check engine light specialists at the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Center right away.
A flashing light often means there’s a misfire or another significant problem that needs to be taken care of quickly. Don’t put this off, because ignoring a blinking light can snowball into a much bigger problem, including damaging your car’s catalytic converter, which can be a costly replacement.
If the check engine light is lit but isn’t flashing, there are a few things you can do before taking it to the shop. Try tightening the gas cap, because the light can come on if the cap is loose. Once you’ve done that, see if the light goes off over the next couple of days. Inspect the gas cap. If it looks worn, you can try replacing it.
After you’ve checked the gas cap and the engine light is still lit, it’s time to visit our service center. Our service technicians use a special electronic device that can read the diagnostic codes and determine the cause of the check engine light, which can include a bad spark plug or a faulty sensor.
Keep in mind that if your car seems to be running properly and you don’t think anything is wrong, ignoring a check engine light isn’t a good idea. It’s an indication of a problem, and ignoring it may make it worse. Furthermore, many of the issues that will trigger your car’s check engine light will cause a drop in fuel economy, which means you’ll pay more at the gas pump in the long run.
If you notice your check engine light has come on, call the Knudtsen Chevrolet Service Department and make an appointment. We have the equipment and the expertise to quickly diagnose and fix the problem. You can also schedule your visit on our website.
We’re located in nearby Post Falls, ID, just about a half-hour from Spokane. Visit our website for our hours of operation and directions to our dealership.