Expert’s Corner

For the health of your car

Why your “CHECK ENGINE” light is on

When you start your vehicle, and the check engine light is on (yellow light & picture of an engine) it means that the computer has detected a malfunction in the computer control system.

  • If the light remains on and does not flash (like a turn signal) DO NOT panic. You should get the vehicle checked at your convenience, but do so sooner than later – listen to your car when it says something is wrong.
  • If the light is flashing (like a turn signal), this means there is a severe misfire in the engine and unburned fuel is being dumped in the exhaust system. This damages the catalytic converter, which can result in expensive repairs. Stop driving and get the vehicle checked out immediately.

Fuel Saving Tips

  • Always keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Replace air filter regularly.
  • Replace spark plugs when recommended.
  • Avoid quick starts and stops.
  • On the highway, maintain your speed at 55 mph. Your engine is most efficient at that speed over long distances.
  • Avoid excessive idling.
  • Don’t haul unneeded heavy items.

Why your “CHECK ENGINE” light is on

When you start your vehicle, and the check engine light is on (yellow light & picture of an engine) it means that the computer has detected a malfunction in the computer control system.

  • If the light remains on and does not flash (like a turn signal) DO NOT panic. You should get the vehicle checked at your convenience, but do so sooner than later – listen to your car when it says something is wrong.
  • If the light is flashing (like a turn signal), this means there is a severe misfire in the engine and unburned fuel is being dumped in the exhaust system. This damages the catalytic converter, which can result in expensive repairs. Stop driving and get the vehicle checked out immediately.

Fuel Saving Tips

  • Always keep your tires properly inflated.
  • Replace air filter regularly.
  • Replace spark plugs when recommended.
  • Avoid quick starts and stops.
  • On the highway, maintain your speed at 55 mph. Your engine is most efficient at that speed over long distances.
  • Avoid excessive idling.
  • Don’t haul unneeded heavy items.
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