Understanding the Check Engine Light
Is your check engine light on in your dashboard? We can help at Dynamic Automotive in Emmitsburg, Maryland! Your engine light is an effective tool in communicating that there’s a problem with your vehicle. It is essentially the messenger of your on-board diagnostics system (OBD-II), which is standard equipped in models for the United States from 1996 and beyond. It monitors the major systems of your vehicle, including the engine, transmission, fuel system, and exhaust system. If there is an issue with any one of these components, small or large, it will send the respective trouble code to the computer system. This action then prompts the engine light to illuminate, alerting you to the detected problem. This entire process is intricate and incredibly helpful in catching car troubles early on and preventing them from becoming more severe or even irreparable. If your engine light, also known as the malfunction indicator lamp, comes on, visit our shop for professional diagnostics.
What Causes the Engine Light to Come on?
So, what exactly triggered the light to come on? A common and easy-to-fix issue is a loose gas cap. While seemingly harmless, the gas cap actually helps keep vapors from escaping the fuel tank. In doing so, it also optimizes fuel efficiency and decreases fuel emissions. With that in mind, a broken gas cap will also cause the check engine light to come on. Complications with the spark plugs are also common, such as faulty or worn spark plugs, or bad spark plug wiring. Additional items that can be compromised include the oxygen sensor, mass airflow sensor, and catalytic converter. Of course, several other problems can be the cause, but rest assured our technicians will be able to pinpoint the exact issue and provide steps for repair service. We encourage caution if your vehicle displays a flashing check engine light. More often than not, this depicts a serious issue and should be inspected immediately. We also recommend not driving if this occurs, and to contact our team at (301) 447-2800 for further instruction.
Advanced Diagnostics Equipment and Skilled Technicians
Dynamic Automotive is here to set things straight when it comes to potential problems in your vehicle. Our auto repair facility has the specialized scanning and code reading tools to acquire the trouble code, assess the situation, and service your car, truck, or SUV to remedy the problem. We will make sure you’re back on the road safe and sound in no time. For further peace of mind, we offer a three-year/36,000-mile warranty with our repairs and services. If your check engine light has come on, visit Dynamic Automotive and let our ASE-certified technicians have a look. We’ll use our resources and our knowledge to determine the issue and provide an effective solution! Our auto repair shop looks forward to serving you soon here at 20 Creamery Way. We are no stranger to the check engine light, and we will be able to get your car running like new again!