There it goes again, that pesky engine light! Why is it coming on, and what should you do about it? Do you really need engine service?
Perhaps you have asked your neighbor, who is a pretty good backyard mechanic, what you should do, and he or she has told you “If it bothers you, just put a piece of tape over it so you don’t have to look at it.”
Your neighbor could be right, or horribly wrong. The thing with the engine service light is that it could mean something very serious, or something that you do not really have to worry about. The only way that you will know for sure, though, is to have it checked out.
Just as an example, one of the most common causes of the engine service light coming on is a loose gas cap. The solution? Tighten it. At Escondido German Auto, we are not going to turn down work, but we don’t mind if you check out the obvious before you come and see us. If it is just a loose gas cap, though, we’ll tighten it without charging you!
Now, moving right along, there could be other reasons for the engine service light to come on, and you may really need us. For instance, if you have a bad mass air flow sensor, it could mean that you’re not getting the fuel economy you should. This is a very inexpensive repair, but one that you should have done if you do not want to keep on spending about 25% more for fuel than you really should.
Another reason that the engine service light could come on is a bad ignition coil – this is the component that gives the spark you need to get your engine pistons working, and if it goes bad, you are not going anywhere.
So, to sum up, the engine service light could mean nothing much, or something significant. The only way you will know for certain is to come and see us at Escondido German Auto to have your car checked out.
If your engine service light is coming on, get it checked out. Call Escondido German Auto at 760-741-3905, or request an appointment using the form on our Contact Us page. We are located at 1554 E. Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92027, and we are here to help you with all your automotive needs.