What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

May 7th, 2018 by

Check Engine Light

There’s never a good time for the check engine light to appear. What does the check engine light mean? It can mean anything from easy fixes, to major repairs. Whether you’re in Grosse Pointe or St. Clair Shores, Jeffrey Honda in Roseville always has you covered. Our expert service department will quickly diagnose your problem and get you back up and running.

What Does it Mean When the Check Engine Light Comes On?

If the check engine light appears, you don’t always have to pull over right away. It can mean something simple, like your gas cap is loose or your vehicle is getting poor gas mileage, but it can also be more serious:

  • Check your gauges to make sure oil pressure and temperature are within range. If they’re not, find a safe place to pull over.
  • Reduce your speed and load, especially if you feel reduced power or the check engine light is red or blinking.
  • Tighten your gas cap. This will often make the check engine light go away after a few trips.
  • Contact your remote diagnostic service provider if that’s available through your manufacturer.

What is the Check Engine Light?

The check engine light, or International Check Engine symbol, is designed to come on if there’s a problem your car can’t correct on its own. The computer-based diagnostic system inside your vehicle constantly monitors performance, engine speed, ignition timing, and other variables.

What Can a Check Engine Light Mean?

The check engine light is usually yellow or orange. If the light is steady, it’s a non-emergency, and you have time to schedule an appointment. In some cars, the light will blink or shine red to indicate a more serious problem like a severe engine misfire. You should reduce power to your vehicle and contact a mechanic immediately.

What Next?

Jeffrey Honda’s service team will diagnose the problem using the the “trouble code” from the check engine light and assess the extent of any damage. We use only Honda OEM parts for all maintenance and repairs, so the quality is guaranteed. Trust Jeffrey Honda with your next service appointment.

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