Why to Take the Check Engine Light Seriously

Whenever the check engine light comes on, drivers have come to expect an expensive repair. Since they expect an expensive repair, they tend to ignore the light until they can’t ignore it anymore. Even if your vehicle is driving like normal, you still shouldn’t ignore your check engine light. Here’s why:

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Possibly a Minor Issue

While you may be worried about an expensive repair, sometimes a check engine light signifies a minor problem that’s easy to correct. A loose gas cap, a minor computer flaw, or a loose spark plug are all simple things that can cause your check engine light to turn on. There are simple solutions to these problems if taken care of immediately.

Can Cost You More Money in the Long Run

If you ignore your check engine long enough, a simple problem can turn into a big problem. Your car can drive normally with the check engine light on then suddenly your car starts to act up. A check engine light means that the system is telling you that something is wrong and will immediately cause damage to your car that can become more expensive to repair the longer you wait. That’s why it’s always a good idea to bring your car to an auto mechanic as soon as your check engine light turns on. 

Environmental Hazards

It’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re doing your part to take care of the environment. In addition to being harmful to your vehicle, mechanical problems that activate your car’s check engine light can also be bad for the environment. Damaged engines and other auto part failures often produce unhealthy levels of pollutants and emit them into the air. Oil leaks can have dangerous effects on water and soil. 

A Decrease in Fuel Economy

Gas is expensive, and you don’t want to find yourself at the pump more often than you need to. Not only will ignoring your check engine light cost you more in repairs, but it can also cost you more in gas. When the check engine light turns on, your car will try to compensate for the problem at hand. Because of this, you may notice that your car isn’t running like normal, and its fuel economy has decreased. 

Bring Your Car in Today

If your check engine light has turned on, don’t delay; bring it into Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions today! With experienced technicians, transparent pricing, and honest repairs, we’ve become a trusted go-to auto repair shop for drivers throughout Frederick county. Give us a call at (301) 662-5100 or click here to schedule an appointment.

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