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Check Engine Light On? How Auto Shops Can Know the Issue Right Away!

Posted on June 26, 2017.

The check engine light is one of the most dreaded things a car owner could worry about.  It is a pretty vague symbol as there is a long list of possible reasons as to why it could pop up in the first place.  If the check engine light has come on but it is steady and not flashing/blinking, this usually means that there is an issue present but is not considered a serious issue yet.  However, this doesn’t mean that you should ignore the problem entirely. The vehicle should still be brought in for a diagnostic.

Every vehicle that has been recently sold in the U.S. is equipped with an onboard diagnostics system that can self-diagnose a variety of issues via the vehicle’s diagnostic computer.  The connector to this system is called an OBD-II, which stands for on-board diagnostic computer, version 2. When the on-board computer in your vehicle detects a problem, it will output a code which can be read by an OBD-II device.  OBD-II codes can help diagnose problems such as a failing oxygen sensor, loose gas cap, bad spark plug, engine vacuum leak, excessive gas consumption, etc.

Whenever your check engine light comes on or starts to flash, trust Quality Lube Plus to diagnose your problem and find out the root cause of your issue.  Our trusted professionals can connect to your vehicle and retrieve the codes that are triggering your light to come on.  Once we have a better understanding of what is going on, our trained staff will recommend the appropriate service for your vehicle.  Feel free to stop by our shop or make an appointment to diagnose your check engine light problem, and don’t hesitate to voice any questions or concerns that you might have!