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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

If you just saw the check engine light come on in your Asian car, you might have experienced your heart skipping a beat. But T&T Automotive Service wants you to know that it’s okay. There are lots of reasons the check engine light might be on, and not all of them are terrifying.

Something Changed and it Might Cause Issues Later

The check engine light isn’t always a huge issue. It can be, of course, but sometimes what it’s letting you know is that something small has changed and that’s going to be a concern if you don’t fix it. That might be something like the gas cap being loose or having a faulty seal or a sensor being off or failing. It’s important to address what’s going on so that it doesn’t become a massive issue later.

Something Big Is Failing and it Affects the Engine

On the other hand, you could truly have something big going on. Forgot to change the oil for a few months? Believe it or not, it happens. And if you ignore the other signs, the car’s last resort is to scream at you via the check engine light. Again, it’s something that you can’t ignore because you might just regret it.

You’ve Got Too Much in the Car

Lots of car owners haul around a lot more stuff than they should and ultimately the car ends up paying the price for that. Overloading the car puts more pressure on every part of the car, including the engine. It has to work harder to tow all that weight around, even if you’re not actually “towing” anything except what you’re hauling in the trunk. If you tend to keep a lot in your car, reconsider that idea.

You Really Need to Get the Situation Checked Out

The bottom line is that you cannot afford to panic when you see the check engine light. It’s a communication tool and what the car is communicating to you might not be as scary as it seems at first. The only way to know for sure is to have the situation checked out by a reliable mechanic. Don’t skip that step.

T&T Automotive Service in Wilmington, NC is here for all your Asian car servicing needs, including checking out your check engine light concerns. Give us a call today and we’ll help you to figure out what’s going on and what it will take for your car to be ready to go again as quickly as possible.

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