Almost everyone has experienced it, but what does it mean? That’s not something we can answer on a simple web page, but we can give you a general idea of what’s going on behind the scenes.
The modern car is run by a computer system, or often, a series of computers. For some of the older cars it’s relatively simple but the newer cars can have several computer systems all interconnected. They handle all of your modern conveniences as well as things like flow of fuel, air, the way your brakes function, etc. When something goes a bit out of whack, the computer notices it and turns the “check engine light” on.
The “something” could be a slight difference in recommended tolerances for certain components in your car. In this case, the onboard computers make can make adjustments for the slight differences and the light will turn off on its own. But when your light stays on for a day or so, it’s a good sign that something bigger is going on that needs attention.
The problem can be a minor thing you may be able to shrug off for a bit, but it may also be something that could cause damage elsewhere if not taken care of in a timely manner. At the very least, it’s a good idea to bring it in and have one of the techs run a scan to make sure you won’t be left stranded late at night.
The real problem is when your check engine light is flashing on and off. If this happens, your computer is telling you something critical is happening that could result in severe damage to your engine or other related components. In this case, bring your car in as soon as possible. If you choose to drive, take it easy. Baby your car to the shop so as not to make things worse. Your best bet is to give us a call and set up a tow to prevent any more costly damage from occurring.
Whatever you choose to do, just be safe and know that our techs will do everything possible to get you back on the road as quickly as they can. If you have any questions, give Leslie a call. He’s a whiz at diagnostics and loves a good challenge.
Bob’s Auto & Towing
785 Northwest Cornell Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
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