When you have had your vehicle for a while and the “check engine” light pops on it can send a wave of anxiety through any car-owners body. If your Malfunction Indicator Lamp (better known as the “check engine” light) illuminates there are a few things you should do. With the help of Edmunds.com and your local Dominion Motors Thunder Bay Buick Trucks service department, we are bringing you some important information to consider:
- Don’t panic! The problem may be minor but still very important to get checked out to avoid more costly effects of ignoring it. Make sure you are actually seeing the “check engine” light and not the “service engine” light. This light is simply an indication that routine maintenance, such as an oil change is needed.
- Check the gas cap. A loose cap could trigger the light.
- Make an appointment with your local Dominion Motors service department to have the light diagnosed. This is something you could potentially do on your own with an inexpensive code reader…but deciphering the code could be difficult and could cost you more money in the long run. If you fix the problem that you believe is occurring and you find out that it was actually something different all along, you will find yourself spending more money. Sometimes it is best to just pay the money to have the problem diagnosed by a professional and let them give you a clear explanation of what it wrong and how much it will cost you to fix the problem.
- Don’t just have the light reset and expect that to fix the problem. If there truly is a problem, it will likely just come back on sooner than later.