When cars were first produced, they didn’t have a lot of extras on them. Basically an automobile was four wheels and an engine. As the years have passed, they’ve become a lot more complex, and a lot of electronic features have been added on. Nowadays, there seems to be a warning light for nearly everything, from your door being ajar or the hood not closed properly to low air pressure in your tires. One of the most important warning lights on your vehicle is your check engine light. Following are a few tips on what the check engine light could be telling you.
Multi-Function Warning Light
Unlike some warning lights on a vehicle, which denote a specific problem, the check engine light serves a variety of purposes. It is a multi-function warning light, indicating one of several problems that could cause your car’s engine, or one of its vital components, to be operating improperly.
Not Necessarily an Emergency
There is no need to panic when you see your check engine light come on. In most cases, there won’t be an immediate malfunction that will cause damage if you continue driving. Instead, you should proceed to a garage and have the problem checked out. Failure to do anything about the problem could cause severe damage, if you let it go too long.
Some of the problems that could cause your check engine light to come have to do with critical areas of your engine’s operation. The light could be telling you that there is a problem with the ignition system. It could also be your fuel injection system or have something to do with the unit that controls your car’s emissions. It could mean there’s a serious problem or merely be a warning that the system isn’t working at peak efficiency–the car could continue to operate at that level without hurting anything for awhile, but still requires looking at. Essentially the check engine light is telling you that a problem has developed and could become serious if it’s not dealt with.