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emissions January 04, 2018

What the Check Engine Light Means for Your Northern Virginia Vehicle

The "Check Engine" light has the ability to strike fear into even the most seasoned drivers. The staff at Wiygul Automotive Clinic receives countless calls from panicked drivers who believe their vehicle is on the verge of exploding because the check engine light has been triggered. For those drivers who fully understand the ins and outs of their vehicle, the check engine light is less of a threat.

First, it is important to point out that many drivers have their own thoughts about what the check engine light indicates. Most drivers believe that it indicates an issue that immediately threatens their vehicle's engine. So drivers are convinced that the check engine light is an indication of low oil or overheating. Wiygul Automotive Clinic would like to put these myths to rest. All vehicles have other lights that signify overheating or low fuel. On most vehicles the check engine light indicates issues concerning your vehicle and its emissions.

If your vehicle is new or has recently been checked to pass emissions, there is the possibility that there are other issues that can be setting off the light. In some instances your vehicle's gas cap may be loose. The light may also be telling you that your vehicle is carrying too much weight. This is especially true if you find yourself towing a trailer. Some vehicles experience an unexplained triggering of the check engine light. Taking your vehicle into a local automotive repair shop for a diagnosis is recommended before you reset any fuse in your car to disable the light.

If your vehicle's check engine light is on DO NOT take it in for an emissions test. In most cases, your vehicle will fail the test. Even if the diagnosis for triggering the light is a loose gas cap or because you have been towing a large load, some state auto inspection centers will fail your vehicle right off the bat. For a full diagnosis, bring your vehicle into Wiygul Automotive Clinic today.

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