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Check Engine Light

The "Check Engine" or "Service Engine Soon" light indicates that the car's onboard computer system has self-diagnosed some sort of problem that may require attention.  This can include a momentary issue that has no noticeable effect on engine performance or driving safety, to the failure of a major component.

The "check engine" light indicates a problem that could have an impact on the emissions systems.  If the "check engine" light comes on and stays on, it's usually a less severe problem.  It doesn't mean you have to pull the car over to the side of the road and call a tow truck, but it does mean you should get the car checked out as soon as possible.

If the "Check Engine" light is flashing it means your vehicle senses a critical system error (such as a major cylinder misfire) and you need immediate attention before potentially breaking down and possibly damaging other critical and expensive parts.   Continuing to drive can lead to further damage rather quickly or can leave you stranded.

A  few of the hundreds of codes,causes, and symptoms include

Check Engine Light


Check Engine Light


Check Engine Light

Check Engine Light