Part two of a series on emissions system repair explores your car’s check engine light.
What Does a Check Engine Light Mean?
You’re driving along in your car, maybe jamming out to your favorite tunes. Then you see it. The check engine light has just come on. And all of a sudden, your day has just gotten a bit darker. What does a check engine light mean? As auto mechanics in Gilbert, even we hate the check engine light. It gives a driver just enough information to be annoying. First off, don’t panic.
While a check engine light can mean a number of things, from simple to complex, it is just an early warning system for a potential problem. An easy way to often fix a check engine light is to check your gas cap first. Every now and then if you fill up your tank and don’t close the cap all the way, a bit of air will enter into the system. The monitors in your car will often interpret it as a leak, and voila, your light comes on. Start with that first. If you tighten the gas cap and the problem is solved, you’re good to go. If not, well, you’re going to need to get your car into an auto repair shop immediately, particularly if you are close to renewing your registration.
What Does a Check Engine Light Have to Do With Car Registration?
As we covered in our last article, if you live in Maricopa County, you need to pass emissions testing in order to register your car or truck. If the check engine light is on, it’s unfortunate but true that you will not pass emissions testing.
In our next article, we will cover some common causes of your car’s check engine light. Until then, if you need emissions systems repair, get your car into a mechanic as soon as possible.
This concludes part two of our series. For more information on emission systems repair in Gilbert, be sure to read part one and part three as well