When your check engine light comes on, it’s important to see what the problem is, and fix it as soon as possible. Ignoring it could cost you more money down the road.

Checking Can Save You Money

"Many people fear that when the check engine light comes on, it is going to mean several hundred or more dollars in repairs, so they ignore the light and hope the problem goes away," said Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council.

The reality is that the longer you put off taking your car in for service, the more likely bigger problems can surface over time, costing you even more money. That’s because the check engine light comes on for a reason. So, even if the car is running smoothly and doesn’t seem to have any problems when the light is on, have it looked at.

If you aren’t sure if the problem is something major, you can go to places like AutoZone to get a free check engine light diagnostic. During the diagnostic, AutoZone will run a check that will pull up an error code that’ll tell you what the possible issue is, and what steps should be taken to fix it.

10 Reasons Your Light Goes On

Things happen, and parts need to be replaced every once in awhile to keep your car running smoothly. Besides keeping up on normal maintenance such as oil changes, you should take note if your check engine light comes on when you start your car.

10 Most Common Reasons Your Check Engine Light is OnSo, what causes the check engine light to come on? According to CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index, here are the most common solutions when your check engine light comes on:

  1. Replace O2 sensor(s)
  2. Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s)
  3. Replace catalytic converter
  4. Inspect fuel cap and tighten or replace as necessary
  5. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge control valve
  6. Replace mass airflow (MAF) sensor
  7. Replace ignition coil(s)
  8. Replace evaporative emissions (EVAP) purge solenoid
  9. Replace fuel injector(s)
  10. Replace thermostat

Because it can be difficult to identify some of these issues with a visual inspection, it’s best to take the car in to get it checked out. Any delay, and you could find yourself facing an even bigger repair bill, and potentially without transportation.

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