What Should You Do When the Check Engine Light Comes On?

When the check engine light comes on, most people freak out. Something is wrong. In most cases, it's simply time to check the engine out. There are some tips for how to handle this when the time comes and still maintain some composure.

Diagnosing the Problem

Relax and realize that all is fine. There is something that must be adjusted. That is all. There are a few ways to handle it.

- Get a diagnostic scanner to check the engine code. Basic units can be very affordable, but don't include all of the possible codes.
- Take it to a shop to be checked. They will check the code, and male repairs.
- Call the dealership where you bought the car. Dealership service centers are the only places with code readers specific to your brand of vehicle.

Fixing the Problem

- Follow the repair recommendations.
- Once the adjustment is made the light should turn off.
- If the light is not off, then be sure to go back and have it checked again.

Sometimes the light can come on because of a loose wire or simple fuse that is blown.
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