Check Engine Light 101
Out of all the warning signals that are installed into your vehicle, the check engine light may be the most stress-inducing. What’s frustrating about this signal is that it won’t tell you what’s specifically wrong with your vehicle. With a variety of things that may trigger the check engine light, from a loose gas cap to a broken oxygen sensor, it becomes difficult to fix the issue on your own.
If you see this light triggered, make sure you visit Star Automotive in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our team of ASE Certified technicians will be able to quickly assess why the check engine light came on and fix the problem so you can get back on the road! From a dead battery to bad spark plugs, our team will be able to handle it all!
Why The Light Just Went Off
The reason why the check engine light is so frustrating is that it never tells you what exactly is wrong with your vehicle. A lot of car owners are left to ponder over what triggered the light, and that requires time and effort many people don’t have. Despite the frustrating circumstances the check engine light can leave us in, there are a few things we can keep an eye out for when the light does go off!
Loose Gas Cap
This should always be the first thing you check when the warning signal is triggered because it’s such an easy fix. If your gas cap is loose or you forgot to replace it during your last visit to the pump, simply stop the car and tighten the cap! Make sure to give your car sometime to register the adjustment you made, as the system won’t pick it up right away. You may need to drive a few miles before your vehicle notices.
If you end up needing a new gas cap, most auto part stores sell gas caps for $15 or less!
Your car battery is responsible for a number of electrical functions, including starting your car, powering your radio, and charging your phone. Fortunately for you, a dead battery is another easy fix! If you notice your battery is dying or dead (you’ll know if it’s dead), then you can either get a “jump” from another car or get yourself a new battery! To get a “jump,” all you’ll need is jumper cables and another vehicle. Older vehicle owners should be aware that their battery may be underneath a number of different plastic coverings.
If you do want to buy a new battery instead, they’ll usually cost you around $100 at most auto part stores.
Bad Spark Plugs
Without your spark plugs, your car wouldn’t be able to start. They are responsible for igniting the air/fuel mixture found in the combustion chamber of your vehicle. If they aren’t working properly, you may find inconsistency in starting your vehicle and experience a lowered fuel economy.
If you’re experiencing bad spark plugs, replace them! They’ll usually cost around $50 at most auto part stores, but make sure you know how many you need. Some older vehicles require two spark plugs instead of one!
Book Your Visit With Us Today!
The check engine light is one of the most frustrating aspects of being a vehicle owner. If you see that pesky light come on, save yourself time and stress by visiting Star Automotive in Belle Chasse, Louisiana. Our team of ASE Certified technicians will quickly find the root of the problem and make the proper repair so you can get back on the road. We’ll also provide you with some tips on how to handle the check engine light the next time it goes off! Give us a call at (504) 368-1220 and schedule an appointment with us today! Need same day service? We have your back. Visit our shop at 108 Lauren Drive! We happily accept walk-ins!*
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