Common Reasons why Your Check Engine Light is On

One of the most ignored car signals is the check engine light. It is widely known that car owners only respond with urgency to two signals. The Low gas signal and the alarm blaring signal. Anything apart from this is often seen as a suggestion. We at Island Auto Group believe that cars would be listened to. Every light on the dashboard is an indicator that should be paid attention to, urgent or not. If your check engine light is on. Here are possible reasons why. 


1. A Faulty Oxygen Sensor

The oxygen sensor sends information to the ECU on your energy consumption. Frequent exposure to heat and repetitive use of the car may render this sensor faulty. When this happens, the signal pathway maybe disrupted leading to low or excessive fuel use. 


2. Fouled Spark Plugs

Constant ignition wears out spark plugs. In order to keep up with wear and tear process, be sure to ask Island Auto Group to check the engine spark plugs with every service. 


3. Failed Converter

Long mile trips may cause clogging of the catalytic converter. When clogged, this may cause more fuel consumption and reduce vehicles performance. 


4. A Loose Gas Cap

It is common for gas caps to get lost or to break with use. When this occurs, there is increased risk of harmful emissions to the environment. This may cause your check engine light to come on. 


Things to Do When Your Engine Light Comes On


• Do not panic. Check engine lights do come on often. While the light may not mean anything serious, we encourage you to have it checked out non the less. 


• Call us immediately. While the different lights have different meanings, we do not believe in delaying service. 


Our team will be more than glad to come to where you are and do a thorough inspection of your vehicle. We at Island Auto Group look forward to hearing from you. 


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