When your check engine light comes on, call on the Wichita auto care specialists at Tracy’s Automotive for help.
You were on your way home from Cosmic Bowling when you noticed that dreaded sight – the check engine light had come on. If you’re like many drivers, your immediate thought was a panicky what now and what’s THIS going to cost me?
There’s likely no need to panic although, as Consumer Reports points out, the job of the check engine light is to let you know something is wrong. But it could be something simple like a loose gas cap. Your first move should be to tighten the cap and see if that resolves the problem.
If it doesn’t and the light is steady, then Consumer Reports says, “The problem is not an emergency, but you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Today’s automotive computers often try to compensate when there’s a problem, so you might not notice deterioration in performance, even though your fuel mileage might be suffering and your vehicle emitting unacceptable levels of hydrocarbons and other pollutants.”
A blinking check engine light is another matter.
“A blinking light, or in some cars a red light instead of a yellow or orange light, indicates a problem that needs immediate attention,” Consumer Reports says.
Consumer Reports adds, “In late-model cars, a blinking light usually indicates an engine misfire so severe that unburned fuel is being dumped into the exhaust system, where it can quickly damage the catalytic converter, leading to an expensive repair. If that happens, you should reduce power and have the car or truck looked at as soon as possible.”
If you need a trusted Wichita auto care professional to diagnose what caused your check engine light to come on, look no further than the certified Wichita auto care technicians at Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros.
Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience that drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s turned hard work and inspiration into to a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.
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