Have you noticed that your vehicle’s check engine light has recently come on? If so, you likely are dreaming of dollar signs, but there could be a wide array of different reasons why this light may have come on. If you work, live in or are traveling through Blaine, Minnesota let Clark Automotive, run a diagnostic check on your vehicle to see what’s wrong, if anything, and give you a free estimate on what it will take to fix whatever is causing the check engine light to illuminate. Sometimes the check engine light just needs to be reset. If that is the case, we will reset it, and send you on your way
Common Car Problems That Cause Your Check Engine Light to Come On
Below are just a few of the common problems that may cause your vehicle’s check engine light to come on:
- Oxygen Sensor – An oxygen sensor helps to measure the amount of unburnt oxygen that exists in a car’s exhaust system. A poorly functioning oxygen sensor can damage other components including spark plugs and the catalytic converter.
- Catalytic Converter Problems – A catalytic converter is a key component of any newer vehicle’s exhaust system. If your catalytic converter is malfunctioning it can cause the check engine light to come on.
- Loose Gas Cap – You may be surprised, but a loose gas cap is one of the most common reasons why your check engine light may be on. The gas cap helps to prevent fumes from leaving the gas tank and also helps to keep the entire fuel system under the proper pressure. If you notice that your check engine light comes on immediately after a fill up, it may be simply that your gas cap isn’t tightened properly.
- Spark Plug or Ignition Coil Problems – An ignition coil helps to create the electricity that is needed by the spark plugs to ignite the fuel and air mixture that exists in the cylinders. In addition, fouled spark plugs can cause a number of issues including engine misfires and problems when you push hard on the accelerator.
Interested in Learning What’s Causing Your Check Engine Light to Come On?
If you’ve been trying to figure out what’s causing your check engine light to come on without much success, feel free to reach out to the experienced mechanics at Clark Automotive today. We’ll be happy to use our state-of-the-art equipment to determine what is causing your check engine light to come on, and in turn offer an estimate on the cost of any car repairs that may be necessary. Be sure to give us a call today at 763-784-7944 to get on our schedule.