Check engine light
Imagine you’re driving from Peotone to Bradley and the dreaded “check engine” light in your instrument cluster lights up. You’ll probably experience that sinking “oh, no” feeling, but there’s really no reason to panic. The “check engine” light doesn’t always mean your car has a major problem. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your “check engine” light could be activated. If you find that you’re still stumped, just bring your car in to the service experts at Terry’s Ford.

Why Did My Check Engine Light Turn On?

Some of the most common reasons that your “check engine” light is on may include:

Reason What Could Happen if You Don’t Get Service
Oxygen sensor replacement warning
  • Decreased efficiency
  • Damage to the spark plugs and/or catalytic converter
Loose, damaged, or no gas cap
  • Decreased efficiency
Airflow sensor replacement warning
  • Will fail emissions test
  • Decreased performance and efficiency
Catalytic converter replacement warning
  • Damage to parts such as the catalytic converter, oxygen sensors, spark plugs, etc.
  • Decreased performance and efficiency
Spark plug replacement warning
  • Decreased performance and efficiency
  • Damage to parts such as plugs, catalytic converter, oxygen sensors, ignition coils, etc.

Can I Troubleshoot the Problem Myself?

Even something as simple as not tightening your gas cap can cause the “check engine” light to turn on, so that should be one of the first things for you to take a look at. If you’re comfortable doing car repair yourself, you can try replacing the parts or components that you determine are triggering the light. However, you’ll save time and trouble by just bringing the car in to a professional who has the experience and diagnostic tools required to get the job done right.

Get the Auto Care Solutions You Need at Terry’s Ford Today

The factory-trained auto techs at Terry’s Ford can quickly diagnose and effectively repair whatever is causing your “check engine” light to be activated. Schedule an appointment today, or just visit us during our regular hours.