What to Do When the Check Engine Light Comes On

July 22nd, 2015 by

 

Check Engine Light

 

It’s a scary thing when the check engine light comes on, especially since it doesn’t tell you anything specific. The check engine light can mean a lot of things—it’s a bit of a catch-all light and can mean anything from a major problem to a small thing like a loose gas cap. It’s important to know what to do when the check engine light comes on.

The best way to diagnose the problem is to take your car to a shop or part store and ask them to run a diagnostic test. You can also buy a cheap code reader if you’d rather do this at home. Once you’ve found your diagnostic connector, usually located under the steering column, you can hook it up to the code reader. From there, you’ll probably have to search online for the meaning of the code or codes it gives you. Edmunds.com recommends Engine Light Help.

Once you know why the light is on, you can take steps to fix the problem, whether it’s a small issue you can fix yourself or a serious problem you need to take to the dealership.  Bring your car into Carriage Nissan’s Service Department and we would be happy to figure out why your check engine light is on and the best way to get it back off.