Aww, the dreaded Check Engine light. There’s not much worse for a car owner than seeing that little neon light come on. The expenses associated with the massive repairs that will have to be done can cause anxiety to even the calmest of us. But before you start to freak out and jump to conclusions, understand that the Check Engine light can indicate other things than just a massive motor problem.

What Could it Mean?

The main reasons for the light to appear include faulty O2 sensors, a loose gas cap, a failing catalytic converter, a broken air flow sensor, or bad spark plug wires. Some of these can be a big, expensive fix. Others, like the gas cap, can be a free gimme. Just because the light indicates a problem with the engine, doesn’t mean the fix is engine related at all.

What do I do if it Comes On?

Don’t wait. If your Check Engine light triggers, be sure to get your car checked as soon as possible. The parts of a car work together to make things run smoothly and efficiently. Waiting too long can cause damage to other parts and rack up an expensive bill in the long run.

So there you have it. Stay on top of those engine repairs. We understand that those Check Engine lights can be a pain, but they’re nothing compared to the pain that could ensue if they’re left without repair.

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